Japanese Aesthetics in the KonMari Method
Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing has quickly become a cult favorite since its American publication in 2014. The popularity of the KonMari Method combines various Japanese spiritual and architectural influences to improve the physical and spiritual lifestyles of participants. Kondo continues to surpass other organizational influencers, as her name has become a worldwide, household staple in many countries—a direct result of the new wave in the minimalist culture. Although, as Kondo’s philosophy has become marketed to create a brand that includes various products, a Netflix show, and numerous publications, it seems that much of her original philosophy is becoming Westernized. Despite the extension of her brand and continued work, Kondo still reflects major Japanese cultural components that differentiate the KonMari Method from other modern-day organizational techniques.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kathleen K. Smith