Marie Kondo gave up.
According to the Washington Post, in a webinar promoting her latest book, Marie Kondo’s Kurashi at Home: How to Organize Your Space and Achieve Your Ideal Life, she said,
My home is messy, but the way I am spending my time is the right way for me at this time at this stage of my life.
Up until now, I was a professional tidier, so I did my best to keep my home tidy at all times. I have kind of given up on that in a good way for me. Now I realize what is important to me is enjoying spending time with my children at home.”
She and husband Takumi Kawahara, share a son and two daughters Satsuki and Miko.
The author became a household name for her KonMari method of organization, which helped her many followers clear their homes of clutter and, according to Kondo, transform their lives.
Kondo told People,
There was a time when my schedule was so packed, I was physically and mentally exhausted. I also happened to be pregnant with my first child, and the pressure took a toll on my mind and body.
Sometimes I couldn’t control my emotions and would burst into tears at the end of the day.
I used to be a perfectionist, but it became difficult to maintain that standard after having my children. So much was out of my control.
I hope my openness on the subject will help others to ease up on impossible standards. I gave up on perfectionism a while ago!”