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Tea Leaves

In praise of mess: the Marie Kondo syndrome has gone too far

Japan's most famous housewife has turned decluttering into a new religion

There are few people whose names become verbs, William Hoover being the most famous. Now a Japanese woman in her mid-30s has joined that select group. Marie Kondo, the "decluttering guru," seems to be everywhere as the media advises on how to "Kondo" your apartment, your shopping and your children.

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