'Sparking Joy': the trailer for Marie Kondo’s new Netflix series is released

After tidying up people’s homes, Kondo is taking her skills to workplaces with the new show

This image released by Netflix shows Marie Kondo in a scene from her series "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo." A takedown of  Condo by author-journalist Barbara Ehrenreich has been widely condemned as racist and xenophobic. Ehrenreich tweeted Monday, Feb. 4, that she saw Condo’s popularity as a sign of America’s decline and wished that the Japanese “de-cluttering guru” would “learn to speak English.” She later tweeted that she was “sorry” if she had offended anyone and called her previous comment a missed attempt at “subtle humor.” (Denise Crew/Netflix via AP)
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Marie Kondo has already proven that she’s an old hand when it comes to transforming people’s homes, with her hit show Tidying Up With Marie Kondo, which was released nearly three years ago.

And the organisational role model is all set to make a grand return with new Netflix series Sparking Joy, the trailer for which has been released.

The three-episode series, which will be released on August 31, features Kondo visiting and tidying up three businesses, thus helping its employees to organise their workplaces.

“In this reality series, Marie Kondo brings her joyful tidying tactics to people struggling to balance work and home life – and shares her own world,” reads the description of the coming show.

The businesses chosen appear to be a gardening centre, coffee shop and a church.

“I want to help people find joy not just by tidying their homes … but in every area of their lives,” Kondo is seen telling participants in the trailer.

“Decide what kind of life you would like to lead. You are important.”

It looks like it’s going to be an orderly and emotional journey. “Learning more and more about myself, it’s a bit overwhelming,” is how one participant puts it.

Kondo is known for having created an empire based on her style of organisation, called the KonMari Method. The method hinges on the premise that people should only keep things that “spark joy” within their homes. It led to a spike in charity shop donations in the US after the release Tidying Up with Marie Kondo in 2019.

Despite becoming a household name for her organising adventures – she even launched an online store in 2019 – Kondo has since admitted that she gave up on "perfectionism a long time ago”.

“I used to be a perfectionist, but it became difficult to maintain that standard after having my children," she said in an interview with People. "So much was out of my control. I hope my openness on the subject will help others to ease up on impossible standards.”

Kondo is a mum to three children with husband Takumi Kawahara. She has two daughters, Satsuki and Miko, as well as a baby boy born in April.

She announced the birth on social media. "It’s a boy! I am over the moon welcoming this bundle of joy into our family. We are all doing well. Now comes the fun part – spending this special time with our little guy.”

Updated: August 18, 2021, 8:49 AM