Marie Kondo

2016 Time 100 Gala
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Author Marie Kondo attends the 2016 Time 100 Gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images)Mark Sagliocco—Getty Images
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    Author and Founder
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    KonMari Media

Professional organizers have long preached the emotional benefits of decluttering the home, but it wasn’t until Kondo that the subject became a global fixation. Her organizational advice comes with instructions as quirky as they are precise. You should hold your belongings one by one: If an item “sparks joy,” keep it; if not, thank it for its service and let it go. Her KonMari Method has attracted legions of fans, and her breakout book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, has been on the New York Times bestseller list for 99 weeks.