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[00:00.04]From VOA Learning English, this is the Health & Lifestyle Report.
[00:07.20]Japan's Marie Kondo is known around the world
[00:11.56]as a cleaning expert and for helping people organize their homes.
[00:18.12]Her 2014 book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up:
[00:23.16]The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing has sold millions of copies.
[00:30.74]But not even Marie Kondo can follow all of her cleaning rules all of the time.
[00:38.88]Well, there are two really good ones.
[00:42.28]Her young daughters, Satsuki and Miko.
[00:46.56]The girls are now ages four and three.
[00:51.24]Marie Kondo wrote her famous book before she became a mother.
[00:56.81]At that time, she aimed for a perfectly organized home.
[01:01.84]That is what she told reporters for The Associated Press (AP) in November.
[01:08.04]She added that she now understands two important things about parenting:
[01:13.88]First, children often make a mess.
[01:17.24]And second, time and energy are limited.
[01:22.60]Kondo says her expectations for tidying up "definitely changed" after she had children."
[01:31.64]When things get very busy, Kondo has learned to ease her rules for order and organization.
[01:39.40]Kondo's words may please some parents.
[01:42.84]Several years ago, she faced criticism for having no real idea
[01:48.15]how messy children can be, and how disorganized busy parents can become.
[01:56.04]Some parents rejected the main principle of Kondo's tidying method
[02:01.47]– a method she named "KonMari."
[02:05.28]That principle is cleaning up a large number of things all at once.
[02:11.72]Kondo says the KonMari method breaks all items in the home into five categories:
[02:18.24]clothes, books, papers, mementos, and miscellaneous, or everything else.
[02:26.28]Kondo suggested that when you organize your books, you should organize all of your books.
[02:32.73]If you organize your clothes, you should organize all of your clothes.
[02:38.96]Tidying up, she wrote in her book, should be a special event
[02:43.12]and not something you do every day or every week.
[02:48.40]Her KonMari method, she claimed, would keep clutter from returning.
[02:53.88]However, parents said they could not give so much time to one project while raising children.
[03:02.36]People without children also agreed with this criticism of Kondo's KonMari method.
[03:09.28]In 2017, a parent writing on Treehugger.com questioned whether she could
[03:15.66]follow Kondo's calm example at the end of the workday.
[03:21.92]Katherine Martinko called parenting "chaos."
[03:26.76]Martinko said she could not imagine
[03:29.61]putting her shoes, handbag, and coat carefully away when she came home
[03:35.28]and then sitting down for a relaxing cup of tea, as Kondo did.
[03:41.68]Martinko wrote that "it sounded like life on another planet."
[03:46.64]In other words – unrealistic.
[03:50.80]After Kondo's two daughters were born,
[03:53.34]she changed KonMari a little to better fit a child-filled life.
[03:59.32]She admits that tidying up one small area at a time
[04:03.62]might be a better approach for busy, tired parents.
[04:08.10]For example, instead of organizing all of the clothes, a parent might organize just the t-shirts.
[04:18.16]Kondo told the AP that changing your actions when life changes is natural.
[04:24.23]And being a parent, she added, is tiring.
[04:29.32]Kondo also offered some new suggestions for parents.
[04:33.57]She spoke to The Wall Street Journal in 2017 about them.
[04:39.20]One suggestion is to decide how much space to give your children's things.
[04:45.42]That way, Kondo said, parents can say "no" to toys and objects
[04:51.19]that do not fit into the planned area.
[04:55.56]Kondo's most important suggestion is one she repeated to AP reporters this month.
[05:01.92]That is, children should see their parents tidying up.
[05:07.48]Katherine Martinko, the parent on Treehugger.com, approves of this suggestion.
[05:13.98]"Act the way you expect your kids to act," she writes.
[05:19.80]And that's the Health & Lifestyle report.
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