Even if you're a maximalist who's never decluttered a day in your life, chances are you've at least heard of Marie Kondo by now. The world's most influential organizer has inspired a community of "Konverts" with her books that have been translated into 40 languages and sold over 7 million copies. And with a phone app under her belt and a graphic novel on the way, it looks like the queen bee of decluttering won't be dethroned anytime soon.
The Kondo method calls on people to evaluate their relationship with each of their belongings by asking the question, "Does it spark joy?" If the answer is no, Kondo says to (graciously) let the item go. If it's a yes, she calls on you to find a specific place to put it so you can tend to it with care. Lots of care. We're talking "wipe down shampoo and conditioner bottles after use and hang your sponges to dry before placing them in the cupboard" levels of care.
Curious what insiders think of this prescriptive technique, I reached out to professional organizers for their take on when the Kondo method is most effective and when you might be better off letting those bottles air dry.