How did Marie Kondo get so famous

Marie Kondo's greatest happiness was being able to visit the National Library in Tokyo on her 18th birthday. At last. Because there is a large department with works for tidying up, clearing out and tidying up, that's what Kondo has New York Times once told. Kondo, the 34-year-old Japanese woman who studied living magazines at the age of five and is said to have tidied up her sister's nursery. Kondo, who has become a worldwide phenomenon through cleaning up (and her Netflix series "Cleaning Up With Marie Kondo" and millions of books sold) and for the Time Magazine one of the 100 most influential personalities in the world. Kondo, who had the name of their clean-up method protected. And through her "KonMari" she has become a multimillionaire. Linda Koopersmith thinks that all of these successes are not actually due to Kondo, but at least to a large extent to her.

"I am a pioneer in the organization business. I started in 1989," said the 59-year-old New York Post. Koopersmith has therefore been working as a tidiness expert primarily for celebrities for 30 years, her clients are said to include tennis player Serena Williams, singer Jennifer Lopez and actor Orlando Bloom. Koopersmith now claims that the folding method, in which clothes are folded into small packages and stored upright in a closet or drawer, is hers: "What Marie calls her 'KonMari' method is actually a folding technique that I invented 27 years ago. "

In 2005 Koopersmith mentioned the method in her book "The Beverly Hills Organizer's Home Organizing Bible" and also repeatedly shown it in YouTube videos and the TV show "Clean House" (2003-2011).

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"Even so, it was claimed that Marie was the creator of the 'upright fold,'" Koopersmith said. Nobody asked Kondo: "How did you come up with that?" That's why she was quite annoyed when she saw the Kondo fold for the first time. "I felt like someone stole my baby."

Some online commentators argue under the videos and articles that the result at Kondo and Koopersmith is the same: the clothes are folded tightly and upright in drawers and dressers - the way to get there is similar, but different. As a result, Kondo and Koopersmith have one or two differences in the way they fold. In any case, Koopersmith receives criticism for not having been silent for so long if that was her folding technique.

Koopersmith does not reveal why she is only expressing her allegations now, after the fabulous rise of Kondo. But what she's hoping for, she already reveals: "I want to be recognized for inventing the technology that has changed the lives of many people."

Patent on folding technology?

In essence, Koopersmith's allegations are not new. Already in 2016, long before Kondo's Netflix series, the New York Times give them a feature. Its title: "The ruthless war for stuff". A war that is said to have broken out between the really existing Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and Kondo. In NAPO, the national association of US cleaners, the rule New York Times according to unanimous disdain for Kondo. Because they only do what so many others do: tidy up. But with sophisticated marketing.

Incidentally, this is also what Linda Koopersmith, who is now reproaching, says: that she thinks Kondo is a marketing sensation that has stolen her fame on the back of other, hard-working pre-cleaners. The extent to which Koopersmith could seek legal action remains to be seen - a folding technique can hardly be patented.

By the way, Kondo has not yet responded to Koopersmith's allegations.