The organization guru tackles the TV host's home — and quells his fears about a fake KonMari tactic
Marie Kondo is setting the record straight on one rampant rumor about tidying up.
On Tuesday night’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! the organization expert tackles the host’s office, starting with books.
“I read that you said that you should only have thirty books,” Jimmy says as they look over towering stacks of them in his living room.
But Kondo quickly puts his fears to rest. “I don’t know where that rumor came from,” she says via her translator. “That’s a complete misconception.”
While the cleaning guru, whose new Netflix show Tidying Up is now streaming, does have plenty of rules and some quirky practices for applying her KonMari method — tapping your books to wake them up before sorting them, for one — there’s no hard limit on how many of one type of thing you can have.
“I’m very surprised that there’s a rumor going around that you should only keep thirty books,” she tells Kimmel, who offers to “find out who spread it around.”
“I mean we could have them killed. We’ll do whatever we need to do,” he deadpans.
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The unflappable Kondo, thankfully, doesn’t seem interested in pursuing this route. Her method, which first captured the attention of American readers in 2014 with the U.S. release of her cult-favorite book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, has been sweeping the nation once again with the debut of her show.
Life Changing Magic, which sat atop the New York Times Bestseller list for 69 weeks, is back on it now, 5 years later.
“Of course it was my hope that as many people as possible would watch the show, but this is so much more than I expected,” Kondo recently told PEOPLE. “It’s so wonderful to see everybody actually put into action my methods after they see the show. That’s what I love to hear.”
Tune in to Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35/10:35 CT on ABC to see the comedian’s full tidying experience.