Shots have been fired in the worldwide organizing community. 59-year-old Linda Koopersmith is claiming that Japanese cleaning sensation Marie Kondo stole one of her organizing methods, reports Page Six. Koopersmith, who’s also known as the “The Beverly Hills Organizer,” said that she developed her folding technique 27 years ago when Marie Kondo was only 7-years-old. Furthermore, she said that there is proof of her folding technique on 2003’s Style Network television show “Clean House” and in a Youtube video posted in 2008.
“What Marie calls her KonMari Method, is actually a folding technique created by me 27 years ago,” Koopersmith said. “It was published in 2005, it was shown on the TV show ‘Clean House’ for years and seen on Youtube videos.“
Koopersmith added, “I am a pioneer of the organizing business. I started in 1989 .. I invented that upright folding method when my daughter was three to organize her drawers so she could see everything. I have shown how the folded item should stand up on its own for many, many years.
“Despite this it has been claimed that Marie is the creator of the ‘upright fold.’ Nobody has asked her, ‘How did you come up with it?’ When I first saw Marie demonstrate my fold on her TV as her own, it was so upsetting. I felt somebody had stolen my baby.”
Marie Kondo hit it big with her book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.” In the 2011 book, which sold 11 million copies, Kondo explained how to properly fold and put away clothes among many other organizing techniques.
Soon, Kondo became a pop culture sensation with her own Netflix show “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.” Everyone was Kondo-ing and de-cluttering their homes. But the much less famous Koopermith believes that Kondo’s fame is built on her stolen folding method. Koopersmith said that Marie is just a good marketer making money off of others work.
“This woman is not going to stop, the thing that makes her famous is my fold,” Koopersmith said. “That’s her claim to fame – she calls it the Kondo method … But it is the Linda Koopersmith method!
“It’s time the truth be told. That is my fold, and Marie Kondo took it and presented it as her own. I want to be acknowledged for creating the technique that has changed the way many people live today.”
Koopersmith continued, “I am the real deal. I am not going to to take your stuff and make you throw it away. I am not going to say ridiculous things like, ‘Does this spark joy for you?’ My underwear does not spark joy for me, but I am certainly not going to throw it all away.”
On one hand, Koopersmith has proof of doing the folding upright thing first. But on the other hand, the folding technique was pretty common knowledge before Kondo or Koopersmith. Marie Kondo did not respond to these claims made by Linda Koopersmith. Most likely she was too busy cleaning her millions of dollars to give a crap.