It’s a good thing professional organizer Marie Kondo loves mess so damn much because she’s now at the center of one. Linda Koopersmith, also known as The Beverly Hills Organizer, is accusing Marie of stealing her upright folding method and passing it off as her own. Linda claims to have invented the idea way back in 1989. And not only does Linda think Marie ripped her off, she thinks her little “sparking joy” shtick is stupid. It’s the organizational folding wars of 2019 that nobody saw coming!
According to Page Six:
Koopersmith said, “What Marie calls her KonMari Method, is actually a folding technique created by me 27 years ago. It was published in my book in 2005, it was shown on the TV show ‘Clean House’ for years and seen on YouTube videos.
“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 this?’ When I first saw Marie demonstrate my fold on TV as her own, it was so upsetting. I felt like somebody had stolen my baby.”
That makes it sound like Linda folded her baby upright and a dingo came along and snatched it right out of her dresser drawers! Linda says that Marie’s a fly-by-night folder who’s only become successful because of her marketing strategy. Linda boasts many celebrity clients, and was the co-host of Clean House on the Style Network from 2003 – 2005. Marie, on the other hand, is “callously cleaning up on the back of others’ hard work”. Plus, according to Linda, there’s nothing joyful about pannies.
She continued, “I am the real deal. I am not going 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 throw it all away.”
Sounds to me like a case of Linda peaking too soon, and Marie showing up right on time like a soft spoken cherub with a fun catchphrase who focused her marketing towards regular slobs and not the “Beverly Hills” elite. I have to assume Linda didn’t trademark her folding method or she’d be talking to her lawyer instead of Page Six. But she does have the testimony of some of her celebrity clients such as Niecy Nash who said “Linda is the only person I know who can fold your underwear to look like origami!”. So I guess the only fair thing to do now would be to offer a Netflix deal to whoever invented origami.