Exclusive First Pictures of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up Author Marie Kondo’s Daughter – Who’s Inherited Her Mom’s Cleaning Genes!

01/27/2016 at 09:58 AM ET

For The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up author and professional neat freak Marie Kondo, welcoming a baby into her Tokyo home last July could have wreaked havoc on the household’s well-established order. Luckily, Kondo and husband Takumi Kawahara‘s little bundle of joy seems to have inherited some of Mom’s instinct for organization.

“Since my child was born, we have a lot more things,” Kondo tells PEOPLE, “but we also made space for the baby, and she’s still not at the age where she’s scattering things about.”

The queen of clean says she’ll wait a few years before actually schooling her daughter in her decluttering methods.

Takumi Kawahara

Takumi Kawahara

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“She’s still only six months, but when she’s a little older, of course, I’ll teach her how to tidy,” Kondo shares. “Even now, when I’m folding clothes, she watches how it’s done.”

The 31-year-old, whose new book Spark Joy offers more detailed tips on the streamlining methods she shared in her bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, says the perfect age for a master class in neatening is when a child is over three.

“[Then] it’s possible to start teaching them how to tidy and put away their own clothes,” Kondo says.

And she’s sharing her wisdom on how to get your toddler started.

“Children have to learn to clean up their own toys,” she advises. “They themselves have to tidy up their own things. And second, when you teach children tidying, rather than start with their toys, it goes much better if you start with their clothes than if you start with toys.”

According to Kondo, American children have more belongings than kids in Japan, so purging may be hard.

“I’ll ask, out of all of [the toys], which ones do you like the most?” she says.

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Takumi Kawahara

Takumi Kawahara
Luckily, Kondo has some help at the home office: Kawahara shares her passion for keeping clean.

She says, “Frankly I cannot tell which of us is tidier!”

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PCC on

I hope her kid ends up a hoarder. I read her book and even though there is some good advice she sounds like an obsessive nut. Cannot understand why of the millions of anti-clutter books this one hit gold.

sandy on

I feel for her child. Part of the joy of childhood is playing- which often involves making a mess. Allow the child to do that- then sing the clean up song and put the toys away. A home will not be a total disaster if everything has a place. But kids need a chance to create, build, explore, discover….hope she allows her daughter to do all that and more! You do not want your child to be a type A having anxiety attacks and in therapy!
Yes, I do agree Americans have way to much stuff.

QQ on

Yeah she sounds more like an obsessive nut than a clean expert or something.

Sara on

What an adorable baby! Those cheeks are so cute!!! Congratulations to Marie and her family!

Robyn on

This book was the gold above all of the other decluttering books! But the one thing I kept thinking was that I wondered how she would deal with kids and the messes that they make and all the “stuff” they bring in! Can’t wait for that book to come out! Still wanting to get a copy of Spark Joy!

Valarie on

Her daughter looks like cutie pie, so adorable.

sunny on

Man alive is that baby adorable! Warms my heart and reminds me of my nieces when they were babies.

Linda on

That is one huge kid.

josephine on

what an adorable baby so very pretty like her mummy

Jackie on

What a beautiful baby! And how lucky the baby is to have such a nice, organized, and thoughtful mom! Maria’s first book changed my lifestyle. It all makes perfect sense and when practiced, allows so much more free time to spend with loved ones! I’m eager to get book 2 soon. Thanks!

cds on

@Linda; the baby looks bigger than Marie Kondo (LOL) she’s adorable !