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Even Marie Kondo's House Can't Stand Up to the Chaos of 3 Kids

It's finally happened. The queen of clean, Marie Kondo, has "kind of given up" tidying up after her three children. The author of "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" says she initially felt she had a reputation to uphold. But now at 38, she's realized that perfectly folded laundry and color-coded organization isn't always attainable.

"Up until now, I was a professional tidier, so I did my best to keep my home tidy at all times," she said at a recent event, the Washington Post reported. "I have kind of given up on that in a good way for me. Now I realize what is important to me is enjoying spending time with my children at home."

The organizing consultant went on to explain that after having her third child, she found it more and more challenging to maintain a tidy home all the time. "My home is messy, but the way I am spending my time is the right way for me at this time at this stage of my life," she said.

One thing's for sure: this news has certainly "sparked joy" for those who have a hard time staying on top of tidying. "Marie Kondo has a messy home and I'm 1000% here for it," writer Elahe Izadi tweeted. Another Twitter user wrote, "Y'all don't know how much I needed this today! The mess kids make is no joke. The mess all over my house feels validated lol." And while it's nice to know even the experts have a hard time keeping things tidy, Kondo's transparency is a great example of how we evolve and change over time - especially with a growing family.

The bestselling author shared her new philosophy in her more recent book, "Marie Kondo's Kurashi at Home: How to Organize Your Space and Achieve Your Ideal Life" ($20), which came out in November 2022. It focuses on the Japanese concept of "kurashi," which her website defines as "way of life" or "the ideal way of spending our time." Essentially, instead of hyperanalyzing which objects in our home "spark joy," she instead asks us to declutter our calendars and consider how we spend our time.

"The true purpose of tidying is not to cut down on your possessions or declutter your space," Kondo writes on her site. "The ultimate goal is to spark joy every day and lead a joyful life." So let's make 2023 the year of messy, lived-in, happy homes.

Claire Foy Is "Quite Proud" of Her 7-Year-Old's Unexpected Netflix Prank

"I'm quite proud of how she managed to find it and do that."

When asked by Norton if her daughter, who she shares with ex-husband Stephen Campbell Moore, had seen any of her work, Foy replied, "No, I haven't done anything child-friendly." On whether her daughter has at least seen her picture on TV, Foy was quick to detail the 7-year-old's technological expertise: "She has discovered that you can have my face as an [avatar] on Netflix," Foy said, referring to the streamer's option to pick a character from "The Crown" for a profile icon.

"I didn't know that she'd done this. She'd gone to bed and I turned [Netflix] on and there's my face, but she called it 'Nincompoop.'" The audience immediately burst into laughter, Foy included. Still in disbelief, she continued, "I don't think she's ever called anyone a nincompoop but she spelled it perfectly - and it's just my face."

While Foy was originally caught off guard by her daughter's prank, she had a good laugh over the memory alongside Norton and fellow guests Sarah Michelle Gellar, Rob Beckett, and M. Night Shyamalan. "I can't go anywhere near it, but I also can't delete it because I'm quite proud of how she managed to find it and do that," she added.

Foy recently had a mini "The Crown" reunion at the Critics' Choice Awards on Jan. 15, reconnecting with her costar Matt Smith, who played Prince Philip to her Queen Elizabeth II.

Above, watch Foy's full retelling of her daughter's savvy prank.