Marie Kondo Helped Stephen Colbert KonMari His “Late Show” Desk

updated Jan 9, 2020
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Turns out everyone is into the KonMari craze, even Stephen Colbert. The star of Netflix’s “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo” stopped by “The Late Show” where the host apparently needed Kondo’s help to declutter is home at work, a.k.a. his desk.

Accompanied by her translator Marie Iida, Marie Kondo made an appearance on Colbert’s program Monday night, beaming with joy as she walked onstage to greet the roaring crowd. After Colbert’s brief introduction that involved a shoutout to “The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up,” the host got right to the point—he needed some serious guidance in KonMari-ing his show home.

First thing was first: They needed to properly thank the desk just as Kondo thanks the homes she works in. The decluttering expert accompanied Colbert in kneeling next to it, instructing him to express gratitude for “what this desk and studio allows you to do every night.” At this, Colbert gives thanks for Ed Sullivan, and then they proceeded to advance into the KonMari method.

Before diving into decluttering, Colbert warned the room that he had been at his desk for three-and-a-half years, and so he was desperate to get rid of a few things. Kondo simply instructed the comedian to start taking all the items out, and the laughs went from there.

First to surface was a bottle of Weller bourbon, followed by Purell, a Cinnabon container (with an actual cinnamon roll in it), a fitted sheet, and Kondo’s best-selling book. Kondo told Colbert to touch each item one by one and see if it sparked joy, starting with the bourbon bottle that he cradled like a small infant.

When all was said and done, Colbert kept every single item that he had brought to Kondo’s attention—I guess he just needed validation that each brought him great joy. But one element that definitely needed some TLC was Colbert’s fitted sheet, which was unfolded and desperately needed Kondo’s touch. Since the organizing guru can’t resist a good mess, she got right to it.