She’s built a reputation for helping desperate home owners organise their bedrooms.
But now Marie Kondo has been employed by Beijing to help clean up the Wuhan laboratory, where some claim coronavirus originated.
“I’ve been asked by Beijing to help remove any incriminating evidence from the lab,” says the Japanese tidying expert. “But I’m not going to lie, this lab is a filthy fucking mess.”
It comes amid growing international calls on China to allow investigators into the lab, known as the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
“There is no doubt, this is a dirty, sub-standard laboratory,” admits Marie Kondo.
“There are bats, cigarette packets, Coke cans and other shit all over the place. If it doesn’t spark joy – it’s gone. I need to make this thing look half credible.”
But she’ll have to act fast.
Pressure is building on the World Health Organisation to open the way for investigators into forensically inspect the lab.