(CNN)Marie Kondo was likely just out of diapers and making a mess when Regina Leeds got into this work.
Organizing was Leeds’ “side hustle” starting in January 1988, what she did to get by while hoping to become a full-time actress. People at Los Angeles parties raised their eyebrows or looked confused when Leeds told them what she was doing.
But that newfangled business idea became a successful career. Ten books later, including her 2008 New York Times bestseller, “One Year to an Organized Life,” Leeds knows as well as anyone the power of decluttering. She was seeing transformed clients decades before Americans began drinking the Kondo Kool-Aid and buzzing about the Japanese organizing consultant’s books on “tidying up” and her new Netflix series.