Japan Association for Tidying and Organizing Family Homes

一般社団法人 実家片づけ整理協会


Changing the relationship between things, time, and people through tidying.

We aim to increase people’s satisfaction with life through tidying up their family homes.
We provide easy and safe tidying methods that respond to the changes of the 100-year life cycle.

Outline of the Association

Association for Tidying and Organizing Family Homes Established in February 2016


Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061, Japan

Representative Director Aya Watanabe

Business activities

Organizing specialized courses related to tidying up family homes and certification courses for Family Home Tidying Advisors®.
Sales, writing, and editing of books, textbooks, and other materials
Proposal of tidying services, etc.
Offering various types of related educational courses and on-site courses
Human resource development for instructors, etc.

We provide storage services that are easy for people who are not good at tidying up and for the elderly, as well as pre-life-planning, end-of-life planning, and estate planning.
We provide tidying services, seminars, and certification courses for the aging society with low birthrate in the age of 100 years of life, as well as for inheritance and vacant house issues.
We offer on-site lectures mainly related to welfare and local government within your budget as much as possible. Please consult with us.

The certification as an advisor for tidying up a family home is registered as a trademark by law.

Main Publications

The Basics of Tidying Up”, Discover Twenty-One, 2019 (Korean version to be published in May 2021)
Appeared as an advisor for tidying up the family home in “Manga: 15 Stories of Family Money You Want to Read Before Your Parents Grow Old,” Diamond Inc. in May 2021.
The day that skipjack tidies up the Isono family: An introduction to tidying up your parents’ house without regrets, SB Creative, 2016.
In “Cleaning up your parents’ house: What to do while your parents are still alive and well,” edited by Aya Watanabe, published by Magazine House Mook, July 30, 2018.
Pro Ga Manabu Jitsuke no Katazuke (Cleaning Up Your Parents’ Home: What to Do While Your Parents Are Alive),” Diamond Inc.
Aya Watanabe, editor and editor-in-chief of “The Five Iron Rules for Tidying Up Your Parents’ House,” published by Diamond Inc. Perfect Book for Tidying Up Your Parents’ House,” Kobunsha, 2015.
My Mother’s House is a Trash House: The Problem of Self-Neglect by the Elderly, by Tetsu Kudo, Mainichi Shimbun Publishing, 2018.
Yosen-sha Mook, “How to Clean Up Your Parents’ House in One Lesson! How to Clean Up Your Parent’s House,” editorial cooperation, 2016.
Discard Technology” (co-authored by PHP Institute), 2017, etc.

Aya Watanabe’s book “The Basics of Tidying Up” was published in Korean.
The Korean version was published. (May, 2021)

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Logo Design

The logo of the Association for Tidying and Organizing Family Homes was designed with the hope that the heart (feeling, mind) in the home will connect with the surroundings.

We will provide tidying skills based on the mission of “changing the relationship between things, time, and people through tidying.

The logo of the Japan Association for Tidying Up Family Homes and the qualification of Tidying Up Family Homes Advisor are registered as trademarks by law.


Have you ever returned home after a long absence to find your home a messy mess in a place where you thought you would feel at ease? Have you ever had such an experience?

There’s something cluttered and uncomfortable about ・・・・.
You’ve been putting it off, thinking, “I’ll get to it.
It’s a good thing I’m not the only one.
However, as a result of procrastination, one day a huge amount of packing will fall on the middle-aged child. ……

This is an example of a common consultation about tidying up the family home.

As a “family home tidying advisor,” I provide consultation to children whose parents are old and worried about tidying up their parents’ home, as well as to their parents themselves for their own living arrangement.
In an aging society with a declining birthrate, it is becoming commonplace for each person to clean up two or three houses, including grandparents’ and uncles’ houses as well as parents’ and in-laws’ houses.

In my courses, children in their seventies sometimes come to learn “elderly tidying” for their parents in their nineties.
It’s no laughing matter.

Every parent-child relationship is different.
Some people become estranged due to circumstances, and after their parents pass away, they decide to renounce their inheritance.

Of course, you can renounce your rights, but the process is time-consuming and you are still responsible for managing the property until it is resolved. In addition, it is a high risk to leave the entire family home unattended.

Also, even though you are estranged from your parents, your relationship with them is different from that of a friend who you don’t have to see if you have a quarrel. Many people weep with regret when they see the large amount of belongings left behind in the empty house after their parents have gone.

What is the need to clean up the family home?
It is to create a system where parents can stay healthy, safe and secure.
The purpose is not to store the house neatly or to make it look like a model room.

Tidying up your parents’ house is not the same as tidying up your own house at your own will.

Psychologically, it can be said to be the most difficult of all tidying up in the sense that you have to proceed with tidying up in a relationship that is not a stranger.
However, the structure of today’s society places a heavy burden on the family.

In a world overflowing with things, the responsibility of owning things also comes into play.
From now on, it will become a new manner of living, like the SDGs, to pass on to the next generation.

We need to aim at tidying up not only for ourselves or for our things, but also for the happiness of ourselves and others.

Just because we are parents and children does not mean that we have to force ourselves to get along.

Tidying up cannot be solved if it is viewed as an extension of household chores, to be done only by family members.
In addition, in the case of “tidying up for the elderly,” it is necessary to have the skills to clean up with the help of others.

In such a situation, our association hopes to help those who are struggling with tidying up, and we offer a special course on “tidying up the family home. Our tidying service aims to be a reliable service that can be used by such families.
Tidying up your parents’ home is a way to look back on your upbringing and history, and to take stock of your life and belongings.

We provide the most common way to clean up your parents’ house while keeping an appropriate distance from them and valuing both your life and theirs.

The program aims to be a gentle know-how for those who are not good at tidying up, so that they can tidy up not only their parents’ house but also their own home.

Why don’t you start with what you can do, together with your friends?
We support you who want to tidy up.

Representative Director Aya Watanabe


Representative Director Profile
Aya Watanabe 

Japan Association for Tidying and Organizing Family Homes
Representative Director, Family Home Tidying Advisor
Born in 1965 in Kanagawa Prefecture. Lives in Tokyo. After working as a housing lender at a city bank and as an editor at a publishing company, she opened a course for people who are not good at tidying up, and became the president of the Association for Tidying Up Family Homes in 2016.

In 2016, she became the president of the Association for Tidying and Organizing Family Homes. She has been offering courses such as “Family Home Tidying Advisor®” specialized for the aging society with a declining birthrate, “Document Arrangement Advisor” certification course to protect your life, tidying and organizing techniques for the era of “100 years of life,” tidying techniques to prevent vacant houses, prenatal organizing for parents and children, courses for people who are not good at tidying, end-of-life workshops, organizing belongings, organizing things and money, online courses, and on-site tidying services.
In 2019, she will open “Online Salon for Home and Family”. She has a Master’s degree in Counseling from the Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, University of Tsukuba. Her research theme is “Parent-child relationships through tidying up the family home. Has given numerous lectures and appeared in the media.

She has lived in Kanagawa, Kanazawa, Nagoya, and Hiroshima due to her parents’ job transfers.
She is a registered real estate agent, a dementia supporter, and a librarian.


Appeared as an advisor for tidying up her parents’ house in “Manga: 15 Stories of Family Money You Want to Read Before Your Parents Grow Old,” published by Diamond Inc. in May 2021.

She was featured as an advisor for tidying up her parents’ house in a book titled “Collection of unwanted articles, liquidation of belongings, and flea market application” published by Croissant in May 2021.
An examination of the troubles lurking behind tidying up.

Serialized in 13 major regional newspapers throughout Japan (10 articles in total) (2021) “Tidying up the family home”.
Shinano Mainichi Shimbun, Shizuoka Shimbun, Kyoto Shimbun, Gifu Shimbun, Kushiro Shimbun, Kochi Shimbun, Yamagata Shimbun, Sanyo Shimbun, Shikoku Shimbun, Tokachi Mainichi Shimbun, Nishinippon Shimbun, Yaeyama Shimbun, Mutsu Shimpo, etc.

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