What is The KonMari Method™?
The KonMari Method™ as featured in Marie Kondo's bestsellers; “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” & “Sparks Joy!” & on the Netflix series “Tidying up with Marie Kondo,” is the highly successful Japanese art of home decluttering & organizing.
This method advocates Tidying by Category in this order;
(1) clothing, (2) paper, (3) books, (4) komono (miscellaneous) & (5) sentimental.
Tidying is done by gathering all alike items in that category & grouping them in one place. The visual impact of seeing how much you own is intentional & an important step in the process. You pick up each item, keep what sparks joy & mindfully release the rest with gratitude.
As you progress through the categories your ‘spark joy’ understanding & recognition is honed. Believe what your body reaction is telling you. If you feel happy holding an item you can be confident that owning it is bringing you joy & has a place in your home. If you feel blah when picking up an item then let it go. You may be thinking that the broom doesn’t bring you joy but when you consider that the purpose of that tool is to clean your home then you will feel confident in keeping it.
By focusing only on what you want to keep you reduce the anxiety of what to release. Respecting & expressing gratitude for your discards is an important step in the process as it addresses mindfulness. Adopting a different relationship to your possessions is an integral part especially if you are looking to improve your shopping habits & reduce mindless spending.
How long will it take to complete my home decluttering project?
The duration varies depending on the size of your home & the time needed to determine if something sparks joy. Homework assigned & completed between sessions will reduce the number of in-home consultant time down.
Often there is an exhilaration in tidying & you may want to add another session that day. It's true - tidying your home - can be a lot of fun!
Do I have to be present? What if I get tired? My place is a mess!
You, the client are responsible for determining whether an object sparks joy & for this reason you are required to be present. This important factor takes tidying to a whole new level. You will connect & make a decision on every item that you own in your home. We will not be organizing clutter. Your home will be simplified & you will never have to undergo this major tidying again.
We work together 1:1. I am there to coach you through the process & teach techniques, assist with gathering categories together, organize your keep, recycle, trash & donate piles, address your concerns & focus on organizing solutions. And of course energize & motivate you when you are tired & overwhelmed. I love working with my clients & have a lot of energy for tidying & will encourage you to take healthy rest breaks.
I have no judgement if your home is messy & encourage you not to tidy up before I arrive for our first session so I have an accurate picture of the problem areas. However please do the laundry so that we can include that clothing in the session.
Tidying up is a big task & there is only total respect for the commitment you are making to creating a positive change. I practice empathy & strive to coach & empower you when you need a mental boost & when you need to step away for a moment.
I’m moving. Should I declutter before the move?
Yes. Decluttering your home before you sell will offer potential buyers the opportunity of seeing themselves in your clear spaces & beautifully organized home. Plus you will save on moving costs.
Can I purchase sessions as gifts?
Yes. Tidying sessions are a great gift for any occasion but make sure the recipient is committed to tidying up & not being forced to reduce possessions.
Is payment required before each session?
Pre-payment by credit card is required to book your first scheduled session. A Consulting Agreement & Invoice will be emailed to you after your complimentary phone consultation. Cash & check payments received in person may be accepted for continually scheduled sessions.
Will I be forced to donate something & what happens to my discards?
You, the client are ultimately responsible for the decision on whether an item sparks joy or not. And if you choose to discard then you are solely responsible for what items are donated, recycled, shredded, resold or sent to the landfill. I will bring trash bags & assist in bagging these items ready for collection and/or drop-off.
You may have your preferred places to donate. We can discuss options available to mindfully reduce adding to the landfill. My business practice is to not accept your donations but will assist you in contacting a service to pick up.
I'm excited. When can I start?
Book a complimentary phone consultation. This is a great opportunity for you to discuss which areas of your home concern you, what you hope to achieve with tidying up your home, what type of Tidying Package would suit your needs & also establish whether we are a good fit.
Perhaps you just want to test the KonMari Method™ & do one session. Or you are ready to schedule 4, 8 or 12 sessions. Choose your commitment & schedule your preferred day & time. Each session is 3 hours.
What happens when our session ends & my place is a mess?
It can be helpful to do the gathering of same items in an area which does not disrupt the flow of the home. If that is not possible then the session will be structured leaving enough time to store your keep pile, remove trash, recycling, donations etc. & discuss any homework to be done between sessions.
Is it true that after tidying my house using The KonMari Method™ I will never have to tidy it again?
After tidying your home using The KonMari Method™ all you will need to do is continue to choose what gives you joy, be mindful of what you bring in to your home, discard what doesn't, & care for the items you keep.