What is The KonMari Method™?
The KonMari Method™ as featured in Marie Kondo's bestseller; The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, is the highly successful Japanese art of home decluttering & organizing.
This method advocates tidying by category in this order; clothing, paper, books, komono (miscellaneous) & sentimental. Keep what you love & mindfully release the rest.
As you progress through the categories your understanding & recognition of what sparks joy for you is honed as you hold each piece & ask yourself "does this spark joy?"
By focusing only on what you want to keep you reduce the anxiety of what to release. Respecting & expressing gratitude for your discards is also 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. An average home may take 4-12 sessions. Also you can complete homework between sessions to keep the number of in-home consultant time down.
Sessions range from 3 to 6 hours & can sometimes be overwhelming when you see how much you own as you gather everything of that category. This visual impact is intentional & an important step in the process.
There is no judgement but only total respect for the commitment you are making to creating change. I practice empathy & strive to coach & empower you when you need a mental boost & when you need to step away for a moment. Health rests to hydrate are important. 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?
Yes. We work together 1:1. I am there to guide you through the process, teach techniques, organize, address your concerns & focus on solutions. And of course energize & motivate when you are tired & overwhelmed.
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.
Is payment required before each session?
Yes. Invoices require immediate payment to ensure your session dates.
Tidying packages with 4 or multiple sessions offer the benefits of a discount, your preferred days are scheduled in advance & you only have to deal with one invoice. There is no fee for rescheduling a session purchased as part of a tidying package.
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.
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 20 minute 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?
Tidying by category involves gathering all of the same items around the house. The visual image of seeing how much you own can be overwhelming. After you touch each item & decide what sparks joy, it will then be placed in either a keep or discard pile (donate, recycle, shred, resell or landfill).
It can be helpful to do your tidying 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 before the session ends to remove your discards out of the room, store your keep pile, & 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.