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 (instead of by room) in this order: clothing, paper, books, komono (miscellaneous) & sentimental; & keeping only what you love - what sparks joy.
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 discard. Respecting & expressing gratitude for your discards is also an important step in the process as it addresses mindfulness & will play an integral part in your role as a consumer especially if you have been concerned with your previous shopping habits & are looking for change.
How long does it take to complete a 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. Your consultant can set you homework to be done between sessions to keep the number of in-home hours down.
Sessions are 3 hours long & can sometimes be overwhelming when you realize how much you own as you gather everything of that category.
This visual impact is intentional & an important step in the process. Be assured that your consultant is empathetic to your needs to rest, take a moment, be hydrated & is there to listen to your concerns. 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!
Does the client have to be present?
Yes. The consultant is there to work one-on-one with you, 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 or not & for this reason you are required to be present.
Is payment required before each session?
Full payment by credit card is required for a session to be booked. If you have any questions regarding payment please email your consultant.
Tidying packages with 4 or multiple sessions offer the benefits of a discount, your preferred days (if available) 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 as understandably life happens however the session will not be refunded & the session must be completed within 6 months of purchase.
Will the client be forced to donate something & what happens to their 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.
Your consultant can guide you on options to mindfully reduce adding to the landfill & will research any charity services available that will pick up your donations & bulky items. To maintain a relationship of trust, your consultant will not accept your donations.
I'm excited. When can I start?
Book a complimentary 30 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 you & your consultant 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. You choose your commitment & then work with your consultant to schedule your preferred day & time. Each session is 3 hours.
What happens if the session ends & the 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, the consultant will then place 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 your consultant will be your guide as to how the session should 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, discard what doesn't & care for the items you keep.
"I love the way everything is folded even down to the socks. It's made getting dressed in the morning faster & easier... I love to see my jewelry in one place. The necklaces, bracelets & rings etc. are in the top drawer of my dresser & my earrings are hanging on top of my dresser from a special earring rack. I see this every day & it really does "spark joy" for me." Kim R.