Tidying brings order to your space and connects your with what matters most in your life.
The KonMari Method™ is so much more than organization and order. Tidying leads you to evaluate the things that surround you, discarding what no longer brings you joy, so you can embrace true fulfillment. Through tidying, you order your space and transform your life. After making this shift, you’ll never choose clutter again.
As you being your tidying adventure, questions are quite normal. Let’s explore your questions...and find answers together.
I’m feeling overwhelmed. I’m not sure where to start. Can you help me? . . .
Feelings of overwhelm are quite natural. Let me reassure you… we will tidy together at the perfect pace for you. During our first lesson together, we’ll do a walk through of your home and discuss your ideal vision for your home and life. These first 20-30 minutes will help us create a plan together that fits your needs.
What can I expect during our first lesson together? . . .
After our initial walk through of your home (20-30 minutes) to discuss your vision and your needs, we’ll begin where Marie Kondo recommends we begin - with your clothing. Together we’ll gather all your clothes in one place, allowing you to see how much you own. Then we’ll do the “joy check” of your items - keeping only what sparks joy while gently discarding the rest. After discarding, we’ll put the “keep” items away in their temporary home. We only make decisions on how best to organize your belongings after we move through all the categories - clothes, books, papers, miscellaneous, and sentimental items - keeping only things that bring you joy.
How should I prepare for our first lesson together? . . .
Please don’t feel the need to clean up before our first lesson. It’s helpful for me to see your home in its natural state - the way you normally live. Before our first lesson, I recommend you reflect on your ideal life and how you want to experience your home. You might create a vision board (on paper or on Pinterest), journal, or select another way that feels natural for expressing this vision. Be specific and imagine your ideal space and life in rich detail. We will discuss this vision together during your first lesson.
How long is each tidying session? . . .
Each lesson is typically five hours long. Tidying is very rewarding, but it is also physically and emotionally taxing. Five hours is enough time to see significant progress, but not too long to create exhaustion.
How much will we accomplish during each lesson? . . .
This is truly variable, and depends on your pace. The amount we accomplish depends on how much you own, how organized you space is before we begin, outside distractions, and personal factors such as how quickly you make decisions. We will move at your pace, and I will help you set appropriate expectations for your unique situation.
Will you force me to throw things away? . . .
You decide whether to keep or to discard. As Marie Kondo says, “if it makes you happy then the right choice is to keep it confidently, regardless of what anyone else says.” Over time, by working through the KonMari Method™ categories, you will develop a sensitivity to joy. By the end of tidying, you will be able to quickly discern what brings you joy and what does not - a skill that leads to a better life.
What happens to the items I choose to discard? . . .
You’ll practice gratitude when discarding things. From a scrap of paper to a box of photos, you’ll thank each object for serving its purpose. Before you begin the tidying process, I recommend you think about where you wish to donate unwanted items and carve out a space in your home (such as the garage) to temporarily store items that are on their way out. My work promotes reuse (through donation or consignment) or recycling as much as local resources will allow.
What if the people I live with are not interested in tidying? . . .
The KonMari Method™ is a personal journey, independent of anyone else in your life. This is the beauty of tidying. You will only make decisions about your own belongings, so your progress is not dependent on your housemates. By focusing on yourself, you maintain a positive relationship with others and may just inspire them with your progress.
Can I hire you to organize someone else in my life (partner, parent, child)? . . .
One of the tenets of the KonMari Method™ is that “we can only transform our lives if we really want to.” As much as we wish we could change other people, our loved ones must choose to make changes on their own terms.
What are the benefits of applying the KonMari Method™ to my work space? . . .
The beauty of the KonMari Method™ is that the principles of this unique system are applicable to any space, whether it’s your home, office, or studio. Tidying your work space allows you to increase your ability to focus and complete tasks in an environment that inspires you and brings you joy.
Will we tidy my office or studio separately from my home? . . .
Generally, yes. While the KonMari Method™ was initially designed for tidying your home, these fundamental principles can be applied to all spaces regardless of their purpose. We begin by assessing the function and intention you have for your work space. We then continue by discarding those items that don’t support your vision or that inhibit your purpose. Items chosen to remain in your work space are arranged to create an inviting environment for your work. The result is increased focus, inspiration, and productivity.