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Whether you’re preparing for an international move, settling into a new home or just need help getting organised, I am here to guide you through this transformative process.
As we go through life, it’s all too easy to accumulate stuff. The birth of a child. An international relocation. Moving in with a new partner. Dealing with the loss of a loved one, while wondering how to sort their belongings. Major life events are accompanied by a certain amount of baggage.
Over time, the accumulation of possessions can become more of a burden than a joy. Hours waisted trying to locate that book you have been keeping for future reference. Energy exerted attempting to track down that photo you had been holding onto -for posterity’s sake. Too much stuff and too little organisation can be stressful.
I understand this situation. I’ve been there myself. But I also know the transformative power of tidying up. The Konmari™ method helps you reclaim your space – physical and mental – freeing you up to live a joyful life.
I am here to guide you in minimising, organising and harmonising your life.
“People cannot change their habits without first changing their way of thinking.”
– Marie Kondo –
The KonMari Method™ was developed by Japanese organising consultant, Marie Kondo. Much more than a tidying technique, the methodology offers guidance on how to rid your home of unnecessary clutter and how to organise your precious belongings to create a warm and organised home environment. Most importantly, the KonMari Method™ is a catalyst for a clear-mind, freeing you up to live a joyful life.
Unlike other methods which pivot on sorting and storage, the Konmari Method™ focuses on changing mind-sets. By transforming your way of thinking you can become a tidy and clear-thinking person. And by making the act of tidying a radical and transformative event rather than something you do little-by-little, you see instant results which empower you to keep your space in order forever.
“Tidying deals with objects; cleaning deals with dirt. Tidying is the act of confronting yourself while cleaning is the act of confronting nature. Tidying orders the mind while cleaning purifies the mind.”
– Marie Kondo –
A common first-world affliction is “peak stuff”- the recognition that unnecessary possessions clutter our lives,. They slow us down and stress us out. When you think about it, it makes complete sense. After all, any one person, can only care for a finite number of things. The KonMari Method™ encourages us to take stock of our possessions and keep only those things that really matter. Items that serve an important function. And, crucially, those items that spark joy.
“The best way to choose what to keep and what to throw away is to take each item in one’s hand and ask: “Does this spark joy?” If it does, keep it. If not, dispose of it. This is not only the simplest but also the most accurate yardstick by which to judge.”
– Marie Kondo-
Harmonise your life via the transformative KonMari™ Method . The end result of this intensive process is an organised and peaceful home which goes hand in hand with a new-found clarity of mind.
Tidying by category
The Konmari Method™ requires you to tidy by category rather than by room. For example, it’s only by gathering all the clothes you have in the house that you get a true picture of the volume at stake. You can then begin to assess your relationship with your wardrobe. Does that fading t-shirt bring you joy? Or are you holding onto it because of an attachment to the past or a fear for the future? Items that don’t bring you joy should be thanked and discarded. Those items of clothing that you love should be cherished and given a home.
Once your clothes are in order, you tackle other categories. In the right order. After clothes comes books and papers. Next are komono, which includes toiletries and kitchen equipment, as well as the many miscellaneous bits and bobs that seem to creep into even the most organised of homes. And finally, the most difficult category of all – sentimental items. By practicing the Konmari Method™ on easier categories, by the time you tackle more sentimental items like photos, you will be be better prepared to confront your past.
“Sentimental items are the hardest to discard. By handling each sentimental item and deciding what to discard, you process your past. To put things in order means to put your past in order too. It’s like resetting your life and settling your accounts so that you can take the next step forward.
– Marie Kondo –
Designate a place for each thing
Give each of your possessions a home. By designating a spot for each item, you prevent your home from becoming cluttered again.
“I have yet to see a house that lacked sufficient storage. The real problem is that we have far more than we need or want.”
– Marie Kondo –
The six basic rules of tidying
COMMIT yourself to tidying; make up your mind, then apply the right method.
IMAGINE your ideal lifestyle; when you imagine your ideal lifestyle, you are actually clarifying why you want to tidy and identifying the kind of life your want to live once you have finished.
FINISH discarding first; one characteristic of people who never seem to finish tidying up is that they attempt to store everything without getting rid of anything. When things are put away, a home will look neat on the surface, but if the storage units are filled with unnecessary items, it will be impossible to keep them organised, and this will inevitably lead to a relapse.
TIDY by category, not by location; gather all items of the same category from the entire house into one spot. This allows you to see objectively exactly how much you have and confronted with the amount of clothes you will acknowledge how poorly you have been treating your possessions.
FOLLOW the right order; tidying in the proper order helps you hone your ability to distinguish what sparks joy. Clothes are ideal for practicing this skill while photos and sentimental items you should not touch until your have perfected the skill.
ASK yourself if it sparks joy; hold the item firmly in both hands and pay close attention to how your body responds when you do this.