The importance of tidiness in one's home is crucial to our level of joy and overall physical energy. Feeling stuck? Not happy with your job? Want more meaningful social and personal relationships? The KonMari Method is specifically designed to help the individual find joy in everything and it all starts with your living space.
So, you don’t live in California where Marie Kondo is but you’d like help implementing the KonMari method into your home? The KonMari Consultant is the next best thing! We are trained and certified in this life-changing Japanese-style of tidying. As consultants, we are required to live the KonMari Method in our everyday lives. Which means tidying our homes top to bottom and keeping up with it consistently. We also take an oath that states we will assist every client with integrity and great care. Please visit konmari.com to find a Certified KonMari Consultant near you!
Please join me for another presentation of the KonMari Method and how this profound Japanese-style of tidying can change your life!
where: The Peace Cellar, 3494 S. Broadway
when: Thursday, November 15th, 6 PM
what: Instruction on the implementation of the KonMari Method in your home along with my first hand experience which will include the success stories of my clients.
**Bring 5-7 items you would like to learn to fold.
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....a.k.a. don’t keep anything in your home that doesn’t make you happy!
Because you must make room for the things you DO want for yourself. Holding on to old photos is keeping all the new moments and photo ops from finding you. All of those old books you have that are just sitting there, dusty on your shelves, never to be read again, are stopping you from discovering the new and magical ones. Not only that, but those old books are also not fulfilling their purpose by sitting on your shelf, which can then create obstacles for you to move forward in your life. Some Japanese people believe that inanimate objects have feelings just like you and I do and that everything must fulfill it’s purpose. This is why we give praise to our belongings in the KonMari Method.
Leaving the clothes in your closet that you skip over every morning when choosing something to wear to work is a direct obstacle to you finding that beautiful dress or sweater that you will absolutely love. Those clothes you repeatedly ignore also have a direct effect on how you feel about getting dressed and starting your day.
Do you have a bunch of old shoes in your closet that hurt your feet or maybe don’t make you happy when you wear them? Yep, you guessed it! Those old shoes you don’t wear are hogging the space in your closet and they're keeping you from finding the comfy cute ones you can’t wait to put on. They’re also telling the world you don’t mind being in pain as you walk through life. Yikes!
Are you seeing a pattern?
If we hang on to the things that we don’t love or want then we will never discover the life we yearn for. If you want more joy in your life you must make room! Do you want a new career? Are you wanting to travel more? Would you like more time with your family and friends? Do you want a closer view of who you are as a person? If your answer is yes, then you must make room for these things to manifest in your life and you do this by removing the clutter in your home.
Here’s a little secret I’ve learned in my own life using the KonMari method, we have to shed parts of our past in order to make room for a new and fruitful future. By detaching from the things we have deemed to be so important we then create more energy to be present and live our lives fully. Try it! Give yourself permission to let the things go that are ready to leave your life.
That’s my Mom and Dad and I when I was about 5 years old in the photo at the top. I have a balloon in my hand, and you can tell I was a little squirmy and not able to sit still, but I love that we are all smiling and sitting so closely together.
Happy Tidying, Everyone!
You must make room for the life you want to live! If you are surrounded by the things you no longer need or want but also want to change things for yourself, then you must become part of the equation by removing those very things that are holding you back.
[your home + full of clutter = no room to create anew!]
It's time to get tidy for good! Please join me at the Tattered Cover, Aspen Grove on August 18th for a tidy talk on how clutter can affect all areas of your life and how to remedy it. Please bring 5-7 items to fold, a writing utensil and any questions you may have about the KonMari Method!! See you there!
One day, a young man contacted me for some tidying help. He was a bit distraught, for he had just endured a difficult break up. I met with him in his apartment for a consultation and assured him that after we were finished tidying he would find the girl of his dreams. Sometimes the wildest things come flying out of my mouth but they always tend to be true. My team and I tidied the entire apartment from top to bottom and we left him a happily tidied young man.
Fast forward a few months later.
"Hey, Kate, my girlfriend needs your help getting tidy and packed for her move to a new place," he said.
"Sure Thing, L, we'll take care of it!"
My team and I helped her tidy and get packed for her new place and she was oh so happy for our tidying expertise!
Fast forward almost 2 years later. I'm sitting in a coffee shop and in walks L and his sweet girlfriend K. They were on a date celebrating their 2 year, first date anniversary. How sweet is that?!
They chatted with me for a minute and said they needed my help again for they had just bought a new home and needed things put in their place. Of course I said I'd help them!
I ended the conversation in the coffee shop reminding him of my promise and he remembered. They are the sweetest couple and they are so patient with each other. So far I've helped tidy the new kitchen, front closet and K's oldest son's room. We have a tiny bit more to tidy and I can't wait to see what happens next for them!
Oh...and one last thing. They both quit their jobs and are pursuing self employment and said they couldn't be happier. Cheers to L & K for making their dreams come true!!
It is no secret that The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up is in fact magical and life-changing. These past few months I've been helping clients realize how much freedom lies at the other side of their tidying journey. Just yesterday I was helping a client move into her new apartment. She was very worried by all of her belongings not being in a tidy state. Seeing her kitchen items on the counter and totes of clothes stacked in the bedroom and her beautiful art work on the ground and not yet properly hung made her very uneasy. I then gave her a KonMari folding lesson. I literally, right before my eyes, watched the stress and anxiety fall off of her face and shoulders! As she said goodbye to old socks and shirts that no longer brought her joy she became lighter and happier and was practically singing and dancing about in her new living space! That evening she sent a text that said, "Thanks so much for your help! When do we get to do this again?!" That's a success in my book!
At the end of the day, the one thing that should spark the most joy is YOU!
We had a wonderful tidying lesson with Colorado Home Realty. We had 5 attendees and gave tips on how to make Spring really transform your home and life goals! The KonMari Method truly is magical and everyone left inspired to tidy! Below are my 2 classmates from the Natural Food Chef program that I'm in, they catered the event.
On April 26th I pinned France on my dream-board map as the very first country that I wanted to visit for my tidying business and wouldn't you know I landed in Monaco on the 4th of September. After only a couple of Skype sessions and seeing the general layout of Suzanne's apartment I flew over the Atlantic ocean having really no idea how this was all going to turn out. But after doing this work with so many clients, I knew it would all be perfect!
A little background on how I came to know Suzanne involves her daughter, Kate, my client in Denver. I've been helping Kate tidy her home for the last several months and one day while we were folding clothes she said, "Oh how I wish you could help my mother get tidy." When I asked where her mother lived she said, "oh just outside of France, too far for you to travel I'm sure." I practically cried with joy and accepted the job without hesitation, applied for an emergency passport and bought my plane ticket.
After 11 hours on several planes from Denver to D.C. to Zürich, I met Suzanne and Aimé (ey-may) at the airport in Nice, France. We quickly said hello, threw my luggage in the trunk and were off to what would be my new living quarters for the next 9 days. We drove about 1/2 hour along a windy road barely big enough for two lanes. When a large fruit truck or van would appear driving in the opposite direction I decided closing my eyes was the best approach. With the most beautiful architecture out the left side car window and the Mediterranean Ocean out of the right, it was very apparent that the inhabitants of this age old part of the world used that view as their muse while they contemplated the design of their coast line. I could barely contain my excitement to be in the very place where I put myself for I created this experience all on my own.
Suzanne and Aime's 2 bedroom apartment was wall to wall parquet flooring with built-in's and marble tile and 2 balconies overlooking the city streets of Monaco and the large Mediterranean Ocean. I learned on my first trip to France in 1995 that everywhere you go there is a distinct smell of coffee, cheese and fresh croissant. Their apartment was no different. I spent the first day of my arrival recouping from jet-lag and the very next Morning Suzanne and I caught the city bus to the beach for an early morning swim. This was Suzanne's normal morning routine and I knew keeping things as normal as possible would help with the process of discarding.
Still shaking off the jet-lag and with the huge jolt of energy from our morning swim, we had a quick bite of cheese and berries then pulled out every piece of clothing that she owned. Two closets full and a few drawers later everything was laid in neatly categorized piles of blouses, sweaters, jeans etc., piece by piece Suzanne held each one in her hands to determine if it sparked joy. The clothing category extended over the duration of 2.5 12-hour days. I was hoping clothing would take a max of 8 hours but I majorly underestimated. I taught Suzanne the benefits of folding her clothes like pieces of sushi and to put her loving energy into it.
We then moved onto books. I felt like a tidying horse that couldn't stop. I was suffering from jet-lag but of course I was determined to get as much done as possible before I had to return to the states. We again pulled everything off the shelves and placed them in neat stacks in the living and dining rooms. Books took another 3 days for I believe she may have had close to 3000 titles. Suzanne was/is very attached to her books. She's an academic tutor to local students and she assists them on maintaining their path to college. After every day of discarding and deciding on what to keep she would return to the keep-piles and discard even more. The tidying at one point became too cumbersome so I had Suzanne sit down in a comfy chair and I would then bring stacks of 10-12 books at a time. Ultimately we didn't finish the book category. She had several books in storage in the basement of her apartment building and we simply didn't have enough time.
On the evenings that we ended our tidying adventures early we went out to dinner. The few restaurants we visited were on the water and the views were breathtaking. Our discussions were about our lives and how each choice we made led to the next and I realized all of those choices landed me in Monaco, owning my own business, being a good mother and living a life with a do or die attitude. On my last night in this magical place the sun began to set and as the night lights brightened I remembered to cherish each bite and each moment as if it were my last. I didn't get as far as I had hoped and was actually disappointed that we didn't get her entire apartment tidy. We've talked of my return and we continue to do tidying sessions via Skype. She's admitted she can only tidy with my urging but little by little I know Suzanne will soon be on the other side of her tidying journey. It can be a spark joy life if you let it!