5 Tips for Starting the KonMari Method

5 Tips for Starting the KonMari Method

While inspired and excited, I often have people share with me that they just can't seem to start the KonMari Method.  This makes perfect sense given the obvious commitment of time and effort required to successfully complete the process. However, sometimes the reason(s) for stalling can be more deeply rooted; feeling overwhelmed, doubting ones capability and being unsure of how to actually begin can all result in putting off starting the method. I reassure you that beginning the KonMari Method is a perfect example of a "mind over matter" situation and once you take the plunge, you'll be be off and tidying in no time!

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Packing Toiletries Made Easy with ORGO

Packing Toiletries Made Easy with ORGO

The principles of the Konmari Method are not just relevant to the home. Intentional focus toward only having what makes you happy and keeping organization simple and efficient are equally beneficial when applied to travel. 

I use to travel with everything, my motto was always "better to have it, than wish you did". Looking back, this was merely a way for me to justify packing on the fly without too much effort or intention. Interestingly, when I completed the KonMari Method I realized that my previous approach to packing was just delaying frustration. We all know how annoying it is to make our way through a busy airport or try and hail a cab with the awkwardness of too much luggage in tow.

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Serene in 2018 Challenge

Serene in 2018 Challenge

When I went through my own KonMari journey, in 2015, there were two distinct areas where I struggled the most. First in not having a clear outline of the process and second, in not having an outlet to connect with others going through the method. Recalling these struggles has created the basis of my virtual tidying programs; clear step-by-step instruction, real-life guidance, support and a community of fellow clients for motivation and connection.

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Easy Ways to Declutter Digital

Easy Ways to Declutter Digital

Digital clutter, while it does not occupy physical space, definitely occupies mental. Email spam, Facebook group notifications, digital photos, files, apps... it can be very overwhelming (and seemingly impossible to escape)! For most people, decluttering digital seems so unattainable that they simply do not try. However, a simple strategy and commitment of time is all that is required. 

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KonMari Inspired - How to Shop for Children at Christmas

KonMari Inspired - How to Shop for Children at Christmas

Like a lot of people, during this hectic time of year, I use to buy for the sake of buying. I would do this for pretty much everyone on my list, our children included. Of course, there were always the "show-stopper" gifts that the kids would include in their letters to Santa, but on the whole I was lost. I constantly felt like I needed to add things to meet my gift quota per child and this is where things always end up going nutty for me. I would purchase random things so they, "had something", but this always resulted in useless junk that the kids had no interest in. This is also probably true for the random gifts I purchased for adults as well... but I'll leave that for another post.

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5 Things that Changed After Completing the KonMari Method

I recently asked the following question on Reddit, "in what way(s) has either journeying through or completing the KonMari Method changed your life"? Of course I had my own answers to this question, but I curious to see what others would share. Perhaps not surprisingly, the replies I received, were completing in keeping with my own sentiments and experience. These are my top five most popular responses.

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Children's Responsibility Baskets

Children's Responsibility Baskets

The idea of “Responsibility Baskets” was born from my desire and need for my children to start being more mindful of their own possessions and to curb the habit of dropping their things all over the house. It also fosters a sense of ownership and pride. This is a simple concept to implement, but is a wonderful teaching aid and proves very useful.

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5 Tips to Help You Complete the KonMari Method

5 Tips to Help You Complete the KonMari Method

Here's a bit of a real talk. Like a lot of new pursuits, there is an initial honeymoon stage whereby you are swept up in excitement and optimism. You're firing on all cylinders and you couldn't be more motivated. Then, inevitably, you settle into your new endeavour and the time, effort and commitment start to fog up the rose coloured glasses you were wearing. This is when we must dig in a bit deeper and find ways in which to stay the course and see our pursuit through to completion.

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