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!Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
We've all been there. Receiving a gift that you know you'll never use, but also feeling like you had to keep it. There is an easy remedy that keeps things respectful and honourable to both the gift giver and recipient. This article will share the exact approach that will put this struggle to rest.Read More
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.
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.Read More
With school starting soon, or perhaps even started, now is a great time to tidy up some key areas in your home. A bit of time and effort in going through these areas will ensure the year starts off organized and running smoothly (who doesn't want that?!). In this post you will find a list of the areas and/or groupings to tidy through.Read More
My review of Marie Kondo’s newest book, “The Life Changing Manga of Tidying Up”. This latest release offers a new perspective on tidying through easy to follow illustrations and through an example client.Read More
One of the easiest ways to let go of things is to give them to someone or place that will benefit from your donation. This is especially true for belongings that otherwise would prove difficult to part with. Knowing that your belongings will make a difference and be appreciated is a comfortable way to rid yourself of guilt and hesitancy and instead celebrate and honour the items that no longer spark joy for you.Read More
After successfully completing the KonMari Method you can be assured that you will never have to do a fully tidy of your home again, however maintenance is still required to assure order. These are areas of focus and a general timeline for re-tidying.Read More