Updated: May 9, 2019
The arrival of Spring often brings the urge to clean and declutter but this year has seen a global decluttering craze inspired by the launch of Netflix reality show ‘Tidying Up’, with Marie Kondo. People world-wide have begun clearing their wardrobes and neatly fold their clothing with life-changing results using something called the KonMari™ Method.
Marie Kondo is a Japanese tidying guru who first became famous in 2014 with her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying which has sold almost 9 million copies. She followed this with an eight-episode series on Netflix which launched on 1st January, where Marie guides people who are at a crossroads and ready to tackle clutter in their homes, transforming their lives in emotional and surprising ways.
The KonMari™ Method encourages tidying by category, not by location, beginning with clothes, then moving on to books, papers, komono (miscellaneous items), and finally, sentimental items. The order is important and as it helps develop your decision making skills and prevents you from getting side-tracked early on by items that you have an emotional attachment to.
The method is based on the idea of keeping in your life only the things that speak to your heart or 'spark joy'. If they no longer spark joy, items are thanked for the role they have played in your life before they are respectfully let go of. When we choose to let items go, thanking them can help make parting with them much easier.
People around the world have been drawn to this philosophy, not only due to its simplicity and effectiveness, but also because it places great importance on being mindful, introspective and forward-looking.
My Life-Changing Journey
My name is Lynn Kirk and I’m a Certified KonMari™ Consultant and professional organiser, based in Quorn, Leicestershire in the UK.
My journey began when a friend bought me Marie Kondo’s book. As a busy working mum, overwhelmed with stuff, I was keen to try anything that promised to ‘banish clutter forever’! The results truly were life-changing. I got rid of 2/3 of my clothes and so much stuff left the house. I loved living with less, life was easier, less stressful and everyone felt happier. I followed the principles of the method and decided to keep only what sparked joy or played a positive role in my life. The outcome was a simplified life surrounded by the things that I truly love.
It inspired me to want to help others enjoy the same life-changing benefits. So six weeks after I finished tidying my own home I flew to New York to train with Marie Kondo and her team. I then had to complete 50 practice hours and pass an exam to become a Certified KonMari™ Consultant. I set up my business, Happily Sorted, in January 2018 and began working 1-2-1 with clients to support them on their tidying journey and with making decisions about the objects they choose to own and the life they want to lead. It’s just the loveliest job and a real privilege. It’s such a mindful, optimistic and reflective approach and the benefits go far beyond having a tidy home. It’s about choosing a more simple, joyful life.
There are 18 Certified KonMari™ Consultants in the UK and 222 world-wide. Professional organisers help people who want to make positive changes in their homes and lives. Just as you might work with a personal trainer to help achieve health and fitness goals, a professional organiser can give support and expert advice to bring calm and regain control in your home. They work without judgement and are positive and encouraging in situations where it may be difficult working alone or with a family member.
By clearing space we do more than just save time and money. We raise our self-awareness, self-esteem and improve the energy in our home or workplace. We open ourselves up to change and new possibilities and are in much a better position to achieve our goals. When you put your house in order it really can change your life! Do you feel ready to begin your life-changing journey?