In 2016, I discovered Marie Kondo’s first book, The Life-changing Magic of Tidying up. After applying the Konmari Method™ to my own living space, I learned that a dramatic reorganization of the home can lead to dramatic changes in lifestyle and perspective. Tidying has changed my way of thinking and my approach to life.
Working as a professional home organizer, I have noticed that no matter how perfect a storage system I provided for my clients, they would fall back into clutter soon after. The Konmari Method™ taught me that a person’s awareness and perspective on his or her own lifestyle are far more important than any skill at sorting, or storing.
“Order is dependent on the extremely personal values of what a person wants to live with.” (Marie Kondo, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up)
This has left a big impact on me as I became more intrigued by the mindfulness aspect of this work. As you put your house in order, by learning to cherish the items that bring you joy and let the rest go with gratitude, you put your affairs and your past in order as well. Once you have experienced what it is like to have a truly ordered house, you will feel your whole world brighten. Tidying is just a tool, not the final destination. The true goal should be to establish the lifestyle you want most once your house has been put in order. You should be surrounded only by the things you love. I am currently a Konmari Consultant in training to further hone my skills and knowledge of Marie Kondo’s philosophy and the Konmari Method™. I hope to apply the Konmari Method™ to help support each client through their journey of mindfulness and growth.