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Simplify, simplify, simplify…Henry David Thoreau

Here we are…beginning another new year.  It’s a clean slate and we all want to make the best of it.  Whether or not we are into making resolutions, we all tend to start the year off with lots of good intentions.  One of the first things people like to do in January is to de-clutter and try to get organized.  Who doesn’t want to simplify their lives?  Who really enjoys being surrounded with clutter and stuff?  The internet and magazines are promoting de-cluttering/organizing methods and the store flyers are full of organizing supplies.  Whether you are preparing to sell your home in the near future or live there for many years, it’s never a bad thing to be tidy.  Where does one start?  How can we find that motivation?  How can we keep it organized once we complete it?

Because of my profession and wanting to help my clients get their homes and lives in order, I recently read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.  Although I may not necessarily agree with everything she suggests (such as emptying your purse out at the end of every day and putting things away – that might be a tad extreme for me, but my purse, also known as my “luggage” due to it’s weight, could use a good clearing out lol), she makes a strong case about the benefits of her method (known as the KonMari Method) of tidying up.

Early in the book she quotes “A dramatic reorganization of the home causes correspondingly dramatic changes in lifestyle and perspective.  It is life transforming.”  “When you put your house in order, you put your affairs and your past in order, too.  As a result, you can see quite clearly what you need in life and what you don’t, and what you should and shouldn’t do.”

Her criterion is to only keep items that inspire joy in you.  If an item doesn’t bring you joy when you touch it, discard it.  In the end you will be surrounded only by things that you cherish and make you happy.  Sounds simple enough…right?  lol

She tells you to tidy everything in your home at once, following a particular order.  There’s even a special way of folding, displaying, and even hanging clothes, all geared towards creating energy and happiness.  You must discard from each category first and store later.  Everything will have a designated spot, and when you are finished with an item, it is to be returned to it’s place.  She swears that once this is done, you won’t relapse back to old habits.

Any of you who know me will say that I’m a fairly organized person.  Yet since reading this book, I am inspired to remove all kinds of things that aren’t required, no longer have a purpose, or don’t bring me joy.  Therefore, I am going to put the KonMari Method to it’s test in my own home in the near future.  I will keep you updated on my progress and provide more details on the process along with photos to show the difference.

I’m also basing my first special of the year on de-cluttering and organizing your home.  Anyone who hires me for this service in the next two months will get a bonus – pay for 4 hours service and get the 5th hour free.  On top of that, I’m also going to give you a copy of Marie Kondo’s book – either paper copy or download – for you to read prior to our session.

What are you waiting for?  There’s no better time to get organized than right now.  I look forward to hearing from you and can’t wait to help you simplify your life.

I also look forward to anyone’s comments, information, and/or photos on their adventures and experience in organizing.  Remember to pass on any usable items to charity groups to help others in the process.

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