+ How is The KonMari Method™ different from traditional organizing?

The KonMari Method™ infuses Marie Kondo’s organizational brilliance with Japanese principles of mindfulness, respect, and gratitude. My favorite part of this method is how it teaches us to practice actively appreciating our surroundings. Once formed, this habit easily spreads over from our possessions into our relationships, into all aspects of the human experience.

Practically speaking, traditional organization methods typically work through a home one area or room at a time, dealing with all of the items in that current space. With KonMari, we organize by category instead of by location. This is done by collecting all items within a category, then examining them one by one to make decisions based on all of your possessions in that category, versus simply what’s located in one part of your house. Following the KonMari order of categories allows clients to tidy up their entire house once and for all.

+ What will my first session be like?

For your first session we start with a conversation where you share with me your vision for your ideal home and ideal life. We then discuss your history with tidying and organization, what has brought you to the current state of things. We do a walkthrough of your home, so you can show me any problem areas or spaces in your home where you have a clear idea of what you would like to create. We then go over the principles of The KonMari Method™, specifically the order of categories, joy-checking, thanking your discarded items, folding, and storage.

Then we get started on the first category: clothing. Clothing is the easiest category for most people, which is why it comes first. We often cycle through our clothing anyway, due to wear, changing size, changing climates, and changing tastes. This makes it the perfect category to start practicing joy-checking! Clothing usually takes one full 5-hour session to complete. At the end of the session, we’ll check in to see how the day felt and I’ll assign homework if necessary.

On a logistical note, we will take breaks as needed, per your pace and preference. If our session is scheduled over a meal time, I will bring my own small meal and my own water, so that you can focus completely on your needs and not worry about mine. I will also ask that we remove all possible distractions such as phones, pets, and young children. We’ll be doing some deep, personal work, so it’s best if we can create a protected space for calm reflection.

+ How should I prepare for my first session?

There are two ways to prepare for your first session. First, resist the urge to pre-tidy up! Please leave your things in their natural state. Seeing your home as it is now helps me better understand what you are trying to achieve in your ideal home.

Second, imagine! Spend some time thinking about what your ideal life looks like and how you want to feel at home. Vision boards are excellent for this, both with collages on paper and on Pinterest boards. Also great are journaling, sketching, spreadsheets (I love a good spreadsheet!) and anything else that helps you clarify what you wish to create for yourself through tidying up. Be as precise as possible, taking care to note specific feelings or activities you envision for your ideal space and life.

It is not necessary to have read any of Marie Kondo’s books before your first session. If you have, that’s great! Either way, we will go over the principles of the Method together during our first session.

+ Will you make me throw away my things?

Part of what we’re doing with The KonMari Method™ is teaching you how to get in touch with what is truly meaningful to you. I act as a guide and teacher for you during this process, not judge and jury on what items are worth holding onto. It would undo all of the work we do together for me to tell you what is worth keeping and what should be thrown away. All decisions here are your own. In addition to leaving you with a tidy home full of joy, my goal is to help you get in touch with what does and does not bring you joy, in all aspects of your life.

+ Will you take my unwanted items away for me?

Yes! For $30 per session as needed, I will take one car-load of discarded items to a local donation center. If needed, I will collect the tax receipt for your donated items and return it to you.

+ How long will it take to tidy up my home?

Each home and each person are different. The main things that influence how many sessions you’ll need are the size of your home, how many possessions you have, how willing you are to do “homework” between sessions, whether there are any outside distractions during sessions (think texts you just can’t ignore or loving pets interrupting our flow), and most importantly, how quickly you make decisions. I’m here to help you keep all of these possibilities managed, so that we can move at your pace, while finding ways to make good decisions more readily.

+ What is your typical service area?

I primarily work with clients in the North Carolina Triangle region, including Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and surrounding towns. I work throughout North Carolina and will happily travel out-of-state.

If your home is located in North Carolina, but outside my normal service area, I charge an additional fee to cover my travel time and expenses. In these cases, and for homes outside of North Carolina, travel logistics and fees will be discussed in our initial phone consultation so there are absolutely no surprises.

If we determine that me traveling to your home is not the best fit for your needs, I will always do my best to recommend a fellow Certified KonMari Consultant colleague in your area to help you start your tidying journey.

My home organization inspiration:   The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up     by Marie Kondo and   Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life   &   Everything That Remains   by The Minimalists (Joshua Fields Milburn & Ryan Nicodemus).

My home organization inspiration: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo and Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life & Everything That Remains by The Minimalists (Joshua Fields Milburn & Ryan Nicodemus).