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Have you read, Marie Kondo’s book, “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up?” KonMari’s book, with over 3 million copies sold, has taken many homes by storm, mine included.

KonMari Magic of Tidying

Marie Kondo inspires millions to clear the clutter.

In September 2015, I read her bestseller and went on an organizing frenzy.

All my life I considered myself to be very organized and tidy, but after reading her book I felt inadequate by her standards. By her level of order, my house was a mess. How could this be? I have sold four homes since 1995, and each house sold quickly because I knew immaculate, clutter-free homes sold faster and for a higher price. Here is a glimpse of the house we sold in April 2016. I think Marie Kondo would have given it a thumbs up.

But, if anyone has ever sold a home before, the rigour of keeping a house looking like a show home day-to-day is exhausting. But now that we were empty-nesters and with KonMari’s tips, I thought I would give it a whirl:

I organized my junk drawer; click here for the one minute instructional video.

I started folding our clothes into KonMari bundles,

My house was never so tidy… check out under the kitchen sink,

And bathroom sink,

Many items in my house were categorized, labeled, and given a home:

Phew! I will admit, it feels great to wake up to a house every day that is spotless. I won’t deny there are many aspects of KonMari’s book that I have incorporated into my day-to day, but I do not believe I would have accomplished all the things that I have in my life if I was following KonMari’s Method during my parenting years; I could barely manage her perfectionist methods as an empty-nester.

When I was raising two kids and working a full time job, I had no time to put everything away perfectly or fold our piles of underwear and socks into bundles. I was constantly looking for the mates to my son’s socks and picking up those socks everywhere! Though the house wasn’t always neat as a pin, I was very productive. I had a number of systems in place that allowed me to keep lots of balls in the air. I was always very goal oriented and driven.

Like many families, the many balls in the air included numerous kids’ activities, while pursuing my own goals for higher education. I completed my Project Management Certificate in 2010 and a Communications degree in 2014 on top of raising my kiddos. I truly doubt I would have accomplished what I did if I was anal about folding clothes and cleaning my purse out daily.

Julie Morgenstern, author of “Organizing from the Inside Out,” tells us: “being organized has less to do with the way an environment looks than how effectively it functions.” What that means is, I was on target all those years. Our household had functional systems! Also, organizational systems must be connected to goals. My goal in those years was to have a semi-clean house, not a perfect house.

The only reason I can somewhat maintain the higher KonMari-perfectionist standards today, is because I am at a less hectic life stage.

Although I don’t believe Marie Kondo’s methods are always feasible, there is value in learning her tidy techniques. So don’t be hard on yourself if you are unable to live up to her standards. Actually, it is okay to reach out for a helping hand to get organized. That is where I would like to come in. I can help you declutter and get organized. Not only have I been in your shoes, but I have the experience, expertise, and passion to help organize you personally or professionally.  I am available virtually or can meet you personally if you are located between Nanaimo, Port Alberni, and Comox on Vancouver Island. Check out my organizing services, and first organizing project here.

 

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