Whole Home Organizing
"The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life."
-The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo
Japanese organizer, author of "Joy at Work" & "Spark Joy", and & star of "Tidying Up" on Netflix
Marie Kondo's method is based on the philosophy that we, as a society, own more things than we want or need, often accumulated over many years. Scientific research shows that clutter causes us both mental and physical stress.
Clark, M. (2018). How decluttering your space could make you healthier and happier. [online] Mayo Clinic.
Go through your home step-by-step, taking stock of what you are using and what you need. The principles of the Christian faith, including gratitude, stewardship, and joy, match up well as you go through your home.
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Are you ready to tackle organizing your home and transform your life?
We begin by taking a tour of your space and discussing your goals. What is your motivation for getting organized? What would you like your space to look or feel like when we are finished?
We will then go through your home together, taking stock of what you would like to keep. The final step is to reorganize, as needed, so that your items are easy to use and every item has a 'home' to return to. You will feel empowered as you make progress through your home. In turn, this will help you to feel more empowered in your life!
Example Client: Five 3-hour sessions
The client had just moved and wanted to settle into her new home. We spent two sessions working on her clothes, "joy checking" them one-at-a-time. We began with her tops hanging in the closet, she picked them up one by one, and paid attention to how her body responded to the item. We divided the closet into areas for different types of clothing and made sure that she could quickly find any item. We even made a drawer for swimsuits!
The books category went very quickly as she decided which to keep. She enjoyed arranging the books on her built-in bookshelves, arranging them by color and size. After books, we moved on to papers. For this category, we sat at the table and talked through her current paper systems and needs. She decided that a simple paper inbox basket was all that she needed for incoming papers and added another for family members. We went through the papers individually so that we could talk through how she processed papers. She continued working on papers after the session to finish up the task.
The komono category (miscellaneous items) can be a longer category since it includes items stored in the bathroom, for cooking, related to hobbies, etc. We worked through them one by one. Throughout our decluttering, we set aside sentimental items for the end. At this point, the client had lots of practice deciding which items suited her current life, so she felt confident in her abilities to choose. She kept a variety of sentimental items, letters and memorabilia stored in pretty boxes on the closet shelf. They were easy to access when she wanted to take a walk down memory lane.
Every home and client is different, so every organizing session looks a little different. We will communicate often about your goals, likes and dislikes. We will discuss a variety of options and ideas for reorganizing so that you can choose what will best support you in your home. Contact now to set up your first session!