Have you watched THAT SHOW? I feel like I can't even consider myself a Professional Organizer without touching on the flood of interest in decluttering that Marie Kondo and her Konmari method have created. I'd love to hear what you think about it too!
Like many Professional Organizers, I have mixed feelings. I am excited that people that have begun to look at their stuff differently and consider how it makes them feel. This awareness is a huge part of making organizational changes stick. I remember feeling jump started like this back in my 20's after reading a great book about Feng Shui named, Clear Your Clutter With Feng Shui by Karen Kingston. It had me up in the middle of the night (I'm a total morning person) throwing things away and cleaning areas of my home that hadn't been cleaned in a long time. It felt really good.
Here are some of my thoughts about Konmari. Confession - I haven't watched the show yet, (no netflix here) but I read her book a few years ago and like many others, I jumped up in the middle and began decluttering, lol. I may have to do the free Netflix trial just to see the show.
I like the focus she has on deciding what to KEEP. For those that struggle to declutter, this shift can be really important. Focusing on what to get rid of can make it seem like a negative experience. Focusing on what to keep makes it an uplifting experience that enhances your life. When I read her book, this was a shift for me.
I have used the THANKING ITEMS method with my oldest son (before hearing about it from Marie) when he was younger and struggling to get rid of broken toys or artwork that we didn't want to keep. I personally like a little "woo woo" stuff, but we used this on things that were hard to let go of, not everything. For me, that is further than I would choose to go.
Another shift I had from her book was reframing how I look at MONEY WASTED on an item I didn't like or use. Looking at that money as the cost of learning a lesson in what didn't work for me was huge. I'm a frugal person and this allowed me to feel better about letting go of these types of items.
THE FOLDING! Again, I started file folding tshirts and clothes that go in drawers a few years before Konmari came out. She has definitely taken it to a different level and one I know I am not willing to keep up. For me good enough has to be my focus, not perfect.
CATEGORIES ALL AT ONCE. I think her method has its merit in that sometimes we have to see just how much of something we have to realize we have too much. But, I think that it can be done in smaller categories like tops, bottoms... Some people love a huge project and are fully capable of sticking to it until it is done. Others that get overwhelmed or distracted easily as well as those with really limited time to focus on decluttering, may want to try something different.
Above all, I want people to not feel bad if Konmari does not work for you.There are other ways that work well too. Working with your existing habits and building from there rather than completely trying to shift the ways things are done may be a better method for you. The benefit of working hands on with an organizer is they have the ability to customize the method to you and your family.
Overall, I'm glad to see an exitement about getting organized because it's a topic I love and I am always excited about it. My favorite clients to work with are the ones that are ready to make a change and ready to let go of things. And I'm always giving out homework to them to do in between sessions to keep momentum going.