What can I expect during my first organizing session?

At your first organizing session, we’ll spend the first 20-30 minutes doing a walk through of your home and discussing your ideal vision for your home/life. The remainder of the session will be spent getting to work on the first category (it’s recommended that you start with clothes). Together we’ll gather all of your clothes in one place which will allow you to see how much you own. Then we’ll do the “joy check” of your items – keeping only what sparks joy and gently discarding the rest. After discarding, we’ll put the keep items away in their temporary home. Only after discarding through all of the categories – clothes, books, paper, miscellaneous, and sentimental items – will we make final decisions for the best way to organize all of your belongings.

How should I prepare for my first organizing session?

Please don’t feel the need to clean up for our first session. It helps me to see your home in its natural state in order to understand how you normally live. Before our first session, I recommend reflecting on your ideal life and how you want to experience your home. Create a vision board (with paper or on Pinterest), journal, or whatever else seems natural to you to articulate this vision. Be specific and imagine the rich details about what you’re doing, feeling, and seeing in your ideal space and life. We’ll discuss this vision at your first session.

How long is each organizing session?

Each session is typically four hours long. Organizing is rewarding, but also physically and emotionally taxing. Four hours is enough time to see significant progress, but not too long to lead to exhaustion.

How much will we get done in each organizing session?

This is where I say “it depends” because it’s true. It depends on how much you own, how organized your space already is, if there are any outside distractions, how quickly you can make decisions, etc. I will move at your pace and help you set appropriate expectations for your unique situation.

What if the people I live with are not interested in tidying up?

This is the beauty of the KonMari Method – it’s your own personal journey independent of anyone else in your life. You will only be making decisions about your own belongings, so whether or not your house-mates are on board does not impact your progress. By focusing on yourself, other people will not feel as threatened and just may change their tune when they see your positive results.

Can I hire you to organize someone else in my life (partner, parent, child)?

One of the tenets of the KonMari Method is that “we can only transform our lives if we really want to.” As much as we wish we could change other people, our loved ones must choose to make the change on their own terms.

I’m on a tight budget – what are my options?

The greatest investment you will need to make is your time. If you’re committed to making a change and living a more joy-filled life, you’ve taken the first step. Never assume that getting help for tidying up is out of reach. The book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, is available for free at your local library. Whether it’s checking out the wealth of information on the internet, building a custom DIY plan, staying accountable through my virtual coaching sessions, or hiring me for hands-on help at home with the most challenging categories, there’s an option for every budget – that’s my commitment.

Will you make me throw things away?

Whether to keep or discard is your own decision. As Marie Kondo says, “if it makes you happy then the right choice is to keep it confidently, regardless of what anyone else says.” Over time, by working through the The Method’s established categories, you will develop your sensitivity to joy. By the end of the tidying process, you will be able to quickly discern what brings you joy and what does not – a skill that leads to a better life.

What happens to the items I choose to discard?

You’ll practice gratitude when discarding things. Whether it’s a scrap of paper or a box of photos, you’ll thank the object for serving its purpose. My goal is to keep as much out of the landfill as possible, promoting reuse (through donation or consignment) and recycling as much as local resources allow. When going through a big purge, local donation pick-up services can help ease the logistical burden. Before you begin the tidying process, think about where you want to donate unwanted items and carve out a space in your home (such as the garage) to temporarily store items that are on their way out.