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The KonMari™ seminar

It’s been two weeks since I met Marie Kondo. I spent five days in London, half of the days were in a room full of 120 amazing people. I came back home feeling over the moon. I’m waiting for the pictures (as we were not allowed to take pictures with our phone) to write a post about this amazing experience I had.

The Training 

The seminar was the first step in becoming KonMari consultant. After attending the seminar I have to complete 30 hours of tidying sessions, to be able to get the qualification. I was eager to start as soon as I was back home.
Currently I am a KonMari consultant in training, and for my training found an amazing client. I will cal her “Supper Mommy”. 

Super mommy 

My client is in her early 30’s on a maternity leave, without family around to help her. She is a mother of three boys, all under the age of 5, and due to her very busy life she simply can’t do it all by herself and needs somebody to help her. She can’t declutter by her own and wants a calm tidy house. This is were I go in.  
 

 The first category: Clothes 

We started by collecting her clothes from all over the house. Coats from the entrance and maternity clothes from the storage room. It’s important to collect all the garments from every corner of the house, as the basic rule of the KonMari method is to tidy by category and not location. We took all her clothes from the wardrobe and placed them on her bed, one on top of the other, creating a pile. 
The wardrobe before the Konmari method
The pile of clothes before the Konmari folding method method

Discard first & joy check 

To truly cherish the things that are important to you, you must first discard those things that have outlived their purpose.

Marie Kondo

The pile makes you realize how much you own. Sometimes its overwhelming to stand in front of it. But this way you will handle the items one by one and do the joy check.

Supper Mommy took each item in her hand, asking herself “does it spark joy”? If the answer was a clear yes, it went to “to keep pile”. If it was a “no”, it went to the discard pile, but only after she said “thank you” to each item she discarded. Along the process she had few items that she couldn’t decide. for now we kept it a side on the “to try pile”. After she handled each item, it was time to collect all the items she discarded and place them in bags. 

discarding clothes

After we took out of the room the discarded items, it was time to start sorting the clothes. 

Visibility & Accessibilty 

First we hung all the clothes that look happier being hung, for instance dresses, jackets and shirts from light fabric like silk. Then we started folding all the rest of the clothes and placed them on the bed, before sorting them in the wardrobe.   
folding the clothes with the Konmari method before storing

Sorting in the wardrobe – Before & After

Choose storage options that spark joy for you. I love these pink crates. It’s a great solution if you don’t have many drawers.  

The wardrobe before&after the Konmari method
The drawers before&after the Konmari method
The wardrobe before&after the Konmari method

Sessions in general take between 4 to 6 hours, and it can be very emotional for some people. I am very privileged to be able to help and guide people through the process on embarking into a new lifestyle.

Keep only those things that speak to your heart. Then take the plunge and discard all the rest. By doing this, you can reset your life and embark on new lifestyle.

Marie Kondo

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