What does a Simplicity Lifestyle Coach do?
Life can be stressful, overwhelming, and complicated. Believe it or not, you can choose to not live that way. It took me at least two decades to learn that, and now I’m dedicated to sharing my knowledge and experience to help you simplify your life. You will learn ways to organize your space using the KonMari Method™ (keep reading to find out more about the method). And you’ll learn ways to be more efficient in your daily routine and time management.
A simplified life means prioritizing what matters the most for long-term happiness. You’ll have more resources to focus on the things you love. And reap the life-changing benefits such as:
- When everything in your closet looks and feels good on you, getting ready becomes fun and easy.
- No more digging through stacks and piles to find what you need. You will know exactly where to find it.
- Less clutter means less time straightening or cleaning up the house and more time to do what you love.
- Improved accessibility and visibility of your things allows all family members to help maintain neatness and build good habits.
- Learning who you are and how you want to live makes you a more conscious shopper, and avoid unnecessary spending.
- No need to keep buying replacements for misplaced items.
- Quality over quantity. When we take better care of the possessions we love, they also last longer.
- Release your guilt and fear associated with the items you own.
- Recognizing your values and priorities.
- Identify your personal style and passion.
- Making yourself a priority
- Feel satisfied and appreciate what makes you happy.
What is the KonMari Method™?
The KonMari Method™ is a transformational organizing philosophy based on the books The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy. Written by Marie Kondo, a Japanese organizing guru whose books have sold over 10 million copies, the KonMari Method™ has become a worldwide phenomenon.
Starting with a vision of your ideal lifestyle, you go through each of your belongings, by categories in a specific order. Then, ask yourself does this item spark joy? If it does, find a home for it. If it doesn’t, you will acknowledge it has fulfilled its purpose before thanking it and letting it go.
The process places great importance on being mindful. It hones your skills to let go of past attachments and fear of the future. It’s an exercise in gratitude, with the result of a joyful home that reflects the life you envisioned and deserve.
What do you mean by tidying by category?
Traditionally we are used to the idea of tidying by location. When we do that, we don’t really see the whole picture since we often have items from the same category stored in different locations throughout the house. We often don’t realize the number of duplicates we own and end up buying more because we can’t keep track of them. Organizing by category means taking an inventory of what you have, and it’s much easier to compare and decide which item you want to keep and which to discard.
The 5 Categories are:
- Komono (Miscellaneous)
- Sentimental Items
I know I have to deal with the clutter, but I’m not sure I’m ready.
The decision to take the time out to organize your space means you are taking a step to take care of yourself. You deserve to have a joyful space to relax and recharge instead of dreading facing the clutter. The shock of seeing what can change in a few hours will begin to affect your perspective and behavior. Your time commitment to the session is to put yourself as the priority, to simplify your life and infuse more joy in your daily life. Let your surroundings speak to your heart. You will know when you are ready.
Do I need to read the book before starting the process?
It is not required that you read the books prior to your tidying sessions. My job is to teach you the skills you’ll need to maintain the work we do together. If after we start you decide to read the book, it will only add to your tidying experience and education.
How long does it take to tidy my entire home?
By the end of each session, you’ll be able to see not only the change in your physical space but also gain an understanding of why you lived with the clutter in the first place. Three to six months is the average to tidy an entire home. However, this can vary based on the size of your home, your availability and desire to complete your tidying.
Marie Kondo calls this a “once in a lifetime” tidying marathon because the shocking transformation and your new life skill to tidy will motivate you to not go back to a cluttered home again.
I have a lot of stuff. Is this a minimalist approach?
The KonMari Method™ focuses on keeping what sparks joy and reflects the ideal vision you have for your present or future self. The result may end up looking minimal, however, it does not matter the number of items you keep in the end as long as they truly add to a positive joyful life. The number of items you keep should fit comfortably in the space you have so you can easily see and access them.