Tidying Up with Marie Kondo

The new show on Netflix: Tidying Up featuring Marie Kondo as been all the buzz the last month or so - but just in case you have been living under a rock, the show is all about Marie Kondo who is an adorable, yet fierce, Japanese organizing consultant and author.

She created the KonMari method, which is a lifestyle brand inspiring people to choose the items that spark joy and complete their tidying adventures.

The show follows her into people’s homes and help to clear out the clutter.  

People ask me about it all the time and often send me pics of their own DIY efforts.  It always makes me so excited that other people are as excited about getting organized as me. Is this a dream?!

Before the KonMari Folding Method

Before the KonMari Folding Method

After the KonMari Folding Method

After the KonMari Folding Method

While I don’t partake in telling my clothes thank you as I toss them into the giveaway bag, I think a lot can be said about asking yourself…does this shirt bring me joy?

Often, we keep a lot of clothing for various reasons: I got it on sale, it was a present, or I feel like I need it are just a few of the reasons.

One of my Clients told me she would always look at her closet stock full of clothes and say, “I have nothing to wear.” Does this sound familiar? She went on to say once she cleared out her closet and only kept the items that “sparked joy”, she could clearly see what to wear daily and the process was easier. The icing on the cake is that she has received multiple compliments on her outfits since decluttering her closet!

Why? It is because she is wearing the outfit proudly and, I assume, exuding confidence.

I know when I wear an outfit that I don’t absolutely love, I feel frumpy. When I feel frumpy, I walk frumpy, my work product is blah, and I try to hide or not be seen. On the days when I dress in an outfit I love, I walk in a door like I own it!

So why don’t we wear outfits we love daily?

It seems like such a basic concept, but one we all get caught up in. If your closet is busting at the seams, rather than deciding you need a bigger closet, look at all the items and see what you truly want to keep that brings you joy and happiness.

This method can go far beyond your clothes. For me, it is a lifestyle. One I love to share and talk about nonstop.  

So regardless if you thank your socks for their hard work or not, Marie Kondo does offer a lot of valuable lessons about clearing clutter and how it can change your life!  

Now, I am off to go binge watch some more, eat my popcorn, and smile nonstop as I watch my girl Marie transform the lives of many.

If you want more tips and tricks on how to KonMari your life, hop over to my Instagram where I’ll be hosting Tuesday Tips with Kim!

Happy Organizing!

I Have a Dream

Today is the day we celebrate and remember the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK).  This weekend has always been one of great memories for me: it usually falls on my brother’s birthday, my aunt and uncle got married on this weekend, sometimes I got a day off, this year it lands on my niece’s birthday, but most importantly I realized that anything and everything is possible if you have a dream!

 

My Dad is the one to ignite the dream vision for me many years ago.  He was involved in the Union where he worked and once did a speech about “having a dream”.  His dream was to have the day off and for this day to be recognized as a Holiday.  Now he was also being somewhat of an a** here, but he did have a few valid points.  First, why not recognize this day as a holiday for the man who led the civil right movement and died doing so?  Second, if we have a dream let it be heard and follow those dreams not just today, but every single day.

By definition, a dream is a series of thoughts, images, or emotions occurring during sleep.  It can also be defined as a strongly desired goal or purpose. 

My dream for years and years was to have kids.  I felt like something was missing in my life and yearned to be a Mom.  It was a long road; lots of needles, and tears but my dream became a reality.  In fact, my dream doubled, and I had twins!

After the twins were born, I realized anything is possible and why do I continue to work an 8-5 job stuck behind a desk all day when I am not happy?  So, once we made it past the first year of twin life (holy cow, what a blur), I focused on my next dream: to own a successful Home Organization company.  I wanted to take my passion of being organized and helping others to the next level.  Luckily, I spoke my dream out loud, to everyone who would listen.  I told Lara at the gym at 5:30 in the morning and she immediately said, “let’s do this”.  I also had the support of family and friends telling me to go for it!  They also provided a lot of knowledge, like do you have a business plan? 

 

 I am naturally an organized person, but I soon realized I needed a lot more than that to be successful.  Ok fine, I was the girl who alphabetically organized my CDs by genre in my bookcase on my waterbed, so I am truly next level organized freak.  That was my foundation, but I had to plan, learn, and grow for 6 months before L+K Home Organization ever became official.  Even then, I had struggles and had to continue digging deep. Yet, I continued focusing on the dream.  A year later after becoming an official business owner, I continue to reach the next level of my dream.  However, don’t let me fool you…every day is not rainbows and butterflies. 

 

What is your dream?  A dream can be whatever you want it to be: run a marathon, jump out of a plane, get a promotion, take a European vacation, etc…  It could be getting organized, which lucky for you I am here to assist (joking…maybe).  No matter what your dream is, it can be accomplished with a lot of hard work, determination, and kicking fear in the butt.

I will leave you with a very strong quote by MLK himself, “Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.”

 

With that, Happy MLK Day and remember to always have a dream!

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New Year, New You!

Happy New Year!!!

I always find the first few days of the year to be exciting and filled with possibilities, but it quickly dissolves.  Why is that?

The first week starts with lofty goals; I want to win the lottery, lose 500 lbs, and buy a house on a private island!  Then, for some crazy reason when that doesn’t happen, we give up!  The same can be said for getting organized.  Many people would love to get organized, but how?  When it isn’t something that magically happens, they get defeated and give up.

To win the lottery, you must play…right?  You must invest the $2, go to the store to get a ticket, AND then check it.  There are steps taken to get there.

What steps are needed to get organized?  The first step is to create a plan of attack!  Do you start with the garage that you don’t even want to look at, the stacks of pictures that you end up sitting and looking thru for hours, the playroom that looks like a bomb went off, the closet you can’t walk into, or the pantry that is flowing onto the counters?  My recommendation is to always start small; an area you can complete within a few hours, and then build.  It is also best to start in a room where you don’t have the emotional ties that pull at your heart strings, ie the children’s artwork or old love letters. 

So what is the best area of the house to get started you may ask?  I would recommend starting in the bathroom or the kitchen.  However, keep it small.  Instead of thinking, today I am going to organize the bathroom, start with organizing under the sink.  The kitchen can be the same, but on a larger scale that can be broken down into several small pieces. 

My favorite place to start in the kitchen is either under the sink or the spices.  Did you know that spices only have a shelf life of 6 months to a year?  When you read that, were you secretly thinking I have never checked the expiration dates on my spices?  You are not alone.

So, let’s get started!  Take all the spices out into an open space.  Check every single bottle for the date and if expired, pitch it!  That is pretty black and white right?  So now you are thinking if I keep the spices that are expired, am I really going to die?  No, of course not.  However, the spices have lost their freshness, aroma and flavor at that point, so why keep them? 

Once you have gone thru all the spices you have, it’s time to keep them organized!  My go to for spices is to alphabetize them in your open space to see what you have. 

If you have 5 bottles of cinnamon that are half used, condense them down for space.  Do you feel better already?  Does a weight feel as if it has been lifted off your shoulders by having 100 spices all over the place to now having 15 spices in a central location?  Yes!!!  Make time for a little happy dance and let’s get to the fun part.

Pick a dedicated area to give these spices a home.  If you cook a lot and use a lot of spices, then the pantry on the other side of the room from the stove may not be a great spot.  Once you find a spot, then I would suggest purchasing an organizational tool that will display the spices neatly and you can easily see what you have one hand.  This doesn’t need to be expensive and many times we have items laying around the house.  Do you have a lazy susan or a can good stair step organizer?  These will work!  So, place everything back in alphabetical order, labels easy to see, and only one spice per type.  The rest can go into an overstock area and be replaced once out. 

 

Congrats! You are on your way to getting organized.  Take baby steps until you are ready to tackle that garage or basement you have been avoiding since moving in! 

 

As always, if you need assistance, that is what we are here for!  Please click the link below to schedule a 30 minute call to discuss.