When I tell people I’m a KonMari consultant I’m often asked what exactly happens during a home organising session. So, here is a small introduction into what happens when you make the decision to lead a life that sparks joy and open the door to me or any KonMari consultant.
The Phone Call
The very first step of hiring a KonMari consultant to declutter your space and organise your home together with you, is the initial phone call. This is a 20 - 30 minute phone or Zoom conversation at no cost and without obligation to learn about your unique situation. We will listen to you and share the way we work to help determine if we're the right fit for what you require and which of our services will best suit your needs.
- Five hour in-home decluttering session with one KonMari consultant
- Three day in-home tidying festival with one KonMari consultant
- Five day in-home tidying festival with two KonMari consultants
- Three hour virtual tidying session
- 1.5 hour virtual coaching session
Once you have chosen which service you require we will then send you a list of what you need to prepare for your first session with us.
Five Hours of Decluttering with One Certified Consultant
Your very first session will take approximately 5 hours. This is when we visit your home to begin your session. Your consultant will help you to take inventory of your current situation and establish your objectives. After discussing your goals we then apply the method and philosophy to a category in your home. The first category of the KonMari method is clothing, followed by books, papers, Kimono (all other miscellaneous categories), and finally sentimental items.
We will have had a detailed conversation with you prior to this about what problems you have with clutter and the vision you have for your home going forward. This vision will be the foundation of all the decisions you will make moving forward and is a very important stage of the process.
The House Tour
Next is the house tour. We will start to get a sense of how you have been functioning up until now and see where there’s room for improvement.
The Clothing Category
Following the KonMari method’s five categories, the first session will focus on clothing. With our help, you will collect every single piece of clothing you own and gather everything in one spot, usually a large flat surface like your bed or dining table. Once every item of clothing has been collected from every area of the home and grouped together this is called ‘the pile’. The creation of the pile allows you to do an inventory of everything you own in one category. It works as a big reality check! “I had no idea I owned so many clothes” or “I’ve been looking for this scarf for so long!” are often comments we hear.
Now it’s time to make decisions! We will ask you to take each item of clothing in your hands and then ask “does it spark joy?”. This question is the principle of the KonMari method. If the answer is “yes”, you will keep the item with confidence and conviction. If the answer is “no”, you will let it go. You will donate it, sell it, pass it on, regift it or discard it but always with gratitude. When we embark on the tidying festival we do an inventory of every single item that we own and ask ourselves if their purpose has been served or if their role has yet to be fulfilled. These decisions help us on our path to find our true inner journey.
Gratitude also plays a huge role in the KonMari process, the gratitude you feel towards your home and also to the items that have come into your life. You don’t necessarily have to thank every single item aloud but you do need to feel gratitude towards each item whether you chose to keep that item or not.
The Folding Lesson
We love this part of the session, especially seeing the look on people's faces who have never seen or used the vertical folding technique. This is also the time when we begin to organise all the items you have decided to keep into sub categories - underwear, t-shirts, shirts, coats etc. and allocate storage locations for them. We will also guide you through the items that are best stored folded and which items should be hung.
Organising and Storing
At this stage of the session we will begin the process of storing your clothing - all items that spark joy to you. We will also suggest lots of creative tips and tricks for efficient storage and organisation. This is also the time when we will evaluate what type of storage solutions you might already have. We try to use and reuse as many storage solutions you have available - these can be boxes, containers, anything you have to hand that can be used to store your clothing in a way that is easy, convenient and efficient for you. If we believe alternative storage options would serve you better, we will wait until the end of the session or ideally the end of all sessions, to assess and suggest other storage options. We will then send you a list of ideal storing solutions tailored to your needs.
The End of the Session
At the final stage of your session we will recap your KonMari session with you. If the clothing category has not been completed in the five hour time-frame we will assign ‘homework’ for you to carry out to complete the clothing category. Alternatively, if you decide you would like to move forward together we will schedule another session. The session time will depend on the amount of work left to complete. We will then send you a post session email with elements discussed during the session and advice on how to keep your home clean, clear, and clutter free: and of course filled with joy!
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