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 during your very first session.
Your very first session will take just over 6 hours. This is when I visit your home and meet you in person. Before the session starts we will talk about the vision you have for your home and complete the house tour. The vision you have for your home will be the foundation of all the decisions you will make going forward. The pre-session chat and home tour usually lasts approximately 30 - 45 minutes.
The house tour. Together we will walk through each room of your home, I’ll start to get a sense of how you have been functioning up until now and see where there could be room for improvement. We discuss what challenges you face when it comes to clutter and organizing items within your home.
Following the KonMari method’s five categories, the first session will focus on clothing. We 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 allows you to do an inventory of everything you own in one category. It often works as a big reality check.
Now it’s time to make decisions. We will ask you to take each item of clothing in your hands and ask does this item bring me 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 or discard it but always with gratitude. Gratitude 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. This is also the time when we begin to organise all the items you have decided to keep into sub-categories - t-shirts, shirts, coats etc. and allocate storage zones for them. You will also be guided through the items that are best stored folded and which items should be hung.
At this stage of the session we will begin the process of storing all the clothing items that spark joy to you. I will suggest 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 write you a list of ideal storing solutions tailored to your needs.
If the clothing category has not been completed in the five hour time-frame we will assign ‘client tasks’ 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. We will then send you a post-session summary email with any product recommendations discussed during the session and advice on how to keep your home clutter free, organised and of course filled with joy!
At the very end of the session one of two things usually happens...
You have decided to begin your session/s with me, then continue the process yourself to complete the goal of surrounding yourself with only things that bring you joy, while organising your home. I will follow up with you by phone or email (your preference) to ensure you are still on track and answer any questions you may have.
Together we continue the entire KonMari process. I guide and motivate you while I carry out your KonMari organising sessions with you.