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Unveiling the KonMari® Journey: From Skepticism to Mindful Transformation

April 09, 20245 min read

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 a new lifestyle.

- Marie Kondo, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Recently, I embarked on an eye-opening journey to become a certified KonMari® consultant. Having immersed myself in Marie Kondo's books and implementing her methods in my own life, I approached the certification course with a mix of excitement and skepticism. Keep reading as I share my candid reflections on the experience, debunk some misconceptions, and reveal why I'm on my way to being a passionate advocate for the KonMari method.

Skepticism Turned Curiosity

Before diving into the certification course, I harbored reservations about the KonMari® method. While I respected Marie Kondo's influence in the home organizing world, I viewed her approach as overly idealistic and extreme. My belief was that functionality was the main goal when decluttering and organizing a home and joy, calm, and happiness was a result of that functionality. In contrast, joy is at the core of Marie’s method.

As I implemented the KonMari® method in my own home, I really struggled. I was frustrated by folding my underwear. And while I was trying to follow all the rules, for most items I couldn’t connect with the “spark joy” feeling, let alone any other feeling. The requirement for tidying things immediately after use (think clear counters and clothes always folded and put away), was unmanageable for me as a person in an autoimmune flare up with limited physical and mental energy for such maintenance. Overall, I found aspects of the method to be intense and seemingly rigid.

However, I did pull out “nuggets” of inspiration from the books and process. Such as the idea that things teach us lessons whether we use them to death or don’t use them a single time. Her emphasis on letting things go with gratitude feels important and adds a level of moral neutrality to getting rid of things.

Insights from the Certification Course

Chicago Home Organizer standing next to Marie Kondo quote

Attending the KonMari® Consultant Certification Course was such a positive experience. Hearing Marie Kondo's perspective firsthand provided clarity and dispelled misconceptions about the rigidity of her method. I discovered that as long as the focus is on joy and you’re following the order of categories, there aren’t any hard rules and things should be adapted to suit individual needs and circumstances. The emphasis on prioritizing what truly matters to the individual aligned with my own values as a professional organizer focused on mental well-being.

During the course, I had the opportunity to engage with instructors and fellow participants, exchanging insights and experiences. Contrary to my initial concerns, I found the atmosphere to be inclusive and supportive, with an emphasis on flexibility and client-centered approaches. It became evident that the essence of the KonMari® method lay not in strict guidelines but in empowering individuals to create spaces that resonate with their unique identities and aspirations.

Embracing the Essence of KonMari®

At its core, the KonMari® method revolves around the pursuit of joy and mindfulness. While initially challenging to grasp, I came to understand that joy isn't merely a fleeting emotion but a profound connection with our belongings. Through mindfulness practices embedded in the decluttering process, individuals can cultivate a deeper appreciation for their surroundings and foster a sense of grounding.

The concept of mindfulness permeates every aspect of the KonMari® method, from assessing items to organizing spaces. It's about cultivating a heightened awareness of the present moment and fostering a harmonious relationship with one's environment. By embracing mindfulness, individuals can transcend the mundane act of tidying and embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery and personal growth. This is where the “life changing magic” of the method really sets it apart from any other organizing method.

Personal Growth and Professional Outlook

For someone grappling with mental health challenges and disassociation tendencies, the KonMari journey served as a catalyst for personal growth. It highlighted the importance of grounding oneself in the present moment and reconnecting with physical sensations. While I thought I was doing something wrong when I had trouble feeling that “spark joy” feeling, it turns out that I just have trouble grounding into my bodily sensations in general. Recognizing that gives me a goal to work toward, to be more mindful and present. It also makes me feel eager to guide clients through the tidying marathon, offering support beyond mere organization.

My journey as a KonMari® consultant-in-training extends beyond decluttering physical spaces; it's about empowering individuals to reclaim control over their lives and cultivate a sense of inner peace and fulfillment. By incorporating mindfulness practices and personalized strategies, I aim to create transformative experiences that extend far beyond the realm of organization.

Conclusion: A Convert in Progress

While I'm still on my journey towards full KonMari® conversion, I've witnessed firsthand the profound impact it can have on individuals seeking holistic transformation. As a consultant-in-training, I'm committed to empowering clients to embark on their own paths to joy and clarity. Whether following the KonMari® method or adopting customized approaches, my goal remains unwavering: to create harmonious spaces that nurture mental well-being.

Explore the KonMari® Method with Me

If you're intrigued by the KonMari® method and its potential to transform your home and mindset, I invite you to embark on this journey with me. Download my summary page for a glimpse into the process, and schedule a complimentary consultation to discover how we can work together to achieve your decluttering goals. Let's embark on a transformative journey towards harmony and joy in your home.

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Megan Pilquist

Megan Pilquist is a Chicago-based home organizer who founded Float On Organizing. She specializes in decluttering and systems creation for people and families of all neurotypes.

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