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Pandemic Friendly Decluttering Tips

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We love that so many people are taking time to organize and declutter their homes while self-isolating and staying home. It’s a productive way of passing the time. Decluttered and organized spaces yield satisfaction and add calm in stressful times. Along with the big challenges presented by the COVID-19 Coronavirus, we are hearing for the first time that clients are struggling, not with starting their organizing projects, but with finishing them. Getting your discards out the door is an important part of the process. In fact, “discard first” is one of the main principles of Marie Kondo’s organizing approach.  Organizing takes place after discarding, as only then will all your storage options be revealed.  With many of the usual places to send discards, like thrift shops and charities temporarily closed, how do you handle discards so you can start organizing your space? Pandemic-adapted organizing tips: Mix it up While we love Marie Kondo’s Spark Joy method of organizing by category (starting with clothing, ending with sentimental items), starting your declutter project with clothing may not be the most feasible or practical way of decluttering currently. Since recycling is still being picked up, you can (gasp!) start with the “paper” or […]

Battle of the Buy & Sell websites: Craigslist vs Facebook

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After binge watching Tidying Up with Marie Kondo you were struck by KonMari Fever and purged your home of all the stuff that didn’t spark joy. Now what? Having a huge pile of unloved items around is nobody’s definition of joy and the great emotional and spiritual release that comes from letting go of all these items won’t be fully realized until you are out from under the weight of your discards. So how do you handle the stuff you no longer want? Lucky for you, we live in a time where connecting buyers and sellers for every imaginable consumable item couldn’t be easier! The launch of Craigslist and eBay, both in 1995, marked the birth of the online classified ads. The arrival of Facebook Marketplace in 2016 gives us another option to sell (or give away) still usable items. It certainly beats the old standby – the Garage Sale!   The downside of garage sales Garage sales can range from one person selling out of their literal garage, to whole streets and apartment buildings organizing and collaborating to make selling a community event. Garage sales, as a means of finding buyers for your unwanted items, involves comparatively more work […]

5 Reasons Marie Kondo’s KonMari Method is Magic

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A gentle, yet effective, way to get organized Marie Kondo connects with people longing to get organized, but lacking the knowledge, confidence or inspiration to get it done. Marie Kondo’s KonMari method of tidying up is catalytic and magical. People previously paralyzed by their clutter get organized and proudly tell me about their tidy sock drawers and how their kids decluttered a gazillion Lego pieces and now regularly put them away. I encountered a shopkeeper who, upon learning I was a KonMari consultant, excitedly told me her family used their winter holiday to stay home and KonMari instead of going away. She said, “had we gone away, we would still have to face and live with the chaos when we got home.” Imagine, the prospect of becoming tidy led her to cheerfully choose not to go on vacation, but to stay home and get organized instead. Why? Why does Marie Kondo and her KonMari method spark so much action? Why does it work? Simply put, Marie Kondo closely studied the relationship between people and their stuff and as a result cracked the code on how to get organized. What is unique about the KonMari method? While conventional organizing deals with […]

Peace Arch News

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TRACY HOLMES Jan. 16, 2019 5:06 p.m. BUSINESS For South Surrey’s Sheila Carroll, purging her home of “stuff” wasn’t about a need to clear the clutter. Newlyon her own after her husband of 30 years, Jim, had to move into a care facility, the exercise was about lifting weight – and not just that associated with moving heavy boxes. “After he moved out, I felt the weight of a small family,” Carroll said. “My daughter had moved to Europe, my husband was moved into care. Suddenly, I was the only one in the house, but all the stuff was still here. “And suddenly, I felt the weight of the stuff. I wasn’t really downsizing, but I just wanted the house to be my size – to not have more stuff than I could feel the weight of.” Fast-forward three years and Carroll has turned her focus to helping others incorporate the method she used to transform her space: KonMari. Developed by Tokyo resident Marie Kondo, KonMari – the subject of a Netflix series which returned to the screen Jan. 1 – “encourages tidying by category” and keeping only things that “speak to the heart,” according to Carroll became certified […]