Our most frequently asked questions.
What is the KonMari Method™?
It is a professional decluttering and organizing technique. The name KonMari is a combination of the first and last names of its creator – Marie Kondo. The method was popularized by her first bestselling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. The difference in the KonMari Method™ is that it focuses on what you choose to keep rather than what you decide to get rid of. What sparks joy for you? You can learn more about it here.
What is a Certified KonMari Consultant?
A certified consultant has applied for certification and has been approved by KonMari Media Inc., as specially trained in the KonMari Method™. Training includes an in-depth multi-day seminar, 50 hours of supervised practice with clients, testing, direct feedback by clients, and, of course, completing the entire tidying series in their own home! Think of a consultant as your personal project manager, cheerleader, accountability partner, confidante, teacher, and shoulder to lean on, all in one. As part of The Declutter Project consultancy services, I will share with you a personalized plan that allows us to keep track of your progress and you’ll have space to record your thoughts, feelings, and insights as well as a map of your desired vision for the future. When you feel overwhelmed or unsure of where to begin or what to do next (which is all a natural part of the process), I will be there to direct and support you along the way. I will offer guidance about storage solutions and how to maintain a decluttered, tidy home and lifestyle.
Is KonMari the same as Minimalism?
“The KonMari Method™ is widely regarded as a new approach to decluttering based on Japanese values in order to surround yourself with items that spark joy.”
“Minimalism is a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favour of focusing on what’s important—so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom.”
These two schools of thought are similar, but not quite the same. Both are tools to declutter actual physical items and other things in your life which can lead to more happiness.
The stereotypical view of Minimalism says that one should get rid of things except all that’s essential. It has a reputation for being more rigid and it conjures images of a bare-bones home. That may be true to some, but like anything, there are extremes on either end. What I’ve heard more of in Minimalism circles is if things add value to your life or have a function, then keep them. It’s less about having less and more about not having excess. For KonMari, the thinking is that things bring us pleasure or spark joy and this is a fundamental understanding that is used to guide the process and make decisions about what to keep and what to discard. In Minimalism this is not the case; there is no love in things. For me personally, decluttering using the KonMari Method™ lead me down the path toward Minimalism and I find both philosophies to be valuable and a good complement to one another.
I’m in and ready to start. What should I do now?
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First, be committed. You will need to devote significant time and energy to do this once-and-for-all event. Doing it “quickly” or at a fast pace means within 6 months.
Schedule a call with me and let’s talk about your circumstance and the KonMari Method™. We’ll book a date.
We’ve settled on a date for our first session. Now what?
I will send you an Intake Form to complete. There are questions about where you are at right now and where you want to be. It’s important to know your starting point and your ideal vision in order to make grounded decisions. At the start of our first session I’ll be asking you to tell me about your ideal lifestyle and home environment vision.
You will need to complete and sign The Declutter Project Consulting Service Agreement then send it to me along with payment via e-transfer through your bank or PayPal to hold your session. Payment amount depends on the package chosen.
Do I need to read Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up?
I do recommend reading the book before we get started as it will guide you through the principles and details that comprise The KonMari Method™, however, it’s not necessary. You will still be able to learn the skills necessary to make change in your life even if you haven’t read Marie Kondo’s books and perhaps going through the process will inspire you to read the book after to further your learning!
Before our first session, should I buy anything? Should I tidy?
There’s no need to buy anything nor to tidy as we will be using your existing things and organizing materials. This is part of the beauty of the KonMari Method™. I want to see your home in its normal state to see how you live. We will take “before” photos, which are a sort of commitment for change moving from where you are now toward where you want to be. Plus, as you go through each category, it might get messier before it gets tidier!
What should I expect during my first session?
Our first session together will last about 5–6 hours and will typically include the following:
- home greeting
- tour of your home
- conversation about any apprehensions, your ideal lifestyle and home environment vision
outline what we will be doing in the session
- start with tidying the Clothing category:
- place all Clothing in one pile
- make joy decisions
- go over closet and drawer organizing details
- folding demonstration; let’s fold together!
- go over next steps and homework
Do I really need to pile everything?
In a word, yes. The pile is key in order to see everything in one place and to see exactly how much you have of a certain category or subcategory. Experiencing the “power of the pile” also helps you not to rebound because often times it’s shocking. It also makes for great photos to see where you started!
5-hour sessions? Why so long?
A 5-hour session may seem long, but this length of time is needed in order to see significant progress and to instill a lasting change. This is part of the “life-changing magic”. KonMari tidying is meant to be completed as quickly as is reasonable (no more than 6 months) to keep momentum and to reach your vision as soon as possible. Many of my clients have remarked that five hours truly fly by.
How many sessions will it take to finish?
The number of sessions that it will take to complete the tidying varies depending on many factors including:
- the quantity of your belongings
- the number of subcategories in each category
- how quickly you are able to make joy decisions
- how committed you are to completing homework in-between sessions
I’ve had some clients who only needed 3 sessions to finish, others who have taken over 10. Some want my guidance for the entire process with no independent homework while others are eager to try out their new-found skills on their own. Each situation is unique and we can discuss what works best for you during our first visit.
How does this work? Will the KonMari Consultant do the decluttering and organizing for me?
This decluttering and life-changing process is for you, not for me. Clients must physically touch each item in order to make the joy decision. It is you who makes every decision. I will help pile and sort items in order to facilitate the “spark joy” process and be that guiding voice and helping hand allowing you to go through your belongings and make decisions with new perspectives. It may sound overwhelming, but that’s why we take breaks throughout the session. This allows you to take a breather and gives us the chance to talk about how it’s going and strategies that you may find helpful. You likely will be tired at the end of the session as you are not only physically processing things, but also emotionally, and mentally. That is completely normal and it’s a true sign of progress!
What do I do with the items that no longer spark joy for me?
Check out The Declutter Project’s disposal and donation resources for suggestions. The client is responsible for removing these items from their home. This is part of taking ownership and responsibility of your things, as well as the letting go process. Say goodbye to these items with a thank you!
When and how do I pay?
Payment is expected in advance of a booked session. The Declutter Project accepts e-transfers through your bank or by PayPal.
What is your cancellation policy?
Scheduled calls may be rescheduled within 24 hours.
Booked sessions may be rescheduled up to 48 hours before its agreed-upon start time. If a session is cancelled with less than 48 hours’ notice, the client is responsible for 50% of the session fee.
If no one is home at the time of a booked session, the client is responsible for 100% of the session fee.
Sometimes emergencies do happen, but please be respectful.
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