You know that feeling when your house is a mess, and you feel anxious, unsettled, or tense? Yeah, I’m right there with you. After losing 120 lbs, I felt so much better in my body, but my house was still unorganized and cluttered with so many things that no longer sparked joy in my life. I realized that I was holding on to countless items out of habit and comfort, instead of purpose and joy.
Many of my closets and drawers were packed full with no rhyme or reason as to what was in them, or how things were arranged. I often felt frustrated when trying to find one particular item, and dreaded the thought of someone opening one of my junk drawers or messy closets. It became very clear to me that the space and items around me reflected so much of the way I was feeling from day to day. My life, self-worth and goals had changed so much, and now I wanted my house to reflect that same positive change. I knew I needed a plan to get organized, to finally let some things go, and to set out on a new path where everything had a place, purpose and positive feeling.
I’m sure many of you have heard of the bestselling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. If not, here is a quick run-down: Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method™, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results.
After reading this book, I knew I wanted to find a someone to help me organize my house using the KonMari Method™. I did some research, and found a Certified KonMari Consultant, (The Tidy Edit) close to my house in the San Francisco Bay Area! I have to admit that I was both excited and nervous for my first appointment. I couldn’t help but feel a little vulnerable about showing my messy closets and drawers, but my consultant, Jessica Bowmer, made me feel totally at ease.
We are absolutely in love with our new joyful and organized space. I’m happy to report that we have easily maintained all of the changes that Jessica helped us implement! (Even folding the clothes, which we questioned our ability to stick to during the initial organization process). I’m really excited to share this transformation with you, because I believe that changing your life for the better happens on so many levels, and the space around you has a large impact. It was truly so healing for me to let some things go (about 12 large bags of various items), and even better to know that they were being donated to help those in need!
Today, I want to share with you some of the before and afters of my home organization project, as well as a Q&A with my organizer, Jessica.
Tip: Throughout this post, I’ll be sharing some before and afters from our home, each with clickable links to the organization products used in each “after” photo.
So let’s get into it.