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Less Mess = Less Stress

The boxes are piling up in your storage, and the wardrobe is bursting at the seams. How do you prepare your home for the holidays and at the same time stay mentally sane? Do you know that there is a correlation between your environment and its impact on your mood? Clutter can annoy us, distract us or take away much-needed energy. Clutter makes you unhappy, even if you don’t think it does. Certified Marie Kondo consultant Dana Wolf will give you tips and tricks to tidy up your home and make space to start a joy-filled life.

What is the KonMari method all about?

The core of the method is to be surrounded only by things that spark joy. It will change your way of thinking. It’s life-transforming. The reason is that when you put your house in order, you put your affairs and your past in order too. As a result, you can see quite clearly what you need in life, what you do not, and what you should and should not. A messy room equals a messy mind. Visible mess helps distract us from the true source of the disorder.

What does “Spark Joy” mean? It’s that feeling you get when you know something is a “yes.” It’s a heart-feeling, not a head thing. Only you know what your yesses are. Everyone’s yesses are different.

How to start my tidying journey?

There are basic rules to tidying up that must be followed in order.

  • Commit yourself to tidy up.

  • Imagine your ideal lifestyle.

  • Finish discarding first.

  • Tidy by category, not by location

  • Follow the correct order.

    • Clothes

    • Books

    • Papers

    • Miscellaneous (Kitchen, bathroom, etc.)

    • Sentimental

  • Ask yourself if it sparks joy.

  • Determine a place for everything - Every item has a “home.”

My family members are messy. How can I force them to tidy up? Tidying is a personal activity so to embark on this journey successfully, you must be ready to take the first step. Instead, why not focus on areas within your control such as your personal belongings and space? You will be surprised by how much tidying can positively impact you and your surroundings. Try to lead by example.

Nothing has ever worked for me, and I’m really messy. What can I do?

It’s all about an internalshift first. There is a logic to this process that works. You practice and build up your skills, starting with more manageable things. As you work on each category of items in your home, you re-set old habits. Most importantly, you will dramatically change your mindset.

What positive changes can I expect?

  • You’ll get more connected to your True Self.

  • You’ll have more confidence saying “no” to what’s not suitable for you and more clarity about what you love and what’s a “yes.”

  • You’ll practice this with your things, but it will extend beyond your stuff into all the areas of your life.

  • You’ll free up mental and emotional energy as you gain clarity about what you want to keep, and you’ll feel a peaceful release and a sense of freedom as you let go of anything you no longer desire.

  • You will create room in your home or workspace to enjoy doing what you love alone and with others, rest, nest, be more present, and savor your life.

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