It’s been two years since I began my KonMari journey. I read Marie “KonMari” Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up in January 2015. I literally kissed the book when I finished reading it. I had to do this process in my messy home- it was a big commitment and I really wanted it to happen so I decided to start a FaceBook group. The idea for the group was to create a place to share successes and challenges, especially since the book doesn’t specifically address dealing with a family home. I figured there would be a few others on the same journey. Two years later and we have over 17,000 members!
The magic started right away. I found out through the Facebook group that KonMari would be visiting San Francisco and thanks to Stacey from the group for sharing the almost impossible to find details of the event I was able to meet KonMari in person. She glows with a sweet softness and joy-sparking presence which made me love the method all the more. Meeting her made me realize that I could complete her method and that I could let go of self-criticism about doing it wrong. If we follow our joy while doing the method we are doing it right and will be successful!
I’m so grateful for all that I have learned over the years. I’ve become a Certified Simplicity Parenting Coach and a trained KonMari Consultant! This journey has meant a lot to myself and my family. And now I’m helping other families transform their homes. I offer a group program, Creating Calm Community helping moms become Tidying Queens themselves, which has just started this year and we already have graduates who were able to complete the method much faster with the program.
According to Brené Brown, “Gratitude creates joy.” So keep thanking your socks for all their hard work!
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Christine O’Brien’s mission is to help moms create calm and joyful lives. A highly trained coach with many years of experience, she has synthesized two powerful schools of thought to inform the way she supports moms to relax into full presence with their children: Simplicity Parenting and The KonMari Method.
Through studying these two philosophies, and practicing their teachings in her own life, Christine has created amazing transformation in her life with her partner, their young and spirited daughter, their home space and the choices they make as a family. Christine coaches from the heart, using joy as a guide and her clients find so much peace in having less, doing less, and editing their lives and their homes with intention.