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The Magic that is konmari folding

The Magic that is KonMari Folding

00Uncategorized May 18

Images: KonMari Media Inc.

I was telling a group of moms about my trip to New York City to meet Marie Kondo and observe the filming of a tidying lesson at Gina’s home. I was talking about my surprise that Marie Kondo  chose to hang Gina’s jeans in the closet. Then how Keiko, a KonMari Consultant was folding the socks only in half to fit in a tall box. I learned that there was more to the folding than is written in the Marie Kondo’s books. Deciding how to fold things really depends on the space available and how the space and containers are configured. At this point in my folding story one of the moms laughed and said, “the whole thing is so ridiculous!”

Folding clothing may seem silly. Although to me, the folding is like a magic trick to draw people in, to wow and impress. Under the surface of the attraction is deep meaning. The idea of hand energy, where you transfer appreciation to the physical objects in our lives that support our everyday living, is powerful.  Brené Brown writes that “gratitude creates joy.” The idea of feeling gratitude while folding clothing, a mundane task I do a lot of, really appeals to me. To spend so much time focusing on gratitude has been a mindset shift that has created more joy in my life.

Deep internal transformation comes from getting in tune with myself, to really connect with things that bring me joy. I am learning to appreciate my things for supporting my life. I am connecting with myself and growing my positive feelings towards myself. The self-compassion element of the KonMari Method moves me, the idea that if we learn to love ourselves we will be more kind to each other and this is the path to world peace. This is why I am dedicated to helping moms apply the KonMari Method, to bring peace to themselves and their families with the intention that compassion and kindness will transfer to the next generation and make world peace possible. So, when I’m taking about KonMari folding, I’m really taking about the hope for the future. I know people laugh at that connection, but I deeply believe in the transformative possibilities of the KonMari method.

I love the folding, tidying and organizing aspects of the method. I find it all so fascinating, especially the underlying mindset shifts that are happening. It’s changed my life in the best way possible, I am falling in love with who I am exactly as I am. And I have gained the confidence to put myself out in the world to support others in their path to transformation. I am excited that there is a world wide movement towards simplicity- living with enough; living in closer harmony with ourselves and nature. I’ve connected with a group of people who get it. The KonMari Method might be silly to some, but I love it!

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Joy Sparking Closets!

00Uncategorized May 18

Wow! I’m loving my freshly KonMari’ed closet. Before I developed the skill of choosing joy my closet was sad and overwhelming. Since choosing only the clothing and shoes that felt joyful. (Making these difficult decisions took several attempts. It was painful for me because of my changing mama body and my changing mama identity.) Now I’ve created my joyful closet! Every morning it sparks joy! The rose gold hangers spark tons of joy too! It’s a dream to gaze into my closet. I’ve chosen my joyful clothing and let go of perfection. I’ve let go of the of who I kind of wish I was and came to accept myself for who I am. Now I love my clothing and store everything with respect. And I love my imperfect self too.

My Closet Before

My Closet After Photo by Vivian Johnson

 

Close up of My Closet After Photo by Vivian Johnson

The super awesome thing is that the spark joy hangers come in kids size too. My daughter and I have matching spark joy closets now!

My Daughter’s Closet After Photo by Vivian Johnson

Her closet before was a total nightmare. A shove-it-in-and-try-to-close-the-door-quick kind of situation. KonMari magic really happened in her room!

My Daughter’s Closet After Close Up Photo by Vivian Johnson

How to bring the KonMari magic to your home. The first category: Clothing. Take out all your clothes and decide which ones bring you joy. Yes, you do need to take out every single thing. And it’s as simple as choosing joy. It’s not minimalism and it’s not a capsule wardrobe it’s just about the joy. It will help if you’re really honest with yourself about which things truly bring you joy.

These gorgeous rose gold hangers really bring joy to a lot of people. I’ve been getting asked where I got them so frequently I now have an affiliate link for you to get them for yourself.
Koobay A17″ Adult Rose Copper Gold Shiny Metal Wire Top Clothes Hangers for Shirts Coat Storage & Display (30)

 

Koobay 13″ Children Rose Copper Gold Shiny Metal Wire Top Clothes Hangers for Shirts Coat Storage & Display (10)

Keep sparking joy!

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Creating Calm with Jacquelyn

Creating Calm with Jacquelyn

00KonMari Method, KonMari With Kids, Simplicity ParentingTags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , September 17

Recently, I had the pleasure of supporting Jacquelyn Krieger, the founder of ChakWave, in a Creating Calm session. We cleared the clutter in her daughters’ room using the principles of KonMari (the Japanese art of decluttering) and Simplicity Parenting (the art of parenting simply). We worked together to create a simplified space for her girls to play joyfully and then easily clean up.  As Jacquelyn and I sipped our Gratitude tea she brightly exclaimed, “This is fun!”

Choosing Joy

It is important to begin a Creating Calm decluttering session by getting clear on your vision for your home. Once that is clear, the next step is to get quiet and tune into what “sparks joy.” Keep in mind your child’s preferences based on observing their play and knowing them. When your kids are too young to participate you will do the process without them. There is no need to worry about your choices, you can relax and trust your instincts. I recommend that my clients keep the discards in a secret spot in case there is something specific the child asks for. Believe me, the children will come home overjoyed to be able to find what they are looking for. Usually they even feel like they are discovering new toys in their cleared space!

A place for everything and everything in its place. With plenty of space for creativity.

Jacquelyn described the session as “a very root chakra/grounding experience that helps people’s life foundations be in a sturdier, healthier place.”  In case you are unfamiliar with chakras this is how Jacquelyn describes them on her website,

A chakra is a vortex of constantly moving energy. Imagine subtle energies glowing and rotating like gears or becoming blocked and stagnant dependent on our physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. In Sanskrit, the classical language of India, chakra literally means “wheel.” While there may be thousands of chakras in a body, for simplicity’s sake seven primary chakras are usually focused on. They are often depicted as spinning wheels of light forming a ladder from the base of the spine to the top of the head.

The root chakra specifically is the first chakra which is located at the base of the spine. This chakra establishes deep connections with your physical body, your environment and with the Earth.

When we get quiet and make choices of what to keep – and what to let go – based on trust rather than fear, we get grounded and heal our root chakra. When we connect to our environment we grounded and heal our root chakra. When we move from focusing on material abundance to inner abundance we get grounded and heal our root chakra. This is the kind of healing many of us are craving. It may be intimidating to start the simplifying process in your home, but there are ways to make it enjoyable. The clear spaces and more joyful, easeful life are well worth the effort.

 

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