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creating calm

Creating Calm with Jacquelyn

By Christine O'Brien / September 4, 2017 / 0 Comments

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…

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spring clearing

De-Cluttering Tips for Spring Clearing

By Christine O'Brien / April 11, 2017 / 0 Comments

Spring is here! It’s been a wet winter here in Northern Califorina, which was exactly what we needed and now we’re ready for some sun. Spring is a great time to get energized to clear and clean your home. In my community we are about to have a “swap” where some amazing mamas organize a…

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Clearing Clutter for Children

Clear the Clutter for your Children

By Christine O'Brien / January 5, 2017 / 0 Comments

When trying to involve children in the KonMari process, Marie Kondo’s advice – to simplify your own belongings and hope that your family will follow – wasn’t enough for me. Marie Kondo also said that once you’ve finished all your own categories, you can teach them the folding method. As good as my toddler was at folding,…

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what my husband thinks

KonMari: My Husband’s Perspective

By Christine O'Brien / June 15, 2016 / 0 Comments

I have to admit, when I first heard about the KonMari method, I was skeptical.  I loved the idea of organizing and getting rid of lots of things, but I didn’t believe that following some methodology in a book could really work.  After all, if we were motivated to get organized, what was stopping us? …

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behind the scenes

Behind the Scenes of "Tidy up with KonMari"

By Christine O'Brien / May 17, 2016 / 1 Comment

When Gina Lambie Kruger announced my Facebook group that she was going to have Marie Kondo film the KonMari process in her home, I knew I had to be there. Luckily, Gina is the friendliest person ever and was happy to have me, especially since she had a lot of work to do behind the scenes! I…

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