Christine O'Brien

Meeting the Queen of Tidy

Meeting the Queen of Tidy

By Christine O'Brien / February 14, 2017 /

It’s been three years since I began my KonMari journey. I read Marie “KonMari” Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing 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…

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Clearing Clutter for Children

Clear the Clutter for your Children

By Christine O'Brien / January 5, 2017 /

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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How to Get Stuff Done

How to Get Stuff Done When you are Feeling Depressed

By Christine O'Brien / November 22, 2016 /

  A therapist once told me that I have, “a high tolerance for depression.” I wish I’d asked her what she meant; at the time I assumed that she was saying I was accustomed to feeling depressed because I was surrounded by family members suffering from mental health issues. Perhaps she meant that depression was…

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Motivation

Find Your Motivation

By Christine O'Brien / August 3, 2016 /

I’ve been staring at a blank page for over a month trying to write about finding your motivation. The irony is that my motivation took a dive after researching how people stay motivated for my Simplicity & Joy Course. What I found really shook me up. It turns out that motivation is really about self…

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what my husband thinks

KonMari: My Husband’s Perspective

By Christine O'Brien / June 15, 2016 /

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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