Tidy Up Your Home With Joy! February 07, 2016
How does your environment affect your health, prosperity and relationships?
This is the question I aim to answer in my feng shui practice. I look for things in the space that can be changed to initiate the balance my clients are looking for. Often I find that too much clutter is the main issue disrupting their harmony. Other feng shui adjustments will be minimally effective until the space is decluttered and organized.
Years of seeing the positive life-changing results of clearing clutter inspired me to offer clutter clearing and home organizing as a separate specialty so I could better help my clients. Although my previous approach was effective, I’m finding that incorporating some aspects of the KonMari Method, developed by Marie Kondo, has taken the results to a whole new level.
Hallmarks of the KonMari Method
One of the hallmarks of the KonMari method is to focus on what you want to keep, instead of what you want to let go of. The criteria for what to keep is holding each object and asking the question, “does this spark joy?”, then letting go of what doesn’t.
Another crucial difference is decluttering one category at a time by taking everything in that category out of it’s various storage places and going through all of it at once. Even if you don’t have an overwhelming amount of stuff, you can still benefit.
When I did this myself, I discovered that two of my ”wear at home” sweaters, that had previously made the decluttering cut many times, didn't actually spark joy. One of them I really liked many years ago but now it was worn out and I noticed I felt depressed when I wore it. The other sweater was very nice and in great shape but I realized I never liked how it looked on me but had kept it because it was a “nice” sweater and still functional for warmth.
Through this process I discovered that when I wore it, it lowered my energy instead of uplifting it-the opposite of "sparking joy" Another sweater that sparks a lot of joy, I almost never wore because I was too busy wearing the other two! Now every morning in the winter I wear the sweater that sparks joy and I feel cozy, happy and warm.
Positive side effects
A positive side effect of this method is that intensively going through this process of asking if your belongings spark joy, builds your decision making muscle. I find it easier to make decisions about other things and have noticed a clearer doorway to my heart voice.
I have a better sense of what sparks joy and what doesn’t in other areas of my life. When you apply this method to your whole house, you radically change your mindset in a positive way, which is one reason it's so effective.
You can learn more about this method in Marie Kondo’s best-selling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. If you want help taking the plunge, I'd love to guide you through this transformative process of discovering more joy in your life through decluttering.
Megan Montero is a feng shui consultant and healer with 15 years experience helping people transform their lives and relationships with feng shui.