I’m thrilled to see that Marie Kondo, author of #1 NY Times Best-seller: the life-changing magic of tidying up is considered one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people! Her unique method considers items by category instead of by space, offers detailed folding techniques for clothes and ceremonious good-byes to items leaving your home. As Jamie Lee Curtis, Time Magazine author, says of the book, "...it’s a literal how-to-heave-ho, and I recommend it for anyone who struggles with the material excess of living in a privileged society. (Thanks to Ms. Kondo, I kiss my old socks goodbye.)"
Here’s why I REALLY love Marie (because to me, her method is a tad rigid :))
Her work has brought attention to our modern-day, 1st world problem: TOO MUCH STUFF!
All of the recognition (the #1 selling book, the Time Magazine honor + a gigantic social media buzz) has given the masses permission to hire some help!
On a regular basis people hire:
My thoughts as to why:
Not YET considered socially acceptable--The hell with that! Get help where you need it and you will be amazed at how far you can fly. Plus you will positively shimmer and dance with delight when your stuff is out of your hair and your life cracks WIDE open!
Guilt and/or Shame-- “I should be able to do this by myself” Every single person I work with feels this way, it’s usually an ingrained, very old pattern that has been passed along from other generations, the days when life was slower, and self-sufficiency was paramount. I don’t change my own oil and I don’t do my own taxes and I don’t feel one bit guilty about it--other people need jobs, too!
Life just got FAST-- While we weren’t looking: raising kids, working a stressful job(s), going to school, getting divorced, marrying, moving to a new home, death in the family, birth, an empty nest...the brilliant marketers (Barry, Kerstin, you know who you are!) were very busy doing their jobs. This is a modern day problem...we’re accumulating faster than we’re letting go and just haven’t had time to consider what to do about it!
Marie Kondo is making incredible inroads into our American society, busting shame and making it OK to ask for support to work through the snowdrifts of paper and tangles of clothing that keep us playing small, keep us from shining our light and joy to the world.
If conquering your clutter and saying good-bye to chaos in your space has been on your list for awhile, give me a call, let’s talk. I can help you!
Lots of love,