KonMari: Your Ideal Lifestyle
What is "Your Ideal Lifestyle?"
This is the first question I ask all of my clients before embarking on our KonMari tidying journey together. Your ideal lifestyle is unique to you as an individual and reflects the type of space and things you want to surround yourself with. The first step to addressing decluttering and organization within your home starts with identifying what Sparks Joy for you. That ideal lifestyle is a representation of the type of space you wish to create and will create, using the help of the KonMari tidying method.
While some know exactly the type of lifestyle they wish to live in, others have a harder time identifying what things they wish to surround themselves with. Although it can be hard to imagine a different living space from the one you currently reside in, many spaces in your home are created out of convenience rather than joy. If you look at your space today, can you easily identify which objects truly bring you joy? If we reverse the question, can you easily identify the objects that do NOT bring you joy? Be honest; did you discover more objects in your home bring you unhappiness or a sense of frustration? This is a good indication that your current living space does not match up to your "ideal lifestyle."
A common point of frustration within a home is cleaning. Many of my clients share that cleaning or tidying takes up a large portion of their free time, leaving them feeling frustrated and tired. This is an important part of accessing your ideal lifestyle. Instead, think about a Saturday morning where instead of doing household chores you could drive out to the beach, take your bike to the farmer's market, or snuggle up by the fire with your tea. Through identifying your ideal lifestyle, such are goals are possible.
Identifying your ideal lifestyle is such a meaningful step of the KonMari tidying process. During initial consultations, I truly enjoy learning and understanding the "why" of a client when hearing the dreams that are motivating them to embark on this new journey. I love seeing the excitement in their eyes when they describe their goals for their home, their office, and their lives. The courage and determination they have to share these goals are marvelous and their strength in this vision is what carries us through their entire tidying journey.
To help my clients identify their ideal lifestyle, together we use magazines, 4-color pictures, and dream boards to help create a visual representation of such a lifestyle. Looking at Pinterest and creating boards and using other visual examples are other great tools used to. Creating this visual representation is the first step towards your tidying journey. It is not about perfectionism, not at all. It is about never missing out on opportunities that matter to us the most and living an ideal lifestyle unique to each of us.