NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - Now that Spring is here many of us will begin spring cleaning. A new trend has us throwing out or donating all the items that do not "spark joy," thanks in part to the Netflix series "Tidying Up With Marie Kondo."
In the show, Kondo comes to your home and helps you clean it.
For those of us that don't have Marie Kondo showing up at our doorstep, you can hire a trained KonMari consultant. That is what Norell Liddell did. She hired KonMari consultant Patty Morrissey. She's specially trained to tidy in the KonMari method.
The training involves an lengthly application, seminar, practice cleanings and even an exam. "The exam is really hard a lot of people fail the exam because it’s not looking for the correct answer by the book it’s looking for the correct answer for that client in that context, " Morrissey says.
For Liddell, having a consultant by her side as she cleaned out has been enormously helpful. "it was just reassuring and relaxing having her with me it wasn't her thing that she had emotional energy tied up in, " Liddell said.
Morrissey has been walking Liddell through the KonMari steps.
First commit to the process and create a vision of what you want your home to look like.
"People do it themselves they skip over the commitment and the visioning step and just get into their clothing and it ends up being about how to fold something or the kind of aggressive removal of objects," Morrissey said.
Marie Kondo has been called in minimalist, but Morrissey says that's a misconception.
"Often you do reduce your possessions and you have less but its more about celebrating the things you do have," Morrissey said. Buried in the things she didn't know she had, Liddell did find joy in a USB backup to an old computer. "
On it that was the first two years of my daughter’s life. and it wasn't until i started going through i realized how many photos i had missed that didn’t even realize I didn’t have," Liddell said.
To find the items that spark joy, and purge the items that don't, first make a big pile by category. Clothes are first. And Morrissey says that's because it’s the easiest category to identify the joy in. "Their body language changes and I have them stop for a second and I say did you see what just happened there? Your face lit up, your shoulders went back, " Morrissey said.
Once you've learned the signs of joy, Its time to tackle some harder categories: books, papers, Komono, or miscellaneous items including everything from entertainment and electronics to kitchen and bathroom.
Then it’s onto the hardest category sentimental items.
Once you have sorted through all of the categories, then its finally time to start putting things away.
"From there the organization is quite easy it pretty obvious where things should go, " Morrissey said. When it comes to organizing Marie Kondo and her consultants recommend little boxes to store items. For clothing, there is her famous folding method.
"The folding method is all about vertical folding so that you can see everything that you have," Morrissey said. With Morrissey's help you wouldn't even know Liddell shares her house with a 3 and 6 year old.
Liddell says it helps that she involved her kids in the process.