Tidy Up Your Home With Joy!
In Feng Shui, my concern is how a persons environment affects their health, prosperity and relationships. I look for things that can be changed to initiate the balance my clients are looking for. Often I find that to 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 become a Home Organizer so I could better help my clients. Although my previous approach was effective, I’m finding that using the KonMari Method, developed by Marie Kondo, has taken the results to a whole new level.
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, did not actually spark joy. One of them I really liked many years ago but now it was worn out and I noticed I felt down 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. I now 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.
A positive side effect of this method is that intensively going through this process of asking if our belongings spark joy, builds our 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 is 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 would be happy to guide you through this transformative process of discovering more joy in your life.
For Feng Shui and Organizing advice tailored to your specific situation contact Megan at (831) 588-5424 or [email protected]. Megan Montero is a Feng Shui consultant, a Home Organizer, a Plant Spirit Medicine healer, and a Granicera in the Nahua weather working tradition of Mexico. She offers Feng Shui and Organizing in the Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay areas and by phone. She practices Plant Spirit Medicine at her office in Santa Cruz. Learn more about Megan’s services and her upcoming events at WindAndWaterBlessings.com” . Stay in touch by signing up online for Megan’s e-newsletter.