Blair Santa has home neutral tones in the living room and an abundance of artwork on the walls. It's warm, welcoming and full of stuff.
And not one looks in place.
In her bedroom, she opens a drawer, and there is a picture-perfect example of the KonMari method ̵
There used to be several – shelves and shelves more, sentimental clothes that were rescued from the years as one of the first American women's skis and her later skeletal career. Now there are only a few dozen of her favorites, those who "spark joy."
Salt Lake City KonMari consultant Elisa Albury, who helped Blair and Provo consultant Karla Carter, say more people have reached the last few weeks about their services, usually via the konmari.com site or Instagram.
An advantage to clearing, says Elisa, is spending more time doing things you love and less time is being charged by the condition of your home or property.
"A tidier, and then cleaner, home is easier and faster to maintain. Cleaning also becomes a way of expressing pleasure for the things you have held," says Elisa. "Hiking> Housework."
Blair, a Civil Engineer and International Ship Judge, first heard of "Tidying Up" from Elisa, a former colleague, shortly after the US release of the book in 2014. Since she always had it organized, Blair decided to buy the audio book.
"I listened to it , "she says." And I was like, oh my gosh, this is magical. "
Kondo shares his method of simplifying and organizing, breaking down the process into categories – clothing, books, papers, comono or various items and Sentimental objects. When you sort, Kondo's website says, "just keep the things that speak to your heart and throw away things that no longer spark joy. Thanks for their service – let them go. "
Blair began sorting and organizing hats and gloves, from those she had to work with those she needed for cross-country and alpine skiing. They were stored and tagged but all over the house. The process took two years.
Blair finally decided to push forward with the rest of her possessions, but stopped after trying to clear some sentimental clothes, a text exchange with Elisa put her on track.
"One day she's looking for rain pants and she was like , "I know they're in my house. And I've seen everywhere, and I can't find them," says Elisha. "… And I said," I could help you. ""
At that time, Elisa gathers practice hours for her certification. She had already cleared her three-bedroom home with her husband, and had realized during the process that she was not fond of her job, where she had worked ridiculously. She decided to quit and attend a West Coast training seminar. She earned her certification in July.
"I thought by becoming a consultant, I can help other people experience the same, just general pleasure," says Elisa, who is now also working full time for the Utah Department of Transportation. 19659002] Karla, who works part-time as a receptionist at a pediatric office, has also earned her certification in July. After her husband suggested she began her own organizational activities, she decided to be certified in Condo's techniques.
She started with her own home and family. "If I do this, you do it too," she told them. "And we did the whole process, start to finish. Like it all. And it took a while."
In addition, cleared their homes and provided photographic evidence, Karla and Elisa had to attend a three-day seminar, practice clearing with Two clients in 10 sessions, and pass an exam.
One of the most important parts of the KonMari process, says Elisa and Karla, sets a vision for how you want space and your life to see. The mental picture can help with decision making, says Elisa.
"Especially if you're stuck on one thing, then you can go back to the vision and say," Oh, yes, here's my purpose. Yes or no: This item does not support or not the ideal vision? ""
Both consultants say it is difficult to estimate how long it takes to clear an entire home, even if the goal is to complete the process in six months. It depends on family size, house size, ability to make decisions and more.
Due to such variables, Elisa and Karla say that the number of sessions with their clients cannot be pre-determined. However, it is an optimum session length.
"It's hard to make significant progress at a time less than three hours. And over five hours, your brain is tired of making decisions," says Elisa. "So the productivity rate really slows down."
One of the goals of The process – and the order of the categories – is to develop a barometer for things that spark joy.This idea can be nuanced, says Elisa, with different definitions based on the category. For example, paper can provide comfort or fulfill a purpose.
Da Karlas family He began to clear, told the man that he was not sure he could sort his clothes because they did not enjoy him, then put out all his ties and told him to pick his three favorites, and they did it until he ran out
Even after putting a vision or sharper glittering skills, making decisions can be challenging.
"You must confront your feelings about why you own what you own and how much Value you put on goods you own – sometimes it's emotional value, sometimes it's the value of money, sometimes it's physical value, as the physical space it occupies, says Elisa. "Part of the joy control process goes through all these elements and determines what's important to you and meaningful to you."
Karla agonized over her clothes because of body image problems – as the KonMari method helped her confront. 19659002] "It just made me wonder, so why am I so hard on myself? And why do I speak so badly to me all the time?" Karla says, "I am 56 years old, for heaven, and it's time
Although Elisa thought it was easy to sort through her clothes, she says she struggles to let go of a worn-out sweater she had bought with her father 20 years ago before he died.
"But finally I decided that by getting rid of it, I'm not losing my memory," says Elisha. "I still have those things in my brain and I can let that item go."
Sentimental elements may be the most difficult to clear, and Kondo suggests leaving them to the end, and Elisa says she is trying to be cautious and supportive to help her clients work through these attachments, and she has found to be an observer. Being just as exhausting – physically, mentally, and emotionally. "" It is not uncommon for people to clean up, to come across something that is emotional. And then they begin to tell their story, and they sneak and I start crying, says Elisa. "… Sometimes I take on the emotional burden of others' things."
"What you really want out of life"
Those who swear by the KonMari method say that it has had a profound impact on their lives.
After clearing her home, Elisha discovered that she loved her place more, and the sense of calm it brings her now. After wasting so many things and knowing how much it costs, she no longer makes thoughtless, which has saved her "lots of money." And she has improved the relationship with her loved ones.
Karla says she began investigating how she and her husband ate their time, money and energy, finally figuring out that these things were not always in line with the important ones for them most. "KonMari is about what you really want out of life," she says. "It's not things."
Blair found the method exhausting, she says, "because you have to make many decisions and you get many emotions." But Elisa helped guide her through the process, sometimes encouraging her to set aside sentimental things and come back to them later.
"It certainly helped throughout my house, literally," Blair says. "… And she never passed any kind of judgment about whether to keep something or not keep anything because that was what meant to me."
In a hope of breast her grandfather Blair had saved a magenta, white and turquoise blanket her grandmother knitted, or maybe crocheted. But when she pulled it out, she realized, "It doesn't make me think of Grandma."
Instead, Blair says: "I have Grandma's cake recipe that I absolutely love. She used to make them to me, for my birthday, and give them a coffee tank with a $ 2 bill on a card. And that's what sparks joy, it's the recipe, and that's when I think of grandmother. "
Blair was thinking a lot about what would happen to things she threw, exploring the best organizations to receive them. Workwear went to the Junior League of Salt Lake City, winter clothes and accessories for The Road Home, and housewares to Deseret Industries.
She now looks at things differently. She is better off saying no when people deliver things for free, because if she brings home, she must treat it. Instead of buying a dress for a one-time event, she will rent one. Besides, she finds no more things to fill the empty spaces created by her decluttering.
Admittedly, she is still a jacket hoarder – she needs a certain type for different types of outdoor activities, she says. Her first floor is still something of a catch-all paper until she treats them. And she hasn't completed her basement – which she calls a cave in 1980.
She treasures the sentimental things she has held – an original 1936 Vanity Fair ski jump cover hanging on her wall, the whirling blue-green bowl she bought with $ 200 from her first real paycheck, tickets from her cheers at the first women's ski jumping event in the 2014 Sochi Olympics, and so much more.
She also liked to tell Elisa about many of the items she didn't like, as part of saying goodbye.
"It may not be something that pleased anymore, but it was something I really liked," she said. "[And] It was just fun to tell his story before it was released."
IMPORTANT & TIDYING UP & # 39;
Utah KonMari consultants Karla Carter and Elisa Albury give mixed reviews to "Clean up with Marie Kondo," now streaming on Netflix.
Karla, who watched all six episodes the day they premiere, calls the show opening. Many who contacted her before her debut were not familiar with the KonMari method, she says, and wished she should organize for them, instead of leading them through the process.
Both consultants note the families that appear on Netflix, did not do their sorting alone, as it may appear. When Kondo was not there, other certified consultants helped them. The method "tends to be more complex than it is portrayed on the show," Elisa says. "Viewers Don't See the Whole Process Taken in a Single Episode."
Kondo is greeted at home by clients, urging them to touch every item before making a decision to keep it, and suggesting that they thank them in the throw hole. Practice is rooted in the Shinto religion, especially "kami" or the belief "that the essence of existence or being exists in everything," according to the BBC.
Elisa and Karla, who have both spent time in Japan, say they understand and respect Kondo's process, but do things a little differently. Karla says she never knelt in greeting a home. Instead, she tries to find a harmony with each client or family.
Elisa welcomes home in her own way. She also encourages her clients to do a short meditation to clear their minds and be centered before they enter.
When it comes to thanking things, Elisa notes that each element plays a role – good, bad or otherwise – so it's important to thank it for their service before sending it on. She thinks "it reduces the physical and emotional burden, which makes your heart easier."
Wondering where to start? These are the six basic rules for clearing, according to www.konmari.com.
• Commit to cleaning up.
• Imagine your ideal lifestyle.
• Complete the throw first.
• Follow the correct order.
• Ask yourself if it sparkles joy.
For help, three KonMari consultants currently serve Utah:
• Karla Carter of Provo: https://www.karlaanncarter.com and https://www.instagram.com/karlaanncarter/? hl = no
• Elisa Albury of Salt Lake City: https://www.instagram.com/sparkjoymission/? hl = en
• Jessica Louie, California, serving Salt Lake City: https://clarifysimplifyalign.com and https://www.instagram.com/drjessicalouie/?hl=en
For more information on the consultants , The KonMari method, Marie Kondo and her books and Neflix series, visit www.konmari.com.