Tidy Coaching – Does your home ‘spark joy’?

Images above: Esme Fisher works with a client, Esme shows a client more efficient storage methods

You may have heard of Marie Kondo, who was swept to fame last January with her hit Netflix show “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo”. But what you may not have heard is that Chiswick has its very own ‘KonMari’ consultant.

Esme Fisher is the founder of Tidy Coaching, she trained with Marie Kondo in Los Angeles and became a fully certified ‘KonMari’ consultant in September 2019.

Esme was inspired with Marie’s vision – and not just her promise that if you follow her method precisely, you will never have to declutter again – but also her insights into the psychological effect that your living environment, and everything within it, can have on you.

The KonMari method

At it’s core, KonMari is a ‘desire for everyone in the world to experience the life-changing magic that comes from tidying up’.

The method encourages tidying by category instead of by location like most tidying methods, which often advocate a room-by-room or a little-by-little approach, which ‘doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever’.

“First you begin with clothes, then move on to books, papers, then ‘komono’  (which are miscellaneous items), and finally sentimental items” said Esme.

The process involves confronting every item in your home, whether it’s that shirt at the back of your wardrobe that hasn’t been worn since 2009 or whether it’s a rusty kitchen spoon you haven’t seen fit to throw away.

It’s recommended that you should only keep things that ‘speak to the heart’, and discard items that no longer ‘spark joy’ – anything you don’t think you will use anymore, or haven’t used for a long time that has no real sentimental value. Thank the item for their service – then let it go.

Images above: before picture of a client’s utility room, after Esme introduced a little ‘life-changing magic’

‘Virtual organising’

Esme’s business revolves around working with clients in their homes to achieve ‘a truly ordered house’ and to teach us how to respect the objects we surround themselves with.

As she was unable to enter people’s homes over the lockdown period, Esme now offers ‘virtual organising’ sessions via Zoom or Skype. It is obviously different to in-home organising sessions as she’s not physically in your home to be ‘hands on’ whilst guiding you through the KonMari method of tidying.

Virtual organising sessions are a viable alternative during the coronavirus pandemic, she says, when we are unable to invite people into our homes. These online sessions can give you the ability to work with a professional organiser even if there isn’t one in your area.

“I actually had a couple of virtual sessions over the lockdown, one was a client from Australia!” said Esme.

Tidy Coaching 

Tidy Coaching offers a free 30 minute consultation to discuss your home organising needs, which can be done over the phone, by Skype / Zoom or in person.

Once booked, each session can last approximately 3 – 5 hours and can be done in the morning or afternoon, or both.

She acknowledges it’s a bold claim, but Esme says:

“People probably have a clear out every six months or every year – but if you do this properly once, you’ll never have to do it again”.

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