“Tidy house, tidy mind”. I really do relate to this quote. I find the state of our home really does impact on my mood and my anxiety. Not only do I find that tidying and cleaning helps with this, I also enjoy it but I don’t always have the time to do a thorough sort out of our belongings. So when I received an email through Bournemouth Bloggers for a collaboration with Romana who is a Marie Kondo certified consultant and the owner of Purer Living, I jumped at the chance.
I’m sure most of you will have heard of Marie Kondo or may have seen her Netflix show Tidying Up With Marie Kondo or may have read her books, she is the creater of the KonMari method. For those of you who don’t know much about the Kon Mari method, it very much focuses on tidying by category rather than by room. This begins with clothes, moves onto books, then papers, followed by miscellaneous items and finally moving onto sentimental items.
I arranged with Romana for her to come round to visit and a couple of weeks ago she visited me for our session. On arrival, Romana explained a bit more about how the sessions worked and about the history of Marie Kondo. She then explained that to begin the session, she asks that you both kneel on the floor whilst she introduces herself to the home and you think about how you visualise your home to be at the end of the sessions.
We started by taking all of my clothes, shoes and accessories out of the wardrobes and placing them onto the bed. Romana then asked me to pick out my three favourite items to clothing and what it is about them that sparks joy before placing them on the wardrobe door to help me identify which items really spark joy when comparing them to those that I had chosen.
We then began going through each item one by one to see which items sparked joy. For the items which I decided to disregard, Marie Kondo suggests that you show gratitude to the item by saying thank you to the item. I found that this really helped me feel better about the items that I was no longer keeping.
After we had gone through all of the items, we were left with three piles ; keep, charity and bin, I was surprised with how much I had disregarded but I felt so much better and really felt like we had achieved a lot in a short space of time. It then came to putting all the items back away and the best way to display the items, not only for aesthetic purposes but also to make the items easy to find. Romana also showed me the folding techniques that Marie Kondo uses, I have since been using these since the session, not only does it make it easier to find the items, it also means that you can store more even in small spaces.
I really found the session with Romana helpful, she was so calm, understanding and reassuring and she allowed the session to go at my pace as well as leaving me feeling very positive about the beginning of my tidying journey.
Purer Living charge £40 per hour for a minimum of 3 hour sessions. Romana advised that the majority of the sessions last on average 4-5 hours as well as offering bespoke packages.
I was gifted the Purer Living session in exchange for this blog post however all words and images are my own.