I recently went to visit the 80/20 Hub in Inglewood and had a great chat with the ladies running a Love Yourself Challenge going on in Calgary right now. It is 6 weeks of daily challenges and weekly meetings to empower yourself in loving who you are while you become the best version of yourself. What I love about this challenge is that it's about improving every aspect of yourself. It's not about just nutrition or exercise or an appearance makeover. I was told today's daily challenge they have for the participants is to pick a messy spot at home and to tidy up and make it a spark joy space. I think this little act could potentially have a big effect!
Picking a small area and organize it isn't something I would normally suggest as a KonMari Consultant. When you follow the KonMari Method of tidying, you organize by category and not by room. That being said, since this is a one day challenge, I can see the potential that it could be enough to inspire the participants to do more. Having a tidy spark joy spot at home could give the participants a glimpse of how joyful and stress free life at home can be if they committed to do a KonMari Tidying Festival and organize their home once and for all.
Our home is a space that reflects who we are and contains all the possessions we've accumulated in our life so far. Marie Kondo has a saying that I love: Tidying is the act of confronting yourself; cleaning is the act of confronting nature. During your KonMari Tidying Festival, you look at every single item in your home. Truly asking yourself, does this bring me joy? To make the choice to keep only the items that brings you joy and to select a permanent home for each of your spark joy items. When you choose to keep only the items that brings you joy, you are choosing to live joyfully. In return, your home will support you to live your ideal lifestyle. You will not be making decisions based on fear or guilt or any of the other negative reasons to keep an item. In your KonMari journey, you discover who you were, who you are now and define who you want to be. How can you be your ideal self if you don't know who that is or what your ideal lifestyle look like? For some of us, we discover our true selves in this tidying process. It certainly has changed my life for the better in more ways than one.