Fall For KonMari 5-Day Free Challenge

Fall for KonMari 5-Day Free Challenge

It’s already September, which means goodbye Summer, hello Fall! Fall is my absolute favourite season to dress for and what better way to get ready than a mini challenge? 

Starting on September 10, you will receive a daily email with a small task that you can do no matter where you are in your KonMari journey. Each daily task will take about 5-15 minutes to complete. I am confident by the end of the challenge, you’ll have a better understanding of the KonMari Method and feel inspired to choose joy everyday. 

Sign up for this free challenge at https://www.helenyoun.com/challenge before September 10. Share this picture to invite your family and friends to join and let me know you’re in. I’m so excited to see all your progress photos so make sure to hashtag #fallforkonmari or tag me in your posts so we can all support and encourage each other to spark joy!

KonMari Consultant Seminar SF18

I was invited to attend the KonMari Consultant Seminar in San Francisco last weekend as a certified KonMari Consultant as well as a lecturer for a portion of Day 2 and Day 3.

It was an incredible experience and a weekend that sparked joy every minute. Here are some photos from the weekend taken by photographer Ryan Soule.

10 Organizational Tips for Your Holiday Items

If you haven't packed away your holiday items yet, now is the time to do it! I was on CTV Morning Live to share some organizational tips earlier today. Here is the segment if you missed it and I hope you find these tips helpful in your home.

1. Before you Start

Before you start, check your storage to see if there are any other holiday items you didn't use this year. Be honest and ask yourself, does it still spark joy for you? If it doesn't, it's time to thank the item since it has fulfilled its purposes and let it go so it can spark joy for someone else.

2. Just because you used it doesn't mean it sparks joy

Don't automatically put everything that is out on display back in storage. Just because you used it this year, doesn't mean you love it. Ask yourself if each item sparks joy for you and if you're looking forward to use it again next year. 

3. Storing bags inside other bags

The best way to store gift bags are inside other gift bags. I like this method because it's easy and simple. Everything is together and easy to find when you need it.

4. Fold Your Tissue Paper

Tissue paper can take up a lot of room when it's not properly folded - That's why they're used to fill the space inside gift bags and boxes! If you want to maximize your storage space, fold it and store them all together so it's easy to access when you need it. You can even store them with your gift bags!

5. Use What You Have

There are so many organizational products designed specifically for holiday items but it's not a one size fits all solution. I find the best organizational items to use are shoe boxes. I use them everywhere! 

6. Reuse and repurpose

When it comes to protecting fragile ornaments, you can reuse and repurpose things you already have. Egg cartons are great for smaller ornaments. You can also create compartments in your storage boxes using cardboard. Reuse bubble wrap or bubble envelopes you receive in packages for an extra protective layer.

7. Keep christmas Lights Untangled

Nothing is more frustrating than trying to untangle Christmas lights.  Save yourself the headache and easily keep your Christmas lights untangled by wrapping it around a piece of cardboard. I fold my cardboard to create a tube to wrap my Christmas lights around and tape the two ends in the middle of the tube so it's easy to unravel next year.

8. Fix And Repair Now 

If you noticed a Christmas light bulb needs replacing or a holiday item needs repair; replace and repair it before storing it for next year. Your future self will thank you.

9. Garment Bags for Wrapping Paper Storage 

Wrapping paper are generally hard to store. They can flop all over the place and aren't uniform in size. A great way to store them is putting them upright inside garment bags. This way you can hang them in your closet and it doesn't take up more room than a coat.

10. Don't Stockpile

it can be tempting to stockpile more holiday items at the end of the season when everything goes on clearance. Resist the temptation and don't let the price decide your purchase. You won't need those items for a year and your taste might change by then. 

CTV Morning Live host Courtney Ketchen with Helen Youn

Which of these tips will you try? Let me know in the comments!


Spark Joy Book Club | Aug 2017

Spark Joy Book Club is a small monthly book club reading books centred around joy. Each months' meetings are held at different beautiful venues around Calgary. For our first meeting, we met at Phil & Sebastians in Mission and discussed The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.

Spark Joy Book Club August 2017 Meeting at Phil & Sebastians Coffee Roasters - Mission

One of the ladies was visiting from Europe and I've had some people asked if they could join the book club virtually due to location so I thought it would be fun to post the questions we discussed here and you can comment below.

Ice Breaker

  • Your name and location if you would like to share
  • What was the last thing you watched on Netflix and do you recommend it?

Book Discussion

  • Did the book change your tolerance level for clutter?
  • What tips of part resonated most with you?
  • What parts of the book didn't click for you?
  • Has the book prompted you to tidy up while reading or after at all?

Next Month's Book

Love Yourself Challenge

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. 

A dramatic reorganization of the home causes correspondingly dramatic changes in lifestyle and perspective. It is life transforming.
— The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo

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.