The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

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 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!

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

KonMari Workshop at Guildhall Home

Last week I had the pleasure of teaching my first KonMari workshop about the intricacies of the KonMari Folding Method. Guildhall Home in Inglewood is one of my favourite stores in Calgary and was absolutely wonderful to work with. I met the loveliest group of people and the entire evening was filled with great conversations, laughter and most importantly, joy. Here are some photos of the event taken by my wonderful and talented husband David of David Youn Photography. Thank you to all those that attended and hope you can join me on the next one. 

Why Would Anyone Hire a KonMari Consultant?

When I tell people I am becoming a KonMari Consultant, some asked me - why would anyone hire a KonMari Consultant?

Tidying is something that we're all expected to do as a responsible human beings (#adulting) but most of us weren't taught how to do it at all. We were just told to clean up after ourselves - whatever that means. This is why people generally have a junk drawer, a secret shame room, a rental storage locker or a garage so full of things they can't park their cars inside. 

When we hang onto the things we no longer need, we're hanging onto the past or have fear for the future. That is not to say you shouldn't have anything. I love things! The difference is that I keep my things not out of fear or regret but because they spark joy or are a necessary part of my life. But mostly joy. Even my can-opener sparks joy! There is no perfect formula for joy or a set number of items to own in each category, which is what makes tidying so personal and emotional at the same time. As a consultant, I am there to help you define what is right for you: Your ideal lifestyle.

Here's the thing, most people don't think to hire a consultant, just like not everyone hires a personal trainer. We could all probably benefit from a personal trainer but not everyone needs one to get into shape. I like to think of KonMari Consultants as personal trainers for your home organization. The role of the trainer is to give you motivation and clarity; to bring you focus. Some of my fittest friends are the ones who have personal trainers! You don't need to be completely overwhelmed with your things to hire a consultant.  A tidying consultant may be just what you need to get you over that last hump.

Like personal trainers, we don't do the exercises for you. You still have to put in the time and do the work if you want the results. We are your coach and accountability buddy. We are your support throughout this emotional and personal journey. We make sure you're doing things the right way so you don't end up wasting time moving your clutter from room to room whenever you need to "tidy up" before having guests over. We will help you deal with your things once and for all so you don't have to think about it anymore and this will, in turn, change your attitude when it comes to acquiring new things in the future. Imagine a life where you will only let things that truly sparks joy to enter!

As a consultant, I will help you learn to hone your sensitivity to what sparks joy for you throughout the process. And once we finish your once in a lifetime 'tidying festival,' I will help you figure out how to store everything to keep things tidy. You'll want to show off and enjoy the company of your belongings and everything will have its place. 

Why would anyone hire a KonMari consultant? If you haven't been able to get there on your own, I'd love to help you achieve your ideal lifestyle living a life surrounded by only the things that sparks joy for you. Doesn't that sound like a life full of joy?