Hi friends! I am back from vacation and have so much to discuss with you! First, I actually got some reading done on the trip and was able to read, “The Life- Changing Magic of Tidying Up (the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing).” by Marie Kondo. There is so much in this book I could talk about but I’m choosing to start by asking a simple question that is bothering me.
Marie Kondo claims that, “If you adopt this approach-the KonMari Method-you’ll never revert to clutter again.” Or as she calls in in her book “rebounding.” For professional organizers in America it’s commonly called “backsliding.”
My question then is, do you believe that you could ever be completely organized and never rebound, backslide, or revert to clutter again? Really?
Since this book has become a worldwide phenomenon representing the industry of professional organizing whether we like it or not, I feel like we need to ask this question because after reading this book many clients may be asking us whether we use this method and if we do why would they need maintenance if they will never revert to clutter.
I recently posted my thoughts on organizing maintenance before reading Marie Kondo’s book. You can read that post here. “What is Home Organizing Maintenance and Why You Need It?”
I had some excellent comments on that post from professional organizers I would like to share with you here:
“I think every organizing project comes down to time management in the end. Without a system in place to maintain newly-organized areas (a system that includes regular thought and action, whether it be daily, weekly, etc.), they will become dis-organized again in no time.” Professional Organizer, Hazel Thornton
“The concept of maintenance in organizing projects can be easily overlooked, but just like getting our cars tuned-up or making repairs to our homes everything needs upkeep and follow-up.” Professional Organizer, Sarah Soboleski
“Maintenance is so important but only 10% of my home organizing clients do it. But, 90% of my small business clients do it.” Professional Organizer, Sabrina Quairoli
“…maintenance is a key component to staying on top of the organizational systems. So many people think that organizing is a ‘once and you’re done’ process when in truth organizing is an ongoing fluid process. It needs to shift and change to complement the changes you make in your life and your schedule. Almost all of my clients do some form of maintenance organizing with me.” Diane Quintana CPO®, CPO-CD®
“I definitely have maintenance clients. Each time I visit we may make a bit of progress on something new, but often we are re-clearing an area. The good news is, because we took the time initially to set up systems, we can be very efficient at restoring order. The clients enjoy it more when I’m there — and therefore they get it done — so it is actually a great use of time.” Professional Organizer, Seana Turner
“Maintenance is a must! My maintenance clients feel so good about all they have accomplished and share that our work together includes maintenance. It’s about knowing that we are committed to keeping their spaces the way they want them.” Ellen Delap CPO®
The Kon Marie Method seems to be organizing mixed with minimalism and of course the less stuff you have the less likely you will have clutter. As a professional organizer if I could get some clients to get rid of 80% of stuff they don’t need then maybe they could stay uncluttered. However, what if they buy new stuff or what if they won’t part with their items? There are just too many variables for me to guarantee they won’t ever have clutter again. Although it is a wonderful goal to have!
Do you believe that you could ever be completely organized and never rebound, backslide, or revert to clutter again?
Whether you have or haven’t read the book, are or aren’t an organizer, I would love to hear your answer!