Real Life: Marie Kondo & Making Space

5 Minute Read: Real life, Marie Kondo, minimalism, tidying up.

Have you gone KonMari on your closet yet? I love that Marie Kondo’s method is trending this year.

The show “Tidying Up” has no doubt played a part, and while I haven’t watched it, I treasure her books. They’re insightful, hilarious and all-around fantastic.

As a long-time minimalist, I hope this is more than a passing trend and people take Marie Kondo’s method to heart (with or without elaborate folding rituals ;).

Whether you do it her way or another, editing and tidying your stuff is a beautiful, powerful practice in:

  • Mindfulness & concentration

  • Gratitude & appreciation

  • Getting centred & finding clarity

  • Making space for what you truly love

  • Manifesting what you most want

As I mentioned to a client this week, it’s also a huge support in getting back on course with supportive eating and lifestyle choices when they’ve faltered.

LingXu makes a rare public appearance (unlike her sister, usually featured here)

LingXu makes a rare public appearance (unlike her sister, usually featured here)


Making space. Clearing out. Getting clear.

What do you really want in this life? What is your simple choice? We literally create ourselves – body, mind and spirit – with what we consume and what surrounds us. We also impact others: each choice shapes us and our world.

For me, excess baggage equals confusion, stress and overwhelm. Mindful, focused decluttering is one of the best anxiety antidotes I know.

Occasionally (okay, daily), I look around wishing I had something else to radically edit! Really, though, there’s nothing left, so I inevitably turn to my laptop. I tidy it on the regular, but as my workplace and creative space, it keeps accumulating digital “stuff.”

I WAY prefer physical decluttering, which brings far more ease. Still, laptop purging suffices as my KonMari fix for now.

Are you clearing any physical or digital spaces these days? Please share in the comments! For support, get my free Keep It Simple ebook.

It shares 7 mantras and practices for creating simplicity, ease and spaciousness in the everyday. You sign up for my newsletter to get the book…but can unsubscribe any time.

Plus, I’m sending special treats to subscribers this year. (Last week it was a brand-new Eating Disorder/Addiction Workbook.)


In other news, the nutrition program is underway and we’re deciding what to give up for the eating disorders and addictions course. To recap:

Coming Clean: An Exploration of Sobriety

For the duration of the course, students will pick one substance or action to give up, choosing something they know or suspect is not serving them…but find it hard to go without. They’ll journal about their experience and debrief the class weekly. Examples of things to let go of:

  • A particular food or type of food (e.g., alcohol, coffee, caffeine, dairy, dessert, grain, refined sugar)

  • An eating habit/pattern (e.g., binge eating, eating on the go, emotional eating, overeating, under-eating, weighing, calorie counting, snacking)

What to choose is very individual: When it comes to eating patterns, one person’s drug is another’s medicine, and vice versa. This gets to the heart of why my work with clients is so customized.

Thanks to our class discussion, I expanded the list to include:

  • A lifestyle habit/pattern (e.g., compulsive shopping, binge watching television, constant phone/email checking, constant Instagram scrolling, screen time first thing on waking or before bed, staying up too late).

Have other ideas? Please share!

I’m encouraging my students to choose something challenging so, as future practitioners, they get a true sense of what arises in eating disorder and addiction recovery. I’d love for you to join in too! (These tips might help.)

Meanwhile, happy tidying, plus some…

Two of my favourites:  the life-changing magic of tidying up  and  spark joy,  Marie Kondo

Two of my favourites: the life-changing magic of tidying up and spark joy, Marie Kondo

Recipes + Links

Are you a Sorry or a Thank You person? “There’s a sort of emotional chess to using these words, and they can say a lot about the person uttering them.“

For my mom clients + readers. “It’s not a straight line from bad to good.” (P.S., “You’re doing a great job.”)

I was broken.” Have the volume on. Prepare to cry.

Level up your scrambled eggs. Love the addition of lemon!

Or egg-less options. Not everyone needs breakfast (contrary to what the author suggests), but these Whole30 dishes work for other meals too!

Over 60 and slaying it. What do you want to be when you grow up?

In deep reverence for Mary Oliver. I learned of her passing the day of…minutes after concluding a beautiful client session in which I led a meditation featuring “Wild Geese”…and exploring self-acceptance.

“Simplicity was important to her. ‘Poetry, to be understood, must be clear,’ she said. ‘It mustn't be fancy. I have the feeling that a lot of poets writing now, they sort of tap dance through it. I always feel that whatever isn't necessary should not be in the poem.’

Immense gratitude. You live on.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on these links…your relationship with tidying up…and whether you’ll be joining our class project. Please send a note or meet me in the comments! xo


Life by design.

When you’re making changes, caring accountability makes a world of difference.

I offer two avenues for customized plans + coaching:

The Foundation and The Deep Dive.

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With grace + simplicity.

 
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