Decluttering Stars Hollow - KonMari on the Gilmore Girls

If you have watched the new season of the Gilmore Girls, you probably noticed that KonMari has made it into the screen characters’ lives!

(photo credit: Netflix)

“I’m decluttering my life. You know Marie Kondo?”
- “No.”
“You don’t?”
- “No.”
“She’s Japanese.”
- “Okay.”
"Well, she wrote a bestselling book on decluttering, so I’m decluttering.”

Emily Gilmore is purging big time! From expensive dresses to dining chairs, everything that does not spark joy has to go. 

While Emily Gilmore had started “to feel claustrophobic here”, the reasons people start their own KonMari journey can be very different. This method can come in handy if you are in the process of re-assessing your life, looking for positive transformational changes, and of course, want to get rid of clutter and unnecessary items forever and enjoy a beautifully transformed home.

Not only does applying the KonMari Method leave you with a beautifully tidied place, it also leaves you feeling liberated and energized. A lot of my clients whom I have helped apply the method say that they “can breathe again” and that a huge weight has been lifted off their shoulders. I always ask my clients to envision the following: The physical space you make in your home or in your office is the amount of headspace you gain. You will be amazed at what this method can do for you – it is clearly transformative.

When I first discovered this method, I fell in love with its simplicity yet effectiveness. Although the concept – keep what sparks joy and discard the rest– is kept extremely simple, this method will make you take a look at yourself and your life. By applying the method to each single item you own, you are unraveling every single layer of your life, because the items we own reflect how we currently live our lives. KonMari can help you understand what parts of your live you actually prioritize VS which parts you would love to give more attention. It can help you determine where you stand – according to Marie Kondo in The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up,

“when we really delve into the reasons for why we can't let something go, there are only two: an attachment to the past or a fear for the future.”

It is up to us to evaluate our own history and make the decision to move towards a more fulfilled and joyful life.

In my work as Certified KonMari Consultant, I remind my clients that the transformation of their space is only the first step of an amazing journey. Seeing them pick up activities or hobbies they had once neglected shows me that they are making space for their passions in their lives. They spend less time on things that bother them and more time focusing on what they really love. It is remarkable what they are capable of once their space (physical and mental) has been “decluttered”. I am extremely proud of each one of my clients for what they have achieved and what is yet to come for them, and it fills me with joy to be able to help and guide people in this process.

While being in training with Marie Kondo and her team, one of the most important things I learned is that tidying is more than the physical act, it helps us to become clear about how we want to live our live. Once you have applied the method, everything we own becomes very special, the relationship to yourself and others becomes very positive. Once you start this change, it spreads from one person to the next, which makes the world a bit better – one item at a time!

…including Emily Gilmore’s dining chairs!