The Organization and Functionality Relationship
Diving in a little deeper here: sometimes items are functionally helpful in your home. Do my utensil drawer organizers and trash bins “spark joy”? Not exactly…They don’t remind me of fond memories or bring a smile to my face, but they do keep my life functional and organized. My goal of organization is to make your home flow naturally in a way that works for your family, and that can’t be accomplished without knowing what each client’s priorities and daily lives are like. I’ve found that the KonMari Method completely overlooks the need for functionality in the home and provides a temporary fix in lieu of a long-term solution
Organization Isn’t “One-Size-Fits-All”
I also prefer to take a gentler approach to organization than the KonMari Method, which can be quite aggressive. I customize a decluttering method to best fit my client, and together we’ll tackle one small thing at a time. Organization can be overwhelming – all clutter is – so biting off a small piece at a time helps the project remain manageable.
Marie Kondo suggests that you tackle projects by category (start with clothes, then books, move on to drawers, etc.) but while this categorical method may help with decluttering,
It does nothing to achieve functionality within your home.
What good is it to have a decluttered wardrobe if what your family really needs is a coat closet, shoe rack, and purse hook by the front door to help your mornings run smoothly?
The Sorted Out team and I really dive into our client’s needs. We figure out what their priorities are and come up with a customized strategy which is what sets us apart.