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December 3, 2019
Welcome to the 2019 Spark Joy highlights show! Thank you again for listening and we're looking forward to sparking more joy in 2020! We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoy_podcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: -What's Sparking Joy for Karin: A productive stay-cation in Atlantic City. -What's Sparking Joy for Kristyn: Hitting the milestone of 80 tidying related speaking engagements over the last three years. -Best of 2019 Highlights. Hear clips from our favorite, and most impactful shows, of 2019: Ep 68 | Behind the Scenes: Netflix's "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo" with Tricia Fidler and Jane Grodem Ep 71 | Feng Shui with Master Feng Shui Expert Laura Cerrano Ep 74 | Happiness, Joy, and Order with Gretchen Rubin Ep 86 | KonMari Your Friends and Relationships with Vanessa Van Edwards -Spark Joy Giveaway Winners! Usernames kellyconfusion shen valley listener easzymc joyy66 gadgetgirlCA BAMR CONGRATULATIONS to all our winners! If you are one of our lucky winners, you'll be receiving an email from us soon. New episodes will resume January 7, 2020. Until then, we'll be sharing encores of our most popular episodes of 2019. You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy
November 26, 2019
Today’s Quick Tips episode will prepare you for the busiest shopping days of the year by shifting your focus on mindful shopping and gift giving. Before listening to this mindful shopping and gift giving episode, please note, this one may not apply to you this season. If you are actively managing your finances and shopping habits, head over to Spark Joy Episode 31 with Dr. Benson, as an alternative. In that episode we explore the intersection of KonMari and shopping. In the show notes, Dr. Benson shares a great quiz that can help you flag any unhealthy shopping behaviors that could be weighing you down. KonMari Quick Tips: Ask yourself the following question before you make your next purchase: Why am I here? How do I feel? Do I need this? Can I wait? How will I pay for it? Where will I put it? Step 1: Have a vision and refer to it regularly. Step 2: Shop your home first. Step 3: Be present when buying presents. Recommended Gift: Spark Joy Club Membership! Step 4: Buy nothing. Step 5: Have fun! Kristyn's Shopping List: Waterproof Winter Boots Bullet Journal Related Supplies Favorite Underwear Advent Calendar Official Hamilton Ornament Wooden Watch with engraving Cross It Off Weekend Grazing Board Workshop Trips to VA and TX Karin's Shopping List: Bathroom Renovation Project Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Thanksgiving and Christmas traditions in NYC! We are pleased to introduce the following new members of The Spark Joy Club, joining at the Joy Sparker level: Welcome! Kadra Pixton Paige Allen Jen Kobrick Laura Panopolous We continue to welcome our listeners who are serious about extending the conversation around taking action, living, and maintaining a tidy lifestyle. Please join the conversation by visiting sparkjoypodcast.com and selecting Join the Club And don’t forget to enter our Anniversary Giveaway! As announced during Spark Joy episode 100, we have KonMari-themed gifts ready for you to claim by entering into our giveaway, celebrating our two-year anniversary. The prizes include: • Marie Kondo’s tidying sequel, Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up, signed by the Queen herself • A Virtual KonMari Tidying Lesson provided on behalf of For the Love of Tidy • An honorary membership to the Spark Joy Club at the coveted Joy Sparker level! • And finally, a copy Marie Kondo’s highly anticipated new children’ s book, Kiki & Jax: The Life-Changing Magic of Friendship, which will be officially released later this year. Head over to sparkjoypodcast.com/itunes for instructions on how to leave a star rating and written review on iTunes. Then, shoot an email to contact@sparkjoypodcast.com with your username for a chance to win one of six prices we have for our listeners this year. You have until November 26 to enter and we’ll announce our winners during our “Best of” show on December 3. You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy
November 19, 2019
Christina Lustig, Founder & Lead Planner of To The Nines Events, joins us to explore tips for sparking joy when it comes to holiday entertaining. Originally from a suburb of Detroit, Christina spent 7 years in NYC working in fashion, a year in Boston and now lives in Chicago's Wicker Park with her husband, John, and dog, Drake. Christina lives basically in spreadsheets, on blogs, Pinterest, and the phone when it comes to planning her clients' big days REMINDER Don’t forget you have until November 26 to enter our Spark Joy Giveaway. We’ll announce our winners during our “Best of” show on December 3. Head over to sparkjoypodcast.com/itunes for instructions on how to leave a star rating and written review on iTunes. Then, shoot an email to contact@sparkjoypodcast.com with your username for a chance to win one of 6 coveted KonMari-themed prizes that spark joy in celebration of our two-year anniversary. Thanks again for your support! In this episode, you’ll enjoy: Christina's path to "eventification" Tips on avoiding stress and choosing joy when preparing for the holidays Christina's love of simplified listmaking (a strategy that is also featured in Spark Joy Episode 107) Our favorite gifts for hosts and gift list making strategies The essential components of a great holiday event: A great scent An inclusive playlist Fun interactive touches How to be a great guest! RSVP promptly Join in on the fun Ask how you can lend a hand or if you can bring anything Bring a host gift as a nice gesture (here's an example: Kristyn's favorite host gift) Include a thank you card with a mindful gifting message: "If this gift does not spark joy in any way, please feel free to let it go with gratitude and a "thank you." Christina's plans to enjoy her first Christmas in Chicago Christina's favorite tidying tip: Pencil and paper. Writing things down and labeling. What's sparking the most joy for Christina: The turn of the season and excitement about the holidays! You can find Christina on Instagram @totheninesevents and totheninesevents.com Mention “SPARK JOY” if interested in working with To The Nines Events to receive 10% off any planning package of your choice. Gems: "Whether it's your gift list, decorating your home, or planning your holiday party, you really need to start early." "Have faith over fear. You can do it!" You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Christina Lustig.
November 12, 2019
Jen Smith author and creator of modernfrugality.com explores how to follow your journey to paying off debt and reaching other big financial goals. Jen Smith co-hosts the Frugal Friends Podcast and author of Amazon best-selling book, "The No-Spend Challenge Guide" and latest book "Pay Off Your Debt for Good." REMINDER Don’t forget you have until November 26 to enter our Spark Joy Giveaway. We’ll announce our winners during our “Best of” show on December 3. Head over to sparkjoypodcast.com/reviews for instructions on how to leave a star rating and written review on iTunes. Then, shoot an email to contact@sparkjoypodcast.com with your username for a chance to win one of 6 coveted KonMari-themed prizes that spark joy in celebration of our two-year anniversary. Thanks again for your support! In this episode, you’ll enjoy: Learn more about the ideas behind frugality and debt management including the Financial Independence or FI movement. The philosophy behind Modern Frugality The growth of the Modern Frugality platform and movement It’s not about being cheap! Learn about the Four Pillars of Modern Frugality: -Value based spending -Minimalism focused -Environmentally friendly -Simpler and cleaner Learn about Jen’s KonMari journey and what she and her husband learned along the way Why Jen is a big fan of KonMari folding The importance of focusing on the Big Four of expenditures: housing, transportation, bills and food. Focusing on these big expenditures and making changes will make a bigger difference in getting rid of debt than cutting back on small things that you love, things that Spark Joy! Be sure to check out Ep 6 | Declutter Your Path to Wealth with Tess Wicks and Ep 58 | KonMari + Financial Freedom with House of FI for more ideas finance and debt management Jennifer’s favorite tidying tip for people wanting to live a life of modern frugality: “Clear your surfaces. If you can clear your coffee table, your TV stands… your cloud of clutter will begin to lift.” What is sparking the most joy for Jen: “I’m a new mom and watching my husband become a dad has really warmed my heart.” Parting words of wisdom: “Find the brand of financial freedom that works for you.” You can find Jen at modernfrugality.com She’s on Facebook and Instagram at @ModernFrugality Her podcast can be found here: The Frugal Friends Podcast and you can grab a copy of her book on Amazon: The No-Spend Challenge Guide: How to Stop Spending Money Impulsively, Pay off Debt Fast, & Make Your Finances Fit Your Dreams For Spark Joy Podcast listeners, go to modernfrugality.com/debtfreeworkbook and get the free workbook that walks you through each activity in her new book, "Pay Off Your Debt for Good". Gems: “Having control over your spending and having the confidence that you are spending money on only the things that you WANT to be spending your money on.” “Learning a little bit about everything and finding what works for you. The radical middle!” “If you try it for just a little while, you will be surprised at the things you learn about yourself. And I think that in itself if work the practice.” “I follow "values-based spending" which is essentially spending without guilt on things that spark joy and eliminating or lowering spending on everything else.” “So many things came to light while we were paying down our debt, I wanted to write a book about it.” You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Jennifer Smith.
November 5, 2019
How would your life change if your digital world were clutter free? In today’s episode we explore the philosophy of digital minimalism - the belief that less can be more to our relationship with digital tools. This idea stems for Cal Newport’s book “Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World.” We’re trading in the question “does it spark joy?” for the question “is this the best way to use technology to support my values?” We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. Joy Check What's sparking joy for Karin: Vernado fan cool NYC fall breeze, windows open! What's sparking joy for Kristyn: Creative winter months. Collaborating with an artist on a new For the Love of Tidy production In this episode, you’ll enjoy: Spark Joy's previous book review of "The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning, " Spark Joy Episode 21 "Deep Work," Cal Newport's previous book that sparked a discussion that led to the release of Digital Minimalism The Pros. What we loved about the book: The way it was organized Insights about the Slot Machine Concept The Three Principles of Digital Minimalism Stories shared from his Digital Declutter Survey Cal's views on personal transformation The Cons. Things that didn't spark joy: The thesis style format and technical writing style A large amount of focus on the value of solitude The Digital Minimalism Plan: Set aside a 30-day period during which you will take a break from optionial technologies in your life. During this 30-day period break, explore and rediscover activities and behaviors that you find satisfying and meaningful. At the end of the break, reintroduce optional technologies into your life, starting from a blank slate. For each technology you reintroduce, determine what value it serves in your life and how specifically you will use it so as to maximize this value. Similarities with a capsule wardeobe - Spark Joy episode 39: Closet Joy Part 2 Practical tips that Cal recommends leaning on as you work through the three steps of your digital minimalism plan FI (Financial Independence) references: Spark Joy Episode 58 Tips on "filling the void" left when you break from your devices How Karin and Kristyn have applied Cal's tips and more to make some big changes when it comes to digital clutter Gems: “Is this the best way to use technology to support my values?” "Because of technology I’m a better human being than I ever was before." "Minimalists believe that the key to thriving in a high-tech world is to spend much less time using technology." "The average user spends 50 minutes per day on Facebook products alone." "In my experience, gradually changing your habits one at a time doesn’t work well." You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy
October 29, 2019
We know the process of getting organized can be discouraging at times and sometimes you may feel like giving up. If this sounds like you, or if you just want to get some additional encouragement and support as you tidy up, this episode is for you. We want to give you hope and leave you with a practical year-end evaluation that will help you assess your progress and take clear action or course correct moving forward. REMINDER Don’t forget you have until November 26 to enter our Spark Joy Giveaway. We’ll announce our winners during our “Best of” show on December 3. Head over to sparkjoypodcast.com/reviews for instructions on how to leave a star rating and written review on iTunes. Then, shoot an email to contact@sparkjoypodcast.com with your username for a chance to win one of 6 coveted KonMari-themed prizes that spark joy in celebration of our two year anniversary. Thanks again for your support! In this episode, you’ll enjoy: Hearing about KonMari organizers feeling overwhelmed at sometimes! Positive and negative motivators are can work hand in hand. Feelings of guilt and frustration may motivate you to “do something” about your disorganization, but positive motivators are needed for the long term. In KonMari, positive motivation initially comes from your vision statement. Your vision is your hope-filled inspiration for your best life going forward. The success of your tidying as you go through the categories will keep you going. That is one of the reasons why clothing, the initial category, is first. Completing clothing gives us such a visual success; we feel empowered to continue on. Journaling will help you capture your feelings and thoughts as you go through the process of organizing your home. The act of writing on paper is an exercise of respect for what you are experiencing on your tidying journey. Hope is strengthened by the actual successes you will experience in your tidying and, also, it can be fortified by the positive results and successes of others. It can help a great deal to have support from others who are also on this path. We suggest you let go of negative self-talk. Find the one place in your home or life where you actually are organized, disciplined, or reliable. Start to shift your language and attention on the positive. If you are like most of our clients, you have accomplished great things in other areas of your life. Focus on the things you do well and recognize that no one excels in everything! Here are some of the challenging emotions you may encounter during your tidying work. Prepare for them and recognize that they are all part of making systematic and sustainable changes in your life: -Memories of the past: grief, loss and disappointments keep you from wanting to look at things that will remind you of painful things. -Discouragement about having to confront clothes that don’t fit and things you bought that didn't work or that were a waste of money. -Anger that you never lost those 10lbs or that heel that broke on those shoes after wearing it once, or that single earring that reminds you that you were careless. KonMari takes time, but it won’t take forever. We suggest you commit to a steady and consistent time frame, but that you practice good self care along the way Year End Progress Check! Grab a pen, paper or journal and your favorite calendar, it’s time to evaluate your progress! Feel free to pause the podcast at any time or between questions to make sure you leave ample room for reflection. 1- How long has clutter been a burden in my home or life? 2- When did I make my first attempt to tidy up KonMari style? 3- How many false starts or restarts did I make since beginning? 4- How many signature KonMari clutter categories have I addressed thus far? 5- Which categories have found a comfortable click point? 6- Which categories are causing me the most pain or making me feel stuck? 7- When was the last time I made time to joy check a category? 8- How many hours have I spent tidying up? 9- Is completing my tidying event priority this year? 10- How much time can I dedicate moving forward tidying? Gems: “That conviction and confidence that we will get where we are going and achieve our vision for our best life going forward, is really what hope is all about.” “Change requires hope. Hope that things can be different and that there’s a way forward.” “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom” Anais Nin “To remedy this, we offer two contradictory solutions: do it as quickly as possible and take as much time as you need!” “I always tell my clients that if you have 10 sweaters and let go of 5, the saving of space is pretty apparent, but if you have 10 pieces of paper and get rid of 5, it doesn't seem like that much even though it was the same number of decisions! “ “Take breaks, step away, forget about tidying for a few days, celebrate your progress, but remember that you are honoring your higher self and your vision till the very end.” “Know that we’re here for you. There is a way out. There is hope you can live a clutter free life of joy this year and for years to come.” You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy
October 22, 2019
Paula Rizzo is a best-selling author and Emmy-award winning television producer. She’s produced health, wellness, and lifestyle segments with a range of top experts in the health and wellness field. Paula created the productivity site ListProducer.com and she’s the best-selling author of "Listful Thinking: Using Lists to be More Productive, Highly Successful and Less Stressed", which has been translated into 12 languages AND was one on Oprah.com’s list of “Self Help Books That Actually Help.” Her latest book, "Listful Living: A List-Making Journey to a Less Stressed You", was just published! Paula shares how to create lists that spark joy to move you closer to your vision. REMINDER Don’t forget you have until November 26 to enter our Spark Joy Giveaway. We’ll announce our winners during our “Best of” show on December 3. Head over to sparkjoypodcast.com/reviews for instructions on how to leave a star rating and written review on iTunes. Then, shoot an email to contact@sparkjoypodcast.com with your username for a chance to win one of 6 coveted KonMari-themed prizes that spark joy in celebration of our two-year anniversary. Thanks again for your support! In this episode, you’ll enjoy: Paula’s interesting career path and how she became interested in list building The health scare that motivated Paula to change her world view Revisit our Episode 39 | Closet Joy: Build Your Capsule Wardrobe with Courtney Carver How Marie Kondo influenced Paula in her work. Turns out that Paula and Karin were at the same talk with Marie! The stress reducing magic of getting things down on paper How your vision will help you set your priorities and learn to say no to things to things that don’t align with your goals The connection between your environment and productivity How to make sure your list is manageable so that you don’t set yourself up for failure Paula’s favorite list making tip: Make your list the night before. What is sparking the most joy for Paula: “Being very purposeful about how I spend my time. Talking about my work has been very rewarding for me” Parting words of wisdom: "Don’t be so hard on yourself. Take time for self-care and put things on your list that are just for you." You can reach Paula on her websites: listproducer.com and paularizzo.com She’s on Facebook and Instagram at ListProducer. And you can grab a copy oft her new book on Amazon: Listful Living: A List-Making Journey to a Less Stressed You As an added bonus, Paula has a List-Making starter kit available on her website. Just go to List-Making Starter Kit and sign up! Gems: “The need for good time management that I learned in TV production, built my appreciation of lists.” “How do you not only put the right things on your list, but that you also make time for things like self care?” The second you write something down and get it out of your head your stress levels will begin to fall. You notice, ‘Oh I didn’t really have that much to do!’ “ “If you know what your priority is then you know instantly what you are going to say yes and no to.” “The things that go on the list need to be very specific. You need to know that you have the resources and the time to accomplish the list.” You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Paula Rizzo.
October 15, 2019
Today’s Quick Tips episode explores kids, home, work and daily routines! Now that school is well underway, you may be experiencing a lot more daily chaos at home. Kids or no kids, fall usually finds us back in a routine that’s a little more rigid than the lazy days of summer. So today, we share strategies and tips for setting up good daily routines using Konmari principles. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. Head over to Apple podcasts to subscribe and review the show, which helps us reach others along their tidying journeys. To extend your tidying experience, you can join the Spark Joy Club! Visit sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Join the Club” to become a member of the Spark Joy Community or join us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. KonMari Quick Tips: The key to a great morning routine is to start it the night before Wake and start your day with mediation, exercise, or catching up on the news. OR, you may prefer to sleep as long as you can and then jump up and be on your way! Start your day with gratitude. Put each foot on the floor while saying “Thank” and then, as the next foot falls “You.” (Out loud of course!) Reduce the amount of children’s clothing items that aren’t suitable for day-to-day school wear Special occasion, weekend and play clothes should be separate from everyday school wear or uniforms. The same is true of your day to day work wear as well Select clothes the night before or invest in a clothes valet Create a Command Center: This may consist of a bulletin board, calendar, whiteboard or chalkboard on a desk that is central to the home Use your Command Center as a place for you and your family to schedule appointments and to-do’s Consider one “daily item” basket for each family member: keys, chargers, action items, homework, etc. live there If possible, designate a spot by the door for a system to keep things centrally located at all times. One hook, one bin, one backpack or bag for each person is a good way to think of it Keep only the current seasonal things near the front door in the coat closet whenever possible KonMari Lite this area often! It will be much easier if the day-to-day clutter is limited to one area of your home instead of scattered on all available surfaces. For more on how to KonMari Lite, check out Episode 94: Quick Tips KonMari Lite Homework, business, and mail should come out of the bag and be sorted each day: stuff to do, stuff for parents, stuff to put away or relocate, stuff to discard. Avoid delayed decisions! When it comes to paper clutter, encourage your school to communicate via email whenever possible Remember three high level paper categories: an act now pile for urgent decision, “Keep temp” files for things that are time bound and Keep forever items for emergency or legacy. For more on how to address paper clutter, head over to Episode 45: KonMari Paper Category: Cutting Paper Clutter Homework and business work stay in a central place until done, try to establish a set homework schedule and a zone to complete work with a clear, flat surface. As soon as it’s ready, completed work goes in the school bags the night before Consider what you can prepare for tomorrow’s meals the night before. Can the coffee machine be set to a timer? Lunch prep? Items added to the shopping list? This is also a good time to check the inventory. Are things in the fridge old or unused? What about a thoughtful evening conversation with the family members? Maybe you could share three things you want to accomplish the next day as one of many table topics. Questions like “Do you have what you need to make that happen? How can we help each other have a good day tomorrow? We are pleased to introduce the following new members of The Spark Joy Club, joining at the Joy Sparker level: Welcome! Jan Atkinson Heather Arsenault Kate Bunch Louis St-Amour We continue to welcome our listeners who are serious about extending the conversation around taking action, living, and maintaining a tidy lifestyle. Please join the conversation by visiting sparkjoypodcast.com and selecting Join the Club And don’t forget to enter our Anniversary Giveaway! As announced during Spark Joy episode 100, we have KonMari-themed gifts ready for you to claim by entering into our giveaway, celebrating our two-year anniversary. The prizes include: • Marie Kondo’s tidying sequel, Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up, signed by the Queen herself • A Virtual KonMari Tidying Lesson provided on behalf of For the Love of Tidy • An honorary membership to the Spark Joy Club at the coveted Joy Sparker level! • And finally, a copy Marie Kondo’s highly anticipated new children’ s book, Kiki & Jax: The Life-Changing Magic of Friendship, which will be officially released later this year. Head over to sparkjoypodcast.com/itunes for instructions on how to leave a star rating and written review on iTunes. Then, shoot an email to contact@sparkjoypodcast.com with your username for a chance to win one of six prices we have for our listeners this year. You have until November 26 to enter and we’ll announce our winners during our “Best of” show on December 3. You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy
October 8, 2019
Craig Selinger is a New York State licensed language therapist and founder and CEO of Themba Tutors, providing accessible tutoring and executive functioning coaching for all learners in their home, school and work environments. REMINDER Don’t forget you have until November 26 to enter our Spark Joy Giveaway. We’ll announce our winners during our “Best of” show on December 3. Head over to sparkjoypodcast.com/reviews for instructions on how to leave a star rating and written review on iTunes. Then, shoot an email to contact@sparkjoypodcast.com with your username for a chance to win one of 6 coveted KonMari-themed prizes that spark joy in celebration of our two-year anniversary. Thanks again for your support! In this episode, you’ll enjoy: Hear about how Craig founded Themba Tutors and how working with kids became his great passion. Learn about the diagnoses of ADHD, which is one of the most common mental disorders, and some of the symptoms: Inattention Hyperactivity Impulsivity Executive Functioning ADHD affects: % 8.4of children % 3.5 of Adults Skills related to executive functioning: Improving information retention Spending more focused time on tasks (and completing them) Decreasing procrastination Organizing schoolwork Managing time more effectively Learning to think carefully before acting Craig’s thoughts about a very controversial topic: screen time! What’s the number one factor for IQ growth between ages 0-36 months? It’s pretty simple for parents to do! How to find the right coach or tutor to help address attention and focus related problems whether for yourself or your child. Favorite tidying tip: Make sure that all the things you need to access often have a designated place to live. What is sparking the most joy for Craig: Simple things: his, kids, the changing seasons and cider donuts! Parting words of wisdom: A Madonna quote! “No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you come from, you can always change. Become a better version of yourself.” To learn more about Themba Tutors, you can find them at ThembaTutors.com On their website you can set up a free call to discuss your concerns and see how they Themba tutors could help you reach your full potential. Exclusively for Spark Joy listeners, Craig has compiled some awesome productivity organizational apps to help you with scheduling and planning for students and adults. Dowload Themba Tutors Helpful eTools here Gems “Once you find that all objects should have a place to live, it creates an organizational system and it creates predictability.” “We get to learn about the family systems and how they live. We get to see dynamics between the parents and the kids. And, we get to see the kids being kids! And that way, we get a real organic raw lens of them and then we can give them strategies for becoming optimal learners.” “If a child or adult is only having problems in school or just at work, and nowhere else, that is not usually diagnosable as ADHD.” “The difficulty is in the execution of the task. And there’s often an emotional piece to the avoidance of the action.” “Poorer countries are doing better academically than we are right now.” You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Craig Selinger.
October 1, 2019
Today, we speak with Meghan Leahy; author, parenting coach and Washington Post columnist about raising your kids with confidence, patience and even joy! Meghan Leahy is the mother of three young daughters, a certified parenting coach, and a columnist for The Washington Post, writing about all things parenting! She is the author of the upcoming book, "Parenting Outside the Lines: Forget the Rules, Tap into Your Wisdom, and Connect to Your Child." REMINDER Don’t forget you have until November 26 to enter our Spark Joy Giveaway. We’ll announce our winners during our “Best of” show on December 3. Head over to sparkjoypodcast.com/reviews for instructions on how to leave a star rating and written review on iTunes. Then, shoot an email to contact@sparkjoypodcast.com with your username for a chance to win one of 6 coveted KonMari-themed prizes that spark joy in celebration of our two-year anniversary. Thanks again for your support! In this episode, you’ll enjoy: Meghan’s path to discovering that parent coaching was her passion just by chance, hard work and perseverance. Learn about Dr. Gordon Neufeld of the The Neufeld Institute and the attachment-based developmental approach. The struggle of setting boundaries for parents and the commonly faced organizational concerns. How the constant influx of stimulation impacts children’s ability to focus, maintain their attention and, ultimately, learn. Hear about Meghan’s new book about how parents can examine their preconceptions and to be empowered to follow their own way. Kids need boundaries and how to determine how to set them. Learn what “Silent Compassion” means. It’s a great technique for expressing understanding and love along with boundaries. Meghan’s favorite tidying tip: Clean the kitchen every evening for a much better start for the next day. (We love this one!) What sparks joy for Meghan: The amazing things on TV these days and relaxing with her kids around great TV shows. And, MAKE UP! On top of everything else she’s juggling, Meghan is training to become a make-up artist! To connect with Meghan, you can kind find her at mlparentcoach.com. mlparentcoach.com You can sign up for Meghan’s free ebook, From A to Zzzz: How to Get Your Kids to Sleep on her website. You can also sign up for her online parenting class, "From Conflict to Cooperation: Understanding and Preventing Power Struggles with your Children" here You can more of Meghan’s’ tips via the Washington Post as the Parenting Expert in the “On Parenting” column. Gems “Parenting is not an automatic thing, it’s a learning on the job kind of thing.” “My job was to illuminate why kids were struggling which is the first step to understanding how to get it right.” “So starts an avalanche of ‘Screw it, I’ll do it myself.’ which leads to resentment.” “There’s a lot of books about parenting skills..in my view all these these books are true and untrue…I didn’t want to write a book where parents had to ascribe to a theory…instead it’s about paying attention to your actual child and your actual life.” “It can be positive and fun, but when it falls apart, you just pick up and go on.” You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Meghan Leahy.
September 24, 2019
Co-hosts Kristyn and Karin explore how investing in tidying up pays you back in obvious and unique ways that impact your life and your legacy. We want you to get the most return on your investment of going on this journey with us and point out ways you can lead with gratitude and abundance. REMINDER Don’t forget you have until November 26 to enter our Spark Joy Giveaway. We’ll announce our winners during our “Best of” show on December 3. Head over to sparkjoypodcast.com/reviews for instructions on how to leave a star rating and written review on iTunes. Then, shoot an email to contact@sparkjoypodcast.com with your username for a chance to win one of 6 coveted KonMari-themed prizes that spark joy in celebration of our two year anniversary. Thanks again for your support! In this episode, you’ll enjoy: Unique ways tidying can pay you back: Sound gratitude practice Awareness of your personal values and consumption patterns Opportunities to give/donate Opportunities to define your family legacy (also discussed on Spark Joy Episode 21) More time (your most valuable asset) Tidying can also pay you back financially in the following ways: CASH Checks Returned items Selling items of value (also discussed on Spark Joy Episode 42-44) Letting go of subscription "boxes" or other monthly commitments Letting go of monthly payments for external storage units Saving on moving or staging expenses (also discussed on Spark Joy Episode 77-78) A short-term tidying event also has a longer-term impact on your financial goals, paying you back in the following ways: Better habits/patterns around consumption/shopping Shifts in your money mindset (see Spark Joy Episode 6 and Episode 58 ) Decision making that stems from a place of abundance, rather than scarcity (redifining what "enough" means to you) Gems: “Tidying is an investment...it is a skill and it has a goal." "You're shifting and refining your purpose and legacy, which will have an impact on those around you." "How much money can I find or how big of a return can I get from all of this effort?" "As you tidy, you're becoming more aware and more appreciative of what's around you." "When you tidy up, you are moving towards spending less time looking for things you can't find." "Time is a limited resource and it is finite." "It’s important to honor and respect money in all forms to attract financial abundance." "Make sure that the time that you put towards selling something is reflective of and appropriate for its value." "You become more discerning about what you buy and what you wear." You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy
September 17, 2019
Cami Galles, singer-songwriter and performing artist, explores the fact that music is sound organized in time and universally impacts our mood, memory, and productivity in so many different ways. Today’s guest helped us unpack how music impacts our mood, memory and productivity. Cami Galles' alluring voice is matched only by her charismatic personality. The Kansas-raised singer-songwriter spent nearly a decade in new your city cultivating grit and a unique sound before calling Chicago home. Cami’s mesmerizing delivery imbues her music with a bold empowerment, and her singular “Future Blues” style melds Blues, Pop, and Jazz with uptempo dance beats. Her electric, must-see live performances have dazzled iconic Chicago venues, and she will soon embark on a national tour in 2020. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoy_podcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: How Cami's experience and talents in sales, marketing, real estate and more influenced her unconventional path to becoming a performing artist Cami's easy hack to exploring music all around the world in 30 minutes How music can impact everything from healing muscles and stimulating brain cells The impact of classical music and upbeat music has on your stress level How sad songs actually help you connect and bond and other tips on how you can spark joy with music The ideal frequency to even out and sooth brain activity and reception to information The unique difficulty artist experience when shaping sad songs when conveying their authentic first hand experience The inspiration behind Cami's latest hit: "Liar." Check out the FULL VIDEO here!! Cami's favorite tidying tip: Pick a room in your house, turn on your favorite song and see how much tidying you can get done in that time and then treat yourself. What sparks joy for Cami: Her new vacuum from Simplicity Stay up to date on all things Cami: her shows music & more: at www.camigalles.com While you’re there, subscribe to Cami’s website & you'll receive a special song that hasn’t been released yet exclusively for Spark Joy listeners. Head over to https://camigalles.com/contact-cami/ for that special gift. Gems: "You have to be your own patron." "There are some songs that are written to give people courage." "You have to be able to tell the story and be who you are authentically." "Don't let the barrier of entry to music be high." "Find little ways to introduce music into your life and early in your day to drastically change your mood." You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Cami Galles.
September 10, 2019
Tia Fagan introduces us to Conscious Parenting, a philosophy that encourages parents to wake up so to speak and ask themselves "why are they trying so desperately to control their child’s destiny?" Certified Conscious Parent Coach Tia Fagan helps parents create deeper connections, increase communication, and improve their relationships. We dive into a parenting method Oprah Winfrey called a revolutionary approach, that can change parenting as we know it. We first learned about the philosophy of Conscious Parenting while listening to OWN’s Super Soul Sunday podcast. The approach stems from the ideas of Dr. Shefali and her Bestsellers "The Conscious Parent" and "The Awakened Family." We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoy_podcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: How Tia defines of Concious Parenting Tia's path to becoming a certified Concious Parenting Coach, which including civil engineering, motherhood, professional organizing How Concious Parenting impacted Tia's family, her two daughters from middle school on, including the moment she went from confronting her fear to sitting beside it Three of the most common challenges parents face: disrespect, not listening, and screen time battles Two of major parenting myths that serve as the foundation for Concious Parenting Practical steps you can implement today to test drive Concious Parenting How Tia manages clutter associated with toys, artwork, and kids clothings, through a lens of concious parenting TIa's favorite parenting and tidying tip: Connection, connection, CONNECTION!; Sit with each object and honor them and then go through them again latter (time and practice). What sparks joy for TIa: Here daughters entering the next chapter - their first year at college! To contact Tia Fagan visit tiafagan.com and follow her on Facebook and Instagram @tiafagancoach Tia is based in Madison, WI. she’s offering $50 off a virtual or local 4-Session Coaching package or $100 off a 10-Session Coaching Package. Mention "Spark Joy" to receive this discount. Gems: "We're able to notice how we as parents influence the relationship we have with the children." "We accept [children] as they are, not how we wish them to be." "Parenting ourselves first is where we need to start." "When we're curious, we're more likely to look at things without judgement." You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Tia Fagan.
September 3, 2019
Spark Joy podcast is two years old! In celebration of our anniversary enter to win one of several prizes to mark this major milestone. Win one of three copies of Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up, signed by Marie Kondo, a two-hour Virtual Tidying Session from For the Love of Tidy, a membership to The Spark Joy Club at the Joy Sparker Level, or a copy of Marie Kondo’s new children’s book, Kiki & Jax: The Life-Changing Magic of Friendship , which will be released this Fall. Enter before November 26, 2019 for your chance to win! Details on how to enter below. Now, we want to hear from you. Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Head over to Apple podcasts to subscribe and review the show, which helps us reach others along their tidying journeys. To extend your tidying experience, you can join the Spark Joy Club! Visit sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Join the Club” to become a member of the Spark Joy Community or join us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Thanks for tuning in and we hope your day, Sparks Joy. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: Spark Joy podcast has been downloaded over 1.5 million times! At this point last year, we had just hit a quarter of a million downloads, so this has been quite a year for growing our audience. Not only is Spark Joy two years old, but this is also our 100th episode! Thank you to our listeners for all your support and encouragement. Our goal for the show remains to introduce guests to our audience who have interesting perspectives and inspiring journeys related to organizing and living a life of joy. So far, we have interviewed nearly 70 guests and presented over 30 episodes focusing on KonMari specific topics. With well over 5,000 hours of active tidying with clients between us, this year Karin became the first Master level certified KonMari Consultant and Kristyn achieved Platinum level! This year we also launched The Spark Joy Club on Patreon and the response has been amazing! A special welcome and Thank You to our newest Spark Joy Club members: --Fisher Woodward --Liezl Copham --Elisabeth Blount --Melinda Dejesus The Spark Joy Anniversary Give-A-Way contest prizes! To celebrate the two year anniversary of Spark Joy we’re giving away copies of Marie Kondo’s tidying sequel, Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up to three lucky Spark Joy podcast listeners! These books are very special because they are signed by the Queen of Tidy, Marie Kondo. Additionally, on behalf of For the Love of Tidy, Kristyn will be offering a 2 hour Virtual Tidying Lesson to one lucky Spark Joy listener. This includes an overview of KonMari fundamentals, vision mapping to identify your ideal lifestyle and ideal living environment, and tidying advice to address your most pressing clutter challenges. We’re also giving away one honorary membership to The Spark Joy Club at the coveted Joy Sparker level! And finally, we’re giving away a copy Marie Kondo’s highly anticipated new children’ s book, Kiki & Jax: The Life-Changing Magic of Friendship which will be officially released later this year. To be eligible for all of the prizes above, all you need to do is head over to: sparkjoypodcast.com/reviews for detailed instructions on how to leave a review via iTunes. Once there, follow the Apple Podcast instructions to leave us a rating and review in iTunes to help us reach more ears, minds, and hearts. Most important step: Send an email to: contact@sparkjoypodcast.com letting us know you left us a review and what screen name you left it under. This will act as your official entry. Don’t forget this step! It is the only way we can officially log you as entered into the contest. Submit your star rating and review by November 26, 2019. We’ll announce the winners during our season finale “Best of” show that will air on December 3rd. **Contest runs from September 3 to November 26, 2019.* Winners will be announced during our Best of 2019 show on December 3, 2019.*** You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy
August 27, 2019
Single mom Amy DeCillo walks through how her 15 hour KonMari tidying experience impacted her family and the benefits of working with a KonMari Consultant along the way. Amy DeCillo is a single mom of her 12 year old daughter who has some mild special needs. She works fulltime in healthcare and she’s working on an MBA in Public Health. She enjoys a good workout, organizing her home, and doing puzzles with her daughter. Amy is one Kristyn's clients! They tidied for 15 hours together over a period of three months and she is a For the Love of Tidy Graduate of Tidy. Today we will take a deep dive into her KonMari tidying journey and the impact it’s had on her family. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoy_podcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: How Netflix's Tidying Up with Marie Kondo sparked Amy to find a KonMari Consultant in Chicago to help her organize How knowing Kristyn was returning Lesson after Lesson was the perfect amount of tidying accountability to keep Amy motivated Amy's original vision: quick maintenance, workouts, and time with daughter and family without worrying about cleaning at home How Amy made tidying a priority for three months, politely saying no to social events to stay on track Amy and Kristyn's most memorable moments Amy's favorite post-tidying event maintenance strategies Other areas of Amy's life that she can seamlessly navigate now that her tidying journey is complete How Amy plans to guide her sister and other family members get organized, now that she has this new life skill What sparks joy for Amy: Surprising her daughter Sophia with a phone! Final Words of Wisdom: I would highly recommend anyone going on this journey to hire a KonMari Consultant and follow the steps and plan they suggest for you. Gems: "I did not think that we were going to get as much as we got done in the 15 hours that we had together." "I was just amazed at how motivating it was to keep going." "Don't stop. It's OK to thank things and move on." You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Amy DeCillo.
August 20, 2019
Eliette and Marieke Staub of Clarity Home Detox join us to discuss the joy of tidying and their role as official lecturers and educators for KonMari Media, Inc. Eliette and Marieke Staub are Swiss twin sisters and founders of Clarity Home Detox. In the Summer of 2016, they took part in the first ever KonMari certification course outside of Japan. The twins are both master level consultants as well as official lecturers and educators for KonMari Media Inc. Eliette and Marieke live mindful, and joyful lives respectively in Geneva and Lausanne in Switzerland. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: -Learn how they both discovered KonMari and their journeys toward becoming KonMari Consultants -How KonMari was life changing for both of them and the dramatic changes that led to their decision to become business partners. -How their business got underway, the amount of work involved and how their underlying desire to help others propelled them forward. -The principles of KonMari that they believe are the most important in their practice. -Hear about the differences in European homes when it comes to practicing KonMari. -And, the challenges of working as a KonMari consultants in Switzerland. -Why seeking help from a KonMari consultant can actually create a greater measure of efficiency and produced a more satisfying result. -Our episode 94, KonMari Quick Tips: KonMari Lite, we discuss the importance of ongoing joy checking. -The twins discuss what it’s like to train potential consultants in their work with KonMari Media, Inc. -Hear what they believe are the primary factors in becoming a good KonMari Consultant. And, you can review episode 33, How to Become a KonMari Consultant Clarity Home Detox is happy to offer a 10% discount on all of their services for any local listeners! Please use the code Spark Joy Podcast for your discount. You can reach Clarity Home Detox at Clarity Home Detox Favorite Tidying Tips: -Remember to first focus on sorting before you begin to think about organizing. Focus on what sparks joy for you. Be patient! -And, when you have completed KonMari, consider buying less in the future. Invest in yourself instead of things. What sparks joy for Eliette and Marieke: -The trust that their clients give them by allowing them to enter their lives. -The Twins are also excited that they will be speaking at a TEDx presentation in Switzerland later this year. It’s a big honor! Final Words of Wisdom: “Just take it easy, move forward and never try to be perfect.” Gems: “I knew that my life was forever changed.” “The method is not just about organization, but about choosing joy.” “What you surround yourself with really defines your life.” “It’s never perfection, it’s always progress and we each define the steps toward progress for ourselves.” “Empathy is the most important ingredient in becoming a successful KonMari consultant.” You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Eliette and Marieke Staub.
August 13, 2019
Co-hosts Kristyn and Karin explore how disorganized environments contribute to stress and anxiety AND how stress and anxiety contribute to disorganization. KonMari is designed to confront some of the causes of organizational stress by working toward a home and work place that is intentional and supportive of your best life going forward. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. Joy Checks -Karin is excited about concluding her backpack search with a couple of awesome finds. Here’s the day pack: KAVU Rope Sling Bags and here’s her travel back pack: Raf Simons and EastPak Collab -Turns out Kristyn loves backpacks also! Her favorite backpack is from Topdrawer -Sparking Joy for Kristyn: Her No Buy, No Spend strategy with toiletries. She is evaluating her products, using up what doesn’t Spark Joy, and then buying exactly what works best for her. -Caution! KonMari is not a substitute for professional help. Here are resources if you are suffering from symptoms of anxiety. Help is available! Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) and National Alliance on Mental Illness: Anxiety Disorders In this episode, you’ll enjoy: -Learning the difference between stress and anxiety -Some of the signs of stress related to disorganization -What Karin’s days were like before KonMari -What Kristyn’s days were like before KonMari -The book that defined "drift" for Kristyn: Design Your Future: 3 Simple Steps to Stop Drifting and Take Command of Your Life by Dominick Quartuccio -The emotional consequences of being disorganized -Look back at Ep 5 | How to Visualize Your Ideal Lifestyle and Living Environment Practical tips you can use today to manage your stress -Send your stress reduction strategies to us via @sparkjoy_podcast on Instagram Gems: “Working the KonMari Method is not the same as working with a mental health professional by any means.” “If only you could get organized once and for all, things would be so much better, right? “ “Certainly, achieving a tidy home will not 'cure' clutter anxiety, but it may help reduce the out-of-control feeling that many of us experience before tidying.” “By thoughtfully pulling together the idea of what you would like for yourself going forward, you will be able to structure your method. It IS your method, after all, everyone’s idea of what they want for themselves is different.” “Coping with stress requires some trial and error. You will find that certain ideas work better than others for you and that some techniques will leave you cold. The only way to know is to give them a try!” “What is the future use of this item?” “Hope pushes back against stress.” You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy
August 6, 2019
Laura Swartzbaugh of Laura Scout Coaching shares the secret sauce to living a meaningful, engaging, and joyous life. Laura works with female entrepreneurs who KNOW they are on the brink of success, but they can’t break through. She helps them become unstoppable, make real money, and create the business of their dreams. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: Laura's path from high school teacher to life coach, which began when she turned 52 The reality that we've created exactly where we are and we also have the power to change everything How to harness the power of loving ourselves through a challenge or a goal How to harness the power of our prefrontal cortex to get things done The importance of deciding what's going to happen tomorrow, today How to handle procrastination that delays our tidying activities The difference between our circumstances and our thoughts The importance of self-love and compassion when it comes to getting back on plan How to set yourself up for success for the next round The importance of allowing ourselves to genuinely feel our emotions What sparks joy for Laura: Seeing her children growing up and adulting; Growing her business. To connect with Laura or read her binge worthy blog, visit www.laurascout.com and Facebook @laurascoutcoaching. Exclusively for Spark Joy listeners, Laura is offering a 1 hour free virtual consult call. To apply, email her at laura@laurascout.com and tell her Spark Joy podcast sent you! Gems: "Everything that we create in our lives is based on our thoughts." "Our brains are so plastic. They can really be trained." "As humans, one of our greatest privileges is that we can think about our future and we can plan." "Make decisions today about what you are going to do tomorrow "Circumstances are not the same things as our thoughts." "If we didn't have sadness we wouldn't have joy." You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Laura Swartzbaugh.
July 30, 2019
Ania Schwartzman, PhD, The Fashionoloist, helps us understand the value of using the clothing we wear as a vehicle to align ourselves with who we are at this very moment in our lives. Ania is a licensed clinical and school psychologist working for nearly two decades with children and adults. She founded The Fashionologist to help women align themselves with who they are at this very moment. She combines her expert skill as a therapist, passion for clothing, and solid research to back up her understanding of the value of clothes in order to provide a personalized, simple, and strategic experience with each client. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: -Learning about feeling “powerfully confident and in control” when it comes to your fashion choices -Clothes Cognition Theory is a thing! -Hear about studies that demonstrate the importance of clothing in our mood and in our daily interactions. Here are two studies that Ania spoke about: Enclothed Cognition and the White Lab Coat and Informal Clothing Effects Negotiation -How Ania uses her background in psychology in working with her clients -The importance of good closet organization in feeling empowered about your clothes -Learn some simple tips for recognizing if your closet is working for you or against you -Listen to previous episodes on fashion in our series, Closet Joy: - Ep 38 | Closet Joy Part I: Find Your Style with Jessica Louie - Ep 39 | Closet Joy Part II: Build Your Capsule Wardrobe with Courtney Carver - Ep 40 | Closet Joy Part III: Buy It Once with Tara Button Ania is at TheFashionologist.com You can also find her on Instagram @TheFashionologistNyc Ania has a special offer for Spark Joy Podcast listeners! Mention you heard her on the Spark Joy Podcast and get 20% your first Mindful Closet Edit Ania’s favorite closet styling tip: “Have only your seasonal clothes either in your closet or at least keep the things you can wear in the front...and, hangers! They should be good solid ones. Good hangers show respect for your clothing. What sparks joy for Ania: Her kids and being able to spend some good unstructured time with her kids over the holiday. Parting words of Wisdom: Ania’s favorite quote comes from Coco Chanel: “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.” Gems: “Clothes have a systemic influence on the wearers psychological processes and abilities.” “I function as a coach; as a wardrobe strategist.” “It takes a lot of courage to invite me into their closet and I take that very seriously.” “My job is not to toss out items they don’t need, but to shift their thinking toward what is working for them.” "People don’t always realize what they are projecting out into the world with their clothing.” You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Ania Schwartzman.
July 23, 2019
Today’s Quick Tips episode will focus on a strategy for post-tidy maintenance we call KonMari Lite. The beauty of Marie Kondo’s Method is your KonMari tidying event, when executed properly, gets you to a place where you are surrounded by only the things that spark joy. So what happens when down the road your joy changes? Your maintenance strategy may be in need of a KonMari Lite. Today we’ll walk through scenarios where KonMari Lite is appropriate after your initial tidying journey comes to an end and how to approach this transition. Note: We also discuss tidying maintenance in Spark Joy episode 41: How to Maintain a Tidy Home Post-KonMari We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. Head over to Apple podcasts to subscribe and review the show, which helps us reach others along their tidying journeys. To extend your tidying experience, you can join the Spark Joy Club! Visit sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Join the Club” to become a member of the Spark Joy Community or join us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. NOTE The strategies we cover are advanced, and should only be applied once you’ve reached a click point in your home. Everything has a place. Everything that crosses the threshold of your home sparks joy for you and you are a confident decision maker. This one of the many reasons why it’s so important to implement KonMari quickly and all at once the first round. As months or even years go by before completing the next clutter category vision may become a moving target and you may be at risk of taking two steps forward three steps back. Are you just getting started with your tidying journey? Head over to Spark Joy Episode 1: KonMari 101 for the fundamentals. Reasons why you may need to KonMari Lite If the vision of your ideal lifestyle or ideal living environment has changed significantly (See: Spark Joy Episode 5 | How to Visualize Your Ideal Lifestyle and Living Environment) When you invite someone into your home or send them a fond farewell as they move out If you are a parent of young children, you may need to KonMari Lite fairly regularly If the boundary of your space changes (See: Spark Joy Episodes 77 and 78) KonMari Quick Tips: Keep tidying up on your radar by engaging with the tidying up community. KonMari your existing vision Take an overall joy inventory by category to determine which category of items are in most urgent need of a joy check Evaluate what sparks joy? If at any time during this process you feel like you’ve reached a tidying plateau, reach out to a KonMari Consultant (See: Spark Joy Episode 49 why hire a KonMari Consultant We are pleased to introduce new members of the Spark Joy Club. Welcome! Joy Sparker: Katherine Ko Joy Riser: Linda Paxston Visit sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Join the Club” to become a member of the Spark Joy Community. You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy
July 16, 2019
Who do you have to be in order to live a clutter free life? Guest Jerry Emeka joins us to share how to harness imagination and creativity while letting go of limiting beliefs. Jerry Emeka is a keynote speaker, performer and facilitator who enjoys lighting a spark in people’s eyes. He helps you conceive the man or woman that you’re truly here to be and realize that in order to make a change in the world you must first reimagine your conception of self and hold that as if it has already happened. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: Jerry's path to public speaking, which included acting, singing, dog walking, and more! How to become aware of how much you imagine and how to use your imagination to create your reality How to imagine yourself in a tidy space: Know what it is that you want Devise a scene that implies that the desire is fulfilled Every night, replay the scene that implies the wish is fulfilled to program your subconscious mind How Jerry used imagination to manifest his dream home How to be aware of imposter syndrome and let go of limiting beliefs Imposter syndrom core competencies The perfectionist The Superwoman/man The Natural Genius The Soloist The Expert How to check in with how awesome you are! To connect with Jerry, visit www.jerryemeka.com . If you want to make the What sparks joy for Jerry: His two-year-old son Gems: "Even before you can have a thought, you have to imagine something." "There's not one thing that exist in this world that wasn't first imagined." "It is within before it is with out." "Do these beliefs that I hold actually spark joy in my life?" "Who would you have to be in order to live a clutter free life?" "There's no way you got to this point in life had you not been an awesome person." You can't just take actions coming out of a place of fear because you are only going to perpetuate more of the thing that you don't like." "Reimagine who you are and step into that reality and let that objectively show up for others to see." You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Jerry Emeka.
July 9, 2019
Meet Jennifer Vaughn-Estrada, a mom who won a tidying Lesson with Marie Kondo! Our very special guest today is Jennifer Vaughn-Estrada. She currently works as a college instructor in Economics and is passionate about promoting the social, economic, and emotional wellbeing of multiracial and multiethnic individuals. Another reason she is so special is that she was the winner of the "Got Joy" contest hosted by Netflix’s Tidying Up with Marie Kondo! She is one of the select few people on this earth who’ve experienced what it’s like to welcome Marie Kondo into their home to tidy up. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: Learning what compelled Jennifer to enter the contest. What she posted on Instagram that caught the attention of the contest and led to her winning! What some of the categories Marie Kondo and Jennifer worked on while Marie was in her home. Find out what surprised Marie about Jennifer’s home. What were the tips Marie gave Jennifer on the different categories. Relisten to the Spark Joy Podcast episode 45 on the Paper Category: Ep 45 | KonMari Paper Category: Cutting Paper Clutter How Marie focused on the importance of keeping things visible when they discussed. Hear more about the importance of visualization in Spark Joy Podcast episode 5: Ep 5 | How to Visualize Your Ideal Lifestyle and Living Environment Jennifer's favorite tidying tip: : “Starting the journey by being clear on your ideal life style is so important. Don’t skip that step!” What sparks joy for Jennifer: “So happy to have gotten back good news about my health recently. Tidying is important, but good health is the most important thing to me right now.” Gems: “Are these your husband’s items?” “I’m moving on! This served me well and now I don’t need it any longer.” “She was very understanding. She said, ’Ok you are in the process and you’ll do whatever you need to do to get it done!’” “It’s easier to part ways with these items because I have a clearer vision of what’s important to me now.” You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Jennifer Vaughn-Estrada.
July 2, 2019
Co-hosts Kristyn and Karin take a deep dive into how to motivate others to tidy and the importance of considering the role of others you share your space with during your KonMari tidying journey. "Don’t force people to tidy if they don’t want to. Only when we accept unconditionally people whose values differ from our own can we really say that we have finished tidying." - Marie Kondo We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: Joy Checks Kristyn introduces Spark Joy listeners to For the Love of Tidy Power Partners Karin's collaborations in the area of fashion and interior design The importance of tidying things you take ownership of How to avoid "tidy shaming" How to lead with respect, empathy and patience when encouraging others to tidy Top tips to help you motivate others to tidy: Prime everyone who is impacted by the goal of getting tidy Shine by living a KonMari life of joy Start with asking about their vision for the space Share an episode of Spark Joy podcast or Netflix's Tidying Up Offer assistance when they show interest organically Focus on your own space to quiet anxiety How to navigate the delicate circumstance of suggesting tidying up to a loved one you don't live with to get organized Gems: "Tidying is a self-care activity." "KonMari is intentionally designed to help you reestablish the boundaries of your items in your home." "When you've reached that point where you feel everything in your life is sparking joy, then it's time to switch your attention to other people." "It's not your decision to make." "You should only be making decisions on the things you own." "Don't create the narrative for the person without giving the activity a fair chance." "Shine by living the lifestyle." You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy
June 25, 2019
Michell Domke, KonMari Consultant joins us to discuss how we can show up in the world as our authentic self every day. Today we’ve invited Michell Domke, Ohio’s first KonMari Consultant, to explore authenticity and how we can channel, discover, and work within it during the tidying process. Michell’s currently based in Columbus and she fell in love with creating a life based on joy and wanted to support others in creating joyful lives. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: Michell's KonMari story How Michell defines authenticity and how it influences her business and clients Correlations between lack of authenticity and clutter How the question "does it spark joy?" helps us choose what we love without judgement Why it's important to make choices based on the feeling and vision we are trying to achieve rather than logic Tips for those struggling to be confident in their own choices and decision making, including Jenn Davoust's Tune Into You Meditation podcast Why you may want to try not creating a "maybe" pile while you're tidying The one thing KonMari and authenticity have in common How to embrace what you have now Michell's favorite tidying tip: "Organize last." Withhold the urge to buy before making choices about what to keep/let go What sparks joy for Michell: Her clients. To connect with Michell, visit www.michelldomke.com and on Instagram and Facebook. Mention hearing Michell on Spark Joy in her contact form or on the phone and receive $25 off a virtual KonMari session or $50 off when you book an in person package of three or more sessions. Gems: "Clutter really comes from that conflict between who we think we should be and who we actually are." "Authenticity means being true to yourself." "It's an active choice to choose what you love." "Accepting it into your life by choice, not by default, is really important." "Choosing a life of joy is really a radical idea, and it's also one that's worth pursuing." You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Michell Domke.
June 18, 2019
Brian Heiser of 1-800-GOT-JUNK discusses what to do with all those big, bulky discards that just aren't going to fit into a few bags for donation. Brian grew up in rural upstate New York. He holds two degrees in management and one in Math and Physics. Brian is a volunteer fireman on Long Island and was the Director of Operations for an electronics manufacturer for 15 years before starting the first 1-800-GOT-JUNK franchise in the New York area in 2002. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: -How to get rid of things that are big, bulky or don’t have an obvious donation option and keep them out of the landfill -Learn what 1-800-GOT-JUNK does with all the discards -How Brian got started in the business -How one person’s junk can Spark Joy for someone else! -The oddest thing Brian has ever seen in a home -How to make better decisions about what comes into your home in the first place Brian’s favorite tidying tip: “Start with the small stuff.” What sparks joy for Brian: "Family is always first, but I love having a growing business that is helping liberate people from the burden of excess stuff." Parting words of wisdom “Start small but start now.” To connect with Brian and 1-800-GOT-JUNK you can call or visit 1-800-GOT-JUNK Gems: “Once it gets in the truck, it could end up in one of several places.” “We try to donate first, if it can’t be donated, we take it to recycling, if it can’t be donated, it might end up in the landfill. However about 70% of things stay out of the landfill.” “To see the appreciation from our clients when we are solving a problem for them is very gratifying.” “We see the power the people really confronting their things.” “Embrace the space! You don’t need to fill empty space. Just enjoy it” You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Brian Heiser.
June 11, 2019
Today’s Quick Tips episode focuses on packing joyfully for travel year round, no matter the length or purpose of your trip. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. Head over to Apple podcasts to subscribe and review the show, which helps us reach others along their tidying journeys. To extend your tidying experience, you can join the Spark Joy Club! Visit sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Join the Club” to become a member of the Spark Joy Community or join us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. KonMari Quick Tips: -Tip: It’s all about the list! Create a master travel list that contains just about every type of item you want to consider when packing for any type of trip. As per good KonMari practice, break it down into categories: clothing, shoes, accessories, necessary documents, toiletries, medications, and technology. Make it as detailed as possible for your particular travel needs. You certainly won’t be packing all these things for each trip, but it’s a good idea to review each time you pack. -Tip: A good strategy is to make copies of the list and put a copy in each suitcase. Having a copy of the list right there forces you to look at it and think through what you are packing without relying solely on your memory (while charging). store in plastic or laminate. If you forget something on a trip, write that item down on the packing list to continue to customize and remember frequently left objects. -Tip: Anyone who takes The Tidy Pledge receives a copy of an illustrated KonMari folding drawer liner and bonus travel KonMari Packing list, also available here. -Tip: Timing is key. Don’t wait to pack at the last minute. Especially if it’s a fun trip, it’s so much nicer to get ready in advance so you are relaxed on your journey. Scrambling around the night before a big trip is no fun. -Tip: Have your toiletries bag packed and ready to go. This is one time that having a few duplicates can be helpful. Your toiletries bag set up and in your suitcase can save lots of steps in packing. Just be sure to restock your supplies after each trip. -Tip: If you are trying to pack lightly, think in terms of “If I need this, could I get it there?” Most hotel bathrooms have all the basics stocked and some hotels now provide workout gear for you to borrow at many of their locations. -Tip: If you are sensitive to certain skin care products or someone who is very loyal to my favorite brands, please do invest in reusable toiletries bottlesthat you can fill with liquids. -Tip: The Serene Home in the New York Times regarding those bottles and their impact on the environment: NYT: Those Tiny Hotel Bottles are on Their Way Out -Tip: Pack outfits, not items. Think: top, bottom, socks, shoes accessories for each outfit. Don’t pack a top unless you know what bottoms, shoes, and accessories you will wear with it. Avoids getting to your destination with incomplete outfits. -Tip: Conversely, don’t pack outfits you probably won’t need. “What if” outfits can eat up lots of space. Yes, there might be a sudden unexpected cold snap, but pack for the “probably” and not the “maybe.” -Tip: Packing cubes can be very helpful in keeping things orderly. Buy a different colored set for each member of the family. In most cases, you’ll pack a cube based on type of object: socks in one, undies in another, tee shirts in another. Or, you can pack each one with a different complete outfit if that idea appeals to you. -Tip: Carry on packing: If your luggage doesn’t arrive with you, could you charge your phone, find your hotel, get your rental car, take needed meds, have enough money/credit cards to buy what you need? Those are the items that for sure should go in your carry on. With a little preparation, travel can be one of life’s greatest pleasures, full of memorable adventures and perfectly packed suitcases. Happy Travels! We are pleased to introduce the new Joy Sparker members of the Spark Joy Club. Welcome! Julia Franco Kate Hudson Helen M Richie Maile Shoul Soraya Rudofsky Visit sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Join the Club” to become a member of the Spark Joy Community. You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy
June 4, 2019
Christina Jurges, fellow KonMari Consultant, helps us explore the intersection between KonMari and the our workplace. Our guest, Christina Jurges takes the KonMari Method to the corporate world by coaching businesses and professionals on how to create room to grow. She helps you create an environment that fosters personal and professional development and growth by teaching you how to remove mental and physical obstacles. She helps her clients increase their creativity, focus & motivation and live their best lives. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: Christina's path to KonMari Why it's so important to create room to go in the office How to shift our work environment towards one of joy and gratitude The importance of removing both physical and mental clutter at our desk The connection between a cluttered home and office How to turn your office into the KonMari Power Spot Where to begin when it comes to making your office more joyful The KonMari categories that don't apply to the workplace Christina's favorite tidying tip: Be the gatekeeper of your own space. What sparks joy for Christina: Coaching people to help them live a life they love. To connect with Christina visit, organizedbychristina.com on on Facebook If you are excited about embarking on you personal KonMari journey but unsure where or how to start, Christina is offering Spark Joy listeners a free pdf kit which includes a vision sheet template and a few exercises to give you the best start in creating your clutter-free life of your dreams. You can download your kit here. Gems: -"Clear space, without obstacles. The room to grow." -"Our workplace can either support us or hold us back." -"We generally want to move in spaces that energize us, and support us, and help us become our best selves." -"A clear space helps you create a clear mind." -"Your desk is not a museum." You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Christina Jurges.
May 28, 2019
Vanessa Van Edwards, bestselling author of Captivate, joins us to navigate friendships and relationships that may or may not spark joy. Vanessa Van Edwards is Lead Investigator at Science of People — where she unlocks the formulas and patterns behind human behavior for hundreds of thousands of students in over 200 countries. She is the national bestselling author of Captivate: The Science of Succeeding With People, available in 14 languages around the world. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: Vanessa's path to the study of human behavior from being a self-described recovering awkward person Vanessa's interview with Tom Bilyeu that addresses how fake or ambivalent friendships can steal your joy just as much as toxic ones The connection between your relationships with people and your KonMari journey Vanessa's tips on how to break up with a friend that addresses how fake or ambivalent friendships can steel our joy just as much as toxic ones The only personality trait study backed by science. Take the free OCEAN personality quiz here to see where you land and share your results with us! How being labeled neurotic can work in your favor and is a part of how your body responds to worry Vanessa's Ted Talk and research on how our hand gestures influence the way people digest the information Internal and external considerations that will help you get motivated to tidy by considering if it's a pain pill or a vitamin Why it's very important to fully explore how you worry and how you self calm Vanessa's favorite tidying tip: Allowing herself to only watch trashy TV while she is actively tidying. What sparks joy for Vanessa: Her newborn daughter Sienna. To connect with Vanessa, visit www.scienceofpeople.com . While you’re there, sign-up for People School. All the soft skills you wish you’d learned in school. Gems: -"You should be in control of every single relationship in your life." -"There are people in your life who you're constantly wondering, 'is this person good for me?'" -"Our hand gestures add depth to our ideas, and our thoughts, and our personalties." -"Our hands are our notes along with our words." -"Everyone deserves to have relationships that make them feel good." You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Vanessa Van Edwards.
May 21, 2019
Co-hosts Kristyn and Karin share KonMari inspired storage solutions and tools you can use to uplevel your space and honor the things you love. We chat about how to store and organize after you’ve completed your KonMari Tidying Journey one signature clutter category at a time. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: Joy Checks -Karin is speaking at the invitation of Eli Lily and Co. during the ASCO International Conference -Kristyn has committed to writing 30 blog posts in 30 days as one of her Tidy Mastermind goals. Connect via fortheloveoftidy.com to follow her progress -Review the importance of tidying by category instead of location in Spark Joy Ep 9 | Tidying by Location is a Fatal Mistake KonMari Storage Tips -Organize items that spark joy so they are visible within a designated space -Things are stored so that they are easy to put away and easy to get out -Storage should bring you a sense of order and calm -Reuse and repurpose wherever possible. Shop your home -Save your bins and baskets until you’ve joy checked the very last item -Storage is fluid -Reduce visual clutter KonMari Tidy Tools -Your calendar -The Tidy Home Joy Journal - Join The Spark Joy Club to receive your copy and exclusive access to the SJC community -Your Vision (see Spark Joy Ep 5 | How to Visualize Your Ideal Lifestyle and Living Environment -Trash bags: Glad Large Drawstring Recycling Bags -The Spark Joy podcast! Listen while you tidy! -Label Remover -Tape measure Clothing Category Storage -Principles of KonMari clothes hanging: -Rise to the right -Lighter, shorter, more delicate things on the right -Heavy, longer, darker things toward the left -Always, like things go together -Hanger options: -Velvet Hangers -Wooden hangers -Bins for clothing storage: -Bins for open shelving to create drawers -Underbed Storage Note: Following Feng Shui principles can be done if you are so inclined, so be sure to review our episode Ep 71 | Feng Shui with Master Laura Cerrano -Future donation bag/box -Three closet essentials: -Hamper -Step Stool -Trash Can -Drawers for clothing storage: -Soft Sided Boxes -Drawer Dividers Books Category Storage -For a review of how to sort books head over to Spark Joy Ep 75 | Exploring the KonMari Book Controversy with Robin Mitchell -Book Ends** Paper Category Storage -For a review of the three types of KonMari paper categories, go to Spark Joy Ep 45 | KonMari Paper Category: Cutting Paper Clutter -Tools for paper storage: -Locking File Box -Fun File Folders -Label Maker -Slice Precision Cutter -Fireproof Box -Virtual paper storage -Dropbox -GoogleDocs -Evernote Komono Category Storage -Spark Joy listener Angela submitted a question about managing charging stations and office items: “I’m starting this journey but the area that bothers me the most is how to organize an office/charging area. These both tend to lend way to the kitchen for ease of use and accessibility. We are a family of five so we have a lot of devices. How would you suggest maintaining an area in the kitchen that could mainstream both of these purposes (paperwork and device charge/overnight storage) without cluttering the counters?” -Cord solutions: -Kitchen: Mesh Stackable Shelves -Kitchen: Shelf Liners -Kitchen: SCUBB Ikea Boxes -Toiletries: Kristyn's favorite Soap Dispenser and Soap Refill -Make up: Acrylic Makeup Organizer -Holiday decor: wrapping paper holder and ornament holder Sentimental Category Storage -The importance of making your sentimental storage thoughtful, meaningful and safe -Milestone Binder - Full "how to" video available with Spark Joy Club membership -Review methods for digitizing your sentimental items in Spark Joy Ep 55 | Digitizing Sentimental Items Gems: -"We want you be more mindful of the things you’re keeping before jumping into finding the perfect place for your things to be stored. Stuff over storage." -"Storage should bring you a sense of order and calm, whatever that means for you." -"Their real joy is based on being able to see them and to acknowledge what they represent to us." -"Is this a chance to highlight your legacy, who would be happier if I keep this?' -"In some ways, the organizing step is really the most fun and it serves as your reward for all of the hard work joy checking and editing that will takes place in your home." You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy
May 14, 2019
Design Twins Heather and Heidi of Joyful Living join us to discuss their TV Show and book filled with interior design tips that spark joy. As long as they can remember, Heather and Heidi have always had a passion for interior design mixed with a passion of writing. They love to combine these two things to tell the stories of their clients through design. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: -Learning how Heidi and Heather went from designing jewelry and accessories to their focus on interior design. -They both have a houseful of little ones! Learn how their kids keep them on their toes and looking for more ways to find joy in the everyday. -Their shared belief that joy is found in the overall experiences of life, including the good, bad and indifferent, and how this philosophy has helped them in challenging times. -Finding out more about their TV show on The Design Twins on UpTV!. -Discuss their new book Joyful Living and listen as they share some great tips on interior design in a busy home: Joyful Living. -Learn about their favorite storage solutions along with their great and practical design tips. -Listen as Kristyn finds the perfect accent piece for her home! Heather and Heidi’s favorite tidying and design tip: -Use fresh scents with candles, home sprays or fresh herbs to brings a peaceful mood to your kitchen. -Don’t be afraid to use color and use it purposefully! -And, the Roomba is magically! What sparks joy for Heather and Heidi: -Their children are their greatest joy, of course! -Exploring their talents and stepping out of their comfort zone has brought both of them great opportunities in their home and business life. Be yourself! To connect with The Design Twins, visit www.joyfullivingco.com and find them on Facebook. Heather and Heidi are offering a discount on their Joyful Living book! Use coupon code “sparkjoy” for 20% off their Joyful Living book found on JoyfulLivingco.com. Gems: “Recognizing that the journey is what living joyfully is all about. Experience the moment.” “Outer organization creates inner peace.” “With kids, you can either learn to laugh or cry at times. And laughing is always a greater success.” “The more you engage, the less chaos there will be.” “Amplify white in a room as the wall color for a great way to lighten up a space.” “Bringing living things into your home make an enormous difference.” You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Heather and Heidi, The Design Twins.
May 7, 2019
Kim Howard of Howard Homes Chicago helps us turn our attention from the possessions within our homes to the special relationship we have with homes we buy and sell. Our guest Kim Howard is a top-producing Chicago real estate agent with Howard Homes Chicago – Keller Williams, that she co-founded with her husband Joe. They focus on both the city of Chicago and select suburbs, and have implemented a mindset of gratitude in their daily practice that helps them spark joy in both their personal and professional lives. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: The moments Kim took risks and stepped into the unknown as she grew closer to realty How to handle the things that are out of your control as you buy or sell by shifting your attention to your mindset The critical first steps for home buying that sets you apart from your competitors The reality of reality TV How to get your financial home in order before you shop for homes How to stage a home through a lens of joy How to find and attract your target buyer Kim's favorite tidying/staging tip: Keep it open and neutral and highlight the good stuff. Have a plan. What sparks joy for Kim: Living in the moment (being present) To connect with Kim Howard, visit www.howardhomeschicago.com and on Facebook. Gems: "At the end of the day, the whole thing is unpredictable." "Who you have on your team matters." "The unknown is hard, but just being excited for the end goal is huge." "Buyers want a blank canvas so they can envision themselves there." "Your property is worth what a buyer is willing to pay for it, not necessarily what's inside it." "Sparking joy, in terms of your personal life, will only lead to better things in the real estate world." You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Kim Howard.
April 30, 2019
KonMari Quick Tips! Every few weeks, we dedicate an episode to quick tips around a particular topic requested by a Spark Joy listener. This week’s KonMari Quick Tips episode is dedicated to Spring Tidying! This is an annual review of your home to address those minor repairs and little improvements that can be made to keep you home and belongings in joyful condition. We are OVERJOYED to announce that we have surpassed 1 million downloads of the Spark Joy Podcast! We are so grateful for the support from all of our listeners. Thank you so much! We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. Head over to Apple podcasts to subscribe and review the show, which helps us reach others along their tidying journeys. To extend your tidying experience, you can join the Spark Joy Club! Visit sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Join the Club” to become a member of the Spark Joy Community or join us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. KonMari Quick Tips: -Tip: Take a tour of your home interior and exterior condition subcategory by subcategory. Inspect the walls for paint touch up, especially the woodwork and doors, which get a lot of dings. Wipe down any fingerprints or splatters. -Tip: Review the floors and carpets for cleaning needs or repairs, check to see if tiles need repair or re-grouting. -Tip: Review your plumbing and electrically systems: need some new light bulbs or could you change to higher efficiency bulbs? Could your drains use a good cleaning? -Tip: Consider all the things in your home that have a filter such as your heating and cooling systems or your humidifiers. The spring is a great time to replace them. -Tip: Take a look at your furniture and furnishings including your drapes and curtains. Does anything need cleaning or repair? Have you decided that something you once loved no longer sparks joy? Remember your taste and needs change over time and things wear out. -Tip: Inspect your kitchen cabinets and your overall home storage. Could your shelves benefit from new shelf liners? Do they need a good wipe down? -Tip: The exterior of your home: Have the gutters cleaned out, paint touched up and windows and doors properly sealed. Consider the springtime activities associated with your landscaping including making sure that your lawnmower and garden tools are clean and in good repair. -Tip: To get started on the annual project, do a walk through inspection first, making a note of everything that needs action. -Tip: Make a project plan: Do you need to purchase supplies? Do you need to delegate a task? Enlist your family and friends or look to hire the right professionals. Give yourself a reasonable time line and address each item in turn. A well-maintained home will bring amazing joy to you and your family! -Tip: Take a look at your Fall and Winter specific items. As always, review by category. Do you have heavy winter clothes, including coats, sweaters, boots or skiwear? Did they bring you joy this winter? Is the future use of these items clear, for example, do you see yourself wearing them again when fall comes? Do they need to be repaired or cleaned? -Tip: Storing Winter gear: We both believe that all your clothes should be kept together regardless of the season, but for many of us, this is just not practical. It’s fine to pack away your seasonal items if necessary as long as you can say for sure that they spark joy! -Tip: Getting ready for Summer! Start by revisiting your vision. What are your hopes and aspirations for the upcoming spring and summer? What activities do you see yourself participating in and enjoying? What are your goals for living your best life this spring and summer? When you get your summer wear out, make certain that all your things are clean and ready to be used. Do you have lawn furniture or summer sporting goods to bring out of hiding? -Tip: Use any outdoor space to do your sorting and joy checking! -Tip: Bring fresh air inside! Marie Kondo talks about opening the windows and letting the fresh air in everyday. This can be really great during the spring mornings as a way to greet the day. -Tip: Spring is a great time to bring fresh flowers inside. Treat yourself! -Tip: After your annual Spring Tidying, invite people over for game nights and barbeques. Plan a capstone event to work towards! We are pleased to introduce the new Joy Sparker members of the Spark Joy Club. Welcome! Tania Rutini Kristen Munro Lindsey Hardegree Brooke Curran Visit sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Join the Club” to become a member of the Spark Joy Community You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy
April 23, 2019
Caitlin V. Neal, sex and relationship coach, helps us tap into the power of intuition when making minor and major decisions about our home and our life. Our guest, Caitlin V. Neal, is a sex and relationship coach who helps men and women have the best sex of their lives. She’s based in Chicago, and works with clients all over the world on experiencing greater pleasure, knowing exactly what they want, and feeling confident in their relationships. She helps us understand how we can leverage our intuition when visualizing our tidying event and making decisions about what sparks joy. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: Caitlin's journey from a Masters in Public Health to sex and relationship coaching How to practice using our intuition to speak to us on various levels while we're making decisions Caitlin's KonMari journey - ways we can use the KonMari Method to unmute our connection with our intuition Why it's so important to not lose track of the joy How to distinguish intuition from stubborn determination How deeply intuition is connected to your overall wellness Guided Visualization - starts at the [26:33 min.] mark Caitlin's favorite tidying tip: Tidy in cycles or seasons What Sparks Joy for Caitlin: Working with a personal trainer To connect with Caitlin, check out her podcast The Oral Report with new episodes each and every Friday and her YouTube channel viewed by millions youtube.com/caitlinv. Just for Spark Joy listeners Caitlin is offering a free 30 minute consultation call. You can sign up by heading to bettersexcoach.com and click on “contact” to set up your call. Gems: "Where have you been ignoring your intuition?" "Intuition is sort of like a friend that you haven't called in a long time...it may be a little hesitant to jump in and start speaking loudly." "These things that I've accumulated are not the key to my survival. In fact, I am the key to my survival." "Intuition can speak more loudly in stillness and in quiet." "Fear is going to exist. Trust is the opposite of fear." "We are the sum total of the stories we tell about ourselves." You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Caitlin V. Neal.
April 16, 2019
Brad Stulberg, author of The Passion Paradox, turns our attention to how we can KonMari our mind and our calendars to improve our performance and more intentionally explore our interests. Our guest today is Brad Stulberg. Brad researches, writes, and speaks on health and human performance. He is an award winning author of the new book The Passion Paradox and the bestselling book Peak Performance. Brad caught our attention when he wrote an article for Outside entitled Use the KonMari Method to Tidy Your Mind. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. Join The Spark Joy Club today by heading over to our website, and clicking Join The Club! In this episode, you’ll enjoy: Use the KonMari Method to Tidy Your Mind How a moment of workplace burn out impacted Brad's health and inspired him to study high performance from an evidence based perspective The damaging impact of "busyness" and how to KonMari our way out using three key steps The alternative phrase we can use to replace the classic "I'm busy" response to set boundaries - being a minimalist so you can be a maximalist How to stay on top of behavioral addictions that end up being time and energy vampires How to be OK with saying "no" Brad's new book The Passion Paradox, that explores both the positive and negative sides of pursuing your passion Tips on how to avoid obsessive passion and lean into harmonious passion Why having a sense of community is so important for your mental health Why people rarely stumble upon a passion The three things to seek in interests that set themselves up well for passions Brad's favorite tidying tip: Take the intertnet (social media and email) off of your phone What Sparks Joy for Brad: His 13-month-old who is learning how to walk! To connect with Brad Stulberg, visit, bradstulberg.com or follow him on Twitter Gems: "What percentage of your time and energy are you spending doing things that align with your core values?" "I am not prioritizing this with my time and energy." "To be really be good at something, you have to do very few things to go very deep." "It's exactly when it feels like you don't have control, that it's time to exert your control." "It's very hard to be balanced at the same time you're passionate." You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Brad Stulberg.
April 9, 2019
Spark Joy co-hosts cover the 2019 KonMari Consultant Meetup as Marie Kondo and her team greets hundreds of certified KonMari Consultants and trainees gathering for a joyful weekend in New York City. Exclusively for Spark Joy listeners, we are sharing special, joyful moments we captured on consultant meetup day when certified Consultants and trainees gathered in NYC from all over the world. Marie Kondo did made multiple appearances throughout the weekend. She shared some statistics about the impact certified consultants have had on the world. We’ve officially logged over 12,000 tidying sessions, impacting 4200 clients across 30 countries. We’re excited to give you rare access to the stories of joy behind all of these tidying hours, shared by those closely connected to the KonMari movement. This episode features stories from the following certified KonMari Consultants: Miho Armacost | KonMari Media Inc. | Personal Assistant to Marie Kondo and KonMari Consultant Community Manager Christina Cheadle | KonMari Media Inc. | Community and Events Manager Caitlin Roberts | Minimize with Purpose | Los Angeles, CA Eliette and Marieke Staub | Clarity Home Detox | Switzerland Ivanka Siolkowsky | The Tidy Moose | Canada Pilar Fernández | Neat Edit | Mexico Ana Paula Bezaury | Mexico and KonMari Consultant trainees: Brenna Kinkaid | Charlotte, NC Maria Ordal | Seattle, WA KonMari Consultant favorite tidying tips: Use a white sheet to lay Komono on while you're evaluating your items - Heather Young | Mississippi Gulf Coast Evaluate where in your home your personal sanctuary is - Caitlin Roberts Always remember to lead with the practice of gratitude - Ivanka Siolkowsky Remember, it doesn't have to be perfect, just do your best to find a balance - Pilar Fernandez You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy
April 2, 2019
Scott Marschall of Morgan Manhattan Moving shares tips and strategies for making your move less stressful. Listen as we combine his years of experience in the moving industry with KonMari principles. Scott first began at Morgan Manhattan over his high school summers as a moving helper where he fell in love with the industry and its clients. Following a career in the corporate world, he currently works in operations giving him the opportunity to work closely with all aspects of the company along the 5th generation of the Morgan family. He says his favorite part is helping customers during some of their most stressful days knowing that they are working with the best, and oldest, moving company in the area. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. Join The Spark Joy Club today by heading over to our website, and clicking Join The Club! In this episode, you’ll enjoy: -Learning about the moving industry and how Morgan Manhattan works with families moving in and out of new homes -The biggest mistakes that people make when they are getting ready to move. -How professional organizers can help you make your move easier and more efficient. -Moving Tip: Give yourself enough time. Moving takes time and moving companies get really busy at the end/beginning of the month and holidays. -The benefits of the KonMari forward looking vision in preparing for a move. -How to determine if your old things will work in your new home. Really important when thinking about furniture. -The most rewarding aspects of the moving business: helping families with feeling overwhelmed about a move. Scott’s favorite moving tip: “Be prepared, give yourself time and be sure you trust the professionals you have hired.” What Sparks Joy for Scott “The happy families after they move into their new homes and some of the special projects we are involved in that really make a difference in people’s lives. And, I’m training for the NYC Marathon!” You can reach Scott at Morgan Manhattan: Morgan Manhattan His email is: smarschall@morganmanhattan.com Gems: “People don’t think about all the stuff they have in all their spaces when they are thinking about how long a move will take.” “If you aren’t using it now, it’s highly unlikely you will use it in your new home.” “When in doubt, leave it out.” You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Scott Marschall.
March 26, 2019
Becky May, fellow KonMari Consultant, helps us explore the best ways to make your next moving experience spark joy. In this episode, we explore the very necessary task that everyone loves to hate - Moving. We invited certified KonMari Consultant Becky May to help you make your next move organized and stress free. Becky is based in San Francisco, where she runs her business, Tidy With Becky. She loves helping people tidy the clutter that weighs on their homes and minds, so they can live lightly. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. Join The Spark Joy Club today by heading over to our website, and clicking Join The Club! In this episode, you’ll enjoy: Becky's KonMari journey across the pond Becky's personal moving experiences How you can tweak the KonMari process to smooth your move What moving and KonMari have in common Why it's so important to honor this significant moment in your life with your time and attention The importance of leaning on the KonMari categories to reduce overwhelm and stay true to the process How to make the unpacking process more joyful while you take time to get to know your new space What to do when something doesn't quite fit your new space How much time you need to KonMari before a move Becky's favorite tidying tip: Keep your moving boxes to use as temporary storage. What Sparks Joy for Becky: Having a home that's a sanctuary that she shares with her husband. To connect with Becky May visit, tidywithbecky.com . Becky has an online tidying program called The Tidy Home Program Gems: "KonMari had really given me the courage to listen to my intuition in all areas of life." "KonMari, when it comes to moving, turns it away from being a daunting experience to a joyful one." "Everyone wants a tidy life, but for lots of people it's only when they're moving that they actually confront their stuff." "The blank canvas of a new home really lets people open up about 'what do I dream of creating in this new phase of my life?'" "The hope is that you're excited to unpack on the other end of your move because you know that there's no clutter that's followed you into your new phase of life." It's a lot easier to unpack when you know you just have things that bring you joy." "What role did this item play in my last home? What does it mean in this new space?" "Moving house does not have to be stressful." You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Becky May.
March 19, 2019
KonMari Quick Tips! Every few weeks, we dedicate an episode to quick tips around a particular topic requested by a Spark Joy listener. This week KonMari Quick Tips episode is dedicated to tidying with kids! KonMari’ing with kids presents its own special opportunities and challenges, but it can be done and can even be fun! So now, we want to hear from you. Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Head over to Apple podcasts to subscribe and review the show, which helps us reach others along their tidying journeys. To extend your tidying experience, you can join the Spark Joy Club! Visit sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Join the Club” to become a member of the Spark Joy Community or join us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Thanks for tuning in and we hope your day, sparks joy. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: -The question from listener Heather that sparked our Quick Tips episode. -How to determine whether to tidy your kids clothing after your own. -Be mindful that all your child’s things may feel sentimental to them. Respect this, but guide your child in making choices. -The importance of age and ability in guiding your child’s tidying experience. KonMari Quick Tips: -Tip: Utilize your kid’s natural love of their toys in teaching gratitude for the things they keep and the things they let go. -Tip: Use a Thank You box as a means to create a physical boundary around the sorting process. -Tip: Your kids will have different lengths of time they are able to focus. Keep sessions short. -Tip: For artwork, consider using services such as Artkive to consolidate and preserve the most special things. Artkive -Tip: Work with your kids to get rid of old broken crayons and paints in favor of things that encourage creativity. -Tip: When organizing, encourage your child to consider that space is a precious commodity and consider which item is in it own space. We are pleased to introduce the new Joy Sparker members of the Spark Joy Club. Welcome! Elisabeth Swim Jonathan Perry Janice Mellon Melissa Woody Robin Porter Marte Rieser Marla J. Williams Rosanna Sutherby Chelsea Lewis Visit sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Join the Club” to become a member of the Spark Joy Community You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy
March 12, 2019
Robin Mitchell Cranfield, a graphic designer and illustrator who specializes in book design for art galleries and children’s books, shares her thoughts on the KonMari book category. Her work has been recognized by the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), the Alcuin Society, and How Magazine. Robin teaches typography & book design at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. Join The Spark Joy Club today by heading over to our website, and clicking Join The Club! In this episode, you’ll enjoy: -Learning about the KonMari Book category controversy. Washington Post: Keep Your Tidy Spark Joy Hands Off My Books The Guardian: What We Gain From Keeping Books -We discuss some of the reasons that people have reacted to the books category with a lot of emotion. -What Marie Kondo has actually said about books. Book lovers, Relax: Marie Kondo is not coming for your books -The unanticipated benefits of the KonMari process in the books categories. Learn about Kenya Hara and the book as a physical object. The Hara Design Institute -About tokimeku. The Japanese Translation of Spark Joy -How Robin has sorted and organized her own books. -If you are tidying your books and looking for more details and tidying advice, check out our original book discussion via Spark Joy episode 57 | KonMari Books Category: Building a Library of Joy. Robin’s favorite tidying tip: “Feel free to discard book jackets. The jacket can be visually distracting to some people, so feel free to let it go if you want.“ What Sparks Joy for Robin: Google images! Uses images as a means to discover new wonders in nature with her son. Robin’s book recommendation: The Kitchen Counter Cooking School You can reach Robin at robinmitchellcranfield.com or on Twitter at @robincranfield Gems: “There’s been a panic in the book publishing world about the death of the book. However, people have been panicking about the death of books since they went from hand writing books to the printing press.” "It's interesting that people who are otherwise live-and-let-live are really quick to tell people how they should feel about books!" "Books are physical objects that hold not just the written contents, but the experience of holding the book itself. That is why Marie Kondo's tapping of the book to "wake it up" is so interesting to me." “Marie Kondo’s metric is to suggest that you find your own metric.” “Tidying the books in my home opened up my awareness of new types of books to explore.” You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Robin Mitchell Cranfield.
March 5, 2019
Bestselling author Gretchen Rubin debuts her latest book, "Outer Order, Inner Calm," as we explore the intersection of happiness, joy and order. Gretchen Rubin is one of the most influential writers on habits, happiness, and human nature. She’s the author of many books, including the New York Times bestsellers "Better Than Before" and "The Happiness Project" and she’s debuting her newest book, "Outer Order, Inner Calm" today! We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. Join The Spark Joy Club today by heading over to our website, and clicking Join The Club! In this episode, you’ll enjoy: Gretchen's thoughts on defining happiness vs. joy Gretchen's interview with Marie Kondo and why she gave Netflix's Tidying Up a gold star on a recent episode of the Happier podcast Tips on tidying up while managing emotions around other's messiness Why every office should have a Chief Clutter Officer How your clutter comfort level is way more important than achieving perfection Gretchen's new book "Outer Order, Inner Calm" How to avoid fakework and makework How to get those little things done by leaning into a power hour The tension that comes along with "procrasticlearing" The deeper meaning behind someday, someone-based decision making The difference between underbuyers and overbuyers Gretchen's favorite tidying tip: The one minute rule. What Sparks Joy for Gretchen: The Bandoleir To connect with Gretchen Rubin you can find her and her new book "Outer Order, Inner Calm" at gretchenrubin.com/books Gems: "Do I need it? Do I use it? Do I love it?" "One of the worst things we can do is to do well something that we don't have to do at all." "Things that can be done at any time are often done at no time." "The stewing is worse than the doing." "The best way to anticipate what's going to happen in the future is what's happened in the past." "There's an unwillingness to accept that things are worth only what people will pay for them." "So much of clutter really is about delaying decision making." "The more we can decide now, the easier it gets latter." "Anything you can do in less than one minute, do it without delay." You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Gretchen Rubin.
February 26, 2019
How to plan and organize the activities associated with tidying up. If you started to tidy, tackled clothes clothing or other categories, but quickly found other life priorities got in the way, then this is the show for you! Tidying up KonMari style is a one-time, special event that requires consistent effort and prioritization. It’s a project. A series of steps that need to be executed in an efficient series in order to shift behaviors you may have had all of your life. So, the less glamorous or obvious first step is to PLAN your tidying event before digging too deep. So now, we want to hear from you. Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Head over to Apple podcasts to subscribe and review the show, which helps us reach others along their tidying journeys. To extend your tidying experience, you can join the Spark Joy Club! Visit sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Join the Club” to become a member of the Spark Joy Community or join us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Thanks for tuning in and we hope your day, sparks joy. Joy Checks: Karin loves staycations so she can indulge in her passion for the hotel room aesthetic. Here are some great hotel rooms and ways you can incorporate these ideas in your own bedroom. Hotel Room Ideas to Use in Your Bedroom: The Contemporist Kristyn is excited that the The Tidy Home Joy Journal is an Amazon #1 best seller across multiple categories! It’s beginning to arrive in the homes of early buyers and the reviews are amazing, 5 Stars! You can get yours by joining The Spark Joy Club today by heading over to our website, and clicking Join The Club! In this episode, you’ll enjoy: The question from listener Anne that prompted today’s show after listening to Episode 56: How 60 Hours of Tidying Lessons Changed One Single Mom's Life Forever The three factors that determine the length of time of your tidying event: The size of your home The volume of your clutter The anticipated pace of your decision-making How a KonMari Consultant can help in this process as we discussed in Spark Joy Episode 49: Why Hire a KonMari Consultant? Factors that slow down, or speed up your tidying event How to make tidying a short-term priority in order to gain from the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up! Confronting your calendar to get your priorities and values in order The suggested length of time for each tidying appointment, the length of time in between tidying appointments, and the length of time the entire process should take according to our experience and best practices The benefit of a little urgency in the process. As we discussed in Spark Joy Ep 68 | Behind the Scenes: Netflix's "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo" with Tricia Fidler and Jane Grodem something like a reality show can help move the process into overdrive! How the 5 D’s: delegate, delete, defer, delay, or diminish, we learned about in Ep 16 | Stress Free Holiday Joy with Amanda Jefferson can help you plan your tidying event What contributes to KonMari Fatigue and how to overcome it Gems: "The average American home has over 300,000 items." "It can take anywhere from 15 to 30+ hours, but not all at once!" "Make it a priority for the short-term in order to make true change in the long-term." "Plan your work and work your plan!" "This will require you to temporarily delegate, delete, defer, delay, or diminish some of the priorities filling up your calendar." "KonMari Fatigue can reduce focus and limit your best ability Joy Check items." You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy
February 19, 2019
Taking to the road alone is a brave decision. We're exploring solo traveling with award-winning writer, podcaster, and solo female travel specialist Gemma Thompson. Today's guest is Gemma Thompson. Gemma is an award-winning writer, podcaster and specialist in solo female travel. In 2014, she published the popular anthology ‘A Girl's Guide to Travelling Alone’, and has also recently launched a podcast of the same name. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. Join The Spark Joy Club today by heading over to our website, and clicking Join The Club! In this episode, you’ll enjoy: Gemma’s favorite adventure: The Great Barrier Reef Why it’s a good idea to try solo traveling at least once How to stay safe while traveling solo: -- Be aware of cultural differences -- Be aware of civil unrest How a door wedge can keep you safe: Security Door Wedge Tips for a great solo trip: -Make sure the things you want to do most are accessible from where you are staying -Plan your route beforehand at least from the airport to your hotel -Make sure you have a couple of alternative routes to the hotel just in case -Have the address and route written out on paper in case your phone doesn’t work -Have a currency conversion chart and common words translated ("please," "thank you," "how much?") Tips for eating alone: -If you want to go to a fancy place, lunch is a good option to feel a little more comfortable -Don’t overthink it. People aren’t really paying attention to you -Research spots first to find the most solo friendly places -It’s ok to take a book -But, try not to look at your phone the whole time What Sparks Joy for Gemma: Her daughter! The joy of waking up in a new country. To connect with Gemma Thompson, you can find her at: girlsthattravel.com or on Facebook and Instagram Gemma's podcast: A Girl's Guide to Travelling Alone Gems: "The best things happen when you're just wandering around." "Doing the research is absolutely key when you're traveling alone." "You have to respect the culture of the city or the country you're going to." "Once you've eaten out on your own a couple of times it gets easier and it doesn't feel awkward." You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Gemma Thompson.
February 12, 2019
Feng Shui Master, Laura Cerrano shares her expertise in bringing your KonMari tidying in alignment with the principles of Feng Shui. Today’s guest is Feng Shui Master Laura Cerrano. Laura shares her expertise in bringing your KonMari tidying in alignment with the principles of Feng Shui. Laura received her Feng Shui certification through the Proven Feng Shui School in NY under the guidance of her mother and mentor certified Feng Shui Master, Carole Provenzale. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. Join The Spark Joy Club today by heading over to our website, and clicking Join The Club! In this episode, you’ll enjoy: -Learning about the importance of the decluttering step of Feng Shui to set up a vision and game plan for the practice -Hear about the history of Feng Shui -Learning the difference between “space clearing” and decluttering -The fundamental principles of Feng Shui and the Five Elements -How Laura started her company with her mother -How to incorporate Feng Shui into your own home -Myths and missteps in Feng Shui. You can hear about Myths and Missteps in KonMari here -Are you holding on to the very things you need to release in order to realize your vision? -How a small adjustment near your front door can help you "ring in the money" -How to Feng Shui your bedroom and what not to keep in your bedroom What Sparks Joy for Laura: "Traveling and spending time with family." To connect with Laura Cerrrano you can find her at: fengshuimanhattan.com She's on Facebook at: Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island and on Instagram at: Feng Shui by Laura Cerrano Gems: “To get started in Feng Shui, you need to have a clean canvas to work with.” "What do you not need, use, or love?" “What is the function of each room in my house?” “Your bed should have a commanding position.” "The headboard is an anchor of support when you're heading off to dream land" "Energy flows around over through..it goes through everything." "Depending on the objects that you have under the bed, they convey certain messages to the unconscious mind." "Does the composition of the overall room present a balance and a sense of harmony?" "Live in the present moment. Enjoy life to its fullest." You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Laura Cerrano.
February 5, 2019
Spark Joy podcast co-hosts release a very special tool for listeners to extend their tidying experience! It’s been a very exciting time for the Spark Joy podcast! Our audience has grown so much since the beginning of the year and the release of Netflix’s “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.” As KonMari Consultants, we’ve received so much positive support and feedback from clients, colleagues, family and friends as well as you, our listeners. In today’s episode, we have a very special announcement. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: -What’s Sparking Joy for Karin: Weekly flower delivery from a real florist and not just picking up any old flowers from the deli! -What’s Sparking Joy for Kristyn: The Life Changing Magic of Instacart! -What’s Sparking Joy for both of us: Spark Joy hit 700,000 downloads and is growing by the day! -Media outlets and events both Karin and Kristyn have been featured in recently Karin has been featured in: Money/Time Magazine: Marie Kondo KonMari Method Consultant Certification NY Magazine: How to Declutter Your Book Collection 6Sqft City Realty: Meet New York City’s Master KonMari Consultant Kristyn has been featured in: HuffPost: 6 Lessons From Marie Kondo’s Netflix Show You Can Apply To Work And Career You Need A Budget/Wander Wealthy Podcast And the Chicago Tidy Tour | KonMari 101 continues! -Our special announcement: Introducing The Spark Joy Club! -Spark Joy podcast announces two levels of membership: The Joy Riser Tier At this tier, you'll receive: A thank you shout out during an episode of Spark Joy and in the show notes during the month you join Access to the custom Spark Joy Episode Map and Listening Guide, which is updated following every episode This tier is $3 per month The Joy Sparker Tier At this tier, you'll receive: Everything above, plus… Full membership in The Spark Joy Club on Facebook Mix and mingle with our clients and fellow listeners and get support and feedback from us as well as the community A copy of The Tidy Home Joy Journal via Amazon This tier is $5 per month -Learn more about The Tidy Home Joy Journal -Join The Spark Joy Club today by heading over to our website, and clicking Join The Club! Gems: "This is a brand new membership only group." "We are looking forward to seeing you in The Spark Joy Club." You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy
January 29, 2019
Ashley Barber, Houston's first KonMari Consultant, shares tips on how to align your KonMari tidying event and lifestyle with your fitness aspirations. Our guest today is Ashley Barber, founder of Simply Maven. She’s Houston’s first certified KonMari Consultant. With over a decade’s worth of experience in group fitness, Ashley blends her health and wellness knowledge with the KonMari Method to teach her clients the best ways to declutter their possessions, organize their homes, and create their best lives. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: Ashley's path to KonMari and the launch of her business The ways fitness and KonMari intersect under the umbrella of health and wellness How to spark joy in your fitness routine - what you need to joy check (type of activity, level of intensity, gear, environment) Ashley's suggestion for Kristyn's 2019 health-focused 90 day goal Karin's workout evolution The Kickstarter campaign that inspired Kristyn's goal calendar The best workout for your body: plank The ways we can align our home with our goals for fitness and wellness while we are walking through the KonMari categories Tips for those just starting their KonMari event and looking to shift their attention to health and wellness How do do a perfect day exercise, going through your day in extreme detail The timer trick Ashley suggests for finding a fitness program that works best for you How ego is a factor when it comes to group exercise Ashley's favorite tidying tip: Take the time to visualize where you want to go. Don't skip this step! What Sparks Joy for Ashley: Her kids. To connect with Ashley Barber, you can find her at simplymavenhtx.com or on Facebook and Instagram Just for Spark Joy listeners, Ashley is offering a 10% discount on active tidying sessions in Houston when you contact her and mention Spark Joy podcast. Gems: "Mindset is really a key player in successfully completing a tidying marathon or a physical marathon or whatever your goal may be." "We all have the skills to be 1) a tidy person 2)a fit person. It's just a matter of taking the time to do it and thinking of ourselves that way." "The trick to find something you can stick with is to find something you enjoy." "Are you feeling good about what you're wearing to work out in?" "It's so important to find a routine that evolves with you." "Sometimes consistency is more important than intensity." "If there is one exercise that you're going to do everyday, I'd make it a plank." "If I'm going to do an in home workout, I try to take it to one of the more energetic areas in my home." You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Ashley Barber.
January 22, 2019
Fellow KonMari Consultants Tricia Fidler and Jane Grodem share what it was like to work behind the scenes as assistants on Netflix's "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo." Tricia Fidler is the consultant behind Heywood Park Collective, working with clients in San Diego and the San Francisco area. Jane Grodem is the founder of Spark Joy Bay Area, focusing her practice in the San Francisco bay area. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: -Learning more about the Netflix series, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo -Karin and Kristyn reviewed the Netflix series on Spark Joy Episode 67 Review of Netflix's Tidying Up with Marie Kondo -Jane and Tricia’s roles on the show as subject matter experts -Tricia worked with the Tidying Up families featured in: Tidying With Toddlers, Episode 1 Sparking Joy After a Loss, Episode 4 Breaking Free from a Mountain of Stuff, Episode 6 Empty Nesters, Episode 2 -Jane worked with Tidying Up families featured in: Empty Nesters, Episode 2 Getting Ready for Baby, Episode 7 -Learn about the reports that Tricia and Jane completed to update Marie and show producers on tidying progress -What stood out for Tricia and Jane watching Marie work with the families -Some of the difference between the different cast families -The most memorable part of the show for Tricia and Jane Tricia’s favorite tidying tip: When doing your sentimental category, don’t feel pressured to give things up. Keep the things you love carefully. Tricia calls this the Art of Keeping. Jane’s favorite tidying tip: When you are joy checking, you should be mindful that keeping things with confidence is a good and valid choice. What Sparks Joy for Tricia: This work. It's such an honor to be able to practice KonMari. Also, travel! Tricia loves planning trips now that her home is tidy! What Sparks Joy for Jane: The KonMari vision to “Organize the World” Jane is excited that so many people are learning about KonMari and sharing so many great photos and experiences on social media. Their parting words of wisdom: The three E’s: Empathy, Empowerment and Encouragement. Empathy in your living environment goes a long way toward helping others in your home move toward interest in tidying their own things. Empowering others is also a way to lead others to thinking about making positive choices. And, Encouraging others to surround themselves with things that spark joy leads them to living their best lives. To contact Tricia, visit: heywoodpark.com or on Instagram @heywoodpark_collective To contact Jane, visit: sparkjoybayarea.com or on Instagram @sparkjoybayarea Both Tricia and Jane have a special offer for Spark Joy listeners in honor of the Tidying up with Marie Kondo: Tricia is offering 20% off her 20-hour package for residents of San Diego County package. Visit heywoodpark.com and use the code: newyearnewjoy Jane is also offering a special 20% off a 20-hour package. Visit sparkjoybayarea.com and mention the code: hearttrending Gems: -"We were really there to work with the cast families and to help the families with their homework in between visits with Marie." -"Then language barriers and the cultural difference just seemed to fade away when Marie was interacting with the families." -"The families actually did complete all the categories. Those parts just didn’t make it on the show." -"We really felt it made us better consultants. It taught us more about staying focused on the process as well as the vision." -"The emotional impact Marie made on the families was real. She’s just so calm and compassionate." You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guests: Jane Grodem and Tricia Fidler.
January 15, 2019
[SPOILERS INCLUDED] We review the premiere of Netflix's original series "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo," covering episodes that sparked joy and sharing thoughts on the show from the KonMari Consultant perspective. “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” officially premiered on Netflix New Year’s day. Millions are watching around the world. Tidying Up is taking over Netflix at the top of year and many are getting acquainted with KonMari and falling in love with Marie Kondo. We are very pleased with show and with the response! Joy Checks: Karin's sleep tracker! Here are the apps she is using: AutoSleep and SleepWatch Kristyn's New Year resolution inspired by Episode 66: The Art of Manifesting and the Harmony Within with Laura Kessler- wake up at the same time every morning SPOILER ALERT! We recommend you stop listening or reading and head over to Netflix to check out Tidying Up with Marie Kondo In this episode, you’ll enjoy: An overview of "Tidying Up" The debut moment Feedback from viewers and fans What we learned about Marie Kondo Our thoughts on what sparked joy about the show from our perspective and hopes for a Season 2 A review of episodes: Empty Nesters The Downsizers Sparking Joy After Loss From Students to Improvements The reality of reality TV Episode 25: KonMari Myths and Missteps Episode 13: Does it spark joy? How to tell if it's time to hire a professional to help you tidy up and find joy (see Spark Joy Episode 33: How to Become a KonMari Consultant) Gems: "Marie Kondo has officially experienced, in America, the biggest pile of clutter ever," #mountwendy "You didn't get to your level of clutter overnight and it's not going to be resolved over night." "Everyone, now is going to be greeting and thanking and appreciating their home." "Maybe it will be launched on New Years day every year?!" "KonMari never says 'this is what should spark joy.' It's much more about how the spark of joy feels." "Please do not ever feel that you have to suffer in silence. There is help." You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy
January 8, 2019
Master life coach Laura Kessler helps us manifest our intention and step into our power in the new year through realistic, holistic goal setting, themes, and personal manifestos. Our guest, Laura Kessler is a Communications Expert and Master Coach who helps her clients find their voices literally and figuratively in life, so they can manifest their greatest potential. She’s also a certified Executive Life Coach, which makes her a Triple Threat Master Coach for Life Skills, Career Image and Personal Creative Expression. Laura applies many of the KonMari principles to life coaching, and has a special offer to help you launch 2019 powerfully so you can manifest your intentions. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: The common threads across Laura's diverse clientele How to have the best year by taking an annual outlook and visibility calendar How to change your life by asking yourself one question: "What is the one thing that could change everything?" How to plan your year in a realistic and holistic way to keep you in balance How to avoid becoming a victim of perfection by creating bare minimum as well as cadillac goals How to free yourself from negative self talk and be your #1 advocate by having a theme How to declutter your time management, physical body, your mindset, etc. How to develop a personal manifesto to track your progress and prevent overwhelm The difference between "good selfish" and "bad selfish" how they align with our boundaries of time and space in alignment with your values Laura's favorite productivity tip: Gratitude. What Sparks Joy for Laura: Helping people step into their power. Laura's parting words of wisdom: Be seen. Be heard. Be powerful. Be beautiful. To connect with Laura, you can find her at yourvoiceinbusiness.com and on Facebook and Instagram. Laura applies many of the KonMari principles to Life Coaching, and has a Exclusively for our Spark Joy listeners, Laura is providing free worksheets and the option to invest in a private session with her to help you launch 2019 powerfully and manifest your intentions. Gems: "Stage fright is selfish." "You have to be the master gatekeeper of your life." "What is the one thing that you could accomplish that would change everything?" "All or nothing people will end up doing nothing because there is no 'perfect.'" "If your problems today were your prayers before, you know you're on the right track." "How we do anything is how we do anything." "You can do anything, but you can't do everything." "Really generous hearts will drown in the milk of female kindness." You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Laura Kessler.
January 1, 2019
Closet Joy Part 3 of 3. Our guest, Tara Button, helps you curate a mindful life of less throwaway that extends well beyond your closet, ultimately impacting the environment and the global community. Today’s episode of Spark Joy is part three of a three part series dedicated to closet joy. We’ll talk to three guests who are revolutionizing the way we view fashion and style. Tara Button, founder of BuyMeOnce, is at the forefront of the global movement to change the way we shop and live forever. In 2013 Tara went from depressed spendthrift to fulfilled entrepreneur, using a technique she calls ‘mindful curation.” Her new book A Life of Less Throwaway, teaches the steps to master this lifestyle change. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: How a cooking pot inspired Tara to get out of debt, change her spending habits and champion a buy it once culture and platform How the "mindful curation" technique featured in Tara's book, A Life Less Throwaway, helps you find out what's meaningful to you Why we need to notice the preassures of advertising and recognize things are typically not made to last a lifetime, perpetuating the cycle of buy, use once, throwaway How you can "take stock" of the things in your home to focus on how you accumulated your stuff and how to find things that help you live your life's purpose How Tara's book helps you get off the trend treadmill and decide what kind of person you want to project to the world Celebrities that are trending for repeating the same outfit on multiple occasions How longevity (buying things that last longer) has the biggest impact on the planet (bigger than recycling!) How looking at your past Amazon purchases can help you confront your consumerism and shopping patterns How Tara is not a naturally tidy person, but was able to apply decluttering techniques and be more discerning about the things she purchases How identifying what makes you happy and what gives you purpose helps you understand how to make certain things in your home accessible The connection between mindful curation and finding your purpose and priorities, while focusing on the things that matter. How thinking about what you want people to say about you once you're gone helps you understand what you really care about How researching and writing down colors, styles, fabircs, and brands before you start to shop will help you be more mindful and sustainable when you shop The system that determines what products land on BuyMeOnce Mindufully curated closet maintenance tips, including the Guppyfriend Washing Bag How to properly "do your colors" to get a sense of which ones bring you alive Examples of items in Tara's home that she's only bought once Gems: "The whole world is trying to persuade you to buy mindlessly." "People don't talk about longevity when it comes to the planet." "I now don't bring anything into my home that I'm not going to have for a decade or so." "When it comes to things that are going to make us happy in the long term, it's all about our community and relationships." "The fashion industry is the second most poluting industry in the world, after the oil industry." "As humans, we know we need things to survive. Not shopping is not an option." "Buy things that will make you feel good in the long term." "Write a list of the things that you don't need in your life and you'll feel a surge of gratitude for everything you have." Tara’s favorite tidying tip: Start with items that are not emptionally resonant. Start with your pants! What sparks joy for Tara: Taking a moment out of her day to be creative by writing children's books. You can find more about Tara by visiting www.buymeonce.com. Be sure to pick up Tara Button's book, A Life Less Throwaway, and follow her on Instagram (@tara_button) and Twitter (@tarabutton) You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Tara Button.
December 25, 2018
Our guest, Saya Hillman, helps us answer the question “why not?” instead of “I can’t?” in order to live a Life of Yes℠. Today’s guest challenges us all to think beyond fear and embrace a Life of Yes℠. Saya Hillman started Mac & Cheese Productions℠ in 2004 after she got fired from her last full-time job and had no idea what she wanted to do. Being fired turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to her. Mac & Cheese Productions℠ is now a lifestyle business that provides creative solutions to common problems through its Life of Yes offerings. At its core, is the belief that the segments which make up our lives shouldn’t be sources of stress, but sources of joy and ease. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: Saya's journey from wanting to feel invisible in order to avoid sticking out in a crowd to unapologetically embracing a life of yes How Saya came up with her memorable business name, Mac & Cheese Productions How Saya's networking events break the mold and reflect who she is How sharing each other's vulnerabilities connect her guest "Cheese-Its" together How you can get further in life by being experience focused instead of results focused How Saya helps people transform by embracing productivity, public speaking, sales and other things that cause people stress and pain to be filled with ease and joy How you put the hardest tasks behind us by eating a frog at the beginning of the day How Saya makes her every day life easier and more productive by staying within her Life of Yes radius How sharing a spontaneous moment of sharing her vulnerabilities helped Saya relate to her audience during How the Spark Joy paper clutter episode connects to the path of digitizing our life A travel hack Saya and her husband use to avoid getting overwhelmed with digital clutter How Saya manages her "to reads" How letting go of productivity systems that ultimately don't spark joy will set you free When it is the right time to go nuclear on your inbox How Feedly helps let go of subscription guilt Why Saya decided to go completely paperless when it comes to her business and how she cleans her "digital closet" How bulk work can help you handle your work and not hate your life How the simple act of silencing push notifications can help you feel in control when it comes to technology and incoming information Why improv was the top three adult choices Saya made as an adult that changed her life Saya's favorite tidying tip: Digitize all of your sentimental items What sparks joy for Saya: Travel hacking her way to Japan with a $250 first class ticket To connect with Saya visit www.macncheeseproductions.com . You can also find her on Twitter or Facebook . Gems: "What makes you different are not things to be ashamed of, but to hold up to the light." "I want my business to reflect my personality." "We set ourselves up for disappointment when we are results focused as opposed to experience focused." "Do you have a source of stress that is self created?" "You should set up your life in the way you want it to be lived." "My way isn't the right way. The right way is what works for you." "Such magic can happen when you do voice whatever it is that is causing you any type of negativity in your life." "The perfect time unicorn doesn't exist. You need to do that thing you need to do, and do it now." "I'm completely paralyzed because I know i have a problem, but it's so overwhelming I'm not going to do anything." "Are you spending a lot of time spinning your wheels?...and if you are, how can you stop that?" "Have your default be yes instead of no and why not instead of I can't." You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Saya Hillman.
December 18, 2018
Spark Joy co-hosts and KonMari Consultants, Karin and Kristyn, talk about 17 obvious and hidden costs associated with living with clutter that is slowly stealing your joy. In this episode, we attempt to uncover and put a price tag on the hidden costs associated with delaying your KonMari tidying event. Like many common lifestyle challenges (losing weight, getting out of debt, finding a new job) the longer you wait to get started, the more the issue compounds and slowly steals your joy. So it’s time to get real and talk about the physical and emotional costs associated with keeping clutter around. Now we want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: Joy Checks: Karin surprises her mom in Kansas City and Kristyn finds joy on the 606 running trail in Chicago. We breakdown 17 costs associated with clutter: The cost of storing your clutter outside of your home The cost of not using everything that you've purchased The cost of having unutilized space within your home Clutter Cost Formula The cost of buying/renting a bigger home to accommodate things that don't spark joy The cost of the clutter damaging your home over time Calendar clutter: time and energy Refer to Ep 30 | Simply B Organized with Laurie Palau The cost of clutter getting in the way of you finding what you need The cost of clutter getting in the way of things you truly need to do Book: Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity Refer to Episode 16 | Stress Free Holiday Joy with Amanda Jefferson The cost of negative thinking or self talk The cost of ignoring your own reality The cost of using shopping to cope Refer to Episode 31 | Shopaholic No More with Dr. April Benson The cost of linking your self worth to a certain type of collection of things or a particular lifestyle The cost of clutter that blocks your ability to execute certain physical activities The cost of clutter that limits your ability to make healthy choices Refer to Episode 3 Face Your Stuff with Dorothy The Organizer The cost of clutter that limits relationships and your quality of life with your friends and family The cost of clutter that prevents you from accessing information critical to uncovering the reality of your finances, preventing you from reaching true wealth/abundance Refer to Episode 6 Declutter Your Path to Wealth with Tess Wicks The cost of clutter that locks you into consumption patterns that lead you to having no choice in the type of job situation or career choice - even if it’s not ideal Refer to the the ChooseFI community The cost of clutter that prevents you from pursuing your life purpose/feeling fulfilled, understanding what true joy means to you Don't worry, we end this episode on a joyful note! We discuss the many ways decluttering can pay you back to counter some of the clutter costs. Gems: "Having a storage locker is like going to visit your past mistakes." "Your space itself is way more valuable than your stuff." "Is this space honoring what's being stored within it?" "Is this space supporting the ideal lifestyle that I desire?" You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy
December 11, 2018
Today we walk through how we process and joy check paper using the KonMari Method and also how to stop paper that doesn’t spark joy from crowding your mailbox. Are you terrified of the paper in your home? Marie Kondo is known for her progressive stance on paper. As quoted from The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up : “My basic principle for sorting papers is to throw them all away.” We understand that this may be uncomfortable for most people and, as always, we aren’t here to insist that you live a paper free life. But we definitely believe you can live a much more joyful life with a lot less paper. In this episode we discuss the Paper Category, which is the third category within the KonaMari Method. If you're just getting started with KonMari or need a refresher, we recommend you head over to Episode 1: KonMari 101 prior to listening to this episode. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: Joy Checks: Karin- I’m upgrading my medicine supply cabinet with some pretty new containers - A tidy home style upgrade! Kristyn- I was featured on the ChooseFI podcast where I got to discuss my path to Financial Independence and its overlap with tidying. Here are a couple of upcoming Netflix series to look forward to: Tidying Up with Marie Kondo Playing with Fire News about the KonMari App Hear listener Sharon’s email question about the paper category, which inspired today’s show. Review our episode on the importance of tidying by category: Episode 9: Tidying by Location is a Fatal Mistake Learn about Delete, Delegate, Diminish, Defer: Episode 16: Stress Free Holiday Joy with Amanda Jefferson Find all the manuals you’ll ever need: Manuals Online Review our discussion on keeping paper and other clutter categories under control for the long-term: Episode 41: How to maintain a Tidy Home Post Konmari Learn about shredding services: Shredding Services at Staples Shredding Services at Office Depot Identity Theft Protection Stamps Kristyn's favorite paper storage solution: Locking File Chest Learn about scanning options: Cam Card
December 4, 2018
Come along with your hosts, Kristyn Ivey and Karin Socci as we explore some of the most common KonMari myths and missteps in today’s Spark Joy Podcast episode. As the KonMari philosophy has become more and more mainstream, blog posts, magazine articles and videos have come out viewing KonMari through a critical and challenging lens. These perspectives are sometimes based on misunderstandings or misreadings of Konmari concepts and sometimes these misinterpretations occur as missteps while practicing KonMari. In this episode, we will discuss our thoughts on these myths and provide some practical tips on how to avoid falling into these missteps. Spark Joy wants to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you'll enjoy: Joy Checks! What is Sparking Joy for Kristyn today: a very cute For the Love of Tidy branded onesie for her niece who is due any day now. What is Sparking Joy for Karin today: restoring an antique wooden doll bed for her niece’s birthday Learn about some common KonMari myths: Konmari equals minimalism/minimalism is KonMari Konmari is a selfish activity, fundamentally concerned only with material possession KonMari encourages to you to throw out everything you own to the point where you are either left with nothing or you need to immediately buy new things Learn about some common KonMari missteps: Skipping the step where you envision your ideal lifestyle and living environment Forgetting to honor and acknowledge items for their usefulness especially when you are letting them go Not completing all the categories Thinking about storage and organization before the sorting is completed Being overly concerned with the clutter of other people See what Marie Kondo’s home really looks like: Correction: It has come to our attention that the original article and photograph listed here was a parody article written for April Fool's Day and NOT a house tour of Marie Kondo's apartment. Photographs of Marie Kondo's home have not been made publicly available. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused. Read about what some critics say about the KonMari Method: Why Decluttering Guru Marie Kondo is Wrong Why I Absolutely Refuse to KonMari My Life Does It Spark Joy is the Wrong Decluttering Question The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F* Review the importance of the vision statement in Spark Joy Episodes: Episode 1 KonMari 101 Episode 5 The KonMari Lifestyle Our advice to a listener who asks how to address categories when you have items within a category in hard to get to places. Does not being able to completely sort by category mean you are not doing KonMari correctly? Gems: “There’s no right number of things a person should have.” “You can keep ALL of the shoes!” “Time is the most important commodity as opposed to things.” “You’re saying goodbye in a respectful way and you’re putting a positive message out there.” You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy
November 27, 2018
Welcome to the 2018 Spark Joy highlights show! Thank you again for listening and we're looking forward to a 2019 that will Spark Joy! We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: -What's Sparking Joy for Karin: The benefits of living a simpler life, gratitude for good health and an appreciation of modern medicine. Keep going, Scientists! -What's Sparking Joy for Kristyn: The joy of living a W-2 free life, the excitement of pursuing her passion and the good health that has come along with it all. -Best of 2018 Highlights. Hear clips from our favorite, and most impactful shows, of 2018: Ep 39: Closet Joy Part II: Build Your Capsule Wardrobe with Courtney Carver Ep 47: Nailing DIY with The Nestrs Ep 48: Living Life in the Front Seat with Jessica Butts Ep 59: Help for the Chronically Disorganized with Kristi Meyer -A look forward: We'll be releasing encore episodes each Tuesday in December for you to enjoy during the holidays. -Spark Joy Podcast Contest Winners! Spark Joy has been running a contest for a signed copy of Marie Kondo’s “Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up” Tammy [T_Steinbeck] Dustin [Dustin Sherrill] Elisabeth [Elisabeth Swim] Monica [moniru123] Lynn [Hopefilled] CONGRATULATIONS to all our winners! If you are one of our lucky winners, you'll be receiving an email soon and your book will be on the way. -The Spark Joy Podcast Membership Community! We are launching an exclusive community for Spark Joy Podcast listeners! This will be a way for you to support the podcast as well as gain access to some amazing premium features. We are working out all the details but there will be tiers of support that will allow you to become a more involved part of our community, unlock exclusive content and even access personal coaching. Stay tuned to learn more! Gems “We love helping KonMari work for you!” “It helped me get clear on the differences between minimalism and KonMari.” “Why do you want to get organized? When I have clients who don’t continue the process it’s sometimes because their “Why” wasn’t big enough.” “Singular focus around your business and having a point of view. I need to get through one thing at a time.” “I applied this idea of zeroing-in on just 3 goals in 90 days.” “Pick out the books that you consider your friends. Now, I’d like for you to pick out the strangers.” “What a great supplement this podcast is to the KonMari books. I spent time over the summer going through the KonMari process and was feeling great, but, not I feel like I need to revisit some things.” “I love listening to this show while I am going through my KonMari process…keep calm and KonMari on!” “Having heard almost every episode of Spark Joy podcast, my life is completely different. I have a better sense of what I need in my life and what is no longer supporting my values and vision for the future.” “If KonMari were a religion, Spark Joy Podcast would be my morning prayer (wake up and be awesome). Every episode is pure gold, the inspiration I need not only to keep my tidying festival going, but to know I can do something towards my vision: Be Better Every Day." “If Spark Joy can do what they did and are still doing, I can do MY thing.” You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy
November 20, 2018
Australia’s first certified KonMari Consultant and Evaluator shares stories tied to her experience of KonMari around the world. Our guest, Gemma Quinn, is Australia’s first certified KonMari Consultant, but she also practices worldwide! She's also a KonMari Consultant Evaluator and works with future consultants during the certification process. Her KonMari approach is informed by over 15 years of experience in business operations and human resources management within the design and creative industries. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: -How Gemma's grandfather sparked a love of thoughtful organization. -Gemma's introduction to the KonMari Method and how it changed her life. -Find a book that spoke to Gemma from the Tim Ferris Book Club review here: The Obstacle Is the Way by Ryan Holiday -How Gemma helps her clients determine what sparks joy even if it involves a mundane household object -What a KonMari evaluator does and how she works with KonMari Consultants to ensure that the quality of the Konmari practice is consistent -Gemma’s international practice as a traveling consultant -How Gemma conveys the guiding light of the KonMari practice to clients regardless of where they live. (Spoiler alert: she doesn’t believe it really changes from place to place -Gemma shares home and lifestyle differences around the world including the confusion around baking ingredients and how many blankets should be on the bed -Read a blog about duvets in Germany! Two Duvets are Better than One! Sleeping the German Way Gemma's favorite tidying tip: "Grow your sensitivity to knowing what sparks joy for you. It will change your life. And... use boxes! Try to get to the point that every item in your house has a box." What Sparks Joy for Gemma: "People! The engagement of people in my life and work. They bring me so much joy." Gemma's parting words of wisdom: "Start by writing out your list of categories and subcategories and just get started with the KonMari Method. We are here to support you!" You can find Gemma at: Gemma Quinn or on instagram and Facebook at: @gemmaquinn.konmariconsultant Gems: “The act of joy checking and thinking about my ideal life allowed me to connect and engage with my belongings far more than I ever had.” "The risk was minimal because being able to help someone lead a life of joy was a risk worth taking." “We are there to help them manage that risk and to be a supporting hand guiding them to help them through this so that they know they are not alone.” "Knowing what will bring you joy does change from culture to culture." "Engaging with other peoples and other cultures personally brings me a huge amount of joy." "Some cultures have more difficulty expressing their feelings. So I try to help clients find ways to be truthful, but still will bring them joy." You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Gemma Quinn.
November 13, 2018
Frank Molignao helps us to explore the alternative practice of homeopathy as we explore ways to infuse our KonMari homes with more health and wellness. Our guest, Frank Molignano, has worked extensively in the mental health field as a homeopath, biofeedback specialist and reiki master. He facilitates a deep connection to well-being, integrating unresolved trauma, and through his practice, supports individuals in moving from contraction to expansion, and from limitation to freedom. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: How Frank's father inspired him to look into alternative practices as a teen The difference between homeopathy and home remedy The Homeopathy credentialing process How Frank put Homeopathy to the test to heal himself after being diagnosed with Lyme Disease The history of Homeopathy How Homeopathy shifts your attention to holistic health management rather than symptoms-centered care Homeopathy related common myths and misconceptions (common KonMari myths are featured in Spark Joy Episode 25) Risks associated with Homeopathy The importance of consulting a professional alternative practitioner Where conventional treatment vs. Homeopathy may be more or less appropriate What well known remedies should be in your Homeopathy first aid kit in your home How to find a Homeopathy practitioner near you via: Council for Homeopathic Certification National Center for Homeopathy The North American Society of Homeopaths What makes you a good candidate for Homeopathic care What Sparks Joy for Frank: Minimize the amount of sugar in your diet and drink more water Frank's parting words of wisdom: Homeopathy! To connect with Frank, head over to The Healing Narrative, and find him on Facebook and Instagram. Exclusively for our Spark Joy listenters, check out Frank's Cold and Flu Homeopathic Remedy Chart. Frank is also offering a 25% discount off his initial two hour consultation. Be sure to contact Frank at thehealingnarrative@gmail.com and reference that you heard him on the “Spark Joy” podcast. Gems: "For as big as the branches are, so too the roots are deep. If your prune back one of the branches, it's not treating the whole." "This is about cultivating and reclaiming wellness." "It's not homeostasis. It's really a more dynamic state of health and wellness." "I think we all have a moment along our wellness or healing journey when we start to question our results." "Is there a better alternative?" "The homeopathic model really honors and respects the body and mind in a way that there is an inherent state of balance that we can all come back to." You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Frank Molignano.
November 6, 2018
Marina Wakil hired Karin to help her execute an intense tidying event for her studio apartment in NYC to make room for her to pursue her passion for culinary studies and journalism. Our guest, Marina Wakil, is a college student at NYU and a recent culinary school graduate. She lives in NYC, by way of Venezuela and Miami, in a modern apartment on the Upper West Side. She’s 20 years old and she’s an aspiring food journalist or maybe a food policy writer. While on vacation last summer, she made a decision to reorganize her entire apartment with a KonMari Consultant to meet her changing goals and her upcoming academic plans. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: The moment Marina reached out to Karin and made the commitment to tidy her NY studio apartment with a KonMari Consultant within a period of three weeks prior to starting at NYU How Marina found a KonMari Consultant after her mom introduced her to KonMari style organizing How setting a specific, clear goal date helped Marina stay focused and purpose driven How walking into to the process with a high level vision of what she wanted helped Marina remain intentional when 1) completing homework assignments 2) donating/selling/consigning things quickly How Marina remained mindful, even though she was executing her tidying event at a rapid pace How she creating themes within her closet and her kitchen to align with the things she loves to do The most difficult category Marina had to tidy How the KonMari signature folding technique made a lasting impact on Marina Marina's favorite tidying tip: Everything you fold, fold it into rectangles!; Check in by asking yourself "Why?" to see if the chaos is attributable to your home or inherent to you. What sparks joy for Marina: Winters in New York Gems: "When my apartment is hectic, I'm hectic." "I really just wanted to come to a place where I was really happy with where I was living and that the environment allowed me to create the way I wanted to and be focused." "It's so beautiful to honor the things you have by giving them a space and giving them place in your home." "If it's there, it has a purpose." "I was taking advantage of the space I was at, as opposed letting it take over me." "This is an object, but it still kind of has it's own little life of it's own." "My clutter taught me how many things I'd been emotionally holding onto that I hadn't been ready to let go up until that point." "My clutter taught me more about myself because it was a reflection of where I was at that time." "Our spaces are so much a reflection of us and who we are as people at the time in which we are inhabiting them." "Find what makes you happy and believe in yourself!" You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Marina Wakil.
October 31, 2018
Komono, or miscellaneous items, is quite often the largest clutter category volume wise, so we help you break it down in a way that it manageable and most joyful to explore. Before you continue, if you’re just starting your tidying journey, or in need of a refresher on how categories work in the KonMari Method, listen to Spark Joy Episode 1: KonMari 101 and Episode 9: Tidying by Location is a Fatal Mistake We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: Joy Checks: Karin: The Serene Home was featured in Oprah.com! Kristyn: For the Love of Tidy is tidying up its virtual home! New website launch (with special surprises) coming very soon. Komono Subcategories: CDs, DVDs Skin care products Makeup and perfume Valuables (passports, credit cards, etc.) Electrical equipment and appliances Household equipment (writing materials, sewing kits, linens) Household supplies (medicine, detergent, tissues) Linens Kitchen items Emergency supplies Hobbies Gifts Seasonal items Home decor/furniture Spark Joy listener Lisa submits a question about Komono and craft spaces We help you answer the tough questions: What if I need this someday? Can I keep this as a backup? What if I need this in an emergency? The importance of grounding our miscellaneous item decisions in the vision of our ideal life and living environment We review how to handle the nuances Komono category with care (while keeping your sanity!). For example: Small items Mixed bins of items The "mess” Kid’s stuff Sentimental items (see Spark Joy Episode 55 for more on digitizing your sentimental items) Gems: "Miscellaneous items play a super important role in everyones life. They are sometimes the supporting character in everything that we do." "It might be time to put a hobby in the past, as it may not be something you see as part of your vision moving forward." "It's important to keep like items together to understand the extent of your active supplies and materials vs. materials you are just stockpiling." "Unlike clothing books and paper, Komono category is so broad and everyone will have different subcategories in their miscellaneous." "If everything is important, nothing is important." "What in your home is in such abundance that it's not really feeling important, even though it is a 'must keep' or 'must have'?" "Miscellaneous items often include things that lean more utility than joyful." You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy
October 23, 2018
Laurel Bern, award winning New York Interior Designer and blogger, shares important and joyful considerations when decorating your home. After 21 years as the principal designer in her firm Laurel Bern Interiors, she has turned her focus to blogging as a full-time occupation. Her award winning blog, Laurel Home has drawn a large following due to her candid style of writing, useful information and warm community of readers. In addition to designing and blogging, Laurel has authored four helpful online interior design guides, for professionals and design enthusiasts alike. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: Learn how Laurel got started in the design business. Hear what Laurel sees as the major change in the design business over the last 20 years. Laurel shares how the usual approach to designing your home can be a real “minefield.” Find out more about Laurel’s Design Guides, including her indispensable shopping guide, “Laurel’s Rolodex”- Laurel Bern's Design Guides Hear about some of the most important considerations when decorating your home. Discover Laurel’s love of blogging and how her blogging audience has grown over the last six years: Laurel Bern Interiors Blog Hear Laurel’s suggestions for how to develop your own eye for a design style that you love and that works for your home. Find out about the importance of balance in designing your home. Laurel's favorite tidying tip: Hire a professional! :) What sparks joy for Laurel: “The art of classical ballet. I even take ballet lessons and absolutely love going to performances.” To connect with Laurel, reach her directly on her website, Laurel Bern Interiors, where you can subscribe to her blog and check out her design community.. and even send her a question! Laurel is on Pinterest at Laurel Bern on Pinterest Gems: “I get calls from people who have just bought a couch and can’t get it up the stairs.” “We don’t live in museums.” "Things like scale, shape, color, proportion… it’s like a puzzle. All these things work together.” “I had some professional organizers come to my house and it was the best thing I ever did. It’s a completely different skill!” “I’ve seen some beautiful design ruined by too much clutter.” "Picking a color shouldn't be the first thing you do. It might even be the last decision you should make." You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Laurel Bern.
October 16, 2018
Kristi Meyer, KonMari Consultant, shares tips for the chronically disorganized on how to adapt the KonMari Method in a way that results in lasting change. Have you ever said to yourself: I’ll never be organized. I’ve been this way all my life. I always struggle to keep things tidy I’m such a hoarder! Why can’t I be and stay organized like everybody else? Our guest, Kristi Meyer of Simple Surroundings Consulting. Kristi is a certified KonMari Consultant and a Certified Professional Organizer based in Charleston, SC. She is also an Institute for Challenging Disorganization Specialist in Chronic Disorganization, Hoarding and ADHD and a longtime member of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals. For the last ten years, Kristi has been helping her clients achieve dramatic change that forever transforms the way they feel and function in their homes. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: How Kristi's love for teaching organizing skills to her K-8 students branched into a professional organizing and KonMari practice The similarities and differences between Kristi's conventional organizing experiences and her KonMari practice and journey The "aftershocks" that led Kristi to revisit certain aspects of the KonMari Method More information about how to nail the vision of your ideal lifestyle and living environment - Spark Joy Episode 5 Hoarding experts featured on Spark Joy Episode 3 and Episode 19 Kristi's definition of chronic disorganization and hoarding disorder and the tell tale signs of each How Kristi keeps the basic rules of KonMari intact when working with the chronically disorganized with some adaptations How Judith Kolberg's book, Conquering Chronic Disorganization influenced Kristi's practice Kristi's Five Unconventional Rules for the Chronically Disorganized: Make it social Overpersonalize Make it emotional Adapt to your individual learning and organizational style Set up a maintenance plan Kristi's top resources for those who may be struggling with chronic disorganization or hoarding The Institute for Challenging Disorganization Dorothy The Organizer Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding by Tolin and Frost with accompanying workbooks Digging Out: Helping Your Loved One Manage Clutter, Hoarding, and Compulsive Acquiring by Michael Tompkins Children of Hoarders Therapists, professional organizers, or certified KonMari Consultants Kristi's favorite tidying tip: Simplicity. The less detail the better. What sparks joy for Kristi: The KonMari Consultant community and her daughter. To connect with Kristi, visit www.simplesurroundingsconsulting.com . While you’re there take, her free quiz "How Organized Are You, Really?" Gems: "...academic performance could really be correlated to how organized a student was." "I wanted to have a really huge impact on their physical space and also their mental space." "I started to realize other stuff around me that seemed to really change my outlook and my thoughts about what I wanted for the future." "If you find that [clutter] really undermines your quality of life, then that could be considered chronic." "Talk out loud. Whatever you're thinking in your head, vocalize it out loud." "Find your treasures. Find the things you absolutely love." "If you keep [maintenance] very simple simple, it's also going to lead to more relevance to your current self." You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Kristi Meyer.
October 9, 2018
Co-hosts of House of FI podcast join us to explore a simpler path to wealth, shifting our awareness and mindfulness from the pursuit of more stuff to the pursuit of financial freedom. There’s one thing we know for sure. We put our time, energy, and our money towards the things that we value. But what happens when our values are incongruent with our consumption behaviors, placing us in danger of missing out on the freedom associated with living the life of our dreams? Here to help us explore the intersection between the KonMari Lifestyle and Financial Independence are co-hosts of the House of FI podcast - Wendy and Timika. House of FI helps families who dream of retiring early, but are unsure how to do so AND raise a family, figure out a plan. Their guests share their journey to financial independence, early retirement, and debt freedom. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: The true definition of Financial Independence (FI) or Financial Independence Retirement (FIRE) What led Wendy and Timika to start down the path to FI Common myths and misconceptions associated with FI Timika's marathon KonMari tidying experience with Kristyn and how it relates to her financial journey The "eels" that attach to us, as mentioned on John Roderick's podcast The end goal: How do you know when you've reached FI? How influencers such as Mr. Money Mustache or The Dough Roller have calculated fees associated with actively managed retire accounts How to the get over the getting started hurdle when it comes to FI The importance of using a tool like Personal Capital to track and manage your net worth How the FI community handles healthcare coverage The importance of taking and celebrating the small steps Podcast's that House of FI recommended to extend your FI community: Journey to Launch and ChooseFI Wendy's favorite FI tip: Tracking your fixed and discretionary expenses Timika's favorite FI tip: Wendy's meal planning tips; Refinance your mortgage to a lower rate when appropriate to free up money for debt pay off; Get a roommate, move from a single family home to a multi to generate rental income, or buy a car that's not brand new. Use travel credit cards to generate reward points. What sparks joy for Wendy: Launching House of FI! What sparks joy for Wendy: Launching House of FI!! To hear more from House of Fi, check out their podcast via houseoffi.com or connect with them on Facebook. After catching up on their latest episodes, leave a review of House of FI on iTunes for a chance to win a copy of Kids Money Habits by Amy Koit. Gems: "...essentially, setting yourself up so you're in a position to have choices." "People are also beginning to think more about how to optimize their lives so they can do more things that bring them joy on a regular basis." "The idea that you have to be extremely frugal to the point of deprivation is one myth." "When you add it all up, you see the huge mound of money that's exiting your bank account; just like I saw the huge mound of clothes that my three year old climbed on top of when we put it all in one place and went through it one by one." "What is it that you're doing this for? What are you going to retire to? What does financial independence look like?" "It's really being more intentional about our money...the balancing of each financial decision..really sticking to the goal." "Don't be an island. Make sure that you're connected with other people and a community." You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: House of FI.
October 2, 2018
Books form the second signature KonMari Method category. We discuss sorting, organizing, and discarding books and all the challenges and joy along the way. If you are just starting out, or want a refresher on how categories work in the KonMari Method, listen to: Episode 1: KonMari 101 and: Episode 9: Tidying by Location is a Fatal Mistake These two episodes of the Spark Joy podcast will give you the background you need, in addition to reading Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up , to tackle the books category. Books are special and cherished items for many people, but there’s no denying the fact that physical books can take up a lot of room. Plus, in many cases, once the book is read, the actual book is placed on a shelf and is never used or read again. How can you approach books in such a way that honors the contents, respects the value and importance of books but also enables you to surround yourself with only the things that spark joy? We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: Joy Checks: Karin: I practiced KonMari gift giving for my 5th wedding anniversary! I got my husband a returnable gift, in case it doesn't bring him joy...and it's something that is designed to honor books, which totally bring him joy! Kristyn: I was invited to The Jam TV morning show in Chicago to talk about the KonMari paper category. Tips from For the Love of Tidy on How to Cut Down Paper Book Subcategories: -General Books -Practical Books -Visual Books -Religious Books -Sentimental Books How to sort books you have already read. How to sort books you haven't started or started, but haven't finished The challenges involved in letting go of books: -Our attachments to books -Our desire to honor the contents of books -Our attraction to the beauty of books as objects -Concerns about discarding them properly --Listen to Spark Joy Episode 21 on this issue: Book Review: The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning Options for disposing of books properly: -donations -selling -recycle Summer Brennan's blog post on the challenges of letting go of books: On the Heartbreaking Difficulty of Getting Rid of Books Gems: “Do I really need to take all these books down from their shelves?” “You should use subcategories to view each book in relationship to other similar books, but remember you are evaluating each book on its own merits.” “The goal is not to overwhelm you with the piling part of KonMari…” “Who are you keeping these books for?” “It’s important to honor your books with joy, keep them visible, especially those that are being kept to read 'someday.'” You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy
September 25, 2018
Single mom Beth Walker walks through her 60 hour KonMari tidying experience while discussing significant changes in her life and the benefits of working with a KonMari Consultant along the way. Today's guest, Beth Walker, is a single mother of three boys and a recent "empty nester." She currently works full time as a Technology Consultant, a career she began out of college, took a break from to raise her boys, and has since gone back to. Beth believes in hobbies and passions outside of her job, the most recent being a keyboard player and vocalist in local rock bands playing throughout the suburban area. In addition to music, she has a passion for all things domestic - knitting, crocheting, cooking and baking...and now tidying! In addition to being a Renaissance woman Beth is one of Kristyn's clients! They've tidied for over 60 hours and are almost to the finish line. We take a deep dive into Beth's journey as she shares the benefits of living clutter free. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: How Beth's life coach's suggestion to read The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up led her to seek out to find the support of a KonMari Consultant (Kristyn) Beth's vision of her ideal lifestyle and living environment that grounded her process How tidying has significantly impacted Beth's life in the following areas: Health Career Finances Relationships Community How Beth experienced significant shifts in her ability and confidence to maintain her tidy space How Beth found the accountability and customized support Kristyn provided to be mission critical to her success The temporary sacrifices Beth made to ensure tidying remained a priority and to keep her momentum going Spark Joy Ep 49 | Why Hire a KonMari Consultant Gems: "I've been a hopeless organizer and I could never find that one way to keep it up." "It's so easy to think about what you don't want." "I thought I was shooting for the moon to be honest but, I can tell you I absolutely live that life right now." "This isn't just organizing, it's coaching. It's sitting down...goals, values, how do you want to live your life, let's do it." "Overall, with KonMari, it's allowed me to focus on other goals in my life." "This is the way my house is and this is the way it's going to be and this is who I am now." "It definitely spreads from your physical world to your energetic and spiritual world in ways that you almost can't explain." "It's shown me so me parts of myself I didn't know were there. Or, I wanted to be there." "It was so much work, but so much fun." "...You don't realize you are changing as you're doing it. You don't have to change in order to do it." "I'm not doing [KonMari] because I'm supposed to or I want to. I do it because there is this part inside of me that doesn't want to do it any differently." "You think you're hiring someone to hold to you accountable to a process in a book. what you're really doing is hiring a coach that helps you change your life." What sparks joy for Beth: Having the time freedom to focus on goals and other aspects of their life beyond tidying. You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Beth Walker.
September 18, 2018
Our guest, Bonnie Shay, breaks down solutions for organizing, digitizing, and preserving your most sentimental items. Do you have boxes and boxes of printed photos/movies/slides/memorabilia that you haven't done anything with? Are you overwhelmed with a huge quantity of digital photos and videos you’ve collected on your computer, camera, tablets, and smartphones? Today we’re dedicating this episode of Spark Joy to one most high anticipated and feared signature KonMari Categories - Sentimental Items. Bonnie Shay joins us today to talk about managing our digital legacy. Bonnie is the founder and owner of Mariposa Photo Organizing established in 2007. She’s managed a photography business for over 20 years and is a Certified Member of the Association of Personal Photo Organizers. She currently curates family photo and video collections that are, shareable, enjoyable, manageable, safe and secure, both now and for generations to come. NOTE: We should remind our listeners that the Sentimental clutter category is the absolute last category to declutter. It should be handled with care and only after you warm up by addressing Clothing, Books, Paper, and Miscellaneous items in that order. If you still have some tidying work to do, we suggest heading back to Spark Joy Episode 1: KonMari 101. Also, if you’ve paused your KonMari progress after addressing miscellaneous items - then this is the episode for you. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: How Bonnie believes she was genetically predisposed to making order out of disorder How Bonnie's 20+ experience in both general residential organizing and photography triggered her current business of curating family photo and video collections How Bonnie discovered the Associate for Personal Photo Organizers The tipping point for sentimental clutter in our home and why quality over quantity is important Reasons why we delay processing sentimental clutter How you should get started curating your collection and selecting things that spark joy How to "pile" your digital clutter and some unexpected places it could be hiding Marie Kondo approved Sentimental item tips How to grab your content from antiquated media formats The two ways you should organize digitized sentimental content How focusing on your intent helps you shape your digital legacy How to handle inherited collections or digital files that are "trapped" on antiquated machines/formats Why you should start locally to find a archival service via APPO Partners APPO Partners or Save Your Photos A backup related rule of thumb Bonnie's favorite tidying tip: Set a timer that gives you a sense of urgency and celebrate at the end What sparks joy for Bonnie: Her dog's morning happy dance :) Bonnie Shay can be found at www.mariposaphotoorganizing.com . She has a special offer just for Spark Joy listeners. Visit www.maraiposaphotoorganizing.com to sign up for Bonnie’s newsletter and receive the Top 12 ways to curate your photo collection. You can also connect with Bonnie on Facebook and Twitter Gems: "Let's look at the best of the best that tells your story and focus on that." "Any pile of stuff...represents a pile of decisions left unmade." "We don't necessarily want the item, but you want to remember the sentimentality of it." You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Bonnie Shay.
September 11, 2018
Our guest, Saya Hillman, helps us answer the question “why not?” instead of “I can’t?” in order to live a Life of Yes℠. Today’s guest challenges us all to think beyond fear and embrace a Life of Yes℠. Saya Hillman started Mac & Cheese Productions℠ in 2004 after she got fired from her last full-time job and had no idea what she wanted to do. Being fired turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to her. Mac & Cheese Productions℠ is now a lifestyle business that provides creative solutions to common problems through its Life of Yes offerings. At its core, is the belief that the segments which make up our lives shouldn’t be sources of stress, but sources of joy and ease. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: Saya's journey from wanting to feel invisible in order to avoid sticking out in a crowd to unapologetically embracing a life of yes How Saya came up with her memorable business name, Mac & Cheese Productions How Saya's networking events break the mold and reflect who she is How sharing each other's vulnerabilities connect her guest "Cheese-Its" together How you can get further in life by being experience focused instead of results focused How Saya helps people transform by embracing productivity, public speaking, sales and other things that cause people stress and pain to be filled with ease and joy How you put the hardest tasks behind us by eating a frog at the beginning of the day How Saya makes her every day life easier and more productive by staying within her Life of Yes radius How sharing a spontaneous moment of sharing her vulnerabilities helped Saya relate to her audience during How the Spark Joy paper clutter episode connects to the path of digitizing our life A travel hack Saya and her husband use to avoid getting overwhelmed with digital clutter How Saya manages her "to reads" How letting go of productivity systems that ultimately don't spark joy will set you free When it is the right time to go nuclear on your inbox How Feedly helps let go of subscription guilt Why Saya decided to go completely paperless when it comes to her business and how she cleans her "digital closet" How bulk work can help you handle your work and not hate your life How the simple act of silencing push notifications can help you feel in control when it comes to technology and incoming information Why improv was the top three adult choices Saya made as an adult that changed her life Saya's favorite tidying tip: Digitize all of your sentimental items What sparks joy for Saya: Travel hacking her way to Japan with a $250 first class ticket To connect with Saya visit www.macncheeseproductions.com . You can also find her on Twitter or Facebook . Gems: "What makes you different are not things to be ashamed of, but to hold up to the light." "I want my business to reflect my personality." "We set ourselves up for disappointment when we are results focused as opposed to experience focused." "Do you have a source of stress that is self created?" "You should set up your life in the way you want it to be lived." "My way isn't the right way. The right way is what works for you." "Such magic can happen when you do voice whatever it is that is causing you any type of negativity in your life." "The perfect time unicorn doesn't exist. You need to do that thing you need to do, and do it now." "I'm completely paralyzed because I know i have a problem, but it's so overwhelming I'm not going to do anything." "Are you spending a lot of time spinning your wheels?...and if you are, how can you stop that?" "Have your default be yes instead of no and why not instead of I can't." You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Saya Hillman.
September 4, 2018
Win a signed copy of Marie Kondo's tidying sequel "Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up" as we celebrate the one year anniversary of Spark Joy podcast! Giveaway runs September 4 - November 13, 2018. We’re so happy to celebrate the one year anniversary of Spark Joy! To thank our faithful listeners, we're also launching a special giveaway that will run through November 13, 2018. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: Joy Checks: Spark Joy podcast has been downloaded over a quarter million times! The history of Spark Joy podcast Our big giveaway 12 lucky Spark Joy listeners have a chance to win a SIGNED copy of Marie Kondo's book Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up! To enter visit http://www.sparkjoypodcast.com/itunes for instructions on how to leave us a star rating and written review. After you've submitted your review, send an email to contact@sparkjoypodcast.com with your screen name to be eligible to win. The difference between Marie Kondo's books: The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up Five of our top reviews on iTunes Contest runs from September 4 - November 13, 2018. Winners will be announced during our Best of 2018 show on November 27, 2018. You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy
August 28, 2018
Bestselling author Cara Brookins isn't afraid to think big. Learn how building a 3,500 square foot house with her four children using YouTube helped her change her life and help others reach their highest potential. What’s standing between you and your biggest goal? What’s standing in the way of your highest potential and true success? If you’ve let the barrier of lack of time, energy, motivation, or lack of skill stop from completing your tidying event or achieving any other major goal in life….this episode is for you. Today’s Spark Joy guest is Cara Brookins. Not only does Cara live in a tidy 3,500 square foot house of joy that’s beautiful and intentionally designed..she built that house with her four children by hand over nine months using YouTube videos as her guide, overcoming many obstacles along the way. Her bestselling book Rise: How a House Built a Family launched her career as a keynote speaker and media personality. She now helps people understand that reaching your highest potential isn’t just about how hard you work, but about adjusting your mindset and strategy to take full advantage of the hours you’re putting in. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: The events that led Cara to come up with the audacious goal to build her own house in 2008 and her children's reaction to this idea How YouTube tutorials married with Cara's DIY mindset solidified her plan to build her 3,500 square foot, two-story home How Cara convinced a bank to secure a loan and a local builder to sell her supplies without a contractor license The initial reaction Cara received from friends and family when they heard about her goal How Cara balanced the build with a fulltime job as a computer programmer The challenges that showed up and the family communication that thrived How anticipating and considering the worst case scenario helped the Brookins family alleviate fear of the unknown How Cara determined when it was time to call on building professionals during different phases of the build to complement her DIY efforts and ensure her family's safety onsite The history of the name of Cara's home - Inkwell Manor For a peek inside the Inkwell Manor, head over to Spark Joy Instagram Spark Joy Instagram How Cara intentionally only kept things that she loved in her home and separated nostalgia from joy The impact this entire experience had on Cara's four children The transition of Cara's story into a feature film How Cara's experience with domestic violence led her to be the voice for victims, keeping their safety as the primary concern The National Domestic Violence Hotline 1−800−799−7233 The history of Cara's story going viral and her transition to pubic speaking as an extension of her passion for writing Cara's favorite tidying tip: (DIY tip) Everyone needs a cordless drill that you keep in the house. (Tidying tip) Anytime you go in a room, leave it better than when you went in. What sparks joy for Cara: Sharing a message in front of an audience and getting to listen to their stories To connect with Cara visit www.carabrookins.com . You can also find her on Facebook or Twitter and check out her book, Rise: How a House Built a Family. Gems: "Day after day, it felt impossible and there was no evidence that we would succeed." "I had to show up every day motivated and determined and positive and certain we could complete it because I had to be that person for the kids." "Any kind of fear of a new circumstance can become absolutely paralyzing." "If you don't take a step forward, you'll stay there forever." "...identify what is the worst case scenario of this thing I'm about to try and can I live with that. If the answer is yes than there is absolutely nothing to fear." "Never hold onto something because it meant something to someone else." "Failure at something [the children] try isn't attached to their own self worth." "Look at yourself. Value yourself and your kids." "Don't wait until it's the right moment, because it never will be...Start doing it now." "Tidying has to come not just in your home, but in your mind." You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Cara Brookins.
August 21, 2018
Kay “Ideaignitor” Richardson shares how to gain confidence and overcome shyness no matter what you’re working towards. Our guest, Kay "Ideaignitor" Richardson describes herself as an ordinary girl from South Florida, but her career has been anything but ordinary. Kay built her first successful businesses in her 20's as an ergonomics consultant and occupational therapist. As a self proclaimed shy person, Kay realized that success was not about just being good about something, she knew she would have to do more than just good, she had to learn to overcome her fears and learn to promote herself with confidence. She’s the owner of Clients Who Say Yes as a coach and trainer and hosts the Five Minutes to Fearless podcast. She’s also the author of the book, What a Woman’s Gotta Do. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: -How Kay made the transition from an occupational therapist and ergonomics consultant to business marketing and client development coaching. -The shyness that Kay experienced in her early life.. and how she has been able to overcome it and now is able to speak in front of hundreds of people! -Real life stories about overcoming fear by reaching back into their past. -Practical steps to moving past fear in order to becoming more successful in your business. -How to address our tendency to second-guess ourselves. -Kay’s ergonomic tips! You must a good ergonomic adjustable chair. Red light-green light method Don’t have your monitor too high Always try to be hands free, especially with your phone. -Kay’s ergonomic chart! Get the great chart Kay spoke about here: Kay’s Ergonomic Chart -Listen to Kay’s podcast: Five Minutes to Fearless on Apple -Read Kay’s book: What a Woman’s Gotta Do What sparks joy for Kay today: “Having the opportunity to help individuals with really simple tips to work through their fears so they can tidy up their homes…and their space can be awesome! Working with entrepreneurs who are ready to step into it and not allow fear to interfere with making their way into the world. And my two handsome men!” Final words of wisdom: “Wake up and take action!” You can reach Kay at: Clients Who Say Yes She's on Instagram at: Ideaignator on Instagram and on FaceBook: Ideas to Income on Facebook Kay has a special offer, just for Spark Joy listeners! She is providing a free coaching consultation by emailing her with the subject line: Spark Joy Podcast Moving Past the Fear here: Kay’s Coaching Offer Gems “The more you grow the more you will come back to (fear.) But if you have an idea about where it comes from the more you will be able to change the story.” “That bold move to transform everything that’s there and create something new.” “Are you not feeling good enough or worthy or capable of making this happen?” “There are things in our pasts that are keeping us from being who we are meant to be.” “What will make them say “Yes” to you?” You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Kay Ideaignator Richardson.
August 14, 2018
Our guest today is Amisha Ghadiali. She is the founder and host of The Future is Beautiful podcast and the author of the book by the same name. She also holds retreats combining yoga, meditation and mindfulness. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: -Hearing about Amisha's work in politics and the creation of the Ballot Box initiative that she founded: Think Act Vote in Dazed -The amazing story of Amisha’s life changing events that made such a difference in her world view and motivation to make a difference. -How she has found courage to grow her community and her work as an activist. -The Framework of how to put your values into action: (?!X) Think: Vision Act Vote: Support -Watch Amisha’s Ted X Oxbridge talk: Ted X Oxbridge -Listen to her podcast: The Future is Beautiful podcast on Apple -Learn about her community: The Future is Beautiful Community -Take a look at Amisha’s books: The Future is Beautiful Books -The common theme within the stories of the guests she interviews on her podcast: it’s courage! -How we can move toward a beautiful future during this time of turmoil. What sparks joy for Amisha today: "A re-love of healthy eating! Feeling that I’m really nourishing myself." Final words of wisdom: "Don’t let anyone tell you there’s anything you can’t do, the more people I talk to and the more stories I hear, the more I realize that a lot of the limitations that we face are our own, but we really can find our courage and we really can find beauty in the world.” Amisha has a special offer for our listeners. She will provide a complementary intuitive therapy consultation by contacting her on her website here: Amisha.co.uk and be sure to mention you heard her on the Spark Joy podcast. You can find Amisha at The Future is Beautiful and at Amisha.co.uk She’s also at The Future is beautiful on Instagram: The Future is Beautiful on Instagram and Facebook: The Future is Beautiful on Facebook Gems “When we connect to our hearts and minds, and what unites us, our innate goodness and beauty, we find so much possibility, so much opportunity. This is the revolution.” “I had become very academic, and I had become very hands on, volunteering but I wasn’t making things for myself anymore. I wasn’t doing things that were a pure expression of who I was.” “It’s been messy along the way. The process of finding courage and the process of using trauma and tragedy to grow and give is not an easy one.” “Most of us just want a world where we can feel safe where our children can thrive and where we have resources. That’s our common thread.” “I think that we have to take one bit at a time and to not feel that we have to take it on all at once or that all of it is our responsibility.” You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Amisha Ghadiali.
August 7, 2018
Spark Joy co-hosts and KonMari Consultants, Karin and Kristyn take a deep dive into the value of hiring a KonMari Consultant to help you get organized for good, save time and money, and avoid general headaches that can come with trying to figure this tidying thing out on your own. The KonMari Method is a practice that you can definitely apply to your home independently without the help of others. For those of you who were able to KonMari their space on their own based on the techniques that Marie Kondo outlines in The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up, which was published in 2014, Congratulations! That brings us to this: if it’s possible to tidy up on your own, why isn’t everyone already living clutter free life of joy? In this episode, we discuss hiring a KonMari Consultant. Why, and when, it might be the right choice for making a great success of your tidying festival. If you're just getting started with KonMari or need a refresher, we recommend you head over to Episode 1: KonMari 101 prior to listening to this episode. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: Joy Checks: Karin- My client this week had a baby today! This family had just moved from an apartment to a new home under an accelerated time frame. We KonMari’ed their things prior to the move and we worked this week on organization in their new home. And, today she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl! Kristyn- I’m in the middle of a radio tour to be followed by presenting the KonMari method to 24 libraries throughout the Chicago area. For dates and times, check out the For The Love of Tidy events page: For The Love of Tidy Events Page -Learn why getting and staying organized can be learned. Even if you have never been an organized person, KonMari is a life changing skill that can be learned and applied. -Marie Kondo’s quote regarding learning how to tidy in Cosmopolitan Magazine Cleaning Celebrity Marie Kondo Thinks We Should Learn How to Tidy in School: “One thing that I do think about is perhaps including tidying in education. Not necessarily that it should just be part of education, but it's really about creating a place where everybody knows how to clean. And so that could be in schools — or, of course, it could also be taught at home. But one thing is that in Japan, most schools have home economics as a class. And so to add more cleaning and more tidying and organizing tips into these home economic classes.” -When it may be time to hire a KonMari consultant Analysis Paralysis Stutter Stepping Joy is just not clicking into place -A refresher on how NOT tidying could be costing you money: Spark Joy Podcast Ep 37 | The True Cost of Clutter -Some of the things our clients say to us about how hard it is to reach out for help. -The one thing we hear from almost all our clients. P.S. It’s never true! -The misnomers clients hold onto that hold them back from taking the step toward hiring a KonMari Consultant. -The benefits of hiring a KonMari Consultant: Accountability Physical and emotional support Project and time management Customized guidance and tools Real time, objective feedback Resources Expertise and experience that extends beyond the realm of organization -The different types of services available from a KonMari consultant: Initial, free of charge phone consults In person consultations: Individual sessions Consulting packages Virtual consulting Workshops and presentations -Here’s Kristyn’s Services page: For The Love of Tidy Services -Here’s Karin’s Services page: The Serene Home Services Page -How to find a consultant in your area: KonMari Certified Consultants Gems: “I actually am a firm believer that it's just about whether you do or don't know the ways that you can declutter. It's not genetic.” "There’s a societal norm that assumes we should all be able to keep our homes tidy-that it's just part of being an adult." "Why isn’t everyone already living a clutter free life of joy? "The good news is there are tons of information out there to help you change your story." “Isn’t this the messy home you have ever seen?” “I know I should be able to do this myself, but I have accepted that I just can’t.” "If you’ve gathered information about KonMari from any and everywhere and you’re still looking for the best way for you to finish this journey once and for all, consider reaching out to a certified KonMari Consultant." You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy
July 31, 2018
Today’s guest, Jessica Butts, is CEO and Founder of Front Seat Life where she helps people be unapologetically who they are in their life, love and business. Jessica is a retired psychotherapist, life and business coach, author of two popular books and international speaker and trainer. She shares her Front Seat Life methodology all around the country in her super sassy and entertaining manner. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: -Learn how the Myers Briggs can teach you about your behavior patterns, both good and not-so-good. -Hear about her work in her two (so far!) books: Don’t Do Things You Suck At Living Life in the Front Seat -Learn the three tiers of Jessica’s coaching work: Who are You? Where are you Going? How are you going to Get There? -Understand the 3-S’s to getting yourself and your life settled around you System Structure Singular Focus -Find out about the personality types of the Myers Briggs Scale and how you can you use this information to make better choices: Myers Briggs Scale -Hear about the 4 people in your car and how they influence your behaviors The Front Seat Driver The Copilot The Drunk Uncle The Baby in the Back Seat -Jessica shares the importance of journaling. And, you learn more about her journal here: Be Unapologetically Who You Are: A Journal from Jessica Butts What sparks joy for Jessica today: Jessica is excited about going back out into the dating world. Good luck, Jessica!! Final words of wisdom: “Figure out your side of the net.” Gems “I was so ridiculously uninspired.” “Our circumstances change but our personality doesn’t change.” “There are four people in the car and each one represents a different part of your personality.” “The first step of any change is awareness.” “Go travel by yourself!” “Be unapologetically who you are” Take Jessica’s quiz here: Front Seat Life Personality Assessment You can reach Jessica at: www.jessicabutts.com On FB at: Front Seat Life On Instagram at: Front Seat Life You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Jessica Butts.
July 24, 2018
Sarah Karakaian is all about maximizing the design and function of spaces, especially small ones! For Sarah, it all started on the road as a world-traveling performer in hit Broadway musicals, where the only constant was her thoughtfully compartmentalized suitcase. In 2014, Sarah teamed-up with handy hubby, Nick, to create beautiful spaces full-time at Nestrs a professional organizing, design, and handyman company. Sarah and her husband are Airbnb Superhosts and their work has been featured on the HGTV television series, Beach Flip. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: Why enthusiasm is so important for a small business owner working with clients. How Sarah went from theatre to professional organizing. Learn about the intersection between the work of organizing and work in doing renovations When you should do DIY, Do It Yourself, and when it’s between to leave it to the professionals. Learn about a great DIY project that will make a huge impact. What it was like to do a very cool beach project on BeachFlip, the HGTV show. Here is their episode: Sarah and Nick on BeachFlip To connect with Sarah, visit Nestrs.com Follow her on instagram at: @nestrs and Facebook at: The Nestrs Sarah's favorite tidying tip: “Think up! There’s a lot of under utilized space up high that you can make use of and maximize your space.” What sparks joy for Sarah: Sarah and her husband have a new renovation project in Ohio that she is looking forward to diving into! Final words of wisdom: “Being organized is so important. It saves us time, it saves us money, it keeps our stress and anxiety levels under control. And, it can be fun and creative.” Gems: “Is the time spent doing a project enjoyable for you?” “We were there sometimes until midnight demo’ing a space. And there would be times when I just wanted to cry.” "When you work together, it's important to have a way to deal with the stress and tension that will inevitably come up." “We both love transforming spaces and helping people achieve what they want in their homes.” You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Sarah Karakaian.
July 17, 2018
KonMari Consultant Brenda Massei, joins us to discuss what it's like living in an Airstream RV and how her family of four sparks joy in a tiny space. Have you ever considered what it would be like to travel the country in an Airstream, living an RV life of joy? Today’s guest is Brenda Massei. Brenda is a fellow certified KonMari Consultant who has been blogging since 2010 about her family’s Airstream living adventures across Illinois, Tennessee and, Wisconsin. She currently lives in Southeast Wisconsin surrounded by cornfields and soybeans and launched her KonMari business, Zen Tidy, in 2017. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: The moment Brenda decided to sell her home and start a long adventure with her family and how KonMari influenced that transition How Brenda was well prepared for this major lifestyle change because of her family's previous travel experiences How Brenda's love of national and state parks influenced the necessary items her family brought on the road The realities and challenges of RV living, especially with kids (hint: it's not always as joyful as it looks on Instagram) How Brenda's family embraces the lack of privacy in an RV by exploring the outdoors How Brenda cleans her RV and manages her children's toys and collectables Brenda's new "fixed" home Wisconsin that she built with her husband over 5-6 months The one thing that Brenda missed when she didn't have a traditional home Brenda's favorite tidying tip: Get a library card. What sparks joy for Brenda: Growing her own garden. To connect with Brenda, visit www.zentidyhome.com and follow her on instagram at @zentidy. Gems: "The things you really love at home that provide new experiences for you, you don't need to bring any of that along because every day is a new experience." "Definitely think necessity before you think anything else." "If you can get through a day with a little bit less..why not try another." "Just go for it...you can learn on the road." You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Brenda Massei.
July 10, 2018
Today we walk through how we process and joy check paper using the KonMari Method and also how to stop paper that doesn’t spark joy from crowding your mailbox. Are you terrified of the paper in your home? Marie Kondo is known for her progressive stance on paper. As quoted from The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up : “My basic principle for sorting papers is to throw them all away.” We understand that this may be uncomfortable for most people and, as always, we aren’t here to insist that you live a paper free life. But we definitely believe you can live a much more joyful life with a lot less paper. In this episode we discuss the Paper Category, which is the third category within the KonaMari Method. If you're just getting started with KonMari or need a refresher, we recommend you head over to Episode 1: KonMari 101 prior to listening to this episode. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: Joy Checks: Karin- I’m upgrading my medicine supply cabinet with some pretty new containers - A tidy home style upgrade! Kristyn- I was featured on the ChooseFI podcast where I got to discuss my path to Financial Independence and its overlap with tidying. Here are a couple of upcoming Netflix series to look forward to: Tidying Up with Marie Kondo Playing with Fire News about the KonMari App Hear listener Sharon’s email question about the paper category, which inspired today’s show. Review our episode on the importance of tidying by category: Episode 9: Tidying by Location is a Fatal Mistake Learn about Delete, Delegate, Diminish, Defer: Episode 16: Stress Free Holiday Joy with Amanda Jefferson Find all the manuals you’ll ever need: Manuals Online Review our discussion on keeping paper and other clutter categories under control for the long-term: Episode 41: How to maintain a Tidy Home Post Konmari Learn about shredding services: Shredding Services at Staples Shredding Services at Office Depot Identity Theft Protection Stamps Kristyn's favorite paper storage solution: Locking File Chest Learn about scanning options: Cam Card
July 3, 2018
Part 3 of 3. Jacquie Denny and Brian Graves introduce us to the world of virtual estate sales, a global marketplace of sellers and bidders acquiring and letting go of their belongings at fair market value. Today’s episode of Spark Joy is Part 3 of a three part series dedicated to Selling Your Clutter. What do you do with those items that no longer spark joy? We’re dedicating three episodes to how to make your clutter pay you back. Everything But the House is the world’s premier online estate sale and consignment marketplace. Through a global community of buyers and sellers, EBTH has transformed the traditional consignment and estate sale model while preserving its fundamental charm: the thrill of discovering something special. Our guests Jacquie Denny and Brian Graves co-founded Everything But the House in 2008. As Chief Development Officer, Jacquie brings 20 years of experience at the helm of a Cincinnati-based estate sale business called Sorting It Out. As Chief Learning Officer, Brian uses his extensive knowledge of history, auctioneering, and antique valuation and authentication to help maximize value for EBTH clients. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: How Everything But the House has transformed the estate sale process for those going through a minor or major life transition The birth of EBTH from 20 years of estate sale experience where customers needed a partner through the process as well as a way facilitate sales in an accessible, efficient way The growth of EBTH’s virtual reach from 300 bidders to over 1,000,000 worldwide Options for in-person consultations with the EBTH team in the following cities: Baltimore, Washington, DC, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Charlotte, Columbus, and Dallas How EBTH determines present market value as compared to retail value, while managing client’s expectations What happens to the few items that don't sell How all bids on EBTH start at $1 Unique items that EBTH has sold, including a Cessna, a Tiny House, and various historical memorabilia The difference between vintage, antiques, and collectables How to list an item via sell.ebth.com Gems: “We have the largest generation in history, downsizing at the same time.” “Keep what has a place in either your home or your heart.” “[EBTH] is this ecosystem that allows everyone to engage and discover something that’s rare and unique to them." "Photograph it as though there isn’t a description and describe it as though there isn’t a photograph.” What Sparks Joy for Jacquie and Brian: Brian: A job that he didn’t expect to have, but one he has fallen in love with. He enjoys taking the burden of too much stuff away from families. Jacquie: The joy of meeting families at a point of stress and helping them pivot to a place where they can begin to move on. Jacquie and Brian's parting words of wisdom: Jacquie: “Give grace. We all need grace.” Brian: "Focus on what’s important in life.” Visit www.ebth.com for more information, and follow EBTH on Facebook and Instagram You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guests: Brian Graves and Jacquie Denny.
June 26, 2018
Part 2 of 3. Linda Lightman, walks us through the evolution of eBay and how she became the go-to seller for eBay consignments, leaving us with savvy selling tips to help you profit from your items that no longer spark joy. Today’s episode of Spark Joy is Part 2 of a three part series dedicated to Selling Your Clutter. What do you do with those items that no longer spark joy? We’re dedicating three episodes to how to make your clutter pay you back. Our guest today, Linda Lightman, is the founder and CEO of Linda’s Stuff. A former attorney, Linda took a leap of faith in 2001 and became an innovator and an entrepreneur as a go-to seller on eBay for consignments. Linda presides over a company that has grown to become the largest, most successful consignment seller of designer fashion on eBay in the world. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: Hear how Linda found her passion in online consigment following her career as an attorney. Learn the history of Linda's Stuff and how Linda's company evolved along with eBay. Learn the types of people who are buying and selling on eBay and what the process entails. How to consign things on eBay with Linda and how the comission structure works: How to Consign with Linda's Stuff Linda's take on how to find and sell things in your home that no longer Spark Joy! What items are selling and what items are in demand. How KonMari has changed the consignment world. Tips for getting the most out of your consignment. Finally, Listener Jenn sends in a great question about whether Craigslist or eBay is the way to go when discarding things that no longer spark joy. Linda gives her some great feedback! Gems: “Start small, go around your home and find the things that no longer spark joy…walk around with a different eye and look for the things that will bring you money.” “I began by selling my own clothing and accessories. And so, a business was born.” “We have a 140, 000 unique items on our site every day.” “Accessories are one size fits all item and they always sell the best.” “I think Marie Kondo did a lot for women going into their closets. Does this item bring me joy or should I think about getting rid of it?” “I believe that all of us have, on average, 53 items we could sell from our homes and make $3,000!” “Women tend to wear 20% of their clothing, 80% of the time.” “Make sure everything you sell is authentic.” What Sparks Joy for Linda: “My family life. My husband and I work together we have too great sons and a soon to be new daughter in law. And, it’s that time with my family. I just cannot say enough about that!” Linda's parting words of wisdom: “Do what you love, and love what you do, and you’ll never feel like you’re working.” You can reach Linda at Shop Linda's Stuff Her instagram account is @shoplindasstuff And, Linda's FaceBook is at: Linda's Stuff on Facebook You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Linda Lightman.
June 19, 2018
Part 1 of 3. Skye Lehman, tells us about the world of luxury consignment with The RealReal, how it all works, and how you can make some money with luxury goods that no longer spark joy. Today’s episode of Spark Joy is Part 1 of a three part series dedicated to selling your clutter. What do you do with those items that no longer spark joy? We’re dedicating three episodes to how to make your clutter pay you back. Skye Lehman is a Luxury Consultant for The RealReal, country's largest authenticated luxury consignment marketplace. With the company four years, Skye meets with her clients in their homes to help them make the most of items they are no longer using or wearing-ranging from Handbags & Jewelry to Fine Art. She lives in New York City with her dog, Jax. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: How a chance encounter led to Skye’s career in luxury consignment. What Skye’s day is like as the luxury consignment manager at The RealReal. What popular consignment items are most sought after and which items will result in the biggest return. Tips for deciding what items to consign and how to determine what something might be worth. How The RealReal hunts down amazing things and helps buyers find the things that truly spark joy. They have between 10,000 to 50,000 items on the site at any given time! Why handbags and jewelry are usually in higher demand than other items. Learn about the process for consigning items with The RealReal. How to Consign at The RealReal Some of the life-changing moments Skye has witnessed while helping her clients let go of items they no longer love. Gems: "I don't take anything from a client to cosign unless I know the client is 100% ok with it." "Those items that notoriously don't go on sale or which are very iconic items..have consistent high resell value." "The money really lies in their handbags, jewelry and watches." "You can just get the checks as they roll in!" "It makes me feel so good to be recycling items and not over consuming." What Sparks Joy for Skye: Being able to be here and talk about what I do and hope to change more lives. Helping people know what is worth letting go of and finging value in the process" Skye's parting words of wisdom: Everything in your home and around you should spark joy. I talk to people about it each day, but Its much harder to do it for yourself. So to remember everyday what we do for ourselves and others. And to take it back with you and bring it home! Skye has a special offer for our listeners. She is available for a complementary virtual consultation to discuss your consignments with you. You can even send her photos for her review! It’s a great way to learn about the potential value of your items and if there is demand for those items in the second-hand market place. You can contact Skye at Skye.Lehman@thererealreal.com To learn more about The RealReal, check them out at therealreal.com The RealReal You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Skye Lehman.
June 12, 2018
Spark Joy co-hosts and KonMari Consultants, Karin and Kristyn, answer common questions related to maintaining a tidy home and lifestyle. In this episode we'll explore the maintenance aspect of the tidying process and reassure you that permanently tidy home is not only a possibility, but certainly attainable with some hard work upfront. Note: We recommend you listen to this episode if you're at the tail end or end of your KonMari tidying journey. We're providing these recommendations with the assumption that you’ve completed tidying across all categories. This is when the magic of maintaining the lifestyle truly shines! If you're just getting started with KonMari or need a refresher, we recommend you head over to Episode 1: KonMari 101 prior to listening to this episode. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: Joy Checks: Karin prepares for an upcoming long weekend in PA and Kristyn's parents enjoy visiting her new tidy apartment in Chicago. We answer five common questions associated with maintaining a tidy lifestyle: My KonMari event is complete. What now? Ref: Episode 5: The KonMari Lifestyle What should you do when your home feels cluttered all of a sudden and you feel like you’ve relapsed? Ref: Episode 39: Closet Joy Part II: Build Your Capsule Wardrobe How do I handle items I come across that, over time, seem to be losing their joy value? What do you do when things are crossing the threshold of your home and they don’t have a designated place rest? Ref: Episide 31: Shopaholic No More How often should I joy check? We conclude this episode with five tips that will help you get back to KonMari basics: Recall and reconsider the vision of your ideal life and express appreciation for items that no longer serve your vision and send them on to their next life. Reset your home to zero by setting everything back into place and make adjustments as needed Consider whether the items you love and use are stored in their best permanent home Ensure your shopping decision making criteria isn’t conflicting with your ability to handle any influx of new clutter Joy check as needed or desired based on the natural life cycle of items in your home Gems: "Celebrate and appreciate the joy that surrounds you and the vision of your ideal lifestyle." "We hope that post-konmari, you're able to happily allow family and friends to enjoy each other and create happy memories. "The reality is, things in your home will get out of order KonMari or no KonMari." "Rebound is the state where things without a designated storage place begin to crowd your home all over again." "Establish a pattern of expressing appreciation as you finish using or wearing an item." "KonMari is a method or approach or mental model that you can always fall back on in times of transition." You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy
June 5, 2018
Closet Joy Part 3 of 3. Our guest, Tara Button, helps you curate a mindful life of less throwaway that extends well beyond your closet, ultimately impacting the environment and the global community. Today’s episode of Spark Joy is part three of a three part series dedicated to closet joy. We’ll talk to three guests who are revolutionizing the way we view fashion and style. Tara Button, founder of BuyMeOnce, is at the forefront of the global movement to change the way we shop and live forever. In 2013 Tara went from depressed spendthrift to fulfilled entrepreneur, using a technique she calls ‘mindful curation.” Her new book A Life of Less Throwaway, teaches the steps to master this lifestyle change. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: How a cooking pot inspired Tara to get out of debt, change her spending habits and champion a buy it once culture and platform How the "mindful curation" technique featured in Tara's book, A Life Less Throwaway, helps you find out what's meaningful to you Why we need to notice the preassures of advertising and recognize things are typically not made to last a lifetime, perpetuating the cycle of buy, use once, throwaway How you can "take stock" of the things in your home to focus on how you accumulated your stuff and how to find things that help you live your life's purpose How Tara's book helps you get off the trend treadmill and decide what kind of person you want to project to the world Celebrities that are trending for repeating the same outfit on multiple occasions How longevity (buying things that last longer) has the biggest impact on the planet (bigger than recycling!) How looking at your past Amazon purchases can help you confront your consumerism and shopping patterns How Tara is not a naturally tidy person, but was able to apply decluttering techniques and be more discerning about the things she purchases How identifying what makes you happy and what gives you purpose helps you understand how to make certain things in your home accessible The connection between mindful curation and finding your purpose and priorities, while focusing on the things that matter. How thinking about what you want people to say about you once you're gone helps you understand what you really care about How researching and writing down colors, styles, fabircs, and brands before you start to shop will help you be more mindful and sustainable when you shop The system that determines what products land on BuyMeOnce Mindufully curated closet maintenance tips, including the Guppyfriend Washing Bag How to properly "do your colors" to get a sense of which ones bring you alive Examples of items in Tara's home that she's only bought once Gems: "The whole world is trying to persuade you to buy mindlessly." "People don't talk about longevity when it comes to the planet." "I now don't bring anything into my home that I'm not going to have for a decade or so." "When it comes to things that are going to make us happy in the long term, it's all about our community and relationships." "The fashion industry is the second most poluting industry in the world, after the oil industry." "As humans, we know we need things to survive. Not shopping is not an option." "Buy things that will make you feel good in the long term." "Write a list of the things that you don't need in your life and you'll feel a surge of gratitude for everything you have." Tara’s favorite tidying tip: Start with items that are not emptionally resonant. Start with your pants! What sparks joy for Tara: Taking a moment out of her day to be creative by writing children's books. You can find more about Tara by visiting www.buymeonce.com. Be sure to pick up Tara Button's book, A Life Less Throwaway, and follow her on Instagram (@tara_button) and Twitter (@tarabutton) You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy Special Guest: Tara Button.
May 29, 2018
Closet Joy Part 2 of 3. Our guest, Courtney Carver, shares minimalist wardrobe tips centered around 33 pieces that will help you be more with less. Today’s episode of Spark Joy is part two of a three part series dedicated to closet joy. We’ll talk to three guests who are revolutionizing the way we view fashion and style. We’re going to learn how to be more with less from one of the minimalism movement’s veterans - Courtney Carver. Courtney changed her life by simplifying it after a devastating diagnosis in 2006. She’s the founder of bemorewithless.com and minimalist fashion challenge Project 333. Her new book Soulful Simplicity was published by Penguin Random House. Carver shows us the power of simplicity to improve our health, build more meaningful relationships, and relieve stress in our professional and personal lives. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: The documentary about Minimalism that featured Courtney's story How a health scare in 2006 led Courtney to explore her wardrobe to reduce stress and improve her overall well-being The origins of Courtney's personal challenge, Project 333, that focuses on paring down your wardrobe to 33 items or less for three months How Courtney connected her shopping behaviors to dissatisfaction in other areas of her life How tucking excess clothing away, out of sight instead of immediately discarding allowed Courtney to experiment with having a capsule wardrobe without evoking unnecessary stress How you may already be practicing Project 333 without even knowing it! Why you don't have to have exactly 33 pieces to simplify your wardrobe. (hint: there's no magic number!) How to handle laundry, occasional wear, and goal clothes when simplifying your closet How Project 333, KonMari, and frugality don't promote suffering or deprivation. The methods are meant to be helpful, stressless and value add The Be More with Less courses, virtual community, and Tiny Wardrobe Tour How dressing with less has helped those in Courtney's community lose weight and recover from depression and anxiety disorders Courtney's steps to minimalism for beginners: Dress with Less Write it Down Discard the Duplicates Declare a clutter-free zone Travel lightly Eat Similar Meals Have an Emergency Fund Why you have to have a good "why" to shape a compelling reason to change How Courtney followed Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover to get out of debt in three years and establish an emergency fund The importance of creating a clutter free KonMari Power Zone The future of Be More with Less Gems: "I didn't know what enough was." "Your workout clothes have to workout." "I didn't know what I loved." "It's just interesting to really notice what you're actually wearing." "This isn't a project in suffering." "In the history of my life, a smaller size has never gotten me to where I want to be." "Choose clothes that fit you today." "I wanted one area for the family that would inspire us to declutter other areas." "Don't discount the tiny steps, because that's what big change is." Courtney’s favorite tidying tip: Reset to zero. What sparks joy for Courtney: Her daughter's golden doodle puppy Stanley. To connect with Courtney Carver, visit Be More with Less and follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. If you’re interested in Courtney’s book “Soulful Simplicity: How Living with Less Can Lead to So Much More” she's made a free copy of Chapter 1 available for Spark Joy listeners. You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy Special Guest: Courtney Carver.
May 22, 2018
Closet Joy Part 1 of 3. Our guest, Dr. Jessica Louie, is an entrepreneur, critical care pharmacist, and assistant professor. She is the founder and CEO of Petite Style Script and Find Your Script. Today’s episode of Spark Joy is Part one of a three part series dedicated to closet joy. We’ll talk to three guests who are revolutionizing the way we view fashion and style. Dr. Jessica Louie is an entrepreneur, critical care pharmacist, and assistant professor. She is the founder and CEO of Petite Style Script and Find Your Script. With a broad background of experiences, she centers her focus on sparking joy and inspiring confidence in life. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: -How Jessica became interested in KonMari and then went on to start Petite Style Script -Along with fashion, Jessica is an advocate for pharmacists with her blog and website at: Find Your Script -She found that focusing on fashion helped her convey her confidence and her competence in her field. -Learn how Jessica went through the KonMari process and how the process was key in helping her discover her calling in both fashion and advocacy. -Jessica’s take on capsule wardrobes and how she has made it work for her. The work that she does in -Her focus on using the clothing items you have more effectively and adding in your own personality to the decision making process. -How Jessica sees the role of KonMari in developing a sense of style that brings you joy! Gems: “There were times when I just laughed out loud in my car while listening to Marie Kondo because it resonated so much with me.” "I wanted to hold myself accountable for my shopping going forward.” "I wanted other to own clothing that they love and that they invest in quality pieces because it’s really about quality over quantity.” "This isn’t minimalism, I don’t talk about any definitive number of items to own.” “I focus on people who are re-building their wardrobes after KonMari or after a major transition.” Jessica’s favorite tidying tip: “Learning how to fold. It seems very simple but getting your clothes off your hangers and learning how to appreciate and fold them properly really makes a big difference, I think!” What sparks joy for Jessica: “A canvas painting of New York City that is up on my kitchen wall exactly where I can see it. It brings make great memories of visiting New York and is very inspirational.” To connect with Jessica visit Petite Style Script Jessica is on Facebook at Petite Style Script on Facebook Jessica's Twitter: P Style Script on Twitter Here is Jessica’s info on Seasonal Capsule Wardrobes: Seasonal Capsule Wardrobes On Jessica’s blog she offers capsule wardrobe style tips and a free kit for starting your own capsule wardrobe: Capsule Wardrobe Starter Kit Each season Jessica conducts a virtual Capsule Wardrobe Challenge: Spring Capsule Wardrobe Challenge And, Jessica is becoming a Certified KonMari Consultant. Yay, Jessica! Jessica’s KonMari Page You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy Special Guest: Jessica Louie.
May 15, 2018
Spark Joy co-hosts and KonMari Consultants, Karin and Kristyn, talk about 17 obvious and hidden costs associated with living with clutter that is slowly stealing your joy. In this episode, we attempt to uncover and put a price tag on the hidden costs associated with delaying your KonMari tidying event. Like many common lifestyle challenges (losing weight, getting out of debt, finding a new job) the longer you wait to get started, the more the issue compounds and slowly steals your joy. So it’s time to get real and talk about the physical and emotional costs associated with keeping clutter around. Now we want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: Joy Checks: Karin surprises her mom in Kansas City and Kristyn finds joy on the 606 running trail in Chicago. We breakdown 17 costs associated with clutter: The cost of storing your clutter outside of your home The cost of not using everything that you've purchased The cost of having unutilized space within your home Clutter Cost Formula The cost of buying/renting a bigger home to accommodate things that don't spark joy The cost of the clutter damaging your home over time Calendar clutter: time and energy Refer to Ep 30 | Simply B Organized with Laurie Palau The cost of clutter getting in the way of you finding what you need The cost of clutter getting in the way of things you truly need to do Book: Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity Refer to Episode 16 | Stress Free Holiday Joy with Amanda Jefferson The cost of negative thinking or self talk The cost of ignoring your own reality The cost of using shopping to cope Refer to Episode 31 | Shopaholic No More with Dr. April Benson The cost of linking your self worth to a certain type of collection of things or a particular lifestyle The cost of clutter that blocks your ability to execute certain physical activities The cost of clutter that limits your ability to make healthy choices Refer to Episode 3 Face Your Stuff with Dorothy The Organizer The cost of clutter that limits relationships and your quality of life with your friends and family The cost of clutter that prevents you from accessing information critical to uncovering the reality of your finances, preventing you from reaching true wealth/abundance Refer to Episode 6 Declutter Your Path to Wealth with Tess Wicks The cost of clutter that locks you into consumption patterns that lead you to having no choice in the type of job situation or career choice - even if it’s not ideal Refer to the the ChooseFI community The cost of clutter that prevents you from pursuing your life purpose/feeling fulfilled, understanding what true joy means to you Don't worry, we end this episode on a joyful note! We discuss the many ways decluttering can pay you back to counter some of the clutter costs. Gems: "Having a storage locker is like going to visit your past mistakes." "Your space itself is way more valuable than your stuff." "Is this space honoring what's being stored within it?" "Is this space supporting the ideal lifestyle that I desire?" You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy
May 8, 2018
Self confidence is one of those things that some people seem to be born with while others struggle and struggle, feeling confident some days and completely defeated the next. It can feel very elusive, but our guest today absolutely that believes self confidence can grow and flourish in all of us. Our guest, Sheena Yap Chan is a blogger, podcaster, consultant, author and speaker whose sole purpose, drive and passion is to help build women’s self confidence from the ground up. She currently inspires women everyday through her podcast called The Tao of Self Confidence where she interviews various women about their inner journey to self-confidence. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: -How Sheena made the decision to launch her platform, The Tao of Self Confidence -Some of the amazing stories of women who have overcome great obstacles to achieve their goals shared on Sheen’s podcast The Tao of Self Confidence Podcast -The common traits of women with high self-confidence. -How the process of visualization helps grow self-confidence. -How Sheena’s adventures living on the beach for two years gave her an appreciation for a simpler, more meaningful life. -How limiting herself to wearing only three colors has made a huge difference in the things Sheena’s focuses on. Gems: "I never felt there were enough platforms to celebrate women.” "They all have a huge purpose. A purpose that is bigger than them.” "Learning to figure out things along the way. As women, we can do that.” "Having that mindset of abundance. You’ll attract more things into your life." "Surrounding yourself with great people…will give you feedback on what you can improve on." "How do I see myself if I were this confident person?” Sheena’s favorite tidying tip: “I wear just three colors to make my life a lot easier. It helps me focus on other, more important things.” What sparks joy for Sheena: My podcast! I love helping women…and if I can help one person, I have done my job. It’s all worth it if someone out there hears it and thinks, “If its possible for one person, its possible for me.” Parting words of wisdom: Behind every great woman is herself. You are what creates success. To connect with Sheena Yap Chan visit The Tao of Self Confidence Facebook at Sheena Y. Chan Twitter
May 1, 2018
Alaia Williams, business systems analyst, shares tips on calming any chaos that exists in your business so you can make more money while focusing on the things you love. Our guest, Alaia Williams takes her clients from stuck, stalled and struggling with overwhelm and helps them get to a place where they can run their business with a greater sense of calm, clarity and confidence. Alaia started her professional life as a professional organizer and this has informed her work as an organizer of business systems. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: How Alaia accidentally stumbled upon entrepreneurship when she realized she needed to confront mental clutter that manifested as physical clutter How working with her first organizing client taught Alaia how to lead with empathy when organizing both closets and businesses Why our shared personal decluttering experience best prepare us to relate and help clients grow The impact the recession and feedback from existing clients had on the direction of her business offerings The similarities between being attached to your physical clutter versus attachment to your business The importance of taking time (even a few minutes) to plan every day The five essential systems that every small business needs Alaia's podcast -One Organized Business Why even if you aren't "born" organized, you can learn how to be organized with practice How tiny steps and habit change is the key to lasting change How Alaia was introduced to minimalism when studying the quaker culture, which sparked her continuous quest to live more simply across all areas of her life The benefits of small space living and outsourcing tasks that don't spark joy Gems: "If we don't take time to plan, we walk through every day with our blinders on." "You can spend your entire day marketing and still not make any progress." "The business side is not that different from the personal." "Yesterday was better than today. Today's better than tomorrow." "A small space with good storage is all I need." "Anything that doesn't bring you joy that you can delegate...do it." "Just make the space around you feel good." "Do one tiny thing to move yourself forward." Alaia's favorite tidying tip: Start where you are and start with something small. What sparks joy for Alaia: Simplifying things and keeping everything in her life as simple and harmonious as possible; Having joyful work relationships. Parting words of wisdom: Don't beat yourself up and start where you are right now. To connect with Alaia Williams visit www.alaiawilliams.com and follow her on Facebook, Instagram (@oneorganizedbusiness) and Twitter (@alaiawilliams). Also, check out her podcast and At the Helm women's conference Alaia is offering a free guide to Spark Joy listeners: How to Organize Your Home Office for Maximum Productivity You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Alaia Williams.
April 24, 2018
Living a responsibly sustainable life while raising a young family is definitely a challenge. Join us this week as we learn about one mom’s journey to a joyful, minimalist home. Our guest this week is Stephanie Seferian of Mama Minimalist. Stephanie lives just outside of Boston with her husband and two daughters. She podcasts and blogs weekly about how the themes of minimalism, sustainability, decluttering, low-waste living and parenting intersect. Her podcast, The Sustainable Minimalist, features eco-friendly tips and incremental strategies for cutting through clutter as a means to more fully enjoy life's sweetest moments. Now, we want to hear from you. Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: -How Stephanie decided to pursue a minimalist lifestyle after becoming a busy mom. -Her Three Dimensions of Minimalism: Aesthetic, Experiential, Sustainable. -How going down the minimalist path gave her more time to be present for her children. -How our tendency to buy, declutter, and buy again impacts the environment. -The challenges of having young children and maintaining a minimalist household. -How to manage the influx of gifts that come into the home. -Recycling old cellphones at Best Buy: Best Buy Recycling Program -Learn about Cellphones for Soldiers: Cell Phones for Soldiers -The struggle of letting go of a beloved wedding dress! Brides Against Breast Cancer Gems: “We are destined to being constant consumers of technology.” “We had the normal parent thoughts of 'When we have a yard, things will be better. When we have a place for our daughter’s stuff, we will be more relaxed.'" “There’s no one path to minimalism.” “It’s about getting out and getting living.” “We emphasize experiences over stuff in our home.” What sparks joy for Stephanie: “The simple and often overlooked moments with my daughters and husband.” Parting words of wisdom: “Just take one small step toward simplification. And if it feels right, take another.” To connect with Stephanie, you can find her at MamaMinimalist.com @mamaminimalist on Instagram and Twitter The Sustainable Minimalist on Facebook:
April 17, 2018
Karin and Kristyn share their insights on the KonMari consultant certification process. Listen as they discuss how and why they became consultants and whether the KonMari consultant life is right for you. In this episode, we discuss how we discovered KonMari, how we became KonMari Consultants and what it’s like to have a KonMari consulting business. Now, we want to hear from you. Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: Joy checks! Kristyn sold her starter condo and rental property in Virginia and is now completely settled as a Chicagoan. Karin loves Springtime in New York City! How Karin and Kristyn tidied their own homes and started down the path of certification More examples of KonMari fans becoming KonMari Consultants: Consultants Share the Moment KonMari Changed Their Lives The Steps to becoming a consultant: -Step 1: Read the Marie Kondo Books -Step 2: Tidy Your Home KonMari App -Step 3: Attend a Seminar -Step 4: Join the Community -Step 5: Submit Tidying Reports -Step 6: Complete the Exam -Step 7: Apply for Certification What it’s like to meet Marie Kondo A day in the life of a KonMari Consultant The business considerations associated with being a consultant Why Clients Hire Consultants Tools to help prospective consultants and trainees: The Tidy Mastermind and an open letter to KonMari Consultant Trainees On the fence about becoming a consultant? Schedule a Joy Call with Kristyn to discuss your unique situation Gems: "Her Mission, which is Organizing the World!" "All different walks of life can bring things to KonMari." "The fact that I was very sure that I had chosen the right thing to do totally trumped any fear I had about entrepreneurship." "Everyone at the seminars is super passionate about tidying and living their best lives." "It's important for you to believe that you have something to provide that's valuable to people because you are." "I never know what to expect when that door opens." "As much as I love KonMari, if I didn't feel I could create a sustainable business around it, I would have have had to let go of the idea." You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy
April 10, 2018
Evan Zislis, professional organizer and social entrepreneur, sparks a clutter free revolution by looking at consumption through a lens of fair trade, social justice, and environmental sustainability. How does your personal clutter impact the world? Today’s guest on Spark Joy is Evan Zislis. He is a professional organizer and bestselling author of Clutter Free Revolution. Evan helps people focus on the things that matter most: who we love, what we do, how, and why we live…because everything else is just stuff. Currently, Evan is the founder of Intentional Solutions, a business focused on organization, operational systems, time and task management and more. We want to hear from you. Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: How Evan's diverse list of job experience all had a theme of organizational leadership that tied it all together and led him to helping people organize their life The free services Evan provides to public school teachers and classrooms How Evan gives back to the community on his terms through 1% For The Planet How Evan's book Clutter Free Revolution picks up where KonMari drops off Products and companies that empower local communities through fair trade and socially just practices: The Good Trade ; Pact The ridiculously simple three step process - simplify, clarify, and inspire - that makes up Evan's organizing philosophy How Evan builds his client's sense of self efficacy and confidence by focusing on incremental successes while incorporating a bit of tough love Evan's lid-on-a-box helps accumulators with little to no self control Why Evan believes, in some cases, your joy is not enough your joy is not enough The technique that Evan uses to get his daughter to voluntarily clean and honor her room daily, without fail What monks and mountaineers have in common Why "The Velveteen Rabbit" is the Zislis family's favorite book A thank you to Evan's friend Dr. Melva Green (Episode 19) who inspired this interview Gems: "Need less." "Abundance is having a sense of gratitude for having that which is needed when it is needed and not a single item more." "Was anyone harmed in the making of this item?" "Things are easy to find and convenient to put away." "Proximity equals urgency." "You don't love it, you don't have a place for it, and storing it is an inconvenience for you." "This sense of joy can be transcended [by] this sense of purpose." "The things that I need..support the idea of generosity, and compassion, and philanthropy." What sparks joy for Evan: Working on his new book project "Good Company" that highlights entrepreneurs that support fair trade, social justice, and environmental sustainability. To connect with Evan Zislis, visit www.clutterfreerevolution.com and follow him on Facebook and Twitter. You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Evan Zislis.
April 3, 2018
Dr. Benson, a leading expert in compulsive buying disorder, joins us to discuss the connection between clutter, consumption, and addictive shopping behaviors. No matter how intentional you are with your spark joy decision making, excessive shopping can severely compromise your ability to either finish your KonMari tidying event or maintain a tidy home and lifestyle long term. Therefore, it is important to address any compulsive or addictive behaviors that you may have uncovered around shopping and consumerism. Our guest, Dr. Benson, is a nationally known psychologist specializing in the study and treatment of compulsive buying disorder. Author of To Buy or Not to Buy: Why We Overshop and How to Stop, she offers individual, evidence based coaching and a comprehensive website - www.shopaholicnomore.com - filled with information and effective strategies. Now, we want to hear from you. Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: How the closing of her favorite store led Dr. Benson to explore her own shopping behaviors, which led her to transition from working with people with eating disorders to working with people with shopping disorders Why compulsive buying is often referred to as the "smiled-upon addiction" The three cardinal signs someone is suffering from an addiction The common reasons why we overshop The primary and secondary consequences of shopping addiction (emotional, financial, physical, etc.) How to confront a compulsive buying disorder, along with certain questions to ask yourself to determine if you're a shopaholic Six major shopping magnets and tips to deal with these triggers Extended tips on avoiding impulsive online shopping What to do if KonMari tidying triggers compulsive shopping behaviors used to fill an emotional or social void Take the evaluation: Who Needs Help? 3 Ways to Know, Are you an Overshopper? Six questions to ask yourself before you make your next purchase: Why am I here? How do I feel? Do I need this? Can I wait? How will I pay for it? Where will I put it? Take the Values in Action Character Strengths evaluation Gems: "Create a pause between the impulse and the action." "Shopping is a short cut solution to issues related to how someone feels about themselves." "You can never get enough of what you don't really need." What sparks joy for Dr. Benson: A collection of passion flowers in her greenhouse, dog-sitting, and a love of learning Russian and the piano. Parting words of wisdom: Effective help is available. [Compulsive buying disorder] is something you need to be serious about. To connect with Dr. Benson visit www.shopaholicnomore.com. You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Dr. April Benson.
March 27, 2018
Laurie Palau presents an insightful approach to organizing with an emphasis on the emotional aspects of clutter along with her practical tips for managing the things in your home. Is your home a hot mess? If the answer is yes you’re going to enjoy today’s guest organizer Laurie Palau of Simply B Organized in Pennsylvania. Laurie is a speaker, author, and host of the podcast, This Organized Life, where listeners get a glimpse into her not-so-perfect world as a wife, mom and professional organizer. Her book, HOT MESS: A Practical Guide to Getting Organized is a must-read for anyone looking to streamline clutter from their life. With over nine years of organizing under her belt, Laurie is another industry veteran here to share her unique perspective on getting organized along with road tested practical tips. Now, we want to hear from you. Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: -How Laurie found her true calling as a home organizer when she identified that organizational principles were part of the solution to feeling anxious and overwhelmed in the home. -Laurie discusses the 3 types of clutter that she finds with her clients: Physical, emotional, and calendar clutter -Learn about ArtKive, Laurie’s recommended app that will help you organize your kid’s artwork online: ArtKive -Your dominant clutter source and how it impacts your home organization. -Organizing diagnostics: reviewing your current clutter situation. -Learn about the ESP Method: Empty, Sort and Purge. -The Four Purge Piles: Donate, Reuse, Recycle, Discard. -How Laurie defines the cost of clutter. Gems: “Clutter doesn’t just have to be the physical stuff. It can be the burn out. How you end up snapping at your kids or spouse because you are just spread too thin.” “How much time and money do we waste buying things we already have that we can’t find?” "Most people if given the choice would rather live in an organized space." "I’ve relocated kitchen items outside of the kitchen.” “The average US citizen wastes an hour a day looking for lost or misplaced items." Favorite Tidying Tip: Open the mail every day and make a decision. Mail should fall into three categories: Action, Reference, Recycle What sparks joy for Laurie: Laurie covets her quiet time in the morning! Parting words of wisdom: Start small. Just wanting to make a change is a huge hurdle that you’ve already accomplished. To connect with Laurie you can find her at www.simplyborganized.com Listen to her podcast: This Organized Life Podcast Simply B Organized on FaceBook Simply B Organized on Instagram Simply B Organized on Twitter You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Laurie Palau.
March 20, 2018
Karin and Kristyn explore the relationship between tidying and cleaning - two activities that help you restore your home to a place of honor and joy. In this episode, we usher in spring by discussing the rituals of cleaning and tidying. We also explore the similarities and differences between these two common domestic activities and how they complement each other and your KonMari lifestyle. Now, we want to hear from you. Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: Joy checks! Karin just purchased a new Chemex and Kristyn finished moving #studiotidy (For the Love of Tidy headquarters) to the Wicker Park neighborhood in Chicago The difference between cleaning and tidying How tidying makes many aspects of cleaning that are often deemed challenging, much easier How decluttering exposes areas of your home in need of attention Tips from Marie Kondo's Guide to Spring Cleaning How the act of spring cleaning can trap you indoors during the warmest season The importance of tidying before you clean How to bring your clothing out of hibernation Kristyn's favorite Foldable Storage Bag How to conduct a spring time version of the KonMari home greeting Three unconventional tips for moving your tidying and cleaning forward How the Mel Robbins' 5 Second Rule can help push you beyond procrastination and into action Our big announcement: 100,000 downloads! Gems: "Tidying addresses objects, while cleaning addresses dirt." "By tidying you're confronting yourself. By cleaning, you're confronting nature." "It's easier to clean your home when it's already tidy." "[Decluttering] lifts the spirit of the home by waking up dormant items that haven't received attention." "I appreciate things better because I can see them year-round." "Spring is the perfect time to plan or begin your KonMari tidying event." "Action breeds motivation." "Clutter is finite." You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy
March 13, 2018
Living your KonMari lifestyle includes a focus on health, wellness and self-care. Our guest today is Eastern medicine practitioner, Brodie Welch. Brodie Welch is a Licensed Acupuncturist, board-certified herbalist, Chinese Medicine expert, holistic health coach, and self-care strategist. She’s the founder of Life in Balance Acupuncture in Corvallis, Oregon, where she has been treating patients since 2003. Brodie has helped thousands of clients with a regular body/mind practice and leads self-care boot camp programs helping women put the principles of self-care into practice. She’s also the creator and host of A Healthy Curiosity: the podcast that explores what it takes to be well in a busy world. You can find more information about Brodie and her practice at Brodie Welch and follow her on FaceBook @brodiewelchlac Brodie has provided Spark Joy listeners with a collection of healthy living resources that will definitely spark joy. You can find: Right to Take Care of Yourself Manifesto: Brodie Welch Calm and Centered Bundle Free 5-minute breathing meditation: Breathing Break Spark Joy wants to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you'll enjoy: How Brodie decided to pursue her interest in Eastern Medicine. Check out this article on self-care: This is What Self Care Really Means How health issues are connected to broader social and environmental concerns. Brodie’s definition of self-care. It can be difficult and uncomfortable at times, but the results can be amazing. How to recognize when you are entering the “unbalanced zone” that gives rise to physical symptoms. How Acupuncture can help and how to find a great Acupuncture practitioner in your area. Check out the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine: NCCAOM What happens and what to expect during an acupuncture treatment. What sparks joy for Brodie: Watching people transform. Gems: "If it’s not connecting us to our own vitality, it’s not self-care.” "Positive attitude brings positives things in life." "That issue will keep coming back unless you teach the body to do something differently." “Have your environment reflect your highest values.” You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Brodie Welch.
March 6, 2018
Yuno Imai shares what it's like to translate for Marie Kondo and what inspired her to write a children's book based on her joyful life experiences. Our guest, Yuno Imai, is a Japanese food and travel writer and copy editor based in LA. In addition to being one of the original translators for Marie Kondo and her team, she’s now living a life of joy and focusing on publishing a children’s book. You can find out more about Yuno by visiting www.iknowyouknowyuno.com. Updates on the launch of her first children’s book will be made available there and you can track Yuno’s adventures and joyful lifestyle via instagram @iknowyouknowyuno. Spark Joy wants to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you'll enjoy: How Karin and Kristyn met Yuno during KonMari consultant training How a fascination with American movies and culture inspired Yuno to pursue translating; the most challenging job she's ever had What it was like to observe the message of the KonMari Method while it initially spread How Yuno studied up on KonMari to prepare for her big translation gig How translating allows Yuno to experience many industries and bridge Japan and America Tricks Yuno uses to memorize her client's words and provide seamless translation Why the gym doesn't spark joy for Yuno and the joyful way she achieves the same results How life, death, prison, and food inspire Yuno's writing projects Yuno's favorite children's books: The Red Shoes and The Rainbow Fish What sparks joy for Yuno: Creating her children's book, Trevor and Me, based on real events in her life. Themes: friendship across generations, death and reincarnation. Gems: "I just follow what I love." "Positive attitude brings positives things in life." "Do what makes you happy and go after your joy!" You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Yuno Imai.
February 27, 2018
Join us as we speak with Sarah Williams of Tough Girl Challenges about her journey, her work and get her take on how to move toward being the person you want to be. Sarah is the founder of Tough Girl Challenges, which is an amazing platform for women who are taking on physical challenges and overcoming obstacles. Sarah started her professional life in finance but found it lacking and wanted to do something more in line with her interest in the sporting life and Tough Girl Challenges was born. As she built up her platform, she found that her blog, public speaking, coaching and podcast, along with three books, was beginning to grow a community of girls and women who were motivating each other to reach their goals and achieve great things. She's based in the UK, but reaches women all over the world. In this episode, you'll enjoy: -You’ll learn how Sarah made the transition from a career in finance to building the Tough Girl Challenges platform. -Her commitment to showcasing the stories of women who overcome obstacles both physical and mental to achieve their goals. -Hear about the common experiences of girls and women in setting goals, preparing and implementing a plan to achieve the goal. -Listen as Sarah shares her story of hiking the Appalachian Trail. -Her technique for breaking down potential barriers into small, approachable steps. -Learning the goal-setting strategy of trying different things to find the perfect fit for you. -Follow the stories of 7 Women, 7 Challenges on Sarah’s podcast: Tough Girl Podcast To connect with Sarah, you can visit her at her website: Tough Girl Challenges She's on Twitter: @_tough_girl, Instagram: toughgirlchallenges and Pinterest: Tough101 Her facebook is: Tough Girl Challenges Her YouTube Channel : Tough Girl Challenges on YouTube Spark Joy wants to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com, email us at contact@sparkjoypodcast.com to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week's show. Join us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter via @sparkjoypodcast. What sparks joy for Sarah: She loves Mondays! She loves the start of new things and the adventure ahead. Sarah is excited about the inspirational stories of women she is able to bring to her audience. Gems: "If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.” “People will rise to occasion to help you achieve your goals.” "She continues to go back, every single week.” “Nine times out of 10 it’s the mindset of how you chose to look at things.” “If you want to do something, please just go and do it.” You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Sarah Williams.
February 20, 2018
Come along with your hosts, Kristyn Ivey and Karin Socci as we explore some of the most common KonMari myths and missteps in today’s Spark Joy Podcast episode. As the KonMari philosophy has become more and more mainstream, blog posts, magazine articles and videos have come out viewing KonMari through a critical and challenging lens. These perspectives are sometimes based on misunderstandings or misreadings of Konmari concepts and sometimes these misinterpretations occur as missteps while practicing KonMari. In this episode, we will discuss our thoughts on these myths and provide some practical tips on how to avoid falling into these missteps. Spark Joy wants to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you'll enjoy: Joy Checks! What is Sparking Joy for Kristyn today: a very cute For the Love of Tidy branded onesie for her niece who is due any day now. What is Sparking Joy for Karin today: restoring an antique wooden doll bed for her niece’s birthday Learn about some common KonMari myths: Konmari equals minimalism/minimalism is KonMari Konmari is a selfish activity, fundamentally concerned only with material possession KonMari encourages to you to throw out everything you own to the point where you are either left with nothing or you need to immediately buy new things Learn about some common KonMari missteps: Skipping the step where you envision your ideal lifestyle and living environment Forgetting to honor and acknowledge items for their usefulness especially when you are letting them go Not completing all the categories Thinking about storage and organization before the sorting is completed Being overly concerned with the clutter of other people See what Marie Kondo’s home really looks like: Correction: It has come to our attention that the original article and photograph listed here was a parody article written for April Fool's Day and NOT a house tour of Marie Kondo's apartment. Photographs of Marie Kondo's home have not been made publicly available. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused. Read about what some critics say about the KonMari Method: Why Decluttering Guru Marie Kondo is Wrong Why I Absolutely Refuse to KonMari My Life Does It Spark Joy is the Wrong Decluttering Question The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F* Review the importance of the vision statement in Spark Joy Episodes: Episode 1 KonMari 101 Episode 5 The KonMari Lifestyle Our advice to a listener who asks how to address categories when you have items within a category in hard to get to places. Does not being able to completely sort by category mean you are not doing KonMari correctly? Gems: “There’s no right number of things a person should have.” “You can keep ALL of the shoes!” “Time is the most important commodity as opposed to things.” “You’re saying goodbye in a respectful way and you’re putting a positive message out there.” You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy
February 13, 2018
Artist Jaye Schlesinger paints the 380 objects that remained after committing to decluttering her home and life for her exhibit "Possessed." Our guest, Jaye Schlesinger, is an award winning artist from Ann Arbor, Michigan, who specializes in oil paintings of common objects and abstracts. Her recent solo exhibit “Possessed” caught our attention. It includes 380 individual paintings of all of her possessions inspired by minimalism and simplified living. It sparks joy for Jaye to explore the metaphorical possibilities of painting the mundane. Jaye gave us a peek into the lifestyle change that inspired her creative process and story. To connect with Jaye, visit www.jayeschlesinger.com. While you’re there, peruse her portfolio and contact her to purchase high quality reproductions of her artwork in a variety of sizes. Spark Joy wants to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you'll enjoy: How the movie Tiny, The Minimalists Podcast, the documentary Minimalism, and experiencing a flood in her home inspired Jaye to start letting go of her personal possessions What Jaye's parameters for joy are, which include usefulness and beauty How being led to paint the items that sparked joy kept Jaye accountable during the decluttering process How Jaye divided her possessions from her husband's, followed by discussions about the "ours" items How Jaye enjoyed the structure this project provided within her studio time. Each painting took 2-3 days to complete and the project extended over two years How painting things gave Jaye a chance to meditate and connect to the true meaning behind some of the objects, especially the ones that were deemed sentimental Why Jaye continues to return to the still life painting How seemingly ordinary objects connect us How Jaye's husband reacted to her ruthless minimization What Jaye did to help her minimize regret What sparks joy for Jaye: Jaye's two grandchildren and three custom end tables she's building for her new home Gems: "These things of everyday life connect us. But, they are so overlooked. We take them for granted." "Less is more." "When you decide to keep a few things, they become stronger in some way." "It was always more about being deliberate than being minimal per se." You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Jaye Schlesinger.
February 6, 2018
Meg Brunson, multi-passionate mama and former Facebook employee shares tips on how to provide a better life for her family through entrepreneurship. Our guest today is Meg Brunson. Meg is a multi-passionate mama living in Phoenix, AZ with her husband and 4 young daughters. She is a serial entrepreneur and a former Facebook employee, striving to provide a better life for her family through entrepreneurship. She is the founder of EIEIO Marketing, the host of the FamilyPreneur Podcast, and recently helped her 10 year old launch her first business. In this episode, you'll enjoy: -You'll learn how Meg started her business and her motivation for becoming an entrepreneur. -Meg's tips for teaching your children critical thinking skills. -How she and her daughter drilled down to find the perfect value statement that created Story Time with Kiki: Story Time with Kiki -The importance of the calendar in managing a busy household with kids. -How Meg and her husband support their girl's passion for learning. -Meg's strong passion for helping kids set and achieve their goals. -Using setbacks and challenges as a way to help kids be resourceful and resilient. -Meg's favorite resources for building a great business: A CRM platform: Dubsado A scheduling platform: Acuity Scheduling -And, hey, we all need a good resource for relaxing! Winc To connect with Meg, you can visit her at her website: www.megbrunson.com Or her marketing website: www.eieiomarketing.com She's on Twitter: @themegbrunson, Instagram: themegbrunson and Pinterest: themegbrunson Her facebook is: Meg Brunson on Facebook She's the editor at: Phoenix Kids Out and About And Kiki's website is: Story Time with Kiki Spark Joy wants to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com, email us at contact@sparkjoypodcast.com to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week's show. Join us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter via @sparkjoypodcast. What sparks joy for Meg: Her kids "those happy moments, their smiles and giggles" The freedom of working from home and being able to spend spontaneous moments with the kids while pursuing her entrepreneurial dreams. Gems: "We should be paving additional paths for our children." "Drill down to the thing you know the best and find the value proposition within that knowledge." "Turn their questions back on your kids. Get them to explore the question themselves." "If you are passionate about it, I really believe you can make it happen." "I'm going to have those good resources. I'm just going to have to build them out myself!" You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Meg Brunson.
January 30, 2018
Kizmat Tention, super mom by day, super wife by night, helps us take off our masks to find our authentic self. Super mom by day, super wife by night, and invisible all of the time. This is what happens when you retire the Superhero cape, remove the masks, and begin the journey of, "Who am I? How did I get here? And how long will it take to pick up all of the broken little pieces of my life?" Our guest today is Kizmat Tention. Kizmat is a life coach and author who has been making big waves with her new book, Broken Little Pieces: Invisible. Since then, she's been touring and speaking about her work and sharing her very powerful message of finding your authentic self. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and two children. In this episode, you'll enjoy: You'll hear how Kizmat began to recognize that she had been given, and had taken on, identities, roles and masks throughout her life that had keep her from her true self. How masks are passed along to us and how they can damage not only our true selves, but also our relationships and those around us. The role that birth order can play in our development. Kizmat talks about her "middle child" position and Karin shares an "oldest child" memory! Here's a good article on birth order theory: How Birth Order Affects Your Child's Personality and Behavior Learn how to begin moving away from our masks and our toxic identities AND how this fits in with the KonMari Method. How clutter reflects our emotional space. Kizmat talks about the "revolving door of emotion" within our homes, going back and forth from obsess orderliness and giving up on it all. To connect with Kizmat,you can visit www.brokenlittlepieces.com and follow her on FB at Broken Little Pieces: Broken Little Pieces on Facebook,or on twitter @kizzymat on Instagram at Kizmat Tention. Her book, Broken Little Pieces: Invisible, can be purchased here: Broken Little Pieces: Invisible on Amazon Spark Joy wants to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com, email us at contact@sparkjoypodcast.com to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week's show. Join us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter via @sparkjoypodcast. What sparks joy for Kizmat: "When people are brave." She loves inspiring others to be a light in the world via her FaceBook group and her online community. Kizmat's final words of wisdom: "Don't be afraid to go and create your own lane." Gems: "It's a journey to take all of the pieces to create the mosaic of your life's mural." "Marriage multiples what is already there." "How long have I felt invisible?" "Regret and perfectionism are companions. We fear having regrets, thus propelling our mindset into the ways of perfectionism." "What am I holding onto and why? What reward are you getting from it?" "Change the dialogue of failure." "You see their glory, but you don't see their story." "Inspire someone daily." You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Kizmat Tention.
January 23, 2018
Karin and Kristyn explore the Swedish art of death cleaning and how it integrates with the KonMari lifestyle. In this episode, we review The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson. Instead of “does it spark joy,” we explore the question “will anyone I know be happier if I save this?” We review what parts of Death Cleaning sparked joy and what left us wanting more, as we compare this tool to the KonMari Method. We also apply both death cleaning and KonMari to answer a listener's question about managing clothing and papers. Now, we want to hear from you. Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: Joy checks! Karin consolidated her storage locker space in NYC and Kristyn is moving to a new neighborhood in Chicago The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson How "Dostadning," Swedish for "dealth cleaning," focuses on disposing of things prior to passing on How Marie Kondo feels about death cleaning Margareta Magnusson's background and experience death cleaning after her parents, husband, and mother-in-law passed away Questions that you can use to spark conversation around death and possessions across generations Why you shouldn't assume your loved ones will have the time and energy to examine your items after you've passed The age when you should start death cleaning The exception you may need to make while you're walking through KonMari clutter categories in order What we wished death cleaning included to aid in decision making Our advice for a spark joy listener who struggles with maintaining her tidy when it comes to clothing and paper Practical tips on how you should properly organize or give away your sentimental and valuable possessions before you pass Gems: “Will anyone I know be happier if I save this?” “If you can’t keep track of your things you know you have too many.” “If I don’t know the names of the people in the photos, nobody else in the family is likely to.” You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy
January 16, 2018
Karin's client, Alex Erickson, found a new career path amongst his clutter and is now a practicing KonMari Consultant trainee. Today’s guest is Alex Erickson. Alex is a personal fitness trainer in the process of completing his KonMari consultant certification. Prior to this, he was a professional model. Alex and his husband, Edgar, decided to tidy their new home together using the KonMari Method after their recent wedding. Alex enlisted Karin to help him with the KonMari process in their Brooklyn home (they've recently moved to Manhattan). Not only did he do an amazing job with the process and was delightful to work with, he was so inspired by the KonMari Method, that he decided to pursue becoming a consultant on his own. He recently completed the KonMari consultant training seminar last October and is now working on his practice sessions towards certification. In this episode, follow Alex along his journey toward tidying his home with his husband, Edgar, as they learn about themselves and each other. He'll also share how he decided to become a consultant and what he has experienced with his first clients on the way to certification! To connect with Alex, you can find him on his new Instagram @hotmessorganizers. His email address is: alexandererickson@yahoo.com His new KonMari Consulting business is called Hot Mess Organizing. Website coming soon! Spark Joy wants to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com, email us at contact@sparkjoypodcast.com to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. Join us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter via @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: How Alex decided he was ready for the KonMari Method and why he decided to hire a KonMari Consultant How Alex got his husband on board and how they faced their fears and challenges together. How Alex used Marie Kondo’s quote,“The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life.", to help motivate him to move forward with the process. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing How Alex used a Big Box to help with the sorting process. It really worked! Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up How this quote helped Alex decide to become a KonMari Consultant himself: “The true goal should be to establish the lifestyle you want most once your house has been put in order.” The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing Alex’s Favorite Tidying Tips: Designate a temporary area for things that need to be sorted as you are working through the process. Keep in mind that any item in any category can feel sentimental, so save them for last. What sparks joy for Alex: Our big Chinese Good Luck cat! But, most importantly, my husband, Edgar! Gems: “As long as you have a somewhat open mind, you will be perfect for the KonMari method.” “You’re getting rid of a safety blanket. I had to let go of a lot of false security.” “It forced me to hold myself accountable for my own actions. I can make sure that my own items are tidy.” “When you face the clutter in your house, you are facing yourself.” “I did a fearless inventory of the material items I possessed.” You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Alex Erickson.
January 9, 2018
Dr. Melva Green, author, psychiatrist, and spiritual healer as seen on A&E's hit show “Hoarders” discusses the importance of making breathing room as you declutter mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Dr. Melva Green is best known for her work on the critically acclaimed A&E series Hoarders. She is a psychiatrist and spiritual healer specializing in REAL LIFE living. Dr. Green is the co-author of Breathing Room: Open You Heart by Decluttering Your Home, a wonderful blend of personal stories interwoven into a clear, practical guide on decluttering. In this episode, Dr. Green discusses the importance of slowing down, taking a breath, and leading with compassion before we jump into the clutter. We also discuss the do's and don'ts associated with identifying and treating someone with a hoarding disorder and associated signs and resources. To connect with Dr. Green, you can find her at www.drmelvagreen.com as well as Facebook, Twitter and Youtube at @drmelva. Dr. Green is offering our listeners a discounted, signed copy of Breathing Room using the following link: http://bit.ly/2qM2pVB Spark Joy wants to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and email us at contact@sparkjoypodcast.com to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. Join us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter via @sparkjoypodcast. In this episode, you’ll enjoy: What led Dr. Green to take a leap of faith, close her practice, declutter, and move to Costa Rica The moments leading up to Dr. Green getting the call to be an expert on A&E's Hoarders How Dr. Green's book, Breathing Room: Open Your Heart by Decluttering Your Home evolved into a collaborative project with co-author Dr. Lauren Rosenfeld How Dr. Green's spiritual approach to therapy broadened her client's experience and given client's permission to pursue another path and reduce shame The role anxiety plays in disorganization How being kind to yourself can shift the heart space to the self love and tenderness required to start the process How the SLICE method (Stop & Listen, Intend, Clearing the Energy), a three step process described in Breathing Room, can help you jump start your journey to organization Signs a loved one's life may be impacted by hoarding Why common statistics tracking hoarding disorder misrepresent the scope of the public burden due to the "hidden" nature of the problem How trauma is often at the core of a hoarding crisis How in over 14 years, only two of Dr. Green's clutter clients were so resistant to change they couldn't be helped How the support system of family can help hoarders successfully dig out and recover How Dr. Green listens to her clients and reminds them to stop and breathe to hold a clear space Dr. Green recommends resources on wwww.hoarders.org , including a scale to help you determine if you meet the clinical criteria for a hoarding disorder Dr. Green's favorite tidying tip: Breathe... What sparks the most joy for Dr. Green: Her son starting at Stanford University! Gems: "Most of our clutter is unconscious." "The mess is not IN the way, it's PART OF the way." "Clutter is the external manifestation of what's going on in our internal space." "When we stop and breathe we're able to get a sense of what needs to go and what needs to stay." You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Melva Green.
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