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Who's ready to Netflix and "Spark Joy"?

If your Facebook feed and email inbox are filling up with talk of things that “spark joy” or images teaching you “a way to fold your clothes that is truly life-changing,” it is more likely than not inspired by the Netflix series Tidying Up With Marie Kondo. The series was released earlier this month and is based on Kondo’s book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, which appeared in the United States in 2014. In the book Kondo outlines the details of her “Konmari Method” of tidying, hoping to inspire you to get your house in order while providing step-by-step tips and suggestions.

If I’m being honest, I had mixed feelings when I originally heard this series was being produced. As many of have experienced, reality TV can be hit or miss and I was nervous about how it would portray the organizing profession. I have to say, after watching it I am pleasantly surprised. It even made me want to do another once over on certain areas of my home.

On the whole I love that the show has highlighted organizing as a profession. I have had multiple friends say to me “Now I get what you do!” It shows that folks hire organizers for a variety of reasons and situations, highlighting one example in each of the eight episodes. Tips are flashed across the screen throughout, showing the audience that you too can put this into practice in your own home. I really respect and appreciate Marie’s approach with clients. It comes off as non-judgmental, supportive and energizing, all of which are traits and practices I utilize with my clients.

A positive I took away from the show is one of my favorite things about working as an organizer: the clients’ reactions. We get to see how the families and individuals in this show have transformed other aspects of their life as a result of ridding themselves of clutter. They are empowered, energized and lighter. When I see that in clients i work with, it’s a reminder of why I do what I do.

One item worth noting is that the families and individuals on this show wanted change and were ready for it. That’s an important reminder as folks consider employing an organizer. To get long-lasting results, you have to be ready.

The show also highlights that this is not an overnight process, nor an easy one. Folks worked hard, for an extended period of time. Certain parts of the process can be emotional but you power through. This is where the support of an organizer can be game-changing. Think of it as having a coach helping you to dig deeper because the finish line is in sight.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the series yet, do it. You might just come away inspired to tackle that organizing project that has been lingering for some time. Or at that very least to call an organizer for some help in the process.