Simple Living With Jen Ross Cross | The KonMari Method

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February 15, 2017 9:27 am Simple Living with Jen Ross Cross

Earlier this month we kicked off our Simple Living series with De-cluttering 101, a Q & A with Upper End Agent Christina Sharp. (If you haven’t already, be sure to check it out!)

This week, Jennifer Ross Cross walks us through her own experience organizing her home, a project she faced head on after finishing New York Times best-selling novel, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of De-Cluttering and Organizing” by Marie Kondo.

Recognized as the most organized woman in the world, Kondo’s strategy, known as the KonMari Method, calls upon Japanese Zen values and challenges readers to evaluate the purpose of every object we own with one simple question: Is it propelling us forward or holding us back?

For Jen, the KonMari Method not only led to a de-cluttered home, but to an overwhelming sense of relief, as well.

“Last Spring – and before my second son was born – I picked up a copy of  “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of De-cluttering and Organizing.”

I thought it would be a quick, fun read for a trip we had planned.  Maybe it was ‘nesting’ or maybe it was just good timing but what it turned into was a complete overhaul of my house.

Much like the author, I pride myself on being extremely organized but in truth, I have always had “too much stuff”.  In addition, I have always been sentimental about childhood items and things my parents had given me even if I never used them or even liked them.

This book turned into a roadmap for a 180 degree mind shift; one that became extremely liberating and has lifted a lot of stress off of my plate.  Sure, it felt amazing to end up with over 20 bags and boxes of books, clothes, kitchen items, vases, toys, jewelry, etc. With every load that disappeared from our basement, I breathed a huge sigh of relief.  But the biggest take away from reading this book was that it is much easier to “let go” of things you do not want, use, need or like with a simple question to yourself and then the permission to let it go to another place in the universe where it has the opportunity to be loved, utilized and appreciated.

I highly recommend it for anyone, even if you think you are already organized.”

You can find more information about Marie Kondo and her novels at