Frequently Asked Questions

The Method

What is the KonMari Method™? 

The KonMari Method™ is a revolutionary professional organizing technique, made popular by Marie Kondo’s bestselling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. A combination of her first and last name, KonMari focuses on what you choose to keep (does it “spark joy?”), rather than what or how much you discard, donate, or sell. Additional details about the method are available here.

How does the KonMari Method™ differ from traditional professional organizing techniques?

Examples of how signature KonMari techniques differ from traditional professional organizing methods are available here.

What does “spark joy” mean?

The dictionary defines joy as a “a feeling of great pleasure and happiness.” Joy manifests in different ways for different people and finding what sparks it is an intuitive exercise. During the tidying process, the feeling can be described as the visceral response a person has upon engaging an item they really love.

How will I know if I’m ready to commit to tidying my home, mind, and life once and for all?

When the pain of where you are exceeds the discomfort you may experience while decluttering you’re ready to make a commitment to putting things in order. Additionally, tidying requires time and dedication. Therefore, if you are able to prioritize a minimum of 15-30 hours to decluttering, you are ready. Check out these common excuses that block tidying progress.

What are some of the benefits I can expect while tidying my home the KonMari way?

Tidying is not just about managing stuff. It positively impacts every aspect of life (finances, relationships, faith, health, career, etc.), as depicted by the KonMari Wheel of Impact. Benefits include an improved self image, more time to entertain and spend with those who matter, and an enhanced understanding of your values and belief system.

I’m experiencing a life transition and/or preparing for a major milestone. How can tidying my home help me reach peak success?

Just got engaged or married? Selling a home? House hunting or relocating? Launching a new business idea? Retiring? Putting your home in order is the first step to managing the ups and downs of life. For the Love of Tidy specializes in helping clients navigate through transitions by letting go to attract an outcome that reflects their ideal life.

I’m a messy person by nature. Can this method work for me?

Anyone can benefit from applying the KonMari Method™ to their home. Even those who consider themselves hopelessly messy, lazy or busy can learn to tidy and clean properly. The method is structured in a way that offers a permanent solution that changes habitual or learned behaviors. After completing the entire series, interacting with every item in your home, and being surrounded with joy, it is highly unlikely that you’ll return to a state where things without a designated storage space begin to inundate your home again.

I’m terrible at letting things go. Are you sure this process can help me?

Yes! The decision is yours and your KonMari Tidying Consultant will provide the guidance and tools that will help you put your past in order and align with the person you’re becoming.

Does the KonMari Method™ only work for minimalists?

Minimalism is a lifestyle that centers around a reassessment of your priorities in order to strip away excess stuff (possessions, ideas, relationships, activities, etc.) to bring value to your life. These values are in alignment with KonMari principles. However, you don’t have to have the goal of living a minimalist lifestyle to benefit from decluttering your space.

Will the KonMari Method™ work for me if I’ve been diagnosed with a compulsive hoarding disorder?

Compulsive hoarding is a mental disorder marked by an obsessive need to acquire and keep things, even if the items are worthless, hazardous or unsanitary. If you suspect you or a loved one may be suffering from hoarding, contact us here prior to committing to a KonMari Tidying Lesson to ensure proper support is in place.

The Consultants

What are the benefits of working with a KonMari tidying consultant vs. tidying up on my own?

Consultants spread joy and work towards the larger KonMari mission of organizing the world. Similar to personal trainers, consultants provide accountability and encouragement when you feel overwhelmed or unsure of where to begin. They provide a customized lesson plan (the KonMari Tidying Series: Joy Journal) and in-depth guidance to answer any tidying question you may have along the way. They are also trained to identify creative opportunities to re-purpose storage solutions and home styling support post-tidy.

What training is required to receive KonMari tidying credentials?

The KonMari Tidying Consultant certification process covers the KonMari Method™ philosophy, skills, and techniques needed to conduct private sessions as a certified KonMari Consultant. Prospective consultants must successfully complete the following steps: 1) complete an in-person, three day KonMari Consultant Seminar 2) verify that your home is tidy 3) join a network of other consultants in training 4) complete practice sessions reviewed by KMI 5) complete and pass an online assessment and 6) apply for certification.

How can I become a KonMari Tidying consultant?

The first step to becoming a certified KonMari Tidying Consultant is to participate in a KonMari Consultant Seminar. Registration location, dates and time are available here.

How can I work for For the Love of Tidy. Are there positions available?

Currently, For the Love of Tidy does not have any job opportunities available, but we’d love to chat with you about your interest in KonMari in the case future opportunities open up. Please contact us here.

The Lesson

How do I schedule a KonMari Tidying Lesson?

To get tidy now, book a KonMari Tidying Lesson here.

How many lessons will be required to get my entire home in order?

On average, you will need 3-6 tidying lessons (5 hours each) to complete the series of tidying activities, depending on the scope of the project and pace of your decision making. However, the more effort applied to the homework assignments, the fewer Lessons required to complete the series.

Five hours seems like a long time. Can I shorten my lesson?

Tidying is a special, one-time series of activities and is meant to be executed “quickly,” therefore, it is highly recommended that all Lessons are completed within six months from the date of Lesson 1 to achieve an optimal state of order. To avoid tidying a little here, a little there, it is important to dedicate large chunks of time to the process when possible for the best impact. Five hours is the maximum amount of time you should dedicate to tidying per day/lesson to appropriately pace your progress. You’ll be amazed at how fast that time flies!

What should I expect during an In-home KonMari Tidying Lesson?

A comprehensive walk through of a KonMari Tidying Lesson from A-Z is available here.

What tools will For the Love of Tidy provide to keep me moving through the process?

Once you commit to an In-home KonMari Tidying Lesson you will receive a personal KonMari Tidying Series: Joy Journal to hold your thoughts, actions and progress throughout this life-changing transformation. As you work through the KonMari Method™ category-by-category, you can document your path to joy in words and visuals. Keeping this journal will allow you to gain better insight about yourself, which can help you set goals, solve issues or address emotional concerns. Your journal will keep you on task and headed towards your personal goals. Lastly, keeping a journal can spur your creativity and record memories and milestones for future reference. Your consultant will have access to this shared document and it will serve as a centralized location to provide additional observations, resources and homework assignments that support your journey.

How should I prepare for my KonMari Tidying Lesson?

Tips to ensure your first lesson sparks an incredible amount of joy are available here.

I haven’t read Marie Kondo’s bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Am I required to read the book prior to my first lesson?

Many “Konverts” ask if they need to finish Marie Kondo’s books (The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up or Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up) prior to their first KonMari Tidying Lesson. Please note, this is not a requirement. While having a general understanding of the KonMari Method™ is useful, our in-person Lessons will cover the book and beyond, tailored to fit your unique situation.

What is the difference between tidying vs. cleaning?

The words tidying and cleaning are often considered synonymous, but they are two completely different actions. Tidying addresses objects while cleaning addresses dirt. Both are aimed at making a room look clean, but tidying means moving objects and putting them away while cleaning requires wiping and sweeping away dirt. Please note, professional cleaning services are outside the scope of For the Love of Tidy’s services.

Do I have to be active and engaged during the organization process or will my tidying consultant do all of the work for me?

Yes! Your active engagement is the key to your success and a way to reclaim ownership and responsibility for the belongings you’ve acquired. Tidying is a hands-on process that requires physically touching each item in the Client’s home. During a 5 hour KonMari Tidying Lesson the Client and the KonMari Tidying Consultant will pile, sort and store items to determine what “sparks joy,” taking breaks as needed. Please be aware that this requires some physical exertion/stamina.

I just want to organize one room in my home. Why does the KonMari Method require tidying by category?

Organizing by room does not give you the opportunity to grasp the volume of things that you actually own and make decisions based on a collection of like-items. Tidying by room also results in shuffling or scattering items in the same category around your home. Additional information on how signature aspects of the KonMari Method™ differ from traditional professional organizing methods are available here.

Why do we start with clothes?

The degree of difficulty regarding what you keep/discard varies based on category and this process sharpens your intuitive senses. To hone your sensitivity to joy without derailing progress, it is important to begin with processing clothes because in general, their rarity and value are low. Clothes also innately reflect your character, personality and the person you are becoming and are the only items that regularly leave your home and support your public life. Clothes are also close to your body, thus requiring special attention and consideration. Starting with clothes first also eliminates wasteful purchases of unnecessary storage goods.

Why do we have to displace everything from its current location. Won’t that get messy?

Please be aware, it is only natural for a room to get messy at some point while actively moving through the Tidying Series. This is a necessary part of the process. This stage is temporary and is resolved as you complete each Lesson.

Will my KonMari tidying consultant force me to get rid of most of the items in my home?

The beauty of the KonMari Method™ is that it gives you the permission to make decisions and restore balance among you, your possessions and the house they live in. You make the final call based on what sparks joy.

Am I responsible for discarding, donating, or selling items I’ve determined do not spark joy?

Tidying naturally yields items that require proper disposal. This includes transfer to a donation facility, pick-up arrangements or resale. While For the Love of Tidy will provide a list of suggested resources, you are ultimately responsible for ensuring items that do not “spark joy” are permanently removed from the home. It is also important to set aside fragile or particularly valuable items to avoid mishandling or accidental disposal.

Will For the Love of Tidy provide me with organizational and storage supplies?

Practicing the KonMari Method™ often results in a reduction of the volume of items in your space, which frees up existing bins, boxes and storage systems you already own to use to contain only joyful items. We will work with you to identify other decor or objects in your home to creatively re-purpose in your space.

The Example

I share my home with my friend/spouse/children/parents, how can I encourage them to commitment to a tidy lifestyle?

As you will soon notice – tidying is contagious! Naturally, those in your household will be inspired by your progress and have a change of heart regarding their potential to tidy. When they are ready, please, have them reach out to For the Love of Tidy directly to discuss scheduling Lesson(s) at a 50% discounted family rate. It is important to note, you cannot force a person to tidy if the desire is not there. In the meantime, accept that the person’s values differ from yours and accept them unconditionally!

I have kids who are untidy, does this method work for busy parents?

Yes! Parents can be tidy too! It’s all about taking care of yourself first and leading by example, rather than forcing them to tidy. Tips on how to KonMari with kids can be found here.

I know someone who could use your services. Should I refer them or gift them with a lesson?

Tidying is an extremely personal process and is best executed in a situation where the client is ready to make the change. Therefore, approach this option with caution and contact us if you have questions.

The Goal

I’ve completed the entire Tidying Series. What’s next?

The possibilities are endless! When you’re not concerned about your living environment, you begin to improve your habits, pruning relationships that no longer positively support your life, and putting other areas such as health and finances into focus.

What is a Graduate of Tidy?

Tidying is a commitment which requires your time and dedication. Clients who put their homes in order using the KonMari Method™ category-by-category over a six month period are recognized as Graduates of Tidy (GOTs) at the completion of their Tidying Series.
Tidying is a special, one-time series, and an important life milestone, and a cause for celebration! Graduates of Tidy receive:

  • Recognition via the For the Love of Tidy network and private Facebook community
  • A professional, joy-filled home photo shoot
  • A Day of Joy including a spa service or professional home cleaning
  • One consultant-led, joy-filled tidying demonstration in your home during your next party or capstone event
  • On-going opportunities to share your life-changing magic and encourage others on the path to joy

Will I be able to maintain a tidy lifestyle after I’ve completed my Tidying Series? Guaranteed?

While the KonMari Method™ is truly a magical event, it can’t fix everything! While it is highly unlikely, rebounding (the state where things without a designated storage space begin to inundate your home again), may occur. After you’ve completed your Tidying Series, For the Love of Tidy cannot guarantee that you won’t experience a rebound. However, to ensure continued success, For the Love of Tidy will leave you with tips to help maintain a state of tidy and follow-up periodically within the first six months following the completion of a Tidying Series to ensure continued success.

If you are not satisfied with the services after the completion of an individual Tidying Lesson or the entire Tidying Series, please contact For the Love of TIdy within 30 days. The KonMari Tidying Consultant will be happy to address outstanding concerns free of charge, either on the phone or in-person until all promised goals are achieved.

Now that I’m surrounded by only things that spark joy, I would like to update my home decor. Does For the Love of Tidy offer design services?

Founder and KonMari Tidying Consultant in training Kristyn Ivey holds a Masters in Interior Design in addition to professional organization training. Therefore, For the Love of Tidy offers post-tidy home styling consultations to further refine the client’s vision for their home and ideal lifestyle. Decorating services are offered at an hourly rate and include cosmetic design recommendations. Interior design requiring a third-party contractor or extensive structural home renovation exceeds the scope of decorating services at this time. Contact us if you are interested, as those services will require a separate agreement.

Does For the Love of Tidy offer home staging, relocation or moving services?

Tidying eases life’s transitions and thus is ideal for anyone who is preparing to move, selling/buying a home or recently relocated. Therefore, we tailor each In-home KonMari Tidying Lesson to accommodate these life transitions.


How can I partner with For the Love of Tidy or book them for an upcoming event?

Whether it’s a casual gathering at home or a large public speaking opportunity, For the Love of Tidy loves to spread the joy of tidying whenever and wherever we can. We look forward to partnering with individuals and organizations that share similar values and goals. We are happy to provide interactive workshops, demonstrations, and advice tailored to your audiences’ needs. Fees vary based on event scope and opportunity. Please contact us with your ideas and interest.

Can For the Love of Tidy organize my retail space or small business?

Yes! For the Love of Tidy designs customized tidy plans for entrepreneurs, small businesses and commercial retailers. Contact us with your tidying request and interest.

I don’t live in Chicago, but am interested in tidying. Can I still sign-up for a lesson?

For the Love of Tidy currently conducts KonMari Tidying Lessons primarily in the city of Chicago and adjacent suburbs. Travel greater than 60 minutes from city center will be subject to a $30 flat fee per in-home visit.

Additional fees associated with traveling outside of the state of Illinois will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. A Virtual Joy Check may also be an option for non-local clients to start their tidying journey. For access to certified tidying consultants around the globe, download the KonMari app here.