Did you know that the best-selling novel “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo was released back in 2014? Most people hadn’t even heard of the KonMari method until Netflix conveniently launched it as a series on New Year’s Day of 2019 (hello to everyone’s New Year’s resolution). It then took the internet by storm. Marie Kondo’s decluttering lifestyle didn’t just stem out of nowhere- over the past few years there has been a noticeable increase in minimalistic practices thanks to a new lifestyle trend in millennials. Younger generations prefer to spend their income on experiences rather than materialistic items. However, now that the phrase “tidying up” and “does it spark joy?” has hit the mainstream, it’s jolted an incentive for people worldwide to organize their home and possessions.

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We were able to reach out to a few local professional organizers to get their take on how clients have been responding to the latest fad. (We recommend hiring them if you’re unsure of where to begin!)

In my own experience, I find it really depends on each client.  The JMPO philosophy is that each person has their own set of organizational needs based on their life experience, personal style and level of clutter tolerance. When I have a client dealing with very dense clutter, I don’t expect the KonMari approach to work in its purest form for them.  We start with clearing a little bit of space, focusing on big picture goals and building decision-making skills.  These clients are usually relieved to know that they don’t have to follow one famous organizing methodology, they can make choices that are right for them, and there is no ‘right’ way to organize – just what’s right for each person”

– Joan McCreary, JMPO

 ‘Does this (item) bring you joy?’…This is a wonderful question to ask ourselves when we find it tough to decide whether to keep something or to let it go.  If you’re on the fence about what to do, this now famous inquiry that Marie Kondo invites each one of us to answer will in fact help you to make a decision.”

– Wendy Quaccia, Simply Put Your Way

No matter what the reason, the tidying up trend is going strong in the Bay Area.  A few real estate agents have mentioned some clients talking about “needing less space if they declutter.”  Whether it is truly a minimalism push or the fact that real estate is so expensive is up for debate. But it is important to keep this in mind as you talk to potential clients who are looking to move or redecorate their homes.


Remoov can help!

After the closets are cleared and drawers are empty, there is one question most people ask themselves after participating in a household purge: What do I do with my unwanted belongings? Sure you could overflow your trash with smaller items, make drop offs at donation center, and spend 2+ months scrolling through sketchy craigslist inquiries, but no one truly wants to take the time to do all of those things when they could be at home enjoying their new clutter-free life. See that’s where our one-stop-shop service, Remoov, becomes a time-saving miracle. Looking to sell items still in good condition and receive money back? We do that for you. Discard junk that you’re not even sure where it came from? No issue. Donate and get a receipt for your taxes? Check.

We’re here to make that Marie Kondo Method more feasible. Good luck to everyone on their tidying up journey!


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