There is always something to be thankful for.-2

Cleaning up and Cleaning House.

Part 1

Lie back and relax while you play out this fantasy.

A tidy, streamlined closet with absolutely everything in its place..

Mmmm..tell me more you sexy beast…

Organized, folded drawers that allow for easy access to ALL your clothes not just the ones on top…

Ohhh god right there…yesssss…I like it like that…I’ve just never had it like that…

Space, to actually put things neatly in places like toy chests, desks, and storage areas…

Oh my god…Oh my god….Ohh Ohhh Ohhhh god yes PLEASE…

A chance to ease the chaos in your mind…

Sweet Jesus..that talk is so dirty it’s clean…

A beautiful, decluttered house that sparks joy everywhere and allows for you to fully breathe through your space.

Yes! Oh my God! Yes! YES!!!! YES!!!!!!!! YEEEEEEEEEEEESSS!

Come on. Tell you wouldn’t be completely orgasmic to have your house perfectly clean?

Every single thing in its place.

Ohhhhhh I get shivers just thinking of it.

When I first caught wind of the Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I have to say I was a skeptic. A pro purger and tidy-upper, words like “Spark Joy” wasn’t sparking anything with me. I’m pretty sure the words “Spark Joy, my ass it does” came out of my mouth as curiosity got the best of me and I went out to buy the book.

I did the Kon Mari purge exactly one year ago and every time I wanted to write my take on the process, I realized there was larger story to be told.

One big thing kept bothering me through the experience and I couldn’t put my finger on it till recently.

The first (and most important) thing to understand about doing Kon Mari is that Marie Kondo was most definitely NOT a mother when she initially wrote this.

Don’t get me wrong, the satisfaction when you’ve completed the Kon Mari process is beyond your wildest dreams. It is however, most definitely a process. One that exponentially grows the more people you have to care for in your family. Marie Kondo’s account of tidying up and clearing your space relates to one person’s clutter. A family of clutter is a whole other ball game.

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I love things to be quick & easy. Get me on the Googles or the YouTubes and I am one happy camper. I totally recommend buying the book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying-Up.  It will give you great insights on the why to things like Spark Joy and letting go. Want to watch her How-To’s. Easy. They are right here.

However , for those of you who are just looking for the Coles Notes version so that you can jump in and get ‘er done, I will be publishing a complete package of (discoveries, tears, messes and all) in this Kon Mari like a Mother Series of posts.

You can laugh along with my live streaming YouTube videos or you can read the posts as you wish.  The videos are simply to let you know that yes, I experienced the same things as you are going through now.

What I CAN say as well, is that it really is worth it doing Kon Mari.  It helped calm my mind, & improved many of the ways in which we manage our lives better. It helped us examine the way we function as a family, how we spend our dollars and where our focus/values sat. It showed me patterns of behavior and places we could do better. It even helped us “let go” of a lot more than we ever thought possible.

In fact, it really did change our lives.


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Jenn & Chris

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Jenn & Chris are #TeamPowell Two adventurous souls who love the off-the-beaten path part of life. Mom & Dad to two kooky kids, they focus on living life without regret, living in kindness and living in the now.


  1. I tried her method this time last year, and the only thing I could get on board with was rolling my clothes when putting them away. The rest of her methods just didn’t FEEL right with me….it did start me on a huge purge though

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