Can a clean home really welcome in more energy that ripples into other aspects of your life? We chat with home organizing expert Kate Englebrecht, of Call Kate Tidy in Denver, to learn how to keep your space in order well past this spring.
You use the Marie Kondo method, right?
Yes, you tidy by category starting with clothes followed by books, paper, miscellaneous, which is the kitchen, bathroom electronics, etc., and ending with sentimental items. You don’t keep things out of guilt or obligation - you want your things to support the life you’re living; you want to be surrounded by joy!
Organizing an entire house can feel overwhelming! Where do you recommend people start?
Start in your closet. We begin and end our day in our clothes, so we are most familiar with this category. Clothing is representative of how we wish to be seen in the world. If you have a lot of clothes that you don’t like, then this could color your mood and attitude; if you have very few clothes then maybe you have a minimalist mindset. Most of my female clients at the beginning of tidying clothes say they have nothing to wear and at the end, they feel like they have more choices than they did when we started. Isn’t that crazy? They have less clothing, but they have more choices!
What’s one thing you wish people knew about tidying up?
The most important thing I want them to know is that there’s freedom in letting things go. You'll have a fresh outlook on life and you'll have the energy and inspiration to keep your home tidy. This newly found energy and inspiration will then spill over into other parts of your life as well. There’s nothing like it!