KonMari with Kids: Life Changing Magic?

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Aliza feeling to see if item sparks joy

Aliza feeling to see if item sparks joy

I have to share a wonderful KonMari story about my 7-year old daughter.

If you’ve been following the blog you know that I’ve been working on tidying/organizing my house using the KonMari Method, based off of the worldwide bestselling book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.

You can read more about it in my previous post here.  Basically though, you go through every item in your home category by category and discard anything that doesn’t spark joy.  The rest you arrange in particularly “joy enhancing” methods.

After she saw me going through my things, my daughter asked me to help with her room. We went through her clothes, paper, and most of her toys. We still have some stuff to do in her room, but both reached a fatigue point. We’ll get there.  At the time, I blogged about the experience of doing KonMari with a child.  You can read about it here.

The story I want to share today is that over the holidays we received a bag of hand-me-downs from my sister-in-law. My niece is the same age as my daughter, but she’s 3 dress sizes bigger and grows like a weed. We’re always getting her hand-me-downs. Usually I’d pick through the bag and keep what I like and give away the rest, but I let my daughter go through it and decide which ones sparked joy for her.

She said “Mom! I know how to tell what sparks joy. I close my eyes and feel the item. If it feels warm, it sparks joy. If it feels cold, it doesn’t.” I gave her a big hug and told her that this is perfect and that this “warm/cold” method that she’s discovered works with people, projects, decisions … everything in life. She got it.

I speak on intuition and teach people how to listen to and trust their intuitive guidance. It’s hard for many adults. Through this KonMari work my daughter is learning to tune into her intuitive wisdom and follow it at age 7. THAT’S life changing magic!

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