Workshop Review: Getting back into the groove with the KonMari art of tidying up

It’s been a busy couple of weeks in the tidying world. To celebrate the end of our Long Hot Summer and the lengthening nights, I worked with Malta Creative Collective and the brilliant Lily Agius to hold Malta’s first tidying workshop.

Held on a warm Wednesday night at Lily’s striking gallery space in Sliema, our aim was to introduce more people to the KonMari method.

Welcoming a select group into such an interesting space was a really positive experience – more so because I had the opportunity to chat with one of the artists whose work is currently on display there – Julien Vinet. When I saw a huge stack of maps on Lily’s concrete topped desk I was instantly intrigued (blame my past as a geographer!). Julien explained the story of his work – smuggling, oil, excellent paper quality and printing opportunities. It was fabulous to hear the journey of these prints – in some cases the paper on which they were created had circumnavigated the globe before landing in Julien’s capable hands.

Anyway, back to the workshop. We kicked off by introducing ourselves and what we hoped to get out of the evening. Several people were struggling to unpack boxes from a previous move, knowing that most of the contents weren’t particularly loved or useful anymore.

After discussing our homes and what difficulties we were finding in keeping them in order, I guided the attendees through the process of envisioning their ideal life and home. It’s always a good idea to consider all senses – not just what you see. So we considered how we wanted our ideal home to look, smell, feel (think textures) and sound. We didn’t really consider the 5th sense, taste, so much, although I strongly feel that it comes into the ‘ideal life’ vision for many people who want more free time and space to cook.

After a short break and a glass of wine, we moved on to a lecture-style segment where I talked the attendees through the KonMari method, category by category. There were questions on *why* clothes should be dealt with first, even if one feels fairly happy with their wardrobe. I explained the concept of honing or ‘exercising’ your joy-check ‘muscle’ with easier items before digging into the toughies like photos and old mementoes.

And then all too soon it was over. The lights were off, the gallery door was locked and I was on my way home with a neighbour who I recently discovered shares the love for KonMari.

I’m hoping to run another workshop in 2019. If you’re interested, sign up for my newsletter and updates to ensure you’re the first to know.

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