The click-point is a supposed achievable state in your home where you have exactly the right number of manageable items. No more and no less. You are acutely aware of every item in your home and what enters, and you will never rebound into a state of clutter again. Of course every item in your home has a home, and serves you joy in some way and is important in your life.
This is the promise in Marie Kondo's book, the "Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up." In her book she writes:
"Sort by category, in the correct order, and keep only those things that inspire joy. Do this thoroughly and quickly, all in one go. If you follow this advice, you will dramatically reduce the volume of things you own, experience an exhilaration you have never known before, and gain confidence in your life."
You basically keep going thorough your home in categories, ending with memorabilia. Then you might actually have to circle back and do clothes or books again (I know I did!). You keep going, by category of course, until you reach this click-point, which I’m imagining is kind of like a EUREKA moment (I love Eureka moments :).
I have yet to reach this "click-point" but I am going to get there! I am like countless others who have caught the "konmari fever" and can show you bag after bag I've collected for donation. But I have two kids and live in a loft in San Francisco, and the number of items in our home got out of control over the baby-haze years. Admittedly, as I sorted my own items by category, there were bags and documents I found from when we lived in Boston, over eight years ago (before kids)!
Since I've started this business I have been distracted to actually finish my own space since I just hit the ground running with clients. But I am fueled by the work that I do with other people. I really love it. The motivation that comes when two people set aside a focused time to sort, decide, and display or donate (my de-cluttering and organizing technique) is amazing not only for my clients, but for me as well. I am truly inspired by this notion of “the click-point” and I will achieve it someday. I see it happening for my clients. For me, this time will come someday soon. I just know it. In the meantime, contact me if you are ready for a transformation in your life and want to achieve this state of exhilaration too. :) I’ll be here, maybe shouting “eureka” as I tackle our toy/book shelf once again.
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Our living room - pre-konmari-times. Wrapping paper, boxes, CD cases, askew containers, diaper cream, train tracks, construction vehicles, stuffed animals, clothes, etc., etc. - Out of control. Oh, and our newly pulling-up and cruising baby amongst all the clutter. Now we have a functioning toy rotation system, have purged all items that don't spark joy, and the mess is manageable - even with two little boys in our household. Bonus, now I can take a picture where the focus is actually my children!
Sarah is passionate about helping people transform family chaos into stress-free and happy living.