Frequently asked questions
How long does the minimizing process take? Each Tidying Lesson is three (3) hours with the option to extend on a case-by-case basis. The number of lessons required to complete a project are largely dependent on the size of the home as we touch every item in the home, leaving no stone unturned, and at the speed at which a client is able to release items. When we finish your tidying marathon, you will know when it is time to discard an item, you will have learned how to shop purposefully, and you will have the skills to keep your home clean and clutter-free. This method is designed to be completed within six months.
How is Minimize With Purpose (MWP) different from a professional organizer? MWP, utilizing the KonMari Method™, aims to make lasting change. We do not focus on buying storage solutions or finding a way to make sure all of your belongings have a place in your home. Instead, we help you reduce your belongings to only the items that “spark joy” and establish daily practices that keep your life organized. Once you’ve completed a “tidying festival” with MWP, you should not have to repeat it.
What is the KonMari Method™? Marie Kondo developed the method of organization that is known as the KonMari Method™. It’s a practice of simplification and begins by gathering together all of one's belongings, one category at a time. By focusing on categories rather than locations, the KonMari Method™ helps you avoid tidying the same items repeatedly. We begin with clothes, then move on to books, papers, komono (miscellaneous items), and, finally, sentimental items. You keep only those things that speak to your heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy. You will thank them for their service – then let them go. People around the world have been drawn to this philosophy not only due to its effectiveness, but also because it places great importance on being mindful, introspective and forward-looking.
What Does “Sparking Joy” Mean? Do you have an item that makes you happy when you see it or touch it? This can be something that is soft and cozy. It can be a tool that streamlines your day-to-day. Or maybe it is something that prompts a special memory. Imagine living in a home filled with only items like this!
Joy can mean a lot of things. For Minimize With Purpose, it means keeping only the things that support you living your ideal life. This process is about who you are becoming, not who you have been in the past.
Does the entire family need to be part of the decluttering process? In order for the process to work effectively, we recommend that each member be an active participant. If there is a family member or spouse who is unwilling, their spaces inside the home will be avoided during the decluttering and organizing process. MWP has found that once we help one family member create calm, convenient, and clean spaces in the home, other family members are inspired to do the same.
I’m experiencing a life transition and/or preparing for a major milestone. Is MWP a good fit for me? Putting your home in order is the first step to managing the ups and downs of life. MWP specializes in helping clients navigate through major transitions by keeping items that inspire their future success. Almost every client we’ve served was going through a life transition of some sort. Once we helped them put their home in order, they opened the door to the next chapter of their life.
Does MWP keep my unwanted things? For liability purposes, MWP does not take any of your belongings. Instead, we will help brainstorm and research local options where clients can donate their unwanted items. Local options include animal shelters, charity thrift shops, and e-waste drives. Only trash bags are provided during sessions.
Will I need to spend extra money on supplies? Clients may choose to purchase storage solutions, however MWP’s specialty is helping clients reduce their need for these.
I am ready to book a session, now what? Great! Click here to schedule a free consultation with Caitlin.
What is the cancellation policy? A client must cancel within 7 days of a scheduled lesson to avoid forfeiting that lesson. Cancellations made between 48-72 hours will receive 50% credit towards a future lesson. No credit is offered with less than 48 hours notice.
Can MWP services be provided online? Tidying lessons are offered in-person in Los Angeles (with Kristin DeCou or Meredith Ryness) and Portland (with Caitlin Roberts). Caitlin is also available for virtual lessons, and strategy calls are available to clients to help support their tidying festival and support them through tough decisions.