087: How to declutter your business like Marie Kondo – with Kristyn Ivey

By October 15, 2019The Simplifiers Podcast

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By now, I’m guessing ‘Marie Kondo’ is a household name you’re familiar with, and you’ve already toyed around with the KonMari Method™. You’ve decluttered your junk drawer, at least once or twice, right?

But what about decluttering your business? Could you use Marie Kondo’s techniques here, as well?

My guest is a certified KonMari professional organizer, and she’s going to translate the method into every aspect of running your company. So, it’s time to confront the clutter, determine what sparks joy, and shift our mindset, the simple way!

Kristyn Ivey simplifies how to declutter your business, a la Marie Kondo style

In this episode, you will learn:

  • The first question to ask before you declutter, Marie Kondo style
  • How to use the KonMari Method™ and confront the clutter in our offices in 4 simple steps:
    • greet your space
    • tidy by category: clothing, books, paper, misc, sentimental items (save that to the end)
    • ask: ‘Does it spark joy?’
    • find a home for the things you’re keeping
  • The common misconceptions about the KonMari Method™ and where people flub it up
  • Why it’s healthier to shift our attention on what we’re keeping vs. what we’re decluttering
  • How to manage the upkeep afterwards

If you’ve watched Tidying Up With Marie Kondo on Netflix, or you’re curious to learn more about Marie Kondo’s decluttering method, read on. Friends, it’s time to confront the clutter and invest in change… not more stuff.


My challenge for you this week:

What do you need to declutter, Marie Kondo style? Do you need to focus on your home and personal life, or will you go straight in to declutter your business? Share it with me, privately or publicly, by snapping a photo of you doing the thing and tag @thesimplifiers on Instagram for added accountability and support!

Links, books and apps mentioned:

Tool: Xero – accounting software

Tool: QuickBooks – Accounting software for small businesses & self-employed

Podcast episode recommendation: How to simplify & organize your workspace – with Christy Lingo – The Simplifiers Podcast

Book: Book Yourself Solid: The Fastest, Easiest, and Most Reliable System for Getting More Clients Than You Can Handle Even if You Hate Marketing and Selling – Michael Port

Book: The Tidy Home Joy Journal: A guide to organizing your home, mind, and life once and for all – Kristyn Ivey

Talk: TED talk by Saya Hillman, Kristyn’s guest recommendation

Favorite quotes from this episode:

[06:25] Questions to ask yourself:

    • How would your business change if it were clutter-free?
    • How do you want your space to look?
    • How do you want your space to feel?
    • What would be an ideal business day for you?
    • What do you want more of or less of when it comes to your business? Kristyn

[08:47] “Sometimes we, as small business owners, forget that we’re the boss. We get to hire the right people, we get to fire the right people, we get to set our pricing and our products and services.” – Mary

[13:16] “That’s interesting to see the things that you’re hanging onto for the ‘what if’ moments in life are clues…” – Mary

[23:15] “I do recommend starting at home before you jump into tidying your business. That’s a great order because you’re taking care of yourself first and then you are shifting this concept to other areas of your life.” – Kristyn

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About Kristyn

For the Love of Tidy’s founder, Kristyn Ivey, is Chicago’s first platinum certified KonMari Consultant. Kristyn teaches busy families, professionals, and creative entrepreneurs how to let go of ‘stuff’ and attract a truly abundant life.

Dedicated to the KonMari mission to inspire the world to choose joy, Kristyn helps clients declutter their way to becoming Graduates of Tidy and masters of life.

Kristyn co-hosts the weekly podcast Spark Joy, celebrating the transformative power that comes from surrounding yourself with joy. She is also the author of the #1 Amazon Best Seller The Tidy Home Joy Journal: A guide to organizing your home, mind, and life once and for all.

Where Kristyn hangs out online:

Website: fortheloveoftidy.com

Podcast: Spark Joy

Facebook: @fortheloveoftidy

Instagram: @fortheloveoftidy

Kristyn’s vote for the perfect guest on The Simplifiers Podcast:

Saya Hillman of Mac & Cheese Productions℠ is a lifestyle business that provides creative solutions to common problems.

Kristyn Ivey - declutter Marie Kondo

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