Ask yourself this question”Does this ‘spark joy’?

One benefit of de-cluttering is that it teaches you to listen to your intuition. Usually there is so much ‘noise’ that we don’t hear that inner voice. If you use Marie Kondo’s rule of thumb of ‘Does this spark joy?’, then you have to go with that gut instinct. When I’m Koaching, watching the facial expression in an indication of that first split-second gut instinct. The extra seconds of hesitation generally show an inner battle of trying to talk yourself out of that initial thought.


See how happy this woman looks? This blue dress sparks joy.  It’s a keeper.


This white shirt seems to be causing some hesitation.  My guess is that it is not sparking joy.  Let it go.

Here are reasons people give to hang on to something:

  • It was expensive.
  • It was a gift from___.
  • I might wear it.  (If you aren’t already, you probably won’t)
  • It used to be my favorite. (Do you still wear it or even like it ?)

Can you imagine a morning when you can reach into your closet, grab something to wear, put it on, and feel great?  Try the Konmari Method and you just might!  If you need help getting started, call me.  I’m the Klutter Koach for a reason. Many of my clients have told me “I could easily do this, but I can’t start.”  I agree with them, they can’t.  They are overwhelmed.  I help them take that first step.  I am not married to your stuff, I find this highly energizing, and not only do we start the project- we finish.

This is the Hebrew month of Adar, the month of Purim.  We are supposed to be happy and joyful.  What better way to be joyful when you love the clothes you own and enjoy wearing them.  Isn’t that a great way to start the day?

Thanks for reading and happy de-cluttering.

-Karen, The Klutter Koach

March 15, 2016


Published by Karen Furman

Hi. I’m Karen Furman, a home organizer and decluttering professional. Organizing is something I’ve been doing since 1st grade when used to straighten everyone’s desks. Fast forward a few decades later, I turned my passion for organizing into a business. Philosophy = Your home should be organized so you know where things are, to the degree that you feel relaxed and not stressed in your space. Method = A combination of Marie Kondo + FlyLady + my own style. YOU make the decisions. YOU decide what to keep and not to keep. I help provide clarity. Attitude = Positive, enthusiastic, non-judgmental

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