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Spotlight on members’ professional development: Becoming a bereavement volunteer

In this new series of posts, we’ll be interviewing APDO professional organisers who have undertaken additional qualifications or training, to find out how their clients and businesses have benefitted. In the first of this new series, Moira Stone of Uncluttered Wales talks to Lisa Pantling of Clutter Free Living about becoming a bereavement volunteer.

What is a bereavement volunteer?

Bereavement happens to everybody. We all lose people. And there’s a huge demand for support.

I’m a volunteer with Cruse Bereavement Care, a national charity which offers free confidential bereavement support to anybody. No formal referral is needed – clients can just refer themselves. It’s a lovely charity to be involved with. (Cruse Bereavement Care also provides support in Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man).

Cruse usually offers introductory sessions on understanding your grief and then one-to-one support or bereavement group support. During the COVID-19 pandemic we’re mainly offering telephone and email support although some areas are providing 1:1 Zoom sessions.

It is very humbling to hear some of the difficult situations that our clients have endured. It feels such a privilege to be able to help in some way.

How did you get interested in this area of work?

I’m a registered independent social worker and I work mainly with people with hoarding behaviours. My clients are often people with disabilities or mental health challenges that lead to an accumulation of clutter.

When you start chatting to clients you can feel their distress. So many seem to have unresolved grief and might have experienced multiple or complicated bereavements. Many have never had any formal support. It all seems to make sense as to why they have difficulties with clutter.

I saw that Cruse were advertising for volunteers and I thought I would love to volunteer, and it would also help so much with my hoarding clients.

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Tell us about the training

It’s a great course! You learn so much!

It’s five days, spread over several weeks. It’s often on a Saturday as some volunteers are at work in the week. On completion you get a foundation certificate from the National Counselling Society.

There are some really complex issues around grief. On the course we cover:

  • theories about grief and bereavement
  • practical listening skills
  • group work with lots of role playing (participants take turns to play different roles, listen or observe other people using an assessment tool)
  • different cultural beliefs around funeral traditions, bereavement and grief.

 

There’s homework too as a portfolio is required and this is assessed as part of your foundation certification. It incorporates a reflective journal for the duration of the course, and various pieces of work to demonstrate your understanding of the theories and information you have learnt.

Volunteers also undertake continuing professional development (CPD) by attending a number of study days a year. These include ‘sudden and traumatic death’, ‘death by suicide’ and various other elements such as safeguarding, as part of your volunteer induction. Last year I ran a session on the connection between bereavement and clutter.

How much does the course cost?

The course usually costs a few hundred pounds and is held face-to-face. During the COVID-19 pandemic though, Cruse has moved it online and if you sign up to be a volunteer, it’s free – which is an amazing opportunity.

Being a Cruse bereavement volunteer can be quite flexible. You could volunteer for as little as an hour a week, typically spending six sessions with each client.

What makes a good bereavement volunteer?

Compassion and empathy.

The client needs to feel that they are being listened to, that you are genuine and that you care.

A good rapport is important, and it’s essential that they feel they can trust you and that you will maintain confidentiality – similar skills to supporting people to declutter!

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How are your clients and business benefitting?

The roles of professional organiser and bereavement volunteer are very well matched. Undertaking the Cruse volunteer training has really enhanced my professional practice and my business. Since completing the course, I’ve drawn on it with almost all of the clients I’ve worked with.

Everyone goes through bereavement at some time in their life and it affects us differently, depending on the relationship with the person who died, and how we remember them. It’s also important to understand that we grieve over more than just people. It might be a relationship, a job or a previous home. We even feel grief about getting older and our lives changing in ways that we can’t control or reverse.

Even the most straightforward declutter and organise or packing and unpacking job can bring up many deeply buried feelings, when a client comes across an item that once belonged to a grandparent or something that reminds them of a special day or event. Having an understanding of this and the theoretical background, as well as the practical skills and counselling techniques, has been invaluable.

Being there to support a client through this process, giving them a safe place to talk, reassuring them that what they are feeling is perfectly understandable and giving them confidence to make choices for their future is a very special part of our job.

Finally, I feel that volunteer work is a wonderful way to build great connections and enhance my own wellbeing. When we give time to others, we get so much more than we give.

Thank you, Lisa, for explaining how beneficial your bereavement volunteer work has been for your clients and business.

If this is a topic that interests you, Margaret Ginger of Cruse Bereavement Care will be speaking at the APDO Conference on 20 May 2021. 
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Spotlight on members’ professional development: Becoming a Home Sweet Home consultant

In this series of posts, we’ll be interviewing professional organisers who’ve undertaken additional qualifications or training and finding out how their businesses have benefitted.

Moira Stone of Uncluttered Wales talked to Lou Shaw of Clutter Freedom in London about becoming part of the Home Sweet Home network of professional organisers.

Becoming part of the Home Sweet Home network of professional organisers

Lou runs Clutter Freedom which covers south-west, south-east and central London. Lou herself lives in Battersea in south-west London near the Thames. It’s a very densely populated area but with a villagey feel. There are old Battersea residents, people who’ve moved to the area to bring up children, and a lot of people moving in and out. With its good transport links to central London, easy access to open spaces, family-sized houses and good schools, it’s a popular choice for people moving to work in London for a few years.

What’s Home Sweet Home and how did you get interested in being one of their contractors?

When I did APDO’s introductory training I met Louise Muratori of Be Clutter Free and we hit it off straight away, supporting and mentoring one another. It was through her Lancashire network that I heard that Marie Bateson, of Cut the Clutter, the APDO Director of Volunteers and UK co-ordinator for Home Sweet Home, was looking to build up the network of professional organisers who are APDO members.

Home Sweet Home was set up in Los Angeles in 2004 to simplify corporate moves and save companies money. Originally helping with internal USA and Canada moves, Home Sweet Home now operates in seven countries, serving Fortune 500 companies and their employees. I’ve worked with people from companies like Amazon, Apple, Netflix and American Express, for example.

I’ve always been interested in homes and moving so I love this work! I also believe in recycling and reusing and I’m keen to help my local community, so that fits in too.

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Tell us a bit more about Home Sweet Home

There are two main programmes:

  • Discard and Donate is for people leaving the UK to relocate to another country. In normal times, pre-COVID, we would help them declutter their home, working out what they would take with them and what they would leave behind. These are usually pieces of furniture and items with UK plugs like lights, hairdryers and tower fans. But it could be anything and often includes children’s toys and equipment. I then decide where the items can go, to charity or elsewhere. I like the challenge of getting things out there into the local community.

 

  • Quick Start is an unpack and put away service for company executives moving to this country. We will work in a team, unpacking all their belongings quickly and efficiently and organising their new home. When the executive and family come to their new home to find it ready for them, they’re thrilled! It not only makes the move to a new country less stressful, it also saves them a lot of unpacking time.

 

Marie organised a team of three APDO members to complete a Quick Start service for a family relocating to London from Spain who had to quarantine on arrival. I worked with Susanna Drew of Home Review and Gill Ritchie of Declutter Dahling, unpacking for a family of five into a large central London apartment. It was hard work and a logistical challenge but, yes, it was good fun too and it gave me a chance to meet other organisers.

Home Sweet Home services are offered as part of the relocation package and paid for by the transferring company. The company benefits because staff are happier and less stressed. They also save money as the number of goods transported is reduced and the amount the company saves on shipment covers the cost of Home Sweet Home.

Helping others

The service also helps the environment as less is transported, less packing material is used and there are fewer fuel emissions. And for every tree saved, Home Sweet Home makes a donation to plant three trees. The aim is for as much as possible of the donated items of furniture, household equipment and clothing to make its way back into the community to be reused or recycled.

I worked with a couple who were moving from a fantastic ninth floor apartment near the American Embassy in London to Tokyo. Almost all the items they left behind were donated to a grassroots organisation working to help get homeless people into new homes and other vulnerable people.

What makes a good Home Sweet Home contractor?

  • Being helpful, friendly and efficient while keeping a professional edge. I’m there representing Home Sweet Home and not promoting my own business.
  • Being a hands-on kind of person.
  • Being able to supervise, if required – packing, cleaning and so on.
  • Having a car is very useful.

 

Having the ability to think on your feet and having a certain amount of flexibility. There might be a suddenly remembered or discovered item to be dealt with immediately. Like the forgotten bike shed – which very quickly went on NextDoor. Or the two storage boxes of shoes found under a very low bed that the packers had missed – definitely wanted and needed by the transferee, who was in Frankfurt by then – that I was able to drive up to the shipping company at very short notice to join the consignment heading for Frankfurt.

Being resourceful with a good network. Covid has pushed us all to dig deeper and rethink our networks now charity shops are often closed. I’ve developed new contacts with Big Local SW11 and Wandsworth Mediation Services which supports very vulnerable families and gets homeless people off the street. There’s also Little Village, a children’s and babies’ clothes and equipment bank, which is great for children’s clothes, cots and buggies. I use my local NextDoor and a WhatsApp group and things go very quickly through them. I use a waste removal service for broken or damaged items, furniture without UK fire rating labels, mattresses and other items that charity outlets cannot take.

 

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Tell us about training

Marie Bateson, our co-ordinator, trained with Home Sweet Home in Los Angeles so I was rather hoping that I could too! Unfortunately, I had to do it over Zoom…

The training is done by Jeff Heisler, Home Sweet Home’s President, and Marie. It’s free and takes a couple of hours. It’s very straightforward and there’s no commitment. There’s an introduction to Home Sweet Home and what it does, and then a description of the nuts and bolts of how it works.

When you join the network, you get all the help and support you need from Marie. Paperwork is straightforward. The Cost Saving Report, for example, is in an Excel spreadsheet which includes lists of household items, categorised by room/garden and their average weights. You simply list the number of items of a particular thing, for example, 1 three-seater sofa, 6 hand kitchen appliances, 3 large bags of clothing, and Excel calculates the overall shipping weight saving.

What are the benefits to your business of being a Home Sweet Home contractor?

It’s helping me to have a better knowledge of my own area and community and to build up a wider network of contacts. It’s really nice to get to know people. We’re all rubbing along together and are very loyal to the area. I’ve lived here for 20+ years. It’s like an extended family.

What’s your advice to someone thinking about joining the HSH network?

I’d say give it a go. You’re under no obligation, and you can say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to any job you’re offered. It does help in quieter periods of your own business.

Clients are professionals who are friendly and appreciative of the service Home Sweet Home offers them. It does take a weight off their minds that the possessions they’re leaving behind are going to a good cause to help people in the area where they’ve lived for the last couple of years.

I’ve been to some amazing properties and recently it’s been nice to have an excuse to zip about London. I’m off to a house in Notting Hill next week. The transferee has provided a list of items so I can plan how to distribute them efficiently. There are always last-minute items, though, that the family decide to leave behind once the packers begin their job so there may be a few surprises.

Training is usually carried out twice a year but if you’re an APDO member and you’d like to get on the books, email Marie as she can often get you on board before the next training session.

Thank you Lou for sharing your work with us and explaining more about the Home Sweet Home network and its services. 

We are delighted to welcome Home Sweet Home as Key Sponsor of the APDO Conference 2021: The Future Is Re-Organised. For further details head to the Conference page!

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Recommendations from the APDO Book Club bookshelf

APDO’s Book Club was launched in the summer of 2020. Whilst the book club is for APDO members, we wanted to share our thoughts on the books that we have read with a wider audience, in the hope that some of these titles might find their way onto your reading list too. In this post, APDO Book Club co-ordinator Sarah Howley of Organising Solutions reviews some of the books that have made it onto the APDO Book Club bookshelves so far. Over to Sarah…

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APDO Book Club

When I heard that APDO Association of Professional Declutterers & Organisers wanted to introduce a book club, and that they wanted me to be involved in running it, I was overjoyed. As a librarian and life-long book enthusiast, I was thrilled to be given such a golden opportunity to immerse myself in industry literature. This was a chance to expand my reading list, identify new favourites and get together with other organisers to seek out the most interesting finds – I couldn’t volunteer quickly enough! Working alongside Mel Carruthers of More Organised, a plan was formed and before we knew it, the first meeting arrived.

With one book per month taking the spotlight, it’s been difficult to choose between all the amazing books we’d like to feature on our reading list. However, in the spirit of professional development and acknowledging key industry themes, Mel and I aim to curate a diverse and interesting selection for our fellow APDO members to enjoy. You can find a brief review of the first six APDO Book Club choices below.

“Making Space” by Sarah Tierney

This debut novel by Derbyshire writer Sarah Tierney explores themes of mental health. Miriam is fed up with her lacklustre life and purges her belongings in hopes of a fresh start. A chance assignment introduces her to Erik, a troubled artist with hoarding disorder. Their story demonstrates how emotional wellbeing and trauma can affect our attitudes to clutter and decluttering. APDO members were impressed with the author’s handling of the subject matter and found Lisa, the fictional professional organiser, to be a relatable character. Find out more by reading our interview with the author.

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“Dostadning:  The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning” by Margareta Magnusson

Margareta Magnusson, a Swedish-born artist, offers this practical handbook on getting things in order before you die. Having death cleaned for many people, she pulls together her most useful anecdotes, interlaced with the dry humour of an elderly matriarch who has seen it all. At times, the author seems to eschew sentimentality, yet at others her words are resoundingly beautiful. During the book club meeting, we acknowledged that we all know at least one client, friend or family member who could benefit from this best-selling introduction to the concept of death cleaning.

“The Trauma Cleaner” by Sarah Krasnostein

Sarah Krasnostein’s telling of Sandra Pankhurst’s story is shocking, funny and compelling in equal parts. The author reveres her subject, and you can’t help being a little in awe yourself as you discover more. A terminally ill transgender woman with a tumultuous and often traumatic past, Pankhurst is dedicated to spending her remaining time helping others clean away their own pain. The group discussed how organisers often find themselves in the role of confidante, and shared techniques for dealing with sensitive conversations.

“Atomic Habits” by James Clear

Packed full of exercises, explanations and examples, James Clear makes a convincing argument for swapping big goals for small steps. He emphasises the importance of building good habits and presents us with four laws: make it obvious; make it attractive; make it easy; make it satisfying. Prior to our meeting, several book club members had even felt inspired to create their own good habits! We reflected on the effects of internal and external influences on habit creation and considered how Clear compares to other writers on the same topic, such as Gretchen Rubin (author of Better Than Before).

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“The House We Grew Up In” by Lisa Jewell

Lisa Jewell has long been a household name associated with best-selling fiction. In this novel, the children of a woman with hoarding disorder revisit the family home to clear it after her death. Multiple timelines and voices reveal a charmed beginning threaded with moments of unease. A shock event blows the family apart and this is compounded by Lorelai’s attempt to hold tightly on to everything and everyone she can. APDO members often witness how hoarding disorder impacts the loved ones of those who live with it, and in many cases it can be impossible to maintain a close relationship. Together, we considered minimalism and hoarding behaviours on a spectrum, where the level of compulsion can be strong in both extremes.

“Calm Christmas and a Happy New” Year by Beth Kempton

In this festive treat, Beth Kempton combines charming narrative with checklists, cherished memories and contemplative exercises. The book is split into three sections: anticipation (before Christmas), celebration (during Christmas) and manifestation (after Christmas). While religion is mentioned, it is not central to the guidance given. Our book club members were lucky enough to receive a short video from the author, in which she advised on applying Calm Christmas concepts amid a pandemic and entering 2021 with a positive mindset.

What’s next?

Look out for another blog post this summer, featuring a review of our next six books:

  • Joy at Work by Marie Kondo and Scott Sonnenschein
  • Introduction to Coaching Skills by Christian Van Nieuwerburgh
  • Death & Decluttering by Nancy McGovern
  • Decluttering at The Speed of Life by Dana K. White
  • Two more great choices which are soon to be announced.

 

The APDO Book Club is one of the many benefits of joining APDO! You can find out more about becoming a member here!

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Spotlight on members’ professional development: Becoming a hoarding specialist

In this series of posts on our members’ professional development, we are interviewing APDO professional organisers who have undertaken additional qualifications or training, to find out how their clients and businesses have benefitted. In this next post in the series, Moira Stone of Uncluttered Wales talks to Lynsey Grundy of Tidy Homes, Tidy Minds about becoming a hoarding specialist. 

Lynsey and her assistant are employed to provide tenancy support for Southway Housing Trust, a social housing landlord in South Manchester. In addition, Tidy Homes, Tidy Minds – a service within the Trust – provides hoarding support to private and other clients. She also works with other housing providers and as a consultant.

What is a hoarding specialist and how did you get interested in hoarding?

I’m a specialist now but it’s taken a long time to get here.

I’ve worked in crisis management and social care for about 25 years. I came to work in social housing on tenancy support, to help our tenants with any aspect of their lives that’s causing them difficulty and is impacting on their tenancy. It could be drugs, alcohol, gambling, mental health, illness. This is a free service to our tenants.

The reason for tenancy support is that we want to help our tenants to sustain their tenancies and manage their homes. On a purely financial level, it’s much better for us to keep tenants rather than have property voids with the associated costs. But it goes beyond that.

In 2014-15 we did a review of all tenancies looking at things like the number of working families, under-occupancy and over-crowding. It was a bit like a general census and we made some interesting discoveries. We knew about tenants who we had regular contact with about tenancy matters like unpaid rent or anti-social behaviour, but we didn’t know much or anything about people who we weren’t regularly in contact with. They might have been paying their rent and allowing someone in to check the gas, but some of them also had hoarding behaviour.

Bringing these tenants to the surface highlighted that the Trust had no policy or strategy about hoarding. If there was an extreme case of hoarding (which was actually very rare) the only tool we had was under the terms of the tenancy agreement and enforcement action which could lead to eviction. I asked other housing trusts and the City Council – nothing. That there was no policy or strategy just didn’t sit right with me.

I went on a few courses and, with a solicitor, to a housing provider event about anti-social behaviour (“ASB”) cases. All this got my juices flowing and I wrote my ideas up for my boss and ultimately the CEO agreed for us to start working in a different way. Statutory services, NHS and social care were all interested and we came up with a hoarding offer. Southway Housing Trust saw the benefit and provided funds to make it work.

What makes a good hoarding specialist?

It’s not for the faint-hearted. Not everyone wants to wade through someone else’s belongings.

To start out, you have to have a genuine interest and relevant knowledge. That might come from, say, a background in counselling or something similar.

You have to know your limits. I won’t work anywhere with fleas, for example, until they’ve been eradicated. I’m not taking fleas home to my animals!

You need to be able to clear your mind. You need a poker face, an unshockable face! And you need a lot of patience and understanding to work together with the client to solve the problem together.

Building your expertise to become a specialist requires detailed knowledge and experience of hoarding in all its different manifestations. Think about it, ask questions about it!

And I’d just like to say how good it is that potential clients can now click on ‘hoarding’ as a specialism on the Find An Organiser page of the APDO website.

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Tell us about training

There’s quite a bit of training out there now, some courses more expensive than others. Look at what hoarding training is available. Jump on it!

Different courses are run by, amongst others:

And there are so many basic online courses available now on relevant subjects like mindfulness, CBT and so on. Adding to your knowledge and experience with short courses all builds up your understanding and gives you tools to use.

Read books! I recommend Understanding Hoarding by Jo Cooke (founder of Hoarding Disorders UK) and Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things by Randy Frost and Gail Steketee.

How is your business benefitting?

Tidy Homes, Tidy Minds and Southway Housing Trust are providing a service that wasn’t there before.

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. People really don’t choose to live in a hoarded environment; something happened in their lives to make it like this. We try to get beyond the behaviour to the root cause of what’s causing it, by building up a relationship so clients feel comfortable. We try to ask the right questions and then provide information that will help. The client doesn’t have to be a victim for the rest of their life and we aim to be part of the solution.

We aim to cover our costs and last year, £12,500 went back into the service from private clients. We also save housing providers money. Not having to evict tenants who hoard can save landlords like us around £45,000. That’s the costs of eviction, cleaning, damage and voids. So paying around £2,000 for a service like Tidy Homes, Tidy Minds is a no-brainer. The cost is so much less and there’s a very much better outcome.

We benefit hugely from joining forces with other public sector agencies across the ten Greater Manchester local authorities. I’ll just give you three examples of how we all benefit from access to different learning and resources.

  • The Fire Service refers potential clients to us when they do safety checks. And we were able to use their premises free of charge to start a new peer support group. (We had to move elsewhere because we had so many members, and then COVID struck … but all the same!)

 

  • Tidy Homes, Tidy Minds is an approved provider with social services. As hoarding is classed as self-neglect in the Care Act 2014, potential clients may be eligible for a personal budget. We can provide a report assessment outlining their need, the service, required funding and the hoped-for outcome of an improved life. This can often unlock a personal budget of perhaps around £2,500.

 

  • Finally, and excitingly, I’m learning about ACE – adverse childhood experiences – and the trauma-informed way of working. ACE refers to four or more traumas occurring during someone’s childhood. Examples are abuse, domestic violence, prison and death. ACE is a big part of why hoarding can occur. I’m now part of ACE’s team working in a nurturing, trauma-informed way with schools and community centres. We’re planning to roll the approach out to the ten local authorities in Greater Manchester. I’m passionate about getting this launched.

Thank you Lynsey for sharing your work with us and explaining more about the help that is available for people who hoard.

If you would like to find out more about APDO members and their specialisms, take a look at the Find An Organiser directory.

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Spotlight on members’ professional development: Becoming a KonMari consultant

In this series of posts on our members’ professional development, we are interviewing APDO professional organisers who have undertaken additional qualifications or training, to find out how their clients and businesses have benefitted. In this next post in the series, Moira Stone of Uncluttered Wales talks to Rosie Barron of The Tidy Coo about becoming a KonMari consultant.  

What is a KonMari consultant?

Marie Kondo is a Japanese tidying guru who’s written a number of books and has a Netflix show. She’s a sweet, nice and kind person. Her trademarked method of tidying is called The Marie Kondo Method™ and often referred to as KonMari.

KonMari consultants focus on what ‘sparks joy’. That means focussing on the positive rather than the negative, focussing on what you want to keep rather than on what to discard.

Generally, consultants follow the specific Marie Kondo Method™. First of all, we work with clients on their vision, which is what they want their life to look like. We then use this as a springboard for decluttering and the decluttering process.

We use categories of items to prevent looking at the same thing over and over again. We work on categories in a specific order, beginning with clothes, then books, paper and then komono which is everything else (although, obviously, we split this into sub-categories so that it is not too overwhelming). Finally, we work on sentimental items – it’s important to leave this to the end so that you are practised at knowing what sparks joy.

I haven’t found anyone who the Marie Kondo Method™ hasn’t suited. People aren’t robots, of course, and it can be a very flexible system if that’s needed to suit the client.

How did you get interested in the KonMari Method™?

I’ve been an expat for most of my life, having to move at very short notice. Leading a decluttered and organised life and being ready to move is a way of feeling less pressure in that situation.  And focussing positively on what to keep is so much better than thinking about what has to be discarded. We took this approach when my mother moved and it was rather fantastic fun!

What makes a good KonMari consultant?

Kindness and empathy. It’s probably the same for all professional organisers.

Also not pushing my own agenda. I’ve done my KonMari decluttering and my life is not the same as yours. If you struggle or find yourself in a muddle, I’m here to listen, show compassion and help.

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Tell us about the training

The training is a rigorous procedure to ensure that standards are maintained and that clients know what they are getting!

First of all, you have to read Marie Kondo’s books and apply the method to your own home, taking photographs to document the process.

Then you apply to go on a certification course. I attended the first European KonMari seminar in London in April 2018 which was three days long. Now they are mainly being run online, although there are still some in-person courses.

You then spend at least 30 hours with a practice client, submitting reports throughout the process. If this is up to standard, you then take an online exam. If you don’t pass then you do get a second chance at it. If you fail for a second time you are then mentored by a certified consultant.

After this, you have an informal interview, pay the certification fee and are then listed on the KonMari website.

There are a number of levels of certification from Green (newly certified) to Master, depending on the number of hours you’ve spent with clients. I’m currently Gold (600 hours) working towards Platinum level.

Of course, you’re learning all the time. Each client and situation is different.  There is a fantastic supportive community of consultants and you can always access help from KonMari Inc.

How much does the course cost?

Virtual certification courses that last ran in September 2020 cost US$2,000.

How is your business benefitting?

Training in the Marie Kondo Method™ gave me the confidence to start The Tidy Coo (I hadn’t heard about APDO training at that point) and it gives me a structure to help other people, whatever the situation.  Clients have often read Marie Kondo’s books and specifically want to work using the Marie Kondo Method™ and come to me for that reason.

What’s your advice to someone thinking about following this training?

Go for it! It’s worth knowing that consultants are encouraged to show the Method by example, by living lives that spark joy. We do this by looking for things that we love and focussing on things that spark joy!

Thank you Rosie for telling us about your KonMari journey and how it benefits both your clients and business.

If you would like to find out more about APDO members and their specialisms, take a look at the Find An Organiser directory.