The Minimalist Darling

Hi. I'm Emma.

I've loved cleaning and organizing since I was a child.

Reading Marie Kondo's first book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, was like reading something I myself had written. I saw in her stories that I was not alone in my feelings or habits. So many of her kernels of advice were things that I had believed all my life, and it felt so good to see that someone else saw the potential in the space around them that I saw.

When I was in elementary school, I used to borrow books from our school library, read them, then clean and polish the laminated covers or plastic hardcovers before I returned them - then I'd go pick out a new book and straighten out the shelves as I went. When I went to my father's office in my early teens, I used to organize the mountains of papers, pens, rubber bands, and all sorts of other things on his desk for him. Growing up, I was constantly helping my mother declutter our home, and supporting her in letting go of things I could tell she really didn't love anymore.

I've always had an uncontrollable urge to clean and tidy, because it brings me so much excitement and happiness! I have so much fun cleaning, decluttering, reducing and reorganizing, because all I can think about is the wonderful positive effects it will have.  The changes always feel so good, and I always see such amazing effects!

I never imagined I would have the opportunity to do this for others, or bring it to a level where it could change their lives. Marie, wonderful human being that she is, gave me that.

I had just finished reading her book, and was sitting around thinking how cool it would be to work for her as an apprentice, when a friend of mine decided to search Google for any such opportunities. Lo and behold, she gave seminars and helped train people to become consultants. I signed up immediately, and now I get to journey out on my own and do what I love every day.

Tidying has always been something that has brought me infinite amounts of joy. I hope you'll let me spread that joy to you and your life.