Ep 99 | Single Mom Uses KonMari to Make Room for Her Daughter to Grow

August 27th, 2019 · 22 mins 48 secs

About this Episode

Single mom Amy DeCillo walks through how her 15 hour KonMari tidying experience impacted her family and the benefits of working with a KonMari Consultant along the way.

Amy DeCillo is a single mom of her 12 year old daughter who has some mild special needs. She works fulltime in healthcare and she’s working on an MBA in Public Health. She enjoys a good workout, organizing her home, and doing puzzles with her daughter.

Amy is one Kristyn's clients! They tidied for 15 hours together over a period of three months and she is a For the Love of Tidy Graduate of Tidy. Today we will take a deep dive into her KonMari tidying journey and the impact it’s had on her family.

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In this episode, you’ll enjoy:

  • How Netflix's Tidying Up with Marie Kondo sparked Amy to find a KonMari Consultant in Chicago to help her organize

  • How knowing Kristyn was returning Lesson after Lesson was the perfect amount of tidying accountability to keep Amy motivated

  • Amy's original vision: quick maintenance, workouts, and time with daughter and family without worrying about cleaning at home

  • How Amy made tidying a priority for three months, politely saying no to social events to stay on track

  • Amy and Kristyn's most memorable moments

  • Amy's favorite post-tidying event maintenance strategies

  • Other areas of Amy's life that she can seamlessly navigate now that her tidying journey is complete

  • How Amy plans to guide her sister and other family members get organized, now that she has this new life skill

What sparks joy for Amy:
Surprising her daughter Sophia with a phone!

Final Words of Wisdom:
I would highly recommend anyone going on this journey to hire a KonMari Consultant and follow the steps and plan they suggest for you.


  • "I did not think that we were going to get as much as we got done in the 15 hours that we had together."
  • "I was just amazed at how motivating it was to keep going."
  • "Don't stop. It's OK to thank things and move on."

You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home
You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy