Let’s talk about the phenomenon known as the Home Edit… vs. Reality

Has anyone else gone down the rabbit hole and been binge watching more than their share of Netflix shows thanks to the pandemic? 🙋🏻‍♀️ In addition to Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, I’ve also been watching Get Organized with the Home Edit. Both are fun and entertaining, however, they are 2 totally different experiences.

The KonMari Method® is about personal growth and empowerment. Learn who you are through tidying. It teaches you how to value your belongings and keep only what is meaningful, useful and joy sparking to you. The Home Edit on the other hand, isn’t really about “editing your stuff,” just buying lots of pricey storage solutions to contain your stuff. And we can’t overlook that everything must be rainbow organized.

Don’t get me wrong, I love eye candy as much as the next person, however I feel like The Home Edit is setting unrealistic expectations for what your home should look like. They feature many A-list clients that can afford to have a team of organizing professionals transform their space into a rainbow fantasy land, with housekeepers to maintain it for them. That’s awesome for them, but it’s not realistic for 99% of the population.

Social media, Pinterest, “Influencers,” they all set the bar really high when it comes to promoting home and life goals. In reality, most people don’t live like that and much of social media is staged or fake. But the implications are real and therefore people often feel like failures in life for not being able to meet expectations when THEY are not the problem.

Social media is the problem!

Instead of seeing Instagram and Pinterest as something attainable, see it as inspirational. Choose one aspect and try to implement it. Want to try out the KonMari Method®? Empty one drawer and joy check the contents. Maybe you love the rainbow look but it’s not practical to have it everywhere, so try it out in one space. For example, you could rainbow order your bookshelf or the clothes hanging in your closet. See if it’s for you without having to spend any money!

So what can we learn from this? Having a home that looks like a magazine cover isn’t realistic for most people. Use the images you see on TV and the internet as aspirational or inspirational rather than achievable. Your home and life doesn’t have to be Pinterest-worthy. It’s more important to be authentic to yourself.

If you’d like to find out more about the KonMariMethod® or how to lead a more authentic, intentional life, go ahead and schedule a consultation. We can talk about what your goals are and how to reach them!