Christine Thorn, owner of interior design firm Sage of Interiors out of Wolcott, first encountered Marie Kondo — the founder of the KonMari Method and New York Times best-selling author of Spark Joy and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up — four years ago at a seminar in New York City, after a relative had gifted her one of Kondo’s books. A chiropractor, acupuncturist, reflexologist and reiki practitioner for 28 years, Thorn was so transformed by the experience that she incorporated Kondo’s teachings into a second line of business. We find out about her new calling, her very particular set of skills, and how she “sparks joy” for herself and her clients.
Why adopt this particular philosophy?
It is definitely a “philosophy of living” because the KonMari Method itself encompasses much more than organizing. It involves choosing a lifestyle that supports who you really are — the best version of yourself you’re aspiring to be. It feels so good to achieve what Marie Kondo calls the “click point,” when you’ve decluttered your home and have just the right amount of everything, stored in the proper way and in the proper places. At that point, you switch over to “maintenance,” spending 15 to 30 minutes a day to pick up and put things back.
Expound on the connection between your holistic career and “sparking joy.”
I have supported my patients as they heal through the various stages of their lives, which has fueled my passion for helping others heal through their environment and home. Yoga, reiki and other aspects of integrated healing and lifestyle enhancement profoundly spark joy for me. When you KonMari your home and your life, it frees up a lot of time and clutter in your mind. For me personally, that creates space for things like yoga, spending time outside, hiking with my husband, David, and my dog, and being with my family.
What specialized skills or resources does Sage of Interiors bring to the table?
I have a passion for decorating and designing, having done that in my own home, though I don’t have any formal training. The skills I have are distilled from my 28 years of collaborating with people on a very emotional and intimate level with their health — and also from being an energy healer dealing with people’s emotions.
Describe some of your more formidable client challenges. Hoarders? Pet owners? Big families?
I’ve had many people who have pets and it’s not a problem. I love animals and I don’t have allergies. When people hire me to come to their homes, they’re very focused. Most hoarders do not see the way they live as problematic, so I’m not getting calls from people like that. I do have clients who have a lot of things. It may seem overwhelming and a challenge for them, but we work through it step by step.
Here are a few ways to immediately and inexpensively declutter and de-stress your living space, according to organizational pro Christine Thorn:
Address today’s mail today. As soon as the mail comes in, I open it, discard what is unnecessary and file the rest.
Put all unnecessary or unused small appliances and clutter on your kitchen counters away, and choose to eliminate what you no longer need. (It’s also much easier to keep the kitchen clean.)
Clear out all paperwork and unnecessary clutter in your bedroom. The bedroom is supposed to promote restful sleep, and you don’t want to see clutter when you open your eyes.
Make your bed every day. It seems like a small thing, but it’s really symbolic of your mindset in approaching each new day.
Make a more organized entrance in your home. Store shoes, coats, gloves, etc., so when you enter your home, you don’t see clutter.