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A Place for Almost Everything (And Joyfully Get Rid of Everything Else)

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Marie Kondo’s best-selling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up has changed more than just the lives of the hopelessly cluttered. It has spurred small business owners into action to help those that mire in their piles of clutter. 

Michell Domke has always loved organizing (save for a foray into messiness as a teenager) and was in the process of starting a professional organizing business. But she found herself in a bit of an entrepreneurial slump, feeling like she didn’t know which direction to go in.

“I picked up The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, which had been sitting on my bookshelf, unread, for a couple of years. As I was reading it, I thought, ‘This is exactly what I want to do and this is exactly what I want to bring to my clients’.” 

“I fell in love with KonMari because it’s about more than just putting things in order. It’s about reflecting on your current state, visualizing your ideal lifestyle, setting your intention about where you want to go with your life, and making choices about what to keep based on what sparks joy.”

Domke utilizes Kondo’s method, called KonMari, to help her clients pare down their lifestyle. The method purports to have ripples that spread out to all areas of the user’s life. And Domke lives her philosophy as she teaches it to others. She is quick to discard things she no longer wants, but she’s not above the ebb and flow of organization versus chaos. And she takes all the phases in stride.

“My house is an active space. I live in it and run my business from it, so it fluctuates between very clean and organized, and a total disaster. It is super joyful, though. It’s full of plants, art, joyful sentimental items, small pretty things; it’s comfortable and cozy. I’m an entrepreneur, so when it’s a mess, I’m definitely in a creative, or growth phase. I won’t allow myself to clean or organize it, because that’s my distraction from doing the hard thing that I really need to do to get to the next phase.”

The KonMari method is singular in its approach to organizing. It provides a therapeutic purging process that seeks to remedy the hangover of consumption. It is a mindful approach to surrounding yourself with things that make you happy, and shedding the psychic weight of the things that are left hanging around.

“I fell in love with KonMari because it’s about more than just putting things in order. It’s about reflecting on your current state, visualizing your ideal lifestyle, setting your intention about where you want to go with your life, and making choices about what to keep based on what sparks joy. The ideal lifestyle is the roadmap for the entire journey. Keep what sparks joy and let go of the rest.”

Domke finds joy in helping people sort themselves out of rough patches.

“I meet people where they are at, and typically that’s in some kind of pain. [This can be] because of disorganization, clutter, or maybe the loss of a loved one, or the addition of a new baby to the family which is very joyful but comes with a lot of stuff! I’m 100% supportive of people where they are in their current state and help them to tap into where they want to go.”

The best part seems to be the way the method changes not only the surroundings of the user, but their internal compass, as well. 

“Typically in our culture we don’t tap into our feelings about anything, so making decisions based on what makes us happy can be revolutionary. You hone your sensitivity to joy through each category so that by the time you get to sentimental items you can look at them differently. Many of us have items that we keep out of guilt or obligation. They take up space, cause stress and really we have permission to keep or let go of any sentimental item we have.”

Sure, you might say: This all sounds nice. But what about those of us with real messes? The ones that keep certain doors in our houses shut permanently, as mess colonizes entire rooms. Or the ones who feel like their basements and attics are more deep, dark secrets, than simple storage areas?

“No one is beyond organizing,” Domke offers, benevolently. “But if someone doesn’t want to organize you can’t make them and you can’t do it for them. I get calls all the time from people who want me to fix their spouse, kids, roommates. My advice is start with yourself. Take care of your own things and maybe it will rub off on them. It happens! I’ve had spouses tidy their own things after they see the results of their partner. No one is hopeless. And you don’t need to clean or organize things before I come over. I’m here to help in the current state.” 

You hear that, dear readers? There’s hope for us yet.

To put your house and life in order, visit michelldomke.com

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“It’s a-me, Mario!” Buy tix now for video game-inspired racing in Columbus

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You’ve played Mario Kart and you’ve probably played Beerio Kart, but have you played Mushroom Racing?

This live-action go karting experience is coming to Columbus Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30.

Eventbrite tickets are still on sale.

The $55 experience includes costumes, 20 laps, DJ and after party, games, activities and more.

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If you’ve got your drifting and shell-throwing down to a science, you could win yourself a place in the Mushroom Racing in Las Vegas.

There will be 20 spots in the final with three ways in which racers can win a place on the grid in Las Vegas:

  1. Having the fastest lap time in your city.
  2. Collecting the most stars in your city (Top 3 in the country will go to Vegas!)
  3. A lottery – Every person that purchases a ticket to the event , will be entered into a lottery.

There will also be prizes for collecting the most stars throughout the Mushroom Rally series!

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FREE Boyz II Men concert will bring you down “On Bended Knee”

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One of the most iconic “man bands” of this generation will be gracing us with a FREE concert this summer! It’s far from the “End of the Road” for Boyz II Men, who will be performing live at Columbus Commons on Thursday, August 8.

Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, and Shawn Stockman will be bringing you down “On Bended Knee” with their smash hits from the 90s like “I’ll Make Love To You,” “A Song For Mama,” and “Motownphilly.”

None of those songs sound familiar? Maybe you’ll recognize the latter from this scheme in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia:

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While the tickets are free, you must still acquire them to attend. Early access tickets will be available to Columbus Commons newsletter subscribers on Tuesday, June 25 at 10 AM. A limited number of additional free tickets will be released on Thursday, June 27. Sign up for the Columbus Commons newsletter for early access to tickets at columbuscommons.org.

See below for additional details.

  • Gates will open at 6 PM.
  • Ticketholders will not be permitted to access the park before gates open at 6 PM.
  • Easy and convenient $5 parking for this event is available at the Columbus Commons Main Garage, located at 55 East Rich Street.
  • Food trucks and bars will be available.
  • Folding chairs and blankets are welcome.
  • Coolers and outside alcoholic beverages are not permitted.
  • Free tickets are required for entry.
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I…Declare…an Office Trivia Bar Crawl in Columbus!

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Start a new series on Netflix, or re-watch The Office for the 100th time? We already know which option you’ve chosen, so why not put the countless hours you’ve spent with the Dunder Mifflin gang to work?

The “That’s What She Said Trivia Bar Crawl” is the perfect way to face off against other Office Super fans, putting your knowledge of all things Scranton to the test. The crawl will take place over multiple bars on Saturday, June 1, with registration running from 4-6 PM at Park Street Cantina.

This is not a drill! Free Dunder Mifflin souvenir t-shirts will be available for those who sign up early, as well as a souvenir D.M. ID card, lanyard and crawl guide for all participants.

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Food and drink specials – hopefully chili – will also be available to participants as they take on 3 rounds of 25 questions about everyone’s favorite workplace docu-comedy TV show.

“Dundies” and other prizes will be awarded for for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place trivia winners, as well as prizes for the best costumes in individual and group categories.

This event is 21, and please note that you will need a cell phone with data to take part. For more info, visit the event page here.

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