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KonMari – Learning Financial Planning from Marie Kondo!

By: Curt Stowers

So, as watching TV is not my thing, when I recently came across “Marie Kondo” and a discussion of “KonMari” in a blog post about IRA’s, I did NOT have any context. Thank heavens for Google.

A quick search revealed that Marie Kondo is one of the newest TV sensations and that she focuses on a minimalist approach / getting thing organized. This sounded intriguing. Searching further, I found her six rules:

  • Commit yourself to tidying up.
  • Imagine your ideal lifestyle.
  • Finish discarding first.
  • Tidy by category, not location.
  • Follow the right order.
  • Ask yourself if it sparks joy.

Ms. Kondo would make a great financial planner! Taking her six rules and tweaking a bit to help with “organizing” your financial life, I get:

  • Commit yourself to getting organized in your financial life.
  • Establish your goals as it relates to faith, family, friends and fitness.
  • Stop spending money on things that are not aligned with your goals.
  • Fully understand your spending in each area of your life.
  • Take control of your cash flow, insurance, estate planning, taxes, education planning, charitable giving, and investments.
  • Ask yourself if having your finances aligned with your faith, family, friends, and fitness makes you more joyful.

Money is nothing more than a tool to be used to support you in the other areas of your life. However, without a structured, disciplined process to deal with your finances, you are likely going to have a mess in your house.

No one will ever confuse me with Marie Kondo. However, I hope at least a few people that read this will recognize that bringing order to the chaos of your finances is critical to living a life of significance.

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