About Joy of Less

Marina wants to share the satisfaction of a colour-coded coat closet; the zen of a de-junked junk drawer, and the sheer joy that comes from a clutter-free home. 

Marina's interest in home organization began during her time as a nanny in homes across Europe, the United States and Canada. Her intimate view into family relations revealed the powerful, and often negative, role that "stuff" can play in the home. Whether it's battles over messy rooms or massive credit card statements, the accumulation and storage of more and more seemed to lead to less and less happiness. 

It wasn't until reading Japanese author Marie Kondo's best selling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up that Marina realized the solution to this problem.  The book details a system known as the KonMari Method which provides a step-by-step process to liberate yourself from accumulation.

In August 2016 in New York City, Marina joined the first-ever cohort of non-Japanese trainees in the KonMari Method.  The course was led by Marie Kondo and her senior Japanese trainer. In November 2016, after months of training and apprenticeship, Marina became the first Canadian and second ever certified consultant outside of Japan.  While she has decided to step away from the KonMari organization in 2018, she retains the inspiration and wisdom of Marie Kondo and the method.

In 2018, Marina was recognized as a finalist for the 2018 RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards. 

A resident of Vancouver, Canada, Marina holds a Degree in Journalism and has completed courses in leadership and event management at BC Institute of Technology. 

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