24 minutes | Feb 28th 2020

Triple Threat Teaser For the 2020 Greater Frisco Home and Garden Show

Subscribe on iTunes! Subscribe on Google Play Podcast RSS Feed In this episode of The Frisco Podcast, Portrait Photographer Me Ra Koh, Professional Organizer Sue Yaghi, and Howard “The Dirt Doctor” Garrett join us in the studio to give a sneak peek of what you can expect to see at the upcoming 2020 Greater Frisco Home and Garden Show. SHOW NOTES: [00:20] Introductions [02:30] KonMari Method explained [08:15] “The Dirt Doctor” discusses organic gardening [14:21] The experience of photographing family portraits [20:10] Where you can find Me Ra Koh, Sue Yaghi, and Howard Garrett online LINKS & RESOURCES: 2020 Greater Frisco Home and Garden Show Website Me Ra Koh: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter Sue Yaghi: Website | Facebook | Instagram| LinkedIn Howard Garrett: Website | Facebook |Instagram | Twitter Connect with Lifestyle Frisco on:  YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter LinkedIn Transcript Machine-generated. Welcome to the Frisco Podcast. I’m your host, Scott Ellis. And in this episode we’re talking about the Home and Garden Show that’s coming to Frisco on March 20th through 22nd I have a number of guests in the studio with me today. So, uh, I tell you what, instead of me introducing you guys, why don’t we go around the room and you guys can introduce yourselves and I’m gonna start with Sue. Hi, my name is Sue Yaghi. I am going to be the home and garden show and I am going to talk about the basic methods of the KonMari organizing. So you’re gonna be doing, talking to you have a booth there as well. I do not have a booth. I’ll be talking on Saturday. I have two sessions at 11 and two and then on Sunday at one o’clock. Perfect. Okay. Howard. Well, I’m the dirt doctor. I’m been, I’ve been in the landscape business all my life. I’m currently doing the radio talk show weekly that’s nationally syndicated. I’ve written 15 books on organic gardening, various specific subjects. And I, uh, just teach people how to go organic and stop using synthetic fertilizers and toxic chemical pesticides. We’ll be speaking three times at the event. Okay. Very good. I’m sure we’ll have a number of questions for you. And last but not least, mirror. Hi, my name is Me Ra Koh and I was a photo mom on Disney for several years, which is a show called capture your story. And I love empowering people with photo tips on how to capture their family. We’re going to have a booth there as well. We um, just came here from Seattle and have a local studio now in Frisco. So I’ll be on the stage giving tips on how to look thinner in photos, how to get high energy kids to like calm down for the photo. Just all kinds of tips that, you know, we just want when we’re working with kids, um, as well as have some of our fine artwork of families on display there. Well, we’re going to have a lot of questions for you guys as well. So we’re gonna have some fun here today. And again, the Home and Garden Show is happening. It’s at the Star in Frisco. So if you didn’t get to go last year, uh, this is the second year at the star and it is March 20th through 22nd. So it’s coming up pretty fast. So, uh, let’s go ahead and dig in with a little bit of organizing talk here because you know that that’s a topic that comes up frequently, um, with some of our writers and other people that we work with at lifestyle Frisco. There’s so many families moving into Frisco, you know, kind of clean slate, new house, all that kind of stuff. So tell us a little bit about the KonMari method. What exactly does that mean? And we’ll go from there, Right? The KonMari method really has three rules, uh, three basic rules. And the first rule is be honest with yourself and visualize your ideal life. What is your ideal life and why do you want to tidy? It’s not just about tidying or houses. Why do you want to do it? And trust me, once you are done, you will find out that your life is just a little more and less, more stress, fee free. And therefore you have a better life. So that’s number one. Number two are the rule number two is tidy in one go. Do not tidy. One room, do not tidy. One closet tidy in one go. Um, so you basically pile everything up. There are certain categories to go by, but basically you pile everything up so you see the magnitude of what you have. And the third and last rule is tidy by category. So you tidy. There are five categories in the KonMari method, clothes, books, papers, um, komono komono means miscellaneous, which is kitchen, bathroom, everything else. And the last one is sentimental. Sentimental meaning your albums, you know, the closets of albums and pictures, the pictures on the walls, sentimental item, psych, wedding dresses, um, maybe little trinkets, maybe the thousand Christmas cards that we’ve saved over the years. And we have, we don’t have the heart to throw those away. So that is sentimental. So once you go by these three rules, you will really understand that once you’re done, Oh my gosh, my life is stress free. So you, if you start with clothes, you basically take all the clothes you personally have not talking about your partner. I’m not talking about your kids, I’m talking about you personally. You, whoever wants to start it has to do it, has to go through the experience themselves. Throw all your clothes on the bed, socks, underwear, jackets, coats, um, anything you have, um, scarves. Throw them all on the bed in a huge pile and take a look at it and say, why do I have all of this? Do I wear all of this? Do I use all of this? And then the, maybe the most, the biggest trademark that the KonMari method has is the spark joy. So you pick up every single item. You have to pick up every single item. And trust me, I have done this exercise. You pick it up and you look at it and you think, does this spark joy to me? If it does not spark joy to you, you thank it. You put it in a pile for giveaway. If it sparks joy to you, put it in the spark joy pile. And then later on we’ll talk about folding it and if you’re not sure there’s an item like, ah, I really like it but I haven’t worn it. I’m not sure that’s your maybe pile. By the time you’re done with the spark joy pile that I really hate this pile, and the maybe you will come back to that maybe pile and say, okay, I know exactly what I want to do. Usually there’s a couple of items that you’re still not sure about. I say hang them up in the closet, put them in clear view, don’t stack them somewhere. You’ll never go back to them. If you stack them, hang them up and take a look at them every day. Maybe in a week or two, maybe in a month or two you’ll say, why the heck am I holding onto this? I’m going to throw this away. Or Oh my gosh, I love this. I should wear this. As long as you’re wearing it, keep it in the closet and then move it to your spark joy pile, which will be hanging up. So what are the key benefits of going through this kind of a process? I mean, what do people, other than making more space and getting rid of things that they’re not using, what are they really, really? They’re Galing. They’re gaining the spark joy. So if you, if you think about it, if your closet sparks joy, your pantry sparks joy, your living room sparks joy, you’re going to spark joy on the inside. You’re going to be happy on the inside because everything is basically organized and then you think, okay, let me move to my second thing. What am I doing next? Has nothing to do with organizing. Has nothing to do with your house. Maybe it’s, gosh, you know, all my life I wanted to do something. I wanted to do this hobby, but I haven’t done it. So you do it because it sparks joy. You basically are teaching yourself a method of how to take care of yourself. I’ve worked corporate America for 20 years and I decided one day after I read Marie Kondo’s books, I decided I’m going to take a break. I’m going to quit my job. My 50 hour week job and just do what I want to do. And I went through the whole course, the training, the seminars, the practice, and I feel like I’ve really done what I wanted to do. I even garden, you know, if never gardened before. I don’t have a green thumb. I, I really am horrible at it. I’ve killed so many plants and finally I’ve taken the time to read through it to really learn how to do it. And I’m doing that. I travel because now I feel like while there’s nothing holding me back, there’s no one holding me back. So it’s about what you want to do, your ideal life. That’s why I said be honest with yourself and think, how do you visualize your ideal life? Sounds wonderful. I can imagine for some folks it’s probably harder than it sounds at times that we used to get going. Um, but good practice. And speaking of gardening, what a great transition. We’re going to talk to Howard now, the dirt doctor who is also going to be at the Home and Garden Show and Howard, tell us what about the dirt doctor and what you guys are doing over there. Well, if I teach you how to garden, will you come over and talk to my wife? I’m on the other end of the spectrum of that. Well, I as the dirt doctor, like I said, I specialize in organic gardening. I’m a practicing landscape architecture for a long time. I really don’t do that anymore. I do a little consulting on projects that are special to me, that I’ve worked on in the past. But the main thing I do now is teach homeowners, farmers, ranchers, and others how to go a different route, go this natural organic route. And I try to teach people about all the misconceptions on it. We are, we have a little bit of
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