Marie Kondo’s 2014 book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, took the world by storm. Millions of people have since used her method to bring order to their lives and get rid of stuff that doesn’t “spark joy.” Meanwhile, the book helped people find a new appreciation for the things that do.
“Keep only those things that speak to your heart. Then take the plunge and discard all the rest. By doing this, you can reset your life and embark on a new lifestyle.”
In her sequel, Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up, Kondo provides more detailed instructions on every step of the tidying journey, including how to fold socks and organize closets.
“The important thing in tidying is not deciding what to discard but rather what you want to keep in your life.”
Recently, the Japanese de-cluttering consultant has stepped back into the public limelight with her new Netflix series, “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.” Although the series focuses on people’s homes, the next step might be to ask: How can her insights apply to the workplace?
Here a few pointers:
• Declutter your workspace, declutter your mind –organizing your desk will inevitably force you to clarify your priorities. This process can help you refocus your energy on the work projects that matter the most.
• Practice gratefulness –Marie Kondo asks people to say “thank you” for every item before tossing it out. You can apply the same mindset to negative work experiences. After all, everything in life, good or bad, can teach a valuable lesson.
• Cherish beloved objects –make the most out of the items that “spark joy” or motivate you at work. They can serve as true “power objects.” So frame those pictures or employee certificates, or find a nice spot to display your child’s artwork.
• Don’t judge others –Kondo makes the point that just because tidying worked wonders for you, others don’t have to follow your example. What may look like “clutter” to you may serve a purpose in somebody else’s life.