Marie Kondo’s tips for tidying your work space.
How do you apply the KonMari Method to workplaces?
The first step in the KonMari Method is to imagine your ideal lifestyle, and you can adapt the question to, “What is your ideal work style?”
There are five categories in the KonMari Method — clothing, books, papers, komono and sentimental items — and although clothing is not applicable in the workplace, you should still work through the rest of the categories in this order.
The important question to ask when going through your items is: Does this spark joy? If you feel like “joy” doesn’t resonate, adapt the question and ask yourself if this item will move you toward the direction you want to go in your career.
For people who consider themselves disorganized, what’s your advice for them to tidy their desks and keep it that way?
Designate a spot for each and every item on your desk — even tiny things like paper clips or memo pads need a home to return to! By doing this, you create a structure within your work space. One final tip: Include a file for pending documents that need to be attended to!