Ever since Marie Kondo had her first book translated to English in 2014, she became a popular hit that lead to millions of copies around the globe! Her dedication for cleaning started when she was younger, and then eventually became a hobby that gave her popularity. She then had an idea of officially turning it into a business when she helped a CEO in organising her entire space – earning her first paycheck from a hobby she enjoys.
Marie Kondo and her silent success
Eventually she decided to help a couple more and then published three books regarding cleaning, organising, and renewing your vision to ‘joy’. After her silent hit last 2014, she became a favourite topic of discussion by distressed housewives and independent youngsters who needed help in cleaning up their messes. In January 1, 2019, she teamed up with Netflix and hosted her own show that helps people around America live more comfortably and mess free.
While you may not be in America and it’s not impossible to enjoy her iconic ‘Konmari’ style in your everyday life. You may want to apply more of this style in your work by clearing up your desk once and for all, and maybe leave behind items that sparks joy. It may be a small thing, but you will be able to find peace in your life and maybe become more productive at work!
Konmari your desk with these easy steps:
Depending on the status of your desk, you might be either sitting in the corner silently crying about how intolerable your mountain of mess is or start clearing up items on your desk. While it may seem easy at first, as you move on to items that you especially cling to, that’s where the challenge starts.
First of, Marie Kondo suggest that you do it as soon as you are aware that you needed help. “When your office space is organised, it will increase your efficiency because your use of time becomes more productive”, she says. The most important thing you need to do is to get rid of the clutter and the old things and pave way to new and items that actually give you joy.
The desk should only radiate creativity and performance, meaning there should be no excess. Common offices are littered with papers and items that are no longer useful, it only adds to the pile and eventually becomes cluttered. Some papers can be digitalised, and the space the bulk occupies makes it feel more cramped – the best you can do is thank them for their service and let them go. Make sure you shred documents with classified information.
She said that the spark of joy differs in the office – you need to earn money while working. The mantra is different, hold the item in your hands and ask yourself: “Does this contribute to me feeling more positive and also does it contribute to my efficiency?”. Before you discard the items that you want to get rid of, make sure you thank it for their service. It is through cleaning and organising that you begin to clarify your sense of value and what really matters to you. It will not only make your desk cleaner, but improve your overall happiness as well!