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A typical person spends an average of 84,171 hours at work over the course of their career. And if you’re spending that many hours in a dull, cluttered office, it’s likely to make you feel uninspired and chaotic too. So, how can you apply queen of clean Marie Kondo’s approach to make sure that your office is sparking joy for you and your team? Here’s our guide to giving your office a Marie Kondo makeover.
The KonMari method centres around the idea of possessions ‘sparking joy’. It was popularised by Marie Kondo’s bestselling books, ‘The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up’ and ‘Spark Joy’ and focuses on only keeping the possessions that make you feel good to achieve a tidy, happy home. Her approach is rigorous and detailed, covering everything down to folding methods and has won her millions of fans across the globe.
Kondo’s approach focuses on tidying categories, rather than sections of your home. Each section should be completely decluttered before moving onto the next, even if it covers more than one room. Kondo also advises against putting things away before you’ve finished sorting every category. Her approach breaks cleaning into five categories:
Rather than focusing on how much you can throw away, Kondo advises thinking about your ‘ideal lifestyle’ and how your declutter can help you achieve this. For example, if you want to feel less stressed, having drawers and racks bulging with endless garments isn’t likely to help. You should focus on keeping only the clothing that makes you happy, which will, in turn, stop your daily fight to shut drawers.
Marie Kondo’s methods promise to help you keep your home and workspace tidy in the long run. By only bringing things into your space that you love, Kondo says that everything becomes more valuable and you realise that mindless clutter serves no positive purpose. Kondo also encourages people to tidy everything in one go, rather than dragging it out over weeks or months and allowing the space to get messy in between bursts of decluttering.
Though the KonMari method focuses on the home, it can easily be applied to the office. It might be trickier to find items that ‘spark joy’ when you’re faced with a stapler and box files, but you can apply the method to more than just a messy desk.
Kondo’s ‘ideal lifestyle’ approach can also be applied to your desk. When tidying an office space, this means understanding what you want from it – do you need to feel creative and inspired or calm and organised? If items don’t contribute to your productivity or happiness, it’s time to ditch them. Here’s how to approach it.
Once you’ve got rid of the unnecessary clutter which is making your office feel untidy or boring, focus on the ways that you can ‘spark joy’ in your workplace. Here are five of our top ideas for making your office a lovely place to work.
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