It seems everyone has an opinion about Marie Kondo and her trademark "KonMarie Method" which leans heavily on getting rid of things in your home that don't bring you joy.
While her best-seller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up released four years ago, Netflix's cleverly-scheduled new series called "Tidying Up" on Jan. 1 coincides well with those who declared this the year they'd be clearing out clutter in their homes and offices once and for all.
While many might argue that a messy desk or room may not affect their ability to be inspired, just as many could argue that taking the time to de-clutter their home or office space isn't time wasted. In fact, in some cases, it can even save you money.
When I first read her book, I put her concept into practice immediately, starting with the first category--clothes. Kondo insists on following the categories in order: clothes, books, papers, komono (miscellany) and then, finally, mementos. Within each category are subcategories. For example, within clothes are tops, bottoms, socks, underwear, bags, you get the picture.
Rather than focus on one room, you focus on the subcategory by bringing all of those items, from all over your home, into one room. Most people probably have tops in their bedroom closet but that may not always be the case. Some people have more than one closet, some might have tops in other rooms, in drawers, car trunks, their office, or even at their friend's home. By taking inventory of what you have on-hand, you can then go through each and every item, place it in your hands and ask, "does this item spark joy"? If it doesn't, it goes into the donation bin.
Not Just Limited to Home Settings
The KonMarie Method isn't restricted to a home environment. I've used it in my office space with great success, too. In fact, just this past month I've set aside reams of unused and never-likely-to-be-used stationery and envelopes. Rather than put it in the recycling bin, I'm donating them to a non-profit organization collecting office supplies for public school teachers to use in schools and in the classroom this month. If you have a lot of items you can donate from your office, you can get a tax write-off for your office supplies and they can be put to good use.
When was the last time you went through your office space to gather office supplies like staplers, paper, envelopes, scissors, or even measuring tape? How about journals or file folders? Or go through those file folders to see if they're even necessary anymore? Can you reduce the space you need for storage and save money? By realizing what you already have in stock, you can also save money by not having to constantly buy supplies you have but cannot easily find.
We often relegate spring cleaning to the springtime when the weather improves and we can open windows to let the fresh air in. But if you have time this month, as many entrepreneurs do until business starts ramping up in a few weeks, why not take the time to KonMarie your office or home and clear out clutter while you can? Put some tunes on or listen to a new podcast and go to town. If anything, that'll make spring cleaner faster and easier, could save you money and you can actually enjoy the season by spending it outdoors.