Any worker would agree that a more organized office is conducive to a less distracted, more productive workday. How to actually manifest that workspace, though, presents another question entirely. Maybe your desk is covered with miscellaneous paperwork that you think will require your attention at some point in time; or perhaps you have a variety of work-related objects that you no longer need but don’t want to throw away. Referencing various studies that demonstrate how clutter impedes initiative, Kondo and Sonenshein teach us how to confront our arbitrary material attachments and consciously tackle the messes that stand in our way.
The first and most critical step is whittling down our office to only the most essential objects—those things that we need to have in order to continue being productive through the day. All extraneous or less essential objects should either be discarded or stowed into organized, accessible compartments.
In the vain of the KonMari Method, Kondo and Sonenshein also recommend that workers add a single object to their work environment that sparks joy within—Kondo, for one, keeps “a crystal or small vase of fresh flowers on [her] desk.” This helps keep her grounded through the day, and gives her a small reprieve from the tasks at hand without totally pulling her out of the workspace.