What’s all the Clutter Mutter?

Creating a rhythm can help your brain
Makes sense of things to keep you sane
Without rhyme or reason, would we hate
As it limits our performance rate
Clear reading, understanding and just plain space
Takes us to our happy place
Organised chaos can sometimes suit
But time wasted is always proved….
Our brains are programmed to follow a path
Of easiness and simplicity, for our own health

By creating a simple flow of words that form a pattern (or routine if you will), I am confident to say that I have already proven my point of “less is more”. As soon as our brains recognise shorter sentences, simple words and a rhythmic flow – the 10 lines above are not as overwhelming as a normal article would normally be – and can even create a sense of joy (or possibly just a sneaky smile).

So why do we insist on cluttering our lives, our homes, our offices or our email inboxs when it is clearly easier and more bearable to deal with simplicity?

Research has shown that clutter can have many negative effects on a person, and especially on employee productivity. Effects such as unhealthier eating; poorer mental health; less efficient thinking; time wastage; and increased cortisol levels are just a few, and none of these are worth ignoring. Your general health, career and finances are in danger if you hang on to the clutter in your life (both physical; and mental).

Now, this article DOES NOT give you permission to go home and toss out your partner’s favourite jersey that you hate….or for you to insist that your colleague get thrown out the office…but rather, this will hopefully serve as an inspiration to de-clutter your own personal spaces, and find joy in the items you have chosen to surround yourself with. De-cluttering is not as simple as “throwing out” what you don’t need – but rather about keeping what you absolutely love.

Marie Kondo, author of ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing’, has developed a method focused on a fresh start and a fresh head; and sparking joy in your immediate surroundings. As a young girl, Marie was always been interested in organising and tidying up. The KonMari method was developed after she realised that de-cluttering is not just about purging or throwing away. This can often be an overwhelming experience, from a financial; emotional; or physical aspect. As human beings, we create an emotional connection to inanimate objects, be it sentimental reasoning or the view that an object is an extension of who we are – representing us in a way. This connection makes it incredibly difficult to throw out what you think you don’t need; never mind the thought of the money you have spent on acquiring that object that is now being ‘wasted’.

The KonMari method was established after Marie went through a similar experience, resulting in a nervous breakdown – until she realised, she should be finding things to keep, instead of looking for things to throw out. This change in attitude allowed each item to be analysed and to determine if it created a ‘spark of joy’ for her, and her daily routines. By doing this, you are allowing yourself to focus your energies on the important things in your life, and even giving yourself the freedom to say no to certain obligations. By clearing up the physical space around you, and surrounding yourself with joy and sentiment, your mental and emotional space if free to blossom.

So how does this help in a work environment? Alyse Kalis has identified a few methods and benefits of implementing the KonMari method at work:

  1. Express Gratitude – Acknowledging what your work space has done for you, allows you to reflect on your accomplishments up to that point, be it a promotion that you achieved, or a report that you absolutely nailed.
  2. Have a Vision – If you know where you want to be in your position, and what you are striving for, it will make the process of de-cluttering more efficient as you will have more of an idea as to what items to keep in your surroundings.
  3. Try to “Spark Joy” – when analysing an item that is a necessity rather than a luxury (ie – a pen); try think about how you feel when that item helps you get the job done (the sense of achievement you feel when you use the pen to tick off something on your to-do list etc).
  4. Tackle Your Email, Desktop and Files – by separating your filing into ‘what you need now’; ‘what’s pending’; and ‘what you need to keep forever’ can assist you in determining which paperwork (or electronic files) are needed and useful.
  5. Capitalise on Your “Power Spot” – have a space dedicated on your desk or in your office where you can shift your focus on a bad day. A picture of a loved one, or a memento from your travels…anything that can take you to your “happy place”.
  6. Store Things in a Pleasing Way – At work, you may need to keep items that don’t “spark joy” but are absolutely necessary. Store these in a colourful, or fun manner to shift the mindset from ‘boring’ to ‘joy’.
  7. Be Intentional Going Forward – whatever you choose to keep in your surroundings moving forward, make sure that you have the intention behind it, as this holds you accountable to follow through on finding the joy.

Keeping your space clear and free
Is a method developed, called KonMari
To find the joy in your surrounds
Brings peace and leaves your mind unbound
Shifting your energy to the plus
Is good for everyone of us
Focus on you, your work and home
And get into the cleaning zone
So de-clutter your space, as you are
By using our guided Calendar

 * https://www.themuse.com/advice/marie-kondo-method-spark-joy-at-work?fbclid=IwAR0GanYhCVWtUB3G-DicUPSo6kpPebRTxf5GueH8Ai9JxBpvuG6AMe7FVKU&utm_campaign=breakroom_january2019&utm_content=advice&utm_medium=organic_social&utm_source=facebook
* https://www.growthbusiness.co.uk/how-does-clutter-affect-employee-productivity-2551839/
* https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Kondo
* https://blog.konmari.com/marie-kondo-productivity-tips/
* https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/fulfillment-any-age/201705/5-reasons-clear-the-clutter-out-your-life
* https://miadanielle.com/psychological-effects-of-clutter/
* https://makespace.com/blog/posts/clutter-infographic/

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