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Spark ‘Joy at Work’ with Marie Kondo’s Latest Book

Quarantine got you down? You might be feeling claustrophobic, restless, unproductive, or maybe some combination of the three. Those of us working from home not only have to stay focused amid the distractions of family members, but must also set up shop in a home office (if you’re lucky enough to have one) or a makeshift home office (if you aren’t). Either way, working from home is an adjustment for everyone involved, and may have you feeling stressed out. If so, now’s the perfect time to check out Marie Kondo’s latest book, Joy at Work, for tips on finding joy at work—whether in the office or at home.

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Marie Kondo is “a tidying expert” as well as the bestselling author of numerous works including Spark Joy and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Her aim is to help others find more joy in their lives by decluttering and organizing their living spaces. Her success has even led her to star in Netflix’s hit series, “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.”


Joy at Work is also co-authored by Scott Sonenshein, the author of Stretch, “A groundbreaking approach to succeeding in business and life, using the science of resourcefulness.”

Kondo and Sonenshein use their combined knowledge about success and organization to help readers find satisfaction and joy in the workplace. It can be easy to let work mentally drain you, but by following Joy at Work’s tips, you can change that. Having a system for storing papers, turning off your email for 30 minutes a day, and color-coding your office supplies are just a few ways you can not only keep yourself organized, but happy, in the workplace.


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Given the current circumstances, many of us aren’t sure when we’ll next set foot in the office. But that doesn’t mean you can’t use these tips right away—your home office is the perfect place to start. Now, more than ever, it’s important to keep ourselves mentally grounded amid the current chaos of the world. Joy at Work will help you tidy up your home office and be productive, but not overwhelmed.

Joy at Work is now available for purchase in hardcover and Kindle on Amazon. If you have the chance, check it out—your stay-at-home work life will thank you.

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How to Get Rid of Books

I know, I know – the cardinal sin. But sometimes you have books you don’t need. What about assigned reading you don’t need? All the different editions of Hamlet I had to buy sophomore year? What if the last book in the series is terrible and you want to get rid of all of them out of spite? Here’s some guidance for doing the impossible.



Give Them to Friends


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Sure, they might say “these are too heavy” and “why are you making me take all these”, but they’ll be glad you did later. I mean, you have good taste, your friends have good taste, what could go wrong?

Benefits – You can make them come over and take them, and you can talk about them together.

Downsides – If you didn’t like them, you probably don’t want to put your friends through that.




Sell Them


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Solve your hoarding problem (it’s not a problem if it’s BOOKS) and make some money to buy more books. You don’t have a problem. You have a fascinating hobby. Plus, nowadays, you can mail them in for free, like to Powell’s.

Pros: Money! Ease!

Cons: Having to type in every ISBN.




Donate Them


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Still have books left to get rid of? Donate them! You can donate books a ton of places, like thrift shops and libraries. You can put them on craigslist if you don’t want to carry them anywhere, or you can leave them in a Little Free Library.

Pros: Quick and easy.

Cons: Will they be read and appreciated?




You Did It!

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Look how organized your shelves magically became! And all because you passed on some books you hadn’t touched in ten years (@myself). Ok, you might have to actually do the organizing too. But now you’ll only be organizing books you really love!


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Marie Kondo’s New Book Sparks Joy at Work

You might recognize Marie Kondo from her 2014 smash-hit book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. Or maybe you’ve heard of her Netflix series, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, in which she helps people find joy by decluttering their homes and lives. Now, Marie Kondo is writing another book aimed at helping people declutter their professional lives.

In an interview about Joy at Work, Kondo had this to say:

In this book, you will learn practical tips for maintaining a tidy workspace, but also life-changing advice on finding a career that sparks joy for you. I am honored to collaborate with Scott Sonenshein on this book, and I look forward to sharing Joy at Work with the world in 2020!

Sonenshein is a professor of Management at Rice University and author of Stretch: Unlock the Power of Less – and Achieve More Than You Ever Imagined. 

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In an interview with Forbes, Sonenshein spoke a bit about collaborating with Kondo:

As a business professor, I know too many emails, wasteful meetings and team conflict take the joy out of work. I’m excited to pair my research as an organizational psychologist with the KonMari method to give people the techniques, advice and inspiration to experience joy in all parts of their careers.

Using the KonMari method and cutting-edge research, Joy at Work promises to “help you overcome the challenges of workplace mess and enjoy the productivity, success, and happiness that comes with a tidy desk and mind,” according to the publisher’s description. With chapter titles like “If You Keep Falling Back to Clutter,” “Tidying Time,” “Tidying Your Network,” “Tidying Meetings” and “Tidying Teams,” Kondo is going to give readers the tools to holistically improve their professional lifestyle.

Tidying up the workplace seems like a natural next step for Kondo, given the glut of articles that have already tried putting the KonMari method into practice at work. Who else is ready to unlock the life-changing magic of tidying up their professional life?

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Marie Kondo’s New Book Will Spark Joy for Kids!

Marie Kondo isn’t done helping you tidy up your life. She has trained minions to help you tidy your homes when she’s unavailable. She has created products to help you organize your belongings. She has now turned her attention toward developing your kids’ organizational skills.

House Beautiful reports that the bestselling author has been quietly writing a children’s book that teaches the next generation all about her trademark KonMari method. The bestselling The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up now has a sequel.

Kondo confirmed the news on Instagram, sharing the book’s name and title.

Kiki & Jax: The Life Changing Magic of Friendship follows Kiki the collector and Jax the sorter. The two friends experience some turmoil in their relationship when Kiki’s collection gets out of hand.

“They have to figure out how to make room for what’s always sparked joy – their friendship,” reads the book’s description on Kondo’s website.


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The children’s book is co-written and illustrated by award-winning author Selina Yoon, and highlights the greatest strength of the KonMari method, that anyone (even children) can do it.

“It’s a timeless story about friendship, and I hope that the characters of Kiki and Jax will inspire children and families to tidy and embrace joy!” Kondo adds.

Kiki & Jax arrives on November 5th.



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Marie Kondo Sets the Record Straight on Ditching Books

After suggesting that clients’ cluttered books be discarded on her Tidying Up Netflix series and sparking an internet-wide outrage, organizational guru Marie Kondo decided to set the record straight in an interview with Indiewire.


“The most important part of this process of tidying is to always think about what you have and about the discovery of your sense of value, what you value that is important. So it’s not so much what I personally think about books. The question you should be asking is what do you think about books. If the image of someone getting rid of books or having only a few books makes you angry, that should tell you how passionate you are about books, what’s clearly so important in your life.”


While Kondo explains in the best-selling The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up that she prefers to keep only thirty books at a time, she doesn’t necessarily impose this principle on anyone else. Her Netflix series instead emphasizes personal preference as she and her clients walk through the decluttering process together.


Kondo’s non-book hoarding mentality also stems from her cultural differences. She grew up in Japan, where the very humid climate damages books easily. She explains that the books themselves won’t even open because of it.



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“I do think there is a misunderstanding of the process, that I’m recommending that we throw away books in the trash or burn them or something,” she added. “I always recommend donating them, so if that’s part of the misunderstanding, then that’s certainly being mixed up.”


Good save. I guess you get a pass this time, Kondo.




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