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Marie Kondo's Best Advice for Turning Your Home Into a Workspace Without Losing Your Mind
If you're one of the many people worldwide who are now practicing social distancing by spending all day, every day at home, you might be noticing all the clutter you'd been ignoring. For many of us, our new realities include working in our living spaces, making the division between work and home life all the more blurred.

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Working from a comfortable home

Working from a comfortable home

While working from home during the current pandemic, you might want to consider tips that could make your life easier.

For instance, making sure that you feel joyful and productive at ...

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Separating private from professional life

While working remotely, it might turn up to be quite challenging to separate private from professional life. This is why you should try to find a ritual that has the role to set the boundar...

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Home office in a shared home

Home office in a shared home

Working remotely is likely to become permanent in many companies, given the uncertainty of the current situation.

While doing home office can be quite a piece of cake when you live alon...

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Organizing your working space

Doing home office can prove quite attractive, as long as you remember that organization is the key to success. Therefore, learn to keep around things that bring you joy now and in ...

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KonMari is not full-proof

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Pros of the KonMari Method

  1. Decluttering in one shot allows for immediate transformation: If you tidy a little at a time, you would tidy forever because you wouldn't see the drastic results.
  2. Sorting by category instead of by room can save you time.
  3. The emphasis is keeping only what "sparks joy": Will help you better decide what to keep, and also give you a greater appreciation for what you have.
  4. You let go of your stuff with gratitude for the usefulness they served

Cons of the KonMari Method

  1. This process may not be realistic for larger spaces or families: This guide is written from the point of view of a single woman in her early 30's who lives in a small flat in Japan.
  2. Category sorting may not be as effective if you have a family.
  3. Untagging clothes and immediately hanging them in your closet doesn't always make sense.
  4. The book doesn't address how to deal with children's toys.