The Book I Wish I Had Written

magic tidy bookAdmittedly, I haven't even read it yet*, but everyone is buzzing about Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

It teaches her "KonMari" method which is centered around the simple question - "Does this spark joy?" - Which I like so much more than "How old is it?" or "When is the last time you used it?"

It can be applied to anything from offices to closets, as described in this article and this one.

She swears by holding an object in your hands to feel the energy of it.  I agree that this can be effective, as sometimes I have to hold a paper to generate ideas.  However, sometimes my clients are so overwhelmed that they let go of more when I'm doing the holding!

Either way, this 4 word question is a powerful one that can clear the messiest of messes.

Where in your home or office do you see this method being most effective?

Please share in the comments!

* I wrote this on a Monday night and the following Tuesday morning one of my more intuitive clients gifted it to me!  'Twas meant to be!


kacyRoundOffice Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper. She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking. Reach her at 202.262.1207 and Learn about Skype consultations here. Watch video lessons on office organizing here. Receive your free list of 100 Ways to Organize Your Office at