Saturday, January 23, 2016

Tidying Up

Dr. Helen Smith gives her thoughts on Marie Kondo's book about tidying up. I'm still reading Kondo's book and have found it has excellent advice but, well, let's just say my office at home won't win any awards for tidiness.

But I'm making progress.

Her best advice so far: Don't find a place for it. Get rid of it.


Wally Bock said...

Years ago I was at a party where very pompous fellow was going on and on and on about his work habits and the virtues of a clean, neat desk. "An messy desk," he pontificated, "is the sign of a messy mind." "So, what," said a voice behind me, "is an empty desk a sign of." We laughed. Pontification stopped.

That incident got me to rethinking the way I keep my office. The fact is that I work better with piles of stuff around. The fact is that sometimes I entirely forget things when I put them out of sight. Sad, but true.

I decided back then that tidyness was like planning. You need "just enough" and "just enough" varies from person to person.

Michael Wade said...


I am a messy desk person. My goal in tidying up is to achieve "just enough."