Have you read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up? Currently number #1 on The New York Times Bestseller List (How-To Category), it’s a tiny little book that talking about ways to remove clutter from your home.
While we would all like our property listings to appear less cluttered, the larger message in the book is how an uncluttered and tidy home directly corresponds to an uncluttered, tidy, and freer life. In fact, one of the funniest (and most bittersweet) parts of the book comes in the introduction, where there is a review that states, “Your course taught me to see what I really need and what I don’t. So I got a divorce. Now I feel much happier.”
If the principles shared by the author, Marie Kondo, are true, then it would stand to reason that a tidy home and a tidy workspace will lead to a significantly more productive real estate career. (And, wouldn’t that be nice?)
Will these principles lead to more closings?
Here are two principles from the book that can be easily applied to your workspace and your life as a real estate professional:
- Anything that doesn’t make you happy or isn’t absolutely necessary should be touched, thanked, and sent on its way. The typical American has way more than he or she needs. (I’m sure you’ve seen those photos of people across the world outside their homes with all of their belongings.) As you look at your workspace, think carefully about every single item and whether it is absolutely necessary. If not, it should be sent on its way. Kondo recommends purging without help from others. Imagine, for example, that you want to get rid of a book. Your mother is there and says, “You cannot get rid of that book. It is a gift from Aunt Susan.” The guilt will get the better of you and you will be unable to declutter effectively.
- Touch everything and consider whether it brings you joy. Only keep what brings you joy. This sounds a little bit goofy when thinking about an office space. But, as an example, I just love my Fujitsu Scansnap scanner. When I scan documents, I feel like I am being super-efficient and organized. And, then, with the scanner (of course), the best part is that I can then trash or shred the papers I’ve scanned and get them off my desk. Kondo recommends that you apply this approach (the consideration of joy) to everything in your home.
When you remove clutter from your personal space, you also free up your mind from the associated mental clutter. Perhaps this will free up space for you to experiment with other endeavors or perhaps you will free up some time to do some additional marketing or lead generation.
Whatever the case and even if you don’t believe in the magic of tidying up, most of us could probably benefit from a day spent cleaning our desks.