Kondo gives handy advice on working from home

Working from home and tuning out distractions – or coping without colleagues there for company – can take a bit of practice. So it’s perfect timing for the fairy godmother of tidying, Marie Kondo, to return with a new book on work life. In the midst of global chaos, even seeing Marie over Zoom feels soothing: speaking to me from her home in Los Angeles (an interpreter is also on the call), she looks every inch the zen guru, with immaculate hair, a neat yellow cardigan and a background of trees visible through her window. Her chapters focus on tidying your space and thinking about what – to revive her famous catchphrase – ‘sparks joy’ in your work; Scott’s concentrate on organising your digital life to make it more efficient. All of this contributes to the deeper purpose of the book,Marie explains: ‘The goal is really to get you thinking about what the career is that will spark the most joy for you. ‘I definitely believe so – just knowing where everything is can be a big factor in your overall efficiency, and taking the time to care about what comes into view when you’re working from your desk can really calm yourmind.’ Watching her on my laptop, surrounded by muddled papers, forgotten mugs and piles of books, I’m not sure I can carry off this level of serenity.