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How to Marie Kondo your career, according to the organizational expert herself

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Most people know Marie Kondo as the originator of a home organizing method that has changed how scores of people live.

Her method revolves around examining an item and, when deciding whether to trash or keep it, asking yourself one simple question: "Does this spark joy?"

But this tactic can apply to more than just household clutter, Kondo, who goes by "KonMari," writes in The New York Times. The best-selling author of "Spark Joy" and "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" also notes that it can help you define and improve your career.

Tidying up your career

Frequently asking yourself whether objects, relationships and time commitments bring you joy will help you see bigger issues, like your work life, more clearly.

"Over time, your ability to identify what is worth keeping will extend from your home to your career to your relationships," Kondo writes.

So how do you do it?

A key first step is to identify what's cluttering up your life emotionally. Record the negative feelings you're experiencing, she suggests.

"Once you've pinpointed your problems, identify specific solutions," Kondo writes. You'll feel more free to make whatever changes are necessary once you identify what's muddling your work goals.

Her method is all about streamlining to make more room in your life for the objects, people and opportunities that bring you joy.

"[My clients] are surrounded only by the things they love," she writes in "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up." The goal is to have the same be true of your career.

"Continually assessing whether the belongings in your life spark joy allows you to hone your judgment," the expert points out in her op-ed. As you become more skilled at de-cluttering, "you will be able to discern what makes you happiest and most contented in other aspects of your life."

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