What Area of Your Life Do You Need to Marie Kondo?

By: Zoe Samuel
Estimated Completion Time
5 min
What Area of Your Life Do You Need to Marie Kondo?
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About This Quiz

The term Marie Kondo uses to describe the feeling one should have from the objects one surrounds oneself with is "tokimeku," which is a Japanese expression that roughly translates to a sense of sudden excitement. Essentially, Marie Kondo believes that every home should be a place filled with the objects that arouse that feeling, and only those objects. These may incite that feeling by invoking a memory, or by filling one with the desire to act, or some other way, but the important aspect of them is how they make one feel.

Keeping a tidy home is only one part of the happiness equation. Many parts of life could do with a clearing out. People fall into unhealthy social habits, dietary habits, and patterns of seeing themselves. In this digital age, there is a huge amount of clutter that can be hard to assess because it is metaphysical, living in hard drives, email inboxes, and in the cloud. The more one examines one's life, the more it becomes clear that applying a little Marie Kondo to areas of one's life can keep us from falling into what Stephen Covey called "getting stuck in the thick of thin things." To find out which area of your life needs some Marie Kondo, take this quiz!

Question 1 - connect to people How do you like to connect to the people who are most important to you?
I do it online.
I try to go to parties and dinners with them.
I bake a meeting into my work day.
I do it early in the morning or late at night, sometimes both.

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Question 2 - job What do you feel when you think about the industry of which you are a part?
It has changed too much.
It's a good culture.
It's hard to stay on top of things.
It's a time-suck.

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Question 3 - priorities How many systems have you tried to use to set personal priorities?
I have a few apps for that.
I tell people about what I'm doing and hope they'll hold me accountable.
I put sticky notes on my desk.
I buy the stuff I need to achieve my goals, since spending money on something means that if you don't do it, you're wasting money.

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Question 4 - happiness What methods have you tried to achieve happiness, that didn't work out so well?
I used a meditation audio recording every day.
I went out to parties six nights a week.
I worked like a dog at my job so I'd get a big bonus.
I put everything I had into my career and personal goals at the expense of sleep.

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Question 5 - parents Who is the most important person in your life?
My significant other
My friend from my networking group
My colleague
One of my parents

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Question 6 - old age What do you fear about old age?
I fear technology will change so much, I won't be able to keep up.
I fear that what is cool and what are norms will get ahead of me.
I worry about being made redundant.
I worry about the ravages of time on my body.

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Question 7 - organized On what central principle have you organized your home?
Wi-Fi
I want it to be warm and inviting.
I want it to be a place I can work, in case I'm sick and cannot go into the office.
It's little more than a room in which I sleep.

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Question 8 - career How is your career path structured?
I go from client to client.
I get introduced to people who can use me, and I get headhunted.
I am slowly climbing the corporate ladder.
I am rocketing through the ranks of my employer.

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Question 9 - messaging service Which of these virtues do you prize the most in those around you?
Using the same messaging service that I do
Integrity
Seeing something good in me
Understanding what it means to sacrifice

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Question 10 - effort Would you rather achieve through earned effort or nepotism?
Definitely effort
Probably nepotism
Probably effort
Definitely nepotism

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Question 11 - Kawaii Which of these aesthetic ideas appeals to you the most?
Wabi-sabi: the beauty of imperfection
Kawaii: cuteness
Shibui: attractiveness stemming from something being very spartan
Mono no aware: the bitter-sweetness of fading beauty

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Question 12 -  Marriage What is the next major life stage you hope to enter?
Mastery of my resources
Marriage
Making good money
Being ready for "adulting"

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Question 13 - plans How far in advance do you tend to make plans to achieve your goals?
A few hours
Weeks, sometimes
Years
Months

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Question 14 - motivate What motivates you to give something your all?
Novelty
Peer pressure
Deadlines
Time

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Question 15 - big break Which of the following best describes your big professional break?
Work I did went viral.
I met the right person at the right place at the right time.
It hasn't come yet.
I was given the right chance when I had the time to do it.

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Question 16 - friends How do you feel after seeing the friends whom you see regularly?
See them? In person?! Ha!
Drained
Empowered
Impatient

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Question 17 - success How do you feel when you discover major success has come to someone with whom you work?
Delighted
Proud
Jealous
Glad

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Question 18 - phone When your phone makes its notification sound, do you know what it is notifying you about?
No! It makes way too many beeps to know anymore.
Yes, since I turn off notifications.
Usually, since I only have a few apps on there.
No, as I barely use it.

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Question 19 - go to the doctor Which of the following things makes your skin crawl?
When my phone gets slow
When someone makes it all about them
When I have to re-do a job I already did
When I have to go to the doctor

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Question 20 - crash diet What was your last self-improvement kick?
Digital detox
Going on a meditation retreat
I went to a business seminar.
I went on a crash diet.

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Question 21 - workouts To which of these disciplines do you actually adhere?
Rigorous workouts every day
I draw a bright line between work and personal life.
I always put first things first.
I commit myself 100%.

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Question 22 -  old friends Who is it in your life who tells you off for bad habits?
One of my older friends
One of my newer friends
My partner
No one

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Question 23 - self-care How much time do you have for self-care?
Loads
Not as much as I'd like
Enough
None

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Question 24 - relax Where do you go to relax?
Nature
Anywhere I can be alone
Home, to bed
My job

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Question 25 - discipline What Japanese maxim do you stand by?
Respect others.
If thou, being poor, enter into the abode of the wealthy: remember that his riches are more fleeting than the flower nipped by the hoary frost.
Seek perfection of character through discipline.
The gods punish fools, not to slay but to chasten them: the teacher smiteth his disciple, not from hatred but to make him better.

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Question 26 - book Which of the following books is the sort of thing you've read and tried to implement in your life?
None
"How To Make Friends and Influence People"
"The Art of War"
"Verbal Judo"

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Question 27 -  retraining Life is an ongoing act of retraining. How do you learn to do new things?
I watch videos online.
I find experts to teach me, one on one.
I take classes.
I don't have time for that!

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Question 28 -  people I love Think big. What goal do you want to achieve but don't think you have the ability to achieve?
Enjoy the simple things in my life
Spend more time with the people I love
Get ahead professionally
Get in shape

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Question 29 - quitting time At what time of day do you look forward to the end of the day?
I don't, really. It just sneaks up on me.
Right when it happens!
All day
I dread it!

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Question 30 - waking up Which of these thoughts do you have first thing in the morning?
"What does my phone have to say to me?"
"I wonder what so-and-so is doing."
"I need to get to work immediately!"
"Oh, no! Morning already?!"

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