Declutter like you're about to be retrenched

If the Kondo spark-joy way doesn't work, get angry and let go of stuff like you're about to be let go. And there's always Swedish death cleaning


He had just been retrenched. But he had taken steps earlier to make sure his exit was as calm and dignified as he was. He had most likely inadvertently seen the signs of the axe swinging his way and cleared out his desk way ahead of that horrible afternoon.

The others who found out about their fate in a more abrupt manner were tearfully or angrily pulling their things out from drawers and cabinets.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 27, 2019, with the headline 'Declutter like you're about to be retrenched'. Subscribe