How to organize komono – all the miscellaneous items in your life!
Why are my drawers and cabinets chaotic?
- No designated forever home for categories
- Not putting things away
Marie Kondo’s Tidy Order
- 1. CDs/ DVDs
- 2. Stationery supplies: tools, paper-like (post-its), letter writing (envelope)
- 3. Electronic Items (phones, camera)
- 4. Electronic Cords
- 5. Electric items: USB, ink cartridges for printers, batteries
- 6. Skin care items
- 7. Makeup
- 8. Hair goods
- 9. Relaxing goods: candles, essential oils,
- 10. Hygiene care
- 11. Medicine
- 12. Valuables: passbook, wallets, certificates
- 13. Sewing kit materials and cloth: thread, scissors, needles, tweezers, etc.
- 14. Tools
- 15. Hobby
- 16. Collections
- 17. “Just Because” buttons, key chains, change, phone cases
- 18. Linen & Towels
- 19. Stuffed Toys
- 20. Recreation: fishing, balls, equipment
- 21. Seasonal
- 22. Special occasion: ceremonial, charms, ritual objects
- 23. Rain gear
- 24. Paper + Shopping Bags
- 25. Consumables: tissue, toilet paper, etc.
If there are many items in a category, create a new subcategory
How to Joy Check
- Step 1: Pile one subcategory at a time
- Step 2: Pick an item that sparks joy
- Does it spark joy for you today?
- Does it weigh you down or compete with your other priorities?
- Does it contribute to your ideal lifestyle moving forward?
- Is it something worth keeping if you move?
- Step 3: Place items in Keep, Donate, or Trash
- Step 4: Store items by category temporarily (final storage will be at the end)
Facts about komono
- Be mindful of the items you kept “just because.” See how much of this category takes up precious space.
- Presents show someone thought of you. The gift should not be kept out of a sense of obligation, guilt, or should be stored away. Thank it for the joy it gave you when you received it and say goodbye if it is not joyful.
- Travel toiletries have a short shelf life of a few weeks to six months at most
- Throw away mystery cords. They’ll always be an unsolved mystery.
- How often do you have overnight guests? If you have guests once or twice a year, be mindful of how many linens you need and keep only ones that spark joy.
- Free, new, unused items such as calendars, etc, can be donated
- Add spare change in your wallet so you can use it
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“Keep things because you love them – not ‘just because'”
– The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo