How to Declutter your Komono (Miscellany) the Konmari Way Part 2
Welcome everyone to day five of our Seven Day Konmari Declutter Challenge!
If you haven’t been following along to the challenge, let’s get you caught up.
Decluttering your space is easiest when tackled by categories, organized in order of easiest items to discard, to hardest, like sentimental things. This is why the Konmari Method was developed. Marie Kondo, a Japanese Decluttering Consultant, is an expert of her work, helping hoarders to declutter things they could previously never part with and in turn shift their lives around because as they let go of their unwanted items, they simultaneously seem to let go of their unwanted thoughts, release negative people, and shake bad habits as well.
In the book she wrote “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” she walks the reader through the same process she walks her clients through. The method is more deeply illustrated in my previous article How to Declutter the Konmari Way | The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo but, in short she guides the reader to start with the one category, take all the items from that category out from anywhere in the home and place it out so you can see the mass of all the items you have in that category, then to hold each object and see if it sparks any joy to you. Going with your intuition, you will discard anything that doesn’t spark joy! For whatever reason, regardless of any excuse, it has to go.
This is the fifth category we are addressing now, so if you missed the first of the series go ahead and click here to tackle that one. If you’re all caught up to speed, let begin with category five:
Komono (Miscellany) Part 2
Decluttering your Komono is broken into a wide variety of subcategories. The subcategories include:
Yesterday you should’ve tackled the first half of the Miscellany in your home, but if you haven’t click here. Today, we will finish off this Miscellany declutter by investigating our Decor, Garage, and Bathroom type items.
To kick off today’s declutter, we will explore our decorations. This goes for all the decor in your home currently in use, and not. This also goes for “knick-knacks” and things like that.
Let’s pull out items including and similar to:
- Wall decor
- Holiday decor and lights
- Decorative pillows and throw blankets
- Picture Frames
Ask yourself which of these items are bring you joy.
Which items are starting to become more work to keep because of the extra dusting they make you do? Which ones are creating clutter and you just don’t have room to keep? And lastly, which ones are no longer your taste? Let them go to someone who will love them.
Shifting our focus now to the garage clutter. These are the items which can go into a toolbox, as well as other utility items.
These items can include:
- Light bulbs
- Flash lights
- Yard and Gardening care supplies
- Power tools
Asess what is not bringing you joy and ease in your life any longer. Which items could be better rented or borrowed when the day comes you actually need them? Which ones do you have multiple of already? Give these items to someone who can use them regulary.
Finally, to complete all the Miscellaneous items in your home we will visit the bathroom-type Miscellany.
What’s included in this subcategory is:
- Makeup brushes
- Hair supplies
- Hair brushes
- Tweezers and Trimmers
- Nail cutters, files, buffers, and polishes
- Travel size items
What I would like you to consider here is the joy each item does or does not bring you, as well as the expiration date, and the amount of toxic chemicals residing in the ingredient label of your toiletries.
I’ve managed to consolidate my makeup down to only non toxic beauty products I use daily. There are only shades of makeup left that look becoming on me. I’ve also managed to rid myself of travel size items I never use, medicine that is expired in my cabinet, and makeup brushes that are not my go-to’s.
Keep what you love, and as I’m sure you’re exceptional at by this part of the process, let the rest go!
Voila, your Miscellany is uncluttered and we are just about done with the entire house! Click here to move on to the next challenge.
Love and blessings,