Ep 61 | KonMari Komono Category: Confronting Miscellaneous Items

October 31st, 2018 · 28 mins 45 secs

About this Episode

Komono, or miscellaneous items, is quite often the largest clutter category volume wise, so we help you break it down in a way that it manageable and most joyful to explore.

Before you continue, if you’re just starting your tidying journey, or in need of a refresher on how categories work in the KonMari Method, listen to Spark Joy Episode 1: KonMari 101 and Episode 9: Tidying by Location is a Fatal Mistake

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In this episode, you’ll enjoy:

Joy Checks:
Karin: The Serene Home was featured in Oprah.com!

Kristyn: For the Love of Tidy is tidying up its virtual home! New website launch (with special surprises) coming very soon.

  • Komono Subcategories:

    • CDs, DVDs
    • Skin care products
    • Makeup and perfume
    • Valuables (passports, credit cards, etc.)
    • Electrical equipment and appliances
    • Household equipment (writing materials, sewing kits, linens)
    • Household supplies (medicine, detergent, tissues)
    • Linens
    • Kitchen items
    • Emergency supplies
    • Hobbies
    • Gifts
    • Seasonal items
    • Home decor/furniture
  • Spark Joy listener Lisa submits a question about Komono and craft spaces

  • We help you answer the tough questions:

    • What if I need this someday?
    • Can I keep this as a backup?
    • What if I need this in an emergency?
  • The importance of grounding our miscellaneous item decisions in the vision of our ideal life and living environment

  • We review how to handle the nuances Komono category with care (while keeping your sanity!). For example:

  • Small items

  • Mixed bins of items

  • The "mess”

  • Kid’s stuff

  • Sentimental items (see Spark Joy Episode 55 for more on digitizing your sentimental items)

"Miscellaneous items play a super important role in everyones life. They are sometimes the supporting character in everything that we do."

"It might be time to put a hobby in the past, as it may not be something you see as part of your vision moving forward."

"It's important to keep like items together to understand the extent of your active supplies and materials vs. materials you are just stockpiling."

"Unlike clothing books and paper, Komono category is so broad and everyone will have different subcategories in their miscellaneous."

"If everything is important, nothing is important."

"What in your home is in such abundance that it's not really feeling important, even though it is a 'must keep' or 'must have'?"

"Miscellaneous items often include things that lean more utility than joyful."

You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home
You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy