I am getting to the point where I’m just opening every box, every storage container, every drawer I find. I have a vintage hard suitcase that sits on my mantel. I was convinced it was empty. Guess what? It’s not. Nope, instead I found two atlases (one in Finnish—don’t ask), counted cross stitch stuff, two massive books that I got from a vendor luncheon at MLA, my mother’s wedding portrait, assorted news articles, some stuff my father wrote for a trade magazine, and an anatomical print of an eyeball.
It’s a good thing that I am approaching my next category. After you do clothes, books, and papers – or in my case – papers, clothes, and books, you’re supposed to tackle “komono” or “miscellaneous.”
That’s a rather large portion of my home.
- Health & beauty
- Entertainment: DVDs, VHS
- Entertainment: CDs, cassette tapes, records
- Board games/games
- Gift wrap/stationery
- Technology (cords, cables, small devices)
- House maintenance (it wasn’t terribly exciting or I would have blogged about it)
- Office supplies
- Linens (sheets, towels, tablecloths, rags, etc.)
- Cooking utensils
- Baking, pots and pans, & kitchen equipment
- Eating utensils, dishes, glassware
- Pantry & liquor
- Décor (pictures, picture frames, knick knacks)
- Creative writing
- Comic books
- Holiday decorations
- Miscellaneous (everything else)
While I suspect I’m overlooking something, I’ll begin with these and add as needed. These are in no particular order. I really think I’m going to jump around here and there. This is partly because some of these projects are going to take more time and energy than others and every so often I will need a small victory to keep me going.
The other reason to do these small little subcategories is because I’m finding that I keep unearthing stuff and it makes no sense to put it back in the vessel it came from. Consequently, I’ve got lots of random items spilling out all over the place and getting rid of clutter is the whole reason I came into this project to begin with!