Category Archives: organization

Komono – Check In

I’m well at the half way mark, probably for the entirety of my house as well as this category.

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That’s Entertainment! – KonMari

Yeah, I know (and that really doesn’t properly convey the enormity of what I had). Continue reading

Linens – KonMari

I keep surprising myself.

The next subcategory I wanted to tackle was linens, meaning: towels, bedding, table linens, rags, and some miscellaneous fabric. I chose to do this for two reasons. The first is that I want to clear some space and I happen to have a decent sized linen closet, a hope chest, and a massive steamer trunk. The second is that I thought this would be a nice manageable, easy victory subcategory.

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Komono – KonMari

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.

I had found these nice sheets, but I don’t think they’re going to work for me. Then I happened on this blog post, and will adopt their method slightly for me.

  • 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)
  • Tools
  • Office supplies
  • Linens (sheets, towels, tablecloths, rags, etc.)
  • Cooking utensils
  • Baking, pots and pans, & kitchen equipment
  • Eating utensils, dishes, glassware
  • Pantry & liquor
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Luggage
  • Knitting
  • Sewing/embroidery
  • Toys
  • Décor (pictures, picture frames, knick knacks)
  • Creative writing
  • Genealogy
  • Comic books
  • Collections
  • 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!

Books II – KonMari

As you can see, I have a lot of books. Like a lot. They were taking up three bookshelves and 4 shelves of my built-in cabinets.

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Stationery, gift wrap, & office supplies (Komono) KonMari

If you’re following my series of posts on organizing and decluttering using Marie Kondo’s methods, then you know that I’m not exactly doing it in the recommended order. By all rights, I should be on fiction or kid’s books, or my cookbooks, but I don’t have enough boxes and I really prefer to be doing a category or subcategory in one go.

Also, if you’re committing to doing your whole house then there are these weird in-between stages and resultant clutter.

So before I tackled another big project, I decided to break it up and work on a few small ones and since I’ve been unearthing office supplies from all over the place, I thought those would work. I also have an unwieldy box of stationery, and the less said about my gift wrapping junk the better.

Beautiful, ain’t it?

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Books I – KonMari

Marie Kondo and I part company when it comes to books. Okay, not totally, but you can tell she’s not a true reader (30 total  volumes in her collection? HA!). Either that or I’m just abnormal, which to be fair, is probably true.

See about 90% of the books I own are books I reread.

I’m a librarian with access to a pretty robust interlibrary loan system. We now live in an age where it’s pretty damned easy to find obscure stuff for comparatively little money. So if I just want to read something, it’s not that hard for me to get my hands on it.

If it’s going to go on my shelves, it has to be something I’ve read before and turn to again and again.

That said, I was game to try the KonMari method with my books. She’s certainly right about moving stuff into one place and about holding each item. And there’s a thing called weeding that we do in librarianship. Book lovers have a tough time with this concept, but basically it means you cull through your collection and you pull items that are no longer relevant to you, that are damaged, that maybe you don’t really love so much anymore. (Essentially the KonMari method).

But I have a lot of books.

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