First, a definition. "Komono" is the Japanese word for miscellaneous things and as such there are numerous subcategories, like CDs/DVDs, toiletries, accessories, electrical equipment, stationery, household supplies and kitchen items etc. I'd done a few komono subcategories whilst working on the earlier categories (to give a little variety) particularly when going through my paper. So I have tested every single pen I have in my room to make sure it's not dried up (and discarded the rest), put all my stacks of post its in one single container, sorted and essentially tidied up my stationery items.
I'd also done my electrical items but to my horror I found a whole shoeboxful of old 3.5inch floppies. Goodness. I don't know what's on them, don't have any way to read them any more and don't want to just throw them away without making sure that whatever data is on them is well and truly destroyed. I did find some instructions on how to open up the diskette, and cut up the magnetic disc inside but I felt very stressed after doing just one. So I stopped after that. Will have to figure this out further.
I also sorted out all my various cords and chargers. Somehow, reading Marie Kondo inspired me to start checking out more websites dedicated to organising matters. Along the way, I've discovered the joys of washi-taping my possessions and the many uses one can put binder clips to. My iPhone charger is now nicely washi'd and so is my mouse. I used binders to help keep the cables in order. They look good. In fact, my mouse and chargers spark joy!
I also went back a category to give my shoes a little more attention. The last time round, I threw out two pairs. This time round, the focus was on actually checking out the shoes - cleaning dirty pairs and glueing the soles for one pair tightly back to the shoe itself. Clean shoes and mended shoes are definitely joy-sparking! Nonetheless, I discarded another two pairs which were definitely too far gone to salvage. Somehow the shoe cupboard looks just as crowded as before- time for the other users to get rid of their old shoes too?
|Dismantling a floppy|
|My washi-taped iPhone charger, Organised with binder clip|
My bedroom is definitely looking much better after this extensive Kondo-inspired work. I do have the huge "memento" category to work through, but I have managed to locate and pack them all in a single box for the time being. Somehow, I can't really bring myself to do this just yet. Fortunately (or maybe not) I can shift my attention to other rooms in the house, such as the kitchen (all that kitchen equipment) or even the living room (there are loads of cabinets with empty boxes, old ornaments etc) to de-clutter.