Decluttering and Organising My Home Office and Hobby Supplies
You’re currently reading the 4th part of my KonMari series. If you missed any of the previous parts I’ll link them down below:
Komono is the biggest category when you’re using the KonMari method to declutter your house. You’ve done your clothes, books and papers. Now it’s time to do everything else, (except sentimental items, they come last because they’re the most difficult.)
- CD’s, DVDs
- Skincare products and cosmetics
- Valuables (passport, credit cards, etc.)
- Electrical equipment and appliances (digital cameras, electrical cords, anything that seems vaguely ‘electric’)
- Household equipment (stationery and writing materials, sewing kits, tools, etc.)
- Relaxation goods
- Hobby supplies and recreational items
- Seasonal items and rain gear
- Kitchen (eating implements, cooking tools, food, etc)
- Cleaning and laundry supplies
- Bathroom (face and body, bath-related items, cleansing items, etc)
The problem is, even this list doesn’t really cover everything. There’s still so much more:
- Video and board games, and puzzles
- Pet supplies
- Sports/gym equipment
- Garden tools and supplies
- And there are probably more I can’t think of right now!
Don’t worry though, I’m not planning on writing a whole new blog post for each little bit. I’ll be grouping sub-categories together. Today we’re doing office and hobby, purely because my hobby at the moment is Bullet Journaling and I do that at my desk. I’ll link the video here from the creator Ryder Carroll, where he basically explains what Bullet Journaling is and how to use it.
Obviously, your hobby genre might be something completely different, so if you’re following along with me just use the basic KonMari steps to fit your supplies as best as you can. Complete the office category before starting on hobby where possible.
Like I said, for me “hobby” is my bullet journalling supplies, for you it might be flower arranging, calligraphy, hula-dancing, sewing or knitting, skiing, anything1 You may even have a few hobbies, just tackle them one at a time.
If you are emotionally attached to your hobby supplies then save this sub-category for later when you’re dealing with sentimental items. Don’t worry, I’ll remind you when to revisit this page.
#1 – Create a space to declutter in
If you’ve been following along with me you know this song and dance by now. We’re just clearing a space to work in. As before I’m using my bed.
#2 – Gather everything to your space
With the office this includes: books and papers you didn’t deal with before, pens and pencils, labels, stapler and staples, hole punch, notepads and post-its, paper clips and other clips, binders and planners, scissors, rulers and protractors, erasers, rubber bands, envelopes and stamps, appliances and computers.
It may seem like too much of a bother to unplug and move all of this stuff, but that’s kind of the point. If there’s so much that it seems like too much work, then you probably have too much stuff, plus, this is a great time to sort out that mess of tangled wires!
#3 – Focus on what to keep, the items that “spark joy”.
OK, with your office area this step may be a little difficult, especially if you don’t enjoy your job (this is your cue to decide if your career sparks joy or if you should consider something different. KonMari isn’t just about physical belongings, though that’s where it starts. )
“a dramatic reorganisation of the home causes correspondingly dramatic changes in your lifestyle and perspective.” – Marie Kondo, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying – page 3
In many ways, your office area is a lot like papers, which is why I chose this sub-category next. Like papers, the items in your office space may not spark joy, but they’re necessary to keep hold of. For example: your stapler may not fill you with excitement, but when you need it you’d be glad you kept hold of it.
I think this is a good opportunity to remind you that items are only “useful” when they’re actually being used. There’s no point in hanging on to things because “I might use it one day”, if you have no use for it now or in the foreseeable future then it’s not going to be used, therefore, it’s not truly useful.
So as you’re going through your office supplies ask yourself if it sparks joy AND if you use it. If you use it then it does spark joy in a way, because you’d be very frustrated if you needed it and didn’t have it. Items that you hang on to and never use do not spark joy for most people.
TIP: Put aside any items you come across that have more of a sentimental value. We’ll look through these later, for now we’re focusing on Komono.
#4 – Put everything away
I used this as a good opportunity to move my desk (which I’d been meaning to do for a while), it was also a good time to clean behind the furniture I was moving.
Think about how you want to space to feel and function when you’re putting things back. If you want to have a clearer desk try using all the other storage your desk provides before placing anything on the surface.
My own desk is not clear by any means, however, I decided to only keep the items I use on a daily basis on the desk top, everything else is on a shelf or inside the built-in cupboard.
#5 – Discard or move the rest
Recycle and give away to charity where you can. If you came across any sentimental items, put them in a box to deal with later.
Give yourself a pat on the back, make your favourite drink and just sit at your desk for a while, enjoying the fresh and joyful space you’ve created.
If you haven’t read Marie’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying yet I highly recommend you do so. Even if some of her methods seem a bit strange to you (like talking to your belongings), it’s worth the read to get a firm grasp on the KonMari method. If you’re trying to save money check if your local library has any copies.
Have you completed the KonMari method? More than once? Let me know, I’d love to hear your life-changing story!