A few weeks ago, I wrote about discarding items from Marie Kondo’s Miscellaneous Category. This category, which Kondo describes in her popular book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, has taken me quite a long time. Not because it’s as difficult as finding and sorting all of the paper around the house, but because there are a lot of hidden “Miscellaneous” categories that you need to discover on your own.
Everyone’s Miscellanea is Different
In her book, Kondo lists the following sub-categories with which you should start:
- CDs, DVDs
- Skin care products
- Valuables (passports, credit cards, etc)
- Electrical equipment and appliances (digital cameras, electric cords, anything that seems vaguely electric)
- Household equipment (stationary and writing materials, sewing kits, etc)
- Household supplies (expendables like medicine, detergents, tissues, etc)
- Kitchen goods/food supplies (spatulas, pots, blenders, etc)
- Others (spare change, figurines, etc)
I’ve found a few extra categories that should also be considered.
Marie Kondo’s Missing Miscellaneous Categories
After I’d finished Kondo’s categories, I walked around the house and visited every drawer, looking for items that I hadn’t yet considered. Do these “spark joy”? Are these part of a whole new category I need to consider? Here are my additional categories.
- Holiday decorations
- Wrapping paper & ribbons
- Kids’ toys
- Wall furnishings (framed photos and paintings)
- Pet supplies
- Magnets (yes, we have a ton of magnets)
- Craft supplies
- Sports/Hobby equipment (each sport and hobby needs to be considered separately)
- Outgrown baby/children’s supplies
These are my missing miscellaneous categories. What are yours?