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Marie Kondo’s Missing Miscellaneous Categories

Miscellaneous

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:

  1. CDs, DVDs
  2. Skin care products
  3. Make-up
  4. Accessories
  5. Valuables (passports, credit cards, etc)
  6. Electrical equipment and appliances (digital cameras, electric cords, anything that seems vaguely electric)
  7. Household equipment (stationary and writing materials, sewing kits, etc)
  8. Household supplies (expendables like medicine, detergents, tissues, etc)
  9. Kitchen goods/food supplies (spatulas, pots, blenders, etc)
  10. 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.

  1. Holiday decorations
  2. Wrapping paper & ribbons
  3. Kids’ toys
  4. Wall furnishings (framed photos and paintings)
  5. Furniture
  6. Pet supplies
  7. Linens/blankets
  8. Towels
  9. Magnets (yes, we have a ton of magnets)
  10. Craft supplies
  11. Sports/Hobby equipment (each sport and hobby needs to be considered separately)
  12. Outgrown baby/children’s supplies
  13. Games/Cards

These are my missing miscellaneous categories. What are yours?

4 Comments

  1. You have the best blog posts I’ve found summarizing the Konmari methods! So organized and easy to read. Thank you. (Helpful because I returned the book to the library after I read it.) I’m really glad you listed these extra miscellaneous categories because I have the same ones!

    The hardest one for me is outgrown baby clothes as we might have more kids and not only are they expensive but I dread the idea of re-buying all the baby paraphernalia.

    • Thank you, Kelsey! I had the baby clothes issue too. You can probably still go through and ask yourself if each item sparks joy, because people will probably still buy you a couple new outfits for the next baby. I also think these fall into the category of, “don’t love, but need”, so just keep them and don’t feel guilty about it. You could also give them to a sibling or good friend who has a baby with the understanding that you might need them back. I eventually got to a point after my second daughter was three that I realized I was done. I got rid of the clothes at that point. 🙂

  2. Thank you for posting these additional categories! I am in the process of (rather leisurely) going through the Konmari Method. So far I’ve completed the clothing, books, papers, CDs, skin care products, and make up. The categories you have added are helpful because they are small enough to be tackled even on days when I want to make progress, but don’t want to devote half a day to the project.

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