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KonMari Method Organization Tips for Decluttering the Junk Drawer

Split your loose paper pile in three

Paper piles include mail, bills, receipts, and magazines. When you can't throw anything away, follow a three-folder filing system:

  • Pending papers: Anything that requires action, like a bill you have to pay.
  • Forever papers: Birth certificates and mortgage documents that you don't handle often.
  • Temporary papers: This folder is for papers you know you'll let go of in the future, like warranties, lease agreements, or study materials.

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The KonMari Method
It emphasizes tidying by category (not by location) beginning with clothes, then moving on to books, papers, komono (miscellaneous items), and, finally, sentimental items.
Keep only those things that speak to the heart,
and discard items that no longer spark joy. Thank them for their service, then let them go.
The 6 basic rules of tidying
  1. Commit yourself to tidying up.
  2. Imagine your ideal lifestyle.
  3. Finish discarding first.
  4. Tidy by category, not by location.
  5. Follow the right order.
  6. Ask yourself if it sparks joy.
The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
It explores how putting your space in order causes correspondingly dramatic changes in lifestyle and perspective.

Marie Kondo, the author, recommends that you start by discarding and only then thoroughly organize your space in one go.

The problem with storage

Putting things away creates the illusion that the clutter problem has been solved.

Organizing all your junk better does not equal getting rid of clutter. And unfortunately most people leap at storage methods that promise quick and convenient ways to remove visible clutter.

Tidy by category, not by location

For example, set goals like “clothes today, books tomorrow.” 

We often store the same type of item in more than one place and when we tidy each place separately, we fail to see that we’re repeating the same work in many locations. 

5-Step Decluttering Cheat Sheet
  1. Discarding by category comes first (clothes first, then books, papers etc.)
  2. Break a category into subcategories (e.g. Tops: shirts, sweaters etc.)
  3. Keep only those things that spark joy (pick them one by one and decide if they stay or not)
  4. After you've finished discarding, organize your space thoroughly and completely (store all items of the same type in the same place)
  5. Do it all in one go (tidy up in one shot, rather than little by little).