The Simplifying Series: Miscellaneous

Alright guys. I’m going to be honest. This was the hardest part I’ve tackled through the Kon Mari method so far.

After being so inspired from the progress in our bathroom, I wanted to clean out this weird cabinet we have in the living room. It’s honestly my least favorite part in our house. Probably because I knew it was full of junk. And I mean FULL. Again, it’s a bit embarrassing, but I want to show the true process.



Things would literally fall out each time it was opened. It was getting bad. Pretty much anything that didn’t have a home, ended up here.

So, I completely emptied it. I took every single thing out and put it on the dining room table or on the floor. I wiped the cabinets and started to go through it all. Needless to say it was organized chaos.



I think this process was especially hard because this cabinet included too many categories: papers, books, and sentimental things. After a while, I got a little overwhelmed.

So, I took a step back and just got rid of the easy stuff. I found tons of papers and boxes I didn’t need and recycled them. I managed to fill a large bag of things to give away. I even threw a few old things out.

I also found stuff that I knew had a home elsewhere such as school supplies, holiday decorations, and more. It took a few hours, but I managed to clean out a surprising amount of stuff.




I think today taught me how easy it is to get discouraged. I know I’m not done. I still have art supplies, papers, and sentimental things to sort through. But I can’t think like that.

Marie Kondo says that she expects the process to take a while. And by a while she means from a few months to a year. I need to remind myself that I’m not going to do it all in one day. And looking at these photos, I am super happy with what I’ve accomplished. I managed to fit some extra stuff in there and I can easily close it without worrying if something is going to fall out.

One thing I think I’m going to do though, is re-read or listen to Marie Kondo’s book one more time. Maybe even write down a few notes and tips. I don’t expect to follow her process exactly, but she does help me realize all these unnecessary things I’m holding onto and how I’m really only hurting myself by keeping them.


I truly want what she envisions: A home full of things I love. It may take some time, but I know I can get there. And if I can, you can too.


Want more inspiration? Be sure to check out my first two blog posts of how I started simplifying the things I own: first with my clothes and then tackling my bathroom.

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