Quiet on the outside
From this picture, you see mostly solid colors and no small clusters of stuff. This create the visual tidiness like folding with Konmari method.
- This Aqua metal 5-drawer cabinet was the seed of my vision. I’ve always wanted one, now I have a good reason. When I saw the actual color in The Container Store, sparks of joy flew. I’m still happy every time I see it!
But I needed two to hold up the stereo and other things (unknown at this point), so I ordered one in yellow, a color I also like.
I also joined their POP membership to save on possible future purchases.
- At the bottom I need something strong to support everything on top. After measuring, searching, and comparing, I ended up with BESTA shelving frame from IKEA.
To be honest, I wasn’t so sure about the white but the other two colors just shout blah. Once I put it in, it actually brightened things up just the right amount.
By the way, a few weeks after I bought it, it went on sale. Being an IKEA Family member gave me a 90-day price protection. And I got $8 back from my IKEA store.
- While waiting form my metal cabinets, I kept visiting The Container Store just for fun. By accident, I wondered to the clearance rack, saw a bit of yellow that matched the cabinet peaking out of an discountinued item for $13.
When I opened it, it was a metal storage cube I had considered but thought it was too expensive. Right then, another part of the vision puzzle fell into place.
I bought it then ordered a white one to help support the shelving plank above it. FYI, the doors and inside shelves come separately!
- Free shelf covers! These are actually packaging lids for the 5-drawer metal cabinets. They are effective in hiding the “noisy” contents thought they don’t cover the whole opening. However, that’s what makes them easy to remove. I thought making something wider myself but none would look as nice.
I’ve this arrangment for 3 months now and haven’t changed a thing.
Party on the inside
Looking inside drawer 2, you see the turquoise and white trays are lined. I used the color paper I have on hand to add vibrance and protection to the trays.
I also carry the idea to other drawers. Each drawer, according to its contents get a different treatment. Keep in mind that I also made my own insert when I did not like anything fitting on the market.
Function + form = spark of joy
Drawer 2 holds the most used items. I might have use drawer 1 but it doesn’t like to be opened all the way, even after I fixed the inside structure. And after months of using it, I realized drawer 2 is at the perfect height.
So, as you put your items in order, remember your sprak will go away if it’s a pain to use.
Do I have enough pens and pencils?
Once you are Konmari Clean, you can save money and avoid new clutter. As you see in my drawers that it’s obvious that I don’t ever need to buy more pen and pencil. And that’s the whole point of working by categories.
(Re)Locate with logic
Consider these with storage containers, cabinets, and individual items alike:
- Keep these near where they were before? Is there another location that would be more efficient?
- How often will you use it? Think ease of access.
- Are these items where you might be looking if you don’t really remember exactly?
Officially Konmari Clean
One last thing, I do have a deal-with-it-later shelf but it’s obvious enough I won’t forget it and not prominent enough to bother me.
Oh, one more last thing, less stuff = easier to clean = clean more often.
I believe, as Marie promised, I don’t think I will ever clog up my space again.