First I want to explain what exactly “komono” means. Contrary to what I initially thought while watching the show, komono does not mean “everything else that is not paper, clothing, books, or sentimental items”. Komono is the wildcard category that most people have a hard time visually or even verbally organizing. Komono literally means “small things/items” or “accessories” so it helps if we break that down by room, for example “kitchen komono”, “tech komono”, or “bathroom komono”.
The 4 R’s of sustainable living: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
When I started working my first 9 to 5, I was flabbergasted by all of the little trinkets everyone had on their desks- it was like walking into a Happy Meal museum for adults. After a few weeks of working there I realized that these tiny relics were taking over our office because every business has “flare” or more accurately “door prizes” to keep potential clients thinking about them or talking about them. When I was new at my company, I had a hard time turning down these items because I felt it would be rude. One year into the job, I finally found my voice and it turned out that most people were annoyed by the trinkets. So here are a few tips for turning down unwanted swag:
And if you are out shopping or something catches your eye, ask yourself these 7 questions:
There is so much to cover in this section that my best word of advice for you would be to Google “upcycle or DIY ___________” and then whatever item it is you’d like to re-purpose. Here are some really cool projects I found online: