Whether you approach the KonMarie method as an active participant, or view it more like a spectator sport (thanks, Netflix!), here’s a list of things to start you off with clearing out any studio clutter.
- Old exam syllabuses
For a ridiculous amount of time, I had a copy of the 2005 AMEB exam syllabus on my shelf. OK, it hadn’t actually changed, but it also was totally unnecessary.
- Multiple copies of music
Got some spare parts? Perhaps consider gifting them to students who could use some new music.
- Old magazines
My old copies of Harp Column are full of information, but I’m done with reading them. Free to a good home!
- Dead strings
With 7 harps, these are a feature of my room.
- Pencils that need sharpening
The story of my life. Get that sharpener out and get to work.
- Dodgy music stands
Old folding stands that won’t go up or down, bear a strong resemblance to the leaning Tower of Pisa, or are rusty enough to be a tetanus threat have done their time. Check out your local recycling options, or use as a garden trellis!
- Music that you know you are never going to play
I’m an avid collector of sheet music, but I know full well that there are pieces on my shelf that I will never look at. If this is you, look for someone to pass them on to so they can actually see the light of day.
- Old receipts
Current tax year, previous tax years? Sort them into piles and then scan or file away accordingly.
- Business cards
If it’s for someone you know you will never need to contact, then out they go. If you might need to use them one day, take a quick snapshot and keep a digital copy (Google Keep is great for this!)
- Anything that doesn’t belong in the studio
Have a quick look around and see what belongs somewhere else, or what can live somewhere else, so your music studio is as tidy and professional as it can be.