No Kon-Do System
You might be a Kondo convert. If you are, please know I totally applaud your dedication to finding joy by pairing down your belongings to the ones that bring you just that…Joy. I bought one of the books on the subject when it came out a few years back. It was a sweet read, and a lovely idea. Honestly though, the thought of folding my clothes just so really isn’t something that appeals to me. I have my own way of clothes organization that, although not as refined, has worked well for me for years. I truly have enjoyed watching a few of the shows, and I will look around to see if there are things of which I might pass on, but pairing down to items I love has been ongoing in my life for decades. Today, I decided to call my system of organization and purging, the No Kon-Do System. 😉
When I lived in a 300 square foot cabin for five years with two kids and wuzband #2, we put the majority of our belongings in an insulated shed that was attached to the side of the barn on our land. After moving into the post and beam home we built over those five years, I realized that I didn’t need even 10% of what had been in storage for all those years. So, we had one very excellent yard sale to lighten the load.
When I left that house to move to the Tree House, there was another yard sale, followed by another when I moved to the Blueberry Farm, and another when I moved to what is now Pie Cottage. Most of the purges have coincided with big life changes–moves, marriages, births, deaths, divorces.
At the end of my final marriage, the one to wuzband #3, it was suggested to me by a sage friend, that I put any item that reminded me of that time together in to cartons, remove them from the house, place them in a safe place, and look inside them one year later to see if there was anything I might want to return to my home. A year later when I opened the cartons, I was ready to let everything go. I kept a few photos from the happiest time of that union. That is enough for me.
I’m now in my 20th year at Pie Cottage, longer than I’ve lived anywhere in my life. I regularly pass on to friends or thrift stores what no longer serves me well. I’ve kept my sheet music, books, kitchen equipment, knitting, sewing, gardening tools, and clothes. Sounds like a lot, but even in my 1000 square foot cottage, I see space still.
Here’s my No Kon-Do System in 10 Easy Steps.
- Buy it if you need it.
- Buy once.
- Buy the best you can.
- Patch it.
- Fix it.
- Mend it.
- Keep it if you love it.
- Pass on what you don’t need, don’t want, and don’t use when you are ready.
- Be Happy.
- Repeat steps 1-9.
In case you are wondering what I did with my copy of that Kondo book I bought years ago? I passed it on within one week to a lending library at my local farm store.
Here are a couple pictures of my scarves.
They make me very happy.