Kondo-dominion

14 thoughts on “Kondo-dominion”

  1. I love the mullet! I really enjoyed Kondo’s book, and I love getting rid of the stuff that I no longer “sparks joy” – but that means I am nowhere NEAR becoming a minimalist! Because there is still plenty that I have and like. For me it has just given me permission to get rid of things and not hang on to them for a myriad of reasons, so that what is left is the stuff that I enjoy. No minimal-ising for me!

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  2. I’m a lot like you DF, not much when I was little, hand me downs, will grow into stuff and £1 a yard fabric when kids were small. Now I still keep some stuff “for best” silly I know. I just love fabric so it piles up and I’m not the tidiest because I can never find anything if I tidy up. Oh yes there are the books too.

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  3. This is a touching and very interesting post, which I so enjoyed reading. I loved the photos too especially the Tidy Wife ones (that is our joke too – I am now Tidiwiffie). The psychology of hanging on to stuff is very very deep, and not having enough can make us want more stuff. I have met desperately poor people who have hung on to old tin cans and empty product boxes.

    But apparently we are actually programmed to eat and acquire more than we need in case of future scarcity. As I believe I will always be able to afford (say) a set of buttons, or a second hand book (so many at just 1p on Amazon) why do I need to hold everything – just in case?

    Despite my Kondo commitment I am hanging on to plenty of stuff – this is not necessarily about the absolutely bare minimalism – but as Lara says it is stuff I really really like.

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    1. Maybe, maybe…but I know I WON’T always be able to afford all I want, my pensionable future is a long way off, and finances will be very tight again. I’m not fussed, we know we’ll always eat well and be clothed- some skills never wear out!

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  4. I do regular culls of my stuff and don’t need guidance on how to do it. When I ‘retired’ from work, all my office wear and many high heeled shoes – never going to need all those again – were donated to charities. When all the boxes had finally been unpacked following my move to my present home, books and videos/dvds were ruthlessly sorted and donated.

    I have just given my sewing teacher patterns that I NEVER want to sew again and uncut, nay unopened, patterns that I know I will not make. I am going through my fabric stash this weekend to weed out the unwise buys. I have decided that I have no interest in sewing knits or slippery, ‘difficult’ fabrics.

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