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    • Sa1sysoo
    • By Sa1sysoo 29th Dec 16, 9:34 AM
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    Sa1sysoo
    2017 - No Clutter To Be Seen
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    • 29th Dec 16, 9:34 AM
    2017 - No Clutter To Be Seen 29th Dec 16 at 9:34 AM
    To use Guineapigsqueaks/my own wording, "A new thread for declutterbugs in 2015 2016 2017!"

    I'm going to aim to get rid of 2017 items in 2017.
    There are some lovely tips on the KonMari thread here, set up by the talented greent: http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5385103

    Of particular note is post 4 of where you can get rid of unwanted items:
    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showpost.php?p=69806488&postcount=4

    Welcome one and all and happy decluttering!
    2017 £2 Savers Club #19 - £34/£100 Target
    1% Club - 30%/100% Declutter 2017 in 2017 - 263/2016
    Joint Overdraft: £1,400/£1,500, Tesco (0%): £4,808.85/£4,681.95
    DH Overdraft: £1,000 Virgin CC (0%):£5,187.10/£3,857.70
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    • Guineapigsqueaks
    • By Guineapigsqueaks 30th Dec 16, 9:31 AM
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    Guineapigsqueaks
    Morning All.
    Pootled around yesterday decluttering as I went. I have decent sized bag full near the front door awaiting transportation to the CS. A few unwanted Christmas presents in there, three pairs of outgrown jeans (not by me, although mine are tighter after the festivities!), and stuff not needed following a sort of basket of woolly hats, scarves, gloves, etc. Also, packaging from kids' Christmas presents all in the recycling. Other than those cards from close family, Christmas cards have all gone in the bin after making suitable ones into tags for next year and putting those away in my Christmas drawer with the cards and wrap I bought in the sale for next year. I was restrained and only bought what I am likely to need .
    Right, best get up, showered and dressed so that I get stuff done today! It's beautiful outside, white over after a visit from Jack Frost.
    Guineapigsqueaks x


    Keep Smiling
    • beautiful_ravens
    • By beautiful_ravens 30th Dec 16, 9:52 AM
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    beautiful_ravens
    Today I shall be having a wrapping paper bonfire
    Some recycling to do
    Dispose of old dog beds - because santa got her some new bedding

    Im not returning to proper decluttering until 2017!
    • Broomstick
    • By Broomstick 30th Dec 16, 9:53 AM
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    Broomstick
    Count me in on this one. We've already made a start but I want to aim for 2017+ more things this coming year.
    Bx
    Last edited by Broomstick; 30-12-2016 at 10:06 AM.
    • alec eiffel
    • By alec eiffel 30th Dec 16, 11:21 AM
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    alec eiffel
    Hi,

    Thanks for the new thread. I don't know if there are 2017 things to get rid of from the house, but I certainly want to stop things from coming in. Over the past couple of days we've taken a bag of stuff to the charity shop, removed an unwanted bookcase from the spare bedroom, I've started a rag bag of old clothes and DH has sorted out the box of old wires and electrical things that just seem to hang around. We'll be taking a trip to the recycling centre as soon as we can, probably next weekend.

    In 2016 we decluttered the garage so much that now we actually keep the car in it!
    • Zoel91
    • By Zoel91 30th Dec 16, 11:40 AM
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    Zoel91
    Just found this thread. We are having major clear outs as we sort out the !!!!-tip of a house following Christmas. We have packaging ready for recycling and binbags ready to go to the tip. It's just getting it there as they are a distance away now. I'm going to try and sell things first - but whatever we make towards my debt but if that fails it will be bagged to a CS for them to make use.
    N - £4531.62/£4655.15 (plus interest monthly)
    T - £1700/£2617.80 (interest free)
    V - £216.89/£216.89 (plus interest monthly)
    PAYDBX2017 #077 - £5408.51/£5532.04
    • Fruittea
    • By Fruittea 30th Dec 16, 11:54 AM
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    Fruittea
    Just sold a book on Amazon £11.22 - so that will be my first thing out of the house (OOTH). Trouble is I can't find it. Just searched through two boxes of books - so will have to return to the search after a visit to the shops (without any clutter).
    "Save 12k in 2017" - £9918.12 Number 71
    April Grocery Challenge £47.70/£150.00
    The great, good and not so good bits about growing your own dinner 2017

    No Clutter To Be Seen 476/2017
    • tibawo
    • By tibawo 30th Dec 16, 12:10 PM
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    tibawo
    I have just stumbled onto this thread and as I work through KD think this will also be a good aid for me. I have never hear of the toothbrush principle but will research it more.


    I think a lot of my clutter/hoarding stems from being in debt and hanging onto things either just in case i needed them and not have the money to replace - even things that would cost 5p, buying things because they were a bargain and not letting go of things for cheap because i paid good money for it.


    This last year I have come along way but recognise that even if I only manage to sort a few things one week then this is fine, it is not a race. The girls want a hamster and this is now going to be my Easter challenge. [i will then hopefully have a new one for summer, Halloween and Christmas].


    I'm not the best doing it by numbers of items as my motivation and mood level fluctuates too much.so i think i will do my be time. Keeping with the 2017 theme, my aim to do the equivalent of at least 33 mins and 37 secs a week [2017/60] . I have set a countdown timer on my phone. Never done it like this before so will see how it goes!
    • Broomstick
    • By Broomstick 30th Dec 16, 12:11 PM
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    Broomstick
    We are awash with books (several hundred need to go) and have a back shed that is packed to the roof with 'stuff'. If I add in the paperwork I must get shredded (I'm going to count a sackful as one item and there's an awful lot of it), the junk in the car, the allotment shed, my excess weight (I'm going to count each complete half-stone as one item (am I allowed that?), my DSs' clutter that they want to get rid of... etc etc. I'm hoping that we'll hit the 2017 mark without struggling too much - at least that's the intention!

    Bx
    • iammumtoone
    • By iammumtoone 30th Dec 16, 5:13 PM
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    iammumtoone
    I think a lot of my clutter/hoarding stems from being in debt and hanging onto things either just in case i needed them and not have the money to replace - even things that would cost 5p, buying things because they were a bargain and not letting go of things for cheap because i paid good money for it.
    Originally posted by tibawo
    ^^ I have the same issue. I kept a lot of stuff when I was out of work and had no money, then I got a job and still held onto the stuff just in case I lost said job (it took me years to find one). I am now slowly coming round to thinking that I don't need it all and I can now afford to buy again if I accidentally do get rid of something that I need in future. I think when you have lived off nothing/are in debt it is very hard to get around the fact that you don't need to keep everything 'just in case' as you know you couldn't afford to replace it once thrown away.

    I'm not the best doing it by numbers of items as my motivation and mood level fluctuates too much.so i think i will do my be time. Keeping with the 2017 theme, my aim to do the equivalent of at least 33 mins and 37 secs a week [2017/60] . I have set a countdown timer on my phone. Never done it like this before so will see how it goes!
    Originally posted by tibawo
    That is a brilliant idea, put like that half hour a week is nothing.

    my excess weight (I'm going to count each complete half-stone as one item (am I allowed that?),
    Originally posted by Broomstick
    Great suggestion, I don't see why not. It is your list you can put what you like on it.

    As I see it the only thing that isn't allowed is general rubbish that gets thrown out anyway. I am not including 'rubbish' that has been put away previously when it was usable and cleared out, for example I sorted out our medicines and have thrown the out of date ones, I have included them on my list.
    Sealed pot challenge ~ 10 #017
    Declutter 2017 items in 2017 - 78/2017

    • doshnumpty
    • By doshnumpty 30th Dec 16, 6:05 PM
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    doshnumpty
    2017 items in 2017 .....Yes please!
    Please can I join in too-I made a start yesterday by getting rid of 4 full shopping bags to local charity shops and want to keep building on that-don't know how many items but at least 20,
    • Cool Runnings
    • By Cool Runnings 30th Dec 16, 9:18 PM
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    Cool Runnings
    Hey folks! I started a de-cluttering project last year and it has already made a considerable difference, but I still think there's more I can do. I occasionally glanced at the 2016 topic during my lurking days, but now I'm registered I can join in! Having originally seen the topic early last year, I did start keeping a list of what went, and I made it up to 1,167 items. I don't think I'll get close to that this year, and 2,017 items is certainly not in my sights, but I'll start a new list on Sunday and see how things go.
    • mrsnicewriting
    • By mrsnicewriting 30th Dec 16, 9:33 PM
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    mrsnicewriting
    thanks for the new thread, can I join in too?
    2017 items sounds great, so this is what I will aim for, although like the rest of you, a tidy uncluttered home by next Christmas would be fab. Plenty of items to be sorted out, will start in earnest on Jan 1st. Good luck to all x
    • *Margaret*
    • By *Margaret* 30th Dec 16, 9:33 PM
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    *Margaret*
    I'd like to join in. I did quite a lot of decluttering last year so not sure I have 2017 items left but I certainly have a few too many bits and bobs. I definitely need to have a look at the book shelves and I have a few drawers of rather optimistically sized clothes that really belong in the charity shop!
    • DundeeDoll
    • By DundeeDoll 31st Dec 16, 9:39 AM
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    DundeeDoll
    Another couple of hours in the room of requirements. Ds moved shelving unit up there from office (which is next room to be decorated so needs clearing). Have loaded up shelves but dd2 says it looks no different :-( still, must be getting somewhere! Another 2 bags of rubbish gone. Also bought 4 lovely 2-basket shelves for ensuite (dunelm sale half price yippee) and now have all toiletries sorted. Best bit of Day - son opening door to room of requirements and saying with a smiley face 'what's that smell? Oh smells like childhoood'. My ex and I struggled on through years of difficult times, so this made me certain the struggle to keep some sort of 'normality' was worth it.
    • alec eiffel
    • By alec eiffel 31st Dec 16, 10:08 AM
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    alec eiffel
    Tackled a couple of small but annoying areas yesterday. The drawer in my bedside cupboard and dressing table. They're both place that attract loads of bits that stash away because I don't want to deal with them. Both are now cleared and tidy. I also sorted out my accessories. I was about to head out for something to keep my hairdryer in but found a nice basket in the garage - perfect size!
    • tibawo
    • By tibawo 31st Dec 16, 10:41 AM
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    tibawo
    The three of us decided to tackle dd1 room yesterday. This is harder than you think as she is 14, I think she is entitled to her 'privacy' but it was at a stage where there was no floor to be seen and it has got so bad that i think she gets depressed that if she does fifteen minutes by herself it doesn't look any different. so she stuffs things in tubs to hide it!
    It got to the stage where i was putting clothes/washing/ away and obvious rubbish in bin. Anything else i put in the tub on the bed for her to sit and sort through [some of it i would throw but i know she wants to keep!]We had the music on, chatting and had agreed to stop at a certain time if not already done.


    As it is not 2017 yet it is not included in my challenge but it does help me start it in a positive frame of mind!
    • Teejay
    • By Teejay 31st Dec 16, 10:44 AM
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    Teejay
    Can I join in the fun please. Have downsized so have more things than house !!! Want to try and sell as much as possible, but dont want to use that as an excuse for not getting on with it.
    2017- No Clutter to be Seen Total 59/2017
    • honey
    • By honey 31st Dec 16, 10:58 AM
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    I'd like to join you all please - we just seem to have so much "stuff"! I would love a tidy, uncluttered home by Christmas 2017. I'm off to have a quick browse on last year's thread.
    • Teejay
    • By Teejay 31st Dec 16, 12:59 PM
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    Teejay
    I think a lot of my clutter/hoarding stems from being in debt and hanging onto things either just in case i needed them and not have the money to replace - even things that would cost 5p, buying things because they were a bargain and not letting go of things for cheap because i paid good money for it!
    Originally posted by tibawo

    You have sooo hit the nail on the head......Glad its not just me !!!
    2017- No Clutter to be Seen Total 59/2017
    • Ladygrim
    • By Ladygrim 31st Dec 16, 1:00 PM
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    Ladygrim
    Hello all,
    In an effort to declutter and save money, I want to get rid of a storage unit I am currently renting. To this end I want to go there two or three times a week and empty it out bit by bit.

    The sooner it is empty, the sooner I can stop paying for it and use that money for something else (like bills).

    I am planning my first trip there on Tuesday 3rd January. (I am working over New Year).

    Wish me luck

    LG
    working at this thing called life
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