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    • greent
    • By greent 30th Dec 15, 12:31 PM
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    KonMari 2016 - The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up
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    • 30th Dec 15, 12:31 PM
    KonMari 2016 - The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up 30th Dec 15 at 12:31 PM
    Link to 2015: thread: http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5146700


    'The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up' by Marie Kondo is a home organisation/ decluttering book like no other. Instead of looking for things to discard, Marie Kondo says we should instead look for things we wish to keep - using the 'does it spark joy?' method. Ultimately this means that everything in our homes should spark joy for us You might not think that everyday and seemingly mundane items can't spark joy - but you need to think around it a little. So whilst an iron may not spark joy, wearing ironed clothes may. A cheese grater may not spark joy, but your child may really like grated cheese in their wraps - which brings joy.


    Marie Kondo also says that this should be done quickly and properly. This may take six months to achieve, but tidying properly should mean doing it just once. This is against the often-seen decluttering advice of doing 15 minutes a day, or a drawer/ shelf a day.


    MK suggests an order as to what to sort through first and subsequently. This is important - she starts with items which many people do not have an emotional attachment to (clothes) and builds up to sentimental items (photos) so that a person's joy-meter can be developed along the way.


    Many MSE-ers have been following the KM method (kondo-ing) successfully. It fits into the MSE ethos by changing your mindse - you will no longer want to shop mindlessly for something 'just because' or 'it'll do' - you will want to buy only joyful items, thereby often saving ££ on random, impulse purchases.
    I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul
    Repaid mtge early (orig 11/25) Bal 01/09 £124616 01/10 £104927 01/11 £89873 01/12 £76317 01/13 £52546 01/14 £35356 01/15 £12133 07/15 £NIL
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    • greent
    • By greent 30th Dec 15, 12:31 PM
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    Useful links for MK
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    UK Facebook Group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/konmariuk/


    Marie Kondo's facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/konmarimethod/


    Marie Kondo's official website: http://konmari.com/en/


    MK's second book 'spark joy': http://www.tidyingup.com/


    Printable Checklist for MK method: http://jershaanddup.com/konmari-checklist-free-printable/ (could do with a more UK styled one if anyone knows of one?)


    Pinterest board from original thread with LOTS of ideas on! https://www.pinterest.com/mummyrivett/mse-konmarie-method-ideas/



    The Mins Game: http://www.theminimalists.com/game/ - a non-MK (but great fun) way of getting rid of an increasing (or decreasing if played in reverse!) number of things through a month - why not set a challenge against fellow Kondo-ites!


    20 inspiring quotes for minimalism (note: MK does not necessarily = minimalism) http://soulanatomy.org/20-quotes-that-will-inspire-you-to-become-a-minimalist-in-2016/


    3 essential steps for letting go with ease: http://bemorewithless.com/letting-go-with-ease/


    Some quick-start decluttering tips: http://zenhabits.net/18-five-minute-decluttering-tips-to-start-conquering-your-mess/ (NB: much of this is against MK method)
    Last edited by greent; 10-01-2016 at 8:17 PM.
    I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul
    Repaid mtge early (orig 11/25) Bal 01/09 £124616 01/10 £104927 01/11 £89873 01/12 £76317 01/13 £52546 01/14 £35356 01/15 £12133 07/15 £NIL
    Next: BTL Mtge 12/16 £69786. 2017 OPs (#18) £5034/£3286
    Net sales 2017 £1214.99/£500 PAYDOX17 £11937/£10k Decluttered 1730/2017 items
    • greent
    • By greent 30th Dec 15, 12:32 PM
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    Blogs and Articles Mentioning MK
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    • 30th Dec 15, 12:32 PM
    Australian news article: http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/home/interiors/the-konmari-method-for-tidying-up-changes-peoples-lives/news-story/d95564f14d381db008569714b62e7956


    Jan 2016 article from Mail Online (post publication of 'Spark Joy'): http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3392159/RACHEL-JOHNSON-asks-tidying-Japanese-style-really-change-life.html


    Videos on how to fold: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/femail/video-1242761/Marie-KonMari-Kondo-declutter-wardrobe.html




    KonMari & Depression article: http://www.thedarlingbakers.com/when-nothing-sparks-joy-the-konmari-method-and-depression/
    (Original review of the book by the same writer: http://www.thedarlingbakers.com/the-life-changing-magic-of-tidying-up-book-review/)




    Marie KMs a British journalist's flat Jan 2016) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3404105/Can-woman-transform-life-teaching-TIDY-book-sold-5-million-copies-s-named-one-100-influential-people-planet.html




    Interview with MK: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3382776/Marie-Kondo-reveals-nervous-breakdown-teen-led-spark-joy-method.html


    Nov 2015 British article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3290416/Messy-writer-reveals-Marie-Kondo-s-cult-magic-tidying-method-improved-work-sleep-style.html


    Top 10 Tips for KonMari Method: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-3266677/The-10-tips-decluttering-home-according-KonMari.html


    Updated Jan 2016 - a photo essay about how the Konmari method is more than an organisational strategy : http://rvanews.com/news/a-true-account-of-the-life-changing-magic-of-tidying-up/124633





    New Statesman article: http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/observations/2016/01/marie-kondo-more-tidying-guru-she-has-perfected-radical-theory


    Jan 2016 interview in 'Red' magazine with Marie: http://www.redonline.co.uk/health-self/self/marie-kondo-shares-her-life-secrets




    April 2015 article in 'Red' - 3 steps to declutter your drawers from Marie Kondo: http://www.redonline.co.uk/health-self/self/marie-kondo-how-to-declutter-your-wardrobe - with videos on folding methods



    Jan 2016 article in 'Red' - 'I did the Marie Kondo declutter' : http://www.redonline.co.uk/health-self/self/i-did-the-marie-kondo-declutter


    http://www.lifetonic.co.uk/articles/does-it-spark-joy-how-to-declutter-your-life




    http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/decluttering-mantras-from-japans-leading-organizer-212794


    Articles from The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/feb/23/konmari-tidy-your-house-tidy-your-life


    http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/nov/27/top-tips-to-joyfully-declutter-your-home-from-marie-kondo


    http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jun/14/decluttering-a-load-of-junk-the-life-changing-magic-of-tidying


    25 examples of the MK method in photos: http://www.popsugar.com/home/Proof-Marie-Kondo-KonMari-Method-Works-37622676#photo-37622676


    Anti-MK article from NY Times celebrating clutter!: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/31/style/lets-celebrate-the-art-of-clutter.html?_r=0


    Applying KM to your facebook friends list : http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/may/01/konmari-facebook-feed-friend-list




    Welsh blogger who did MK in 2015: http://ournewlifeinthecountry.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/the-konmari-method.html


    Blogpost: http://goingsimplehome.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/8-konmari-method-apple-pie-and-spinach.html


    Several Blogposts on one blog here: http://www.philandmama.com/?!!!!!KonMari+method


    Several posts on one blog - including some very cute illustrations from the blogger - http://jujusprinkles.com/?s=konmari


    American blog with several blogposts on: http://jershaanddup.com/?s=konmari




    Jan 2016 blog post: http://www.thenewpotato.com/2016/01/06/closet-cleaning-tips/





    Feb 2016 article - http://thechalkboardmag.com/marie-kondo-sparking-joy





    Humourous look at KonMari when you have children: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2015/09/21/the-art-of-magically-tidying-your-house-with-kids/
    Last edited by greent; 19-02-2016 at 10:21 AM.
    I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul
    Repaid mtge early (orig 11/25) Bal 01/09 £124616 01/10 £104927 01/11 £89873 01/12 £76317 01/13 £52546 01/14 £35356 01/15 £12133 07/15 £NIL
    Next: BTL Mtge 12/16 £69786. 2017 OPs (#18) £5034/£3286
    Net sales 2017 £1214.99/£500 PAYDOX17 £11937/£10k Decluttered 1730/2017 items
    • greent
    • By greent 30th Dec 15, 12:34 PM
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    How/ Where Can I Dispose of My Unwanted Items?
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    • 30th Dec 15, 12:34 PM
    It is vitally important to make sure that you dispose of your unwanted items asap - less chance of any doubts creeping in and items making their way back!


    To make money and/ or save items from landfill, you may find the following ideas useful:




    Money Making:

    www.ebay.co.uk - am sure many will use this already. Be careful of fees - ebay now charge final value fees (FVF) on your postage as well as the amount which the items sells for.

    www.ziffit.com - can sell any unwanted books, CDs, DVDs & games. Download the app onto your smartphone/ tablet for ease of use - scan the barcodes and it will tell you if the item is accepted and what price they will give you. For even more money, go through a cashback site first (such as www.topcashback.co.uk or www.quidco.com) (tip: save your accepted items in your virtual 'cart'. If you have any items which they initially refuse, try re-scanning these several days later - I find about another 20-50% of previously unaccepted items go through on another attempt!)


    www.preloved.co.uk - Quidco are currently offering 60p to new members to Preloved (Jan 2016); plus you get 10p for posting a new advert. It's free to join and post adverts to Preloved, you can post things for sale or free to a good home so might be an alternative to eBay, free cycle, facebook selling pages to offload unwanted, unloved items. All free ads include a photo and private ads are completely free, no listing fees, no selling fees and no catches


    www.gumtree.com - free online classified ad site








    Recycling/ Reusing Items: (often raising funds for charities at the same time )





    charity shops
    ziffit
    ebay
    gumtres etc
    Last edited by greent; 10-01-2016 at 8:14 PM.
    I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul
    Repaid mtge early (orig 11/25) Bal 01/09 £124616 01/10 £104927 01/11 £89873 01/12 £76317 01/13 £52546 01/14 £35356 01/15 £12133 07/15 £NIL
    Next: BTL Mtge 12/16 £69786. 2017 OPs (#18) £5034/£3286
    Net sales 2017 £1214.99/£500 PAYDOX17 £11937/£10k Decluttered 1730/2017 items
    • pavlovs_dog
    • By pavlovs_dog 30th Dec 15, 12:48 PM
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    happy new home kondoites - I look forward to your company for another year of clutter busting!

    Many thanks to greent for the splendid job with the new thread
    know thyself

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    • allybee101
    • By allybee101 30th Dec 15, 1:19 PM
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    Great job greent, thank you!
    Happy New Home to kondo-ers old and new - this will be a great start for 2016.
    "Does it spark joy?" - Marie Kondo

    "Do not wait; the time will never be "just right." Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along." Napoleon Hill
    • short_bird
    • By short_bird 30th Dec 15, 1:39 PM
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    • 30th Dec 15, 1:39 PM
    Minimalist Game?
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    • 30th Dec 15, 1:39 PM
    Might a link to the Mins Game be useful??
    http://www.theminimalists.com/game/
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    • mummyroysof3
    • By mummyroysof3 30th Dec 15, 1:40 PM
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    As an admin of MK Facebook group we have had lots of people koi recently which is great. Thank you for starting a new thread
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    • mrs-moneypenny
    • By mrs-moneypenny 30th Dec 15, 2:12 PM
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    Thank you for the new thread
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    • Fen1
    • By Fen1 30th Dec 15, 2:19 PM
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    Happy New Year to everyone.

    I'm slowly decluttering. Getting rid of the stuff that does not bring JOY. My sitting room is now Tetris-central as it has far too many empty boxes in it. The contents have been kondoed. Just need to get rid of the boxes.................

    Greenbee: re blocking up the door. For now, could you lock the door and put a piece of furniture in front of it to see whether you like it blocked? Just something from Freegle will do for now, which can be recycled at the end of the experiment. You may find you don't like it blocked!
    Also, try a halogen oven. Compact, easy to clean, cheaper than a cooker. I've roasted ducks, big chickens, sides of beef in mine. Fab device.
    • ivyleaf
    • By ivyleaf 30th Dec 15, 2:26 PM
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    Thank you for the new thread greent
    • Mrs_E
    • By Mrs_E 30th Dec 15, 2:53 PM
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    Ah great a new thread, there is something about having a fresh start isn't there. I've been slowly kondoing for a few months now and dip in and out of the thread but I read more than I post. I didn't realise there was a FB group which is great.
    • Knit Witch
    • By Knit Witch 30th Dec 15, 3:01 PM
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    oooh a shiny new thread! lurverly
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    • katsu
    • By katsu 30th Dec 15, 3:14 PM
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    eg:


    charity shops
    ziffit
    ebay
    gumtres etc
    Originally posted by greent
    I think the posts at the top of the thread are a great idea.

    My suggestions for this post are:

    Recycling bras
    You can post them to the Breast Cancer charity here http://www.againstbreastcancer.org.uk/get-involved/fundraising/recycling/513/bra-recycling/ or you can go hand them in to a branch of Bravissimo.

    Unwanted pens
    You can post your unwanted pens to people overseas to help schools and orphanages via http://www.pensforkids.co.uk/how_you_can_help.html

    Ink jet Printer Cartridges
    Can be dropped off at Sue Ryder stores or posted off freepost for a charity from wide list or Tesco club card points for you via http://www.therecyclingfactory.com/our-partners/

    British Heart Foundation and Oxfam both do specialist charity shops that sell books and music so I like to separate those donations to maximise the money the charities make.

    I hope these help us!
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    • katsu
    • By katsu 30th Dec 15, 3:23 PM
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    Postcards can raise money for Great Ormond St children's hospital. http://www.gosh.org/fundraise-us/shopping-and-recycling/recycling-and-environment

    Gosh also take all stamps, special and everyday, as do the RNIB http://www.rnib.org.uk/donations-and-fundraising-fundraising-your-community-recycle-us/used-stamps-appeal
    Debt at highest - £8k Debt Free 31/12/2009 (six years and counting )
    OP savings pot: £690.06.
    Total OPs since 2010: £2,128.50. Original MFD: May 2036 Current MFD: 1 August 2034
    • Rainy-Days
    • By Rainy-Days 30th Dec 15, 3:26 PM
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    Can I just add in a fabulous charity called Nowzad Dogs with regard to the used bras.

    The link is here

    http://www.nowzad.com/help-us/bras-for-nowzad/
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    • katsu
    • By katsu 30th Dec 15, 3:27 PM
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    Silvasava you posted on the other thread about wanting Christmas cards. I've just destashed some into the CS bag as i decided I don't need more than one pack in the house. I could happily post a pack or two to you if you wanted. I appreciate that would mean giving me your address but I wanted to offer.
    Debt at highest - £8k Debt Free 31/12/2009 (six years and counting )
    OP savings pot: £690.06.
    Total OPs since 2010: £2,128.50. Original MFD: May 2036 Current MFD: 1 August 2034
    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 30th Dec 15, 3:50 PM
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    katsu - thank you so much for the lovely kind offer - but just been to my local CS & stocked up at reduced prices for next Christmas!!
    Thank you too to greent for the lovely new thread to keep us on the straight and narrow
    And also a lovely thank you to the posters who have given links to worthwhile causes for our joyless items.
    Looking forward to the 2016 journey xx
    Small victories - sometimes they are all you can hope for but sometimes they are all you need - be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle
    • uk_american
    • By uk_american 30th Dec 15, 3:57 PM
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    Spotted this on the book of face today, thought it very in line with the KM thought process:

    CLOSING 2015

    One always has to know when a stage comes to an end. If we insist on staying longer than the necessary time, we lose the happiness and the meaning of the other stages we have to go through.

    Closing cycles, shutting doors, ending chapters – whatever name we give it, what matters is to leave in the past the moments of life that have finished.

    Did you lose your job? Has a loving relationship come to an end?

    Did you leave your parents’ house? Gone to live abroad? Has a long-lasting friendship ended all of a sudden?

    You can spend a long time wondering why this has happened.

    You can tell yourself you won’t take another step until you find out why certain things that were so important and so solid in your life have turned into dust, just like that.

    But such an attitude will be awfully stressing for everyone involved: your parents, your husband or wife, your friends, your children, your sister.

    Everyone is finishing chapters, turning over new leaves, getting on with life, and they will all feel bad seeing you at a standstill.

    Things pass, and the best we can do is to let them really go away.

    That is why it is so important (however painful it may be!) to destroy souvenirs, move, give lots of things away to orphanages, sell or donate the books you have at home.

    Everything in this visible world is a manifestation of the invisible world, of what is going on in our hearts – and getting rid of certain memories also means making some room for other memories to take their place.

    Let things go. Release them. Detach yourself from them.

    Nobody plays this life with marked cards, so sometimes we win and sometimes we lose.

    Do not expect anything in return, do not expect your efforts to be appreciated, your genius to be discovered, your love to be understood.

    Stop turning on your emotional television to watch the same program over and over again, the one that shows how much you suffered from a certain loss: that is only poisoning you, nothing else.

    Nothing is more dangerous than not accepting love relationships that are broken off, work that is promised but there is no starting date, decisions that are always put off waiting for the “ideal moment.”

    Before a new chapter is begun, the old one has to be finished: tell yourself that what has passed will never come back.

    Remember that there was a time when you could live without that thing or that person – nothing is irreplaceable, a habit is not a need.

    This may sound so obvious, it may even be difficult, but it is very important.

    Closing cycles. Not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because that no longer fits your life.

    Shut the door, change the record, clean the house, shake off the dust.

    Stop being who you were, and change into who you are.

    Paulo Coelho
    Last edited by uk_american; 30-12-2015 at 4:00 PM. Reason: spacing
    • VJsmum
    • By VJsmum 30th Dec 15, 3:57 PM
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    Awesome thanks for the new thread.

    Just been to the tip and the chazzer. Sent a broken suitcase and breadmaker to the tip plus a electric Christmas candle thing. None of which will be replaced. And a very old quilt which sheds feathers everywhere and has already been replaced.

    The chazzer got some non joyful boots and a never used camera tripod - 10 years old and mint in the box. Plus a rucksack full of gubbins.
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    You're hovering worriedly over your eggs, And I'm pondering trees
    I'm wandering long, And I'm pondering trees
    For you and me
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