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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.
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    • Sayschezza
    • By Sayschezza 8th Oct 16, 5:50 PM
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    My condolences to you and your family.
    • Serendipitious
    • By Serendipitious 8th Oct 16, 6:07 PM
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    Thinking of you all, GQ

    “All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well.”


    • Charis
    • By Charis 8th Oct 16, 6:13 PM
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    I'm sorry to read of the loss of your much loved Nan, GQ. I think most of us will be sending you virtual hugs, maybe, like me, stumbling over how to express caring thoughts in words on a forum. Remember to take care of yourself while you're helping others, as we know you will. Peace be with you all. xx
    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 8th Oct 16, 6:14 PM
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    Just had the news in the last hour that Nan passed away peacefully earlier today. My Dad and Aunt, her two children, were on their way into the hospital to visit when the call came. They didn't quite make her bedside for the moment, which may be for the best, for them. She hasn't been conscious for some days now and hasn't known her visitors for a week or more.

    Just glad I made that long trip to say goodbye when I did.
    Originally posted by GreyQueen
    I'm glad it was peaceful, and I'm glad you got to say your goodbyes.

    Thinking of you all, GQ

    Originally posted by Serendipitious
    My condolences also, GQ, to you and your family.
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    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 8th Oct 16, 6:41 PM
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    Thank you all so much for your kindness, I know we're all in this crazy business called Life together, even though most of us will never meet in RL.

    I'm getting on with stuff, washing the dishes and preparing my tea. And crying intermittantly. A well-loved woman is worth crying over. She lived a long and mostly healthy life, a quiet countrywoman in an English village you've probably never heard of.

    She'll be laid to rest in the churchyard beside my grandad, who is laid to rest beside his parents, and their parents and their siblings. She lived to see her great-grandchildren, including one grown into adulthood, which is a privilege not many get to enjoy.

    Ahh, sadness is such a selfish thing in these circumstances, we grieve for our loss of Nan, the quiet rock in our family, a woman who had never been heard to speak ill of anybody.

    And spare a thought for her dear friends, some of whom have known her for seventy years or more, and who must be very sad tonight.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
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    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • grunnie
    • By grunnie 8th Oct 16, 6:41 PM
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    My deepest sympathy GQ
    • Serendipitious
    • By Serendipitious 8th Oct 16, 7:01 PM
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    Ah yes, your Nan's friends will be feeling so sad.

    Losing your friends is a horrible aspect of living to a great age.
    “All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well.”


    • maryb
    • By maryb 8th Oct 16, 7:11 PM
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    Grey Queen that is a lovely epitaph for your Nan. I am sorry for your loss but I know you are glad you were able to tell her how much you loved her while you still could
    It doesn't matter if you are a glass half full or half empty sort of person. Keep it topped up! Cheers!
    • Floss
    • By Floss 8th Oct 16, 7:17 PM
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    GQ I'm sorry for your loss.

    Floss xx
    • greent
    • By greent 8th Oct 16, 7:35 PM
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    Sorry to hear your news, GQ. Am glad you got to say goodbye and that she passed peacefully x
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    • MMF007
    • By MMF007 8th Oct 16, 7:37 PM
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    So sorry GQ.
    I recall a quote that my friend told me after she lost a dear one: Love given will last forever.
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    • elona
    • By elona 8th Oct 16, 7:56 PM
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    GQ

    There could be no better words spoken than those about your nan.
    I am so sorry about your loss but glad that you got to see her before the end.
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    • 3forholidays
    • By 3forholidays 8th Oct 16, 8:08 PM
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    Deepest condolences to you and your family GQ.
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    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 8th Oct 16, 8:24 PM
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    I'm very sorry to hear it, GreyQueen, and wish you lots of strength.
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    • wort
    • By wort 8th Oct 16, 9:32 PM
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    So sorry GQ, my condolences, I hope your memories of your nan will see you through this sad time.x
    • Sweetpea69
    • By Sweetpea69 8th Oct 16, 10:18 PM
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    GQ, so sorry about your Nan. Glad you were able to get to see her and say your goodbye while she knew you were there. Love and hugs SP xx
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    • Tea Lady
    • By Tea Lady 9th Oct 16, 7:31 AM
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    Deepest condolences to you and your family GQ.
    • VJsmum
    • By VJsmum 9th Oct 16, 8:08 AM
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    Deepest condolences GQ. Lovely epitaph x
    Maybe I will never be all the things that I wanna be,
    Now is not the time to cry, Now's the time to find out why
    I think you're the same as me,We see things they'll never see
    Cos You and I are gonna live forever
    Noel Gallagher
    • greent
    • By greent 9th Oct 16, 8:20 AM
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    Dropping a box of stuff off at CS this morning (added 5 bowls to it yesterday) along with a bag for ragging (I have enough H&M vouchers at the mo - the CS can have this lot so it's not sitting around for ages!)

    Listed 3 more things on fleabay last night. Going to hopefully list a couple more today and get the children to have a last scout around their rooms of anything they don't want for the NNS next weekend - as they get the money for any books/ toys etc sold they are usually reasonably happy to do this (I get the money for clothes and equipment)

    Other than that, my KM plans today are only planting some cyclamens and washing out the pots for my mum to take to GC for recycling on her next visit - will see her either tomorrow or (more likely) Tues, so they won't be hanging around long
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    Now repaying BTL Mtge. Opening Bal £69786. Current Bal £68286
    Net sales in 2016 £775.06/£500
    Dec grocery spends £0/ £480 NSDs 2/12
    • gallygirl
    • By gallygirl 9th Oct 16, 8:32 AM
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    Sorry for your loss GQ and glad you got to say goodbye x






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    Originally posted by Floss
    According to their website:

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    Ernie 4 generates Bond numbers completely at random, no matter how long. So every Bond number, whether it has 8, 9, 10 or 11 digits has a separate and equal chance of winning a prize.
    So it is the Bond numbers, not holders numbers, that are matched. Please give him a cheery wave from me and tell him I haven't forgotten him, even if he does seem to have forgotten me .
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