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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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    • mrs-moneypenny
    • By mrs-moneypenny 10th Oct 16, 3:05 PM
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    Afternoon all
    Had a joyful morning in work. Just rung dd2 for a natter, left dd3 a phone message and have managed to find another holiday home for the week after the one we wanted went off our letting agents books.
    Got a bag filling nicely with stuff for the CS
    Hugs to all that need/want one.
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    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 10th Oct 16, 4:59 PM
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    Afternoon all.

    Today has passed swiftly and smoothly - working stops one dwelling on things.

    Have now had a chat with the folks. Dad has an 8.30 am appointment at the hospital tomorrow to collect the death certificate, then a Weds appointment with the registrar, he and his sister will both go. On Weds, they also meet with the funeral director and will be able to give him the relevent copy of the death certificate.

    Aunt has been busy and two of the three bulky appliances will are now sold (washer and fridge-freezer) just leaving the cooker of the kitchen stuff to go. Two wardrobes are also going, some small pieces of furniture going into other family homes. There will be some orphaned armchairs of the old, uncomfortable and non-safety certificated kind, and two divan beds and two mattresses, ditto.

    After discussion of the many charities Nan supported, we deem that the Salvation Army was her preferred one, so as much stuff as possible will go to them. Mum and Dad will be at the bungalow tomorrow, packing up crockery etc, and waiting in for the hospital to come and collect their loaned equipment etc.

    I've arranged to get a lift to the hometown after work on Friday and will be helping out on Sat and Sunday before coming back to my city on Sunday evening.

    It's suddenly gone from overwhelming to do-able. Dad will be calling Cousin this evening (she works outside the home) and seeing if they can take the shed down this weekend or next, as the bungalow may be able to go back to the landlord with only two weeks' notice.

    Lots to do, but lots of pairs of hands to do it. We'll get there in the end.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • Gelda
    • By Gelda 10th Oct 16, 5:14 PM
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    "In the meantime I need to think about how to cover the screws from the drawer handles that snag clothes. My grandmother used to use elastoplast, but I'm sure there is a better solution... "

    Cut a cork in half (shortways) and twist on to the back of screws.
    • greenbee
    • By greenbee 10th Oct 16, 5:40 PM
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    "In the meantime I need to think about how to cover the screws from the drawer handles that snag clothes. My grandmother used to use elastoplast, but I'm sure there is a better solution... "

    Cut a cork in half (shortways) and twist on to the back of screws.
    Originally posted by Gelda
    Thanks Gelda

    Sadly I have no corks, so clearly I'm going to have to open a bottle or two
    • MMF007
    • By MMF007 10th Oct 16, 6:15 PM
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    Hey thanks Gelda, great idea about the cork. A client was asking me what to do about the bolts ,in her COD so now I can solve the problem.

    CS bag dropped off during my lunch break.

    The big bugbear is still the pile of videos. DH has moved them to behind the door.......... I have suggested that we ditch them but let him keep the ones of his fav football team because that would be a majot sticking point (but not the video player!!). We have not come to an agreement yet...

    Paint - we have pale yellow walls and pale grey skirting in the LR. The curtains we most often have up are pale moss green with a tiny gold fleck. It's a north facing room but it always seems light and airy
    I have changed my work-life balance to a life-work balance.
    • allybee101
    • By allybee101 10th Oct 16, 6:31 PM
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    Catching up on everything again. My condolences to GQ and family.
    What a wonderful family you have, all coming together to support each other through this challenging period when emotions and practicalities and bureacracy deadlines are all needing attention.


    Kondoing is on back burner here, decorating bedroom (in grey paint! Much time spent deliberating over test patches to find warm grey and will have some bright colours to avoid jail like conditions!) so flat is in uproar. Slow progress but getting there. I intend to be very mindful of what makes it back in there once finished. Walls to finish and woodwork to do. Semi clam should be restored by next weekend.
    "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
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 10th Oct 16, 6:57 PM
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    Like all families we have our strengths and weaknesses, but we're a long way from the Waltons.

    Cousin hasn't spoken to her own mother (Aunt) for over 25 years and no one knows why. Nan's brother hasn't spoken to his siblings for nearly 50 years (row over a will) and there are various other inlaws and outlaws. A good resentment is like an heirloom, it can be treasured for years. Except Nan didn't do things like that, and I CBA, mostly.

    One rellie nearly got a smack a few years ago at a great uncle's graveside, as the very coffin was being lowered into the grave, by piping up BUT HE WANTED TO BE CREMATED.

    Tell ya, they darned nearly got shoved in with him. If you come from a family where no one has been cremated ever, as far as we know, you get to put that in a Will or tell everybody, not just one distant rellie who hadn't said aught about it until that moment.

    There are bound to be some squabbles and upsets over the whole procedure, just bound to be. Seeing as I am a kondo-ite and a minimalist in the making, they won't be about material things from my pov.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • whiteguineapig
    • By whiteguineapig 10th Oct 16, 7:50 PM
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    i can't remember who asked where to get the cheapest flu jab , i think its asda - £5
    (i'll post this on the other thread i follow as well just in case)
    • twiglet98
    • By twiglet98 10th Oct 16, 10:43 PM
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    GQ I'd like to add my condolences on your beloved Nan's passing.

    You, and she, have been so very lucky to have such affection and happy memories. She won't stray far from your thoughts.
    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 10th Oct 16, 10:52 PM
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    Karmacat, I have one teapot which only gets used when I have guests - it's Emma Bridgewater and very joyful to me, but I just use teabags in a mug for myself and the occasional visitor. If you love both, then keep them but it's sounding as if you love the yellow one more than the Denby one.
    Originally posted by PollyWollyDoodle
    I have four teapots, only used when I have guests, but I love ALL of them. So I'm keeping them.

    However, if you only have room for one, keep the yellow one - as PWD says, it really does sound like you love that one most.
    Originally posted by greenbee
    Thank you, Polly and Greenbee - you know what, it's true. The yellow one is the one I like the best, it's cheerful and classic both. The Denby was bought almost as a "growing up" present, when I was about 35 - you know, grown up people have people round and have afternoon tea and need "a set for best".

    I'm keeping both thankyou!

    It's suddenly gone from overwhelming to do-able. Dad will be calling Cousin this evening (she works outside the home) and seeing if they can take the shed down this weekend or next, as the bungalow may be able to go back to the landlord with only two weeks' notice.

    Lots to do, but lots of pairs of hands to do it. We'll get there in the end.
    Originally posted by GreyQueen
    Like allybee, I'm struck by the way your family is dealing with things together, GQ, in spite of the feuds and whatnot that you list in your next post It's very positive.

    whiteguineapig - I've been checking out costs for the flu jab, so it may well be something I've written, thank you in any case from me

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    • ivyleaf
    • By ivyleaf 10th Oct 16, 11:04 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
    Originally posted by maryb
    Just what I wanted to say Thank you maryb.

    GQ it's wonderful that your DNan was so well-loved. Evidently a very, very special lady. Thoughts are with you and your family, as well as her friends. (((HUGS)))
    • milasavesmoney
    • By milasavesmoney 11th Oct 16, 6:13 AM
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    Poor baby Quoy! has been sick for three weeks with a nasty cold. I think the children are passing around different strains at nursery school. She will start to get a bit better and then come home with a different set of symptoms.

    Quoy! told her mom she needed to buy a phone. DD1 ask if she had money to buy it with. She said 'almost' as she has money in her piggyback. The concept of money and spending it on stuff has come at a young age.

    At their supermarket they have little children shopping carts. DD1 says it's interesting to see what she will put in her basket. Yesterday was tilapia and a zucchini. Sequoia helped mommy cook them for dinner and said they tasted so good. She also helped make basil, mint lemonade. She says 'Quoy! a good cook'.

    Greent I have picked out a light turquoise (rainwashed) for walls, shiplap white for cabinets, white sink and no clue as to counter in the laundry room. I may go tomorrow and pick that out. Turquoise is also popular here right now, but as it has always been very pleasing to me I would say I'm not following trends. And then there is my gorgeous tile that I really love. I'm really pleased so far with my choices and am looking forward to it all coming together. We've lived here 32 yrs and have never done anything to the laundry room. It is very shabby looking. And not the chic kind either!
    No clue as to the kitchen though....

    As I was boxing up items to get out of the way for tiling, I have been getting rid of stuff. Some to thrift, some to my grown children and some to the landfill. Our little town has had its recycling center go out of business. It has been in operation since 1993 and was run by our CARC Farm. It has given many people jobs over the years. They had a very large piece of equipment break down for the final time and it was just too costly for them to replace it, thus the hard decision. The city is looking for alternatives.
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    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 11th Oct 16, 7:10 AM
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    Mila, what is a CARC Farm, please?
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • Floss
    • By Floss 11th Oct 16, 8:02 AM
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    Mila, what is a CARC Farm, please?
    Originally posted by GreyQueen
    Looks like it's a New Mexico version of Remploy, Scope or Mencap with community facilities: http://www.carcinc.org/
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 11th Oct 16, 8:13 AM
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    Thanks, Floss.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • Busylizzie
    • By Busylizzie 11th Oct 16, 10:06 AM
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    Good Morning

    Recently got THE book from the library and found it very interesting.

    However one area where I really disagree with her is getting rid of user manuals. Trying to locate one for our TV online was a nightmare and I would never not keep them. Must admit my filing of them could be improved though!
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 11th Oct 16, 10:13 AM
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    I decluttered a pet blanket yesterday as my cat had thrown up all over it.

    I found some more paperwork when I was going through the file box as we have just changed energy supplier. Old letters thrown into recyling bin. I'm wondering if there is any point in switching anymore as we only saved about £2 a month. My DH did it, I wouldn't have bothered!
    "It doesn't cost any more to dream big."
    • maryb
    • By maryb 11th Oct 16, 12:18 PM
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    Good Morning

    Recently got THE book from the library and found it very interesting.

    However one area where I really disagree with her is getting rid of user manuals. Trying to locate one for our TV online was a nightmare and I would never not keep them. Must admit my filing of them could be improved though!
    Originally posted by Busylizzie
    Lizzie, I download a PDF of user manuals as soon as I buy a gadget and store it in a folder on my laptop. It's quicker for me than trying to find where the last person to use the paper copy thought would be a good idea to leave it. Increasingly, I find, detailed manuals are only available online, you just get a Quick Start guide in the box
    It doesn't matter if you are a glass half full or half empty sort of person. Keep it topped up! Cheers!
    • greent
    • By greent 11th Oct 16, 12:31 PM
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    Got rid of a load of leftover mosaic tiles yesterday (OH had suggested binning them!!) - beautiful, but they were leftovers and were only being kept (for the last 4 years or more) for Justin - so better to release them - and they've gone to a good cause, so even better news!

    Took some bits into school yesterday for their Harvest Festival - including the (realistically) 'we-will-never-eat longlife complete meals in foil packs left from DS1's army cadet camp'

    Have about 10 items ending on fleabay today with bids on a couple of them at the mo - so am hopeful some more things should be leaving soon

    Other than that I cracked a Tupperware style tub yesterday so it and its matching lid went into the bin straight off.
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    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 11th Oct 16, 12:31 PM
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    I'm currently kondoing work that landed on my desk due to a colleague being laid off. I have managed to redistribute several of her tasks to other colleagues that she was helping out as she had a bit of spare time. I told them I do not have the spare time, and they have to cope by themselves again.
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