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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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    • kboss2010
    • By kboss2010 18th Mar 17, 5:47 PM
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    A 5-drawer bedside unit just kondoed into one large drawer in a chest of drawers recently emptied & unit has been put to use in a storage cupboard for storing tools - making use of the vertical space in an awkwardly-shaped cupboard and freeing up space in the spare bedroom.

    Killed 3 birds with one stone!
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    'Coz how can you be grumpy, when the sun shines out your bum?" ~ Dr A. Tapping


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    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 18th Mar 17, 8:54 PM
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    We have a laundry basket full of dds' former and future summer coats in the attic. Tonight I took all of them downstairs and made dds try them on. Four are too small for dd2, one is dark kaki, and one has no elastic in the cuffs; they're all going to dh's relatives in Africa, bar one, which is River Woods and in good condition, and I'll try to sell it. About six have gone back into the laundry basket, because they were too large for dd1, or between dd1 and dd2. I am not in a rush to throw them out, I have the space to keep them, I hate shopping, and would not like to spend money on something we already had but threw out. I prefer dds pick their favourite from the selection in the attic, than from the shop.

    Mum just heard she needs to have heart cathetarisation on her 81st birthday I do not want to kondo Mum, she sparks a lot of joy!

    Eta: current discussion with dh is about where dds' things live. He wants all their toys in their bedroom, I want the toys in the living room. I prefer to have the upstairs rooms for a single purpose only, so bedrooms are for sleeping, not for playing and storage, all rather empty and easy to clear/clean. I don't mind a little bit of mess downstairs, and it'll only be for a few years. Dh wants the toys out of sight; he has not yet realised that the storage hocker he bought last month has not helped solve the problem...
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    • Shortie
    • By Shortie 18th Mar 17, 10:04 PM
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    Evening all. Inspired by this thread I bought the Spark Joy book which arrived today. I was acutely aware that I was adding to my Stuff in the process...
    I started going through my clothes today - not a full Kondo yet but a preliminary pass through. Tomorrow I'm going to the tip to get tid of some bits from a Kondo of the greenhouse the other week

    I might Kondo a bag of Mini Eggs in a mo. Seeing the Sparks Joy for me, but Kondo'ing them into my tummy will bring me more joy
    Apologies if there are random typos - I am usually replying via my phone
    • GoingToDoIt
    • By GoingToDoIt 18th Mar 17, 11:53 PM
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    I Kondo' the evening, a party for a friend and then a few drinks at a local pub with other friends...the Kondo magic is helping me spend time and money in joyful ways...back home to a tidy house after an evening of doing things which are fun! All dressed up and out with no hassle to find nice bag, summer weight coat, killer make up- lots of "me" time thanks to Marie!
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    • Knit Witch
    • By Knit Witch 19th Mar 17, 12:29 AM
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    I Kondo' the evening, a party for a friend and then a few drinks at a local pub with other friends...the Kondo magic is helping me spend time and money in joyful ways...back home to a tidy house after an evening of doing things which are fun! All dressed up and out with no hassle to find nice bag, summer weight coat, killer make up- lots of "me" time thanks to Marie!
    Originally posted by GoingToDoIt
    Ahh you had a Hygge evening!
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    • PollyWollyDoodle
    • By PollyWollyDoodle 19th Mar 17, 7:13 AM
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    Siebrie, best wishes to your mum, hope the procedure goes well.

    You raise an interesting point about your DDs. I'm firmly in favour of bedrooms being for sleeping - although one of mine is used as an office my own room doesn't have a TV, I try to make it a restful place. I don't have children but I can see that you'd rather they play in the main living room where you can interact with them and see what they're doing.
    "Inconceivable". "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
    • kittie
    • By kittie 19th Mar 17, 8:21 AM
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    toys downstairs, in family rooms, are fine when the children are small, as long as there is a storage area. When children get older then it is good for all in the family to have more defined areas. Adults need their adult space too and children do like a degree of privacy, which they get in their rooms. Toys can be brought out and then put away, back into bedrooms. I am with siebrie`s husband on this but it`s only my opinion

    I have been able to order fresh fish this morning, just because I now have freezer space and can lay my hands on all my vac packing gear. I portion to my sizes and then vac pack, ready to use. I also went into sainsbury last night, on the way home and I cannot tell you how many things I walked past, slightly tempted but kondo space overcame any temptation, the thought of having biscuits in that space that would have to be removed
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 19th Mar 17, 8:46 AM
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    I have had a few health problems so I am on a mission to make my house as easy to maintain and clean as possible. I am getting rid of a wardrobe and an old sofa and getting some built in storage fitted.

    I also want my bedrrom repainted a nice colour, kondo the old paint!
    "It doesn't cost any more to dream big."
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 19th Mar 17, 9:00 AM
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    Morning all.

    Well, the Freezer Surprise meat item turned out to be a frying steak, so I fried it. In lard. Then I cooked some young nettles from the allotment and had them with butter over the top. And ate two salads and a handful of hazelnuts during the course of the day inc an avocado, and managed to be 1 kilo lighter this mornng than yesterday morning.

    I love low-carb dieting, it's so easy.

    Freezer is now half-empty, which means that some things which have been lurking are getting used and that there's also space for other things to come in. It's a tiny freezer, the kind known as a table-top model, but still very useful.

    Totally agree with the person who remarked on allowing the stores to store your food. At one point, my Dad had to talk Mum out of buying an additonal freezer, over and above the fridge-freezer they already have. He pointed out that they are half a mile from a Liddle and a Sainsbug, and just over a mile from several other supermarkets. It took some doing (a major factor was also nowhere to put a second freezer) but she saw the wisdom of it.

    Now, sometimes when they want a roast, they'll go to the shop, buy a chicken, and bring it home and put it straight in the oven. Saves shuffling the contents of the fridge to accomodate it and, with two cats, there's not usually any leftovers.

    Yesterday I re-did my pal's shop window display and also kondo'd a rag-bag to a chazzer who takes them in, plus spent an hour working on my allotment, and shopped for healthy food.

    Have a started another of the to-be-read books. I cannot tell you how much satisfaction I am getting from reading these 30-off books and seeing them move from the shelf to the pile which is on their way out. Some will go to the parental home with me this coming weekend, ahead of being offered at an Easter-time bootsale.

    If they sell, they sell. If not, they can go for donation.

    Hope everyone has a great Sunday, I'm having a lazy start to the day and then going gardening.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • tibawo
    • By tibawo 19th Mar 17, 9:20 AM
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    Mornin'all!


    DD1 had her craft stall yesterday so the floor in the living room is clear again...yeah! We did come back with a few things but sorted them out into non perishables which fit into one small tub [already put away]and the sweets have gone in the tub to be consumed on the caravan holiday.


    Not sure if doing any KD today. it is nice to take a day off once in a while !
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    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 19th Mar 17, 10:17 AM
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    Some spontaneous kondo-ing of crockery just happened.

    Clumsy moment putting a small dish back in a wall-cupboard and it leapt out in a bid for freedom, knocking over a mug on the counter on the way to the floor. I grabbed the mug and thought it was OK but it turned out to have two chips out of the rim, the little dish is in multiple fragments.

    Both now in the bin.

    It's quite rare for me to break any crocks or glasses, only happens a couple of times a decade, so to total two in one sitting is quite an achievement.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • oldtractor
    • By oldtractor 19th Mar 17, 11:18 AM
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    LOL GREYQUEEN

    have just put the washing away all folded and I can see what there is now its stacked properly in the draws and hung in the wardrobes. really is wonderful.
    Trying for 10 a day
    • kittie
    • By kittie 19th Mar 17, 12:44 PM
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    about the washing, old tractor, its amazing, me too, I always used to have piles of washed washing and I would take out what I wanted to use, so the pile got smaller that way

    Yes letting the stores store food, such a good idea and I am wanting to do that, have to wait a while though, to get through my stores. Then again, I can always provide a meal for visitors and when going to dd, dh and I used to take food down as her fridge was always empty, too empty

    A small kondo today but a relaxing one and am using a bit of fibre from my craft room. I need a relax day so am needle felting a fox and will shortly kondo a small bottle of tonic and a bit of gin too. I am loving the needle felting, easy with feet up and radio on
    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 19th Mar 17, 1:20 PM
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    I decided it was time to re-visit the shoes I have painful feet and ankles and not only can I no longer wear heels, I also need support around my ankles if I need to walk more than a few yards). Only 1 pair for the CS so far, but will be looking closely to see if they spark joy, but also am I ever going to be in a fit state to wear them again.

    Whilst in the room of doom, which is bedroom 3 and was supposed to end up as a study/hobbies room when we came here 5 years ago, it has been a dumping ground ever since, made worse by my health stuff, I have outed sundry junk and would like to keep nibbling away at it if possible.
    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 19th Mar 17, 4:37 PM
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    I made dds try on the shoes I stored in the attic, they now have flipflops, trainers, shoes and sandals until their feet grow again. Six pairs for dh's relatives in Africa, two pairs of snowboots for local charity shop (I'll wait with donating until October). The mice had been at the watershoes, so I had to throw those out, but nothing else. I'll have to kondo the box the shoes were kept in, though.

    I have cleaned and rearranged the landing window sill and the tops of the book cabinets underneath; it's now much more spacious.

    DH is with a potential buyer of our car, fingers crossed!
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    • camelot1001
    • By camelot1001 19th Mar 17, 6:42 PM
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    I could cry!

    DD has moved in with here BF, no problems there, I'm really happy for them. The problem is we have cleared her flat and she has asked me to store some stuff for her, there are 2 TVs, a very large green rug, a halogen cooker and loads of bedding.

    I will keep the halogen cooker, mine is about 3 years old and will probably die sometime soon. I have recently bought 2 TVs and don't really want one in the bedroom. I have kept to a strict rule of 2 sets of bedding for each bed since having a good kondo of that dept, I suppose the ones she has given me should go to the CS. What to do with the almost new quilts and pillows?

    So much for stuff going out, so much has come in over the past 2 days!
    • juliebunny
    • By juliebunny 19th Mar 17, 7:15 PM
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    I feel your pain Camelot. My spare room is stuffed with a family members stuff who emigrated until she comes back to sort it in September (cry)...but I sometimes also go in there to feel closer to her if I'm missing her....so not all bad....otherwise I just close the door.
    Are the items from your daughter a gift? I've given bedding to a local dog rescue.
    Less stuff, more life, love, laughter and cats!
    Even if I'm on the shopping threads, it doesn't mean I'm buying! Sometimes it's good to just look and then hit the CLOSE button!
    • juliebunny
    • By juliebunny 19th Mar 17, 7:27 PM
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    And thank you peeps for the words of encouragement. It's good to know I'm 'normal.'
    As a recovering toiletries addict today I cleared out 'that drawer.'....a few bits to go to a friend and a couple don't smell quite right...I'd been saving them for presents but all my friends have too much already so I just stashed them...
    And now they're no good )-:
    Less stuff, more life, love, laughter and cats!
    Even if I'm on the shopping threads, it doesn't mean I'm buying! Sometimes it's good to just look and then hit the CLOSE button!
    • kittie
    • By kittie 19th Mar 17, 7:48 PM
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    camelot. I feel for you. I mis-read your post, thought they had moved in with you. Oh dear, we did that for quite a few months for our dd. It`s what family do

    I have finished my feng shui book and there are some excellent resonating points in there, also a few things that are a bit too `away with the fairies` for me but generally, superb advice. I`ll take a few bits eg old emotions get stuck and produce clutter. Be gentle with yourself during this (clearing) process, letting go is like peeling an onion. We hold onto things when we don`t feel safe at some primal level. Clutter is stuck energy. Clutter attracts clutter. We need to look at why we hold onto clutter. Clutter blind spots. I paid good money for this, but every time you see it your energy drops as you remember the wate of money because you never use it. Photographs, scared that the good times are over

    I have just put up a few points but I could relate to each of them. I have a clutter blind spot ie my study/craft room and that about the photos is what came over me through the whole process. I just went into my study and took out five books relating to paractitioner stuff from the past and they are in my shopping trolley for the cs. I cannot release my good professional books, what if? I might need them for me or someone in my family and anyway they cost a bomb!! I am stuck, still. So I have done the easy onion layers and am now going deeper and deeper into the psychological stuff.
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    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 19th Mar 17, 8:44 PM
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    Had a weekend away visiting friends, then had a tyre blow out on the motorway on the way home. Managed to get to the service station then ended up being brought home by two car transporters as the car has no spare wheel. Absolutely ridiculous, OH's choice, expensive car, he's said in the past it's OK, it has run flat tyres good for 50 miles...... but we were 100 miles away. Still we're OK and so is the car.


    We visited a large retail opportunity on Saturday. OMG the sheer amount of 'stuff' was overwhelming. We managed to escape with just a tea towel (gift for neighbour looking after our cat), corkscrew in the shape of a bottle (as a joke gift for a friend who has invited us to bring a bottle to her party), and a bottle of gin, which will eventually be Kondo'd along with ice and tonic water.
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