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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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    • camelot1001
    • By camelot1001 9th Jun 17, 6:31 AM
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    I thought I was doing well using up sewing threads that were my Mums then my friend's Mum died and I was given all her reels - do they not know I am trying so hard to get rid of such things!

    Going back to vans at the tip, when I hired a van for DD moving we had lots of cardboard packaging to take, I went armed with chocolate biscuits and cakes and they told me they couldn't see me!
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 9th Jun 17, 7:08 AM
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    Talking of tarted-up junk, I passed a shop the other day that dealt in it I looked at various items with eye-watering price tags attached and imagined my grandmother sniffing at it and opining that it would be all right given a coat of paint and some decent handles.
    Shabby Chic would have appalled her. She didn't do shabby.
    Originally posted by monnagran
    I'm pretty disgusted at the watery emulsion being slathered over perfectly blameless pieces of brown furniture which are then offered here as shabby chic. They're letting just about anyone buy paintbrushes these days, have you noticed?!

    Nope, done badly, it sure as hell ain't chic. I was at the dentist last month and browsing one of those posh decor mags and they had wallpaper printed to replicate battered brick walls, peeling mouldy plaster and other unsavoury-looking surfaces.

    So's you can spend a fortune to have your living quarters look like a squat or a derelict factory. Only the over-privileged are likely to think that's a good look, hey?

    Ahh, buttons. Two old biscuit tins of buttons were inherited from Nan's. I had a quick paw-thru and they were very boring ones, such as mostly off men's clothes. I suggested Mum let me freegle them and they were asked-for within minutes.

    One day, part of mine and Kid Bruv's inheritance will be approx 15 kg of buttons, currently housed in a variety of tins and coffee cans (I have collated them all into a single crate in Mum's Bedroom Cupboard of Doom and they are sorted by colour).

    I would like to winnow the hoard of ones which most definately won't be used but suspect strong resistance to the very idea plus, frankly, there are much bigger fish to fry. I shall reserve my energies for those.

    My workweek has brought several more examples to light of the absolutely enormous hideous problems caused by going into one's later years encumbered by TOO MUCH.

    Too much as in too big a home and garden. Homes big and small alike can be vastly encumbered by having too much stuff, stored too erratically, becoming insanitary, attracting rats and insects indoors......... I could (but won't) tell you things which would curl your hair and cause you to regurgitate your breakfasts.

    To someone who is past the mid-point of her own life, and free-wheeling gently downhill (if one can freewheel gently whilst yelling along to heavy rock tracks ) it's a constant reminder of the importance of living an uncluttered life.

    silvasava, I so agree about the salad drawers. My fridge has one large trough-like one. It's impractical, doesn't run smoothly, and the contents become jumbled. Unless one is storing just cylindrical things like leeks, veggies are apt to stick up above the plimsoll line and foul the glass shelf above it, too. I detest it with a passion.

    I will look for some small baskets, ideally secondhand (don't like to encourage the creation of more plastics by buying new plastic items) so that things can be held together by type. I did get a plastic basket out of the undersink cupboard and re-deploy its contents, but I could do with a few more.

    I'm planning on spending an hour or two at the junk shop after w*rk today. Who knows what I might get my paws into over there.........? If it's amusing, I'll be sure to share.
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    • Floss
    • By Floss 9th Jun 17, 7:56 AM
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    The talk of plastic baskets & fridges has encouraged me to investigate coralling stuff in our fridge. I also need to try & purchase a new salad drawer as it is now cracked in too many places to be useful (probably down to the shocking habit of nudging it shut with ones foot ). I will sort it when back from the SM shop later.
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 9th Jun 17, 7:59 AM
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    You might be able to get a new-to-you salad drawer off an otherwise defunct fridge from freegle or the tip. I've thought if mine ever died the death, I'd try that route.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
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    • Floss
    • By Floss 9th Jun 17, 8:14 AM
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    You might be able to get a new-to-you salad drawer off an otherwise defunct fridge from freegle or the tip. I've thought if mine ever died the death, I'd try that route.
    Originally posted by GreyQueen
    I have tried, but it fits around the compressor so is a sort of odd P-shape
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 9th Jun 17, 8:18 AM
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    That's going to be almost impossible to source as a used item. Shame.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
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    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 9th Jun 17, 9:06 AM
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    Which reminds me, Silvasava, I was amused by your dedication to using up your cotton reels. I have a drawer full. Not only mine but those inherited from my mother ...
    Originally posted by monnagran
    Oh, there's a thought! I'm hopefully going to my mother's house to finish off the probate work in about 10 days, and her patchwork stash is so far almost untouched. At the very least, I could rehome her cotton reels between my sister, my SiL and I ...

    I'm planning on spending an hour or two at the junk shop after w*rk today. Who knows what I might get my paws into over there.........? If it's amusing, I'll be sure to share.
    Originally posted by GreyQueen
    I was thinking of you yesterday, GQ - at the Antiques Roadshow I went along for the experience, its not something I ever watched even when I had a TV licence, but I took along a mug I was given from an artisan pottery place, very small "edition" ... it was valued at over £100 a single mug

    Discussed with my sister, and she had the idea of writing out the history and the photographic proof - if we keep stuff, it's the history that often makes it *worth* keeping.

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    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 9th Jun 17, 10:14 AM
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    The large filing box from my work office has gone! More space to move and less visual clutter, what's not to love?

    I'm organising dd2's birthday party; she's inviting 5 friends from school. She was allowed 6 (because she turned 6), but only wanted 5. We made the invites ourselves, it'll be this Wednesday, straight after school. We'll hopefully be in the garden, have homebaked pancakes, play a few games, slay a piñata (I have a homemade one in the attic - it was the spare one I made last year for dd1's birthday party), and at 14.00 it's finished. Short and sweet.

    I've put a few grown-from-seed courgette plants in the flower beds, I've put a few grown-from-bulb dahlia plants in same flower beds Kondoed lots of dandelions and ragwort, cut down the bits of grapevine that are entering neighbours' garden. They kindly let us use the metal fence in between our houses for grapevine support, and they have been told they can pick any grapes they fancy, but I'd like to not intrude too much on their garden and have the vine just on our side.
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    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 9th Jun 17, 11:30 AM
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    Many years ago we had a fabulous old grapevine in our greenhouse. The greenhouse had dwarf walls and the rest of it was wood and glass. Sadly Dad went home one lunchtime and discovered the weight of the vine had caused the greenhouse to slide off the dwarf walls, so that was the end of the gorgeous grapes we used to devour.
    • elona
    • By elona 9th Jun 17, 11:49 AM
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    I have managed to empty two large cardboard boxes but have had to put some of the contents (labelled) into a perspex lidded box and have two small boxes for a dd to either take home or throw out if she comes round at the weekend.

    Having to sit down in between sorting and emptying boxes as knees are stiff and I get easily tired. Hoping to sort out more boxes this afternoon.

    Have stripped two double beds and a day bed and have the bedding in the wash so feel I have made a good start. Unfortunately it keeps raining heavily for a very short period at a time so I have to keep dashing outside. At this rate I might have to use the dri buddy or even the tumble drier rather than having damp washing hanging around.

    Might have all three spare bedrooms used for Saturday night if family stay over.
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    • short_bird
    • By short_bird 9th Jun 17, 2:15 PM
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    Still gloomy, as sorting hasn't got as far as sorting out a new bulb for it, but I've done enough shopping for a while, can't abide the habit.
    Originally posted by GreyQueen
    Yeah, I had to replace the fridge bulb when I moved in here nearly 2 years ago. And find storage space for the other bulb as they're sold in pairs
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    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 9th Jun 17, 4:59 PM
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    Oh no, fridge lightbulbs come in twin-packs? That's too cruel.

    Just spent a bit of time at the pal's shop and he mentioned that the stair lightbulb is out, so I will take him one from the lightbulb mountain tomorrow and take the other away for the special recycling box at the tip.

    I was also able to give him a defunct vacuum-sealable bag which had lost its vacuum, as he needed the clear plastic for mending something, so that's two things out of the flat.

    Nice one about the mug, karmakat. Expect it was quite an experience visiting the Show. It's one of the progs my parents watch and, if I'm over there at the time, I watch it too, it's very interesting.

    ETA, Oh, nearly forgot, went to the shop and checked out the window display (mine own work) and then went in and asked how much he was charging for the spider? Cue a comedic couple of minutes when a large spider was hunted down, captured in a glass and taken outside to be released safely. We laffed.
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    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 9th Jun 17, 5:06 PM
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    Nice one about the mug, karmakat. Expect it was quite an experience visiting the Show. It's one of the progs my parents watch and, if I'm over there at the time, I watch it too, it's very interesting.
    Originally posted by GreyQueen
    Sorry, saw your question on the prepster thread and answered there too it's all over the place on mse now apologies for those who read it multiple times!

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    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 9th Jun 17, 5:09 PM
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    No worries, I read it on preppers, came over here and realised you'd said here, went back to say I'd seen it and you'd answered me.

    Exciting, isn't it?!
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
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    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 9th Jun 17, 5:43 PM
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    Exciting, isn't it?!
    Originally posted by GreyQueen
    Good word for it

    Stuff in my kitchen cupboards is getting a beating being kondoed like mad, as a cleanliness issue. I've got some rejigging to do.
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    • x_raphael_xx
    • By x_raphael_xx 9th Jun 17, 8:27 PM
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    I have tried, but it fits around the compressor so is a sort of odd P-shape
    Originally posted by Floss
    Try googling the make and model of the fridge? Or emailing the makers?
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    • WeeMidgie
    • By WeeMidgie 10th Jun 17, 1:18 PM
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    Today I'm at last tackling the paperwork category. It was last properly gone through in 2012, so there has been significant weeding out to do. All paperwork for my previous car has gone, bar the DVLC confirmation I'm no longer responsible for it. And now that I've recently retired, the once bulging employment file is now much slimmer. I've only ever been a modest earner, but looking back I had an interesting working life, but it's great to know that file is now simply a historic record, and won't be added to.

    Apart from that, I've fished out receipts and guarantees for expired appliances, old optician's reports etc.. There's now a huge pile needing shredded, so after stopping for a bite of lunch, the afternoon will be spent with a DVD showing subtitles (due to shredder noise!), whilst I operate the shredder in short bursts.

    By this evening, I hope I'll be completely through what is my least appealing kondo category so far!!
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 10th Jun 17, 1:38 PM
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    Great going, WeeMidgie, it's that eat the frog moment when you've dealt with the bugbear.

    This morning, before people were up and about, I nipped out with a small box of useful-but-not-to-me foodstuffs * and placed them in plain view in the communal area of the flats with a note inviting peeps to help themselves. Two hours later when I went out, some had gone, three hours later when I came back, all plus the wee box had been taken. Happiness.

    * just had a diagnosis which means I will have to change my diet, and these items weren't on the new menu.

    Have been to the pal's shop and hung out for a while and then came home for a light luncheon. About to go erranding, then will rest for a few hours before spending the evening on the old allotmentino.

    It's a toss up between weeding and getting out a scythe and doing some haymaking, it's that bad in parts.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
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    • GoingToDoIt
    • By GoingToDoIt 10th Jun 17, 3:01 PM
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    Hi kondomites, hope everyone is well.
    I have been gearing up (avoiding) my handbag insert sort out for a few weeks now. It's handy to have the little bag with bits in, but it had become cluttered with carp and needed sorting.
    I've repurposes a mini clicklock tub for medicines. A bit bulky but much neater. I'm trying out an old plastic travel pass holder for holding tampons , which fits neatly in a side pocket. Following this other bits (mini brush, toothbrush, toothpaste and mini make ups for on the go) are neat enough in a pocket.
    Made two dividers in the sock drawer, from one cereal box. I love "footsies" the tiny foot cover/mini socks made of tights material, but they a a bu@@er to wash/dry. I just sewed a load of them on to some thread and tied it to the maiden! I have some surplus ribbon and press studs so think I will make a permanent footsie drying line later by sewing those together.
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    • x_raphael_xx
    • By x_raphael_xx 10th Jun 17, 4:11 PM
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    I love "footsies" the tiny foot cover/mini socks made of tights material, but they a a bu@@er to wash/dry.
    Originally posted by GoingToDoIt
    I put mine in one of those zip up 'delicates' bags with my bras. (stops the wires coming out).
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