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    • Sa1sysoo
    • By Sa1sysoo 29th Dec 16, 8:34 AM
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    Sa1sysoo
    2017 - No Clutter To Be Seen
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    • 29th Dec 16, 8:34 AM
    2017 - No Clutter To Be Seen 29th Dec 16 at 8:34 AM
    To use Guineapigsqueaks/my own wording, "A new thread for declutterbugs in 2015 2016 2017!"

    I'm going to aim to get rid of 2017 items in 2017.
    There are some lovely tips on the KonMari thread here, set up by the talented greent: http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5385103

    Of particular note is post 4 of where you can get rid of unwanted items:
    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showpost.php?p=69806488&postcount=4

    Welcome one and all and happy decluttering!
    2017 £2 Savers Club #19 - £12/£100 Target
    1% Club - 25%/100% Declutter 2017 in 2017 - 263/2016
    Joint Overdraft: £1,400/£1,500, Tesco (0%): £4,905.85/£4,681.95
    DH Overdraft: £1,500 Virgin CC (0%):£5,292.41/£3,857.70
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    • Saver-upper
    • By Saver-upper 12th Mar 17, 8:46 PM
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    Saver-upper
    A busy day today.Got lots done (and still got ironing to do when I get back home from babysitting tonight!).

    Tidied,dusted,including skirting boards,vacuumed every room in the house except both bathrooms,though they are okay at the moment.Also did 4 loads of washing,including the last of the sofa covers (both sofa itself ,and all the cusions-been doing the rest of them over the last 2weeks),and some bedding.

    Declutter-wise,only a few bits have left the house:
    503-505:3 kid's fishing nets.They have been propped up behind the wicker basket in the front room.Behind,but still visible.I have just got to the stage where I am asking myself why are we holding onto these?Do I really need them as afeature in my newly-decluttered front room?Would rather bin them,and buy new ones (for about £1 each!) if we decide we need them.
    To be honest,I haven't actually binned them yet.I have hidden them in the boot of my car,because these are the types of thing my OH would say "why are you throwing those out?",then take them to his man-cave,if he saw them in our outside bin.I will wait til he has left for work in the morning,then put them in the bin,which will be collected/ emptied before he gets home .
    506-507:tiny spinning top and fake flower,found in the girls' bedroom when tidying,binned
    508:after kids I am babysitting tonight went to bed,I read a few magazine/newspaper articles I had saved when sorting through old papers a couple of weeks ago.They had been sitting on the arm of sofa in my newly-decluttered front room,and were gettting annoying now.WHen I retunr home tonight I will drop them into recycling bin before entering the house
    509:tonight I have also sorted through a plastic expanding folder that,a couple of years ago I had used to store those papers I didn't necessarily need every day,but may need to refer to later,or I just didn't want to let go just yet.Tonight I have set aside for recycling 3-4 yo notes from Scouts,school,etc,recipes,other random bits.ALso found an envelope containing cards showing toys I had sold at a tabletop sale,and the receipt showing how much I had earnt that day after paying for the table (why do I keep these things??).I have kept some old receipts from school just in case,and lots of certificates and awards and school reports for all 4 kids.I do have "a folder" for each child's certificates,etc,which I kept up with everytime a new certificate etc came home.Now,since being back in the house,there a bundles of these papers in different locations all over the house.I am gradually coralling them all together,and will eventually put them all in their rightful folders.
    Roadkill Rebel #14,2016:£35.50 £12,000in2016 #82=£3163
    SPC #155 x 7.SPC7=£751.10 SPC8=£651.04 SPC9=£843.00
    Pinecone £283,Valued Opinions £10.50,Wombling £36.05




    • purplevamp
    • By purplevamp 12th Mar 17, 9:26 PM
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    purplevamp
    51) Amazon sale
    Originally posted by purplevamp
    Not much to report, having been feeling delicate today as I used up nearly a whole bottle of prosecco last night

    52) Kids jeans (ebay)
    53) Book (ebay)
    54) Kids jacket (ebay)
    55) Bottle of sink unblocker (used up as sink was blocked!!)
    56) Mens toiletries packaging...from Christmas
    Mortgage: Was: £154,495 Oct 2039
    Now: £136,975.47 Apr 2038
    MFW #28 £0/£3,000

    Swagbucks ~ £80 (2016 ~ £340)
    Surveys ~ £65.65 (2016 ~ £407.55)
    PTC, etc ~ $72.62 (2016 ~ $696.89)

    Goodbye Princess Leia
    • KitKatMum2
    • By KitKatMum2 12th Mar 17, 11:08 PM
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    KitKatMum2
    606. -611. bibs
    612. steamer
    613.-614 vases
    615. weaning dummy thing
    616. pile of random lids for which I do not appear to have boxes!
    617. Sippy cup
    618.-620 Baskets
    621.-624 Weaning tubs
    625.-627 Lunchboxes
    628. Dustpan for which I do not have a brush!
    629 -632. Light bulbs
    633. Mess mat
    634. Table cloth
    635.-636 Cups
    637. Diffuser reeds
    638. Egg holder thing
    639. Hand cream sample
    640. Face mask
    641. Baby seat- sold on Gumtree – FINALLY! So pleased it’s gone!
    642. Dress
    643. Cardigan
    644. Toy
    645. Skirt
    646.-664 Baby clothes
    665. Pile of expired coupons (oops!)
    666. decorative bowl

    Blitzed the kitchen today - we did more sorting and tidying than we did throwing away, but it is looking sooo much better. I still have a few cupboards to do, but it might need to wait until the kids aren't around.

    I've noticed my 'to sell' pile is getting bigger, despite the fact I did take a few things out and put them in a bag to be donated instead. I'd like to donate more, but I know some of the items have a value to them and frankly we need the money, so I've decided to aim for listing 5 items a day minimum. I'm also going to bundle some things up I think, to get rid of more things in one go.

    Hope everyone else is doing well!
    • Fruittea
    • By Fruittea 13th Mar 17, 8:01 AM
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    Fruittea
    Sounds as though you're going great guns Saver-upper. Helped a neighbour get rid of a couple of things after a garage clear. How can one house have 2 carpets cleaners - so a brand new in box one went to another neighbour and other items freegled.
    Just a little bit of decluttering for me this weekend as I was focusing on sowing seeds.
    502- dvd – CS
    503 – paperback – CS
    504 –Cookery - CS
    506 – Diaries for 2014/5
    507 – Pile of papers
    It's great to be on target though.
    "Save 12k in 2017" - £9541.22 Number 71
    March Grocery Challenge £162.10/£150.00
    The great, good and not so good bits about growing your own dinner 2017

    No Clutter To Be Seen 476/2017
    • butterfly2507
    • By butterfly2507 14th Mar 17, 10:03 AM
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    butterfly2507
    133. shower gel - UU & recycled.
    134. shampoo - UU & recycled.
    135. conditioner - UU & recycled.
    136-138. pencils - binned.
    139-140. books - donated.
    141-142. dvds - donated.
    143. perfume - UU & recycled.
    144. eyeshadow - UU & recycled.
    145. highlighter - UU & recycled.
    146. perfume sample - UU & recycled.
    147-149. dvds - donated.
    150-152. video games - donated.
    153. pencil - binned.
    154. pen -binned.
    155. tupperware - donated.
    156. fake blood (for halloween) - binned.
    157. headphones - binned.
    158-159. binders - binned.
    160. book - donated.
    161-163. pencils - binned.
    164. hair dye - UU & recycled.
    165. micellar water - UU & recycled.
    166. eyebrow powder - UU & recycled.
    167. sweater - donated.
    168. eyeshadow - UU & recycled.
    169. blush - UU & recycled.
    170. eye make up remover - UU & recycled.
    171. shaving foam - UU & recycled.
    172-173. pencils - binned.
    174. scotch tape - binned.
    175. razor - UU & recycled.
    176. lipstick - UU & recycled.
    177. primer - UU & recycled.
    178. paperwork - recycled.
    179-181. fake flowers - binned.
    182-184. postcards - send to a friend.
    185. pen - recycled.
    186. sharpener - binned.
    187. nail file - binned.
    188. shampoo - UU & recycled.
    189. conditioner - UU & recycled.
    190. pencil - binned.
    191-193. eyeshadows - binned.
    194. face cream - UU & recycled.
    195. cotton pads - UU & recycled.
    196. concealer - UU & recycled.
    197. eyeshadow - UU & recycled.
    198-200. disinfecting wipes - binned.
    201. magazine - recycled.
    202. sudoku magazine - recycled.
    203. pencil - binned.
    204-205. face cream samples - UU & recycled.
    206. perfume sample - UU & recycled.
    decluttered 1313 items started 20 / 09 / 15
    decluttered in 2017: 206

    english is not my first language, sorry for any misspellings
    • oldtractor
    • By oldtractor 14th Mar 17, 11:08 AM
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    oldtractor
    OUT some out of date old food from the freezer. veg peelings. plastic wrappings and containers. IN nothing.
    Trying for 10 a day
    • eandjsmum
    • By eandjsmum 14th Mar 17, 4:29 PM
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    eandjsmum
    Old magazines either recycled or donated, 2 jam jars some active kids vouchers . Now have a mountain of ironing to do.
    • Saver-upper
    • By Saver-upper 15th Mar 17, 12:44 AM
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    Saver-upper
    510:Tonight I spent about 1.5 hours going through another box of papers.There were alot of school reports,and awards,certificates,so that was good,because I am trying to gather all these types of things together.eg,have each child's school reports together in a folder.
    Roadkill Rebel #14,2016:£35.50 £12,000in2016 #82=£3163
    SPC #155 x 7.SPC7=£751.10 SPC8=£651.04 SPC9=£843.00
    Pinecone £283,Valued Opinions £10.50,Wombling £36.05




    • gemmajenkins0208
    • By gemmajenkins0208 15th Mar 17, 8:40 AM
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    gemmajenkins0208
    So today is my mums birthday

    All we needed to buy was food for our little buffet/celebration thing we're having tonight and a card and gift from each of us.

    I found a small bit of birthday wrapping paper which was the perfect size for the present I bought her so I wrapped it in that(which uses it up too!)

    For the buffet later we are going to use these paper plates/cups/platters etc leftover for previous Christmas eves.

    Then all the rubbish from this can go in the bin tonight to be collected early tomorrow morning
    • Fruittea
    • By Fruittea 15th Mar 17, 8:53 AM
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    Fruittea
    Another box sorted for me - resulting in:
    508 – Jug – CS
    510 – 2 shopping bags CS
    511 – trivet CS
    512 – glass sun catcher
    513 – purse CS
    514 – tangle toy CS
    515 – Elephant money box CS
    516 – hand fan CS
    520 – 4 perfumes - CS
    521 – Wooden egg sign – CS
    522 - Yellow plastic basket – CS
    523 – Glass bottle – recycled
    525 – 2 pots - CS
    Hope you have a good party GemmeJ and no clutter to be seen.
    "Save 12k in 2017" - £9541.22 Number 71
    March Grocery Challenge £162.10/£150.00
    The great, good and not so good bits about growing your own dinner 2017

    No Clutter To Be Seen 476/2017
    • Fiasco55
    • By Fiasco55 15th Mar 17, 12:04 PM
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    Fiasco55
    Day off today so trying to get some more things out.

    322. DVD tower donated to cs
    323. Rug donated to cs
    324. Lipstick used up
    325. Night cream used up
    326. Shower gel used up
    327. Junk mail recycled
    328-330. Boxes recycled
    No buying toiletries total Outs 769

    Decluttered 2016 2469 items, 2017 330 items
    Sealed Pot Challenge No 038 so far £
    • Saver-upper
    • By Saver-upper 15th Mar 17, 2:51 PM
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    Saver-upper
    I have had a lovely day today.8- and 10yo had an INSET day (school closed).It has been beautiful weather,so we went for wander through a local nature reserve.Girls enjoyed jumping in the river up to their knees,youngest enjoyed chatting to every dog that walked past .
    Then they wanted to go to Costa for lunch (like our teens do when they have an INSET day ).COffee and hot chos and cake all round .
    Then we went to a couple of local charity shops.Went to the one I usually donate to,and girls were thrilled to be counting all the items we had donated that were on the shelves.
    While we were at the charity shop,I donated 511-521:11 books.I am not a great collector of books,and really only have about 3 shelves of books,which I have not read in years.This morning while kids were getting ready to go out,it only took me about 40 seconds to chose the donations.Really I should get rid of them all,but little by little doesn't hurt so much .
    Roadkill Rebel #14,2016:£35.50 £12,000in2016 #82=£3163
    SPC #155 x 7.SPC7=£751.10 SPC8=£651.04 SPC9=£843.00
    Pinecone £283,Valued Opinions £10.50,Wombling £36.05




    • Paulaviki
    • By Paulaviki 15th Mar 17, 3:51 PM
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    Paulaviki
    Had a read of this thread and the Konmari one over the last week or so and it's inspired me to start doing some decluttering. So this week as I've had a few days off work I've managed to -

    • Finally take the bags of clothes and bits on the spare room bed to the charity shop.
    • Sorted out the husbands pants and socks drawers. Reduced 3 drawers into two as he had loads of pairs of thin socks which he doesn't like. Most of them were still brand new in the packaging so have gone to the charity shop! Plus this is a big deal as hubby struggles with letting go of stuff.
    • Sorted out the airing cupboard and took a bin bag of sheets, curtains and bath mats to the charity shop as we never use any of them.
    • Took an old broken tv, computer tower and laptop to the tip along with the box from the new tv and the blinds we took down when we moved in nearly 3 years ago.
    • Listed 3 decent dresses I won't wear again on eBay.
    • Tidied all the drawers in our bedroom and folded them the Konmari way, looks great and so much easier to find things! Hopefully we can keep it up.

    Feeling good that I've achieved all that in a couple days. Really need to tackle our loft though, it's groaning with all the boxes!
    Last edited by Paulaviki; 15-03-2017 at 3:54 PM.
    • tibawo
    • By tibawo 15th Mar 17, 4:47 PM
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    tibawo
    Just bobbing in to catch up in between tea and taking the girls to their various clubs! Glad to see peoples updates and the happy tome in which they are written! I do find a light airy feeling takes over when a space is cleared.


    The last lot of ebay has now been posted and/or collected just in time for the space to be refilled with the items ready for the craft stall at weekend!


    I am not to sure of where to tackle next but I might initially do under the stairs again as my work receipts are building up and I know if i don't do them then other things will be dumped too!
    2017- No clutter to be seen : my aim 33min 37 sec a week.
    • gemmajenkins0208
    • By gemmajenkins0208 16th Mar 17, 8:47 AM
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    gemmajenkins0208
    The party went well

    Lots of alcohol and food consumed/used up so the food wrappers/packaging and the glass bottles and cans from the alcohol gone in the bin/recycling

    Some of the alcohol was what we had here left over from previous celebrations(Christmas/new year) so a bit of space gained back that's had stuff in it for a while

    Watching mum put the bins/recycling out last night for collection this morning after a full bottle of baileys was rather funny
    • purplevamp
    • By purplevamp 16th Mar 17, 5:12 PM
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    purplevamp
    Not much to report, having been feeling delicate today as I used up nearly a whole bottle of prosecco last night

    52) Kids jeans (ebay)
    53) Book (ebay)
    54) Kids jacket (ebay)
    55) Bottle of sink unblocker (used up as sink was blocked!!)
    56) Mens toiletries packaging...from Christmas
    Originally posted by purplevamp
    56-62) 6 videos (ebay )
    63) CD (Amazon)
    64) Really old duvet
    65) Really old pillow
    66) Soap dish (really old but perfectly fine until DS2 dropped it this morning )
    Mortgage: Was: £154,495 Oct 2039
    Now: £136,975.47 Apr 2038
    MFW #28 £0/£3,000

    Swagbucks ~ £80 (2016 ~ £340)
    Surveys ~ £65.65 (2016 ~ £407.55)
    PTC, etc ~ $72.62 (2016 ~ $696.89)

    Goodbye Princess Leia
    • sillyme673
    • By sillyme673 16th Mar 17, 9:06 PM
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    sillyme673
    Three bags to charity shop. Still got two bags! A couple of DVD's to cex shop. Daughter bag of rubbish for bin( it just grows in her room)
    Have bag of clothes sorted to take to H&M for voucher.
    Bag of recycling from bathroom.
    Have sorted bag of Home magazines, just need to drop at Charity shop( pleased they take them , as felt guilty putting in recycling bin).
    Death comes to us all.When he came to Mort, he offered him a job. MORT by Terry Pratchett.
    • Saver-upper
    • By Saver-upper 17th Mar 17, 12:02 PM
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    Saver-upper
    I have been driving around with a whole lot of stuff to go to the tip,in the boot of my car.Today I was sort of in the area close-ish to the tip,and ,since it was an unexpected morning off,I thought I might as well use the time to get rid of more stuff.
    522-531:10 prs of old,worn shoes
    532-567:plastic toys: bath toys,plastic teacups,saucers,etc,Gelarti frame for something....
    568-571:broken plastic coat-hangers
    572:Thomas The Tank play tent
    573:small wicker-like basket that had gone mouldy in storage
    Last edited by Saver-upper; 17-03-2017 at 12:21 PM.
    Roadkill Rebel #14,2016:£35.50 £12,000in2016 #82=£3163
    SPC #155 x 7.SPC7=£751.10 SPC8=£651.04 SPC9=£843.00
    Pinecone £283,Valued Opinions £10.50,Wombling £36.05




    • Saver-upper
    • By Saver-upper 18th Mar 17, 10:05 PM
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    Saver-upper
    I thought while kids were doing their own thing,I would have a quick declutter of their under-bed,and maybe tops of chest of drawers.To be fair,all the kids have been keeping their rooms really tidy (cos I am constantly nagging ),but the two littler ones do seem to have alot of "tat" sometimes: old drawings all over the place,dried out marking pens with no lids,odd socks,shoes overflowing .......

    I had to ask my 10yo to crawl under the bunks and drag all the tat out,because I would have been wedged in there forever if I had tried .With that,she offered to help declutter and sort,which was lovely.

    Binned:
    574:multi-coloured marking pen
    575:packet of 32 gel pens,dried out
    576:bag of "fun snaps"
    577:bag that a mac (now lost) came in
    578:half an egg timer!
    579-582:2 Melissa and Doug wooden sticker puzzles plus stickers
    583:cheap plastic bracelet,falling apart

    I also set aside a few items for the next tip run,will count when they leave my life.
    Roadkill Rebel #14,2016:£35.50 £12,000in2016 #82=£3163
    SPC #155 x 7.SPC7=£751.10 SPC8=£651.04 SPC9=£843.00
    Pinecone £283,Valued Opinions £10.50,Wombling £36.05




    • KitKatMum2
    • By KitKatMum2 18th Mar 17, 10:17 PM
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    KitKatMum2
    667. Jeans
    668. Coat
    669. Wax melt
    670. trainers
    671. top
    672. handbag
    673.-675 bibs
    676. book
    677. conditioner
    678. bath foam
    679. shower gel
    680. chalk board
    681. votive candle
    682. milestone cards
    683.-684 ornaments
    685. Moses Basket, sold yay!

    After a really productive weekend, the above is my progress for last week, which is nowhere near as good as I'd hoped, but better than nothing. Glad to have sold the Moses basket though and the person actually turned up bang on time which makes a nice change. I have a really busy week ahead, so I'm not anticipating getting much done in the way of decluttering, but enjoying reading everyone else's progress
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