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    • Sa1sysoo
    • By Sa1sysoo 29th Dec 16, 9:34 AM
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    Sa1sysoo
    2017 - No Clutter To Be Seen
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    • 29th Dec 16, 9:34 AM
    2017 - No Clutter To Be Seen 29th Dec 16 at 9:34 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!
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    • CapricornLass
    • By CapricornLass 28th Nov 17, 8:06 PM
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    CapricornLass
    I've had the misfortune to be visited by a house mouse. The chaos and damage that one small mouse has caused during 1 week has to be seen to be believed, and I could have wept at the amount of food that I had to throw away - over £100 is a conservative guess.

    But every cloud has its silver lining. I had to empty and disinfect 5 cupboards including two larder cupboards, throwing out things as I went, out of date/broken/no longer required as well as all the stuff that honked of mouse. Cupboards are now the cleanest and emptiest that I remember seeing them in the past twenty-odd years.

    (Mouse came to an abrupt end due to a trap and a piece of chocolate. No other signs or sounds of his friends and relations have been seen, and holes found under the bath have now been blocked up. Fingers crossed they will will stay away! And that I can use more orthodox reasons to clear cupboards in the future.)
    Sealed Pot Challenge no 265.
    • stellata
    • By stellata 28th Nov 17, 8:50 PM
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    stellata
    I’m still battering on. This house has thrown up a few surprises including the boiler needing replacement so that’s been taking up all my headspace (and cash). Meanwhile I’m treating the ongoing declutter as practice got the real thing in 2018 when I will reduce the number of things in my home by 2018!!!

    Gone:
    Kitchen roll holder
    Shower caddy
    Ugly mat
    5 sweaters I used to wear to work. Too small now.
    Heavy wall plaque
    6 cookbooks I never use
    (Above all gone to charity shop)

    Large box of cardboard
    2 sacks of rubbish
    Broken cupboard
    Old mattress
    (These to tip/recycling)

    Box of beauty stuff to freecycle.

    That’s a weeks worth, it’s hard work this.
    Magnolia Stellata
    • Saver-upper
    • By Saver-upper 28th Nov 17, 10:33 PM
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    Saver-upper
    Aww,how exciting Gemma.Yes,4 years is long enough.I'll bet your parents are going to miss you,though.
    I love the idea of only having one plate,knife,fork,cup,etc each.I definitely need to cull the coffee cups and glasses in this house.Why,I ask you,do children's easter eggs come with coffee cups ?
    I have been stopping and starting the decluttering of this house for about 3-4 years.With 4 kids and a hoarding partner,I have to keep ontop of it.But this year,having had a house extension last year,I really am going for it.I am going through cupboards and the loft that haven't been sorted for years .
    My dishwasher is on twice most days (family of 6).I wonder what would happen if I culled,especially cups and glasses.And I have been letting go of guilt-the amount of items I held onto because it had been given to me and I felt bad letting it go ....Now I am past that,and it is alot easier to let things go.

    Out of the house today:
    To small local charity shop:
    a huge bundle of clothes,all never worn,most still with labels on:
    2629-2631: 3 jumpers
    2632-2633: 2 long-sleeved tops
    2634-2635:2 t-shirts
    2636:pair of leggings
    2637:tracksuit pants
    also:
    2638:Lazy Town dress up outfit (Stephanie)
    2639:Lazy Town dress up outfit (Sportacus)
    2640:raincoat
    2641:gift bag
    2642:Beatrix Potter Complete Tales box set
    2643:Dr Suess classics box set
    2644:Magic Faraway Tree box set
    2645:box of Christmas cards
    2646:Angelina Ballerina brush
    2647:Home character (McDonald's toy)
    2648:princess necklace
    2649:hand puppet
    2650-2659:10 stuffed toys
    2660:water-toy
    2661:Hide and Seek Scooby game
    2662:trump cards game
    2663plastic ruler
    2664:small mirror
    2665:basket of shells

    Given to a friend:
    2666:blue top
    2667:floaty,sheer blue shirt
    2668:green t-shirt
    I also gave her a dress,but not counting that as it was in a bag of stuff given to me a few weeks ago,to sort out and keep what I want,then donate the rest.Not really mine,it was just "passing through" my life .
    In the same way,won't count 2 items of mine that I set aside for my 15yo daughter to see if she wanted.She did,so nothing decluttered,but being used after 4 years being scrunched up in a wardrobe

    Last week when I was donating to this newly-discovered charity shop,I saw a sign in a shop window asking for plastic bags.Bet they are sorry they asked now,I took in 4 huuuuuge bundles of bags ,so counting that as 2669-2672,though there was probably over 100 bags there.That has freed up a big space under the stairs

    Then I went to the tip.Hate this bit-sooooo much going to landfill .I really do try to avoid it.
    2669-2758:90 pieces of plastic,almost all from kid's games that I had given up looking for all the pieces of,so couldn't donate
    2759:wooden box from kid's toy
    2760:kid's soccer ball
    2761:gift bag
    2762:paint brush

    2763-2765:3 jigsaw puzzles,donated to school after they had a shout-out for toys/puzzles for lunch clubs

    So,all that was from around the house
    Out of the loft,I recycled a cardboard book of Scooby-doo jigsaw puzzles,so from the loft, that is number 1166.

    Phew !!
    Roadkill Rebel #14,2016:£35.50 £12,000in2016 #82=£3163
    SPC #155 x 7.SPC7=£751.10 SPC8=£651.04 SPC9=£843.00 SPC10=£872.76
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    • gemmajenkins0208
    • By gemmajenkins0208 29th Nov 17, 9:07 AM
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    gemmajenkins0208
    Well, I wouldn't say they are going to miss me much Saver-upper - we've just moved down the road!

    Well, we have 4 of most things, but with 2 of us eating at a time there's only enough for 2 meals if you know what I mean.

    There were 6 of us when I used to live with my parents. My parents, my brother and his fianc!e and me and my partner. The washing machine was always going, the tumble drier was always going, and dishes had to be done several times a day

    Talking to my mum last week she said it's still pretty much like that Whereas here now I wash the dishes in the evening before bed. I do laundry once a week MAYBE twice, if we've dirtied up an extra towel or something. Hoovering and sweeping only needs to be done a couple times a week. We have a washer drier but we don't use the drier part as it simply does not get stuff dry so a simple airer over the bath for the night does the trick for us

    I've got 2 different ladies interested in 2 of my items I have listed for sale. The remaining item is quite specific so may have to take it into a shop that's specialises in that sort of thing.
    • greent
    • By greent 30th Nov 17, 1:19 PM
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    greent
    November's Exits
    1729. Necklace – CS
    1730. Bracelet – CS
    1731. Old lunchbag – binned
    1732 -33. 2 ‘souvenir’ plastic spoons – binned
    1734. non-sticky sticky labels from a ‘preserving kit’ – recycled
    1735. plastic box which contained preserving kit – binned
    1736. few items of (well in date and unopened) food which we don’t like – donated to foodbank
    1737. several unopened airline packs of toothbrushes and tubes of paste – donated to foodbank
    1738 - 40. New/ unopened body lotion x3 – donated to foodbank
    1741. several takeaway tubs – recycled
    1742. heaps of tealights – used 😊
    1743 – 1744. 2 jar candles – used 😊
    1745. bit from old fridge freezer – binned
    1746. broken picture frame – part binned/ part recycled
    1747. several small hotel bottles of shower gel – used to top up handwash, bottles recycled
    1748. broken pen – binned
    1749. uncomfortable socks (DS3) – fabric recycling
    1750. too small & stained gillet (DS3) – fabric recycling
    1751. worn-thin underwear (DS2) – fabric recycling
    1752. holey PJs (DS2) – fabric recycling
    1753. school trousers with broken and irreplaceable clip fastening (DS3) – fabric recycling
    1754. kilner type bottle with duff seal – recycled
    1755 – 1759. Jam jars from stash – recycled
    1760. couple of cardboard boxes – recycled
    1761. 3 sheets of stickers – shoebox appeal
    1762. random gibble from DS3’s room – binned/ recycled
    1763. handful of dried up felt tips (DS3) – binned
    1764. book read & passed on
    1765 – 67. 3 tatty cards from stash – recycled
    1768 – 72. Books read (or not) and passed on
    1773 -75. 3 pairs uncomfy socks – rag bagged (DS3 & OH)
    1776. too small underwear – fabric recycling – DS2
    1777. Broken (and spare) recycling box lid – binned
    1778 – 1779. Bags of seeds brought back from DD’s uni flat – used
    1780. Too small trainers (DS1) – recycled
    1781. couch roll used as kitchen towel
    1782. body lotion from stash used up
    1783. more hotel shampoos and conditioners – used up, bottles recycled
    1784. dress (DD) sold – ebay
    1785 -86. 2 BN cake tins – sold – ebay
    1787. Packaging from stash used in above ebay parcels
    1788. Old NS&I savings account passbook from when OH was 10 (!) sent off for closing (balance was 54p )
    1789 – 91. 3 things sold on flebay ( 2 freezer parts and PJs)
    1792. Packaging used on above
    1793. worn thin socks (DS3) – fabric recycling
    1794. pile of paperwork recycled
    1795 – 96. 2 books borrowed by DD from work back in May/ June – returned to work
    1797 -99. 3 Body shop items (new and sealed) donated to school tombola
    1800. Sheets of awkward circular labels – used up
    1801 – 64. Items of clothing/ shoes/ bags/ jewellery sold to Cash4clothes
    1865. Book read and passed on to my mum

    Doubtful that I'll make 2017 target - but am happy at how much has ended up going
    I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul
    Repaid mtge early (orig 11/25) Bal 01/09 £124616 01/10 £104927 01/11 £89873 01/12 £76317 01/13 £52546 01/14 £35356 01/15 £12133 07/15 £NIL
    Next: BTL Mtge 12/16 £69786. 2017 OPs (#18) £5278/£3286
    Net sales 2017 £1259.72/£500 PAYDOX17 £12239/£10k Decluttered 1870/2017 items
    • gemmajenkins0208
    • By gemmajenkins0208 2nd Dec 17, 11:27 AM
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    gemmajenkins0208
    Going up to my mums today to see her for a bit

    And I am going to liberate a few things from her

    I need some Christmas wrapping paper, gift tags/bows, sellotape and some cards to write out for people at work

    I'm going to have a nosey through her cupboards too and see if I can liberate any condiments/sauces/spreads etc
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