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    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 19th Jul 17, 2:04 PM
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    KonMari 2017 - The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up
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    • 19th Jul 17, 2:04 PM
    KonMari 2017 - The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up 19th Jul 17 at 2:04 PM
    Since there seems to be a few new threads being started in case old ones are accidentally lost, shall I do the same for KonMari?

    Here's the links to the old threads with thanks to VfM4meplse and greent

    2016

    2015

    '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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    • maryb
    • By maryb 10th Oct 17, 4:30 PM
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    Karma at check the LondonSilver Vaults near Holborn
    It doesn't matter if you are a glass half full or half empty sort of person. Keep it topped up! Cheers!
    • minnie2
    • By minnie2 10th Oct 17, 6:38 PM
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    My bestie came round tonight and i kondoed 4 radleys and a harrods bag :-) progress
    Frugal living challenge - need to revisit its been.a while !! Need to reduce our debts!!
    • PollyWollyDoodle
    • By PollyWollyDoodle 11th Oct 17, 12:31 AM
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    Ooh I wish I was your best friend! I dream of having a Radley bag.
    "Inconceivable". "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
    • minnie2
    • By minnie2 11th Oct 17, 7:02 AM
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    Ooh I wish I was your best friend! I dream of having a Radley bag.
    Originally posted by PollyWollyDoodle
    I have 4 more that are going.........ill send you one
    Frugal living challenge - need to revisit its been.a while !! Need to reduce our debts!!
    • carrielovesfanta
    • By carrielovesfanta 11th Oct 17, 9:12 AM
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    I have kondo'ed 3 large jars of marmalade to work colleagues. I make lots every year but we don't really eat a lot of jam these days so it's been hanging round since January.


    The remaining jars will now fit in the cupboard, which means I can either flatten the storage cube they are in, or use it for a better purpose
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    • wort
    • By wort 11th Oct 17, 9:24 AM
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    I'm one of seven, and my Nan kept silver threepenny bits , for when each of us girls turned 21 ,she had them made into bracelets, the older girls had 21 "bits" attached like a charm bracelet, so each had a little hole drilled in it. When it came time for my sister and I , (being the youngest ) she decided that putting the hole in devalued it so mine has 7 "bits" held in place by little circles so you can see the front and back . I don't know if this was the real reason as I suspect, she may have run out of" bits" by the time it got to us

    But I love it , it's a reminder of her and the thought that she put in , even though she didn't have a lot of money spare , I don't know what the 2 boys got !!!
    Focus on contribution instead of the impressiveness of consumption to see the true beauty in people.
    • wort
    • By wort 11th Oct 17, 9:31 AM
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    I think I might go through my jewellery, with my 2 daughters. Just so they know what pieces belonged to my mum, grandad and hubby etc. So they realise the significance of them. Maybe they can decide which items they want left to them when I die. Then there won't be any argument! !
    Not that I own anything of great value. Most is just sentimental, but as jewellery doesn't take up much room, it's something I feel happy to hold on to.
    Focus on contribution instead of the impressiveness of consumption to see the true beauty in people.
    • Sayschezza
    • By Sayschezza 11th Oct 17, 11:46 AM
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    The W0rks has little gauze bags for £1 a pack of 5/6 which I use to keep jewellery in. It stops necklaces from getting tangled.
    Last edited by Sayschezza; 11-10-2017 at 8:23 PM.
    • PollyWollyDoodle
    • By PollyWollyDoodle 11th Oct 17, 1:16 PM
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    I have 4 more that are going.........ill send you one
    Originally posted by minnie2
    That message has brightened my day!

    Thanks - I'm going to accept the thought but decline the offer as really I have too many bags and can't justify another coming in. I think they'll bring happiness to whoever receives them, so not only are you lightening your household, you're spreading joy elsewhere - much better than having them stuck in a cupboard. Thank you so much for such a generous offer.
    "Inconceivable". "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
    • minnie2
    • By minnie2 11th Oct 17, 2:50 PM
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    That message has brightened my day!

    Thanks - I'm going to accept the thought but decline the offer as really I have too many bags and can't justify another coming in. I think they'll bring happiness to whoever receives them, so not only are you lightening your household, you're spreading joy elsewhere - much better than having them stuck in a cupboard. Thank you so much for such a generous offer.
    Originally posted by PollyWollyDoodle
    I have other radley items i am giving away too if you change your mind :-) note pads new, umberella, purses errr id have to look in the give away box to check what else. Think there is a pencil case.
    Frugal living challenge - need to revisit its been.a while !! Need to reduce our debts!!
    • Pooky
    • By Pooky 11th Oct 17, 3:33 PM
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    Kittie - I had a very cheap and cheerful vibration plate for a few years and loved it - this had a 10 minute setting on and within a few days of using I felt a huge difference in my leg and tummy muscle tone. I got it after a knee problem and needed to do some exercises to help strengthen the muscles, it was fab. It moved out with DDs as they both use it daily too and I will probably invest in another at some point. Some days I don't get to leave the house with DH being disabled so that was one way of keeping things toned without the hassle of trying to fit in my daily walk.

    Had a morning of sorting and rearranging the living room into "winter" mode. All cosy now and a cat bed (given to us) that not one of the fur balls will use is washed and drying and ready to move on somewhere else. A rug we've had in front of the hearth has gone too, I've got a smaller more colour appropriate one there now instead (brought for £1 in a sale and kept in the cupboard until the ideal place showed itself.

    Several other items have left after a flurry of sales on the bay of E, clothes that didn't bring me joy in the slightest and a few household bits that have made a nice little bit of cash towards a Day trip to the continent to visit a few festive things.
    "Start every day off with a smile and get it over with" - W. C. Field.
    • greent
    • By greent 11th Oct 17, 3:37 PM
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    I have other radley items i am giving away too if you change your mind :-) note pads new, umberella, purses errr id have to look in the give away box to check what else. Think there is a pencil case.
    Originally posted by minnie2

    Minnie - I'd possibly happily take some off your hands (depending upon design) and either pay or donate to a charity of your choice? Am particularly interested if you have anything purple-y..... My mum, DD and I all love Radley
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    • WeeMidgie
    • By WeeMidgie 11th Oct 17, 4:16 PM
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    I've been away for rather a long while, looking after a family member while their partner was in hospital. With their approval, I did some kondoing in the sitting room (dead flower arrangement and old newspapers), and gutted a bathroom cupboard when the owner expressed despair at ever getting round to it.

    Back home, I've done my third annual kitchen kondo. A few items are leaving the building, as some I forgot I had, and had never used. Others are going to people who have expressed an interest in them.

    I'm in the process of rationalising mobiles and tablets. My tablet developed a fault, and my small mobile smartphone was proving too small to read. So I now have a larger smartphone, and will do without the tablet. In the process of changing over, I was able to change various passwords, including for MSE, which I had inadvertently got locked out of. So, old forgotten passwords are all kondoed, and I'm down to one device instead of two!
    • kittie
    • By kittie 11th Oct 17, 5:20 PM
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    ooh thank you pooky, I needed to know that about the vibration plate. I bought it from ideal world shopping channel and it even has a dvd with it but I have hardly used it. It looks nice but needs to be flat in an area close to a socket. Thinking cap on. With winter coming and already less allotment and cycle riding, I need to do something. Puffy-out-ness from my re-bounder, which is on my landing and muscle strengthening from the vibrating plate. Sounds good

    I have been selling crafting stuff for two days, at a huge loss but ho hum, I have had the benefit of nice artifacts in my house, even if never used and no I will not feel guilty, its only money I have wasted I think the last two lots will sell pronto by the weekend and one large item is being collected later this week, lots more space opening up and money in the bank. At the moment, it looks a bit of a tip, it is all the packaging etc but I saw dust in my living room, must have been all that moving of stuff. Duster in action after my cup of oolong

    I await my new free standing skandi design coat rack, hope it is tomorrow. I could do with taking jackets off the floor. Then I will do the routine sorting of hall sideboard, three cupboards and two `everything in` drawers.
    • catshark88
    • By catshark88 11th Oct 17, 5:32 PM
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    A bag of ornamanents went to the CS and a few bits of rubbish went to the skip. Managed to forget the bag of books for the book bin, but that can be my treat for tomorrow!
    "Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." William Morris
    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 11th Oct 17, 5:49 PM
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    I need to visit the charity shop, I've got a big bag with some cushions in that have been sitting in a spare room for several weeks. Will try and remember to do it tomorrow morning just before 9am when I can hopefully park outside the shop. The bank closed a few weeks ago and I visit the village less now so haven't got around to taking them.

    The fire screen I ordered last week but which I got sent a basket instead has turned up today. I just hope it will fit in the fireplace at our new house, visiting again next week. The seller apologised and said I could keep the basket...... very kind but I don't actually want it. My neighbour has said she would like it if I don't need to send it back. I'm hanging on to it for now as I don't think it's right to keep it if I have to return the firescreen if that isn't suitable. It's currently taking up a lot of space in my lounge.

    Waiting for OH to phone then will be off to batch cook some mince into chilli/spag bol so I've got some for tonight and some in the freezer for a couple of weeks time when I do work which I really can't be arsed to cook after. Whilst that's cooking I'm off to the garage to collapse a load of cardboard boxes surplus to requirements to make space for my stock delivery in a couple of weeks time. All fun here!
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 11th Oct 17, 6:53 PM
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    Umm, I spent a few minutes after w*rk in my bike shed. This is a humugous space (3 ft wide x 5 ft 9 long) where I keep the pushbike and various other things which aren't of huge value but are useful; paint cans etc.

    I have to find a home for a few months for the curcurbit harvest. I have 4 huge pumpkins and 9 butternuts. The largest BNS are the size and weight of babies, although considerably less likely to keep one up at night. There is no room for them indoors - they are currently languishing on every available surface inc the rug in the living room and the place looks like some kind of warped harvest festival is happening.

    The cunning plan, to put them on the high shelf in the same shed, has been curtailed due to the excessive heaviness of the things. I fear they'd bring the shelf down off the wall. Sooo, the other option is the steel shelving unit at the far end of the bike shed. It's bolted to the wall and I have now cleared off the two middle shelves (the others are needed for the things which normally live on there).

    One of the things displaced is an extremely large plastic bag full of clean old clothes cut up as rags. They have been there for over a decade as I don't have that many chores which require rags in quantity but I had the security of knowing they were nearby if needed.

    As usual, I am thinking through the issue as I type and will release the items to ragging via the charity shop, then I will have enough space to harbour the veggies.

    Wanders off feeling slightly *wibbly* at the thought of de-ragging my household.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
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    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • MMF007
    • By MMF007 11th Oct 17, 7:14 PM
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    Dear GQ, while one can never have enough chocolate, one can have more than enough rags!

    I rejected a bag of old towels from MIL because we have enough already to last a couple of years

    No time to kondo today. My clients had me replacing a fridge lightbulb, shopping, cleaning, collecting a parcel, booking a table for a lunch, and planting 5 winter pansies Luckily 2 clients made me a brew so I survived the day.

    Art class all day tomorrow. I am sooo looking forward to it. On the way home I shall take another client shopping to get her friend a card and present for her 90th !
    I have changed my work-life balance to a life-work balance.
    • minnie2
    • By minnie2 11th Oct 17, 7:43 PM
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    Greent purple is my favourite too!! Ill have a look.

    So the kids shopping trolley and fake food went today :-) got some more things leaving at the weekend too!! Loosing track of who is taking what though!!

    Going to ask my sister if she wants a free standing mirror for her new house. We wont use it its currently in her bedroom at our house but i dont want it back in our room when she goes.

    How.much are the vibro plates? I need something too!!! Seen them advertised often wondered if they are worth it
    Frugal living challenge - need to revisit its been.a while !! Need to reduce our debts!!
    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 11th Oct 17, 9:00 PM
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    We managed to reduce our rag collection with some work at the new house. A couple of old flannels came in handy as makeshift oven gloves as I forgot to take anything with us. Second visit I've taken an old OG so the flannels can return to the rag bag.


    I'm envious of your BNS GQ.
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