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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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    • catshark88
    • By catshark88 7th Dec 17, 4:37 PM
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    Polly and Kittie, I'm so glad that this process is proving helpful to you. :-)



    We're having a slightly odd time. We are in the very fortunate position of being able to keep our house until we move into the new one and this is giving us time to really think about the way we want to live our life once we've moved.

    I won't inflict our thought processes on you, but I'm beginning to realise that I don't really care about much of what we own at all.

    There are about 4 bits of furniture that I really, really, want to take. Some books, a few clothes, my paintings, a few antiques. Plus loads of photo books and 20 box files of all the artwork and doodles my kids have produced!

    I think we may be moving into adult minimalism, but with loads of sofas for curling up together and big tables for socialising.

    I don't try to inflict my own oddness on the kids though, so we also travel with a gazillion soft toys and the entire back catalogue of Nintendo...

    Odd, interesting, scary, exciting times.
    "Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." William Morris
    • oceanspirit
    • By oceanspirit 8th Dec 17, 12:46 PM
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    catshark, we have two properties at the moment too - OH has decided that the best way to Kondo the contents of the smaller one we are living in is to box it all up and put the (unlabelled) boxes into house we're not living in!

    Managed to stop him taking a load of my things away this morning - I want to keep them here and sort them not move the problem to deal with another day!

    My big desk has been moved into the other house which I'm happy about as I'd always planned to do that and get rid of it after Christmas when I'll have more time. The new bed is ordered and should be delivered next week in time to be assembled ready for friend's visit.

    Couldn't believe how much stuff came out of the desk drawers despite having kondoed them a couple of times already. More has gone into recycling and some went into bags for me to sort out gradually over the next few days.
    • iamsalt
    • By iamsalt 8th Dec 17, 4:45 PM
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    Hugs wort. Look after yourself x
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    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 9th Dec 17, 11:38 AM
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    I was able to move my desk into it's final position in my office, as the acoustic insulation is finished, and I've painted the bit that's behind the desk (its bright blue!). I'll have to paint the rest of the alcove another time, I'm desperate for a bit of free space. I did MK the 3 desk drawers after I'd positioned the thing - good grief. So much junk! I never believed I had a hot spot (is that flylady terminology? sorry) but I do, it's the top drawer of the desk. Bah humbug! Sorted now, though because the rest of the house is so upside down with all the building work, I can well believe I'll have to do it again.
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    • kittie
    • By kittie 10th Dec 17, 9:44 AM
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    Another large volume kondoed yesterday, just a very large lovely beanbag, bought for grandchildren to use here but rarely used. A lovely colour combo called beatnik and was relatively expensive. It looks good in their lounge

    I got my hospice shop gift aid donations letter yesterday and am happy to say that the amount they received from me, over the year, will make a difference

    I almost kondoed some wood to my group this week, put the blocks in the car and took them out just before I left here. Nice wood, will polish up lovely, when carved. I was looking back over the year and at how little time I devoted to the hobby but suddenly realised that the hobby will grow when I get my fully insulated log house workshop built, just got to find the property with the right garden first. I am going to buy a property and only sell when new one is `fit` to live in ie garage soft flooring and all house flooring and any painting done. Thinking ahead, it is too hard to think of moving stuff once in position

    Clothes kondo has worked nicely and today I am wearing layers that actually look and feel nice, I did have to buy the top layer which is thin and `bellshaped` but over a LS cream t shirt that I am glad I kept and I won`t be at all embarrassed at answering the doorbell, much better look than chunky
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 10th Dec 17, 3:03 PM
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    As the weather isn't very good (raining all day) I am having a pottering about at home day. Only just put t'internet on but have been reading and sewing.

    Turned over in bed this morning and heard a rip as my nightshirt tore. Closer inspection revealed that this cosy brushed cotton garment had given way along the seam, the fabric not the stitching. It has been mended several times already and, checking with the clothing inventory, I can see I bought it from the Everything 50p chazzer in October 2013. Apart from the warmest weather, it has been in constant use so I have decided to retire it to the rag-bag. Now laundered and will go into the bag when dried.

    Some things just kondo themselves, don't they? I have plenty of other jammies/ nightshirts and the extra space in the drawer will enable the rest to be accessed more easily.

    Took a bag to the chazzer on Friday, plus another couple of things from the juntique shop on Saturday. Someone has swopped my pal for someone who has suddenly developed an intolerance for clutter...... not sure how this will be sustainable given the nature of his business, but some of the stuff is long past its hoard-by date.

    Today I have completed a mending job and started another on kid bruv's shirt. To do that, I needed some woven cotton tape and was able to drop my hands on it in seconds thanks to the major sort-out of the sewing supplies a couple of weeks back. Very pleasing.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 10th Dec 17, 4:35 PM
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    Ooh, GQ, I'm looking forward to being able to check out my stash of craft stuff, KM as necessary and integrate the stuff I've brought from my mum's.

    At the moment, it's *still* books and papers. And the constant drip drip of KMing has had an effect - previously, I had to have an extra shelf of files, papers and books in an alcove, as well as a small bookcase upstairs and a 6 or 7 foot long, 5 shelf monstrosity in my living room. Now, the extra shelf has gone! It had to be taken down anyway to fit in some insulation, but I don't need to put it back up! That's a shelf about 3 foot long, with lots of A4 papers and boxfiles on. I'm very, very pleased.

    Some of it was about storing like with like, and updating, and storing less of some things (I'm retired, I don't need quite so many envelopes! And anyway, everything was done via email). There's still legalese stuff in plastic crates, and some of that might be able to go too, but I just want to get everything set up to be a pleasant place to live (curtains on the windows! Yay!). I only need another half hour before I can get enough clarity to put the rug down
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    • catshark88
    • By catshark88 10th Dec 17, 4:57 PM
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    Love the idea of a "hoard by" date!

    Kittie, I don't know if you have already chosen your log cabin, but in case not, we have had one by the Norwegian Log Cabin company and it has been fab. So warm in winter and cool in summer.

    I've been through the dvds today. About a bin liner full in volume, but prob need to be in 2 bags due to weight, to go. I hope charity shops take dvds...
    "Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." William Morris
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 10th Dec 17, 6:56 PM
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    When I was over at the juntique shop, my pal took advantage of me being on the shop floor to nip down into the cellar and came back with a few bits, inc a large cardboard box which a tall oscillating type fan had come in. He then sent me upstairs to find the blasted thing (I can find anything, given enough rope).

    Found it, tried it and it's a dead appliance so he went off with that for the recycling centre and also the box for cardboard recycling. I have noted a small plantation of fluorescent light tubes, some in the cellar and some in one of the upstairs rooms, which I think I need to package up and get him to cart off to the recycling centre.

    Just chatted to the 'rents and have been asked if I know where to find the warranty which came with something they bought 1-2 weeks ago (I do not live under their roof and last visited before this item was purchased.Joke is, I could probably find it in a new york minute if I was over there as I am a past expert of maternal hoarding habits + gravity (it'll be on the floor somewhere near her armchair, I reckon).
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • wort
    • By wort 10th Dec 17, 7:53 PM
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    I am salt-Thank you xx

    Dgson and I put the tree up, I'm going to send both dds their respective Xmas stocking that has their names on.
    Busy day so not checked if any Dec's can go yet.
    Sorted through pens again last night,whilst sat on sofa. 5 gone in bin.8 more will be taken to work as they seem to disappear.
    Focus on contribution instead of the impressiveness of consumption to see the true beauty in people.
    • greenbee
    • By greenbee 10th Dec 17, 8:23 PM
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    This weekend I seem to have managed to kondo 1. my car & house keys 2. my address book and 3. the key to my bike lock.

    Hoping they all turn up sometime soon.
    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 11th Dec 17, 8:14 AM
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    Oh greenbee! Hoping that level of kondoing is very temporary ...
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    • greenbee
    • By greenbee 11th Dec 17, 8:21 AM
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    Oh greenbee! Hoping that level of kondoing is very temporary ...
    Originally posted by Karmacat
    Found my keys not long after. I'd been looking in coat pockets, but forgotten that i'd been wearing a different (smart) coat on Friday as I'd been at a funeral. Keys were safely in the pocket, hung up upstairs, out of the way.

    Address book and bike lock key are probably somewhere in the piles of stuff packed up out of the way of the builders... I will be nagging about finishing the office today so I can start unpacking...
    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 11th Dec 17, 8:25 AM
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    I feel your pain! I'm glad the keys were found not long after, at any rate
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    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 11th Dec 17, 8:32 AM
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    We finished packing the car for Africa, and we included some items for my dh to use when he is there next summer: a shower head, tins of soup, some sets of clothes to wear and leave there, and some towels and wash mitts. Now, those towels.... something was niggling me about them. They were in the attic, brandnew, from my downsizing Aunt and Uncle. Dh saw them, asked when we were ever going to use them, and put them in the 'for Africa' box. Last night, my brain woke up The nice new towels are now in our bathroom drawer, and the old almost-raggy ones are in the box He can use them and leave them there.
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    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 11th Dec 17, 4:17 PM
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    I found a new YouTube channel called Sarah Nourse (pronounced nurse) about minimalism and she was talking about 10 things to do before the end of the year. One of them was to get rid of stuff you don't need or want. I thought that I had done that already, obviously.

    I looked through my clothes and pyjamas and put the clothes that had a stain or that had bobbling or that I didn't really like to one side.

    Shockingly, I found 19 items to give to a clothes recycling charity!

    I also found some old carpy coat hangers to chuck along the way.
    "It doesn't cost any more to dream big."
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 11th Dec 17, 4:38 PM
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    Oh yes, it was funny as I buy teddies from charity shops for my dog to rip up, but I kept a little teddy bear I found a few months ago for myself as it was really cute.

    I nearly lost it as I put it on the floor in a basket as I was decluttering today as my other dog walked in the room and tried to casually stroll out with the teddy in his jaws.
    "It doesn't cost any more to dream big."
    • Knit Witch
    • By Knit Witch 11th Dec 17, 5:50 PM
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    on a fb group I belong to we are going to do 30 days to minimalism starting 2nd January https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24IDJfPCHZM he video is seriously American but she recommends the KM method of dealing with "stuff"!
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    • mrs-moneypenny
    • By mrs-moneypenny 11th Dec 17, 7:35 PM
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    Thanks knitwitch I'll watch that later.
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    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 12th Dec 17, 11:10 AM
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    I had some Christmas lights break last night and they had to be binned. My tree looks rather unimpressive as it only has one sad string of lights around it now!

    I put on a red shirt this morning over a black dress and decided I didn't like it so that can go in the charity bag too. I'm going to go through hub's clothes tonight too.

    My m-i-l took some things from the house this morning, with our permission, obviously.We got some free chocs that we gave her too.

    Air freshener used up and binned. I don't really like using chemicals like that, but we have pets. I might see if there is a non-chemical mist spray or something I can buy instead when before the next one runs out. I do have essential oils so I could put a few drops in a spray bottle of water?
    "It doesn't cost any more to dream big."
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