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    • Sa1sysoo
    • By Sa1sysoo 30th Dec 17, 2:05 PM
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    2018 - No Clutter To Be Seen
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    • 30th Dec 17, 2:05 PM
    2018 - No Clutter To Be Seen 30th Dec 17 at 2:05 PM
    To use Guineapigsqueaks/my own wording, "A new thread for declutterbugs in 2015 2016 2017 2018!"

    I'm going to aim to get rid of 2018 items in 2018.
    There are some lovely tips on the KonMari thread here, set up by the talented Slinky: http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5681824

    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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    • noelphobic
    • By noelphobic 5th Jan 18, 9:56 AM
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    8) several rolls/sheets of Xmas paper

    Put these in recycling bin. Most of it had never been used but was crumpled/dusty and I have better.

    Organised the rest of the paper/cards/tags and other Xmas paraphernalia into 2 bags ready to go in the loft. DS would usually go up in the loft for me but we're not on the best of terms at the moment, sadly
    Originally posted by noelphobic
    9) broken clothes hanger, binned


    10/11) pairs of socks, brand new, with tags still on
    12/20) books
    21/26) rulers - five of them! -one of the shops by me sends some of their donations abroad, to children in the third world, including pens, pencils etc. I'd forgotten, otherwise I would have taken them there.
    27) stencil
    28) unopened pack of 3 scented stashes for drawers etc

    Above to charity shop.
    3 stone down, 3 more to go
    • Saver-upper
    • By Saver-upper 5th Jan 18, 6:55 PM
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    Saver-upper
    It's also worth asking individual shops what they do and don't take.
    Originally posted by noelphobic

    Whenever I am donating to a cahrity store that I have never donated to before,I ask them if they would be interested in the sort of stuff that I have.They always seem to say yes (lots of kids clothes and toys).And it is always wonderful to go back with more donations a few days later,and see the stuff you have previously donated,on the shelves.
    I am also a bit careful about when I donate seasonal stuff.For example,I mentioned on the 2017 thread that Iwas taking a week off work in September purely to declutter my loft .I knew I had alot of Christmas decorations I wanted to donate (and I also found 76 rolls of Christmas wrapping paper ),but there was no way I would donate Christmas stuff in September.Most Charity shops don't have the space to store stuff for 12 months til they bring it out to sell again.So I sorted it out,then held onto it until first week of December.I donated halloween stuff at the beginning of october,and I have a few Easter bits I set aside to donate closer to the time.
    Previously I was a bit like that when it comes to clothing (wouldn't donate heavy winter coats in June,etc.) But now that all my kids seem to wear is jeans,leggings and t-shirts,and they lose coats before they grow out of them ,I don't think too hard about seasons now .
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    • 2018saver
    • By 2018saver 5th Jan 18, 7:01 PM
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    2018saver
    Not much inroads made today, just 3 items from the garage in to the recycling. Must keep going!!
    24/2018
    • villagelife
    • By villagelife 5th Jan 18, 7:08 PM
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    Been busy decluttering
    24-25 2 bags of rubbish including old leads, empty deodorant containers etc from DS2 bedroom.
    26-29 tinsel and Christmas baubles and a broken icicle decoration and various bits from crackers.
    30-31 duvet and bits of bedding to RSPCA
    32-34 3 bags of clothes to the charity shop.
    • dingdongsaving
    • By dingdongsaving 5th Jan 18, 8:03 PM
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    dingdongsaving
    Love to continually keep on top of what we no longer need/grow out of. I'm a KMarie convert of quite some time now and generally have a check and clear each season.

    This year I'm really enjoying seeing the lists being made of what's leaving your homes...so here's mine:

    1 One of DD's xmas jumpers given to friend for her daughter.
    2-3 Pair of DS school shoes and trainers he's outgrown donated to charity clothing bank.
    4 Toy pushchair that had broken and become bent over the years taken to the dump.
    5-13 Floral top that's synthetic and 'static clings' on me no matter what, out of season football team Top Trumps game, x3 Angry Birds play sets, a cuddly large Gruffalo, a blue china teapot, a spare bath mat and an xmas lego shirt DS had outgrown taken to charity.
    14-17 Spare set of old bath towels donated to local vet as not been needed for a year and vet advertised they accepted. x2 bath, x2 hand.
    18-32 Set of Michael Morpurgo books and set of 'Dirty Bertie' books donated to DS's school library.
    33-36 Set of 4 white cake plates donated to village hall crockery.

    Back to square one for another season.

    Happy clearing!
    • oceanspirit
    • By oceanspirit 5th Jan 18, 8:07 PM
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    4 old diaries from bookshelf now in recycling.
    Decluttering 18/2018
    Deleting old emails 0/2018
    • noelphobic
    • By noelphobic 5th Jan 18, 8:57 PM
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    9) broken clothes hanger, binned


    10/11) pairs of socks, brand new, with tags still on
    12/20) books
    21/26) rulers - five of them! -one of the shops by me sends some of their donations abroad, to children in the third world, including pens, pencils etc. I'd forgotten, otherwise I would have taken them there.
    27) stencil
    28) unopened pack of 3 scented stashes for drawers etc

    Above to charity shop.
    Originally posted by noelphobic
    29) flowers, dead, put in garden recycling bin

    I'm a bit of a numbers nerd (and, allegedly, hoarding comes under the OCD umbrella!) I've worked out that to be on target to dispose of 2018 items I should have got rid of 27.6 by now so I'm pretty much bang on schedule.

    I'm also very aware that there is a danger of getting rid of 2018 items and acquiring 2019 so I'm trying to think about what I'm buying and buy less.

    On the subject of which, I'm going to Asda tomorrow to click and collect 2 coats. I'll definitely not be keeping both and they have charity recycling bins there so I will do my best to get something to take - I need to have gotten rid of 33.17 items by tomorrow

    I'm resisting the urge to count the ins to ensure that there isn't anywhere near 2018, but I know I would drive myself mad in the process
    3 stone down, 3 more to go
    • greent
    • By greent 5th Jan 18, 9:26 PM
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    29) flowers, dead, put in garden recycling bin

    I'm a bit of a numbers nerd (and, allegedly, hoarding comes under the OCD umbrella!) I've worked out that to be on target to dispose of 2018 items I should have got rid of 27.6 by now so I'm pretty much bang on schedule.

    I'm also very aware that there is a danger of getting rid of 2018 items and acquiring 2019 so I'm trying to think about what I'm buying and buy less.

    On the subject of which, I'm going to Asda tomorrow to click and collect 2 coats. I'll definitely not be keeping both and they have charity recycling bins there so I will do my best to get something to take - I need to have gotten rid of 33.17 items by tomorrow

    I'm resisting the urge to count the ins to ensure that there isn't anywhere near 2018, but I know I would drive myself mad in the process
    Originally posted by noelphobic

    I tend to work out where I 'should' be at the end of the month to try and ensure I'm on track! Currently I've got rid of 16.5 days worth, so I'm doing ok - although I know it'll slow down later this month.

    I know that some things I get rid of are replaced (eg: outgrown school uniform) but I also know that my house contains less 'stuff' overall than it did - so I'm winning! I have a vision of how I'd like my home & garden to be (and how that impacts on my life) - Marie Kondo style - and I'm working towards that. I'm in no way aiming for perfectionism or minimalism, but a realistic vision for a household of 6 people
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    • Guineapigsqueaks
    • By Guineapigsqueaks 6th Jan 18, 10:30 AM
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    Happy Weekend All :-)
    Everyone is doing well. Been at work all week, so not much achieved at home. Lots of excess Christmas chocolates and biscuits have left the house to be shared at work. A pair of fleecy pyjamas have gone to CS, just too warm for me the way my hormones are nowadays!
    Today's goal. Christmas tree down and decorations to be packed away. Might be a few bits that can go, although I had a big declutter of Christmas stuff last year, so won't be much. A general tidy and rehoming session also needed, so I might have a few bits to be ousted as a result.
    I resisted buying any Christmas wrap, tags, etc. in Jan sales this year. The savings aren't huge compared to what you could buy in £ shops, Home Bargains, etc. before Christmas and lots of that was nice designs, etc. So, won't need to store that this year.
    Right, best get a wriggle on and sort breakfast at least.
    Guineapigsqueaks x


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    • Brienne of Tarth
    • By Brienne of Tarth 6th Jan 18, 10:41 AM
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    And we’re off.

    1-50 books. From one half of a bookshelf.
    51-70 various tops jeans etc. Including oh Old cycling gear and a shirt that’s been hung on the back of the bathroom door for 18 months 😳

    71-100. Tat

    All this to the local hospice charity. They have a massive retail centre near me so I can drop the lot off on one go!

    Have bags of rubbish/recycling to go too, I’ll pop to the tip later and recycle that way.

    Chuffed to be on the way!

    Oh is currently recycling three trees into firewood
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    • Igamogam
    • By Igamogam 6th Jan 18, 11:01 AM
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    29)

    I'm also very aware that there is a danger of getting rid of 2018 items and acquiring 2019 so I'm trying to think about what I'm buying and buy less.


    I'm resisting the urge to count the ins to ensure that there isn't anywhere near 2018, but I know I would drive myself mad in the process
    Originally posted by noelphobic
    Now that's interesting. .......counting the ins as well as the outs.......that might just work for me
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    • LittleVoice
    • By LittleVoice 6th Jan 18, 11:53 AM
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    Though this is Day 6 of the year, I'm "in" as of now.


    As far as I can recall nothing other than complete rubbish has been thrown out since 31 December.
    • 2018saver
    • By 2018saver 6th Jan 18, 12:59 PM
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    Bag of 7 bits of clothes and shoes to the charity shop this morning, then old bit of furniture sold from garage this afternoon - going to count this as two as it was big!
    33/2018
    • 2018saver
    • By 2018saver 6th Jan 18, 6:22 PM
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    Pile of old statements and pile of receipts all shredded and in to the recycling.
    35/2018
    • Saver-upper
    • By Saver-upper 7th Jan 18, 2:47 AM
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    Saver-upper
    Everyone has been so busy.And look how many of us there are already this year .
    This morning I went through a box of stuff that my 11yo had set aside for donation.Some of it wasn't really donate-able (1/2 used tubes of skin cream,notebooks with a coouple of pages torn out,or scribbles in),so I put a few bits out for recycling/binning.The rest I will list here when I donate it.
    This afternoon I sorted through the top-shelf of a cupboard in my son's room.It hasn't been looked at for many years .
    I found :
    -a folder of papers relating to buying our current house in 2001
    -an Easter egg,expiry date June 2011
    -many unopened boxes of Christmas cards(wish I had found them before Christmas,I woud have donated them with the other 4 boxes I donated from the loft in December )
    -cards and letter between OH and I,about 18years old
    -children's Cds,the cases of which are in the loft-will get them all together tomorrow to donate
    -bundle of newspapers and articles.Will have a look through them tomorrow
    -bag of 13video tapes:recordings from the television of news reports re queen mother's death,capture of Sadam Hussein,attack on World Trade Centre
    -folder of papers to do with my old job (like,18year old manual handling papers )
    -a couple of odds and bods: unopened packet of 6 placemats and coasters,empty cardboard boxes,tealight candle set....

    So I sorted through everything.Alot of it I will keep,but some put out for donation and recycling.The rest has been put back very tidily,making more room for stuff

    Out of the house today:

    Recycled:
    73:a tin
    74:reed diffuser jar
    75:bunch of reeds from above jar
    76:empty body lotion tube
    77:wooden letter "K"
    78:shoebox and lid
    79:folder of papers from old job

    Binned:
    80-81:2 bottles of very old,gunky nail polish
    82:Brain Game electronic handheld toy-buttons worn and unreadable
    83:emery board

    Will list donations when they leave the house
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    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 7th Jan 18, 5:04 AM
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    To use Guineapigsqueaks/my own wording, "A new thread for declutterbugs in 2015 2016 2017 2018!"

    I'm going to aim to get rid of 2018 items in 2018.
    There are some lovely tips on the KonMari thread here, set up by the talented Slinky: http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5681824

    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!
    Originally posted by Sa1sysoo
    Hi Sa1sysoo,

    Thanks for this

    I know I am a bit late to the party, but can I join you? I am struggling to get into full declutter mood so maybe this will help.
    My list so far:

    1. Dealing with post as & when it arrives (anywhere between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.). This includes paying bills, filing statements, shredding & recycling. This will count as ONE for the whole year.
    2. Half a black bin bag of shredded paper - some of it from an old club membership is over 50 years old! When full will go straight in bin - no shredding in our council’s recycling.
    3. XMas cards recycled - I usually find them 5 years later in a drawer or box!
    4. Two hand knitted scarves posted to DB - not an XMas present!
    5. All XMas foodstuffs used - mostly eaten with 2 items in freezer.

    In order to “encourage myself” to declutter, when I visit cs it will only be listed as two items (regardless of number of contents) - one hold-all & one wheelie bag.

    To a clutter free 2018

    Mrs SD
    5/2018
    • 2018saver
    • By 2018saver 7th Jan 18, 7:45 AM
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    Forgot that I posted an eB*y sale yesterday and this morning sorted through a bag and got rid of a few bits in to the bin.
    37/2018
    • jackieblack
    • By jackieblack 7th Jan 18, 8:40 AM
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    Half a black bin bag of shredded paper - some of it from an old club membership is over 50 years old! When full will go straight in bin - no shredding in our council’s recycling.
    Originally posted by Mrs Salad Dodger
    Do you have a food bin collection? Or a compost bin/heap?
    Shredded paper can't be recycled with other paper (my understanding is that it's because shredding makes the fibres too short) but we can put shredded paper in our food bin which goes for composting
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    • ScarletRibbons
    • By ScarletRibbons 7th Jan 18, 9:17 AM
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    What do you all do with Christmas and birthday cards that you've received from your (adult) children and grandchildren? I can't bear to throw them out, but they are just accumulating in a box, and when Dh and I pop off they'll get thrown out, I'm sure,
    • Guineapigsqueaks
    • By Guineapigsqueaks 7th Jan 18, 9:44 AM
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    Guineapigsqueaks
    Morning All
    Christmas stuff successfully packed away yesterday. Nothing needed getting rid of really. Although I didn't use it all this year, I might do in future years. DS and DD consumed last two chocolate decs from the tree. I found a sole survivor Christmas card that went into the recycling. Rest went in ages ago.
    Lots of items rehomed. Bit of a sort of bathroom cabinet, so some recycling of old boxes and packaging, ditto kitchen cupboards and fridge ready for food shop being kindly delivered by Mr A today.
    I decluttered the Christmas shortbread and recycled the tin and plastic insert as I ate the last piece .
    Today is good clean and sort of DS's room. Should be rubbish found. And possibly get stuff transferred to my new calendar so the old one can go. And a little walk into town, to walk off that shortbread. We've a very pretty frost here this morning.
    Have a lovely Sunday all.
    Guineapigsqueaks x


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