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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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    • Saver-upper
    • By Saver-upper 7th Jan 18, 12:59 PM
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    Saver-upper
    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,
    Originally posted by ScarletRibbons
    ScarletRibbons,I am sorry I can't advise-I have the same problem .We have 4 children,age nearly 9 to 15.5.I have kept EVERY birthday/Christmas/Easter/any occasion card from them,every picture ever labelled "To mum"/"a picture for mum",etc,every drawing ever done of the family.I have kept every school book/school report/bump note (!!) the kids have ever bought home .And the closest I have ever come to organising it is,since starting this declutter (October 2016 ),I have been chuckingplacing them all very carefully in a plastic box under our bed.Anything older than that is still in boxes and plastic bags in cupboards and boxes throughout the house and loft .
    Sorry,not very helpful,but had to say you are not alone.It is hard with sentimental stuff,isn't it?I have been decluttering on and off for 4 years (mostly to try and stop drowning in stuff that 4 kids and a hoarding partner bring in ),but sentimental stuff is one area I have successfully avoided .
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    • galadriel
    • By galadriel 7th Jan 18, 5:41 PM
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    22) box of chocs taken in to work
    23) box of books packed up in DS room
    24) bag of clothes packed up in DS room

    Next time he visits I am going to dump them on his car bonnet

    • Guineapigsqueaks
    • By Guineapigsqueaks 7th Jan 18, 7:09 PM
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    Guineapigsqueaks
    Didn't stick to plan today, but got some decluttering done. Went through DD's drawer with tops in it and she got rid of old or "no longer fashionable, even though she loved it 6 months ago" ones. All ready to leave the house tomorrow. We put away her remaining Christmas pressies, so quite a bit of packaging in recycling. Not too much stuff, mainly toiletries, make up and gift cards or cash nowadays. I don't miss the days of endless toys :-).
    Where did that weekend go?
    Guineapigsqueaks x


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    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 7th Jan 18, 8:39 PM
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    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
    Originally posted by jackieblack
    Food bin is being used as a bird food container! It is a tiny bin so the amount of shredded paper I am generating would probably take me 3 months to get rid of! I sometimes use shredded paper for wormery and compost bins.

    Thanks for the suggestion though.

    Mrs SD
    • Saver-upper
    • By Saver-upper 8th Jan 18, 1:23 AM
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    Saver-upper
    I don't miss the days of endless toys :-).
    Where did that weekend go?
    Guineapigsqueaks x
    Originally posted by Guineapigsqueaks
    I agree 100percent with both these sentiments .

    I try to make it a rule that I don't list my "declutters" until they are actually out of the house.It incentivises me to get stuff out quickly instead of driving it around in the car for weeks at a time.
    But tonight I am breaking the rules.I don't think I will get them out of the house until Tuesday,but to go,I have:

    84:Why Don't Penguin's Feet Freeze book
    85:a Jacqueline Wilson book
    86-87:2 purses
    88:pencil case
    89:music box
    90:frisbee
    91:voice changer toy
    92:charm bracelet
    93:blue leopardskin handbag
    94:small notepad
    95:hologram bookmark
    96:ruler
    97-98:doll with matching bag
    99-102:4 stuffed toys
    103:tealight set,never opened
    104:6 place coaster and placemat set,never opened
    105:pink sunhat
    106:shallow paper mache box,A4 size
    107:reasonable sized-wicker basket,now able to get rid of after re-arranging storage in cupboard yesterday
    108:gem rock
    109:Jamie Oliver cookbook
    110:child's jumper
    111-112:2 very nice sketch books,given to 11yo,who loved them annd will appreciate them


    Recycled:
    113:bundle of 14 home-made flash cards
    114-115:2 inches depth of newspaper clippigs found in cupboard yesterday-mostly crossword/sudoku puzzles kept to do "when I have time".They were dated from 2002

    Binned:
    116:a whistle

    Will give to a friend who loves and uses stationery:
    117:pretty notepad with sunflowers on
    118:pretty folder of notelets

    Will donate to school:
    119:Dobble game
    120:bundle of play money
    121:bundle of 16 coloured pencils
    122:pretty star-shaped box

    And out of the loft:

    Donated:
    7-21:15 CDs,most in cases
    22:CD holder
    23:portable CD wallet

    24:a bundle of paper inserts from cassettte tapes (if ever I find the tapes,they will be binned)
    25:a couple of paper inserts from CDs that have been lost
    Last edited by Saver-upper; 08-01-2018 at 1:27 AM.
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    • ScarletRibbons
    • By ScarletRibbons 8th Jan 18, 7:18 AM
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    Thanks, Saver-Upper for your reply about birthday/Christmas cards from the family.
    I'm glad I'm not the only one who keeps them. I've learned to be pretty ruthless in other areas of decluttering.
    I've come a long way from the days when I kept unused stuff for years because it had cost a lot of money, or it would fit me one day, and so on and so on.
    I'll just go on keeping cards, and someone else can deal with them eventually!!
    • 2018saver
    • By 2018saver 8th Jan 18, 1:45 PM
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    2018saver
    Not much done on this front so far today. Just 2 things binned from the boot of the car.
    39/2018
    • mirko
    • By mirko 8th Jan 18, 3:29 PM
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    mirko
    Want to declutter 365 times this year. So here it goes already...

    1 - Old batteries into Sainsbury's recycle box.
    2 - Old glasses into Specsaver shop (hope they're not the ones my wife's still using )
    3 - Bag of old video games + playing cards taken to the charity shop.

    Feels good.
    • tori.k
    • By tori.k 8th Jan 18, 3:33 PM
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    Ive been slow going, more moving stuff around then removing but made a small start.
    1 recycled all the magazines that have been under the coffee table
    2 re-homed a board game

    Boxed in the car for delivery
    3 new hair straightener set.
    4 3 new DVD
    5 lightly used foreman grill
    Someone at work volunteers at a cat charity shop and has kindly offered to take any usable items.

    Did say it was slow going we've already decluttered the everyday stuff now left with the expensive items, which leaves me in a bit of a quandary, I have stuff like Troika pottery its currently not that fashionable in the auction houses, so can't make up my mind if to just sell it to get rid or hold on and make it my kids issue when the time comes.
    I wouldn't feel guilty about dumping the decision on to them, they know I hold no sentimental value on things, it's a running joke in this house if you stand still long enough your get tidied away
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    • oceanspirit
    • By oceanspirit 8th Jan 18, 3:42 PM
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    oceanspirit
    7 items from Christmas decorations box into recycling or charity bag. OH took charity bag in to shop this morning as there were already items in it from the end of last year.

    Running Total 25/2018
    Decluttering 18/2018
    Deleting old emails 0/2018
    • noelphobic
    • By noelphobic 8th Jan 18, 4:29 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
    30/31) cat collars, binned
    32) lip balm, binned
    33) baking tray, rusty, binned
    34) pile of paperwork related to my degree - I graduated 4 years ago - in recycling
    35) de-icer, used up, can put in recycling

    I've got a bag of books and a bag of clothes ready to go. Will list them when they're gone.


    DS put 2 big bags of Xmas stuff in the loft for me yesterday. There's also 2 bags of decorations and the tree in there and that's all. Made the mistake years ago of putting loads of c**p in there to get it out of the way and it was a nightmare to sort out.

    My policy now is only to put in there things that need to be kept but are seldom used. Xmas things are the only things that qualify currently.
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    • YorksLass
    • By YorksLass 8th Jan 18, 5:53 PM
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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,
    Originally posted by ScarletRibbons
    This is definitely a toughie but I took the bull by the horns last year and they all went in the recycling, all 48 years worth. And I haven't missed them at all.

    OK, a slow start but I'm up and running now.

    1. Posting receipt for a parcel that I know has arrived at its destination (recycling)
    2-8. x6 pairs old socks (for ragging) but they have been replaced by new ones
    9. 2017 diary (recycling) - all info transferred into a 2018 one
    10. Dead biro (binned)
    11. Empty plug cleaner powder container (binned)
    12. Rusty battered biscuit tin (recycling) that had Xmas decs in it
    13. Junk mail (recycling) - usually on top of this one as I have a small bin next to the front door so it never makes its way further into the house
    14. Cardboard packaging from an amaryllis bulb kit (recycling) that my neighbour gave me as a thanks for taking in her parcels all year - looking forward to fab flowers in Spring
    15. Broken Xmas tree lights - binned

    The lights were pre-strung on the tree and decided to give up the ghost on NYE. We did try mending them by (1) checking the plug fuse - nope (2) checking the fuse lamp on the string - nope (3) checking all 49 others on the string - nope. By this stage the air was distinctly blue, and it wasn't just DH! Anyhoo, they've gone and I do have two others sets that are much prettier. And yes, I've checked, they do work!

    I also realised that my colour theme seems to be silver, gold and red so - apart from 6 baubles that have sentimental value - the other colours have been bagged up and will go to the CS later in the year at a more appropriate time. I've put a reminder in my diary so they don't linger.
    Be kind to others and to yourself too. Life has its ups and downs, use the ups to overcome the downs!

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    • 2018saver
    • By 2018saver 8th Jan 18, 7:17 PM
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    This evening have got rid of some cardboard from Christmas into recycling. Small item into the bin and half a dozen magazines also into the recycling.
    47/2018
    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 8th Jan 18, 7:25 PM
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    Brienne of Tarth - great name - one of my favourite GoT characters.

    Mrs SD
    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 8th Jan 18, 8:02 PM
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    6. Black bin bag full of shredding now in rubbish bin.
    7-13 Recycled seven emptied & washed spice jars.
    14-18 Binned 5 novelty candles - too awful for cs!

    at this rate it will take forever!

    Mrs SD
    18/2018
    • bit by bit
    • By bit by bit 8th Jan 18, 11:13 PM
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    bit by bit
    2 more bags of clothes for the CS in the car to take tomorrow night after work.
    Small pile of attachments to a toy given away last year ready for my MiL to collect and deliver to the recipient at front door. Will be gone tomorrow.
    DD gone back to uni with all her stuff, lol.
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    • 2018saver
    • By 2018saver 9th Jan 18, 8:13 AM
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    2018saver
    Quick hoak through a cupboard this morning and got rid of a couple of bits of rubbish to the bin and a box to the recycling.
    50/2018
    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 9th Jan 18, 10:59 AM
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    6. Black bin bag full of shredding now in rubbish bin.
    7-13 Recycled seven emptied & washed spice jars.
    14-18 Binned 5 novelty candles - too awful for cs!

    at this rate it will take forever!

    Mrs SD
    18/2018
    Originally posted by Mrs Salad Dodger
    Tuesday 9th,

    Woke up 7:45 with a start - coughing fit to burst with a scratchy throat as well. Dressing gown on & down to kitchen for a Bee...ms & while kettle boiling emptied a cupboard so

    19 - 29 Eleven small plastic pots recycled

    The cupboard I emptied is full of cake decorating utensils - in the dim & distant past I made & decorated a couple of wedding cakes as well as unusual birthday cakes! (Even went on a six week course for a couple of hours a week). Never going to be needed again as the younger generation have taken over. So I will gather the bits together & see if any of these youngsters would like them - I do not do bay of e.

    Bagged for cs:
    30 - 36 T-shirts barely worn
    37 Summer dress
    38 Pair of silver pumps
    39 - 40 Fancy scarves
    40 - 41 Winter scarves
    42 - 45 Warm Socks
    46 Warm neck warmer
    47 Pair of Woollen fingerless gloves
    48 - 49 Fancy small evening handbags
    50 - 51 Wheelie bag & hold-all full of Boxed DVD sets & CDs

    Intention is to have a coffee , get warmly wrapped up & get bus to cs.

    I will pop in later & admit either success or failure!

    Happy decluttering everyone!

    Mrs SD
    51/2018
    Last edited by Mrs Salad Dodger; 09-01-2018 at 11:00 AM. Reason: Left out number
    • 2018saver
    • By 2018saver 9th Jan 18, 12:13 PM
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    Started mammoth task of clearing garage. Two box loads of stuff to the recycling and three bags worth of stuff to the dump. Approx 100 items altogether.
    150/2018
    • noelphobic
    • By noelphobic 9th Jan 18, 5:56 PM
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    30/31) cat collars, binned
    32) lip balm, binned
    33) baking tray, rusty, binned
    34) pile of paperwork related to my degree - I graduated 4 years ago - in recycling
    35) de-icer, used up, can put in recycling

    I've got a bag of books and a bag of clothes ready to go. Will list them when they're gone.


    DS put 2 big bags of Xmas stuff in the loft for me yesterday. There's also 2 bags of decorations and the tree in there and that's all. Made the mistake years ago of putting loads of c**p in there to get it out of the way and it was a nightmare to sort out.

    My policy now is only to put in there things that need to be kept but are seldom used. Xmas things are the only things that qualify currently.
    Originally posted by noelphobic
    36/45) books
    46) fleece jacket
    47/50) tops
    51) DVD

    All of the above to charity shop

    52) hand cream, used.up, tube gone in recycling.

    A bag came through the door yesterday for collection tomorrow, so sorting a few bits out for that. Will list them once collected.
    3 stone down, 3 more to go
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