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KonMari 2017 - The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

edited 20 July 2017 at 2:10PM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • KarmacatKarmacat Forumite
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    Phew, glad to see there's a new thread - I was away for a few days, and no one had posted on the old one for days .... everybody's doing well, though, I like it! I'm kondoing weeds - my hedges are 95% done, remainder doesn't affect anything else at the moment, so I'll do that in winter. For now, I'm clearing weeds/brambles that are threatening my plants. And replacing jewel cases with those very thin plastic envelopes (means the existing storage will streeeeeeeeetch :) ).
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  • silvasavasilvasava Forumite
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    Gave my car a good clean inside today and binned the cr*p from the boot. Forgive me - I have sinned. I bought a small black plastic storage box with a lid to go in the boot of my car. It will hold jump leads, de-icer, gloves and an umbrella instead of them loose. I had to buy a new one mlud 'cos I've changed my car for a sporty model and the boot's much smaller so I cant fit the old one in. I did get DH to empty 3 bottles of car wash into the half empty gallon container he was using - just to free up some space of course ;)
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  • VJsmumVJsmum Forumite
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    Today I made arrangements to kondo a sofa. We got it free off the MiL about 22 years ago and it really is dead. honestly, things don't last do they? :p She'd had it for around 5 years (though it was quite pricey to begin with). the seating has collapsed and it is only fit for the rubbish truck which is collecting next week.

    It is part of a plan to decorate a lounge (we have two :o) and part of the plan to bring home DD's uni stuff. the conservatory sofa will take the place of binned one - leaving wall space to put in bookcases and so forth to house DDs uni stuff in the conservatory.

    Once we've decorated the lounge we will buy a sofa and replace the other in the conservatory - hopefully by then DD will have had a bit of a sort out. Ultimately, as DS is going to uni in September, the two children will swap rooms so DD has the bigger room and I am hopeful that much stuff will go in there.

    All change in VJs mum and dad's house then (again....)
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  • wortwort Forumite
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    Hello all the newbies :hello:
    Nat21luv asked about an order for doing things, MK suggests an order, which begins with the least sentimental, I'm sure the list is at the beginning of the previous thread. Also in the book if you have it.
    A lot of people begin with underwear drawer, as it's a small category and looks nice to see all your smalls neatly folded, you can help others in the household especially children, maybe after doing yours. Hubby's usually come on side when they see how tidy every where looks and how easy to find things when they have a home.
    Dd2 has been given a cupboard from the guest bedroom as she was needing one for her conservatory. Also she wanted the sound bar, I was taking out, the less wires the better😊
    I will need to look at paperwork again soon as I need to sort through what I need to keep from the bill and household transfer into my name papers that have come.
    I was able to kondo the insurance paperwork as I finally received a payout for our holiday.
    Thanks for saving the old thread and sorting us a nice new one.
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  • Fen1Fen1 Forumite
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    VJ - and anyone else getting rid of sofas and chairs- take a Stanley knife to the base. Seriously. When we got rid of our old suite we found almost £10 in loose change!!!!! A bit of time spent dismembering the wretched thing really paid off.

    We cut up ours so that we could take it piece by piece to the dump. The cost for the council to come and take it away was silly. No wonder people fly tip or get gipsies to take it away, who then fly tip ( big story in the national papers at the moment)

    I think it was on the last thread that this issue was raised. I personally would rather pay a few pounds more per year on council tax to cover furniture collection and make it free for all, rather than have the place blighted by dumped fridges.
  • VJsmumVJsmum Forumite
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    It was £16 to get it taken away. They would have taken the chair too for that, but we still need it.

    Maybe I'll find enough loose change to cover the cost? :p
    I wanna be in the room where it happens
  • silvasavasilvasava Forumite
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    Any money found while cleaning or clearing belongs to the finder as 'Cleaners Reward' - that includes the £2.10 I found under the passenger seat of my car ;)
    Small victories - sometimes they are all you can hope for but sometimes they are all you need - be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle
  • DawnWDawnW Forumite
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    silvasava wrote: »
    Any money found while cleaning or clearing belongs to the finder as 'Cleaners Reward' - that includes the £2.10 I found under the passenger seat of my car ;)

    Same here :rotfl:

  • SiebrieSiebrie Forumite
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    I'm back from wonderful Canterbury! We had a great time, good b&b, and decent weather. We visited Goodnestone Park, Tenterden, Elham, Barham, just drove around the country lanes of the Kent Downs and stopped at every viewpoint and any village that looked interesting, Folkestone, Dover, drank foul coffee at a pub that called themselves 'ale and coffee house', tried a different piece of cake every day for tea :), skipped lunch every day.

    Rather unexpectedly, we went shopping quite a lot. I hardly ever go shopping, but there was a sale on in every city we visited, and so many good charity shops! I now have a dress that was discounted from GBP 109 to GBP 32, a Burberry skirt for GBP 2.99, and a white linen skirt with paillette flowers for a pound from a boot sale. Other things I bought are mainly for the house and household (apple corer, tins of soup, ginger and lemon teabags).

    DH and daughters are still at my parents' place and will come back tomorrow, so I have time to return the house to some sense of order. I've already unpacked and done a load of laundry.
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  • VJsmumVJsmum Forumite
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    silvasava wrote: »
    Any money found while cleaning or clearing belongs to the finder as 'Cleaners Reward' - that includes the £2.10 I found under the passenger seat of my car ;)

    Blimey - DS would be skint if that were the case. he leaves his money lying around all over the place.

    Siebrie - glad you enjoyed Kent. i am a Kent girl myself (Maid of Kent rather than Kentish Maid - depends which side of the Medway you were born). Unfortunately my bit isn't the pretty bit.
    I wanna be in the room where it happens
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