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KonMari 2018 - The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

edited 22 January 2019 at 9:32AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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edited 22 January 2019 at 9:32AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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




'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 :j 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.:money::T

From the 2016 thread

How/ Where Can I Dispose of My Unwanted Items?

It is vitally important to make sure that you dispose of your unwanted items asap - less chance of any doubts creeping in and items making their way back!

To make money and/ or save items from landfill, you may find the following ideas useful:

Money Making: - am sure many will use this already. Be careful of fees - ebay now charge final value fees (FVF) on your postage as well as the amount which the items sells for. - can sell any unwanted books, CDs, DVDs & games. Download the app onto your smartphone/ tablet for ease of use - scan the barcodes and it will tell you if the item is accepted and what price they will give you. For even more money, go through a cashback site first (such as or (tip: save your accepted items in your virtual 'cart'. If you have any items which they initially refuse, try re-scanning these several days later - I find about another 20-50% of previously unaccepted items go through on another attempt!) - Quidco are currently offering 60p to new members to Preloved (Jan 2016); plus you get 10p for posting a new advert. It's free to join and post adverts to Preloved, you can post things for sale or free to a good home so might be an alternative to eBay, free cycle, facebook selling pages to offload unwanted, unloved items. All free ads include a photo and private ads are completely free, no listing fees, no selling fees and no catches - free online classified ad site

Recycling/ Reusing Items: (often raising funds for charities at the same time )

You can post them to the Breast Cancer charity here or you can go hand them in to a branch of Bravissimo.

OR : raise funds for Nowzad Dogs - the only official animal charity in Afghanistan:

Unwanted pens
You can post your unwanted pens to people overseas to help schools and orphanages via

Ink jet Printer Cartridges
Can be dropped off at Sue Ryder stores or posted off freepost for a charity from wide list or Tesco club card points for you via

Books & Music
British Heart Foundation and Oxfam both do specialist charity shops that sell books and music so you could separate those donations to maximise the money the charities make

Postcards: can raise money for Great Ormond St children's hospital.

Stamps: GOSH also take all stamps, special and everyday, as do the RNIB

Maternity items/ baby & children's clothing/ nursery furniture/ toiletries/ nappies - a baby bank (like a food bank, but maternity and child related items for families in crisis) Lots springing up around the country. Some independent, some part of a small network. Up to date list can be found on stripey stork's website

Toiletries/ make-up/ clothing (women's and children's) - women's refuge centres. Google your local area for one - but be prepared you may have to drop off to a 3rd party point - for obvious reasons they do not always want to publicise their location! Or post to : to help women and children in the Southern/ London area

charity shops
gumtree etc insert 14 Jan 2019

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  • maddiemaymaddiemay Forumite
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    Slinky great idea, thank you, so many really useful threads, not to mention people's diaries have been lost.
    The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. (Abraham Lincoln)
  • daisy_1571daisy_1571 Forumite
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    Well hello shiny new 2018 thread, thanks slinky

    I took a notion yesterday to sort out some kitchen cupboards. Had never really been keen on having foodstuffs either side of the cooker even though it was baking one side and dried goods the other. At Xmas when both ovens were on for a fair length of time I realised just how hot the cupboards got so now they hold empty a crate of plastic boxes and a crate of metal stuff like baking tins and trays etc. The crates fit almost exactly and now instead of a teetering pile of plastic boxes they are all lined up neatly so I can see exactly what sizes I have when I need to freeze leftovers or store something. The cupboard on the other side has "pottery things that go on the oven" type dishes and one huge roasting pan. The awkward corner cupboards now have things in the same style of collapsible plastic crates with little used things in the awkward bit so they can be brought out easily and you don't have to crawl in to see what's there. The more easily accessed bit so far has nothing but there are still a few things on the bunker which need a home. The matching cupboard on the other side has both slow cookers which are now easily accessed rather than having all the baking trays jammed in beside them so it was too much effort to get them out.

    In line with grey queens fab idea, spare tea towels are now in one of the crates and I have left 2 kitchen towels and 3 tea towels out to be used and used up when I will get another couple out and use them rat her that trying to usell tgemail all inew rotation. I also moved stuff around between two narrow cupboards. Less used things are now in the awkward cupboard. This one requires the table for the dog's bowls (to bring them to a better height for our gsd to use) and the bucket to be moved every time I want in it. Now why didn't I think to move daily stuff out there before ??? Madness lol.

    In the course of this I chucked out 2 open packets of pasta with use by dates of 5 and a half years ago !!!

    Even when everything goes away I think I will still have more "space" which is odd cos not much has been chucked. A good couple of hours work

    Daisy xx
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  • carrielovesfantacarrielovesfanta Forumite
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    I have returned from Kondoing at the in laws' again. It's not quite up to GQ's tales, but def rich pickings.

    MIL is the sentimental type. FIL is a close friend of Justin.

    4 bins bags of rubbish, 15 CS bags and 4 large sturdy supermarket bags to return to BIL.

    Among the things that left were:
    • Tiffany style bowl that had rusted
    • 3 box files of photos with unidentifiable people in them
    • 1 trivial pursuit game for ages 8-12 (grand kids are 14 and 15)
    • 1 leather jacket - badly scuffed in motorbike accident 9 years ago
    • Several "cotton traders" bags that came free with orders
    • 2 hand bags
    • Several t-shirts belonging to both
    • 1 pair bike boots
    • 1 cd Walkman
    • 1 set of battery powered speakers for CD Walkman
    • 1 set table runners
    • 1 duvet set that had been used once and was being kept as a "spare"
    • 1 fitted sheet with dead elastic
    • 1 pair completely worn out shoes
    • 1 money box with no stopper
    • 2 mini suitcases
    • 1 chair back massager with no plug
    • Cookery books belonging to FIL's dad (passed away 2006 and never opened since)
    • Several DIY items, ordered for projects and never used
    • Sky+ box kept for Justin
    • Medieval knight outfits suitable for 6-8 yr olds
    I'm not sure what was in half the bags but this was all stuffed into 2 rooms!

    I personally helped by Kondoing a bottle of prosecco and a bottle of asti :D
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    Thank you Slinky!
    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
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    Thanks Slinky
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  • Wednesday2000Wednesday2000 Forumite
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    I sorted out the under the sink cupboard and moved all the pet food to a little side storage shelf I have and just kept the kitchen things in the cupboard.

    I had some velcro tape and I put all the antiseptic hand wash bottles into a plastic container and stuck it to the inside of the under sink cupboard door. Maybe I will remember to use them when I get in now!:p

    I binned:

    Some old manky plastic gloves.
    Some dog poo bags that were useless.

    Lots of packaging into recycling.

    The whole cupboard looks amazingly neat and empty

    Tomorrow I want to use one of my seagrass storage boxes and use it to hide the computer/TV cables.
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    Not sure if old thread has been locked as I have just posted on it before I saw a new one had been started
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    Igamogam wrote: »
    Not sure if old thread has been locked as I have just posted on it before I saw a new one had been started

    I've DM's zippychick so waiting for her to respond
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    a shiny new home, how exciting :j
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  • Wednesday2000Wednesday2000 Forumite
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    I threw away some turmeric as I bought quite a big packet and then realised I don't particularly like the taste and the end date was coming up.

    I found 3 wooden hangers that I don't use anymore as I use the space saving ones as they are great. I think I was keeping the wooden ones for 'emergencies' not sure what would be an emergency situation where I desperately needed a hanger!:D

    I went through the pen box and got rid of four that were out of ink. I never seem to run out of pens as I get sent them free in the post.

    I opened a bottle of aloe vera juice that I bought and will have a spoonful in a glass of water everyday. It's been in my fridge for ages, but it became invisible to me for some reason.
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