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KonMari 2018 - The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

edited 22 January 2019 at 10:32AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • SlinkySlinky Forumite
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    I've sent bras to these people before now following somebody else posting the details up - they need items in reasonable condition, not too sexy.



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  • lessonlearnedlessonlearned Forumite
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    Ok....MK round III.

    It begins.

    Just moved house, I have piles of unwanted stuff and the vendor also left me some of her "treasures".

    So far this week, a double bed, assorted pool equipment, cardboard packaging, two bin liners of clothes.

    Today I have just loaded the car with mirrors, paintings for the charity shop on Monday, will weed out some linens later.

    Need a little rest.....:rotfl:
  • greentgreent Forumite
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    Sorting present stash under bed (ready for Xmas :D) revealed 2 items no longer required which have since sold on Fb00k :T, 1 for the CS and another which I've assimilated into my toiletries stash :D (which has vastly decreased - hence the need to use this item from under the bed!!)

    2 items from elsewhere in the house also offered to (and been accepted by) a friend, so they will also be leaving.

    And another 30 (!) hotel/ airline bars of soap and several tubes of shampoo put in a bag ready to take to the homeless collection drop off point.

    When sorting out the shoe shelves under the stairs yesterday (well DS2 and DS3 sorted, OH supervised....) OH decided a manky old pair of trainers could go for recycling. Approx 15 years old, worn soles, broken insoles and broken down backs.

    Spaces are appearing..... :T :D
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  • GreyQueenGreyQueen Forumite
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    :) Well done, everybody.


    I've shed the worn-out bedsheet and another couple of worn out socks to textile recycling via the chazzer and have purchased a new helmet for cycling in so the 15 y.o. one is being binned shortly.


    Finished a library book this morning and returned it within two hours (our central library operates a skeleton service on a Sunday, which is great for busy people). And me, who is semi-busy some of the time. ;)


    Everything in the homestead is up for scrrutiny and some things are definately not to be replaced once used up.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
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  • SlinkySlinky Forumite
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    We have decided that we're possibly going to try and move next year rather than the year after. Heaven help us what with Brexit uncertainty, but we learned recently of some major infrastructure changes which 'could' affect the area at some point, so seeing we planned to move away anyway, means we're going to try to go sooner rather than later.


    I plan to get an estate agent in for a realistic opinion next week, bearing in mind our local property market seems to have gone very flat apart from anything in the more desirable streets. Hopefully ours is one of those, people move in here and go out in a box usually, but it's about 4 years since anything sold so who knows. I also plan to ask if they think there are any improvements we could make to help it sell. We need to redecorate 1 small bedroom (OH's office) which hasn't been done for about 18 years and needs some replastering. I'd put in some new carpets downstairs if he thinks that would help - we've got pale blue throughout the house which isn't everybody's choice.


    I've just lugged some more files of dead paperwork down the stairs and will shred them this week. OH has given me permission to bin some old folders of information from courses he attended many years ago. I view this as a victory, I thought he may play the 'I might need it at some point' card. I think he's seeing the sense now of clearing out the clut pre-move. I've also negotiated that if I come across other things similar, I can bin them without reference to him (yippee!).
  • SlinkySlinky Forumite
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    I've also finally been able to shred flight tickets that have been on my desk since last December and which we've just received delay compensation for. Win win!
  • GreyQueenGreyQueen Forumite
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    :) I have one of those butterfly-style thingummies (corkscrew with bottle-opener in the top).


    It is 8 inches long and, even with the arms folded upright, is 3 inches across at its widest point. It isn't quite a Unitasker (see unclutterer.com for an expanation) but it's definately just a duo-tasker. It is also taking up a chunk of space in my only cutlery drawer and I am now questioning its rights to reside.


    I cannot remember when I last needed to use it for either of its functions.

    Seriously. I barely drink and never home alone. Some of my closest friends don't drink, either, due to it clashing with medications. My home is so tiny that I rarely socialise therein, and convivial gatherings with a bottle or two just don't happen here. Indeed, I donated my stem-ware for that very reason.


    Sooo, why am I keeping this thing? I have just prised open my swiss army knife and confirmed my recollection that it does, indeed, contain a corkscrew and a bottle-top opener. Thus, if either eventuality comes to pass, I am fully covered by something which is much smaller - 3.5 x 0.75 inches - that I also own.


    It is now going in the donation bag and the SAK is going to get a little TLC with WD40 to ease the 'ponents.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
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    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)
  • SlinkySlinky Forumite
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    Before you bin the corkscrew GQ, have you ever actually extracted a cork from a bottle with the SAK? I know I struggle with an ordinary pull type corkscrew, it's much easier with the lever types.


    Push comes to shove, you could just resolve to buy screw top wine!
  • GreyQueenGreyQueen Forumite
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    Slinky wrote: »
    Before you bin the corkscrew GQ, have you ever actually extracted a cork from a bottle with the SAK? I know I struggle with an ordinary pull type corkscrew, it's much easier with the lever types.


    Push comes to shove, you could just resolve to buy screw top wine!
    :) I am a leddy and leave opening wine to the gentleman callers. Akshully, the last time a gentleman gave me wine it came in a box, with a handy little tap on it - it was straight from a french vineyard and was rather superior. Took me about 3 months to drink it............ :p



    My lottie pal keeps a corkscrew in her shed to open wine with, that's typically where I do any wine-drinking (from a tin mug;)).


    Screwtop wines could be the way to go, tho. I shall take a chance on it and let the corkscrew go. Along with the nutcrackers, the tea ball and the other bits of random carp - have had the tray outta the cutlery drawer, washed it and put everything back neatly.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)
  • greenbeegreenbee Forumite
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    Screw top wine is the way to go. Tops are recyclable (so is cork, but very few places take it) like the bottles. And there's less chance of the wine being contaminated.
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