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    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 15th Jan 18, 12:45 PM
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    KonMari 2018 & 2019 - The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up
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    • 15th Jan 18, 12:45 PM
    KonMari 2018 & 2019 - The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up 15th Jan 18 at 12:45 PM
    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

    2017

    2016

    2015


    '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 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.


    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:

    www.ebay.co.uk - 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.

    www.ziffit.com - 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 www.topcashback.co.uk or www.quidco.com) (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!)


    www.preloved.co.uk - 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


    www.gumtree.com - free online classified ad site


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

    Bras
    You can post them to the Breast Cancer charity here http://www.againstbreastcancer.org.uk/get-involved/fundraising/recycling/513/bra-recycling/ 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: http://www.nowzad.com/help-us/bras-for-nowzad/


    Unwanted pens
    You can post your unwanted pens to people overseas to help schools and orphanages via http://www.pensforkids.co.uk/how_you_can_help.html


    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 http://www.therecyclingfactory.com
    /our-partners/


    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. http://www.gosh.org/fundraise-us/shopping-and-recycling/recycling-and-environment


    Stamps: GOSH also take all stamps, special and everyday, as do the RNIB http://www.rnib.org.uk/donations-and-fundraising-fundraising-your-community-recycle-us/used-stamps-appeal


    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. http://www.babybanknetwork.com/how-you-can-help-2/ www.gloucestershirebundles.org http://www.littlebundles.org.uk/cambridge/donations 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 : http://www.carolinehirons.com/p/give-and-makeup.html to help women and children in the Southern/ London area

    charity shops
    ziffit
    ebay
    gumtree etc


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    Last edited by Slinky; 22-01-2019 at 8:32 AM. Reason: Add in list from 2016 of places to dispose of unwanted items, thanks for locating them greent
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    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 19th Jul 19, 6:29 PM
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    We have come back from a fortnight in Austria, and already everything is back in its proper place, and six loads of laundry were done today. Why six? Well, the laundry bins were full before we left, I only did quick handwashes while we were there, and I wanted to wash everything we took, because the owner of the apartment smoked in his own apartment right beneath ours and the smoke travelled through the floor and up the stairs, and it was a working farm with cows. I quite like the cow smell on the farm, but not at home

    DD1 is leaving for 10 days of youth group camp (originally catholic, but I fail to detest anything religious other than their events matching certain religious dates) on Sunday. We have already packed most of her stuff, but still need to come up with an astronaut costume, a solid black T-shirt, and some clothes that will get 'really really filthily dirty'
    2019's wi-wa-wombles 805,75 = 356.30
    Wombling to wealth 2018 972,97 = 879.54
    Still a womble 2017 #25 7116,68 = 6309.50
    Wombling Free 2016 #2 3.483,31 = 2,969.05
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 20th Jul 19, 5:18 AM
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    GreyQueen
    I had a major sort out of my sewing threads yesterday and now have everything back where it should be and have refreshed my memory (and taken inventory!) of all I have. Three spools of thread have been added to the charity shop bag and some other bits and bobs (buttons etc) added to the jam-jar that goes the the chazzer once a year when it's full.


    Not great shakes as the world goes, but it's been something nagging at the back of my mind for a long while so good to get it done.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 20th Jul 19, 8:58 AM
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    I'm hoping to get to my craft stash soon - my sister wanted some recently, she's making cushions from family textiles, and she wanted something that represented *me* in a particular colour range, which was lovely of her. But it made me remember what great fabrics are there I'm not ready yet (still digging in the garden!) but come the autumn, I will be.
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    Paid off French mortgage September 2018
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    • Igamogam
    • By Igamogam 20th Jul 19, 2:12 PM
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    Igamogam
    Right 7 weeks off work............although already been back this morning ( not my choice) and will be there on Monday ( my choice) A bit of cash needed to deal with an unforeseen issue that needs money to sort it....Eb*Y and FB selling here I come.......going to hit the house My Way and not KM ( sorry) this next week and hope it yields what I need it too - a bit of cash and a dent in the 'stuff'
    Be the change you want to see -with apologies to Gandhi
    In gardens, beauty is a by-product. The main business is sex and death. ~Sam Llewelyn
    'On the internet no one knows you are a cat'
    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 22nd Jul 19, 9:54 AM
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    2 pairs of socks to the ragbag, although dd2 kept the one still good girl's sock to make into a barbie dress (just cut off the toe).

    DD1 is away at camp for 10 days, and DD2 is taking her opportunity at unlimited cuddles and conversations with Mum We worked in the garden yesterday, and cooked dinner together. She came up with the menu, did all the cutting and helped put items in the pan. She is 8 and accepts instructions, which is a joy.

    Husband was asking me last night to go through my wardrobe and take out anything I didn't wear anymore, so he could take it to his African relatives next month. I had great pleasure in informing him that there was nothing to take out, I wear all of it
    2019's wi-wa-wombles 805,75 = 356.30
    Wombling to wealth 2018 972,97 = 879.54
    Still a womble 2017 #25 7116,68 = 6309.50
    Wombling Free 2016 #2 3.483,31 = 2,969.05
    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 22nd Jul 19, 3:19 PM
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    Finished up a facecream that DH bought me....quite nice but not my favourite and found another jar almost finished so that's been finished off today. Down to one pot now...more than enough
    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
    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 22nd Jul 19, 7:44 PM
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    Like Silvasava, I am using up a facecream I am not particularly fond of, but it was free and does the job (quite well, even. I just don't like the smell, something like aloevera and cucumber...).
    2019's wi-wa-wombles 805,75 = 356.30
    Wombling to wealth 2018 972,97 = 879.54
    Still a womble 2017 #25 7116,68 = 6309.50
    Wombling Free 2016 #2 3.483,31 = 2,969.05
    • Pooky
    • By Pooky 23rd Jul 19, 6:06 PM
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    Pooky
    We've moved! Cor blimey we picked the wrong week, it's far to hot to do anything! Our poor removal men were really flagging. So far there's a few bits of built in furniture that we've ripped out ready to dump, the carpet in the master bedroom will be coming up tomorrow and a few bits I've unpacked that just don't fit will be heading to the CS tomorrow when we pop past.

    Feels like home already though, (even though we've had a blocked loo, no water pressure and can't shower as the seal has gone around the bath)...1st world problems eh?
    "Start every day off with a smile and get it over with" - W. C. Field.
    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 24th Jul 19, 7:26 AM
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    Siebrie
    Congratulations!!!!
    2019's wi-wa-wombles 805,75 = 356.30
    Wombling to wealth 2018 972,97 = 879.54
    Still a womble 2017 #25 7116,68 = 6309.50
    Wombling Free 2016 #2 3.483,31 = 2,969.05
    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 24th Jul 19, 8:28 AM
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    Congratulations, Pooky! My word, you did pick the wrong week, didn't you! But that's the thing now, the extremes hit when they hit, and there's nothing to be done. I was remembering about a heatwave that hit when I was about 13. Geography class, in the new portakabin classrooms - it was 84 degrees, and I'd never experienced heat like that. Nowadays, that's still hot, but not to extremes
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    Retired August 2016
    Paid off French mortgage September 2018
    New kitchen fully installed June 2019
    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 24th Jul 19, 8:33 AM
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    I was really glad I had procrastinated on getting rid of our booster seat, because in Belgium and the Netherlands children can ride without one as soon as they reach 135cm, but in Germany and Austria it's 150cm!
    2019's wi-wa-wombles 805,75 = 356.30
    Wombling to wealth 2018 972,97 = 879.54
    Still a womble 2017 #25 7116,68 = 6309.50
    Wombling Free 2016 #2 3.483,31 = 2,969.05
    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 24th Jul 19, 10:57 AM
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    DD1 is away at camp, DD2 is on the sofa nursing her foot (she stepped on a dead wasp two days ago and now has a streptococci (sp?) infection), so I finally tackled the hard to reach areas of the attic. Ideal moment, as most of the stuff for Africa has gone, all the holiday stuff is on the landing, and NO interruptions.

    Binned:
    2 pram rain covers (youngest is 8)
    remains of six roles of Laura Ashley wallpaper (at least 16 years old; I was very disappointed by the quality at the time, as it discoloured within a month!)
    3 ikea chinesy hanging room dividers/roll-up ricepaper curtains
    pram mattress (mice had nibbled on the pram . And again, youngest is 8..... .It's just the bassinet part, as the wheels and seat have been given to friends two years ago. We just couldn't reach the bassinet.)

    To ragbag:
    Two baby sheets

    To recycle park:
    Two chandeliers (old, damaged)
    Bag for life full of metal bits
    Bassinet
    Wooden child's chair in pieces
    eta: the cd's I mentioned earlier, and a dancemat.

    To dds' toy selection: new-to-them construction toy I was given by a colleague four years ago, but couldn't reach Littlest Pet Shop items have been returned to the attic for now.
    Last edited by Siebrie; 24-07-2019 at 12:15 PM.
    2019's wi-wa-wombles 805,75 = 356.30
    Wombling to wealth 2018 972,97 = 879.54
    Still a womble 2017 #25 7116,68 = 6309.50
    Wombling Free 2016 #2 3.483,31 = 2,969.05
    • Igamogam
    • By Igamogam 24th Jul 19, 11:25 AM
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    Finally go to CS this morning with 2 large shoppers full of books and 2 bin bags of 'mixed' items........loads to go stiil!
    Be the change you want to see -with apologies to Gandhi
    In gardens, beauty is a by-product. The main business is sex and death. ~Sam Llewelyn
    'On the internet no one knows you are a cat'
    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 24th Jul 19, 4:00 PM
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    Slinky
    We've moved! Cor blimey we picked the wrong week, it's far to hot to do anything! Our poor removal men were really flagging. So far there's a few bits of built in furniture that we've ripped out ready to dump, the carpet in the master bedroom will be coming up tomorrow and a few bits I've unpacked that just don't fit will be heading to the CS tomorrow when we pop past.

    Feels like home already though, (even though we've had a blocked loo, no water pressure and can't shower as the seal has gone around the bath)...1st world problems eh?
    Originally posted by Pooky

    We're still unpacking boxes, slowing down a lot with the weather and lack of space to put stuff now. Had somebody come and take away a washing machine we put on facebook free earlier. Somebody else is having the old fridge freezer, and a casette deck is going tomorrow. I thought I'd got a taker for a bed and bedsides cabinets we want to sell, but they've changed their minds.


    So far we've had the electrician out as we had something tripping but we couldn't identify what was causing it. Turned out to be an adaptor for a radio. Today we had the rat catcher! OH spotted what he thought was a rat under a bush in the garden, and I spotted it, or another, yesterday morning. Rat catcher has left us with a trap in a box. Thinks it's just one or only a small number, coming under the fence and drinking at the pond. We've been thinking the pond should go, and we're now concerned about the cat catching Weils disease through drinking the water, so we think we're going to have to empty it out and fill it in before we let her out. Oh, and I've had some computer issues, got somebody coming tomorrow, which is just as well as I've stupidly just got caught by some clickbait on my main computer.... Turned it off and disconnected it from the net until the chap comes tomorrow.
    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 24th Jul 19, 6:53 PM
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    Have just spotted a rat going into the area near the bush. OH will be despatched shortly to take a look.... Don't think it's the one I saw, it looked skinnier.


    Our neighbours keep caged birds in a garden aviary, I'm guessing that could be an attraction.


    ETA No luck so far.
    Last edited by Slinky; 24-07-2019 at 7:07 PM.
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 24th Jul 19, 7:38 PM
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    That's a bit pants, Slinky, but an aviary would definately be an attractant. You might have more luck spotting the rat holes than the actual rats. Probably a job for a pro. Do you have a cat or cats? The presence of kitties seems to keep rats wary and even an aged cat like my parents' Wild Thing takes enough young 'uns to keep the rat population at low levels and suitably nervous.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 24th Jul 19, 7:41 PM
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    We had the professional rat catcher in earlier and he recommended one of his traps.


    Yes we have a cat, but having only just moved here, she's not allowed out yet. I'm concerned about her bringing one in through her catflap... she's brought us mice and birds in the past. We want to get rid of them before we let her out. This trap is a back breaker which the chap said is far more humane than poison.
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 24th Jul 19, 7:53 PM
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    GreyQueen
    Ahh, yes you've got to keep the cat in until she is properly homed.


    I've not personally known cats to bring rats indoors, although I have mice and birds and spiders and moths. I think a rat is a bit of task for cats and they tend to deal with them and not play with them when alive.


    Saw a You Tube once of a cat who had a full size rat in a suffocating bite hold to the neck, in the same way that cheetahs suffocate prey they've run down but don't have the jaw power to kill easily.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • greenbee
    • By greenbee 24th Jul 19, 8:01 PM
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    My brother's cats bring in rats. They had one living in the kitchen for a while... it chewed through the wastepipe to the kitchen sink (they discovered this when they took the plug out and water landed on their feet).

    I must patent my cat flap with facial recognition... it would lock if the cat had anything in it's mouth. Or friends with it...
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 24th Jul 19, 8:20 PM
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    OMG, would freak if I had indoor rats, your brother's cats must be proper little brusiers.


    I've read something somewhere in the past few weeks about a new type of catflap which doesn't allow the cat to carry prey indoors with it. Don't know how that would ever work but I suspect they'd be a market for it.


    One cat we had used to steal food from neighbours' outside meals. Just to leave around on the floor like trophies. She had pizza one time, and I knew someone who saw a pal's cat come in with a stolen yorkshire pud, comeplete with gravy inside it, looking very pleased with her 'kill'.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

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