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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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    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 15th Jan 18, 12:51 PM
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    Slinky great idea, thank you, so many really useful threads, not to mention people's diaries have been lost.
    • daisy 1571
    • By daisy 1571 15th Jan 18, 1:51 PM
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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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    • carrielovesfanta
    • By carrielovesfanta 15th Jan 18, 4:13 PM
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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
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    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 15th Jan 18, 5:31 PM
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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
    • camelot1001
    • By camelot1001 15th Jan 18, 5:42 PM
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    Thanks Slinky
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 15th Jan 18, 5:55 PM
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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!

    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.
    Push yourself, because no one else is going to do it for you.
    • Igamogam
    • By Igamogam 15th Jan 18, 7:31 PM
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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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    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 15th Jan 18, 7:34 PM
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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
    Originally posted by Igamogam


    I've DM's zippychick so waiting for her to respond
    • pavlovs_dog
    • By pavlovs_dog 15th Jan 18, 7:54 PM
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    a shiny new home, how exciting
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    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 16th Jan 18, 8:01 AM
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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!

    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.
    Push yourself, because no one else is going to do it for you.
    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 16th Jan 18, 11:44 AM
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    Yuck. I've just had a really messy job to sort. I put the 2 spare sets of filters from my Gtech air-ram in to soak in a bucket of water in the garage....... and forgot about them........... for about 2 months. They got shoved up against something else and were out of sight. Just spotted them and went to tip the water out in the back garden, thought what's that smell.......... OMG it was rancid. The water had gone stagnant. So I've had to rinse the filters out with about 8 buckets of really hot water and have now put them to soak in half a bucket of bleachy water in the hope of rescuing them. There was no smell in the garage, it was only when I moved the bucket it started.

    Oh dear, won't make that mistake again.
    • elona
    • By elona 16th Jan 18, 1:27 PM
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    Wednesday

    I have just replaced some old hangers with space saving black velvet skinny ones. More hangers should be delivered this afternoon so will get them used up as well to make the wardrobe less cluttered and squashed together. I am putting the old hangers into a large box to go to a charity shop.

    There are lots of big cardboard boxes in the integral garage which need to be undone and flattened so they can be recycled and make more space to move round and find things. While doing that I will look out a bottle of home made elderberry extract and bring it into the kitchen in case I catch this virus going around.

    I have sorted out a couple of kitchen cupboards and can now find things like cans of soup, soft drinks etc. Hoping that if I prepare in case of illness then I won't get ill
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    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 16th Jan 18, 1:42 PM
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    I have just replaced some old hangers with space saving black velvet skinny ones. More hangers should be delivered this afternoon so will get them used up as well to make the wardrobe less cluttered and squashed together.
    Originally posted by elona
    When I got the new hangers I showed my husband how much more space there was in the wardrobe and he didn't believe me at first and thought I had got rid of some of his stuff without his permission!
    Push yourself, because no one else is going to do it for you.
    • carrielovesfanta
    • By carrielovesfanta 16th Jan 18, 2:09 PM
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    Yuck. I've just had a really messy job to sort. I put the 2 spare sets of filters from my Gtech air-ram in to soak in a bucket of water in the garage....... and forgot about them........... for about 2 months. They got shoved up against something else and were out of sight. Just spotted them and went to tip the water out in the back garden, thought what's that smell.......... OMG it was rancid. The water had gone stagnant. So I've had to rinse the filters out with about 8 buckets of really hot water and have now put them to soak in half a bucket of bleachy water in the hope of rescuing them. There was no smell in the garage, it was only when I moved the bucket it started.

    Oh dear, won't make that mistake again.
    Originally posted by Slinky
    yummy!

    I'll tell you all a horror story. One summer I buried a beer can in the garden with the dregs of beer as a slug trap.

    And forgot.

    Come the following spring I dug the bed and bashed the trowel straight through the buried beer can. It EXPLODED all over me.

    The smell was unholy. OH was borking from across the garden

    Took a very hot shower that one
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    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 16th Jan 18, 2:25 PM
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    Good job I wasn't drinking a cuppa when I read that Carrie! My DS1 came home from school and said his homework was to bring in something that smelt horrible for his science lesson - a fermented potato got him good marks
    For all of you Kondoing space in your wardrobes - the ring pull from a can makes a good loop to put over the hook so you can hang another hanger on it. Cola cans are good and it's great to hang skirts/trousers with jackets to save space
    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
    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 16th Jan 18, 2:42 PM
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    That sounds pretty rank carrie.

    Silva if I'd have known your son could have had my bucket of water.....

    Have just visited the charity shop with a bag of clean rags - mainly OH's wornout old work shirts with buttons duly removed. Also took a piece of art we have no space on our walls to display here, and will have less in our new home so hopefully somebody else will enjoy it.

    Yesterday I finally got around to putting the new books we got at Christmas into the book case, marked up with stickers to show they're as yet unread so they will be easy to locate for holidays. Not enough space so got rid of half a dozen. There were a couple of thick hardback books taking up a LOT of space which I dragged out for the CS. They belonged to OH but in 17 years I've never known him read a hardback fiction book, he rarely reads any books, only on holiday. I had a clearout of a load of his old books a couple of years back; he hasn't noticed, he never will, it wasn't worth the 'well I might read it' argument. There are plenty of other choices if he wants to read.

    ETA, finally got around to measuring our lounge windows and have decided the curtains we took down last year will most like fit the lounge in our new house, at least as a temporary measure. There are curtains there, but they're pretty horrid. Just need to get our ones dry cleaned and relocated as they're currently lying on the sofabed in the back bedroom, with the occasional visit from the cat not helping.
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    • a_silver_lining
    • By a_silver_lining 16th Jan 18, 6:30 PM
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    Hi all

    Having another run through of kondoing. I have done clothes, shoes, bags, scarves etc. I have a full bin bag of rubbish. I also have two bin bags of donate and sell items. I finally have all my clothes and bags fitting into my small wardrobe. Shoes and coats are elsewhere but fitting neater there.

    No bags of clothing under the bed or on top of the wardrobe for the first time in my adult life.

    It always astounds me how many bags I fill. In part this year it is due to me being gifted six! coats when I have always had one, and a large quantity of clothing. This run through was a lot harsher then the past though and has left me with bare essentials in some categories, like bags and tops.

    I am off for the rest of this week on annual leave. I have other things to focus on, but my plan tomorrow is to be harsh with my sell pile and only list items I think have value. The rest will be removed from the house on Thursday.

    Then onto the next category!
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    • a_silver_lining
    • By a_silver_lining 17th Jan 18, 2:30 PM
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    Bin bag of rubbish clothes now in the bin and out the house. I am ashamed to say that half the bin bag was summer shoes, which had gone badly mouldy being stored in a plastic bag above my wardrobe.

    Today I tackled books. This is a very small category for me as I have less emotional connection to books and purged deeply the last time I kondo’d.

    I took pictures of books to eBay and have separated them. I also took pictures of some makeup I had put aside pre-kondoig. It’s jumping a category but I’m clear that I am selling it so it may as well go.

    The lighting in my flat isn’t great so I didn’t take pictures of the clothes. I need to do this in the morning. So they are still bagged up. I want to try and pull out what is being charity shopped by tomorrow so they can be removed tomorrow. I find removing items quickly is my best move otherwise I end up with piles I never look at.

    I aim to do that tonight and to list at least five items for sale.
    19/12/14: Spent 10 years of savings!!
    ..... to buy my first home.
    10K OP 31.03.19

    Current goal: 1,145.76/5K in selling home expenses!
    • VJsmum
    • By VJsmum 17th Jan 18, 4:05 PM
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    I have 4 bags for the chazzer sat on the floor of the kitchen. Tonight they are going in the boot to deliver tomorrow. I have had them in one spot or another for about 2 months...

    I also have a box of books to deliver to the parcel collection point having sold them online. I got 15 for 9 books so probably worth the hassle, another thing to be delivered tomorrow.

    The builder has now finished rebuilding our pipe boxing in our study. Hopefully decorating will start on Saturday. Our open shelving in there needs dismantling (and kondoing) and i am replacing with two !kea wardrobes, which are slightly bigger and we can hide all the carp in there. In addition our large desk is being kondoed (hopefully via freecycle or similar) and a much smaller one put in. The large one just gets clutter dumped on it - this will not be possible with the smaller one. But in addition a 'spare' pine chest of drawers and bedside table are getting the chalk paint treatment for the purposes of containing necessary but unsightly carp
    I wanna be in the room where it happens
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