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    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 27th Dec 18, 6:48 PM
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    Mrs Salad Dodger
    2019 - A Clutter Free Life
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    • 27th Dec 18, 6:48 PM
    2019 - A Clutter Free Life 27th Dec 18 at 6:48 PM
    To use Guineapigsqueaks/Sa1sysoo words “A new thread for declutterbugs in 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019!"

    I made a fairly good start in 2018 but 2019 is THE YEAR that I finally get to grips with a full declutter - I would like to have NO rooms/cupboards/drawers of Doom & I would like to have a revamped bathroom & fully decorated house My DH is going to be very busy

    Plenty of options available on numbering the clutter out

    2019 in 2019 or 52 in 52 weeks even 365 in 365 days & if you are feeling really adventurous a la basketcase - you can weigh the clutter out

    Whichever you choose or you may choose not to number, we would love to hear both your success stories & your ways/methods of decluttering - they may not have worked for you but they may work for someone else

    I am hoping that everyone who posted on the 2018 thread will also post on the 2019 thread

    Welcome one and all and happy decluttering!


    P.S. Hope this works as it is my very first attempt at starting a Thread
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    • Ginmonster
    • By Ginmonster 11th Jan 19, 10:24 AM
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    I took another bag of books to the CS yesterday and I've got one more ready to take today too so I'm ploughing on. There's still so much to do I'm not sure it's visible progress yet but eventually I will feel like I've got more space in the house. This thread is definitely keeping me going add I want to be able to say I've done something no matter how small every day.

    Hope every one has a good and productive weekend!
    • sweetpea26
    • By sweetpea26 11th Jan 19, 11:36 AM
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    Morning all

    Have hit my larder storage top shelf where all items go to be forgotten about.

    Out went
    6 Christmas mugs !! never remembered they were there this Christmas!
    Vinegar shaker bottle
    Tiny little vase
    Lidded jam jar ! another one
    more birthday paper plates napkins
    birthday tablecloth used for my daughters birthday years ago she is now in her middle 20's !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I am actually quite sad about the whole amount of STUFF i have been cluttering my life up with
    Not good at all. Have to be positive when this is gone its gone for good and I won't be cluttering up either this house of the next one we move to.
    Grocery Challenge Jan..£415.23/£390 Feb.. £337.26/ £399

    2019 Clutter Free Challenge 78 / 250 bags donated /recycled / Disposed of ...and any other tat I no longer need
    • parsniphead
    • By parsniphead 11th Jan 19, 12:28 PM
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    A few things decluttered today.

    I have got rid of

    A pair of ripped leggings
    A carrier bag of rubbish
    Some stuff to recycling

    It's a small start but something. Later on I'm going to sort DS's socks and my underwear draw . I would also like to sort the bedrooms but they are all mixed up at the moment. A long story of having to swap around temporarily due to the neighbours noisy, barking dog.. Roll on getting my room back once the problem is dealt with.

    Have a good day decluttering everyone.
    My mini challenge: pay off MBNA by 31/08/18. £502/£502 100% (paid off 30/06/18 - 2 months early )

    Pay of all debt by xmas 2019 #09 - £0/ £8471 %
    • janejamie
    • By janejamie 11th Jan 19, 12:30 PM
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    Hello all,

    I have been lurking on this and the KonMari threads as we have a house stuffed with stuff which I am desperate to shift! I love the idea of the 2019 things to go out in 2019 so please may I join you? I'll try to count recycling the glass bottles as a job lot rather than individually as I feel that's cheating but as we don't have glass collected from the house, I think I'll start there.

    1. Bag of bottles to the tip
    2. Annoyingly tinny filing cabinet to furniture project.
    3. large wicker basket for logs/laundry
    4. tyre pump to tip - never really worked.
    5. bag of assorted metal bits to tip
    6. broken shredder to tip - we have three more!
    7. box of out-of-date anti-histamines to chemist for disposal
    8. two fabric place mats
    9. half bag of wood chip cat litter (that they hated and refused to go in!) to the heap
    10-13 three kitchen knives and a sharpener to CS
    14-17. 4 bottles of hotel body lotions gone funny and binned - I should use these nice things when I get them!
    18-20 three dead toothpaste tubes, flip tops removed and kept (for pound shop tubes which have the old twist tops)
    21 finished toilet rolls - actually 7 had accumulated in the kids bathroom!
    22 unloved dog pull toy
    23-25 two bird feeders and a mug shelf returned to shop
    26-27 two unsuitable swimsuits returned to shop
    28-29 two mrs unused mens gloves
    30 basket
    31 car charger
    32 assorted stationery
    33-40 misc unwanted old stocking fillers
    42-44 two woolly hats
    45 pr boxer shorts unclaimed!
    46 unused ice cube tray
    47 magazine
    48-50 surplus kitchen utensils
    51-53 books
    54 smelly candle - I do not like these but keep being given them!
    55-56 unused canvas bags
    57 pr slipper socks
    58-61 old pc games

    22-61 all to CS

    That brings me up to date for 5.5 a day, I think! So much other stuff to go, including legacy furniture and effects to be distributed around the family around the country and hopefully this is the year they'll all come and pick it up!

    Thanks for all the inspiration and motivation in your posts.

    • never too old
    • By never too old 11th Jan 19, 2:19 PM
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    never too old
    Afternoon all
    Another couple of bits went into the charity bag this morning and a few items posted for sale on facebook.Started to sort through the odd sock box this morning matched quite a few pairs up but cant throw the rest away yet until ive at least tried to find the partner.
    £2019 in 2019 challenge no 18
    1% challenge no 70
    2019 Frugal Living Challenge

    • CRANKY40
    • By CRANKY40 11th Jan 19, 2:36 PM
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    I haven't got rid of much this week - I've been poorly with a chest infection. I have however sold 2 pieces of plastic junk treasure on Ebay so they're going to the post office in a minute. (My money MrsSD - we went halves on the first big lot that sold for a lot but now the fiddling bits are mine), the HT handed me 2 t shirts and a jumper that don't fit him any more - they've gone on the possible Ebay pile and there's a very nasty clock that he was bought for Christmas that is headed for the charity shop.

    Next week I am doing the book cupboard of doom. Things get left on the shelves and piled on top of the books and it's a disgrace again.
    Weight loss 2019 5 lbs
    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 11th Jan 19, 5:10 PM
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    Happy Kitties
    Its been a slow start to my decluttering year due to me being full of cold.
    Have done a couple of bits though, have things that can go to recycling points but keep forgetting so more to be logged as they are done. So far

    *9-19 clothes into clothes recycling point
    *20 battered big white envelopes into recycling
    *21 candle glass lid into recycling
    *22 some sort of bobble thingy- now in the bin
    *23 plastic tube that had hair stuff in it that was DDs- in recycling
    *24 1 rusty razor of DDs binned
    Have found things suitable for the CS so will start a bag for the CS next week.
    That's about it from me so far
    parsniphead sorry things didn't go as planned, hopefully with the chemo u will get that all important decluttering.
    Last edited by Happy Kitties; 11-01-2019 at 11:09 PM. Reason: Addition to list
    2017 birthday savings shopping frugally = 481.15:money. 2018 birthday savings so far=360.66
    • Gem-gem
    • By Gem-gem 11th Jan 19, 7:23 PM
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    13. Hubby and I went through the first aid / medicine box and got rid of out of date medicines (2+ years out of date).
    Last edited by Gem-gem; 11-01-2019 at 7:27 PM.
    £2 Savers Club 2019 no. 1
    Save £12k in 2019 no.82 £50
    2019 - A clutter free life (40)
    • nannywindow
    • By nannywindow 11th Jan 19, 9:40 PM
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    Haven't been able to do much in the last couple of days but did manage to dispose of 3 pairs of "Sunday" socks . I'm hoping to get going again properly tomorrow . I am already eying up some old empty boxes ready to go in the recycling tomorrow. ( DH likes to keep them in case the items don't work and he has to take them back . )

    Keep up the good work
    Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, but this time more intelligently
    • Hermia
    • By Hermia 11th Jan 19, 11:23 PM
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    19) I sold a bag on ebay and posted that today.

    I started decluttering my kitchen cupboards and found some alcohol miniatures in one! I have no recollection where these came from, but it would be a shame to waste them...
    • Cherryfudge
    • By Cherryfudge 12th Jan 19, 12:15 AM
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    Wow, such a lot of things getting decluttered! Janejamie, I had to laugh at the unclaimed boxers. D

    Seven things gone from here today: I tidied up in the bathroom. I won't get a huge amount done on work days (like today) but hope to make more progress next week when I have days off.

    I love this keeping track of how many items we get rid of: if you had asked me I would have thought I'd got rid of about 20 items this year so far but actually it's nearly 100.
    MFW #30 Overpaid by £4,100.58/£3000 in 2018 Overpaid by £555.74/2,880.00 in 2019
    Decluttered in 2019: 299/2019 as of 10/3/19
    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 12th Jan 19, 5:08 AM
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    Mrs Salad Dodger

    Friday was a quiet day - walked by the dock on way to cs & fed the water birds - swans, coots, mallards, tufted duck, Canada Geese & grebes - dropped off the cleaning products & the bits’n’pieces at the CS then quick walk to sm for a small shop. DH & I finished the hm soup & hm croutons for lunch. The 3 of us finished off our Chinese takeaways for dinner but I had enough left for a snack which is in the freezer.
    Had a quick sort out of one kitchen shelf & binned a few plastic takeaway boxes & lids

    50 - 51 Delivery boxes & packaging, foil container - Recycled
    52 - 58 Uu medicine bottle, 6 boxes & lids, odd lid - Binned
    59 - 60 Large plastic bags to cs

    Still very slow & steady but items still going out

    My cheerleading starts here

    seahorsey, I like decluttering whilst waiting for the kettle to boil . That is what I call ‘dedicated decluttering’

    ScarletRibbons, as long as one person in your household is decluttering you are on track

    oceanspirit, coming along nicely attacking the clutter on 2 fronts - clothing & paperwork

    Flugelhorn, if your kids are at uni, then you want to spend as much time as possible with them & not decluttering If you can keep areas tidy then please do not feel guilty about not decluttering ‘Good Mum’ is a far better title than ‘Good Declutterer’

    whmf, slow & steady wins the race It is cold enough without sorting out the freezer

    Ginmonster, moving on so many books should mean that you will start noticing clearer & tidier areas

    Sweetpea26, please don’t be sad be very happy that you are decluttering now What is that saying? - Today is the first day of the rest of your life

    parsniphead, as I keep saying ‘no such thing as a small start - every single item out the door is a decluttering win

    janejamie & welcome aboard the ‘decluttering bandwagon’ What an excellent start Fingers & toes crossed that your family collect everything this year

    never too old, keep up the good work & well done on decluttering odd socks into pairs

    Cranky40, please look after yourself Are you going to use the money for a little treat for yourself? Good luck with the book cupboard

    Happy Kitties, at least when the items go to the recycling point you can admire the space created Please look after yourself - lots of hot drinks & wrapping up warmly

    Gem-gem, well done on clearing out the ood medicines

    nannywindows, how long are the boxes kept?

    Hermia, what a great reward for decluttering the kitchen cupboards

    Cherryfudge, what a lovely surprise to have got rid of so many items Well done

    See you tomorrow

    • wort
    • By wort 12th Jan 19, 7:56 AM
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    I imagine Sunday socks are (holy ) holey!
    Focus on contribution instead of the impressiveness of consumption to see the true beauty in people.
    • bargainhunterss
    • By bargainhunterss 12th Jan 19, 8:39 AM
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    Morning all!

    Off to town for an early coffee with the ‘rents so taking the opportunity to drop off some bits at the CS:

    2 pairs of jeans (inc. one bright red pair I used when dressing up as a crayon - not much call for it day to day)
    1 skirt that’s a bit short for me now
    1 book (that mum may end up nabbing before the coffee’s finished!)

    Will carry on when I get home. Plan is to Kondo the undie drawers (or the drawers drawers if you will ) plus shoes.

    Have a nice weekend everyone! I’m sure I’ll check in again at some point!
    Too many people spend money they buy things they don't impress people that they don't like...

    "Every time you borrow money, you're robbing your future self."
    • ScarletRibbons
    • By ScarletRibbons 12th Jan 19, 9:15 AM
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    I was thinking about selling almost new stuff on local Facebook selling sites - has anyone had much luck with this? it's not valuable stuff, mainly it's hardly worn clothes. If I did it and it didn't sell, I would just chazzer the stuff.
    • stellata
    • By stellata 12th Jan 19, 11:34 AM
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    I'm checking in again to have a go after trying it in 2018. Life took some unexpected turns and I spent a long time struggling with it all but I'm glad to say 2019 looks better all round. So I'm going to try again. I find it really hard to just bin things so I use Facebook selling groups, charity shops freecycle and giving stuff away to friends and family to move things on.

    I've also discovered that I don't have to agonise about exactly what I get rid of, so if someone asks for or just admires something in my cluttered home I grab the opportunity and send it home with them.

    First list after a lovely new year holiday and starting back at work (eek!):

    1. Big box of cardboard to tip
    2. Bag of tins to food bank
    3. Leftover Xmas snacks to my sweetie who likes them
    4. Dog food to friends dog(mine wouldn't eat it)
    5-10 Pair of shoes, hot plate, mugs and 2 tops to ch shop
    11. Duplicate cleaning spray to my sweetie (trying to encourage here!)
    12. Pair of boots to daughter
    13. Hair styling thing in bin: broken.
    14. Pressure cooker to friend (I had 2!!)
    15. Xmas gift pack of toiletries to work cloakroom (I find if I leave this sort of thing in a nice basket in the ladies with a sign on saying help yourself, it disappears).

    I'm really determined to get 2019 things gone in 2019, and separately but just as important to declutter some lbs too. I went a bit off plan at New Year because I was away with friends and over ate and drank so I'm starting 2019 a stone heavier than I did 2018. And I wasn't a lightweight then!
    Wish me luck kind people.
    Magnolia Stellata
    • Hermia
    • By Hermia 12th Jan 19, 1:00 PM
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    I was thinking about selling almost new stuff on local Facebook selling sites - has anyone had much luck with this? it's not valuable stuff, mainly it's hardly worn clothes. If I did it and it didn't sell, I would just chazzer the stuff.
    Originally posted by ScarletRibbons
    I do that. I have never tried Facebook Marketplace, but I use a selling group for my area and I also use specialist selling groups for certain items. It's worth a try. If you use a local group be aware that it can be frustrating re: people ghosting you etc. If it goes well it's easy money though. I usually try stuff on a couple of groups and then donate to the chazzer if it doesn't sell. If your clothes are just ordinary normal stuff I would try local selling groups. If they are from a specialist range (e.g. plus size) or a desirable brand you may get more money from a group for people who like that stuff, but obviously you will need to post stuff in that case.
    • nannywindow
    • By nannywindow 12th Jan 19, 1:48 PM
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    Organza Lace they are socks with holes in ( so holey or Holy = Sunday to me )
    Ok I know I'm a bit weird, especially my sense of humour, I don't think I was wired right .
    Not much being done again today as I'm laid up with a very bad hip, with shooting pains across my back and down one leg, so I'm having to stand, sit or lie down just to get some relief. ( even the pain killers are having little effect ). I am scanning around and making a mental note of things to shift once this pain passes though.
    Happy decluttering folks.
    PS MrsSD He would like to keep them as long as possible especially electrical item ones . In fact I have found in the office 2 empty mobile phone boxes and we no longer have the phones . They sharply bit the dust !
    Last edited by nannywindow; 12-01-2019 at 1:53 PM.
    Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, but this time more intelligently
    • cherie1122
    • By cherie1122 12th Jan 19, 3:17 PM
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    Hello and can I please join you. I have all my son's stuff here in my house as he's moved in temporarily and clutter drives me crazy. I won't be disposing of his things but just old stuff that I really shouldn't have in the house. My late husband was a hoarder and I still have some of his things (he died four years ago). I won't go for 2019 things but will try and do 365 items this year.


    • ScarletRibbons
    • By ScarletRibbons 12th Jan 19, 5:14 PM
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    Thanks Hermia, I'll try local selling groups xx
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