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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!

    MrsSD

    P.S. Hope this works as it is my very first attempt at starting a Thread
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    • Hermia
    • By Hermia 11th Jan 19, 11:23 PM
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    Hermia
    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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    Cherryfudge
    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 Paid off £4,100.58/£3000 in 2018
    Decluttered in 2019: 116/2019 as of 14/1/19
    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 12th Jan 19, 5:08 AM
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    Mrs Salad Dodger
    1. SMALL TASKS WILL BE DONE ASAP
    2. I WILL LEAVE A ROOM TIDIER THAN WHEN I ENTERED
    3. KITCHEN WILL BE LEFT CLEAN & TIDY EVERY NIGHT
    4. WHEN DEALING WITH CLUTTER I WILL USE ‘Daisy1571’s idea of ‘WHAT WOULD I DO WITH THIS ITEM IF IT WAS SOMEONE ELSE’S ?’
    5. IF I WAS STARTING FROM SCRATCH, WOULD I BUY THIS?
    6. BE LIKE A POSTAGE STAMP - STICK TO ONE THING UNTIL YOU GET THERE

    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

    MrsSD
    60/2019
    • wort
    • By wort 12th Jan 19, 7:56 AM
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    wort
    I imagine Sunday socks are (holy ) holey!
    Focus on contribution instead of the impressiveness of consumption to see the true beauty in people.
    • beenthere_donethat
    • By beenthere_donethat 12th Jan 19, 8:12 AM
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    beenthere_donethat
    Chronic back pain has halted the decluttering for the last two days so I haven't finished the underbed drawers yet. Will hopefully sort another one today.

    Well done to everyone on your progress. It's encouraging to read how everyone is getting on
    If you don’t follow your heart, you might spend the rest of your life wishing you had.
    • bargainhunterss
    • By bargainhunterss 12th Jan 19, 8:39 AM
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    bargainhunterss
    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 earned..to buy things they don't want..to 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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    ScarletRibbons
    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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    stellata
    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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    Hermia
    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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    nannywindow
    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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    cherie1122
    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.

    Thanks

    • ScarletRibbons
    • By ScarletRibbons 12th Jan 19, 5:14 PM
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    ScarletRibbons
    Thanks Hermia, I'll try local selling groups xx
    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 12th Jan 19, 5:23 PM
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    Mrs Salad Dodger
    1. SMALL TASKS WILL BE DONE ASAP
    2. I WILL LEAVE A ROOM TIDIER THAN WHEN I ENTERED
    3. KITCHEN WILL BE LEFT CLEAN & TIDY EVERY NIGHT
    4. WHEN DEALING WITH CLUTTER I WILL USE ‘Daisy1571’s idea of ‘WHAT WOULD I DO WITH THIS ITEM IF IT WAS SOMEONE ELSE’S ?’
    5. IF I WAS STARTING FROM SCRATCH, WOULD I BUY THIS?
    6. BE LIKE A POSTAGE STAMP - STICK TO ONE THING UNTIL YOU GET THERE

    Saturday - DH has been busy repairing the bath panel & will be painting & re-attaching over the weekend. I revisited the plastic takeaway boxes & lids - have binned a few more bits + am Kondoing the holiday washbags.

    61 - 66 One plastic box, 4 plastic lids, small bag of washbag detritus - Binned
    67 Small amount of card packaging - recycled
    68 - 72 One empty tin containing 2 kitchen knives cut into pieces, 5l cider tin emptied (cider had gone off ), old metal shower hose - All for Tip

    Still very slow & steady but items still going out

    My cheerleading starts here

    bt_dt, please take care of your back you can look, plan & list but no decluttering

    bargainhunterss, keep up the good work but no money decluttering

    stellata, welcome back & sorry that 2018 was not a good year Hopefully 2019 will be a productive & Happy year for you You have made an excellent start & I love the idea of a visitor admiring something & being persuaded to take it home with them

    Hermia, excellent information re selling & thank you for sharing

    nannywindows, sorry about the hip but I see the ‘decluttering bug’ has taken hold & you are ‘scanning & planning’ Perhaps you can persuade him that if the guarantee has run out then there is absolutely no point in keeping the box

    cherie1122 & a big welcome to the ‘Decluttering Bandwagon’. We love new posters & we are all here to encourage & cheer each other on

    Declutterers United in our Mission

    See you tomorrow

    MrsSD
    72/2019
    • short_bird
    • By short_bird 12th Jan 19, 5:30 PM
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    short_bird
    10 books, 2 DVD's and 1 CD out to a charity shop.
    7 items sorted for the next charity shop bag, 5 items of clothing, 1 mug and a stocking filler...

    Mrs Salad Dodger: the Blu ray sales money has gone towards a trip to London in 2 weeks

    Total 17 out and 7 pending.
    Cancel the kitchen scraps for lepers and orphans, no more merciful beheadings, and call off Christmas.
    • never too old
    • By never too old 12th Jan 19, 5:31 PM
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    never too old
    Evening all.
    Bin liner full of clothes taken to the charity shop today . Got the steps out to look on the shelf above my wardrobe and found 4 boxed dolls which I had obviously got with the intention of giving as presents a few years ago. My son has taken them for my granddaughter .sold a number of items on Facebook do this is helping me on 2 challenges...
    Obviously still have far too much clutter in doors as I’m not seeing any difference yet in doors.
    Found a photo frame in my wardrobe so I’m going to put it up on the wall with its friends even though it hasn’t got a photo in it yet ....
    Really wish Olio and Freecycle would become more popular in my area as that would help me big time .
    Enjoy the rest of the weekend
    £2019 in 2019 challenge no 18
    1% challenge no 70
    2019 Frugal Living Challenge

    £363.88/£2019
    0%/100%
    • nannywindow
    • By nannywindow 12th Jan 19, 6:15 PM
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    nannywindow
    MrsSD two more boxes gone Pleaded that I was too ill to put it out in the recycling and got him to do it himself . I wonder how long I can keep this up .

    OL you are not thick missus !
    Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, but this time more intelligently
    • Ginmonster
    • By Ginmonster 12th Jan 19, 6:21 PM
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    Ginmonster
    Nothing out the door today but I have managed to sort out a big pile of the 6 year old's outgrown clothes in the loft to give to my neighbour for her son. I made another pile for the charity shop as well. There's still loads up there that needs sorting but that's for another day. I'm currently decluttering a bottle of lovely beer that we brought back from our holiday in Scotland in the summer so it does need using up!
    • Ladykernow
    • By Ladykernow 12th Jan 19, 6:25 PM
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    Ladykernow
    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.

    Thanks
    Originally posted by cherie1122
    I've started a little pile so that I can see how much i've collected up and then take it to the charity shop. Try bits at a time if you find it too overwhelming. Good luck!
    • Flugelhorn
    • By Flugelhorn 12th Jan 19, 7:12 PM
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    Flugelhorn
    Hurray DS and I took the Xmas tree down so that went out the front door and is on the lawn - will get it to the tip next week!

    I know it is beyond 12th night but we never do stick to that, usually allow a few more days
    • White_musk
    • By White_musk 12th Jan 19, 8:10 PM
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    White_musk
    I'm in!

    I've been off the forum for quite a long time and moved house a year ago. During the last year I've binned so much stuff due to downsizing, it's shameful the amount of 'stuff' I had. I'm just about at the end of major home remodelling and living out of bags and boxes - yay!

    As things are put back I plan on yet more clearing. I've learned that I really can manage with so much less than I currently have, so....

    2019 - here we come.
    God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, wisdom to know the difference.
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