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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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    • Happy One
    • By Happy One 28th Dec 18, 3:10 PM
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    Happy One
    Oh I do love this thread, haven’t posted for a while, but this thread so appeals to me. I’m just sinking under my clutter, can’t even find some of the things that I had bought for Christmas gifts so have had to go out this morning to buy more, luckily only small stocking filler type things for two people and also lucky that I’m not seeing these friends till Sunday!
    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 28th Dec 18, 4:16 PM
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    Mrs Salad Dodger
    I'd like to join you, please? I have sat paralysed for the last two years overwhelmed with life. I really need to declutter my small bedroom, it is rammed with rubbish. Each time I go up there I get so overwhelmed and just shut the door. I really think it will help me to clear my mind and get me motivated for life again. I don't have a strategy yet, but am hoping to get some tips from you all to get me started. Happy New Year everybody.
    Originally posted by Graciefields
    Graciefields, do you sing Joking aside, re your bedroom - may I make a suggestion - if you go in with a small carrier bag & just pick up bits & pieces that are to be binned. When the bag is full, close the door, empty the bag into your main bin & forget the room. Continue doing this until there is no more rubbish. My own approach would be not to start any sorting until all the rubbish had gone. Next stage would be to use your small bag to collect items that do not belong in your bedroom & relocate them to where they belong. Hopefully you will begin to notice a difference

    I am sending you lots of decluttering mojo & I will try to be your chief cheerleader

    MrsSD
    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 28th Dec 18, 4:33 PM
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    Mrs Salad Dodger
    Oh I do love this thread, haven’t posted for a while, but this thread so appeals to me. I’m just sinking under my clutter, can’t even find some of the things that I had bought for Christmas gifts so have had to go out this morning to buy more, luckily only small stocking filler type things for two people and also lucky that I’m not seeing these friends till Sunday!
    Originally posted by Happy One
    Happy One what a wonderful name made me smile Perhaps getting a head start on next year, find a drawer that you can empty & designate it as “Christmas Present Drawer” - then each time you find a ‘walkabout’ gift you can relocate it You never know you may find enough errant gifts to save money next Christmas

    Good luck

    MrsSD
    • notmy1sttime
    • By notmy1sttime 28th Dec 18, 4:38 PM
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    notmy1sttime
    Hi Guys,
    I read through the 2018 thread last night (well - the last few weeks worth of it!) and I need to majorly declutter (OH is a hoarder!)
    I recently became debt free, I am changing my ways and decluttering and being conscious of what is coming into the house is one way to keep my mental health on track as well as money too.
    I would like to join for 2019, I am not going to count the objects or anything but will report weekly and have identified the following:
    - prevent clutter coming into the house in the first place
    - buy some re-chargeable batteries (MS and prevents dead batteries from going to the recycling as I have just taken a bagful)
    - tackle a different area each week, e.g. under stairs cupboard, wardrobe, that drawer in kitchen. Who knows, maybe I might even get round to doing the car!

    I made a start today as I sold an item on fb marketplace, the lady also wanted a couple of items I had that were going to the charity shop.
    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 28th Dec 18, 4:55 PM
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    Mrs Salad Dodger
    Welcome aboard the “declutter bandwagon”, notmy1sttime

    You have a plan which I quite often think is half the battle Is your OH a hoarder or a collector You never know if he sees how happy you are with less clutter he might be inspired to join you I am ever the optimist

    Really looking forward to reading about your successes

    MrsSD
    • IrishRose12
    • By IrishRose12 28th Dec 18, 5:22 PM
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    IrishRose12
    1 black bag filled with clothes and other bits and pieces from my room today alone. Granted a lot of the bits and pieces were gifts from children and parents in work, and I really do appreciate the thought, but I can only use so many mugs, keyrings and candles.
    I very rarely burn candles, only use one keyring on my keys and have way too many mugs in the cupboard as it is. Infact I'll be attacking that cupboard this weekend along with the glass cupboard lol.
    I have sensitive skin so can only use certain soap sets, so a lot if those will be given to family and I've also a bag sitting in the corner to add some to for the local food bank.
    The bottles of wine I received also from some parents have already been given to my cousins and sister. I don't drink so no point in keeping them here to e thrown out laterin the year.

    Not bad for only being 5.30 in the evening. Will have a look through my drawers later on and see others anything there to go out.
    Pay all debt off by Christmas 2019 #57 £60/£3,500
    £1 a day challenge 2019 #2 - £7/ £365

    The 365 Day Penny Challenge #2 - £10.98/£650

    2019 bag a day declutter challenge - 7/365
    Book challenge 0/20
    • Purple kitten
    • By Purple kitten 28th Dec 18, 5:58 PM
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    Purple kitten
    I'd like to join in to please. We are clutter bugs we have tried through 2018 but inherited my DF's things. We have carried on trying things to CS's moved on or binned where needed. I don't think I'll count but would like to keep up momentum and get our spare bedroom back.
    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 28th Dec 18, 6:21 PM
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    Mrs Salad Dodger
    IrishRose, you have been busy

    BTDT, very well done

    Purple kitten, welcome to our merry band . Sorry about DF.
    Having a specific goal is a major plus on the decluttering journey

    Thanks to all you wonderful posters, I am gradually rebuilding my enthusiasm for decluttering

    MrsSD
    • Guineapigsqueaks
    • By Guineapigsqueaks 28th Dec 18, 7:00 PM
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    Guineapigsqueaks
    Evening All
    Sorted my make-up basket. Bought a much needed new foundation and mascara today in No7 3 for 2. So old, nearly exhausted items ousted straight away. I could do with a small eyeshadow palette, will keep an eye out, haha. I'm frugal with make-up, only have one of everything on the go, perhaps a spare in stock if it was on offer.
    I'm forcing myself to declutter the oven of quite a lot of grease and grime this evening, been on my to do list for longer than it should have been.
    Resisting the urge to take all the Christmas decs down.
    Guineapigsqueaks x


    Keep Smiling
    • Happy One
    • By Happy One 28th Dec 18, 7:03 PM
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    Happy One
    Glad I made you smile Mrs SD life’s too short to frown and I never complain about the weather! You are so right about clearing out a drawer and getting a bit organised, at least I would know what I’ve got in store, some times if I buy too many stocking filler gifts I use them up for birthdays during the year so need to be able to find them easily.
    • Gem-gem
    • By Gem-gem 28th Dec 18, 8:57 PM
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    Gem-gem
    And I am off...
    1. Iron that stopped working today;
    2. Went through glasses cupboard - binned chipped glass and put eight pint glasses up into the loft (ready to replace one of the six still in the cupboard if they get broken - this is how I get my hubby to declutter!)
    3. Went through the mug shelf - discarded two chipped mugs.
    4. Hair products - used up two hair dyes today.
    5. Make-up bag - discarded nine items including two lips sticks, which only had a few mm left and a mascara.
    6. Filed and shredded paperwork in my accounts folder.
    7. Used up 2 x chemical bottles. Cleaned and binned.
    Last edited by Gem-gem; 28-12-2018 at 9:00 PM.
    £2 Savers Club 2019 no. 1
    Save £12k in 2019 no.82 £50
    2019 - A clutter free life (24)
    • funfairprincess
    • By funfairprincess 28th Dec 18, 8:59 PM
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    funfairprincess
    Can join please?
    I aim to Declutter this house and get my spare room back!
    I'm not a muggle...I'm just magically challenged
    £2 Savers club 2019 20p Savers Club 2019
    GC January £90.02/£300 BLTW Jan 9/22
    Pay all your debts by Christmas 2019 #20 paid £100
    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 28th Dec 18, 9:27 PM
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    Mrs Salad Dodger
    Well done Gem-gem

    funfairprincess, welcome to the world of decluttering
    • Aaleigha
    • By Aaleigha 28th Dec 18, 10:45 PM
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    Aaleigha
    Packed another box for moving today
    4 board games, 3 jigsaws and five unwanted gifts all in the boot of the car to go charity shop tomorrow
    Total 12 items
    SEALED POT CHALLENGE # 100
    pot 1 (unknown starting amount) £14 Pot 2 £8.50
    total £22.50
    EMERGENCY FUND
    £40/1000 plus some in my bank £138 total 178/1000
    DECLUTTER. 183/2019
    • mummyjane
    • By mummyjane 28th Dec 18, 11:31 PM
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    mummyjane
    I'm in too this year please 😀. I've been a lurker on and off for the past year or so and really need to focus on becoming clutter free this year.
    Groceries Challenge 2019
    Jan £334.44/£400, 6/10 NSDs
    • DD265
    • By DD265 29th Dec 18, 12:16 AM
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    DD265
    I'd like to join as well please.

    We're moving house so have made a good start, but I know there'll be more to do as we start packing and subsequently unpack. I'd rather not have to fill our house with storage furniture if we can help it!
    • Cheapskate
    • By Cheapskate 29th Dec 18, 12:37 AM
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    Cheapskate
    I'm in, too, please - got to get a grip on the chaos in this house once and for all!!

    I quite fancy the 2019 things out the door in 2019, although I strongly suspect I could double that without much effort!

    I'm away this weekend, so will organise myself to start on New Year's Day, after our family walk.

    Thanks for starting this thread, MrsSD, it's come at just the right time for me.

    A xo
    Jan GC £61.89/£300
    Decluttering 109/2019 items this year
    • Lily54
    • By Lily54 29th Dec 18, 7:47 AM
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    Lily54
    I would love to join you please. Aiming for at least one bag/one item per day but hopefully more. Not getting any younger and now is the time to get our act together! Good luck everyone.
    • Flugelhorn
    • By Flugelhorn 29th Dec 18, 9:19 AM
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    Flugelhorn
    Didn't actually throw much away yesterday but started sorting enormous pile of family photos (some of mine, some of mothers and some I had completely forgotten about in drawer under the bed) , lots of duplicates which will go and then we will select the best to keep.

    PS agree with poster above, not getting any younger and this is the time to do it! First pension arriving Monday
    Last edited by Flugelhorn; 29-12-2018 at 9:23 AM.
    • Bozwood
    • By Bozwood 29th Dec 18, 11:17 AM
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    Bozwood
    I am going to join I need to get on top off the clutter in this house we have far to much stuff. I am going to have a go at the bedrooms today mine and dd I want to get on top of it and then put in to practice one thing in one thing out I am not going to keep count but I could get rid of tons
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