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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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    • White_musk
    • By White_musk 10th Feb 19, 10:37 PM
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    White_musk
    ailz95 My condolences too. I lost my mum in 2016, never easy.

    Nowt done here except a load of washing which is still in the machine. I have to go out in the morning, so tomorrow afternoon is a major house work day. DGD found some polystyrene so my carpet is covered in 'snow'.

    Oh, I did declutter an old dustpan and brush into the overflowing wheelie bin.
    Feb 2019 GC £151.53/£300

    God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, wisdom to know the difference.
    • choille
    • By choille 10th Feb 19, 10:40 PM
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    choille
    More recycling done & a few things listed on ebay. Sold an old item so that is good. Slowly does it for me. I must get a wiggle on this week though.
    • IrishRose12
    • By IrishRose12 10th Feb 19, 10:57 PM
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    IrishRose12
    My ebay is all on BIN with no offers. I price things attractively and people can take it or leave it. Facebook groups are good for selling stuff especially as you are not paying ebay fees. Facebook marketplace/local groups can be full of timewasters and people wanting things for nothing IME.
    Originally posted by Hermia
    I did have a lot of items on BINZ and at really low prices but just got loads of "watchers" for the 30 days and no buyers. I really miss the option to have BIN for a few days only instead of the until it's sold option.


    IrishRose I have phases of the bay of e as people can be really cheeky and just want something for nothing but then u can get some really nice people on there aswell.
    Originally posted by Happy Kitties
    After this lot of items end I think I'll give myself a break from it.
    So far this evening I've had people question why postage is £3.95 ermmmm that's the price of 2nd class recorded postage love....... asking will I separate the items ..... ummm no dear, if I wanted to do that I wouldn't have listed them together in the 1st place, and one person who seems to think I'm buttoned up the back as they want me to post to some foreign country via a different courier! Erm no mate, I'll let the item sit in the corner for another year thanks very much

    Good news is 2 items have bids on them so hopefully they'll be gone soon.

    My mum died on Tuesday :
    Originally posted by ailz95

    Ailz so sorry to hear about your mum. Thoughts prayers are being sent your way xx



    So the attic didn't get a look on today. After dinner I had a lie down........... and didnt surface again till 7pm obviously needed that nap more than a declutter
    After washing up I've used up the remains of the cooked chicken and made a pasta bake for lunch tomorrow and have frozen the rest for later needs.
    I did pit up a few solar lights I'd bought and didnt get round to using, do that's another thing ticked of my list, also replaced batteries in the various items around the house that had run out of power, and also sewed my work t-shirt that has been torn and sat unused for a few months now, so all In all I haven't done too bad lol.
    Pay all debt off by Christmas 2019 #57 £250/£3,500
    £1 a day challenge 2019 #2 - £51/ £365

    The 365 Day Penny Challenge #2 - £100/£650

    2019 bag a day declutter challenge - 51/365
    Book challenge 7/20
    • Gem-gem
    • By Gem-gem 10th Feb 19, 11:39 PM
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    Gem-gem
    33. Signed up to Music Magpie today - £17.80 worth of books and DVDs will be winding its way to them tomorrow - with a recycled box and packaging paper.
    34. Handbag placed into the spare room - ready to be boot faired or sold via other means.
    35. Made more cards today - unused but either placed into the paper bin or general bin. Also binned an old glitter tube.
    36. Wrapped up a friend's present in a delivery box and recycled tissue paper. Material Ribbon placed round. If she won't reuse the ribbon, I'll ask for it ack. (Buying material ribbon instead of plastic curling ribbon as it can be reused.
    37. Shredded unwanted mail

    Now going back to read all of today's posts.
    £2 Savers Club 2019 no. 1
    Save £12k in 2019 no.82 £50
    2019 - A clutter free life (40)
    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 11th Feb 19, 3:17 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

    Apologies, I have been very remiss - not posted for a few days. Friday my F*tb*t was not happy with me as I only managed 3 out of 6 goals I blame the weather damp, drizzly cold day However made the F*tb*t happy Saturday & Sunday Friday DH & I finished our curries & DSis had egg & chips. Saturday’s dinner was sausages, mash, plum tomatoes & fried onions- los have been put into a pan as a start for hm soup. Sunday’s dinner was Somerset chicken from freezer, boiled potatoes & mixed veg - DSis barely touched hers & when I told her she was having for dinner tomorrow night she got in a huff

    Have decluttered

    247 - 249 Three cardboard delivery boxes dismantled & recycled
    250 Packaging air bags popped (very therapeutic ) & recycled

    Cheerleading will be split over a couple of posts as I have 5 pages to go through So here goes by name

    MadamMim, sooo Sorry about DS2 Decluttering sounds like a good idea . Fingers crossed that your body starts to cooperate & you can have a ‘rage declutter’ Glad that bit by bit wrote that lovely post & that you are calmer Pancakes - yummy 🤤 especially as made by someone else I do like the idea of a ‘Nest of Doom’

    chupachups4, ooh that is a big target but I have every faith in you . Well done on the very quick sales - may all your listings be that quick More sales & waking up to sales - must set you up for the day That is a lot of listings - fingers crossed that you have numerous sales

    Wanna Bee Free, Well Done on decluttering a large bag of books & I fully agree that the default should be ‘keep if unsure’ I trust your OH was successful

    villagelife, Well Done on your decluttering I must admit I don’t get quite the joy of looking at digital photos as I do when handling photos or flicking through photo albums but digital photos do save space Through the 200 barrier - Well Done That is a lot of stuff out before 9:00 a.m. I am lucky if I see that time of the day Please do not get too downhearted with all the extra clutter - perhaps you can persuade your 2 DS’s that decluttering is a hobby

    whmf00001, Well Done on the decluttering & Nice to have happy memories of childhood card games

    givememoney & GreenQueen, Thank you both for making me laugh 🤭

    Happy Kitties, anything out is a bonus Well Done on continuing to ‘out’ the clutter Demanding cat - who would have thought does the cat have its own FB page Four parcels to send - you don’t do things by halves do you

    Wednesday2000, you are doing really well & being very generous Glad you have got rid of the ‘nasty’ paperwork

    aimeemum, that is a major success getting DH to clear ‘your’ kitchen table ‘One in, One out’ definitely stops clutter building up Good luck with the plan I only fold for 2 so quite like the MK folding but never quite got my head around sparks joy especially with things like can openers

    Fire Fox, your procrastinating post did make me laugh Wow excellent decluttering - see procrastination works

    I have to go now - my battery power is in the red I will catch up with the rest of my cheerleading tomorrow

    MrsSD
    250/2019
    • somerandom
    • By somerandom 11th Feb 19, 8:34 AM
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    somerandom
    Sorry for your loss @ailz95
    A Clutter Free Life 2019
    • GreenQueen
    • By GreenQueen 11th Feb 19, 9:35 AM
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    GreenQueen
    ailz95, sorry to hear of your loss.

    I'm still in that weird time between my dad dying and the funeral, so I can sympathise. In some ways it's easier on yourself if you can keep busy with practical things. It's funny the small, seemingly insignificant things that trigger memories.

    It's been a bad time - I have two other friends in RL who have lost parents in the last couple of weeks, suppose it comes from being "a certain age".
    A Clutter Free Life - 2019 in 2019 - 124/2019
    Boost your income (34) - £2019 in 2019
    • aimeemum
    • By aimeemum 11th Feb 19, 9:37 AM
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    aimeemum
    MrsSD - it is MY kitchen table. No-one else loves it in the same way I do!!

    Sorry to hear about your Mum ailz95 xx
    SAHM to 3 boys ~ History writer, reader and blogger.
    DFBX19 #148 - 21/2//2019 - £1,039/£4,782 22% gone ---- Earn £2019 in 2019 #152 £60.47/£2019
    • GreenQueen
    • By GreenQueen 11th Feb 19, 9:43 AM
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    GreenQueen
    Got back on the decluttering wagon this weekend, by sorting out the spice jars and the coat rack - two fairly defined areas that weren't likely to "creep".

    Got rid of 12(!) out of date/virtually empty jars/packets of herbs and spices, and found all sorts of detritus in coat pockets - old shopping receipts, manky tissues, gloves that have been repatriated, etc.

    107-118 herb/spice containers recycled/binned
    119 bag of rubbish from coat pockets
    120-122 coats to CS
    A Clutter Free Life - 2019 in 2019 - 124/2019
    Boost your income (34) - £2019 in 2019
    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 11th Feb 19, 10:29 AM
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    Mrs Salad Dodger
    Good morning - 2nd chapter of cheerleading

    bit by bit, Thank you for sharing & letting MadamMim know that there is hope of a favourable outcome

    Barny1979, more carpet is the house starting to echo Well Done on getting rid of a fitted wardrobe Do you have to produce your id when you visit your Tip? or do they just wave you in . Is the non-holey sock still lurking Wallpaper stripped & tree pruning definitely counts as decluttering - unless you are keeping the wallpaper & tree cuttings for Justin

    Gem-gem, Well Done on decluttering items & earning lots of pennies from your books . More pennies and sounds like you are making a big dent in your card crafting stash .

    pixielottie, sounds like you are back on track shame about the lost post decluttering a face mask to the boyfriend sounds cheaper & quicker than decluttering the boyfriend for a new one Welldone on starting on the ‘Desk of Doom’ Hope you had a nice evening & your decluttering batteries are now recharged

    Cherryfudge, Well Done on the decluttering Perhaps I should take a leaf out of your book & declutter rather than read about decluttering

    Downshifterella, Well Done on keeping up the decluttering momentum Do you derive a sense of satisfaction when you wash items for the CS? Or is that just my quirk . I think hubbies areconditioned to ignore clutter probably because their mums & now their better halves have always tidied up after them

    White_musk, you forgot to add ONE to your numbers - you have decluttered your ‘shame’ Your bedroom sounds wonderful The personal touches are always the task that makes you feel as if you have completed a major declutter Please savour the feeling of a job well Done
    Oh the satisfaction of filling bins & then comes the annoyance of finding more stuff that has to hang around until the bin is emptied Hope the picture hanging can resume quickly
    Well said White_musk Decluttering is definitely an individual task - the one thing we all have in common is that we want to declutter Just really nice that we can share our methods & tailor our decluttering to our characters Maybe you ‘decluttered the ironing’? so no need for an iron Glad that you are rewarding yourself with some family time - you deserve it . Well done on finding just a few more inches of space in the wheeli bin

    I am off now to have a bath as DH & I have a lunch date with his niece - the one who wined & dined us at Portcullis House a few weeks ago

    This is the perfect time to stop my cheerleading as I now only have 3 pages to go

    MrsSD
    250/2019
    • aimeemum
    • By aimeemum 11th Feb 19, 10:37 AM
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    aimeemum
    Sorted my 'clutter box' - it's the box in my bedroom where everything without a home ends up. 2 outgrown christmas jumpers, a bag of old work uniform that hubby no longer needs (has to be taken to the tip as it's all logo'd) and a number of cuddly toys the kids have 'donated' to my car boot pile are all now where they need to be. What should I do next?

    Oh and while looking for a piece of paper I emptied a big file of papers - all of it was so old it was from before we moved house (nearly 4 year years ago) and was all things like school letters from when my eldest was in YrR (he's now in Yr4!) - I think I am ok to let it all go! ......I didn't find the paperwork I was looking for though.
    SAHM to 3 boys ~ History writer, reader and blogger.
    DFBX19 #148 - 21/2//2019 - £1,039/£4,782 22% gone ---- Earn £2019 in 2019 #152 £60.47/£2019
    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 11th Feb 19, 10:39 AM
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    Mrs Salad Dodger
    Beshki, just a quick post - I get my DH to take them to the Tip to dispose of - Apparently there is a specialist metals bin there. He has taken to hack sawing them into pieces as well.

    Hope that helps

    MrsSD
    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 11th Feb 19, 11:32 AM
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    Happy Kitties
    Ailz sorry to hear about ur mum Sending hugs

    3 out of 4 parcels posted, one exploded and was overweight so it has been brought home for dissection ready to send tomorrow. On a good note

    *114 birthday present finally sent
    *115 alot of packaging used up with the parcels
    *116 cat blanket
    *117 -118 cuddly toysx2
    *119 some spare medical bits that the cat decided to drag under the wardrobe. Stuck my hand under, was
    met by a paw. Managed to get items out and sorted into a new bag DD got for Christmas that she
    didnt want so I have topped it up.The plastic bag the items were in was slashed to pieces-now in
    recycling

    neutral items sent = 8
    Spare room looking less cluttered.
    My room beginning to look tidy again.

    A couple more parcels out and spare room will look much better.
    Getting there slowly
    Last edited by Happy Kitties; 11-02-2019 at 1:59 PM. Reason: Addition to list
    2017 birthday savings shopping frugally = 481.15:money. 2018 birthday savings so far=360.66
    • parsniphead
    • By parsniphead 11th Feb 19, 11:34 AM
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    parsniphead
    Sorry for your loss aliz95.

    Mrs Salad Dodger, I love a warmed up dinner so if your Dsis doesn't want it I'll declutter it for you.

    I've barely scratched the surface of the front room and after another night of insomnia I'm feeling too pooped to bother today. I will start again on Wednesday or maybe a bit tonight if I can be asked.

    I'm still happy with my bedroom. It's so comforting and so easy to clean. I can't wait until the whole house is like it.
    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 %
    • chupachups4
    • By chupachups4 11th Feb 19, 11:48 AM
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    chupachups4
    Hello,

    185-194: 10 items sold, 84 euros in the travel pot. 9 of these were sewing patterns and 1 filofax, difficult for me to part with. But they need to go….
    Travel saving pot: 2970€/12000€
    declutter: 379/2019
    52 weeks challenge: 258 euros/1378 euros
    sales: jan: 306euros/300 euros; feb: 507 euros/300euros
    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 11th Feb 19, 12:29 PM
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    Mrs Salad Dodger
    Third cheerleading session as I am out of the bath - at last

    tboo, great bit of decluttering - shelves that have outlived their intended purpose usually end up as clutter hotspots in our house Now why didn’t I think of taking them down Looks like you have been decluttering drawers & wardrobes Yourcs bag must be almost full - Well Done

    nannywindows, I am soooo impressed You have had a mahoosive declutter of photographs - Well Done I agree though that there is only so much time that you can spend with photos but it drives you to distraction I am also impressed with 2 cs bags filled & ready for collection . Nice to reward yourself with something you enjoy - try not to declutter all the moisture in your skin

    somerandom, you have been busy - Well Done Some lovely items off to the cs Shame about the sausages I think now we are in February the donations from the blitz declutterers willhave slowed down & now us serious declutterers come into our own Decluttering is not just for Christmas

    stellata, oh the satisfaction of decluttering items that have been hanging around for years - Well Done Shame you aren’t weighing - China weighs a ton

    Onebrokelady, Well Done on the decluttering - especially the fridge magnets I have a collection of fridge magnets - mementos of holidays & places visited - which are currently in a box as when I had the kitchen done I had the fridge/freezer boxed in kitchen looks great but now have nowhere for the magnets Hmm - Project for DH I think make me a nice frame or two to display my fridge magnets . Wow, just wow 😲 sounds like you have had a complete change of mindset and you sound so happy & stress free & even appear to enjoy cleaning I love it - the MK book as a sleep aid - probably earned its cost by that alone

    Hermia, You should count the slippers as ‘two’ as you have decluttered future fluff Well Done on bringing some pennies in . “Decluttering is interesting” - now THAT speaks to me I have never looked at it like that Thank you

    notmy1sttime, Well Done on the make up decluttering I had a period of time when I was into nail varnishes etc - so you have inspired me to declutter all the associated paraphernalia (as I can no longer be bothered as it is too time consuming & never looks as good as I would like - Thank You

    Well Done ScarletRibbons & really Well Done on not undoing the work done on your dgd’s room her mum must be sooo happy

    Only two pages worth of cheerleading left I am off to get dressed & will return later for round 4

    MrsSD
    250/2019
    • Fire Fox
    • By Fire Fox 11th Feb 19, 12:54 PM
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    Fire Fox
    Yesterday I cracked on with the procrastination, and cleaned six windows.

    One massive cardboard box and its paper packaging crammed into the communal recycling bins. One rug laundered: not being decluttered but instead repurposed to patch the hall (part lumpy concrete, part flood-damaged carpet).

    This morning I recycled another four heavy bagfuls of paperwork. Some of which were survivors of 'The Great War on Possessions of 2006'.

    Magazines from 2004, bank statements from 2001!
    Newbie declutterbug. Trainee Rosie the Riveter.
    • Deni debt-free dreamer
    • By Deni debt-free dreamer 11th Feb 19, 12:59 PM
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    Deni debt-free dreamer
    Hi all, i've had a very productive weekend as finally managed to tackle under my breakfast bar - i had 2 large plastic tubs that mostly contained paperwork - now shredded or recycled; a lever arch file of old recipes - recycled and file binned; half empty bottles of tonic - emptied and recycled; some cook books and notebooks (unused) - all in the charity bag; other random rubbish now binned. i can now get my bar stool out the garage and we can actually sit at the breakfast bar!! This is brilliant for me as i said at the beginning i want to get my bedroom in order to make it calm and peaceful; i often sit in bed with my laptop doing my self employment work. So now i can at least re-claim my bedroom as a non work space! Thanks everyone for your inspiring efforts and sending hugs to those who need them. Love Deni xx
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    • White_musk
    • By White_musk 11th Feb 19, 1:16 PM
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    White_musk
    Decluttered some polystyrene 'snow' into the vacuum. Nothing else will be done today. I have a few more things to sort through but my biggest problem is a full bin. There is no point in sorting through the last bits until I have a bin for anything that needs binning. Will do them Wednesday when I will have an empty bin. I already have a big box of green bin rubbish, so next time the bin is empty it's going to be overflowing again.

    Shows I'm getting through it I suppose.

    Enjoy the rest of your day.
    Feb 2019 GC £151.53/£300

    God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, wisdom to know the difference.
    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 11th Feb 19, 1:52 PM
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    Mrs Salad Dodger
    All ready to go, apart from putting shoes on. DH has made me a coffee & I am sitting here getting started on Round 4 of cheerleading

    bunty109, bringing items in which are to serve a specific purpose is NOT recluttering How on Earth you fit in all that decluttering when working as well is beyond me Your weekends must be exhausting re your son’s room - a bit of bribery perhaps

    parsniphead, if ever there was a reason to declutter ruthlessly - a leaking roof & guttering ranks VERY HIGH Will DH be helping with the actual decluttering or just the heavy lifting & disposal? I have complete faith in you but if you feel yourself flagging, just make yourself a cuppa, read this thread for encouragement & feel free to declutter negative feelings I am looking forward to raising a glass to celebrate your success It is a very nice dinner just needs vegetables Sorry you have had a sleepless night - maybe read MK book like onebrokelady The thing is you have one excellent & successful declutter under your belt so you KNOW you can do it. Maybe just take a bin bag or carrier bag into the front room & just fill it with rubbish - do not worry about tidying or moving stuff If you do this a few times then move onto recycling bags you WILL start to notice a difference Please do not get disheartened You are a SUCCESSFUL DECLUTTERER

    Sa1sysoo, look at that through the 50 barrier, and the 100 & sailed past the 200 barrier Well Done Maybe come on the thread every couple of weeks to keep your enthusiasm topped up & earn some well deserved praise from your fellow declutterers

    Phoebe1989SEB, Well Done on NOT decluttering sorting wheat from chaff - I like it & earning a few pennies at the same time

    IrishRose12, grrr our world seems to be a ruder place nowadays & trying to teach you how to e*ay is just plain insulting However, to the lady who offered you more - she was rewarded & you were rewarded with a return of happy feelings & a bit of decluttering Well Done . Good luck in the attic Looking forward to reading your weekly posts . I think you were probably more productive with a nap & completing various tasks off your ‘To Do’ list than going up into the attic After all out of sight out of mind

    leelad, how very brave of you - carbooting in cold weather Well Done on what you managed to declutter & glad you enjoyed your pub lunch

    Off to lunch now - so will be back later to continue my cheerleading That will teach me not to leave it so long

    MrsSD
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