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    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 15th Jan 18, 1:45 PM
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    KonMari 2018 & 2019 - The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up
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    • 15th Jan 18, 1:45 PM
    KonMari 2018 & 2019 - The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up 15th Jan 18 at 1:45 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 9:32 AM. Reason: Add in list from 2016 of places to dispose of unwanted items, thanks for locating them greent
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    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 7th Feb 19, 10:22 AM
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    Spoke to the mothership on the phone within the hour and she has found a fitted bottom sheet which turns out not to fit either of the two double mattresses in her home - they have both been replaced in recent years and are deeper than their precessors. And the third bed is a single. That will be heading chazzerwards to give someone else the opportunity to get the benefit.
    Originally posted by GreyQueen

    I found a mattress cover in a box that came down from the loft recently, it's not a very nice one (Ikea) and has elastic straps at the corners. It's been sat in my rags recycling pile, but I've just realised that we may need something to cover the airbed at our other house shortly. Tenant will be leaving soon and we're not going to rent it out again as we're going to try and sell current home soon to move to that one. We've slept on the airbed before and it's very cold without something between the sheet and the mattress, this will do fine. That would have been a Kondo fail...... phew.
    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 7th Feb 19, 1:20 PM
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    I just had the last of the L1pton tea, hurray! Now for a few days with good tea, and then I will see what else needs using up.

    To the attic: 3 long sleeves, 2 T-shirts, 3 pairs of socks (all too small for dd2), 1 vest (too small for dd1)
    2019's wi-wa-wombles € 103,14 = £ 89.94
    Wombling to wealth 2018 € 972,97 = £ 879.54
    Still a womble 2017 #25 € 7116,68 = £ 6309.50
    Wombling Free 2016 #2 € 3.483,31 = £ 2,969.05
    • Icey77
    • By Icey77 7th Feb 19, 2:13 PM
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    My kids school asked for outgrown socks and shoes to send to their partner school in Kenya ... well I was happy to take a big bag of socks, plimsolls and shoes straight down.

    I had been hoarding it all ready for the next Bags2School date but this works just as well, its out of my house and the kids in Kenya benefit. I'm happy with that

    2 bags of gubbins to the CS yesterday and a bag of jigsaws will be going into work with DH this week (if he remembers!) to pass on to colleagues with younger kids.

    It's all go at home, I have my eye on a fireguard in the shed. It needs a brush down and then it will go on to FB. I hope it's dry enough this weekend to turf out the small shed which has got at least 2 boxes of tiles left over from before the extension was built. High time they can go too!
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    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 9th Feb 19, 10:37 AM
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    Thursday and Friday I had courgette soup for lunch, from the freezer. This has been in the freezer for at least 18 months, as it was homegrown courgette, and I didn't have any courgettes last year (I had put the plants in the soil and then it got incredibly hot for a long time; the plants just never grew). On Thursday I had the soup 'as is', but on Friday I added 1 ball of weird frozen spinach, 2 small cooked and frozen potatoes, 1 teaspoon of veggie veggie stock bbd 2016. It was really nice and there is more space in my freezer .

    On Wednesday I cleared the shelf over the coat rack, and found two empty boxes for electrical items. I gave them to husband to decide, and he threw them both out; win! One of the boxes was a very sturdy small square box, which I have repurposed as 'new battery container'; winwin! It fits just right on onne of the desk shelves in our home office; winwinwin!

    This morning I cleaned one shelf in my pantry, discovering two bags with African herbs (kinkeliba and bissap (aka dried hibiscus), mainly); a large tin of split pea soup bbd 02 2019; new batteries (huh?). Herbs and soup are now in the kitchen for checking/deciding/using up/eating. Shelf is clean, and only few items are returned.
    2019's wi-wa-wombles € 103,14 = £ 89.94
    Wombling to wealth 2018 € 972,97 = £ 879.54
    Still a womble 2017 #25 € 7116,68 = £ 6309.50
    Wombling Free 2016 #2 € 3.483,31 = £ 2,969.05
    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 9th Feb 19, 1:50 PM
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    Various bits of paperwork going.....slowly! DH bought a pillar drill for the garage and saved the box for me. I did thing Why? & then realised I've some crockery to kondo and it will need a sturdy box to transport to the CS - good boy!!
    Been out in the garden when I can kondoing the dead stalks of plants & generally tidying up. I've found the more you can get done at this time of year really pays dividends later in the season. At least the green bin is full up - very satisfying to get my money's worth
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    • Igamogam
    • By Igamogam 9th Feb 19, 3:07 PM
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    Been out in the garden when I can kondoing the dead stalks of plants & generally tidying up. I've found the more you can get done at this time of year really pays dividends later in the season. At least the green bin is full up - very satisfying to get my money's worth
    Originally posted by silvasava
    Kondoing in the garden here too today - large patch of a lovely but outgrown its welcome geranium, almost dug out and garden waste bin full

    Trip to CS later to day - first proper one this year. I have been accumulating stuff to take and it really needs to go this weekend. I am challenging myself to get rid of 2019 things this year.....not counting individual tiny things like a bag full of felt pens that are all still good ( I tested them all!). I will just keepa running total privately to keep myself amused 5/7 items sold on Eb*y too very pleased with the extra £50 that yielded.
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    • kboss2010
    • By kboss2010 9th Feb 19, 7:47 PM
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    Hi all!

    I’m getting a new kitchen fitted next week so I’ve been ruthless in my kondoing - two more c/s bags donated today with various items from boots to lampshades to kitchen utensils to cat trees!

    When we get the new kitchen, the pans are the next thing to be kondoed - anything that doesn’t work on an induction job is out! Yay! Been looking for an excuse to get rid of inherited pans for ages as we have far too many but OH doesn’t like parting with them!
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    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 10th Feb 19, 9:51 AM
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    After the re-arranging and clearing out of items from 2 of the kitchen cupboards I ventured upstairs and have at last dealt with the OOD items in the first aid box, paracetamol, anti-histamines, ancient and part used bottles and tubes of this and that. A small bag ready to drop into the pharmacy for disposal tomorrow and a bag of clothes and household bits to the CS. Another bag of clothes, costume jewellery and skin care items left at CS in nearby town of Friday.

    Looked through my pile of knitting UFOs and things that did not quite work out, trying to get everything into one place, a snood has been unpicked and started again, hopefully will look and feel better on when I have re-made it differently, also some yarns earmarked for CS or to a friend who is crocheting blankets for animal charity.
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    • a_silver_lining
    • By a_silver_lining 11th Feb 19, 5:26 PM
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    This Jan in addition to the previous 12 bin bags we have just cleared some misc items and have another 1 bin bag worth (actually three smaller bags, one for charity, one for bin and one for So 13 bin bags out of a one bedroom flat.
    Originally posted by a_silver_lining
    Feb update. 1 more bin bag for the charity shop. I'm surprised actually to have found another bags worth.

    Another 3 bin bags for the bin or recycling. This is from the garden and shed. I have more of this to do tomorrow and a run to the dump.

    So at 17! Bin bags worth so far from a one bedroomed flat!

    I also had a bag of bag for life shopping bags and I have neatly folded them Marie Kondo style and put an elastic band round them.... so four will go in my car and four in my partners. They look so small folded!

    Still haven't tackled my cable box or put up the pictures... today I did a deep clean of the flat (hense finding another bags worth for the charity shop) and started on the garden and shed.

    I have piled up the items left 'to do' in the middle of the living room floor. Tonight will be sorting out this pile once I have cleaned the bathroom, then tomorrow the rest of the garden and shed and the dump.
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    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 12th Feb 19, 10:12 AM
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    Well doen, A Silver Lining!

    I made granola from cheap muesli, the last of some gifted honey, and the last of the dried exotic fruit cubes I rescued from work last year. Two nice glass containers empty and ready for a new job: spices, herbs, nuts,.... let's see what presents itself first.
    2019's wi-wa-wombles € 103,14 = £ 89.94
    Wombling to wealth 2018 € 972,97 = £ 879.54
    Still a womble 2017 #25 € 7116,68 = £ 6309.50
    Wombling Free 2016 #2 € 3.483,31 = £ 2,969.05
    • Icey77
    • By Icey77 12th Feb 19, 6:41 PM
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    Well doen, A Silver Lining!

    I made granola from cheap muesli, the last of some gifted honey, and the last of the dried exotic fruit cubes I rescued from work last year. Two nice glass containers empty and ready for a new job: spices, herbs, nuts,.... let's see what presents itself first.
    Originally posted by Siebrie
    Ohhh, how did you make the granola Siebrie?
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    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 12th Feb 19, 7:41 PM
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    Granola:
    Mix some honey with some oil (any oil but olive) (heat up a little bit in the microwave to mix more easily)
    Add several handfuls of cheapest muesli until all muesli is coated. The thicker the coating, the sweeter and clumpier the result will be.
    Bake in single layer in the oven, about 15 minutes on medium heat. Stir halfway through.
    Cool, add raisins and/or nuts. Keeps well for about two weeks.
    Last edited by Siebrie; 12-02-2019 at 8:43 PM.
    2019's wi-wa-wombles € 103,14 = £ 89.94
    Wombling to wealth 2018 € 972,97 = £ 879.54
    Still a womble 2017 #25 € 7116,68 = £ 6309.50
    Wombling Free 2016 #2 € 3.483,31 = £ 2,969.05
    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 12th Feb 19, 9:05 PM
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    Bag of rags to the charity shop along with a couple of books, a water pistol (bought to scare off a cat that was chasing ours) and a pair of my late father's shoes. Didn't know we had the shoes, found them in the bottom of a cupboard when clearing out my OH's office. Plenty of wear in them still, hopefully they'll do somebody a good turn. Thanked them and let them go.
    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 12th Feb 19, 11:26 PM
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    I bought a lovely new teapot from a CS on Monday, but 2 less loved and no longer needed ones put into the CS bag.

    I needed an easy job while having put a face mask on this morning for 15 minutes or so, went through the suitcase of summer clothes and 2 bags now ready for CS, one will go tomorrow, the other in a few weeks when I go to CS I support in a nearby town.
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    • star trek fan
    • By star trek fan 13th Feb 19, 11:55 AM
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    Granola:
    Mix some honey with some oil (any oil but olive) (heat up a little bit in the microwave to mix more easily)
    Add several handfuls of cheapest muesli until all muesli is coated. The thicker the coating, the sweeter and clumpier the result will be.
    Bake in single layer in the oven, about 15 minutes on medium heat. Stir halfway through.
    Cool, add raisins and/or nuts. Keeps well for about two weeks.
    Originally posted by Siebrie
    Thanks for this recipe. Does it work with golden syrup as I haven't any honey but have everything else?
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    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 13th Feb 19, 12:10 PM
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    I haven't tried it with golden syrup, but I would assume it would work. You jus5 need some sweet liquid to stick everything together.
    2019's wi-wa-wombles € 103,14 = £ 89.94
    Wombling to wealth 2018 € 972,97 = £ 879.54
    Still a womble 2017 #25 € 7116,68 = £ 6309.50
    Wombling Free 2016 #2 € 3.483,31 = £ 2,969.05
    • star trek fan
    • By star trek fan 13th Feb 19, 4:29 PM
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    I haven't tried it with golden syrup, but I would assume it would work. You jus5 need some sweet liquid to stick everything together.
    Originally posted by Siebrie
    Will give it a go. I suppose the birds will eat it if it doesn't work.
    #77 Make 2019 in 2019 £70.47 / £2019
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    Weight loss challenge#11 1lb
    • greent
    • By greent 13th Feb 19, 5:40 PM
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    Will give it a go. I suppose the birds will eat it if it doesn't work.
    Originally posted by star trek fan
    Even if it doesn't clump together it sounds like it would be nice on greek yogurt - worst case scenario you could turn it into flapjack/ breakfast bars with butter, a mashed overripe banana and some more syrup!
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    • kboss2010
    • By kboss2010 13th Feb 19, 8:30 PM
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    Right now I’d like to kondo my kitchen designer lol! They’ve made a total hash of providing us with a kitchen we’re getting fitted.
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    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 14th Feb 19, 8:50 AM
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    Oh no Kboss - can it be sorted OK ? It's stressful enough without a 'professional' making C ups
    Is anyone on here getting a bit picky about which charity shops they use? The bigger ones in my area seem to have gone 'upmarket' and the prices have gone the same way. I wonder how much actually reaches the charity. I've just found a new (to me) one that provides breaks for disabled people thereby giving carers a break. Clean, tidy and welcoming with realistic prices so my next bag (s) are going there.
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