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    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 15th Jan 18, 12:45 PM
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    KonMari 2018 & 2019 - The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up
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    • 15th Jan 18, 12:45 PM
    KonMari 2018 & 2019 - The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up 15th Jan 18 at 12:45 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 8:32 AM. Reason: Add in list from 2016 of places to dispose of unwanted items, thanks for locating them greent
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    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 14th Apr 19, 5:51 PM
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    That reminds me, I must put filler in those two drill holes in the kitchen wall. Got as far as pulling the rawl plugs and fetching the polyfilla from the shed the other day, just need to follow through.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • PollyWollyDoodle
    • By PollyWollyDoodle 14th Apr 19, 8:31 PM
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    Pennyfrog, welcome to the Kondo party. I'm going to confess - after sorting my underwear drawers I laid my socks out neatly as per MK for about a year, maybe longer - and then I rebelled. It was just too annoying, they took up more room and the pairs didn't seem to stay together. Since my socks seem to last for ages and I don't recall ever having a problem with saggy elastic, I went back to rolling them. Both I and the socks are much happier (well, they haven't actually said so but I think I can tell ) and the sock drawer sparks joy when I look in it.

    Hope your shoulder soon recovers. Perhaps you need to buy lighter teabags?
    "Inconceivable". "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
    • greent
    • By greent 15th Apr 19, 4:17 PM
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    I have to confess that my socks have always been stored as potatoes (so-called because of the shape) and always will - they work better that way for me However, folded and 'filed' knickers (and OH's boxers done in a similar fashion) bring me joy
    x
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    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 16th Apr 19, 8:08 AM
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    I fold my socks and knickers. I folded OH's boxers for a while then got fed up with it so they are stacked in a drawer. Can't see that it makes much difference in terms of space or tidyness.


    Walking past our hifi unit this morning I spotted a lot of dust and cobwebs down the side, so got OH to move it and I got in there with a vacuum. 2 more cat toys emerged.....
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 16th Apr 19, 8:23 AM
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    Hi everyone....

    After having a breakI'm back again. I have been kondoing my sheds, done two tip runs but probably have another 2 or 3 car loads to go. Im doing as much ofthe small stuff as I can and then the big stuff can go when I get a skip in the summer.

    I have removed an old worn out carpet from one of the bedrooms, got rid of a chest of drawers, have had a tidy up in the loft and am now turning my attention to my wardrobe again.

    I had been storing furniture at my sons house, went through it over the weekend and have decided to let it all go.

    Bit by bit......it's a slow process but I'm starting to see light at the end of the tunnel.
    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 18th Apr 19, 6:25 PM
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    OH painted some peeling bits on the shed a while back with the wrong colour stain. We'd run out of the original and bought some new of a similar but not identical colour, which we used a while back. When doing the touching up, OH used some of the original colour by mistake. On Tuesday he repainted the two visible sides in the new colour to cover up the patches. We had a couple of viewings on the house yesterday. I missed a couple of calls from the agent today, apparently we've had an offer from the first people and the second want a second viewing on Saturday when we also have some more first viewings. OH says if we get a decent offer he may even paint the other 2 sides of the shed...
    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 19th Apr 19, 8:12 AM
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    Jumble at the sailing club on Monday and I'm gradually accruing a bag of bits to go. DH has donated a very nice heavy Jean jacket he doesn't like. I've added some tops and books. A neighbour offered me some dwarf bean plants there's only 2 of us so I thought about half a dozen - she's given me about 2 dozen so the surplus will also go to the jumble. This morning I had my local Freecycle email and someone wants concrete planters! I've got three that I've been meaning to post on there so hopefully this person will want them!
    Small victories - sometimes they are all you can hope for but sometimes they are all you need - be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle
    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 19th Apr 19, 10:30 AM
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    I went to my parents' for a long weekend and brought a bagful of items for the charity shop, and a bagful of rags with me for them to pass on. In return I was guven about six tops from my posh aunt, who is still decluttering. We are roughly the same size and she is rather well off, so the items are better quality then I normally would buy . Not in return, but just because I like her and know she gets lonely (uncle passed in November, one daughter 'can't cope with all these emotions', and the other has MS, son-in-law has kidney problems...) I took my daughters to visit her on Sunday and we stayed for three hours. Daughters got into their play and just did not want to leave . I did her physio exercises with her, because she was afraid to fall.

    Meanwhile, husband was supposed to look after my seedlings, and managed to kill almost all of them The kiwi berry plant has one small green bud left, so I hope it will recover in time. I have resown the tomato and basil seeds.
    2019's wi-wa-wombles € 218,50 = £ 146.58
    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
    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 19th Apr 19, 9:00 PM
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    Second post today: we had an architect in She is not allowed to practise, because she works as a civil servant at the moment, but she was bursting with ideas when I showed her our plans. She will see if there is a fellow architect who will sign off on the paperwork, and then she can do the drawings and oversee the renovation. If all goes according to plan, we can start next summer. So, lots of kondoing to do beforehand, and lots of money to kondo next year, but all for a good cause

    Our house is about 150 years old, has had several additions, one outside wall is sandstone without dampproofing (wet...), our office has no outside windows, the living room is dark, the kitchen has an albestos roof which is starting to leak. In combination with my severance pay and the possibility of a low interest mortgage, it seems that now is the time to do this. I like the village and the location of the house, and do not want to leave. House prices are sky rocketing at the moment, so we cannot afford a newer house here anymore.
    2019's wi-wa-wombles € 218,50 = £ 146.58
    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
    • Mics_chick
    • By Mics_chick 19th Apr 19, 11:50 PM
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    ...................................
    You should never call somebody else a nerd or geek because everybody (even YOU !!!) is an
    "anorak" about something whether it's trains, computers, football, shoes or celebs
    • mrs-moneypenny
    • By mrs-moneypenny 20th Apr 19, 7:07 AM
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    Morning all
    Sorry intermittent kondoing here as I'm coming to terms with stuff.

    Two big bags and a box of DVDs given to dd2 as she's trading some in at cex and they were earmarked for charity. Got a few bags in the hall that need to go to cs plus I've been crafting so used some fabric and wool stash up. I know it's not the proper order but at the mo I'm just doing what I can. X
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    • GoingToDoIt
    • By GoingToDoIt 20th Apr 19, 7:54 AM
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    My energy seems to have been sent elsewhere in the last few months. I know there are a few “spoonies” about, I’ve been doing some spoonie adaptations which are not strictly Kondo but here you are....
    I bought the silicone oven mats, I had been using foil when grilling or baking. Now have two re-usable easy to clean mats. Less waste, less £ spent on foil.
    I started using an old plastic picnic set (which was taking up space/rarely used) actually found it easier drinking from plastic cups, plates are fine for snacks/ dry foods. As a result I’ve had a lot of use out of something, plus I have now purchased a few cheap, thin, lightweight plates (50p, Iykea) and cheap forks (£1land) I have stored my old heavy (but lovely) crockery and cutlery in bags in an awkward shaped cupboard which had been empty. Day to day, washing up is much easier with lightweight stuff, but for “special occasions” with visitors, I will get the nice stuff out.
    I got a sodastraem. I love fizzy water and was buying bottles of the stuff (heavy, inconvenient, expensive) now I have fizzy on tap! Am also drinking more water and less of the diet caffeine drink (rhymes with “broke”) 😀
    I Will admit to being a sock folder...I rarely wear them though. I did find they rebelled against folding until I cut up a cereal box lengthways to create a “tube” to contain them. I did a few of these sections and covered them with some cheap printed scented drawer liners I had.
    Apr 16 Total cc 0% debt £8364/3499 updated 15 Oct 17
    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 20th Apr 19, 4:06 PM
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    Several viewings on the house this afternoon, agent seems to think things went well and have asked people to get back to her on Monday.


    Hopefully we will get a suitable offer from a proceedable buyer, so we are able to relax about keeping the house so tidy. And I will stop kondoing money on flowers - never bought so many!


    I've been reading a facebook group related to where we are moving to, with people complaining about inconsiderate parking near the park and up the street we're moving to. Slightly concerning about being able to get a removal van up to our house if we move in the school holidays. It's OK during a normal week, but busy on Saturday mornings when kids are playing football in the park, but the cars are usually gone by the middle of the day from our street. Will have to check with our new neighbour what it's like for access in the summer.
    • tibawo
    • By tibawo 20th Apr 19, 7:33 PM
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    Kondo some money today that gave me and the kids a buzz. Wasn't in the plan but i scrimp so much that it was nice and apt for the glorious weather. They'd come for the drive to get petrol and strawberry plants to get the allotment raised bed started - plan is that it should take care of it self once sorted!

    There is a gorgeous cake shop near the plant shop that has daily hour queues at opening time as it is that good. DD1 loves cake, i mean LOVES cake and has wanted to go for ages. She got a massive cake jar. The other child is not a big cake fan, which i think shocked the assistant but settled like me on a more simpler choice!
    The shop we were getting the plants from did not have any so it made me chuckle as i thought I might as well nip to the garden centre. Didn't tell the girls who didn't realise until we were about a mile in the opposite direction. Once there, they wandered and found me sat at a table in the cafe overlooking the river. So tranquil. It only has the 'posh' bottled fizzy soft drinks which i seldom buy as they can be pricey but the quality moments were worth every penny!

    Now back to getting the things gathered for the eBay car boot job lot that i want to get on so house can breathe a bit more.

    Still no idea what to put in the empty tub in the kitchen cupboard.
    After years of debt and living on the breadline feeling nothing but negative about myself, I am finally feeling that 2019 might be the year I actually get positive about it!
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 21st Apr 19, 3:16 PM
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    Have been over with the 'rents for a few days and am now back. Some things from theirs have come to mine, on their way to charitable donation/ specialist recycling. A large square cushion that Mum made for Nan, and which came to mine when we cleared Nan's bungalow 2.5 yrs ago is now on the way back to Mum, she has a purpose for it and I don't.


    I have also rehomed one of her spare Therm0s flasks, to replace one of mine which broke (I have a 1 litre and a 1 pint, not a fleet, I hasten to add).


    Weather's glorious and has been for days, so pleased for all us Easter holiday-makers and daytrippers and lolling-in-gardeners.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 21st Apr 19, 5:16 PM
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    Husband has bought his ticket for a month long visit to his family in Africa, where his half sister (who is living in The Netherlands) will join him. He will buy a second hand car here, fill it with the mountain of stuff we have collected in our attic, and ship it to Africa, for his use when he is there, and to sell it afterwards. The profit should be enough to cover his ticket. The stuff in the attic includes two child's bicycles

    If the renovatio pre-work moves along, we will start next summer, which means that I (let's be honest here...) have one year to get rid of any excess items. Lots of stuff to sell that I just never got round to.
    2019's wi-wa-wombles € 218,50 = £ 146.58
    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
    • Pooky
    • By Pooky 22nd Apr 19, 6:39 AM
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    Fantastic day for a bootsale yesterday, it was huge and so busy. Knowing I didn't want to bring stuff home I sold it all at silly cheap prices. Just 2 bags of stuff left for the charity shop and £110 profit in my pocket (and I was home in time for lunch).

    I've got several bits of furniture that will need to go before the move but DD1s partner is just moving from a flat to a house so we've offered him first refusal and he wants the lot.
    "Start every day off with a smile and get it over with" - W. C. Field.
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 22nd Apr 19, 7:28 AM
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    That's a super result, Pooky, and how fab to have it done and dusted by lunchtime, too. I bet your buyers are happy and you're ahead by cash and space, so a win-win.


    On Saturday, at the 'rents, I spent a happy 3-4 hours or so sorting out a huge pile of boxes of books, magazines and packaging materials. Have reduced the height of the pile by a good two feet, broken down several knackered boxes for recycling, and got all the j i ffy bags neatly stashed by size in a plastic crate, and all the bubble wrap etc rolled up and disciplined with elastic bands. Since it's Kid Bruv's packaging stash, it's anyone's guess how long the orderliness (anything from days to up to a fortnight, based on experience ) will last but I enjoyed doing it and it's made the room a bit more pleasant to live in.


    Home is a bit of a state as I came in yesterday morning, dropped stuff, went allotmenteering, came in exhausted, stripped the bed, dropped more stuff and then went to bed. At some point today I really really must do some tidying, lol.


    Tomorrow, I will take some Stuff to the chazzer after work, stuff which came up from the 'rents and is temporarily taking up space in the micro-flat. That cannot be here one day longer than necessary, or I shall go do-lally.


    Today's cunning plan is easing into the day then heading allotmentwards with food, tea, lotsa water and starting to sow Little Seeds; parsnips, beetroots, carrots, radish. I am also now building a witches brew of fertility into the runner bean trenches Dad kindly dug for me yesterday - lined with newspaper, they are going to hold compost, manure, barley grains and anything else I can get my paws on. Beans like richness.


    Oh, and the spuds planted on 24th of March are coming up through the baulks, hooray!
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • greent
    • By greent 22nd Apr 19, 7:39 AM
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    Brilliant result, Pooky!

    Sold a couple of items via fb00k in the past week (one lot of money to DD, 1 lot to hol fund), gave 2 items away via fb00k and took a few bags of stuff to CS. Also have a good pile of items building up for shoebox appeal. DS2 has almost finished totally blitzing his room (should get last bit done today) and this has seen much stuff leave to recycling, some donated, a small amount passed on and a small amount binned. A torn pair of his trousers has been converted to shorts - and he is delighted with them! We have a large bag of clothes for recycling (mainly torn jeans, tshirts with lots of holes) which we will take to HnM this week and buy new jeans for DS1, using the £5 voucher we'll get from HnM

    I have a large item (physically and decent amount of ££) on fb00k and have masses of interest, so that should also go this coming week - which will be extremely pleasing! Have also used a full pot of fence stain on 4 panels - have another 2 pots left which should hopefully just see me through finishing the fence (been a very piecemeal job) - but will need to buy some more for better coverage in some areas.

    Already have a new CS bag building up, too....

    A good Easter break for getting things done/ getting things gone here
    I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul
    Repaid mtge early (orig 11/25) 01/09 £124616 01/10 £104927 01/11 £89873 01/12 £76317 01/13 £52546 01/14 £35356 01/15 £12133 07/15 £NIL
    BTL Mtge 12/16 £69786 12/18 £54829 2019 OPs (#18) £1603.41/£5K
    Net sales 2019 £70.17/£500
    • camelot1001
    • By camelot1001 22nd Apr 19, 8:08 AM
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    I took a large bag of clothes to one of my favourite charity shops en route to DS1s on Saturday only to find it was closed, still it saved me buying anything! Anyway I dropped the bag into another CS just along the road and picked up a game for DGD for £2.

    Last week I took a half tub of the dreaded Autumn Gold fence paint to the community garden, they were happy with it. I've changed colours of fence so this was surplus. Also took a couple of opened tins of emulsion to the tip, I must get this cellar sorted!
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