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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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    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 18th Jun 19, 4:33 PM
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    DH has started taking out my old kitchen units. They're in surprisingly good condition considering they must be 25 years old now. I've listed them on Freecycle and had a few enquiries so far. If nothing materialises through that avenue they will either go to the local hospice shop or a charity that supports trafficked children.
    The room is surprisingly echoey
    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 Jun 19, 9:53 AM
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    I did my back in last Saturday while putting in the new flowerbed, and now cannot really bend or turn. It's amazing how many items are left on the floor in our house! I feel a new round of kondoing coming up, so that husband and daughters can put their stuff away more easily! I know I should not do their stuff, but it seems they cannot make any choices, and have so much stuff, that I doubt they will notice.
    2019's wi-wa-wombles € 392,61 = £ 340.23
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    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 19th Jun 19, 11:05 AM
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    Since I can't move back into my kitchen right now (The Saga Of The Kitchen Sealant) I'm doing peripheral tidying where the rubble fell into the living room. Part of which is sturdy little cardboard boxes of ornaments. Mostly cats, since I love cats so much, as I've mentioned There haven't been very many I don't still like, actually, and most of them have been the type that represents cat fur with a roughened ceramic surface. It just doesn't speak to me. They can probably go to a charity shop (including a reproduction of the Venus of Willendorf, not that it isn't lovely, but I don't need or want one in my house!).

    My problem is the other stuff a small wooden doll from my childhood, they were collectible, and I distinctly remember destroying the clothes, destroying the hair and then rebuilding it like a cavewoman. It just spells out to me now how awful that part of my childhood was but consigning it onwards is difficult. I think it has to be burnt, on its own. I think that'll do it.

    The other is a set of solid silver giraffes ... they were a sort of "guilt purchase" from my Zimbabwean relatives, I'd never have bought them off my own bat. No contact now, nor likely to have. I'm keeping the tiny little frog, which *does* have meaning for me.

    There's also a dragon-egg-hatching ornament, quite heavy, which I really liked when I bought it. It got packed away for my house move (9 years ago now!) and when I look at it right now, my eyes sort of slide off it, like I can't even be bothered to look at it! V odd.

    I think I'm going to take pictures of this lot, and just take them to the charity shop. The giraffes, I'll sell, with the jointly owned silver from the same source that we're committed to sell.

    Sorry for the essay, I just really needed to think about it in public, so to speak.
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    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 19th Jun 19, 11:25 AM
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    Burning it seems a very good idea. I did it once with a birthday card from an ex boyfriend and it was very cleansing. Do you have any other items from that period that you would want to burn, too?
    2019's wi-wa-wombles € 392,61 = £ 340.23
    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
    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 19th Jun 19, 11:51 AM
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    Thats a good question! I don't think so, I have 2 soft toys and a pyjama case from that time, and I like those Now I've raised it, though, I'll keep an eye out

    Just realised your back's bad, Siebrie - hope you're taking care of yourself, it's very tough to cope with a bad back.
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    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 19th Jun 19, 1:19 PM
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    Thank you; it's already getting better and I hope to be back to normal by Saturday. I really feel for people who deal with this every day; my household has come to a stop, anything below kneelevel is just left where it is. No ironing, as I can't lift the ironing board
    2019's wi-wa-wombles € 392,61 = £ 340.23
    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
    • PollyWollyDoodle
    • By PollyWollyDoodle 20th Jun 19, 11:57 AM
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    Ouch, hope you soon feel better Siebrie. No Kondoing here for a while, but I've spent a happy hour or two today 'bottoming out' my kitchen cupboards. Yesterday I did the baking tins, now I love baking and these all spark joy, but I could almost make a cake every week of the year in a different tin! One or two have been deemed surplus to requirements.

    Today I moved onto the ingredients cupboard. To my shame, there are some things that are well out of date. I have two pots of Cream of Tartar, something I use infrequently. One was BBE 2008 so I decided that could hit the bin. I've moved a few other things to the front of the cupboard in the hope that they will get used up.

    The only thing I'm really throwing out is a small slow cooker that I never use these days, but re-organising everything and chucking out the OOD stuff has freed up a surprising amount of space. This was all Kondoed a few years ago, but clearly stuff has crept back since then. I'm still dithering over the mandoline, it was due to go last year but then I acquired a dehydrator and I think it could be useful for doing very thin slices. I think I'm going to put labels with today's date on that, and a couple of other items that only just made the grade. If the next time I get them out more than six months has passed, they're going!
    "Inconceivable". "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 20th Jun 19, 3:39 PM
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    I practically only use my mandoline for grating carrots and slicing fennel bulbs. That still makes it worth it for me, because then I can feed three adults with one bulb, otherwise only two adults.
    2019's wi-wa-wombles € 392,61 = £ 340.23
    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
    • camelot1001
    • By camelot1001 20th Jun 19, 5:48 PM
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    Hope your back gets better soon Siebrie.

    I've sorted the bathroom cabinet today, can't believe how many tablets have gone out of date. There was a packet of Rennies in there that were bought for a visitor, only 3 missing from a rather large pack, some cough linctus that was OOD in 2015, various other tablets and nasal sprays including some prescribed tablets that I have no idea what they were for! Anyway, they've all gone down the loo - cold and flu capsules float even though the toilet has been flushed half a dozen times!
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 20th Jun 19, 6:10 PM
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    I'm mid-process of a major decluttering in the bedroom and have taken a couple of largish items to the charity shop this afternoon, which has freed up some space.


    Both items were containers and one of them has its contents over the bed atm, I am picking out items for recycling, rehoming and repurposing. A much smaller container will be needed for the selected keepers. Winning!


    Hope your back is on the mend, Siebrie.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 20th Jun 19, 6:39 PM
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    Hope your back gets better soon Siebrie.

    I've sorted the bathroom cabinet today, can't believe how many tablets have gone out of date. There was a packet of Rennies in there that were bought for a visitor, only 3 missing from a rather large pack, some cough linctus that was OOD in 2015, various other tablets and nasal sprays including some prescribed tablets that I have no idea what they were for! Anyway, they've all gone down the loo - cold and flu capsules float even though the toilet has been flushed half a dozen times!
    Originally posted by camelot1001
    To save you flushing so many times: you can drop them off at your local chemist's

    The library had a booksale and I scored some good children's literature for just €0,50 each. The books are now in the attic, ready to bring down once summer break starts/we go on vacation/boredom hits.
    2019's wi-wa-wombles € 392,61 = £ 340.23
    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
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 21st Jun 19, 5:40 AM
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    Just assembled enough items to fill a large carrier bag and will take them with me to work and drop them off at the chazzer on the way home.

    I've been reflecting on how I came to own some of the things I own and many of them are things that I have not sought out and purchased myself. Although plenty which I did deliberately buy, which I freely acknowledge, seldom new-new, just new-to-me.

    A lot of the things I have are as a result of friends and family members decluttering their own homes.

    Because I am grateful recipient of many kinds of articles, I guess I am seen as a safe way of them shedding their excess with a clear conscience. I'm poorer than some of them. Their item will be treated carefully and not wasted. I'm not a trasher or a tosser (hopefully not, in both senses of the last word, lol).

    I'm going to have to do some careful management of expectations around this, because the very last thing I would want to do is cause offence to relations or dear friends (not keen on offending colleagues or casual acquaintances, either, generosity shouldn't be rejected out of hand). But, with a very small home, a pretty full life, and a craving towards simplicity, I'm feeling something's gotta give, and better the possessions than my peace of mind.

    Anyone else out there reaching a similar point with Stuff? The feeling that there's got to be a better use of time than shuffling it around for a chunk of each day?!
    Last edited by GreyQueen; 21-06-2019 at 5:41 AM. Reason: spelling
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 21st Jun 19, 7:26 AM
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    Seibrie - hope your back is improving
    Posessions that have an emotional attachment are the hardest to get rid of. I've got a box of Capo Di Monte ornaments of my mother's in the loft that's been there for nearly 20 years I will sort it someday.
    Most of my kitchen units have gone to the Freecycler. Some elderly unused pans, my oven and the sink unit are going to my metal recycle chap who uses the funds to run a workshop for young teen lads.
    Some nice large french terracotta dishes and a big S/S stockpot are going to DS1.
    I'm sure there will be more culling over the next few weeks.
    As I've got no hob for the next month I've ordered a plug in induction hob. Between Topcashback and Groupon I've managed to get it for under £20 instead of over £40! If it performs well it will be kept as I can use it on the boat when moored up with shore power.
    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 21st Jun 19, 8:17 AM
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    Greyqueen, I usually accept donations with 'thank you for this. If I cannot use it (anymore), would you want it back, or can I find another good home for it?' In general, people are fine with me passing it on. I keep the destination vague on purpose, because sometimes the only good home is the bin.
    2019's wi-wa-wombles € 392,61 = £ 340.23
    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
    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 21st Jun 19, 9:05 AM
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    I'm going to have to do some careful management of expectations around this, because the very last thing I would want to do is cause offence to relations or dear friends (not keen on offending colleagues or casual acquaintances, either, generosity shouldn't be rejected out of hand). But, with a very small home, a pretty full life, and a craving towards simplicity, I'm feeling something's gotta give, and better the possessions than my peace of mind.

    Anyone else out there reaching a similar point with Stuff? The feeling that there's got to be a better use of time than shuffling it around for a chunk of each day?!
    Originally posted by GreyQueen
    I have a lot of spares-in-waiting from my mum (ordinary t shirts, scarves, that sort of thing) and my sister - interestingly, my *sister* is the one who started saying the "disposal" thing, because of what she's been getting rid of - a dinner-party-type presentation box of cutlery, for instance, she knows she'll never use it, and she offered it to her daughter in law saying "do you want it, don't worry about saying yes and deciding that you don't want it, I'm getting rid of it myself after all". It was quite a step forward!


    As for the space and shuffling that Stuff takes up - yes! I'm still working on it, but I'm almost ready to use the reclaimed space (possibly simply wafting about in it, admiring the ease of the wafting ) Cat ornaments are off to the charity shop today, after photography session, though I kept a lot more than I expected. More to come on that.
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    New kitchen fully installed June 2019
    • luxor4t
    • By luxor4t 21st Jun 19, 2:09 PM
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    DH will be off the road for at least a month following surgery next week and I do not drive so we are rushing stuff out of the house in advance.
    Three bags of joyless clothing to the fabric recycling place plus a laundry basket full of bits and pieces to the CS have already gone and I'm aiming for another run shortly. I'm a-l-m-o-s-t ashamed to confess that the CS stuff has been sitting there since just after Christmas
    Once DH is on the mend we will be trying our luck with Book of Faces selling pages/ eBay to clear DS2's collection hoard of space related toys - all with his permission. I am going to eBay some of my craft equipment mountain because it only sparks guilt now
    I can cook and sew, make flowers grow.
    • greent
    • By greent 21st Jun 19, 5:26 PM
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    Another one with a bad back here - also 'acquired' last Sat - I have been wafting around in a cloud of co-codamol/ Naprosyn/ paracetamol/ ibuprofen throughout the week - along with using up several sticky self heating patches and wraps (both of the heated things coming from my late m-I-l's house - she died almost 4 years ago) and then wheat bags when the (ood) heated things ran out (very handy to have on at work) Not much else other than the minimum has been done by me - I've had the 2 big children do some housework and the rest has been left - although I have my toddler nephew this weekend (my sister is very poorly in hospital) so we need to make a couple of rooms at least toddler-safe before then!

    Work finishes next week until Sept - I'm looking forward to clearing more stuff out (we've acquired 2 lots of student uni stuff here for the Summer too....) - I want space and less things to look after!!
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    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 22nd Jun 19, 6:53 AM
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    GreyQueen
    Sorry to hear about your bad back, wishing you a prompt recovery.


    Readied another chazzer donation bag yestereve, not a huge amount, just a bag-for-life's worth, but if I mentally add all the things I've shed this week, it'd probably be half-a-car's bootful. Not that I have a car these days, I drag things outta here a bag/ big item at a time. But still, pretty satisfying to imagine.


    I have been procrastinating about some sewing jobs which will involve the finsihed article leaving my home, and knuckled down to one of them last night. Time-consuming hand sewing, but rewarding, I was watching inspirational stuff on YT while I did it.


    2nd project, which is shortening a pair of jeans for my brother, is sitting in the middle of the ironing board in the middle of the sitting room, as a reminder. I'm busy with gardening at this time of year but there's no reason why I shouldn't do this in batches.


    Such as measure and cut, pin and tack, get the machine out and sew the hems. Baby steps........


    ETA; just did two things which lead towards decluttering. Have cut two inches off the jeans, put the cut-offs in the rag bag for recycling, and also spent 2 mins checking the going rate for two books online. Which is £1-£2 for these heavy hardbacks, which makes them unecononic to offer to Kid Bruv the online bookseller. Books are now in the donation bag and will be leaving within the hour, between them they probably weigh 3.5 kg. Whew!
    Last edited by GreyQueen; 22-06-2019 at 7:17 AM. Reason: to add a bit
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 22nd Jun 19, 11:32 AM
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    I'm squaring up to repairs gradually - and my sister has volunteered to help me learn how to thread the sewing machine I inherited from my mum.

    The big win today - ta-da! I went in to my local Curry's, which I've never bought anything at because their systems seem stuck in the 19th century, though not their products - but their recycling pledge seems to have made it into their noggins! You can't bring white goods in, but you can bring any electrical goods you can carry, and I specifically checked on cables (eg between TVs and DVD playes, that sort of thing. Yes! They'll take them! I forgot to check about laptops themselves, so I'll ask when I go in again on Tuesday
    Downsized and paid off mortgage 2010
    Retired August 2016
    Paid off French mortgage September 2018
    New kitchen fully installed June 2019
    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 22nd Jun 19, 12:50 PM
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    Found one of my local Chemists accepts used inhalers as apparently the outers are high grade plastic and the inner is aluminium. Wish I'd known this ages ago! My local hospice takes plastic milk bottle tops but I'm looking for somewhere local that takes tops from other containers too.
    I do like to dispose of stuff as responsibly as I can. TBH there are so many complaints round the world about plastic waste but you try finding somewhere that can recycle them. We wont mention the rubbish we've been sending to China
    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
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