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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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    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 17th Oct 18, 7:33 PM
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    Our guest has spent two hours cooking three sauces, which will serve 24 people We just have to cook rice, couscous or similar to have with the sauce. I am now looking at rearranging my freezer.

    They asked if we would have an old suitcase for them to take their things back to Africa. I had a look in our attic and actually found a medium sized hard shell suitcase that I didn't recognise (it happens; a lot of stuff passes through our house), and which contained one large shiny handbag.... turns out it is a friend's who is storing it here without my knowledge! She also has a large hold-all, full, in our attic, which I knew about, but the empty suitcase was a surprise. (Friend lives in a neighbouring country and does not want to leave a violent marriage for several reasons, the chance of a multimillion inheritance being one, and sometimes needs to get away for a few days / have an escape route).

    So, no suitcase to give away. While I was up there, I took the chance to rearrange some items and 'found' a rack with games, covered against the dust with a tupperware tablecloth, like a white ghost in the corner Now most games are in the donate bag, one math game added to our games cupboard, horrible staining fingerpaint thrown away.

    My attic is over the full width of the house, sloping on front and back, 150cm at its highest (I am 180cm), beamed. I can only do about 15 minutes before I get cramps. Some parts are well organised now (clothes, donation bag), others are a bit of a mess and unreachable still. I will get there....
    2019's wi-wa-wombles € 345,45 = £ 231.23
    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 18th Oct 18, 9:14 AM
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    Siebre, in spite of your giving the dimensions of the attic, I'm convinced you actually live in the Tardis
    Downsized and paid off mortgage 2010
    Retired August 2016
    Paid off French mortgage September 2018
    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 18th Oct 18, 9:51 AM
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    I too have been up in our loft this morning, which is not an easy place to get round with the shape of the roof trusses. A mountain of cr*p has been removed and is currently spread around the house/piled outside the house. Bin men were supposed to come yesterday but couldn't get down our street due to it being repaired. Hopefully they'll come today. In the meantime, I'm adding more bags of recycling as they fill.


    If the binmen don't appear by mid afternoon, I may just load them in the car and drive to the recycling centre. Typical they didn't come on a week I'm having a massive clearout.
    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 18th Oct 18, 2:09 PM
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    Curtains gone to the local hospice craft shop, they have said they can use them also found a couple of feels of cotton that I'll never use so they went too. I also enquired at another CS whether they wanted a collection of willow pottery that I'm culling. I didn't want to lumber them if it wouldn't sell but they do want it so will get that to them asap!
    With the building work going on I'm looking hard at whether things will be kept - it's a good incentive for a clear out. The wine rack is taking a bit! No I'm not drinking it (well, only some) we have a reasonable social life so the ' bring a bottle' has been translated to 3/4 of indeterminate age and provenance!
    Little by little
    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
    • WeeMidgie
    • By WeeMidgie 18th Oct 18, 2:18 PM
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    I retired from work eighteen months ago, and most of my 'work' clothes have gone. I did keep hold of two pairs of smart black trousers. This morning I tried them on, and they're hanging on me, I've kondo'd a few kg, so they're in the charity shop bag. That means I have no smart trousers, but seeing I haven't had a need in the past eighteen months, I'm not in a hurry to replace them.

    And a pair of jeans which fit but aren't comfy are going out too.

    Kon Mari, improving the quality of life one item at a time!
    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 18th Oct 18, 2:47 PM
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    10 bags of recyclable stuff - mainly paper, and over 99% of it OH's - and a large amount of cardboard taken to the tip. I get home and find yet more stuff to go, but I do feel better for shifting some of it along. It's stuffocating.
    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 18th Oct 18, 6:06 PM
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    Siebrie
    1 pair of cheap trousers that had gone shapeless (but I was wearing at home) in the bin.

    3 pairs of polyester pants (what was I thinking?!?) also in the bin.

    Emptied an lkea set of drawers (to hold cds in 8 drawers); now thinking whether it's worth trying to sell or just put out front with a 'free' sign.

    Eyebrow pencil I bought and used once given to guest who had forgotten hers.

    Will probably donate our collection of tealights (husband does not like candles) to the church.
    2019's wi-wa-wombles € 345,45 = £ 231.23
    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
    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 19th Oct 18, 9:15 PM
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    1 rather heavy bag of lovely non-fiction books to CS today, more ready to go, gardening, exploration etc, all enjoyed, but rarely looked at now.

    Trip to recycling centre tomorrow with 8 bags of conifer branches as OH and next door neighbour have started dismantling the 40ft x 15ft high conifer hedge that divides our front gardens. It is our boundary so we will replace with a wooden fence at some point, but neighbours planted the hedge many years ago, the upkeep is getting too much as we all age, 4 green wheelie bins (other kind neighbours) are also full and ready for collection on Tuesday.

    Trousers that I offered to a friend fitted and have been gratefully received
    The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. (Abraham Lincoln)
    • kboss2010
    • By kboss2010 21st Oct 18, 6:17 AM
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    Staying at my dad's house for a few days while he's recovering from an op & his house clutter is driving me bonkers so I've defrosted his freezer & am in the process of kondoing his kitchen - he was using his oven as storage for pans I doubt he's used in 20 years while his cupboards are haphazard & filled with multiple duplicates of everything!

    So far, drawers done. He now has a utensil drawer & an organised cutlery tray & I've CS-ed countless wooden spoons, cheese graters & potato peelers (- seriously, who needs FIVE potato peelers??)
    "I want to be a glow worm, A glow worm's never glum
    'Coz how can you be grumpy, when the sun shines out your bum?" ~ Dr A. Tapping


    I'm finding my way back to sanity again... but I don't really know what I'm gonna do when I get there
    ~ Lifehouse
    • oceanspirit
    • By oceanspirit 21st Oct 18, 8:15 AM
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    Kondoing stopped for several months due to life happening, however back with a vengeance now. We're planning on going away for a few days over Christmas and I've said if my place isn't clear before we go, I'm not coming back!

    Made a start yesterday and will go and do some more in a minute. Will pop over to OH's later on to get him started too - he has asked for help which is a very good sign.

    Will report back later.
    Decluttering 344/2019
    Deleting old emails 9/2019
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 21st Oct 18, 11:13 AM
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    Tackled my study/workroom this week. All neat and tidy, and freed up some more space. I have now got a designated area to work on my furniture projects.

    Going to sort through all my paint, tools and diy stuff later.
    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 21st Oct 18, 12:48 PM
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    1 white work shirt that I was given and wore a few times, in the ragbag.

    Went 'shopping' with dds yesterday (for their pleasure - definitely not for mine) and bought a few St. nicolas presents already (they picked, I paid) ,that I have put in the attic and told them to forget about

    Have decided I need to kondo flabby bodyparts, so have changed to tea all day (no sugar no milk), no biscuits, only one licorice after lunch, only food at mealtimes.
    2019's wi-wa-wombles € 345,45 = £ 231.23
    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 Oct 18, 4:20 PM
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    Was out and about with my bezzer this morning and she suggested we go to X (an out of town chazzer specialising in craft materials which is open seven days a week).


    I went () and was very disciplined and only bought two hanks of tapestry wool for a mending project. I did buy one of those wicker bottle carriers (was on the wants list) and vac'd the dust from it, washed it and it is airdrying and will be in use tomorrow. It is part of Project Kitchen, an attempt to make the countertops easier to keep clean and more usable. Bottle carrier is to hold three bottles I use daily (olive oil, apple cider vinegar and honegar) with one vacant slot for whatever vaguely-cylindrical article is homeless that day.


    Been gardening this afto, clearing couch grass tussocks on Plot2. Have found underground; a pair of seceteurs, a housebrick, many nails inc one ancient handmade example, lots of plastics, a tent peg, bits of glass and bits of china, and some random bits of rusty metal which fall into the category of ?????


    I also brought down a cracked plastic bowl and have put in the bin. It was sort-of useful for dry things, but I have containers which don't have big cracks in them and can be used for liquids and dry things, so this one has had to go.


    Allotments and their allied sheds, greenhouses etc are holy terrors for attracting clutter. I've vowed to deal with one cluttery thing per visit, until they're all gone. Onwards!
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 21st Oct 18, 7:08 PM
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    OMG, a CS that specialises in craft items? Jealousy, extreme and unending
    Downsized and paid off mortgage 2010
    Retired August 2016
    Paid off French mortgage September 2018
    • DundeeDoll
    • By DundeeDoll 21st Oct 18, 8:34 PM
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    I have today bought the book bit daunted when she says it usually takes 6 months, and was expecting a bit more of a 'recipe' (though admit i've only read half the book). hoping this thread can see me through the next 6 months. i have let the dogs know they bring me joy (and the husband has long gone rofl). i only really have saturdays to do this. is this going to work for me?
    Be like a postage stamp—stick to one thing until you get there.
    • shanks77
    • By shanks77 21st Oct 18, 8:40 PM
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    I have today bought the book bit daunted when she says it usually takes 6 months, and was expecting a bit more of a 'recipe' (though admit i've only read half the book). hoping this thread can see me through the next 6 months. i have let the dogs know they bring me joy (and the husband has long gone rofl). i only really have saturdays to do this. is this going to work for me?
    Originally posted by DundeeDoll
    Yes it will work it can take as long or short time as you want there are no rules. Pick something easy to start with, most people start with their undies drawer and then take it from there. Many people on here are veterans at it and will be more than happy to give you encouragement or help as and when you require it. Let us know how you get on good luck xx
    • DundeeDoll
    • By DundeeDoll 21st Oct 18, 8:52 PM
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    that's helpful shanks i couldn't get past the putting all my clothes on my bed and not getting through them all by the end of Saturday. will let you know how i get on next saturday :-)
    Be like a postage stamp—stick to one thing until you get there.
    • PollyWollyDoodle
    • By PollyWollyDoodle 21st Oct 18, 8:59 PM
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    It is definitely doable, just break things down into smaller categories - for example, you don't have to do all your clothes at once, you could just do tops - or even just t-shirts, cardigans/sweaters another day, and so on.

    It gets easier as you go on, because your ability to decide what sparks joy becomes stronger. It really is life-changing.
    "Inconceivable". "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 21st Oct 18, 9:13 PM
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    OMG, a CS that specialises in craft items? Jealousy, extreme and unending
    Originally posted by Karmacat
    It's in an industrial unit on the edge of another town, only accessible to me by car when the bezzer gives me a lift. They do books, too - envy is a terrible thing..............
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • VJsmum
    • By VJsmum 22nd Oct 18, 8:31 AM
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    Hi DD <<waves>>

    Don't be daunted - just break things down into manageable 'chunks'. if chucking all your clothes on your bed is too daunting just do one category - even socks. do they have holes in? Do they disappear into your shoes, do you simply hate wearing a particular pair? have you got more e.g. black socks than any one person needs? When you put like things together it gives you a focus to see which ones you want to keep. Then do other undies, tops, pyjamas, knitwear for example.

    then move onto something like kitchen ware or books or DVDs. it soon becomes habit forming

    I don't post much here any more as i am largely done (within the confines of having clutterbug DD back home).

    I have kondoed a couple of books - I've just been on hols somewhere with no wifi, and did a lot of reading (leaving a couple on the bookshelves at the accommodation). Have taken a bit of a step back from things like facebook to make more time to read so hoping a few more will go. I also kondoed a floor mop cover thing (technical term ) the floor mop went ages ago but, you know, Justin...

    Also i am finishing some knitting WIP so that i can start something else, using wool from the stash.

    Still have the bl00dy filing cabinet though..... This week, this week....
    I wanna be in the room where it happens
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