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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 22nd Oct 18, 11:22 AM
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    It's crazy how small things can stop you, isn't it? I have to submit doctor's invoices to the insurance company, and have run out of labels (Belgium, complicated system)... ordered them and it will take 10 days! Now I am out of my flow, and have all these papers lying around again.
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    • kboss2010
    • By kboss2010 22nd Oct 18, 2:19 PM
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    Kitchen FINALLY finished! 20 yrs-worth of kitchen stuff cleaned, tidied, re-homed & binned! Also tidied the airing cupboard of heaps of old toiletries & sponges. I’ve so far found about 20 old toothbrushes, I have NO idea why my dad is hoarding toothbrushes!

    Also started on my childhood bedroom, 3 bags sorted to go to the charity shop.
    "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
    • maryb
    • By maryb 22nd Oct 18, 3:34 PM
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    Pity you dont live near me VJ, there was a plea in the church newsletter for a filing cabinet
    It doesn't matter if you are a glass half full or half empty sort of person. Keep it topped up! Cheers!
    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 22nd Oct 18, 6:54 PM
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    Kboss - I often keep old toothbrushes for cleaning awkward places.....but I don't have 20!
    Boat is out of the water now so I've been down today sorting out the lockers. The storage space on a boat is very limited and odd shaped. The side lockers in the cabin ( about 18 X 8 X 10'' and there's 3 either side) have been cleared out. Liddly empty potato salad cartons come in very handy for storing small items like Fuses and bulbs, small lengths of cord, string, shock cord etc. Odds and sods etc. All surplus stuff rehomed including a large carrier bag of ropes that have been offered free! Two lockers have been freed up and I'll be moving some equipment to make it more accessible.
    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
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 22nd Oct 18, 7:25 PM
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    Have started clearing my huuuge table (well, it's about 18 inches x 36 inches) but it is the only table I own and is invariably heaping high with kipple, apart from the corner beside this pooter desk which I keep free for the tea tray.


    Trouble is, everything is out there for a reason and the reason isn't that I cba to put it away. I have just processed a bowl full of severed lavender flowerheads from my lottie into lavender minus stalks and made a lavender pouch to keep in my pillowcase as I find it a soothing sleep aid. The bowl lives on the lottie and can go back there.


    Sooo, a bit more space on The Table, but I am now weary and not ready to tackle the next piece of kipple which needs something done to it before it can wing its way to its inevitable destination.


    Keep up the good works, troops. GQ xx
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • kboss2010
    • By kboss2010 22nd Oct 18, 8:09 PM
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    Silvasava - me too but every time I open a drawer, I find another 3 or 4 toothbrushes! They’re everywhere - behind radiators, under cupboards, in boxes... I’m starting to wonder if my dad is a secret hoarder!
    "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
    • daisy 1571
    • By daisy 1571 22nd Oct 18, 8:39 PM
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    Evening all, satisfyingly I have just finished the last of a series of 7 books taken from pil's house when we cleared it 4.5 years ago. If anyone wants to read all about Anne of Green Gables best get yourself off to my local cs tomorrow as that's where they will be with a rubber band round them and a note saying what order they are written in

    Been gradually getting rid of other stuff. I find I'm now a bit twitchy at times if I haven't put stuff in the charity box or bucket for a week or so. Not bad for a (very borderline) hoardy-type personage. It def gets easier as you go DundeeDoll. I was up the attic the other day where I had not ventured over the heat of this summer. What a shock - I'd completely forgotten how well i had done up there earlier in the year. What a lovely surprise to see it so manageable

    I put a pair of irregular choice shoes on the bay last week - hadnt been able to part with them up till now as looooove them but the strap is not quite long enough on one shoe for my trotters so pops open every now and then. Got over £70 for them so win 1: £70 is easier to store than a pair of boxed shoes and win 2: someone else gets the pleasure of a pair of pretty pretty shoes

    Got lots of apples this year, running out of ideas for them.

    Think thats all for the daisy household tonight

    Hugs to anyone who needs one

    Daisy xx
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    • DundeeDoll
    • By DundeeDoll 22nd Oct 18, 8:47 PM
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    Thank you for all your good wishes. to vjsmum it was indeed too daunting to get all my clothes on the bed. i hate sorting clothes! i've almost finished the book, and have now thrown out 3 bins of paper and 2 bags of books. I will do first categories of clothes this weekend but felt no harm in trying 'do you spark joy' with my office :-)
    mum came round this evening and commented on how tidy the kitchen looked i said i was ditching the nigerian thing that xoh's parents brought home. check whether the children would like it she said. hmmm yes best reread the 'don't tell mum' chapter!
    Be like a postage stamp—stick to one thing until you get there.
    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 23rd Oct 18, 8:27 AM
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    Dundee Doll - I think we've all been unwitting recipients of other people's discards! I must admit I do sometimes ask my family if they'd like something I am getting rid of but it's always couched in the terms of 'I no longer want/use/need this, before it goes to the CS is it any use to you? That way there's no pressure to accept
    DH & I are going down to the boat today to take the mainsail off & get it washed and serviced - it has to be professionally done as it won't go in the washing machine lol
    Luckily they store it for you until you want to collect it for the next season. We'll also do some other small jobs there today.
    I need to get up in my loft too - it is much clearer but still isn't finished. I want to see if I've a pair of curtains up there that will go in my dining room. I have a chest of drawers up there that I've used for curtain storage - I'm sure there are some that could go to the hospice CS so I'll check my stock!
    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 23rd Oct 18, 10:39 AM
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    I have found my cd tower again, in the attic I knew it was up there somewhere, but it was hidden/covered, and now I have caught a glimpse of it! I'm sooo excited! It has been up there for 7 years , every since we moved in. Husband always listens to music on his phone, dds have a karaoke machine I sometimes use for listening, but the sound isn't pleasurable; so I'm thrilled at the thought of having my own music centre again set up. It'll go in the kitchen, where I can listen uninterruptedly (husband hogs the TV at night, or has long phone conversations and refuses to go to the study) to my music.


    The tealights have been donated to the local scout-like organisation, who had a 'swap-trip' last Sunday afternoon. They start off with something small and insignificant, knock on all the houses in the village, trying to swap the item for something larger / tastier. They gave me 2 large waffles, I gave them 40 tealights The waffles went to school with dds today.
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    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 23rd Oct 18, 1:23 PM
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    Couldnt find the curtains I wanted but did find some very old ones (50 yrs!!) that I've put in a bag for ragging. They have faded and the sun has started to rot them so why did I keep 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
    • DundeeDoll
    • By DundeeDoll 23rd Oct 18, 9:28 PM
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    6 bags waiting in the hall - 3 for CS, 1 for recycle, 1 for bin, a hanging rail and a huge bag of hangers which may also be for the bin. yesterday i went through lots of hangers seeing if they brought me joy. works for me showed dd2 the nigerian wooden thing and she laughed. we have decided it will burn well bonfire night. gbbo so no more sorting done tonight but a good evening with dd2 as we decluttered pizza
    Be like a postage stamp—stick to one thing until you get there.
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 24th Oct 18, 6:14 AM
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    It's very important to keep those pizzas decluttered, they can take up a lot of space in the home if you leave them lying around, best use and get rid asap.


    Half the huuuuge table is now clear and I'm looking at the rest and trying to decide if I feel up to doing anything about it b4 work (no, being the answer ) but it's still better than it has been for some time.


    Ideally, I need the world to stop requiring anything of me for a week so's I can catch up with these projects and put things neatly away. Realistically, that ain't happening as, if I was free in daylight hours, I'd be spending most of them playing in the dirt on my allotmentino.


    Have a great day, lovely peeps.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 24th Oct 18, 8:21 AM
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    Third bag of non-fiction books are ready to be taken to the CS when I go out later. Goodies from my food store have been made into 4lbs of mincemeat, should keep OH happy for a while when it has matured. 2 containers of shredded paper has been added to the Dalek compost bins, but masses more paperwork to be sorted
    The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. (Abraham Lincoln)
    • maryb
    • By maryb 24th Oct 18, 7:57 PM
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    DD2 has been clearing out the clutter of decades (well two anyway) and a model skeleton emerged about 18 inches high. Charity shop thought yeah, they might be able to sell it in the run up to Halloween!!
    It doesn't matter if you are a glass half full or half empty sort of person. Keep it topped up! Cheers!
    • DundeeDoll
    • By DundeeDoll 24th Oct 18, 9:16 PM
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    my work desk was so lovely and clean and tidy when i got in :-)
    refilled the bin with paper and also decluttered some emails - i cling onto emails too long (not as tasty to declutter as pizza greyqueen)
    sorted fridge (not kondo i know but very good to do)
    Be like a postage stamp—stick to one thing until you get there.
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 25th Oct 18, 5:31 AM
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    DD2 has been clearing out the clutter of decades (well two anyway) and a model skeleton emerged about 18 inches high. Charity shop thought yeah, they might be able to sell it in the run up to Halloween!!
    Originally posted by maryb
    Brilliant find and just the right time of year, too. This is also a great time to release surplus Xmas deccies and clothing/ accessories suitable for the party season.

    My household inventory increased by one item yesterday, it was a planned purchase and it is bringing me much joy.

    It is a wire basket which is hanging on the underside of my kitchen wall cabinets and holding some fruit,. Which frees up my precious counter space from the fruit basket. I really like the fruit basket, it was a chazzer find and in red willow, my fave material, but it isn't very pratctical. I may have to bite the bullet and release it back to the chazzer as this shoebox flat doesn't have space for things which don't meet the joint crtiteria of beauty and utility.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 25th Oct 18, 8:06 AM
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    Following on from that - I have some large tumblers I found in a skip at the local community centre. They were throwing out dozens, I've no idea why. But I just don't use that size of glass! I wish I did, but I don't, and I have a lot of other glasses that are nicer, and a few of that size that I'm sentimentally attached to in any case. So thee are going to make their way to the chazzer, I'm building up quite a little stash for things to go there, in the shopping trolley.
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    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 25th Oct 18, 1:52 PM
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    My trainers keep feeling too big so I am washing them in the machine so I can donate them. I have a jumper that can go too so I may as well look around for some other things to go in the bag.
    Push yourself, because no one else is going to do it for you.
    • PollyWollyDoodle
    • By PollyWollyDoodle 25th Oct 18, 3:31 PM
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    Feeling very proud of myself, I treated myself to some new bedding a couple of weeks ago and so I have put one of the old sets in the charity bag. Time was, I would have kept it for Justin! I also got rid of a few dresses that I turned out recently, and some books; gone, before I can change my mind.

    Does anyone else face the dilemma of keeping old stuff because you can't donate it? I've acquired some brand-new wineglasses (long story, but a group that I belong to that no longer need them) they are fairly plain, but that suits me, and they are much nicer than the ones I have which have got dishwasher-bloom. However, my old glasses are really too scruffy to donate to a CS, whereas they could certainly sell the new ones. I'm stuck as I hate the idea of putting the current ones in the bin. They don't really spark joy, but they do hold wine!
    "Inconceivable". "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
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