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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 20th May 19, 11:42 AM
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    As GQ once said you need to have an exit strategy, but have one that works for you.
    If the item is fairly expensive and saleable I tend to use Preloved or Gumtree or Facebook for local stuff, anything else goes to favourite charities. I have a Hospice craft shop nearby that gets any redundant sewing or knitting stuff. There is also a local charity supporting trafficked girls that tends to get household equipment and clothing.
    Like GreenT I always have a CS bag in my spare bedroom ready to drop various items in. It really helps you to focus if you already have an avenue for your unwanted items that suits you like Siebrie.
    Good Luck and Happy Kondoing
    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
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 20th May 19, 12:06 PM
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    NuffinisFree - I was thinking about moving house a few years ago and got rid of a lot of stuff.

    I find it helpful to think would I bother to pack this item if I was moving house? Would I miss it if I donated it instead?
    Push yourself, because no one else is going to do it for you.
    • greenbee
    • By greenbee 20th May 19, 12:39 PM
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    silvasava - can you please let me have the details of the local charity that supports trafficked girls? It sounds like a great idea, and I probably have some things they can benefit from.
    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 20th May 19, 2:52 PM
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    Hi Greenbee - its a local charity called Stella's Voice. Their website is
    stellasvoice.org.uk
    I think the nearest shop for you may be Portsmouth as they dont have very many. Their website tells you all about their ethos.
    Hope you are OK - are you still travelling?
    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
    • greenbee
    • By greenbee 20th May 19, 4:39 PM
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    Thanks Silvasava

    Yep, still travelling. Possibly even more. Must try on clothes and pack this evening!
    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 20th May 19, 8:01 PM
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    Husband managed to fix our extra car! He had had a request (and money) from a friend in Africa to look for a secondhand 4x4. He sourced one, had it delivered at a friend's garage, and then it wouldn't start anymore! We transported it to an official dealer, who said it was the Engine Contol Unit (a computer) and replacement would cost €3,000. We moved the car back to our place, took out the ecu and took it to an ecu specialist, who said nothing was wrong with it. We had it transported to a handyman, who said it was the ignition unit, and a new secondhand part would be at least €900. Husband asked around, calling many dealers and car people, and figured out the problem. He then sourced a replacement part in the UK for €180, which took three weeks to arrive, today. He installed it, and the car is running again!!!

    In the meantime, he had bought and shipped a different car to the friend. So, we will ship this car to Africa for him to use when he spends August there. We will fill up the car with all the items I collect for his relatives, and afterwards he will sell it, and hopefully make enough profit to pay for his trip there
    2019's wi-wa-wombles € 388,95= £ 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 May 19, 5:19 AM
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    Wow, Siebrie, kudos to the husband's resourcefulness!


    I am kondo-ing by proxy later today as went to a pal's last night and she has given me two tops to pass to the charity shop. I was also amused to hear from my Dad that he is putting some photos in albums and labelling them so me and brother will know the minor particupants in the event pictured.


    Why is this amusing? Because they are the 'rents wedding pix and they have gone several years past their golden wedding!
    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 May 19, 8:29 AM
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    We have caught another mouse.....

    I will be so happy to see the 'Africa' pile go! It is currently at least seven of those extremely large shoppers.

    Remember from earlier in the thread where I had identifed some gaps in dds' wardrobes? We have now bought a pair of sandals for each of them. Which means that I now have two small, rather plain, shoeboxes; oh, the joy of anticipation

    One shoebox now holds my constructive underwear The other is awaiting its destination.
    2019's wi-wa-wombles € 388,95= £ 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 May 19, 4:20 PM
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    The joy of a shoeboxes, they are my preferred unit of containment for small fiddly things within cupboards.


    Yestereve, I fetched out a top which was gifted to me (2nd hand) from a friend's chazzer trawling a few months back. Being suited to summery rather than wintry weather means that I had washed and ironed it nicely and had it hanging on the clothes rail.


    Put it on this morning and discovered that it is beyond loose-fitting, the sleeves actually come far enough down my hands to leave only my fingertips peeking out! I'm a big woman and cannot recall being so swamped by an item. Off it came and into the chazzer bag.


    The second item off the rail is another blouse which has been irritating the heck out of me all day by riding up. That's now in the washer and will go chazzerwards once it has been washed and ironed nicely.



    Have decided that things on the clothes rail which haven't been worn in a while, which is mainly tops, need to come off and have an excursion. If they don't suit, I can release them, I have plenty and they all came from chazzers anyway and have only cost a couple of pounds maximum - I won't bust the budget by letting them go.


    Three tops went to the chazzer today, the book I'm currently reading will leave after I've finished with it. Gotta keep the stuff on the move.


    ETA; Just removed the tops mentioned above from my clothing inventory, a simple Word doc with tables in it. The irritating blouse cost me £2.40 back in Nov 2009 - good job it's a classic style and a gorgeous colour, should find a happy new owner soon, I reckon.
    Last edited by GreyQueen; 21-05-2019 at 9:11 PM. 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)

    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 22nd May 19, 10:46 AM
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    Blimey GQ you're organised, but that shouldn't suprise me by now.


    We haven't heard any tales from the junk shop recently, do you still visit?
    • Jox
    • By Jox 22nd May 19, 11:33 AM
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    I discovered KonMari this year (very late to the party) and watched lots of youtube videos for inspiration and actually managed to take multiple bags to charity shops and it helped me with my "hoarding" mindset of not wanting to throw things away in case "I need them one day".

    I've been watching lots of minimalist videos on youtube as well and really like the idea of having a lot less clutter in my home.

    Somehow I stumbled upon Flylady videos on youtube and signing up to the emails from Flylady and watching videos has given me that final push. Flylady says "you can't tidy clutter" and she advocates doing a little every day which benefits me as I work and commute so am only home evenings and weekends.

    I can finally see the floor in my bedroom which is amazing! My 5 year old son even took a basket to the living room and put his toys in the other evening without any prompting from me

    Time to tackle more cupboards and drawers around the house and slowly remove items that have been languishing there for years....it is freeing and lifts a weight from my shoulders!
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 22nd May 19, 3:06 PM
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    Blimey GQ you're organised, but that shouldn't suprise me by now.


    We haven't heard any tales from the junk shop recently, do you still visit?
    Originally posted by Slinky
    I drop in most weeks for a cuppa and a chat but haven't had anything post-worthily amusing to report, but there is still the possibility.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • Flo61
    • By Flo61 23rd May 19, 7:11 AM
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    I would try and sell textbooks on amazon. Some are very expensive to buy new and can fetch a decent second hand price.
    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 23rd May 19, 8:23 AM
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    I drop in most weeks for a cuppa and a chat but haven't had anything post-worthily amusing to report, but there is still the possibility.
    Originally posted by GreyQueen
    Hiya!

    I'm slowly restocking my kitchen, as fast as I can clean the new cupboards. Though actually, it's quite difficult, because I ended up putting stuff everywhere - in my patchwork stash, all sorts of places. New decisions need to be made:

    - a huge great cauldron type thing has gone back to the charity shop. It must hold 8 litres or so, but its very cheaply made, everything would burn in a minute.
    - plasticky bits from my dishwasher installation, kept "just in case" - the kitchen guys reinstalled the dishwasher, so this stuff definitely wasn't needed, hurray.
    - oven thermometer. It was necessary while I had the old oven (before that broke down completely) and now it isn't, woo hoo!
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    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 23rd May 19, 8:24 AM
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    Welcome, Jox!

    Would you have time during your commute to already mentally tackle certain spaces in your home, so that when you arrive home, the actual work does not take so long, because the decisions have already been made? Maybe open a drawer before you leave, do a quick check, close it again, and let it stew in your mind during the day?

    1 pair of dd2's underpants to ragbag, 1 of dd2's jeans skirts to Africa pile. Off to the attic to look for summer pj's for both dds.
    2019's wi-wa-wombles € 388,95= £ 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
    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 23rd May 19, 6:15 PM
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    I drop in most weeks for a cuppa and a chat but haven't had anything post-worthily amusing to report, but there is still the possibility.
    Originally posted by GreyQueen
    Has your KM skill worked its magic on the shop I wonder?!
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 23rd May 19, 7:30 PM
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    Has your KM skill worked its magic on the shop I wonder?!
    Originally posted by Slinky
    One of the three upstairs rooms is navigable, one is mostly navigable and one is........... interestingly cluttered and salted with the debris of the fallen lath & plaster ceiling.


    As for the cellar, I have got some Stuff out by pal is resolutely hanging on to the crate of 40 y.o. bottles of Brandini. He reckons they're drinkable, I can see HUGE floaters inside and wouldn't imbibe them on a dare.......... mebbe one day I shall be allowed to pour 'em away and recycle the bottles!
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • daisy 1571
    • By daisy 1571 25th May 19, 9:12 PM
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    One of the three upstairs rooms is navigable, one is mostly navigable and one is........... interestingly cluttered and salted with the debris of the fallen lath & plaster ceiling.


    As for the cellar, I have got some Stuff out by pal is resolutely hanging on to the crate of 40 y.o. bottles of Brandini. He reckons they're drinkable, I can see HUGE floaters inside and wouldn't imbibe them on a dare.......... mebbe one day I shall be allowed to pour 'em away and recycle the bottles!
    Originally posted by GreyQueen
    Why not pop round one Friday around closing time and ask if he would like a wee Friday celebration drinkie? If he wouldn't I think you can work on him letting you dispose of them rather more responsibly than suggesting anyone drinking it !!

    Goodness me the things he has kept ( but we all love the tales so dont make him clear it ALL out too quickly)

    Daisy xx
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    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 26th May 19, 7:47 AM
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    I managed to get two other kitchen bits to the charity shop yesterday: the cutlery holder from the previous dishwasher, believe it or not - I wasn't sure they'd want it, but they practically grabbed it out of my hand plus a really important KM disposal: two pyrex pie dishes. I've used them as plant saucers, but every time I see them, they make me miserable, because they belonged to my step-grandmother, who used to make me miserable as a child. 30 years later, she was boasting to my mother about how she could make me upset when I was forced to visit her to say goodnight so I'm really, really glad to see the back of them. Only realised because of the whole kitchen revamp, so I'm glad the plates can go off and be useful elsewhere.
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    • greent
    • By greent 26th May 19, 7:52 AM
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    That's such a good thing to have done to get rid of those dishes, Kc - and entirely what KM is about with 'sparking joy' - as those dishes clearly did the opposite for you, it's right that they go and are of use to someone without that connection (who knows - they might actually be bought by someone because they remind them of a favoured and loved granny - that would be lovely! ) xx

    Only things which have left here recently are a card/ gift/ wrapping all from stash yesterday and a pair of trousers which I've had since before I was pregnant with DC3 (now 13) and aren't really my style any more. Ooh - and a book I finished reading
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