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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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    • greent
    • By greent 1st Oct 18, 1:52 PM
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    Had to sew up the 'vent' in the rear of DS2's blazer yesterday so took the opportunity to reassess the reels of thread in the box. Result is around a dozen reels of colours which I'll never use have gone into the collection for the shoebox appeal - they make up sewing kits for women in villages, apparently. Also added in a few random hotel sewing kits for them
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    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 1st Oct 18, 4:27 PM
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    Thats a great idea!

    I'm afraid I may have kondoed two picture frames to my sister they have fairly old photographs in them that I'm sure she'll want, and though I feel slightly weird in not negotiating for them, in reality I'm just not that interested in having those particular ones up on the wall. Or any really, it's not what I want from my wall space, I know I'm in the minority on that (and I've only just realised that thats what it is! My word!).
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    • greent
    • By greent 1st Oct 18, 5:46 PM
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    Thats a great idea!

    I'm afraid I may have kondoed two picture frames to my sister they have fairly old photographs in them that I'm sure she'll want, and though I feel slightly weird in not negotiating for them, in reality I'm just not that interested in having those particular ones up on the wall. Or any really, it's not what I want from my wall space, I know I'm in the minority on that (and I've only just realised that thats what it is! My word!).
    Originally posted by Karmacat
    We have one pic (a stylised flower) on our bedroom wall. None others elsewhere. I have a few small photos in magnets of the kids on the fridge and a couple of small young school pics in frames on dining room windowsill and 1 framed photo of all 4 on a chest of drawers on our landing (so top floor where no one else sees it! )- and that is it. No other artwork / photos elsewhere (kids rooms are different - their choices) My house, my choices xx
    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
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    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 1st Oct 18, 6:03 PM
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    Thanks for that, greent - kindred spirits, then! I have a *bit* more than that. A buddha over my bedroom chest of drawers. A mirror on each floor, and I've just given myself permission to get rid of two mirrors with very unusual frames, very small, that sit on the surfaces of things - which is counter productive for me, as I don't like things like that on top of things!

    Two original drawings I bought at science fiction conventions of cats/alien lookalikes , a silk painting of cats that my mother gave me, and a print of a picture from the 1850s of our ancestral church on Merseyside. Oh, plus a hanging my mother made, a Tree Of Life, I didn't want a quilt because the cats would shred it


    I like the look of family and other photos in other people's places - the nephew I catsit for, for example, I really like what they've done - but when I think about it in my own house, the Nopetopus (sp?) comes out to play...
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    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 1st Oct 18, 7:23 PM
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    Hmmm, in my tiny flat, I have three wall-hung mirrors; big one in the hall, medium one in the bedroom and smallish one in the living room. Apart from the hall one which is where I check I won't frighten the horses before leaving home for the day, the others are to bounce light around.


    The only other two things on the walls are one watercolour (still life with flowers) and whichever scenic or floral calendar I am enjoying that year.


    I need quite a bit of empty space to rest my eyes on and the blank walls are soothing. Plus there isn't an awful lot of wall in here - one 2.5 litre can of emulsion covered all the walls, twice over, and left a third of the can over.


    The big mirror was rescued from the discard pile at a bootsale, the middling mirror was rescued from the bin, and the littlest one I paid £2-£3 for at a chazzer. The watercolour cost me £6.50 from Barnardo's and I've loved it for years.


    I have occasionally bought things full retail from proper shops, but I don't like to do it too often in case I get Shopping Germs on me. Or I'm seen doing it and ruin my reputation as a frugalista.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
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    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 1st Oct 18, 8:15 PM
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    Just had a look round and realised I don't have too much on my walls either. Hall has a large mirror like GQ and a photo of DGD . Sitting room has a painting of two herons painted by a friend and a metal wall art over the fire - this is in a room 26 X 12 so not overwhelming! There is a picture or painting in each of the bedrooms but they are quite subtle too.
    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
    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 2nd Oct 18, 8:34 AM
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    Thank you all for chipping in, folks, it's great to see the similarities
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    • PollyWollyDoodle
    • By PollyWollyDoodle 2nd Oct 18, 8:48 AM
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    I have quite a lot of pictures, all ones I've gathered over the years and love. I also have lots of mirrors, not because I like looking at myself but because they bring light in. I have some collages and group family photos which I really like, but I'm not one for individual pics.
    "Inconceivable". "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 2nd Oct 18, 9:37 AM
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    Polly, I'm with you on the collages, I think photos look great grouped together.
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    • greent
    • By greent 2nd Oct 18, 12:03 PM
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    Oooh - I hadn't included mirrors - I have one in the hallway and one in the living room above the fireplace. Also one above (as in wallhung) a chest of drawers in our bedroom and a full length one on our landing (sort of acts as a dressing area in between our bedroom and bathroom (loft conversion)) (And the bathrooms and cloak each have one above the sink)
    I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul
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    • maryb
    • By maryb 2nd Oct 18, 12:56 PM
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    It has only taken about 10 years but DD2 has finally kondo'd her room!! She wants to move into the bigger bedroom vacated by DD1 when she flew the nest but I put my foot down and said she was not turning it into a pit of squalor like her current room and she had to sort out her stuff first.

    Three big black plastic sacks to the clothes bank today (and more to come!!) and eight full carrier bags full of young adult and older primary level books given to a couple of schools in a deprived ward of our otherwise affluent borough. They are very short of funds for things like school libraries and I would rather donate books to them than give them to a charity shop to be bought by just one family.
    It doesn't matter if you are a glass half full or half empty sort of person. Keep it topped up! Cheers!
    • greent
    • By greent 3rd Oct 18, 12:08 PM
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    So I've been chipping away at the boxes I had in the loft for a nearly new sale (nns) - I missed out on seller's tickets earlier in the year (Feb time), the May date was cancelled and then the Sept one was on the day we took DD back to uni. I sold quite a few books over the Summer via fbook, some to Z1ff1t, donated some bits to CS back in Aug, have sold 2 boxes full of clothes this week, donated a couple of items to a friend with a younger son and have just sorted another 2 boxes full of (mainly boxed) toys for the CS. That leaves me with 1 small box of books and 3 other boxes. Some of that will be listed on fbook in run up to Xmas (there's some Xmas dressing up stuff in there) so hopefully some more should go I've also released a huge pile of coat hangers - will be taking some up to school for their 2nd hand rail, which I have promised to sort/ tidy
    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) £1972.10/£5K
    Net sales 2019 £173.62/£500
    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 3rd Oct 18, 12:43 PM
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    greent, you're amazing in the way you manage the throughput of goods for the six of you. I'm in awe
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    • greent
    • By greent 3rd Oct 18, 1:25 PM
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    greent, you're amazing in the way you manage the throughput of goods for the six of you. I'm in awe
    Originally posted by Karmacat

    Thank you We'd be drowning in stuff if I didn't, Kc! The hardest part can be disposing of it in a responsible fashion - that means some stuff hangs around longer than I'd like at times. Thankfully, our kerbside recycling collection is pretty good, although I do prefer to try and have stuff reused in some way if I can
    xx

    ETA: off to tackle some paperwork quickly before the first school run - that stuff gets out of control so quickly if you let it!
    Last edited by greent; 03-10-2018 at 1:28 PM.
    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) £1972.10/£5K
    Net sales 2019 £173.62/£500
    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 3rd Oct 18, 2:23 PM
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    Just tidying paperwork and getting rid of the post it notes that are no longer relevant. Some filing done and an envelope with photos of a nephews wedding being posted to him - they're about 15 years old but he may like to keep them & they've been sitting on the desk for about 2 months at least!
    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
    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 4th Oct 18, 7:02 AM
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    Yesterday evening whilst waiting for somebody to arrive I shredded some paperwork we got down from the loft about 6 weeks ago. It's been sitting in folders on my office floor waiting to be gone through. 8 years of OH's tax paperwork from 1997 onwards has been reduced to a plastic wallet with P60s in (Justin case there's ever any dispute over NI contributions for his pension) and the rest has taken up the space of 10 reams of paper in 2 cardboard boxes, and half a recycling bag. OH kept everything.......... including all the guides to filling in the returns, reminders, envelopes etc etc. Also got rid of paperwork relating to his job in 2005-6 including photocopies of every expenses claim.........



    There's 2 more crates of OH paperwork upstairs in my 'ironing room' which I'll pick through and probably get rid of most of it before OH finishes his current contract and spends more time at home. If it's been in the loft unnoticed for the past 14 years, there can't be much we actually need.
    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 5th Oct 18, 1:10 PM
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    DD1 had used some body lotion on her legs, but the smell made my eyes sting every time she walked by, so that lotion is in the bin (freeby, but proper brand).


    The old paper and glass has been collected again; that always feels so satisfying.


    Husband has cleared out the study!!!! He always pretended it was my mess, but it was mostly his (I'm sure quite a few of you will recognise that behaviour ). He threw out quite a bit (I made sure it ended up in the right recycling pile), and quite a few boxes ended up in the attic () , blocking my access, but he fixed that the next day.


    I pointed out to him how much stuff I already again had for his relatives, and he suggested we buy a car again to export, and fill it with that stuff. We made a profit on the first car we sold, so that would be a good idea.
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    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 6th Oct 18, 4:11 PM
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    Have just stripped my bed and the sheet which I have deliberately been using to destruction has now got religious. Yup, the cotton cloth, long since sides-to-middled- has worn though in the middle and in several other places. It is going through the laundry and, once dry, will go for textile recycling via the chazzer.


    I've had this sheet about 25 years and it wasn't new when I got it, so I feel that it doesn't owe me (or its carbon footprint) anything.


    Several other things (pyjamas, some socks, my gardening shirt) are within weeks of heading likewise. I am concentrating on using them up and then getting them ragged, as the current inventory of certain things is excessive.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • maryb
    • By maryb 6th Oct 18, 7:18 PM
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    Grey Queen do you know if chazzers can take small fabric offcuts to sell for rags? Our textile recycling bins at the tip and local supermarkets now say "no cuttings"
    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 7th Oct 18, 8:09 AM
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    Got rid of all the sample pots of paint I'd tried on Freecycle. One very happy recipient! Dining room wall has started to come down. DH has sheeted up as much as he could but the brick dust still gets everywhere!! Major kondoing of dust and rubble
    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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