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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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    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 7th Oct 18, 8:41 AM
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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"
    Originally posted by maryb
    My chazzer (a Red Cross) will. They will also take old shoes, slippers and handbags and belts. The only things they really can't handle via textile recycling are duvets and pillows. I would enquire as to the policy of whichever chazzer you use. Mine also does metal, electrical cables, small electricals which aren't saleable and CD/DVDs for recycling. I dismantled my old desktop PC to get it down to the bare metal and the cables for recycling. HTH.
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    • Igamogam
    • By Igamogam 7th Oct 18, 10:12 AM
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    I have the house pretty much to myself for the next 5 weeks - OH has gone on his annual 'trip of a lifetime' pursuing his extreme sport. DD1 will be dropping in en route to her next international destination at some time....not sure when or for how long... So I have emptied DD1 bedroom which has become a spare room into the dining room. The contents of one shed into the conservatory.The contents of the office into the living room....I can live the 'organised chaos' I find it easier to deal with all if I can see it all IYSWIM. The only thing I have taken from KM, apart from an organised knicker draw, is does it "spark joy". I am like Greent and GQ and others on here, in that I feel very strongly about disposing of things responsibly.....recycling and reusing as much as poss I will also be selling a great deal on FB Eb*y and my next NCT sale I am downsizing all my work related stuff too....teacher....accumulate so much 'useful stuff' part of that is also I am fed up of subsiding employer

    Lots to do!
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    • luxor4t
    • By luxor4t 7th Oct 18, 11:09 AM
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    I...... I am downsizing all my work related stuff too....teacher....accumulate so much 'useful stuff' part of that is also I am fed up of subsiding employer

    Lots to do!
    Originally posted by Igamogam
    When I applied for early retirement I spent the rest of the year gradually sorting my classroom and home work space so that I wasn't supplying free storage to the school any longer .

    I dread to think how much I'd spent on things that were needed but not provided - most of the pupils were grateful, the management took it for granted.
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    • maryb
    • By maryb 7th Oct 18, 6:37 PM
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    Thanks GQ. I'll toddle into the local chazzers and find out their policy
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    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 8th Oct 18, 9:19 AM
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    DD1 didn't have proper warm pyjamas in her shoebox anymore, so I popped up to the attic to find a pair or 3. I took the time to quickly sort through the 60-ish pyjamas and nightgowns we have up there. A few went to the donation bag (too small, too sexy, too not-nice). I managed to team up quite a few pants and tops. They are given to me over several months, as the mothers go through the wardrobes and just take out anything that is too small; pyjamas don't necessarily come in the same bag or even the same month.

    The three summer nighties went from the shoebox into the attic.

    Husband brought home a large container (like a plastic oil drum) so that we can ship stuff to his relatives in Africa again.

    We received another 2 bags full of clothes and shoes from a schoolfriend. This time, there was a (nearly) new bathing suit in dd1's size included!
    Last edited by Siebrie; 08-10-2018 at 12:25 PM. Reason: kondoing all the spaces between the paragraphs
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    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 8th Oct 18, 10:25 AM
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    Nice one, Siebrie!


    I'm on leave just for today and am pootling and erranding this morning and gardening this afternoon, enjoying lovely sunny autumn weather, ever more precious because you know the days are shortening.

    Have returned two library books, including one I finished this morning, called How Much Is Enough; the case for the good life by Robert Skidelsky and Edward Skidelsky.

    An interesting read, tracing the history of the concept of the good life from classical times to the present, and even pointing out that famous economists like Keynes thought that we'd reach the point of enoughness, whereupon we would almost cease consuming, work less and live more. And how commerce and advertising have given us the turbo-chargeed capitalism and hyper-consumerism which is driving this planet to the edge and a lot of us to the edge of reason.

    Paired with another library book, Cait Flanders' The Year of Less, it has been an interesting few days in the reading world. I highly commend both of them.

    I will be swinging by a pal's home on the way up to the allotments to deliver some firewood and a couple of other things into her porch, she will be at her workplace but is expecting them. The wood was cut into firewood lengths by me and is very ancient and tired fenceposts, too rotten to be repurposed, which have been cut and stored in a plastic dustbin on the lottie for months. I shall get them down to her place a little at a time for the open fire.

    The donation bag sits as ever in the corner of the sitting-room and gets things added to it as they sift to the surface and are identified as surplus to requirements.

    Righty, quick internet surflette whilst drinking tea, early lunch (leftovers) then out and about for a few hours. Have a good day, everyone.
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    John Ruskin
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    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • Pooky
    • By Pooky 8th Oct 18, 1:19 PM
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    If you fancy dropping some into my porch too GQ?

    DD1 finally completed and moved on Friday so we now have the house and garage back. I've spent most of the weekend cleaning and reorganising and feel the house is now back to normal...the garage on the other hand is a nightmare. Several bits of furniture she didn't want are still in there so I need to hoik them out and photograph them and sell them on and then have a really good tidy. All our fire wood is stacked at the back in the large crates that paving stones come in - really big and heavy duty and there's 4 stacked full of lovely dry wood, I just can't get to any of it! Hopefully tomorrow will be dry and I can start getting sorted in there.

    So not only did I kondo a child but 3 carrier bags of books, clothes and CDs left the house this morning, there was a jigsaw puzzle board too (passed along to us by a relative) and that was handed over in the charity shop, priced, put out and sold before we left! Quick turn around!
    "Start every day off with a smile and get it over with" - W. C. Field.
    • greent
    • By greent 8th Oct 18, 3:57 PM
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    there was a jigsaw puzzle board too (passed along to us by a relative) and that was handed over in the charity shop, priced, put out and sold before we left! Quick turn around!
    Originally posted by Pooky
    Wow! - that's fab!

    Sorted a carrier bag of mainly toiletries for the local homeless project - saw an appeal and a collection point has been started in the local smkt. Good way to get rid of (usefully) the excess men's toiletries/ shaving stuff we build up, plus more hotel and airline stuff plus the thick walking socks which DD doesn't like (bought for DoE and never worn again)
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    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 8th Oct 18, 7:03 PM
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    If you fancy dropping some into my porch too GQ?
    Originally posted by Pooky
    I suspect half a carrier bagful won't go very far!


    It was great at the lotties, I co-incidentally arrived at the same time as three other women, all pals. Two are retired and the other two, including me, just had the day off, and we were as happy as larry.


    I have decluttered the soil of seven cutworms and two wireworms, onto the birdtable, and returned a book to a lottie pal.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • littlegreenparrot
    • By littlegreenparrot 8th Oct 18, 8:08 PM
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    Thought this might be of interest,

    Sail Hughes has an article in the Guardian about her new Beauty banks charity (it's still up, can't do links on tablet)

    It's about giving people access to basic toiletries they can't afford, working with companies as well as individuals donating.

    There are details in the article about how to donate, so if you have some spare it's a good home for it.
    • luxor4t
    • By luxor4t 9th Oct 18, 12:19 PM
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    luxor4t
    Thought this might be of interest,

    Sail Hughes has an article in the Guardian about her new Beauty banks charity (it's still up, can't do links on tablet)

    It's about giving people access to basic toiletries they can't afford, working with companies as well as individuals donating.

    There are details in the article about how to donate, so if you have some spare it's a good home for it.
    Originally posted by littlegreenparrot
    https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2018/oct/06/beauty-banks-help-people-too-poor-to-buy-toothpaste-tampons-sali-hughes
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    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 9th Oct 18, 7:58 PM
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    For your benefit and amusement, I have counted my cotton hankies I have 57! And 6 farmer's hankies (g00gle boerenzakdoek and you'll see what I mean). AND I had nearly all of them in use last week for my very bad cold. They all sparked joy for their usefulness, but quite a few not for their appearace, being either men's or very loud. They are all staying until they wear out.

    About half or even two thirds were inherited / given to me, and all are over five years old, some even 20.
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    Still a womble 2017 #25 € 7116,68 = £ 6309.50
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    • ScarletRibbons
    • By ScarletRibbons 10th Oct 18, 5:59 AM
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    Your post reminded me that have a bag of cotton hankies, I'd forgotten about them!!

    Some of mine are "inherited" there a a couple of silk ones that came from my MIL, and she died back in 1970. I must be pretty old then.
    • grunnie
    • By grunnie 10th Oct 18, 6:43 AM
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    I inherited a few silk and lace hankies and added some lavender I had dried a ribbon round the neck a d hang them in my wardrobe
    • carrielovesfanta
    • By carrielovesfanta 10th Oct 18, 7:22 AM
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    Gradually adding some bits to the charity bag - several music dvds that my mum passed to us that were of bands we have no interest in (Asia anyone?!) and a book about the history of the North Sea.
    I feel quite sad about this book as I felt that I would be very interesting. It was interesting but something about the style made it nearly impossible to read. I'm normally a really fast reader and I kept having to re-read pages several times to follow them. I told myself that I would get to the end and then cs it, but gave up half way through.
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    • PollyWollyDoodle
    • By PollyWollyDoodle 10th Oct 18, 9:16 AM
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    I hate giving up on a book, but decided a few years ago that it's just not worth going on if it's not enjoyable to read, no matter how interesting the subject is.

    I turned my underwear drawer out at the weekend - I bought two new bras last week so decided it was time to chuck out the grey, saggy and not-very-good-fit ones. I can't decide how many bras a girl actually needs, how many do you all have? (Mine are expensive engineered ones, I can't get my size in most places!)

    I found some lovely undies that passed the first round of Kondo; but they are ones that I never wear. I really like comfy cotton ones, and these are lacy and flowery, they were bought to match bras which have long gone. I don't know why I hung onto them, they haven't been worn in the last three years so it's time they went. Although most have only been worn a couple of times, I don't think there is anywhere I can recycle used knickers!
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    • carrielovesfanta
    • By carrielovesfanta 10th Oct 18, 10:03 AM
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    I hate giving up on a book, but decided a few years ago that it's just not worth going on if it's not enjoyable to read, no matter how interesting the subject is.

    I turned my underwear drawer out at the weekend - I bought two new bras last week so decided it was time to chuck out the grey, saggy and not-very-good-fit ones. I can't decide how many bras a girl actually needs, how many do you all have? (Mine are expensive engineered ones, I can't get my size in most places!)

    I found some lovely undies that passed the first round of Kondo; but they are ones that I never wear. I really like comfy cotton ones, and these are lacy and flowery, they were bought to match bras which have long gone. I don't know why I hung onto them, they haven't been worn in the last three years so it's time they went. Although most have only been worn a couple of times, I don't think there is anywhere I can recycle used knickers!
    Originally posted by PollyWollyDoodle
    I have some knickers that have this issue too. Not sure why I bought them to match the bras tbh... it's not like I really care!

    Any uses for barely used knickers?
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    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 10th Oct 18, 6:55 PM
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    I am sure I have seen nice secondhand undies in charity shops. If they do not accept them, maybe a women's shelter / refugee centre?
    2019's wi-wa-wombles € 1.083,67 = £ 939.29
    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
    • littlegreenparrot
    • By littlegreenparrot 10th Oct 18, 7:30 PM
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    For a good home for pretty but unwanted knickers have a look at the Smalls for all charity.
    They distribute them in refugee camps and similar.

    Hope this helps x
    • firebubble
    • By firebubble 10th Oct 18, 7:59 PM
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    Nearly new premium brand knickers I either add to one of the clothes donation bins, or a charity shop which works with the homeless.

    Apparently underwear (mens and women's) is always in demand because it's not something people donate.
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