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    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 19th Jul 17, 2:04 PM
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    KonMari 2017 - The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up
    • #1
    • 19th Jul 17, 2:04 PM
    KonMari 2017 - The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up 19th Jul 17 at 2:04 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



    '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.
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    • camelot1001
    • By camelot1001 13th Jan 18, 2:14 PM
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    So sorry to hear you've lost a friend Igamogam, hope you keep distracted and treat yourself and the other little furry friend.

    A hoover has left the premises - when DD rented out her flat we brought the almost new hoover here, it's been in the loft. The one at the flat she's in with her BF has picked up its last and is headed for the tip.

    Plenty more in that loft but it can wait until the weather is a bit warmer.
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 13th Jan 18, 3:07 PM
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    We just spent 3 hours moving our living room furniture and internet connection around the room.

    We threw away about 15 foot of useless cable.

    I also threw away some dog toys and used up most of the veg making soup.

    I used up a household cleaner that I forgot I even had cleaning the bathroom.
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    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 13th Jan 18, 3:19 PM
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    Igamogam - so sorry to learn that your loved pet has taken his last journey. He's had a good life with you and your family, something that many are denied. Hugs x
    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
    • Igamogam
    • By Igamogam 13th Jan 18, 11:22 PM
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    So I manged to sort out bathroom cupboard. Lots of unused lotions potions and body sprays are now in a bag ready for CS. They gave survived the last 3 bathroom cupboard culls so I reckon they have had their chance now and are unloved and unwanted . I have emptied out a few bottles of various things that are almost finished......usually don't like waste but these things have been hanging round a while and have definitely got that 'old' smell about them. All empties have been recycled. Old meds ready to go to chemist for destroying and an old double fitted sheet put out for CS. Everything else folded and put back on shelves neatly......Hmm for how long!!?

    Kitchen cupboards emptied out onto worktops......too many OOD packets or dried fruit,nuts and seeds........Birds will be happy!Will make a list of everything and put it all back tomorrow. Study is a WIP
    Be the change you want to see -with apologies to Gandhi
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    • hebwood
    • By hebwood 14th Jan 18, 1:26 PM
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    Igamogam - so sorry to hear about your pet. Take care.

    silvasava - Bad Nan - loved it!

    Quite a bit a KMing going on at the homestead, including getting rid of a very old manky chair, various bedding/clothes (a lot from the 'fabric stash')/other items going to CS and ragbag which is getting out of the house tomorrow.

    With some lateral thinking (thanks to this thread) rather than get another mattress for my bed, I have swopped it round for one of the spare bed mattress that was bought at the same time, saving time, money, hassle - brilliant.

    I have mostly 'done' the categories and although some need to be revisited, my change in attitude and lateral thinking with consequent results has been the best outcome from this thread and KM this last year. Lots of tidying and re-organising going on - and its' catching - DH is beginning to think that way as well, hence the chair, movement of some furniture and tip visit with some very old tech.

    Getting there .......

    Take care, and hugs to people who need them.
    • VJsmum
    • By VJsmum 14th Jan 18, 2:04 PM
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    Hi all,

    We have just got back from holidays (the canaries, lovely, thanks for asking ) - cabin bag only, of course

    Tomorrow the builder is coming in to finally start putting together the study from the drains issue we had in September . So this afternoon is a clearing and kondoing of the study, but it starts with the conservatory as that is where all the stuff is going. We will also be clearing out the lounge adjacent to the study as they will be decorated and carpeted together.

    So, cover me, I am going in,
    You're out with a friend in the capital, I'm a thousand leagues under the sea
    You're hovering worriedly over your eggs, And I'm pondering trees
    I'm wandering long, And I'm pondering trees
    For you and me
    Guy Garvey
    • Fen1
    • By Fen1 14th Jan 18, 3:58 PM
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    Siebrie: do you have halogen ovens in your part of the world? I'm quite evangelical about mine. I can quickly cook small quantities without heating up the big oven.
    I have a very large halogen with an extender ring to make it extra deep. I've cooked whole chickens, duck, ribs of beef, big hams etc. I wouldn't be without mine now.

    It might keep your husband in check.... en+oven&psc=1 ven&dpPl=1&dpID=41NfA6eGJOL&ref=plSrch
    • shanks77
    • By shanks77 14th Jan 18, 7:15 PM
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    Igamogam so sorry to hear about your furface
    Fen agree with you about halogen love love love mine and use it at least 5 times a week
    VJsmum glad you had a good hol
    Silvasaver that also made me chuckle would loved to have seen her face
    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 14th Jan 18, 7:44 PM
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    Halogen ovens: I have one of the little circular ones, and I love it too: but I'm wondering about cleaning the lid - how do people do it? Or does everyone just cover the food they put in there, if they know its going to create problems?
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    • camelot1001
    • By camelot1001 14th Jan 18, 8:09 PM
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    I love my halogen oven and use it a few times a week, can't remember the last time the 'big' oven was on, only me here so the halogen is plenty big enough.

    I give the lid a wipe down whilst it's still warm, seems to clean the glass part fine, the metal bit gets so hot it will burn off anything that's lingering!
    • Fen1
    • By Fen1 14th Jan 18, 8:22 PM
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    Igamogam. I'm so sorry about your furry.

    Cleaning halogen lids. I have a hinged lid to save space. I just put a dab of cream cleaner ( Cif type ) on a dry sponge and very lightly rub it across the metal grill that covers the bulb. I'm more generous with the cream on the glass. Wipe off with a slightly damp cloth. That keeps everything clean without getting the bulb wet.

    If mine stopped working I would definitely buy another, and the same extra large type ( Andrew James 12 litre hinged.) It's so useful for making roasts. I cook roasts regularly now. I could never be arrissed with the big oven!
    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 14th Jan 18, 9:34 PM
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    Very interested to see how many of you love your halogen ovens. I bought one for the caravan but TBH hav'n't used it much. I kept it for Justin after we sold the 'van so I would be very interested in any tips/recipies that work for you time and me using my gas oven
    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
    • Fen1
    • By Fen1 15th Jan 18, 9:42 AM
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    I use the halogen top rack for grilling bacon ( 250 for 7 minutes)
    Grilling burgers, top rack, ( 200 for 20 minutes)
    Fish fillets en papillote, on a plate on the low rack ( 210 for 15 minutes )
    Roasting large chicken on the bottom rack. Drizzle with oil, salt and pepper. I start cooking upside down, 220 for 30 minutes then 180 for 30 minutes. Turn the chicken over to breast side up, 220 for 30 minutes then 180 for 30 minutes ( if last half hour of cooking time required.) I always use the extender ring when cooking big pieces.

    I do the upside-down then right-way-up roasting method for all meats. Works well.

    Foil roasted ham also works very well.

    Don't know about cakes as I never bake.
    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 15th Jan 18, 9:54 AM
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    Thanks for that Fen1 - your descriptions are much more accurate than the recipe books I've seen. Gonna print that off. Do you do your roasties in the HC too?
    Sorry to hijack the thread but I'd really like to get to grips with using it!
    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 15th Jan 18, 9:57 AM
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    If the halogen oven sparks so much joy for everyone, it's worth checking out!

    This weekend we cleaned up the girls' play-and-crafts corner in the living room. I threw so much away! Right under their noses, and they didn't even notice . Their crafts table is now empty and clean, the rabbit cage is underneath, so no longer an obstruction in the living room, and no chance of a draught for the rabbits (rabbits don't like draughts). Several books went to the attic to be passed on, lots of McD toys were thrown out, and I sorted the Dupl0 into sets after they went to bed, to see if I can sell them on and make some money. The money will go into a pot for a day out at the Efteling, the world's best amusement park (only a slight prejudice - they win many awards every year, though) and about 2hrs away from us.

    I was wearing down 3 pairs of trousers, and 2 of them have developed a small hole. Now, of course, I lack trousers to replace them, and am persuading myself to wear skirts and dresses (of which I have plenty) more often. It's weird, how high of a hurdle that is.
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    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 15th Jan 18, 10:18 AM
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    I had a Halogen oven and ended up freegling it, not because of it's capabilities or performance, they are great, but:-

    I am 5ft 3 with arthritis in my hands and muscle weakness, so I found that taking the top off to move or turn something inside very difficult.

    The type with the hinged lid would have been fine, but I have a small kitchen and no spare worktop without a cupboard over, so lacked the height needed to open it up.

    The lack of worktop space also meant that I found it very difficult to find anywhere to put the top while I worked inside the unit without burning the worktop. I did buy quite an expensive (to me) glass worktop protector, but the other problems won out.

    I was sorry to let it go and if I had a different kitchen and was minus the physical problems I would certainly buy another one
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 15th Jan 18, 10:38 AM
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    I'm getting rid of a ring binder folder, it's too big and we usually use the box files. It's in very good condition so it can go into the donation bags. I didn't take the stuff to the charity shop today as it's raining and I don't drive so I will wait until later in the week.

    I used up the end of a moisturiser on my hands. It was in one of those annoying pump bottles so you can't tell how much is left.

    I'm going to look around for what else can go...
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    • imataloss
    • By imataloss 15th Jan 18, 11:41 AM
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    Hello from a long time lurker and occasional poster
    Hello all

    I love reading this thread and keeping up with everyone`s efforts in clearing the clutter from their homes and lives.

    The time has come for us to get serious about sorting ours. We have a 3 bed house, loft and garage (far too small for the car) just full of stuff. It`s really starting to drain us now because we are having to move things to clean.

    I picked up the book when I was browsing in shops on Saturday and almost bought it. Then almost bought online yesterday too. Then had 2nd thoughts and decided against it. I have far too many books already cluttering the shelves did I really want to add another one?
    So I read lots of things online and decided to take snippets of wisdom from there and this thread and just make a start.

    I don`t have much spare time to do this so I decided that I can manage 30 mins per day before work (I work from home)

    Today I made a start:
    Receipts from handbag and stuffed in a cupboard were sorted have now gone.
    Top shelf in cupboard which is home to shoes, coats and all sorts of stationary was cleared and sorted. I found the service log for boiler and the special key for filter hidden at the back (this was installed 3 years ago and I haven`t been able to find it for the 2 annual services since then).
    Also sticky tape seems to be multiplying in there
    I found at least 6 rolls and 2 rolls of parcel tape.
    All of this now has a home.

    So I hope that you don`t mind me joining in and gaining the benefit of everyone`s wisdom
    I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it.
    • kittie
    • By kittie 15th Jan 18, 12:12 PM
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    I have finished the major KM, finished before christmas and am now into making sure that nothing comes in without something going out. I bought several air cleaning plant last week and have just disposed of 11 bottles and cans of assorted beers and ciders. I don`t drink much and ds and dds don`t drink much these days, anyway they were ood.

    Also got rid of a couple of jumpers from my wardrobe, didn`t have to think about them, they just didn`t feel good any more and I have had them for a fair old time. Books too, my light winter reads, I am reading and then they are going. Wool stash is slowly being used and I am accumulating presents for people, socks and fair isle hats for birthdays in february

    Food stash is slower but is reducing. I am prepared to do a sweep of any foods not in the freezer, will wait until june.

    Keep heart any of you starting or struggling, those little nibbles make a very big difference over time
    • Fen1
    • By Fen1 15th Jan 18, 12:14 PM
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    Wednesday 2000: take a sharp knife or Stanley knife and cut the pump bottle in half so that the top comes off completely. Scoop out any remaining lotion into a spare jar. I keep dinky jam jars just for this purpose.
    I do this with everything: pump bottles, squeezy tubes, toothpaste ( I have form on this one, if anyone remembers that post!!!128521;.) It is AMAZING how much lotion/toothpaste/shampoo is hiding at the bottom. Also v v frightening from a wastefulness point of view.

    Halogen roasties:
    1. Roast meat on the rack. Remove rack. Take meat out and allow to rest.
    2. Immediately after removing meat and rack, scoop out most of fat in the halogen bowl and use for making gravy.
    3. Leave a drizzle of hot fat in the bowl, and toss in hot par-boiled potatoes and parsnips.
    4. Increase heat to 230, and roast for 30 - 40 mins. Removing the extender ring can speed up the process as the bulb will be closer to the veggies.

    Meat perfectly rested, hot cooked roasties.

    If I want roasted onions I put halved onions in at the beginning with the meat, then not bother with the low rack. I can sit the meat on the onions, if I make loads of onions!!!128513;!!!128513;!!!128513;!!!128513;!!!128513;. I still turn the meat over and give the onions a stir.
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