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    • Sa1sysoo
    • By Sa1sysoo 30th Dec 17, 2:05 PM
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    Sa1sysoo
    2018 - No Clutter To Be Seen
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    • 30th Dec 17, 2:05 PM
    2018 - No Clutter To Be Seen 30th Dec 17 at 2:05 PM
    To use Guineapigsqueaks/my own wording, "A new thread for declutterbugs in 2015 2016 2017 2018!"

    I'm going to aim to get rid of 2018 items in 2018.
    There are some lovely tips on the KonMari thread here, set up by the talented Slinky: http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5681824

    Of particular note is post 4 of where you can get rid of unwanted items:
    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showpost.php?p=69806488&postcount=4

    Welcome one and all and happy decluttering!

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    Last edited by MSE Andrea; 14-02-2018 at 11:50 AM.
    2018 £2 Savers Club #28 - £20/£100 Target Weight Loss: 0/6
    2018 1%
    Club (#8) - 1%/100%
    Declutter 2018 in 2018 - 83/2018
    Joint Overdraft: £1,400/£1,500, Barclaycard (0%): £5,080.43/£5,197.37
    DH Overdraft: £1,800 Virgin CC (0%):£4,644.20/£3,857.70
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    • galadriel
    • By galadriel 3rd Jan 18, 10:03 AM
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    galadriel
    Yesterday I started to clear some rubbish/paper clutter
    10) carrier bag full of packaging from small bedroom left by grandchildren on Christmas Day
    11) carrier bag of paper from my bedroom
    12) remains of an out of date bottle of cider vinegar - poured in washer when washing mophead
    13) carrier bag of paper from living room
    14) old pair of slippers - now wearing nice new ones.

    I now have loads of stuff to file away and loads to shred. All bins, both recycling and rubbish are full so will probably look for some stuff for a charity collection today.

    • 2018saver
    • By 2018saver 3rd Jan 18, 11:31 AM
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    2018saver
    So far today have taken an old coat and dressing gown to the charity shop, put a pair of old gutties in the bin and posted a book and a dress that I sold on eBay. Hoping to make a bit more headway this afternoon.
    9/2018
    • Seaotter
    • By Seaotter 3rd Jan 18, 12:01 PM
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    Seaotter
    I need to get back on to this - we did well in 2016, following the Kondo checklist initially, and bits of the house felt a whole lot better - and we were surprised how much that impacted on us. But everything has slipped, life got busy and we had to empty my aunt's flat so we could sell it as she's now in a nursing home. The flat is now sold (completed yesterday!) so it's time to move on and get back to sorting.

    I've committed to spending 20 minutes on average each day in 2018 declutering - or longer if that's what it takes to clear 6 items! I'm already 'behind' as we're still away on holiday, but going home today and fancying a blitz over the next few days whilst work is relatively quiet.

    Will be lurking on here looking for inspiration!
    Sealed pot challenge 11 - #104 SPC10 - £526.50 SPC9 - £712.52. SPC8 - £477.50
    Virtual pot challenge 2018 - £155.20 (target £250) 2017 £286.04. 2016 £286.89. 2015 £366.96
    Family declutter in 2018 - 420/2018
    Family declutter in 2017 - 173/2017 - oops, I'm sure we did more than that.
    Family declutter in 2016 - 1469/2016 and about 1,000 books
    • noelphobic
    • By noelphobic 3rd Jan 18, 5:14 PM
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    noelphobic
    Hi All,


    Will also be taking items to car boot to attempt to sell before taking to skip to hopefully help towards paying off my CC through another challenge by Xmas 2018. Looking forward to the motivation the thread will give to declutter and sort a little each day.
    Originally posted by Whatshername
    Would you not take anything that doesn't sell at a car boot sale to a charity shop? I have the thought of anything that still has life in it going to landfill - part of the reason I'm in this mess
    3 stone down, 3 more to go
    • noelphobic
    • By noelphobic 3rd Jan 18, 5:23 PM
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    noelphobic
    3) trousers
    4/5) tops

    Above to charity shop

    Normally when I take a bag of clothes to a charity shop I start a new one. However, my clothes are currently fairly well organised and not causing too much clutter, plus I have got rid of a lot, due to losing weight

    My summer clothes are in a suitcase and the rest are in two wardrobes and two chests of drawers. Still far too many but I'm not treating them as a priority, as they are currently well organised.

    I have started another charity shop bag with some books and a few other odds and ends and will count them when they're gone. I've put all my Xmas cards, apart from the one from my son, in the car boot and will take them to one of the shops that has recycling facilities for them.

    6/7 out of date debit and credit cards, in bin

    Annoyingly, I can't find one of my current credit cards. I bought 3 tops on it before Xmas and want to return them.
    Originally posted by noelphobic
    8) several rolls/sheets of Xmas paper

    Put these in recycling bin. Most of it had never been used but was crumpled/dusty and I have better.

    Organised the rest of the paper/cards/tags and other Xmas paraphernalia into 2 bags ready to go in the loft. DS would usually go up in the loft for me but we're not on the best of terms at the moment, sadly
    3 stone down, 3 more to go
    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 3rd Jan 18, 5:26 PM
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    Slinky
    Would you not take anything that doesn't sell at a car boot sale to a charity shop? I have the thought of anything that still has life in it going to landfill - part of the reason I'm in this mess
    Originally posted by noelphobic
    But if it won't sell at a car boot will it sell from a charity shop? We have to be careful about dumping unsellable items on charity shops which increase their costs as they have to dispose of them, just to avoid our own guilty feelings about throwing things away.
    • Uncluttered_unicorn
    • By Uncluttered_unicorn 3rd Jan 18, 5:55 PM
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    Uncluttered_unicorn
    And we are off too!!!
    1. Washbag (broken)
    2/ 3 Hotel-size shampoo bottles (used up)
    4. Bottle of make-up remover (used up)
    5. Brush-cleaning mat
    6. Shower cap
    7. Lip scrub
    8, Plastic Bottle
    9. Disposable razor with hanger
    10. Takeaway menu
    11. Face mask
    12 to 17 Face cleaning system-thing with brushes, batteries and storage bag
    18. Cardboard packaging
    19. Bath 'lily'
    20/ 21. 2 plastic bottles
    22 to 25 4 books (cs)
    26. Old sauce bottle hiding in back of cupboard
    27 to 49 Dud batteries (is it Ok to count them singly? - they all had to be checked
    50 to 100 Various t-shirts, pyjamas and socks (my 13yo has been clearing her room out )
    101/102. 2 old letters - dealt with and disposed of
    103/104. Hotel-size shower gel

    We're off to a flyer with the holidays, will slow down a bit now back to work today, and school is back next week but hope to post every few days.
    • 2018saver
    • By 2018saver 3rd Jan 18, 6:16 PM
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    Cleared out a box of old receipts this afternoon and put a big bag load of them into the recycling. Going to count this as 2 as it was such a big job!
    11/2018
    • pixiedust09
    • By pixiedust09 3rd Jan 18, 7:58 PM
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    pixiedust09
    Managed to get rid of a few bits today, would have liked to have cleared more but had to get some studying done, as already behind and back to work tomorrow. Did managed to list 11 items on eBay, which always takes longer than you think. Have 3 bids already so hopefully a few pennies recouped for the pot.

    Out of the house today
    8 Paper bags to recycle bin
    1 biscuit tin
    1 hero!!!8217;s tin (hubby took both to work for odd tool bits)
    I jewellery box and contents (in CS bag)
    Total = 11 items 207/2018 : )
    MFW 142- Oct 1999 £55,0000, Jul 2013 £27,593.17 Oct 2013 £26,531, Dec 2014 £22,600, Dec 2015 £20,190, Jan 2016 £19,944.19 Mar 2017 £16,944.76 Decluttered 207/2018
    Smile it confuses people
    • oceanspirit
    • By oceanspirit 3rd Jan 18, 10:07 PM
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    oceanspirit
    Made a start today. 14 bits of paperwork either shredded or recycled.

    Decided to also do 2018 old emails from 2017 and earlier over the year as I have thousands which need deleting and/or dealing with.
    • abbe89
    • By abbe89 3rd Jan 18, 10:40 PM
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    abbe89
    Well I've made a basic start - 1 item sold through Facebook that was posted yesterday!
    I've started a new job this week so I'm a bit drained in the evenings, but will get cracking with the proper sorting next week!
    • Saver-upper
    • By Saver-upper 4th Jan 18, 12:45 AM
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    Saver-upper
    I have spent a fair few hours this afternoon/evening decluttering a "wall" of stuff that has been sitting in my front room for a few months:a filing box,full of files that need to be sorted,a box of random papers,to be shredded/filed,box of bits to either donate or take to tip.And when I was tidying up the front room to put up the Christmas tree,I also rounded up a whole lot of papers to be sorted,and put those there as well.
    So today I have been trying to sort through those.Alot of paper put out for recycling,which I will count as 5,so 55-59.
    60:
    I also put out for recycling,a box that contained a day-light.Now,I bought that day-light about 7-8 years ago,and kept the box "just incase".My 15yo daughter is now using it as her study-lamp,the chance of me ever needing this box is next to nil,so am about to put it out for recycling.I don't usually count day-to-day recycling/rubbish on my count,but the fact that this box has been hanging around for so long,means it really was decluttered .
    Also in the wall of stuff is a few plastic toys that I am finally ready to get rid of.I have set them aside for the next time I go to the tip,and will add them to my list when they leave tthe house.
    It is lovely seeing so many new faces around here.Welcome,everyone,and happy decluttering .
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    • Saver-upper
    • By Saver-upper 4th Jan 18, 12:51 AM
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    Saver-upper
    Had an embarrassing moment there. I hadn't subscribed to the thread - yes, the one I set up - so thought I may have been doing this challenge on my own!
    Originally posted by Sa1sysoo


    We are glad you found us,Sa1sysoo
    SPC #155 x 7.SPC7=£751.10 SPC8=£651.04 SPC9=£843.00 SPC10=£872.76
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    • 2018saver
    • By 2018saver 4th Jan 18, 12:08 PM
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    2018saver
    This morning have donated a couple of bits from the kitchen and returned a piece of clothing while at the shops. Also emptied a bag that has been lying for months and got rid of that. Big item from the garage away to the dump just now - going to count as 2!
    17/2018
    • villagelife
    • By villagelife 4th Jan 18, 7:06 PM
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    villagelife
    Have done some more but will do more tomorrow.

    10-22 cutlery. I kept it to one side over Christmas and we didn't need them so out of the house they are.

    23 magazine in the reccling.
    • galadriel
    • By galadriel 4th Jan 18, 7:31 PM
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    galadriel
    Yesterday
    15) carrier bag of paper from hall window ledge
    16,17) two cans of lager left over from a barbecue given to son in law
    18) hairdryer with damaged cable
    19) cloth bag
    20) nylon bag
    21) cottage ornament

    Nothing today as I started back to work and am shattered.

    • 2018saver
    • By 2018saver 4th Jan 18, 7:49 PM
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    2018saver
    This afternoon sorted through a box and threw a few small bits in the recycling. Also got rid of a magazine and a couple of bags that had found their way into a drawer instead of the bins! Started a bag for the charity shop with 2 pairs of shoes and a jumper, but will count these when I finish filling it and drop it off.
    21/2018
    • Saver-upper
    • By Saver-upper 4th Jan 18, 9:08 PM
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    Saver-upper
    This morning I sent one of my 11yo to school with a bag of stuff to donate to reception classes.The teachers are always so appreciative of any resources I have donated over the years,so that makes me feel good.
    In the bag was:
    61:Guess Who game
    62:box of assorted beads
    63-66:bags of beads
    67-68:2 bags of googley eyes
    69:bag of 8 Melissa and Doug stamps
    70:unopened bag of fluorescent cardboard pieces
    71-72:spare underpants
    SPC #155 x 7.SPC7=£751.10 SPC8=£651.04 SPC9=£843.00 SPC10=£872.76
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    • Whatshername
    • By Whatshername 5th Jan 18, 3:14 AM
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    Whatshername
    Noel phobic - sorry canít seem to quote on my phone lol
    Charity shops around here seem to be a little fussy about what they take. Once took a box of reasonably good items to 4 different ones and nobody would accept as bric a brac. Can see their point about not selling though.

    Not much sorting yesterday so need to get back on the wagon today if the kids will give me two mins to get some done

    Need to weigh some items to work out postage costs for eBay so hopefully get that done today as well as sell some books I have lying around collecting dust
    • noelphobic
    • By noelphobic 5th Jan 18, 9:23 AM
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    But if it won't sell at a car boot will it sell from a charity shop? We have to be careful about dumping unsellable items on charity shops which increase their costs as they have to dispose of them, just to avoid our own guilty feelings about throwing things away.
    Originally posted by Slinky
    That's a good point but sometimes items don't sell in car boot sales even though they're in good condition. For example, books may not sell well at a car boot but the charity shop may still be happy to take them. I took a brand new book to a charity shop yesterday. I'd ordered two by mistake and it was more trouble than it was worth to send it back or attempt to sell it.

    One of the shops by me only takes books or clothes. I don't like the staff/ethos of the shop so I don't take anything there now. Another shop nearby has told me they take 'anything'. They're happy to take broken suitcases as they ship goods abroad and can tape the suitcases up. They also take old phones, chargers and candles, which other shops may not be interested in.

    I certainly wouldn't advocate taking any old fat to a charity shop. Apart from anything else, I would be too embarrassed to go back to the same shop.

    It's also worth asking individual shops what they do and don't take.
    Last edited by noelphobic; 05-01-2018 at 9:24 AM. Reason: Typo
    3 stone down, 3 more to go
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