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    • Sa1sysoo
    • By Sa1sysoo 30th Dec 17, 2:05 PM
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    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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    • Seaotter
    • By Seaotter 13th Jan 18, 11:05 PM
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    Seaotter
    49 palm cross
    Originally posted by Seaotter
    50-249 DD decluttered 200 things from her room!
    250 DD and I finished the utility room and we counted another 18 things that went out, mainly in the bin
    258 Two yellow knitted egg cosies
    260 1 football boot. One day I might find the other one
    261 two Christmas decorations
    263 15 coat hangers
    278 slippers that didn't survive a trip in the washing machine
    279 a hat box. I have no hats and can't imagine getting one in the foreseeable future!
    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
    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 14th Jan 18, 1:20 AM
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    Mrs Salad Dodger
    160 Large Cardboard Box dismantled & Recycled

    MrsSD
    160/2018
    • mirko
    • By mirko 14th Jan 18, 11:18 AM
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    mirko
    Want to declutter 365 times this year. So here it goes already...

    1 - Old batteries into Sainsbury's recycle box.
    2 - Old glasses into Specsaver shop (hope they're not the ones my wife's still using )
    3 - Bag of old video games + playing cards taken to the charity shop.

    Feels good.
    Originally posted by mirko
    4 - Bag of books. (Probably 100+)
    5 - All the old glass.
    6 - Duvet covers
    7 - Shawl
    8 - Dozens of bits of clothing from the kids.

    Way more than 8 items so far but got to keep the pressure on.
    • adventureofmemories
    • By adventureofmemories 14th Jan 18, 12:14 PM
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    adventureofmemories
    9. Put a load of un-used craft stuff into a bag ready to take into work for anyone to take what they want
    10. Got rid of a old hand cream
    11. Got rid of a huge pile of scrunched up paper & other items
    Debt to fiancee - £404.00 (left to pay) | Save £12,000 in 2018 - £371.90 all together|2,018 items in 2018 (8/2,018)
    • Rootle
    • By Rootle 14th Jan 18, 2:15 PM
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    Rootle
    Thank you for the kind welcomes!

    1/52 - smoke detector successfully recycled (plus a big load of cardboard from the garage as a bonus)

    Well chuffed.
    • bit by bit
    • By bit by bit 14th Jan 18, 4:01 PM
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    bit by bit
    Another bag of books in the car for work (that makes 7 so far this year). I have already weeded out more books as I pass my shelves, and have started a new bag.

    Kingsize quilt that was gifted to me now gifted to nephew.

    If I continue like this I may actually make an impact by the end of the year
    Wife, mother, gardener, nurse, cancer survivor. Aiming to retire at 55 in February 2021- 33 months to go.
    MFW 2018 #164 £539.80/£3200. Make 2018 in 2018 #30 £525.81/£2018
    Stash Busting 2018 1 projects as yet No Clutter to be Seen in 2018 Challenge: 27/52 bags of stuff plus 6 other items.
    • abbe89
    • By abbe89 14th Jan 18, 11:37 PM
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    abbe89
    Driving through town earlier today I noticed the Oxfam has closed down! I always took my donations there as you got nectar points, but I'll have to start taking them somewhere else now! I've got a small bag ready to go, but plan to have some more by the end of the week!
    • 2018saver
    • By 2018saver 15th Jan 18, 11:59 AM
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    2018saver
    2 items sold and posted
    192/2018
    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 15th Jan 18, 4:46 PM
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    Mrs Salad Dodger
    Thank you for the kind welcomes!

    1/52 - smoke detector successfully recycled (plus a big load of cardboard from the garage as a bonus)

    Well chuffed.
    Originally posted by Rootle
    And so you should be, Rootle. Encourage yourself by saying 2/52
    You are now in the ‘Twilight Zone’ of decluttering. You pick one item to declutter & then spot something else that is an easy win declutter (like the cardboard).

    I must admit to a big smile when I saw your post!

    Toa clutter free 2018

    MrsSD
    160/2018
    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 15th Jan 18, 4:54 PM
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    Mrs Salad Dodger
    abbe89, what a shame. I hope you don’t have too much trouble finding a new cs.

    161 - 162 Beautiful Costume Jewellry Bracelet & Watch (with spare battery) to cs.

    MrsSD
    162/2018
    • Seaotter
    • By Seaotter 15th Jan 18, 10:57 PM
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    Seaotter
    279 a hat box. I have no hats and can't imagine getting one in the foreseeable future!
    Originally posted by Seaotter
    Today DH and I both had the day off, and DD is home from university, and we didn't a lot of decluttering, tidying up the room that we call the back porch which is off the living room and which has been a storeroom since we moved in. One end is still full of boxes, but the other end now has a chair, an old toy box which make a nice table at the side, and my fairy lights are up there! It's only about 3 years since I first planned this....

    289 stuff binned - 10 things
    299 things recycled 6
    305 14 things to the charity shop
    319 two broken bike racks to the top
    321 bag of old foam cushion pads went to the tip
    322 three bottles of meths and similar
    325 6 more things binned
    331 three old glasses to CS
    334 one set of brandy glasses to CS
    335 old glass bonbon dish to CS
    336 two old miniatures of alcohol opened. One of them was undrinkable:-(
    Meanwhile DH had another list going, two things to CS, 12 binned, 7 recycled and 6 taken to their rightful home.

    I make that 363.

    We're off again tomorrow. There will be more!
    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
    • Saver-upper
    • By Saver-upper 16th Jan 18, 1:36 AM
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    Saver-upper
    I had a couple of quiet days,decluttering-wise.And I still haven't got to the charity shop with the stuff I listed here last week .
    Because I hate the house being untidy,traditionally I sent my OH and the 4 kids to inlaws on a Sunday.They get to play computer games/be spoilt by grandparents without me nagging them to tidy up,and I get to clean,tidy,declutter,eat hot meals,drink hot cups of tea while they are still hot .So every week the house is "reset".And I declutter "a cupboard",or "kid's clothes",or " a drawer".But there is still too much "visual clutter" lying around the house.
    So this Sunday just gone,I concentrated more on "small areas" around the house.So,for example,instead of deep-cleaning the whole kitchen,I spent an hour decluttering one side that has bee n driving me crazy for months.I spent 20 minutes sorting out my bedside table,about an hour sorting out teen son's desk......I did this all around the house for 6 hours.Oh ,my word-what a revelation. .So thrilled with the resuts.The house looks so much better.Still got clutter,but there were areas that I had stopped seeing,and was never happy with because I had just got used to how much clutter was sitting on a surface.Now I am on a mission to sort different areas each day.Got a whole school day tomorrow to continue while everyone is out.If they're not careful,my family might come home and find they don't own anything .
    SPC #155 x 7.SPC7=£751.10 SPC8=£651.04 SPC9=£843.00 SPC10=£872.76
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    • Saver-upper
    • By Saver-upper 16th Jan 18, 1:49 AM
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    Saver-upper
    As I say,only a few things out of the house over the last few days:

    Binned:
    128:small plastic bit belonging to a toy that was donated last week .Will in no way affect use of said toy.
    129:headband that had been abandoned on kitchen floor.Will ever be missed
    130:foam aeroplane
    131-132:2 home-made (by the kids) mobiles that had been hanging in our front doorway for yeaaaaaars.Replaced with a lovely one I was given for my birthday last year (yes,it took me 4 months to get around to hanging )

    Recycled:
    133:15yo wedding invitation!
    134:very old address/phone book
    135:1" bundle of papers (actually the notes I had taken so I would remember what had been decluttered so I could update this thread)
    SPC #155 x 7.SPC7=£751.10 SPC8=£651.04 SPC9=£843.00 SPC10=£872.76
    Pinecone £301,Valued Opinions £10.50





    • Uncluttered_unicorn
    • By Uncluttered_unicorn 16th Jan 18, 10:48 AM
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    Uncluttered_unicorn

    144 Chocolate box (have also finally cleared away the packaging from Advent Calendars)
    Originally posted by Uncluttered_unicorn
    My DD has been clearing her room and given me a list to post

    145 to 154 Letters and old ppw.
    155 to 160 Keyrings / chains
    161 to 163 Notebooks
    164 to 166 Pens / pencils stationery
    167 to 184 Make-up and toiletries
    185 to 193 Sets of study cards
    194 -195 Stones (? - Didn't ask)
    196 to 202 Boxes / bags / tins
    203 Teddy ()
    204 to 209 Badges
    210 to 216 Bracelets / bangles
    217 to 219 Wee perfume bottles / testers
    220 Hairband
    221/ 222 Candles

    I resisted the urge to check through her bag, to suggest things could be sold/ passed on, and even to comment that some of the things might be useful (such as her study cards) - and let her throw it all out (in recycling bin where appropriate).
    • villagelife
    • By villagelife 16th Jan 18, 8:51 PM
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    villagelife
    56-63 books to The League of Friends shop.

    Some more sorted but can't carry too many on the bus.
    64-69 plastic wine glasses.
    70 a random glass that has never been used.
    • Saver-upper
    • By Saver-upper 16th Jan 18, 10:39 PM
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    Saver-upper
    Have had a lovely day today: emptied/dusted/polished every surface in son's room: 2 floating shelves,window-sill,top of chest of drawers,small "book-case" built into son's desk.Also tidied the toys in his built-in cupboartd.His room looks lovely,with the work done on it Sunday and today-best it ever has,I think.And he was really pleased with it when he came home from school.
    Out of the house today:
    FINALLY got everything out of the house that I had listed here last week.Plus a few items I have found since then:

    This afternoon I took to charity:
    136:child's ballet bag
    137-140:4 leotards
    141-142:2 ballet cardigans
    143:cloth shopping bag
    144:baby's cloth book
    145:child's doll
    146-153:8 boxes of Cheistmas cards,unopened.I did ask first if they would like them 11 months away from Christmas,because I know alot of charity shops don't have alot of room to store stuff.The lady said no problem,they have a section set aside out the back for next Christmas already
    154-188:bag of rags,which the charity shop sells to textile recyclers for money

    Taken to the tip:
    189:very old,worn saucepan
    190: small whiteboard
    191:singalong CD player,which has never really worked,so was never used
    192:drink bottle top
    193:random piece of steel,don't know what from
    194:nail drier
    And a few of partner's things from decluttering his mancave over the holidays:
    195:old,stiff,and mouldy leather jacket
    196-197:2 foam sleeping mats
    198:clip folder
    199-200:2 large rolls of felt
    201:handful of Barbie magnets
    202:hold-all

    Recycled:
    203:bundle of receipts for baby stuff,dated mid 2002
    204:Build A Bear Workshop coathanger

    And from the loft:
    28:mini photo album (that had been used to store the paper inserts that come with the cds I had donated
    SPC #155 x 7.SPC7=£751.10 SPC8=£651.04 SPC9=£843.00 SPC10=£872.76
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    • 2018saver
    • By 2018saver 17th Jan 18, 12:20 PM
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    2018saver
    2 items sold and posted
    194/2018
    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 17th Jan 18, 10:04 PM
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    Mrs Salad Dodger
    abbe89, what a shame. I hope you don’t have too much trouble finding a new cs.

    161 - 162 Beautiful Costume Jewellry Bracelet & Watch (with spare battery) to cs.

    MrsSD
    162/2018
    Originally posted by Mrs Salad Dodger
    163 Glass Coffee Jar - Rinsed & Recycled
    164 Empty Tin Foil Container - Recycled
    165 Large Cardboard Box Dismantled - Recycled

    166 - 216 Balls of Wool to cs
    217 Two metres of dress material to cs
    218 - 219 rectangular serving plates to cs
    220 - 230 Small Sewing Box with packet of needles, embroidery ring & cottons, reels of cotton
    231 Large Sewing Box for upcycling to cs

    To a Clutter Free 2018

    MrsSD
    231/2018
    • Saver-upper
    • By Saver-upper 18th Jan 18, 12:34 AM
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    Saver-upper
    I have continued doing "little projects" today.It is making a lovely change from working on great big areas.Am seeing lots of quick results at the moment.
    Having said quick,the first thing I did this morning was sort out the tv cables.Our tv is on the wall,and there was a spaghetti junction of cords hanging down from it : cord to Virgin box,one to DVD player,a couple to the Wii,etc.And it looked awful.Today I got a couple of elastic bands,and managed to hide most of them(couldn't hide 2 of them,but the wall looks soooooo much better).
    This afternoon I decluttered a box of drawers containing craft items my 15 -and 14yo used to use when they were toddlers .It was like opening a time capsule.
    I had 20 minutes to look through it all,and set aside anything to donate to the children's school.I also took a photo of the box (an IKEA wooden set of drawers,about A4 size) to show teacher and ask if she would like it also.Yes please,so that will,if I remember,leave the house tomorrow.
    Out of the house today:
    205-206:foam letters and numbers
    207:googley eyes
    208:sticky pads
    209:coloured paper
    210:coloured cardboard
    211-217:7 bags of different beads
    218:crepe paper
    219:bag of ribbons and strings
    220-223:4 wooden animal shapes
    I also donated another 224 pretty box filled with a few items:
    225:bundle of colouring pancils
    226-227:2 bundles of play English currency notes
    228:pretty star-shaped box with lid
    229:Dobble game
    230:spare pair underpants
    SPC #155 x 7.SPC7=£751.10 SPC8=£651.04 SPC9=£843.00 SPC10=£872.76
    Pinecone £301,Valued Opinions £10.50





    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 18th Jan 18, 4:56 PM
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    Mrs Salad Dodger
    163 Glass Coffee Jar - Rinsed & Recycled
    164 Empty Tin Foil Container - Recycled
    165 Large Cardboard Box Dismantled - Recycled

    166 - 216 Balls of Wool to cs
    217 Two metres of dress material to cs
    218 - 219 rectangular serving plates to cs
    220 - 230 Small Sewing Box with packet of needles, embroidery ring & cottons, reels of cotton
    231 Large Sewing Box for upcycling to cs

    To a Clutter Free 2018

    MrsSD
    231/2018
    Originally posted by Mrs Salad Dodger
    Hi everyone,
    Hope the decluttering is going well. I have just taken 3 large bags of stuff to my new cs - I Community - the contents being the items I have already listed. Had a lovely chat with Natalie over my first ever cup of peppermint tea - no sugar but not repulsive. So next cs bag started:

    232 Mug
    233 - 269 individual flavoured tea bags (acquired for DSisil now in Germany)
    270 - 386 Small reels of coloured cottons
    387 Sturdy decorative cardboard container

    Recycled
    388 Large Cardboard Box - dismantled & already in wheelie bin with
    389 washed plastic milk carton

    “See you tomorrow”

    MrsSD
    389/2018
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