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    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 15th Jan 18, 1:45 PM
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    KonMari 2018 - The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up
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    • 15th Jan 18, 1:45 PM
    KonMari 2018 - The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up 15th Jan 18 at 1:45 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




    '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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    • kittie
    • By kittie 11th Feb 18, 7:55 AM
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    GQ the other very good reason for getting rid of fluorescents before they break is the mercury they contain. I seem to remember the official advice is that if a fluorescent bulb goes you should vacate the room for 15 minutes
    Originally posted by maryb
    I didn`t think about that and just remembered that the light gets dimmer over time and I have a box full of specialist fluorescents in my garage. Time to get the stepladder out and replace lights

    I also have 2 tongs and a sad lamp that I never use

    I am still in kondo mood, will see how it takes me after cleaning the humidity vents in kitchen and utility. I hardly ever look up and don`t see cobwebs either. I am finding it so hard to find things to kondo, done all the obvious ones but have just thought about the big spaces occupied by undies/socks/nighties. I think I would like to get it into 2/3 of the space in my chest of drawers, ok I own up, to occupy 2 large drawers instead of 3, eventually to go down to 1, in time when I have worn stuff out. That is today planned, good!!
    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 11th Feb 18, 10:01 AM
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    MMF - after your post I bought a bunch of yellow tulips for my breakfast room. They look lovely and cheerful - a breath of spring. Thank you.
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    • kittie
    • By kittie 11th Feb 18, 10:11 AM
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    Ahh, lovely yellow tulips

    Undies drawers are done and many socks of all sorts kondoed, I managed that goal of having one empty drawer. I did `cheat` and hang up 2 fine thin nightie/wrap sets, hubbie bought them for christmases, he could never think what to get and was no good with hints. I use them for summer holidays

    Vents are all cleaned and I have replaced one large flat bulb and starter motor in the utility. Had to order a small wall bulb though

    Pouring down here, cold and gone dark. Will knit now and listen to sherlock on audible, lol, that was bought 4 years ago, takes no space for all the volumes
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    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 11th Feb 18, 11:30 AM
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    I love tulips too. I bought some daffs yesterday, but they haven't opened yet.

    I'm getting the stuff collected for the tip this week and the plant will be collected too.

    I took all my herbal tea and put them all together in a wooden box with my teapot. I didn't realise I had so much left still! I'm having two cups a day to run it down. Just about to have a cup of licorice tea.

    I have used up the end of two lots of vitamins this week too. Resveratrol and something else, I didn't notice any difference so I won't be buying them again. I used the empty bottles as storage.
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    • wort
    • By wort 11th Feb 18, 12:14 PM
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    hello fish fins, sounds like you've made a good start, I've sort of finished but coming on here helps to spur me to kondo more!!

    My sister took the books and the toiletry bag, the caps still here as sil forgot to take it to give to my niece. Dd2 is having the craft stuff.
    A big beef joint is being cooked today from the freezer, though half will go back in once cooked.
    I'm hoping to have got freezer stock down enough that when I next buy the raw cat food it can go in that freezer rather than putting the small freezer back on.
    Focus on contribution instead of the impressiveness of consumption to see the true beauty in people.
    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 11th Feb 18, 3:48 PM
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    There are a few items of clothing I was unsure what to do with. The almost-local secondhand shop is known for its pilfering staff, selling through internet seems too much hassle (I donot need extra stress right now) and the clothes will not fit dds for another 10 years. Lo and behold! An email from my WI that they will do a pop-up shop in May, and are requesting donations, ladies wear only.
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    • Floss
    • By Floss 11th Feb 18, 4:16 PM
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    Ooh, could I send you some of my cast-offs Siebrie?
    • Fen1
    • By Fen1 11th Feb 18, 4:24 PM
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    Wort: please tell me more about your raw cat food. I have one cat who will eat raw ( my own trimmings from the odd bird or roast), and another cat who won't even look at it.

    My eats-everything cat may need to go on a grain free diet full-time. I buy grain free high quality goods anyway, but I've never bought specialist raw pet food. Moggy just gets what we eat!
    • kittie
    • By kittie 11th Feb 18, 4:26 PM
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    what a busy day, one thing leads to another, just sat down. Taken several things off walls, re-positioned pictures, pulled rawlpugs out, with screws attached btw, ask me how I learnt that. All holes filled and all, bar the one I forgot, are painted. Several previously `unseen` but displayed items are kondoed today, two hand crafted wooden ornaments, one large prize-wining photo picture in a lovely frame to be offered to my three adult children, two large crystal trees from malaysia, one old barometer from the hall, was a present 40 years ago, time to say goodbye. Plants and pictures moved have made a big difference to how various areas look, lighter and more energy flow

    What a day, amazing how it evolved
    • MMF007
    • By MMF007 11th Feb 18, 8:57 PM
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    Well done Kittie, that sounds like a great day!
    I managed to move my wall calendar to a better position I am not quite in your league!

    I did work through a reasonable ' to do' list. The early snow this morning meant we stayed home and RELAXED rather than drive 100 miles and get stressed. Forecast is not too good for tomorrow. I wonder if I'll give myself a snow day?!
    I have changed my work-life balance to a life-work balance.
    • LizzieR
    • By LizzieR 11th Feb 18, 9:11 PM
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    Been loitering here for a while but not posted for ages - although my last post was on the previous thread. It's been lovely catching up over the past few weeks on how everyone is getting on with the kondoing!
    I've definitely fallen off the Kondo wagon and some days feel like I should appear on that Hoarders programme.... Partly because a few months back I gave up the workshop that I had for my jewellery making and brought everything back to my flat - quite a lot of stuff which I'm not going to be getting rid of as I need it for my small business. Alongside that I still had loads of stuff to sort through / get rid of but it all sort of got buried in the spare room and garage.
    Anyway, I'm starting to make a little bit of progress again. I've sorted through a couple of boxes, a couple of bags have gone to the charity, shop, sold something on ebay and donated a set of fiction books to my local library (after checking they wanted them), so things are moving in the right direction. On the plus side I've been managing to not bring extra things in and managed to minimise stuff being accrued at Christmas and birthday.
    For anyone having visions of me climbing over piles of old newspapers and rubbish and only having one chair that I can sit in and have to sleep in, I think 'Hoarders' would reject me - thankfully it's nowhere near that bad ;-)
    • kittie
    • By kittie 11th Feb 18, 9:36 PM
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    big or little steps, it is all progress

    The filler I use is called ronseal smooth powder filler and is less than 3. I have had my box for three years and it is brilliant. When you pull rawlplugs out then there is a fairly big hole, I push the filler over first with a knife and then put a little filler on the edge of that small bendy thing that decorators use and I just do a quick sweep. I never have to sand it, just paint, it dries quickly. The paint I used was the white auro paint that I always use, the tin was 3 years old too but I always seal tight and put packaging tape around the edges. It was perfect to use

    Now I am trying to stay awake for 10 more minutes, then I will go up and read. Had to take a little cbd oil as a sore hip has woken me 2 nights on the trot. Must be my position, back alignment or something, inverter will be used in the morning to straighten me out. Cs tomorrow and also the tip but before I go out, I will do the present packaging drawer, got too many present bags and bits and bobs for wrapping
    • kittie
    • By kittie 12th Feb 18, 8:51 AM
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    There is definitely a lark in me I bounced out of bed and took down a very heavy lined wool curtain, windows 9` wide and floor to ceiling. Vacuumed it, straightened the heading and it is now folded as gently as I could and placed in a medium sized hall ottoman. Very long pole taken down and covered in clingfilm to pack away and all holes mended, in cedar wood so they vanish in the pattern.

    I could have left the hall and lounge curtains but I really don`t want any buyer asking me if they are staying, so better out of sight and packed. For the first time in my life I bought special curtains and they were extremely madly expensive and amazingly clean keepers

    I am fully packed for cs and tip. I read a post, cannot remember who and maybe not even this thread but it struck a chord, now I am being more decisive and fitness bits are going as well as some bulky prepping stuff.

    The starlings are very noisy behind the house, murmuration time. I love it ( and cope with a mucky car). I feel spring in the air today
    • wort
    • By wort 12th Feb 18, 10:55 AM
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    Fen 1 - I buy complete minces from kiezebrink, they come as 1 kg sausage which I defrost a bit and portion into 4 ,each portion will do 2 days. I get 20 kg at a time as postage is dear. I also get day old chicks as a treat he has 1 a day.

    I was told about a face book page called cat cr ap that advocates raw, they have files which explain the ratios 80% meat 10% bone and 10% organ, if you want to make your own . I'm a bit squeamish so haven't made my own .
    It's becoming more popular and some pet shop sell frozen raw, but it works out expensive that way.

    I researched before I got my kitten and he's been on it since I brought him home, his fur is so soft like a rabbit fur! His poo doesn't smell, and as it's species appropriate, he's thrived on it.
    Focus on contribution instead of the impressiveness of consumption to see the true beauty in people.
    • ploppy57
    • By ploppy57 12th Feb 18, 11:56 AM
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    Old bed has been kondoed to the tip. Admittedly we are getting a new one delivered this afternoon, so not actually created a space. But the old one certainly didn't bring me any joy and the new one most certainly will. Looking forward to comfy night sleep at last.
    OH dropped off a bag of bits at CS enroute to the tip as well, so bit more bedroom rubbish gone.

    Having GS's to stay for couple of nights so won't get any more tidying done this week, but hoping to start on kitchen next week.
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    • kittie
    • By kittie 12th Feb 18, 12:16 PM
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    Finished, been out and everything has gone, including a very thick woolovers polo neck jumper. I was never going to go to a snowy land, don`t know why the heck I bought it, so thick it took up 1/3 of a drawer, unworn, someone might be happy. I am wearing a thin woolovers jumper, comfy but like all woolovers, you get what you pay for, it will be going out for spring

    I was just wondering how on earth to pack my massive, again very expensive and only 7 month old bedroom curtain. I love it a lot, had blackout lining put on and would never leave it, have very similar matching lampshades and it all makes my bedroom a cosy haven. The curtains are heavy linen with birds and plants on a linen colour background. Today worked so well with the hall ottoman, I have a longer one at the foot of my bed. Got them from ebay, pale cream leather and padded for sitting. Lovely quality. It is pretty obvious that I also fold and layer that curtain in the upstairs ottoman, they won`t crease that way. I could have had nightmares about packing the 3 curtain sets

    Next kondo then has to be the upstairs ottoman, I want it empty.
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    • MMF007
    • By MMF007 12th Feb 18, 5:05 PM
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    Today I helped a client kondo a lettuce! She had been entertaining at the weekend and had over-stocked so I benefitted from the surplus
    I sorted a lot of recycling into correct bin and then took a neighbour to W8trose where I kondo'd 15 minutes staring happily out of the window while she shopped. Sometimes it is good to just sit and stare.

    I am off tomorrow and shall be exploring my craft stash (I have a Valentine's card to make ) and my wrapping paper stash. I may also kondo some store cupboard ingredients into a Valentine's cake
    I have changed my work-life balance to a life-work balance.
    • kittie
    • By kittie 12th Feb 18, 5:19 PM
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    I kondo'd 15 minutes staring happily out of the window while she shopped. Sometimes it is good to just sit and stare.
    Originally posted by MMF007
    I like it and esp the valentines

    Ottoman is fully empty, 2 throws gone and a fair bit of heavy prepping equipment from an outside chest. I did some heavy stuff too, lovely dry day and took 4 large thick planks, stored dry so the weight was manageable, two slip resistant outdoor mats, one large from when I realised that the decking was treacherous 4 years ago. Trouble is that they got soggy underneath and soggy and wood are not best friends. Now I am wondering how best to carry on with the study/craft room
    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 12th Feb 18, 8:23 PM
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    I've been stacking the rubbish my brother will take to the tip for me. And a different stack of the material to be used for underpinning my fence that has gaps underneath.
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    • kittie
    • By kittie 13th Feb 18, 7:48 AM
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    There is a niggle in my mind and it refers to the garage, again. It is looking awfully full and has become a `resting` place for items I want to take but don`t want in the house. Garage is separate from the house, over the communal parking area. It is going to take a lot of my mental strength to get me to do another pass in there. What ifs are all over the place, what if I need some more rendering? I should keep the special lime powder for justin. I should keep the remaining extension leads and many bulbs, for justin. I cannot see me doing serious carving in there until I have moved, all the dremil stuff, the sharpening and sanding gear as well as clamps, saws, on and on

    I have a large shed that I was trying to clear too but now that is also stuck. Do you think it would be better to `pack`packable garage stuff and keep packed stuff in stacked boxes in the shed. All the time with a view to what can be kondoed. How do I get out of this pickle? I need to wade through and sort and certainly cannot be leaving it to removals men when that day comes. Today is not the right day to start, cold, wet and very windy but at least it gives me time to think it through before I kondo stuff I want
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