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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

    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.

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    • PollyWollyDoodle
    • By PollyWollyDoodle 8th May 18, 5:37 PM
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    I pulled out the big drawer in my wardrobe that holds shoes - not that many these days - I was horrified to see a manky pair of winter shoes, they have holes in the sole and I replaced them last year, but I've a feeling I was keeping them 'in case the new ones aren't as comfortable'. Honestly. They are in the bin, not good enough for CS.

    Today I did a mini-Kondo of my recipe file, after searching vainly for something last week. I've tried to be realistic about what I'm likely to make, (pastry with instant mash in it - what was I thinking?) and I think some of these were aspirational cut-out-and-keep! I rediscovered some old favourites, including the one I was looking for last week. They're all filed in categories now, and next time I'm menu planning I should have some new ideas.

    I hope you feel better Elona. I was about to say the same as GQ, we always blame the last thing we ate before being taken ill, but as often as not it's something completely unrelated. If nobody else was ill it's unlikely to be your lasagne.
    "Inconceivable". "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 8th May 18, 8:03 PM
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    I take it gently, kittie, I don't charge around once I'm up there, always take time to rest between tasks and to chat to the lottie pals.

    Been up there this evening but only for an hour. Weather has been scorching today but predicted not to last. It was insufferably hot at 4 pm but clouding and cooling by 6 pm and I shouldn't be surprised if there was some rain overnight.

    I took advantage of the dry weather to knock some more earth out of uprooted grass clods and to fork through some of the cleared space (which is functioning as a drying platform for the new clods, the rest of the plot is 2 ft high in lush grass).

    Progress is being made and a robin came to help me out by nipping up any grubs which came to light, I just love it when they do that.

    I have cheated for the second year on the trot and bought a punnet of leek seedlings from the local shop. I did this last year when germination failed on the ones I sowed from seed and had a super crop. At 2.20 for the punnet, it's barely any dearer than a seed pkt and without the aggro.

    Now I've just got to clear some ground to get them in asap, Plot1 is nearly under 100% cultivation and Plot2 is a whirlwind of activity where they'd be in danger of being trampled atm.

    Bought down two plastic bottles inc the one described yesterday and they are now in the recycing bin.

    Karmakat, I shall look at the pondweed site another evening but thank you for that. Don'tcha just love the interwebulator?!

    Re the blackberry suckers, I uprooted one and its source was a bit of dead-looking wood less than an inch long, they are amazingly persistant but you do eventually win. Keep pouncing on them and the roots will run out of energy. I used to walk the spud patch with gauntlets on, once or twice a week, and haul about three dozen of the suckers out every time. Grow like triffids but come up fairly easily.

    I have random bits of brambles on Plot2, not great patches, but little bits dotted around. It is a great pleasure to deal with these as they used to grow through into Plot1 and caused scratches and Language. Now Plot2 is mine, I can go after them properly, mwah ha ha!
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • PollyWollyDoodle
    • By PollyWollyDoodle 8th May 18, 8:58 PM
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    I have several words for the little suckers. Some of them begin with 'B' but none of them is 'Bramble' or even 'Blackberry'!

    My garden is infested with them, as you say they will regrow from a tiny piece, they lean over and root from the tip and it's a never-ending battle. Persistence wins in the end - I dig out as much as I can, and if I can't get to the roots I cut off as much growth as possible on the basis that it gives it something else to think about!

    You are an inspiration GQ, hearing what you've achieved makes me want to get on with my garden. The half-hour a day I'm aiming for is definitely paying off.
    "Inconceivable". "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 9th May 18, 7:13 AM
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    I have several words for the little suckers. Some of them begin with 'B' but none of them is 'Bramble' or even 'Blackberry'!

    My garden is infested with them, as you say they will regrow from a tiny piece, they lean over and root from the tip and it's a never-ending battle. Persistence wins in the end - I dig out as much as I can, and if I can't get to the roots I cut off as much growth as possible on the basis that it gives it something else to think about!

    You are an inspiration GQ, hearing what you've achieved makes me want to get on with my garden. The half-hour a day I'm aiming for is definitely paying off.
    Originally posted by PollyWollyDoodle
    Thanks, hun.

    It's so easy to look at an overgrown lottie plot/ garden, and lose the will to live. I absolutely get that. I took on Plot1 in March and also Plot2 in March, nine years later. It would have been better for me if the outgoing tenants hadn't renewed the previous autumn, so I would have had the previous 6 months to peck away at the task, but you get what you get. And get on with it.

    I've likened gardening at this time of year to spinning plates; you get one area OK and several other areas are out of control! You get them sorted, and the original area has gone feral, it slows down about September........

    I remind myself that Plot2 is exactly half the area of Plot1 (collectively they're 450 m sq) which was equally horrible when I got it, and that I know exactly what I'm doing, it's just sweat equity (and cussing, never forget the cussing ) from here on in.

    My Dad has said many at time; Just because you can't do it all, doesn't mean you can't do a little.

    He was specifically talking about gardening, but it applies to all fields of endeavour, and particularly to kondo-ing, in my opinion.

    Feeling that the Room of Doom or Cupboard of Doom or Loft of Horrors is an insurmountable task? Reach in and grab just one item. Drag it out, make a decision about its destination and get it there. Next time, grab one more and repeat until the space is sorted. Unless you have a Narnia in back of your cupboard or loft or shed, you will eventually get to the end of it.

    Hope everyone has a great day, I'm working office hours but counting the hours until I can get back onto my plots, yayyyy!!!!!!!!
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • kittie
    • By kittie 9th May 18, 7:23 AM
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    My Dad has said many at time; Just because you can't do it all, doesn't mean you can't do a little.
    Originally posted by GreyQueen
    I like that quote, very true and better a little than nothing

    I need to re-do/sort my store of bedding, I could not lay my hands on various cotton items so have decided to use my silk put-away items from the past. Might as well get the benefit, rather than my heirs but a job for later in the year, no point looking for jobs when there is plenty to do as it is
    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 9th May 18, 8:12 AM
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    Like your Dad's quote GQ - same style as my elephant one DH & I back on the boat today. Yesterday he sanded the coach roof and we washed it off, masked it up and repainted. Takes a while cos of the shapes but it dried quickly so I could take off the masking tape - looking really nice as the old paint was weathered and worn. Down again today to do the deck which will be even more fiddly because of all the fittings. She's beginning to look really smart now
    Came home and earthed up my potatoes, checked the greenhouse and watered some plants while DH sanded part of the drive that he'd power washed on Sunday - he'll finish it this morning while I have a horse spittle appointment - it's all go at the moment but have to make the most of this glorious weather while we can - at least it keeps us active!!!
    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
    • wort
    • By wort 9th May 18, 11:03 AM
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    Slinky--- re the clematis, gardeners world last year showed carol klein. Taking cuttings it looked really easy , I meant to get around to it. She simply took off a piece, stripped a few leaves off and stuck them in a pot seemed simple.
    You might find it if you Google.
    Just did
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05c6b8r.
    Focus on contribution instead of the impressiveness of consumption to see the true beauty in people.
    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 9th May 18, 11:23 AM
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    I picked white dandelion heads last night until the bucket was full. I have enlisted the 2 pet rabbits to help me, by moving their cages around the garden, every day in a new spot. They do an excellent job at eating dandelion plants!


    Houseclearing/kondoing paperwork is full speed at the moment, because I have misplaced 2 documents I need on Friday! DDs and I need new passports, and the forms where DH and I give permission for them to have passports have gone missing! I have sent them in via scan, and they were accepted, but I need the originals when we go there on Friday.


    It's quite a hassle to get Dutch passports when living in Belgium..... the Dutch embassy in Brussels no longer renews passports, so you have to apply in Breda, Luxembourg or Paris. There are a number of forms to fill in and send in beforehand, then when all is approved, you have to apply in person (including children). They do have an option to send the new passports to you via special courier, though; if you don't want to waste another vacation day picking them up in person (including children). DDs have dual nationality, and if we don't renew their Dutch passports on time, they loose their Dutch nationality....
    Wombling to wealth 2018 948,97 = 852.93
    Still a womble 2017 #25 7116,68 = 6309.50
    Wombling Free 2016 #2 3.483,31 = 2,969.05
    • Emptynester
    • By Emptynester 9th May 18, 12:44 PM
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    Please forgive a lurker popping in but might the missing documents still be with the scanner?
    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 9th May 18, 1:16 PM
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    Thank you for helping! No, after scanning (at work) I put the docs in my workbag (that I clear out every day, la KonMari) and I know I would need to re-fold them, as I folded them in quarters to put them in my bag, but would have to re-fold them into thirds to put them in the envelope with the other docs at home. I know that when I cleared out my bag at home I told myself to put them away (in our safe, which is in a hard-to-access place) immediately, but something came up and I didn't.... There is a place where I put stuff that needs to go to the area the safe is in, so that I only have to make the trip once, but the papers aren't there, either.
    Wombling to wealth 2018 948,97 = 852.93
    Still a womble 2017 #25 7116,68 = 6309.50
    Wombling Free 2016 #2 3.483,31 = 2,969.05
    • PollyWollyDoodle
    • By PollyWollyDoodle 9th May 18, 4:27 PM
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    Sleep on it - it often comes to me the next day. You wouldn't have idly laid them down anywhere, it'll be a safe place, just not the usual one.

    My problem is that I can usually picture the missing item clearly in, say, a white envelope. Searching for white envelopes produces nothing, and when they're eventually found it turns out they were in a brown envelope after all ... so be prepared to go through everything. They've got to be somewhere in the house.
    "Inconceivable". "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 9th May 18, 8:01 PM
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    Thanks Wort I did read about doing the cutting for clematis but I know Ill end up forgetting to water them regularly. I thought I'd try layering as at least the stalk is still connected to the main plant and getting some water that way. If this doesn't work I'll perhaps try cuttings when we come back from holiday next month. I've tried taking cuttings from other plants previously and never had any success despite using rooting powder.
    • PollyWollyDoodle
    • By PollyWollyDoodle 9th May 18, 10:33 PM
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    I'm beginning to think we should have a gardening thread! I did my 30 mins weeding today and then decided to get on with an outstanding job, jet washing the patio. I did it about a month ago but was hurrying to finish before it rained, and didn't do a thorough job.

    Why does one job always lead to three more ... the drain was blocked, so three hours and two buckets of sludge later, and yes dear reader, I ended up sticking my bare hand down the drain to try and clear it ... Tomorrow's job is to finish that bit of jet washing and put it all back in place. And then clean the windows.
    "Inconceivable". "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
    • WeeMidgie
    • By WeeMidgie 10th May 18, 12:09 AM
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    I'm kondoing four old cushions to the Red Cross shop. I almost had conniptions at the price of the ones I liked in John Lewis soft furnishings, 70 for one admittedly beautiful cushion, no way, but thankfully found affordable ones elsewhere. Phew.

    What I really went to John Lewis for was their excellent 9 wall lights, which will allow me to get an electrician to Kondo the hideous wall lights in the flat I'm moving to, which simply have to go, they are truly ugly and spark the exact opposite of joy!

    There are no ceiling lights, just wall lights. These will be fitted with the shades pointing down, so that they don't gather dust - a pet hate I have about uplighters. Dust and dead insects *shudders*

    Two more sleeps (counting tonight) till I pick up the keys.
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    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 10th May 18, 11:22 AM
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    Two more sleeps (counting tonight) till I pick up the keys.
    Originally posted by WeeMidgie
    Hooray!!

    PWD, grinning in recognition of the one job leading to several more. Used to rent part of a mid-19th century house which was falling down around our ears. One tiddly little job (picture hook, anyone?!) could cause 7-8 other jobs and several hundreds of pounds of repairs. We ended up living very gingerly, walking very softly, and with our pictures leaning against the walls..........

    I'm a bit today as just had a brainwave. Am stuck indoors due to door fitting and Mum had asked me to get her some net curtains for her house and I was going to do that errand later today. My brainwave was to get into my net curtain stash and discover that I had unused nets which will (with a small amount of sewing) fit her two windows. Rang her to discuss whether the finessing is acceptable - one is to be shortened, and the other lengthened slightly from the top, and it's highly acceptable.

    I win - a tiny bit more space in the airing cupboard and not having to go to the shops and Mum is delighted. I'll be over there later this month and the curtains will go with me.

    ETA; The door is installed. I have acquired 8 new keys for it and the outdoor cupboard and will be shedding 10 keys (4 sets of 2 keys each for the two locks on the door which isn't there anymore and 2 for the meter cupboard as-was). I say will be shedding because I have two sets of old door keys and I need to get a set each to the folks and to SuperGran, and retrieve my old ones from them. All keys will be put on one ring and into metal recycling via a charity shop.

    I'm busily switching the tags from old to new keys and can't wait to get the old keys outta here, nothing worse than irrelevant keys lying around, you'll end up keeping them forever (and your heirs after you) in case they're important.

    It's a very nice door, much better than the one which it replaced. I am reassured because even the polis have a time breaking these down, so I'm told, which makes me feel a bit safer against the villains around my way.
    Last edited by GreyQueen; 10-05-2018 at 12:48 PM. Reason: To add a bit
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 10th May 18, 2:40 PM
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    GQ, great news about the door! It's such an issue - I had a upvc front door fitted before I knew about such things, and I've regretted it multiple times ever since (though my own has never been put to the test, fortunately).
    Downsized and paid off mortgage 2010
    Retired August 2016
    Paid off French mortgage September 2018
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 10th May 18, 3:18 PM
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    GQ, great news about the door! It's such an issue - I had a upvc front door fitted before I knew about such things, and I've regretted it multiple times ever since (though my own has never been put to the test, fortunately).
    Originally posted by Karmacat
    This is called a composite door, mainly made of uPVC, but the ones which look like gloss-painted wood from the outside, you've probably seen the like. Think they cost the thick end of 1k.

    I've heard the Police grumbling that they're hard to get thru with a battering ram........

    Certainly makes my flat look the business, several other flats nearby have had these doors already and I was beginnng to look like the poor relation around here.

    I have done a chazzer bag drop-off, including the old door chain, which was my personal property, as the new door comes with one already installed. No point in putting it away somewhere as an MBU (might-be-useful, in my family's parlance). That was lies madness.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 10th May 18, 9:35 PM
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    After a whole day of searching, turning, putting away, shredding, picking up, checking.... I have not found the documents. I even watsapped dh faraway to doublecheck his luggage, but he doesn't have them either I will have to call the council people and postpone our appointment to a Wednesday afternoon in 3 weeks, after my husband's return. B******r.
    Wombling to wealth 2018 948,97 = 852.93
    Still a womble 2017 #25 7116,68 = 6309.50
    Wombling Free 2016 #2 3.483,31 = 2,969.05
    • PollyWollyDoodle
    • By PollyWollyDoodle 10th May 18, 10:18 PM
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    Oh no. Sorry to hear it
    "Inconceivable". "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
    • kittie
    • By kittie 11th May 18, 6:59 AM
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    It is that time of year, seems to be outdoor kondo, which arises via tidying, then soon indoor kondo again, once the garden is settled

    I got to that `just too warm` point in bed last night so have to bite the bullet re my bedding. Yes I did the bedding kondo, twice but I bought more bedding since, cozee home, which is adorable for winter and how could I deprive my spare beds for my family. What bedding for summer? oh no, could not find it. I have silk aplenty for my bed, ok was from spending sprees when savings meant nothing. Silk gets worn out fairly quickly and is also quite warm, so I have decided to use my silk, for me, not store it for whenever

    I did tidy my silk into sets, in pillowcases but they slip and slide, they are on the landing floor now and so are all the cozee home sets. I did buy one set of cotton percale last year, when silk was too warm, found it at last. I am going to have to go right through my bedding today, luckily kondo made me tighten up where I keep the stuff ie as near to the beds as possible. Wish me luck as I aim to have one winter set and one summer set per guest bed and 2 of each for my bed. I have 2 singles still side by side and like to dress them identically, so 3 sets for my 2 singles

    ok that is my mind kondo`ed, first job of the day and I will have to use vac bags for the soft squishy fluffy winter sets
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