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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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    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 8th Jul 18, 8:08 PM
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    GQ freezing currants. I lay them out on trays freeze them and then destalk them. Easy and quick to do with a fork when they are frozen then they are bagged. As they have been frozen flat they don't clump together when bagged.
    Originally posted by grunnie
    Oh pants, I wish I'd known that a few hours ago, shall bear it in mind for next time, tho.


    Mimd you, m mini freezer would have to be empty to take a tray, so that wouldn't have worked too well, anyway. But thank you for the tip, I shall use it next time.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
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    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 8th Jul 18, 8:30 PM
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    GQ could you use lids off tupperware boxes or something similar if they're smaller to juggle in your freezer?


    We're picking raspberries daily and having for breakfast with full fat Greek yogurt. Absolutely scrummy. Also enjoying our weekly rhubarb crumbles as the crowns have gone into overdrive at the moment.
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 8th Jul 18, 9:02 PM
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    Now there's a thought. I shall give it a go when I freeze blackberries in a few weeks. Thank you.



    Just been dgrotting the kitchen and the bathback can dry overnight as I don't want my mini-drawers on it if it is even slightly damp as they have metal frames and will rust/ mark up the paintwork.


    Still have toiletries arrayed on the mat, but they can stay there until I am ready to re-load the drawers, which will probably be tomorrow after w*rk. One of the delights of living alone is that you can do things like that without annoying other people........
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • Floss
    • By Floss 8th Jul 18, 9:08 PM
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    I picked 1.5kg of blackcurrants from 1 bush yesterday, picked most off the stems at the time & rinsed the cruddy debris off them. They have gone straight into the freezer to split the skins for viniculture when DH has diary space for the various processes The other 2 bushes will be picked on Tuesday.
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 8th Jul 18, 9:10 PM
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    I eat mine throughout the year, with greek yoghurt and with flaked almonds sprinkled over or on their own straightfr from frozen as a dessert - lovely!
    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 Jul 18, 9:43 AM
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    I`ve got to do something productive indoors, out of the heat, so have decided to do paperwork in the, now tidy, study on the north side. I have started, put all the files on the desk, step one at least. I`ll just have a cup of coffee and will try not to procrastinate as I hate paperwork and the dreaded tax form. I want to get to bed tonight knowing that I have finished. I keep telling myself that it is never as bad as I anticipate
    • maryb
    • By maryb 9th Jul 18, 9:51 AM
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    GQ, if it's not too fiddly, can you put clear nail varnish on the bits of the frame that actually touch the surround? I did this with a wire fruit bowl where the chrome had tarnished and was leaving marks on the windowsill where it lives
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    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 9th Jul 18, 10:39 AM
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    Finally managed to get DH to get some things out of the garage for me to photograph and put up for sale. Not much in volume but quite expensive and surplus now. Don't want to leave them until they die in storage!!
    Bag of sandals, books and kibble ready to go to CS
    I've been picking loganberries, blackberries, blackcurrants nearly every day. Remainder of gooseberries need to be picked today and I'll strip the blackcurrant bush as they're now beginning to drop off! My mini cucumbers have gone mad so need to offload to neighbours and my tomatoes are just beginning to ripen. Ive got two pots of blueberries and they're ripening too - hope I'll have enough freezer space!!
    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
    • greenbee
    • By greenbee 9th Jul 18, 10:56 AM
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    I've got a spare freezer in the garage if you need it...
    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 9th Jul 18, 11:22 AM
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    Thanks Greenbee - you're very welcome to any extra produce - let me know what you would like! I havn't got round to the rhubarb and the apples yet........
    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
    • greenbee
    • By greenbee 9th Jul 18, 12:16 PM
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    As I have a completely empty undercounter freezer and a half empty chest freezer and will soon have another empty undercounter freezer, are you sure you don't want to take one away? Will swap whatever you have excess of
    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 9th Jul 18, 2:18 PM
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    We have dropped off about 20 wineboxes filled with clothes, toys, etc. at the charity shop. It wasn't my preferred charity, but after a year of those boxes languishing and the mountain growing I bit the bullet and just got them down from the attic and out of the house. Joy!


    I'm working my way through bed linens and cotton handkerchiefs, reusing the same all the time. Wash and use, wash and use.


    DDs were given new dresses by their aunt, and I'm sorry to say it, but they look really cheap and don't fit nicely at all. They were heavily discounted, so cannot be returned, and they already have so many lovely dresses. I made sure they thanked her nicely, and I let them wear their dresses the whole day while we walked around the local lake. We took some pictures of them in front of nicely flowering shrubs, and when they were sitting on a bench at the lakeside, which we sent to Auntie; and then we played in the playground, and ate spaghetti with a red sauce. Now the dresses are not fit for wearing anymore....so sad...


    Auntie is on benefits or has cleaning jobs, so she has to use her money wisely, but won't. I've known her for 11 years; she is a great aunt to visit, she plays games, cooks nice meals, chats, takes them for walks. There is no need for her to buy them cheap dresses; I don't get this need to buy children stuff.
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    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 9th Jul 18, 3:15 PM
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    Greenbee - I already have two tall freezers and a fridge freezer so thanks for the offer but no thanks! But whatever you decide to keep you can certainly have some homegrown produce to put in it - happy to help

    Siebre - I feel your pain with the dresses. An aunt of mine bought my grandaughter a purple satin dress!!! She was only 8 moths old ----- nooooo! Needless to say it was never worn - such a waste of money.
    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
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 9th Jul 18, 7:53 PM
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    Finished pulling aroung the toiletries last night and decided to try using up some n ivea face cream which I don't use on my face as handcream when the present tube runs out. It works or it doesn't, hey?


    Bathroom now looking very neat and tidy, long may that continue.


    Am having a restful evening kondoing some library book reading as said book is due back on Thursday. Yeah, I could easily renew it online but somehow, knowing I could do that in a minute with a few mouseclicks causes me to not be mindful about getting books read and back into the library for other to read.


    This must stop. I finished two books on Saturday/ Sunday and returned them on Sunday and aim to read this one and one more by end of Weds and get them back by Thursday.


    Righty, heading offline now so wishing everyone a relaxing evening and a lovely restful night's sleep. GQ x
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • greent
    • By greent 10th Jul 18, 8:34 AM
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    I've been using up unwanted creams etc as body lotion for a while now - current 'blend' in my tub is a tube of handcream, half a bottle of face oil and a small tester tube of tinted moisturiser (way too dark for my pale face!) - all mixed up thoroughly and it's making for a lovely lightweight, yet moisturising, body cream I've also used face creams which are too heavy for my skin up as body lotion - my legs and arms are way more forgiving than my face!
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    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 10th Jul 18, 9:41 AM
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    I mix up any creams that are too heavy/runny as body lotion and also any ood suncream into a handwash pump bottle - very handy!
    Waiting for delivery of a steel beam today so we can Kondo a wall between my kitchen and dining room to make it open plan. We no longer use the dining room much and it's become a bit of a dumping ground so some radical changes. The dining room faces west so it's lovely and light and I've a small armchair that will sit nicely in the bay window..........
    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
    • WeeMidgie
    • By WeeMidgie 10th Jul 18, 10:30 AM
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    Thanks for the reminder, GQ - I have library books due back tomorrow and you've jogged my memory.


    I've moved fairly recently into a flat which had seen better days, the previous owner had lived in it since it was built and it suffered quite heavy wear and tear as he wasn't at all domesticated. The kitchen in particular had suffered heavy and not very careful use. But - synchronicity to the rescue...


    I've been given a perfectly good and not very old oven, hob and fridge freezer from a very kind neighbour who's having her kitchen stripped out and completely renewed. They were otherwise going to be dumped, and that would have broken my eco frugal heart.



    The hob in my kitchen had old fashioned solid rings which were badly pitted and corroded and shed chunks of rust every time I cleaned them, so it's great to inherit a ceramic hob.



    My kitchen units are okay and are staying, some of the doors have needed adjusted, and the hole for the hob needed enlarged to fit, but the oven which is immaculate has slotted in fine and there's plenty space for the fridge freezer. My neighbour's carousels fit my very awkward corner base cupboard, so no more hands and knees excavations of the furthest corners



    So the handyman who is swapping things over has kondo'd the old hob, oven, which was kaput, and a section of work surface where the fridge freezer will go. (The previous owner had an under the counter fridge).


    My lovely neighbour now has a gift voucher to enjoy, for an experience rather than more Stuff; items with useful life in them have been kept in circulation, and instead, really worn out items have been put to be recycled instead, so everyone's happy .

    The final bit of work will be to visit an architectural salvage yard for a replacement sink. Somehow the previous owner has managed to wreck and corrode the taps, and the sink itself has seen much better days. Elbow grease and heavy duty cleaning haven't done the trick, and unfortunately the neighbour's sink is smaller so can't be used. All in good time, but the old sink will be recycled to the metal bin at the dump when it finally gets replaced.
    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 10th Jul 18, 10:55 AM
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    Weemidge - well done you! Sounds like you will have a lovely up to date kitchen for minimal cost and minimal land fill!
    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
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 10th Jul 18, 4:30 PM
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    Wow, Wee Midgie, what a wonderful haul of kitchen appliances etc. A win-win for the neighbour and for you.


    Pleased to hear that others have successfully experimented with combining lotions and potions. I've often meditated on the sheer amount of toiletries which must go down the sink/ into the landfill bin unused, it's very easy to buy or be gifted with more than one can use before they go off. I'm aiming not to be a repeat offender.


    Looking forward to getting shot of the CRT monitor from the old pooter when Dad comes up to help me harvest spuds, which will be at some point in the next month or so, depending when the tops go over.


    I shall probably be carbooting at the weekend as a seller, if weather permits. Hope to turn some clutter into cash, it's so much more portable, don't you find?
    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 Jul 18, 6:55 PM
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    I once read somewhere that shower gel and bath foam are the same, so now I buy bath foam and refill a handy shower gel bottle with it.
    Wombling to wealth 2018 € 564.37 = £ 487.04
    Still a womble 2017 #25 € 7116,68= £ 6309.50
    Wombling Free 2016 #2 € 3.483,31= £ 2,969.05
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