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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

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    '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 10th Jul 18, 8:22 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.
    Originally posted by Siebrie
    A lot of products are detergents inc surfactants, perfume and preservatives, so it's al l pretty much of a muchness.


    Have been allotmenteering for just over an hour. Have done some tidying up preparatory for the pre-pond prep. I blush to call my inherited pond a Pond as it's all of 2 ft long by about a foot wide and approximately shaped like a peanut shell.


    I am planning to move it from the stupid place where its original owner left it (slap bang in the middle of Plot2), over to Plot1 in an area I call The Flowerbed. This is the end of Plot1 where it's by the path and I don't really want veggies there as it's just a bit too tempting for passers-by, IYKWIM.


    I've never moved a pond liner before so will be going about it very methodically, being careful to keep the original pond water to refill afterwards. Then the little froggies will have a home not too far from the stand tap, where they also like to congregate.


    And I'll have uniimpeded use of a big chunk of ground for veggies.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • greent
    • By greent 11th Jul 18, 4:15 PM
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    I'm a big believer that (much of the time) soap is soap is soap. So I refill handwash and shower gel bottles with cheap bubble bath. The dregs of the bubble bath bottle I used to refill the boys' bathroom handwash with yesterday (I like to have them in colours to match the rooms! ) was then washed out and added to wmachine soap drawer. My laundry gloop is made with hotel small bars of soap (I have a large stash of technically ood bars, so charities won't take them, but I give new bars to foodbank/ shoebox appeal/ homeless centre, depending upon who is asking!) I use the dregs of my daughter's (apple) shampoo as w-u-liquid, as do I with any other ok fragranced bottles (I wash mine out when washing my hair, but I cannot make everyone else do that, so I wash theirs out by using the dregs as w-u-l)

    I found a small bottle of cuticle oil in my drawer today, along with a tester freebie gift tube of primer - so added them both to my current jar of mixed-stuff-body cream I received both as gifts (one as a proper gift, one as gwp)and neither are things I'd use, so this way I will They've both been hanging around a while, so I'm glad to see them go and recycle the bottle, if not the (now cut up) tube.
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    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 11th Jul 18, 7:03 PM
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    I'm having a little pootling around at home evening (bit too tired for allotmenteering tonight) and have turfed out some things, repurposed others, brought some things forward for use and flattened some boxed for recycling.


    Am limbering up to go bootsaling this coming Sunday and will try to get a few things outta here and not bring too many more back (counsel of perfection, I probably will buy something, hopefully nothing worse than a book or two which can be read then donated ).
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • grunnie
    • By grunnie 11th Jul 18, 7:18 PM
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    I have decided to KM my large dinner set which includes veggie dishes gravy boats etc etc. There is only 2 of us so why do I need a 12 plate setting for a banquet. It filled 2 banana boxes so off to the charity shop tomorrow.
    Just found a denb y tea set that I have never used so it is going too. Freed up a double cupboard hippeee.
    • camelot1001
    • By camelot1001 11th Jul 18, 7:38 PM
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    I've emptied all the carp from the conservatory this afternoon as it's going to be demolished on Friday!

    Whilst on a roll, sorted all my children's toys from the loft, cleaned them up so the DGC can play with them.
    • PollyWollyDoodle
    • By PollyWollyDoodle 11th Jul 18, 10:12 PM
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    I made coleslaw tonight, and decided I'd use the mandoline which I kept when I Kondoed the kitchen because I was convinced I'd use it.

    It did make nice neat julienne strips of carrot, but they took forever to do - and I'm slightly scared of it, with good reason - they're not kidding when they say those blades are sharp! I had to finish the carrot and the cabbage by hand, because the safety holder wasn't gripping them tightly. Might as well have done the whole thing by hand with a chopping board and a big knife. It's going, I love the idea of perfectly equal thin slices but in reality, I don't cook that way.
    "Inconceivable". "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
    • kittie
    • By kittie 12th Jul 18, 6:11 AM
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    My extra sharp mandoline went too Polly. My hubbie could not stand to watch me using it, the sharpest thing I ever used. I kondoed it last year, started to have `what if` visions and it was not worth it, the `what if`

    Kondo is being a life saver here, not actual `right now` kondo but having finished kondo. I can only get out and do a couple of early or late hours, the garage gets boiling and even the insulated wooden outbuilding is too warm. I managed to just about finish packing up the garage last night, only one 5 x 5 cm metal object went out. I am at the stage though when I am losing that recording and listing meticulousness and things are just being piled into boxes. I want to be ready to move all the garage contents end of august


    So today, after breakfast, I will change and get into the outbuilding and start packing the garden products, just leaving miracle grow and a pair of secateurs and gloves. My flours need to be sorted too and I will kondo the peasant flours, I cannot face making bread trenchers in this weather, so they will go. My new home has a very handy top notch private supermarket and a deli/wholefoods shop with fantastic ratings, 10 minute walk away. I may not have to store much food in future and I won`t know myself. I havent been within walking distance of any shop for over 50 years, soon they will all be in walking range.
    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 12th Jul 18, 4:30 PM
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    I spent the weekend at my parents' picking up my dds, who had spent the first week of the summer break there.

    We borrow their gas tank for camping (why buy one if they have it stored), and in order to get it out of the bedroom cupboard, I had to take out all their emergency/prep stash. This is all stored in a top cupboard in the spare bedroom, so, although it's well-organised, they hardly ever go there. Most items were ood! Long life milk, longlife chocolate milk, longlife buttermilk, graham crackers, sultana biscuits.... Not ages ood, but a few months, so we threw away the buttermilk, and put all the other items into circulation. I'm having the crackers for breakfast, lunch, and evening snack these days and DD2 has finished the first carton of longlife choc milk.

    I am working from home 2 days/week during summer, which I hate, as my home is my safe place, where I can be me, wife, Mum, without any stress from work. My dds are not interested in any summer (day)camp and prefer to stay home and have friends over or go there. This is the solution... I will line up some more playdates in the next few weeks, so I can go to the office in the afternoons at least.
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    • kittie
    • By kittie 12th Jul 18, 5:53 PM
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    I had to kondo in the big shed today, I just kept leaving it until it had to be done. Nothing from the shed has been catalogued and I started so well in the garage, I have reached the point of some stuff for the tip and the rest into any box. I did get rid of the peasant flour and made 32 nice rolls with cotswold crunch. I can see today`s efforts in the number of lock n lock boxes I had to wash. I don`t think I can do any more in the shed for now. I have more time to do the house, did a lot of house kondo anyway. It must look nice next week when the photos are done, then I can relax until september when it will be all sytems go (again)
    • WeeMidgie
    • By WeeMidgie 12th Jul 18, 8:50 PM
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    I had an early meal this evening, and delayed the washing up, which was just as well, because the kitchen wall cupboard which was put up yesterday decided to Kondo itself. If I had been washing up, it would have done me serious damage, as it's a very small kitchen and I'd have been hit.

    So, thankful it's only Stuff that got it. I now need a new pestle and mortar (the cupboard smashed onto them on the way down), and a new waste bin. The lino is gouged in three places but that's not a heartbreak, as it's well past its best. Lucky the pestle and mortar were there, or the worktop would have been gouged. So thankful that it didn't take out me or the cat!! The handyman had put it up with screws and rawlplugs. Probably should have used bolts?
    • Floss
    • By Floss 12th Jul 18, 9:36 PM
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    Wee Midgie probably yes...our wall cabinets are held on with bolts. Good thing you weren't there!
    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 13th Jul 18, 2:15 PM
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    Last night I was probably the only person in the country using a hot water bottle filled with hot water. I was very busy yesterday and forgot to drink as much as usual, then having done my tai chi class when I went to bed I ended up getting cramp in my feet. Despite then drinking a large amount of water and some rehydrating powders, the only answer was to don some thin socks and get the hot water bottle out. Surprisingly I didn't explode with the extra heat which also included the cat snuggling up to me.


    Today I'm breaking in a new pair of shoes which I bought in a factory shop in Italy recently. I think they may be factory samples which never made it into production as the linings are a bit primitive and aren't stamped with the usual company name. They are extremely striking, impossible to clean being a matt white leather with a sort of water-coloured pattern almost painted on them. They are sparking much joy, but will certainly only be used when I'm walking short distances in clean places.
    • camelot1001
    • By camelot1001 13th Jul 18, 8:15 PM
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    I've kondo'd a conservatory today! I advertised it free on Freegle and Gumtree, someone should have been collecting it tonight but now can't come until tomorrow morning. If they do come and take it away I will save the price of a skip but I have a funny feeling they are going to be a no show. Hope not as the builders have been careful taking it down and not broken anything at all.
    • WeeMidgie
    • By WeeMidgie 13th Jul 18, 10:27 PM
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    Thanks to the arc of destruction of yesterday's falling wall cabinet, I've had to kondo my flattened kitchen rubbish bin ( so glad it wasn't me or the cat!).

    I took some metal waste to the council's recycling centre, and picked up a used grey waste food caddy, which will do for non recyclable rubbish instead. Our council has stopped using food caddies, instead peelings go into the garden waste wheelie bin. So there are lots of old food caddies large and small at the recycling centre looking to be repurposed, to be had free of charge. So, everyone's happy - I've not had to buy another plastic object from the shops, and the council are glad to have one less item needing a new home. The small size wouldn't suit a family, but is perfect for me and has a small footprint in my bijou kitchen.

    The other item that copped it and saved the kitchen counter from being gouged was my porcelain pestle and mortar, broken into five bits and now binned. I'll keep an eye out, they sometimes appear at a very good price in the local TKMax.

    Best news of the day is I've emptied the last four cardboard boxes from the move. There's now a bag for the CS with a pressure cooker and an EasiYo yogurt system, replaced by an Instant Pot. The investment is worth it as I can do both in the Instant Pot, and it's programmable. I've always had a horror of forgetting I'd put the manual pressure cooker on, so used to hover around it, whereas now I don't have to. So much safer and less anxiety causing, especially now I'm all electric. And takes up less space.
    Luckily I ordered it before the price went up. I'd been thinking about it for about 6 months, and the premium on space in here was the decider.
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 14th Jul 18, 8:05 AM
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    So glad to hear that only inaminate objects were injured, Wee Midgie!

    And well done on sourcing a pre-existing item to replace your damaged bin. In my micro-kitchen, I use a flower bucket, one of those ubiquitious plastic jobbies. There's no space for a bin so I need something small and light enough to be punted around the floor with my foot as I access different cupboards, the fridge etc.


    Have been pulling a few more bits out for tomorrow's bootsale and hope not to return home with any of them, will be taking offers. I am being drawn more and more powerfully towards minimalism with every passing year, and find myself repelled by Stuff.


    OK, I have Stuff, some Stuff is necessary. My employer likes to see the staff in ironed clothes, I occasionally sew and need to press things whilst doing so, so the ironing board and iron won't be disappearing any time soon.


    But other things, when they're worn out, will not be replaced.


    I shall be at the family homestead this evening, doing bootsale using the parental car (haven't one of my own) so will be spending time with Mum this evening pulling out the items she has already selected to go to the booter.


    There will probably be some funny anecotes next week, my life is apt to slip into farce worryingly easily, no matter how hard I try to live a sane and sensible life. I shall, of course, overshare as per usual..........
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 14th Jul 18, 9:14 AM
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    Hope you get rid of everything at the bootsale GQ - waiting for to hear the latest from the 'rents!
    Only one (heavy) carrier bag gone to the Sally Army yesterday. 4 pairs of sandals that were uncomfortable and a new pair of plimsoll type shoes. I'm a 7 1/2 or a continental 41 and so many shoes just seem to catch my toes AFTER I've worn them for a bit - fed up with persevering s out they went along with about half a dozen books I've managed to get through and a clock radio that lit up the bedroom with the time!
    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
    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 14th Jul 18, 10:50 AM
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    I was lucky recently, with a *very* posh pair of shoes (Pavers). Bought them online in a hurry, they seemed to fit, and I took them on that holiday I had recently. Wore them for half an hour, luckily on carpet almost the entire time. There was a strip of about 25 yards of linoleum, which I walked both ways. The shoes were agony - parts of my left foot were bright red and in pain for 3 days after such a short wear. Sent them back, via their 99p facility, and they've reimbursed in full. A financial win, and a clutter win.
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    • grunnie
    • By grunnie 14th Jul 18, 11:05 AM
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    Was at a strawberry tea in our church and they had a bric a brac stall. One friend was getting rid of loads and loads of crochet mats and they are now washed and hanging on my clothes line. Her mum made them years ago and I just love them a great reminder of a great lady. Will put the table centre on my little side table and the dressing table set on my ..yip you guessed it my dr table.
    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 14th Jul 18, 8:53 PM
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    I will share a secret with you: we don't have a kitchen bin. We have a towel hook in the corner behind the kitchen door, and on it hangs a plastic baggie. As soon as it's full it (2 days) goes into the main waste bin outside. This system has worked for 6 years now, and keeps on surprising people
    Wombling to wealth 2018 € 565.72 = £ 487.04
    Still a womble 2017 #25 € 7116,68= £ 6309.50
    Wombling Free 2016 #2 € 3.483,31= £ 2,969.05
    • grunnie
    • By grunnie 14th Jul 18, 9:09 PM
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    I will share a secret with you: we don't have a kitchen bin. We have a towel hook in the corner behind the kitchen door, and on it hangs a plastic baggie. As soon as it's full it (2 days) goes into the main waste bin outside. This system has worked for 6 years now, and keeps on surprising people
    Originally posted by Siebrie
    Me too I thought I was unique
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