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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.

    This Forum tip was included in MoneySavingExpert.com's weekly email!
    Last edited by MSE Andrea; 24-01-2018 at 10:01 AM. Reason: Add new hyperlink, thanks zippychick
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    • LiveSimply
    • By LiveSimply 31st Jul 18, 5:38 PM
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    Hi, I hope you don't mind me butting in but does anyone use Ziffit?
    Fell off the money wagon, but never mind, I'm back now.
    • greent
    • By greent 31st Jul 18, 6:55 PM
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    Hi, I hope you don't mind me butting in but does anyone use Ziffit?
    Originally posted by LiveSimply
    Yes - I've used it lots over the past few years. Cashback is also available too I find it better than Mus1c Magp1e.
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    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 1st Aug 18, 11:00 AM
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    This thread must be catching...He Who Knows is this morning going through the drawers of his desk in the study and his book case like a dose of salts! shedding anything he thinks he has no need for any longer, magic, thanks guys!
    Thumpers mum was right - if you can't find anything nice to say don't say anything at all!
    • VJsmum
    • By VJsmum 1st Aug 18, 1:05 PM
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    Well it is called the life changing magic of tidying

    Tho my filing cabinet has still not magically disappeared...
    You're out with a friend in the capital, I'm a thousand leagues under the sea
    You're hovering worriedly over your eggs, And I'm pondering trees
    I'm wandering long, And I'm pondering trees
    For you and me
    Guy Garvey
    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 1st Aug 18, 1:07 PM
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    Well yes BUT it IS He Who Knows??? it's more than magic, it's miraculous!
    Thumpers mum was right - if you can't find anything nice to say don't say anything at all!
    • PollyWollyDoodle
    • By PollyWollyDoodle 2nd Aug 18, 9:11 PM
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    It's Kondosmosis.

    Nothing happening at home, but I visited my elderly friend yesterday. She's quite on the ball with paying bills etc, but most of her payments are set up as direct debits, and when she gets a statement she just puts it in a pile with various others. Last week she allowed me to corral some of these into groups, throwing out the envelopes.

    Yesterday I took her some plastic folders, labelled with 'utility bills' 'receipts' and so on. Then I asked if I could tackle another pile. Online shopping receipts, interleaved with bank statements, going back to 2010! I now have two carrier bags of shredding, and you can see the top of her dresser ...
    "Inconceivable". "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 2nd Aug 18, 9:23 PM
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    Well done for your friend, PWD. And I love the word kondomosis.


    Been to the lottie for 30 mins. It is ridiculously hot here, still in the middle twenties. My runner beans are pretty much a write-off, pretty disappointing. Ach well, it's a proper drought, bound to be some casualties.


    I brought down the last of the glass fragments (or the last until I do some more digging and heave more out of the soil). They're soaking in soapy water and will be washed, dried and bottle-banked.


    I am assembling a pile of dried weeds, stems etc and it is already taller than I am, and I'm nearly six feet tall. I feel the fingers twitch towards the matches, but the burn-ban doesn't come off until Oct 1st. Gonna be a big 'un this year, mwah ha ha!
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 3rd Aug 18, 6:42 PM
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    Hi GQ,

    I'm wondering why you are cleaning the glass fragments? We can put dirty glass in the recycling bin (official instructions....).

    We were supposed to go camping tonught, but husband was stuck in an immense traffic jam and we would not be able to make it to the campsite before dark. We are now leaving early tomorrow morning, to put up the tent early, as I want to do a tour of the area on Saturday and Sunday. Husband is leaving Sunday evening and returning Monday a week later. DDs and I will not have a car that week, but plenty to do on-site and village is in walking distance.

    Weirdly enough the weather forecast is 'tropical' until Friday, followed by 'autumnal' the 10 days after: 20c and rain!
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    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 3rd Aug 18, 7:11 PM
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    Hi Siebrie, my region specifies that recyclables be clean and dry, so I comply. Not much of a task, did it before work.


    Only another 48 hrs until the monstrous CRT monitor from the dead computer is outta here (my Dad will be taking it for the tip for me), it weighs 21 kilos and is a bit much to handle on the pushbike.


    I will also be sending some bits and bobs over to the 'rents which will be books I've read and to share and then donate and a few things which will be gifts at Xmas/birthdays. Being without my own transport other than a pusbike concentrates the mind wonderfully.
    Last edited by GreyQueen; 03-08-2018 at 7:42 PM. Reason: wrong weight
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • Redlady.....
    • By Redlady..... 4th Aug 18, 7:55 AM
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    Redlady.....
    It seems ages since you've been to your friends antique shop GQ, or have I missed it?

    I love hearing about your finds there anyway, but you're such a good writer it always raises a smile, as well as being an interesting read.
    • MMF007
    • By MMF007 4th Aug 18, 11:32 AM
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    It seems ages since you've been to your friends antique shop GQ, or have I missed it?

    I love hearing about your finds there anyway, but you're such a good writer it always raises a smile, as well as being an interesting read.
    Originally posted by Redlady.....
    Yep, as above ^^^

    Well today I have done a big clear out of e-docs and emails from my tablet. What brought this on? I couldn't find my saved e-tickets for forthcoming flight! So files now in better shape and many downloads now deleted. Managed to log in to airline booking to get copy tkt. Phew!
    I always print e-tkts as soon as booked and file them in a dedicated space in my home office (AKA the multipurpose back bedroom! ) but I simply could not find it.

    One thing led to another and i checked various other online bookings and accounts and input the latest utility meter readings. I have been at it since before 8am. I do feel like a weight is off my mind though because A LOT has been sorted out.

    I did make an early start and have only just stopped for a brew so I am still in my dressing gown for flips sake!
    Breakfast shall be had (brunch?!) and then I am scarpering outside for the rest of the day.

    I love the sunshine

    Have a good day Everyone!

    BTW, I shall carry on kondo-ing outside, as i plan on sitting and reading 3 back copies of weekly mag that will be passed on afterwards
    I have changed my work-life balance to a life-work balance.
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 4th Aug 18, 5:19 PM
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    It seems ages since you've been to your friends antique shop GQ, or have I missed it?

    I love hearing about your finds there anyway, but you're such a good writer it always raises a smile, as well as being an interesting read.
    Originally posted by Redlady.....
    I was chillaxing at lunchtime at the juntique shop and reading this on pal's laptop (wasn't logged onto the site, tho).


    Well, I was at the shop, wasn't turfing out anything but was playing with the jewellery and pricing 9 ct gold rings (formula is weight in grammes x 20 + 5-10 extra to knock off when buyer haggles). Same for 18 ct except it's 40 x weight in grammes).


    So now you know. Pre-loved jewelley is a much better buy than brand-new, jewellers work on a 300-400% mark-up.


    Am so hot that my brain is going nnnnnnnnnnnhhhhhhhhh like that character from R ed d warf - sm determined to head lottiewards in an hour or so, gotta do the gardener's equivalent of hiding dust under the carpet before my Dad inspects tomorrow.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • daisy 1571
    • By daisy 1571 5th Aug 18, 9:53 AM
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    Am so hot that my brain is going nnnnnnnnnnnhhhhhhhhh like that character from R ed d warf - sm determined to head lottiewards in an hour or so, gotta do the gardener's equivalent of hiding dust under the carpet before my Dad inspects tomorrow.
    Originally posted by GreyQueen
    Hope you pass muster today gq

    Dxx

    PS I wondered about that saying which led me to this - I found it diverting for a few mins so share it here for other who like these kinds of interesting word things

    http://www.bbcamerica.com/anglophenia/2013/02/ten-commonly-misused-expressions-from-british-english
    Last edited by daisy 1571; 05-08-2018 at 10:02 AM.
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    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 5th Aug 18, 12:50 PM
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    Another day, another shed! we've got a moving date now 29th August so I've gone right through the remaining unpacked things in the kitchen and found a few more to give away so they'll go on the bottom of the drive this afternoon! This thread is GOOD for me!
    Thumpers mum was right - if you can't find anything nice to say don't say anything at all!
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 5th Aug 18, 4:53 PM
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    I feel for you turfing out stuff in this heat, MrsLW.


    Been to the allotment with my Dad, we were up there at 08.00 and came away just after 12, headed to an IT Barn Store to buy a 3-in-1 printer. Although it's a wireless model, it also works with USB but doesn't come with one supplied. Thought I should buy one while I was up there but they were sold out, so came home and checked my Cable Stash and have the cable off the printer which died in January, so glad I hadn't bought another.


    My lovely Dad and I wrestled the 21 kg CRT monitor onto the back seat of his car (the boot being full of potatoes) and he dropped it off at their town's HWRC which he has to pass on the way home. I'm looking at the space under my table where it has been lurking for the past several weeks and wondering what I shall put under there.


    Bag of Stuff gone back to the Homestead plus the harvested potatoes minus the sack for me. He didn't criticise my gardening, just remarked the plots can look a bit untidy at this time of year.



    Things won't be really tidy until after the pyromanical activities come October.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 6th Aug 18, 5:03 PM
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    Bit of a sad day in the wider GQ family; The Queen of Sheba (late 2004-today) had to be put down due to an inoperable tumour.


    She's one of the two family mogs, sister to the fluffier and much dafter Wild Thing. We're all pretty sad but you can't let them suffer. She's now buried in the back garden where she loved to spend her days.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 6th Aug 18, 5:04 PM
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    All the things I put out were taken except a plastic jug (didn't think anyone would want it), 2 x older soda stream bottles and a Lowry print that Nell didn't want any longer all taken to the tip this morning. Didn't stop there though Ruthie made many years ago cushions for the spare bed which I've always hated they went too! AND I'm going to shed all the older pillows and buy new ones and pillow covers before we move...Mmmmm I like this Kondo lark!

    So sorry to hear that GQ, she and Docky will get along like a house on fire over the rainbow bridge, even more mayhem than usual and she'll be in charge, may she enjoy chasing spirit mice forever and a day! xxx.
    Thumpers mum was right - if you can't find anything nice to say don't say anything at all!
    • maryb
    • By maryb 6th Aug 18, 5:09 PM
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    Oh that is sad GQ. Does Wild Thing miss her? The house will seem empty for a while - she was the lap seeking missile, wasn't she?
    It doesn't matter if you are a glass half full or half empty sort of person. Keep it topped up! Cheers!
    • Knit Witch
    • By Knit Witch 6th Aug 18, 5:16 PM
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    Sorry to hear about the puss cat GQ
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    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 6th Aug 18, 5:36 PM
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    Oh that is sad GQ. Does Wild Thing miss her? The house will seem empty for a while - she was the lap seeking missile, wasn't she?
    Originally posted by maryb
    Too early to tell, WT and she were littermates and we rehomed them together from the cat sanctuary in August 2005. Although they've never been separated, they were always less pally than completely unrelated cats we've owned who'd curl up together, groom each other etc. It was more a case of them sharing the same living quarters and occasionally The Queen taking a swipe at WT over a food bowl.


    WT is an outdoor cat from early spring until late autumn, so we don't see a lot of her, other than rocking up for food several times a day and making a fuss if you sit outside on the patio, she won't come in now until about late November. She's good at cat things and a major cutie, but not the brightest button. We'll have to see.


    The Queen was put down this morning, and Mum said to Dad that, when WT goes, they'll not have another cat (they're in their mid seventies themselves). Dad joked that they'll always have to have a cat, we need them to keep the rats down.


    Plus we're all daft for cats and a cat-sized hole in your life tends to be quickly filled by a cat-sized opportunist. You can go get one or one comes and gets you, in our experience.



    My life has been measured in cats; The Black One with No Name (birth until I was aged 10), the White One with Ginger Blotches, the White and Tortie (overlapping with the previous one), The Black & White one who moved in of her own accord, The Black Rescue with the Ragged Ear, then The Queen of Sheba and Wild Thing.



    That's over 50 years of cats, and the longest we've been catless was 5 weeks between the Black & White and the Black Rescue and we didn't know what to do with ourselves.



    The Queen was grey, WT is mottled like a grey/ beige moth. we went to the cat sanctuary for another black one or even a tabby, ended up with those two. Eventually, we'll go again, probably come back with a bootfaced ginger tom next time..........


    The Queen was a devoted lapcat, WT doesn't sit on people, we think her very thick coat makes her too hot to do so (she does lie beside you or on the floor by your feet and is very soppy).
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

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