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    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 27th Dec 18, 6:48 PM
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    Mrs Salad Dodger
    2019 - A Clutter Free Life
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    • 27th Dec 18, 6:48 PM
    2019 - A Clutter Free Life 27th Dec 18 at 6:48 PM
    To use Guineapigsqueaks/Sa1sysoo words “A new thread for declutterbugs in 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019!"

    I made a fairly good start in 2018 but 2019 is THE YEAR that I finally get to grips with a full declutter - I would like to have NO rooms/cupboards/drawers of Doom & I would like to have a revamped bathroom & fully decorated house My DH is going to be very busy

    Plenty of options available on numbering the clutter out

    2019 in 2019 or 52 in 52 weeks even 365 in 365 days & if you are feeling really adventurous a la basketcase - you can weigh the clutter out

    Whichever you choose or you may choose not to number, we would love to hear both your success stories & your ways/methods of decluttering - they may not have worked for you but they may work for someone else

    I am hoping that everyone who posted on the 2018 thread will also post on the 2019 thread

    Welcome one and all and happy decluttering!

    MrsSD

    P.S. Hope this works as it is my very first attempt at starting a Thread

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    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 30th Dec 19, 11:19 PM
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    Mrs Salad Dodger
    1. SMALL TASKS WILL BE DONE ASAP
    2. I WILL LEAVE A ROOM TIDIER THAN WHEN I ENTERED
    3. KITCHEN WILL BE LEFT CLEAN & TIDY EVERY NIGHT
    4. WHEN DEALING WITH CLUTTER I WILL USE ‘Daisy1571’s idea of ‘WHAT WOULD I DO WITH THIS ITEM IF IT WAS SOMEONE ELSE’S ?’
    5. IF I WAS STARTING FROM SCRATCH, WOULD I BUY THIS?
    6. BE LIKE A POSTAGE STAMP - STICK TO ONE THING UNTIL YOU GET THERE.

    Sunday & Monday were both dry days Sunday was a day of TV watching & knitting. Scarf no.19 is finished & scarf no. 20 has been started. Monday DSis & I had a visit to the Chinese Medical Centre then did a small sm shop. DH cooked cheesey pasta (fresh tagliatelle) & very tasty it was ��

    4892 - 4910 Two x cardboard packaging, 4 drinks cans, 5 plastic takeaway boxes & lids, 2 plastic lids, cardboard box, paper packaging, 2 small foil trays, glass bottle & metal cap, leaflet - Recycled
    4911 - 4912 Bag of kitchen detritus, plastic packaging - Binned

    Great work Uncluttered_unicorn You might not have the numbers BUT you have cleared, decorated & refurnished two bedrooms a major win Happy, healthy & prosperous New Year to you too & see you on the 2020 thread.

    Rootle, a Gold Star ⭐️ is winging its way to you You hit your target - Well Done & will see you on the 2020 thread.

    Well Done Barny1979 & short_bird

    One more day of 2019 - then a new decade & a new Decluttering challenge

    MrsSD
    4912/4038
    • short_bird
    • By short_bird 31st Dec 19, 12:07 PM
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    short_bird
    657: Plastic cover to sewing machine binned as disintegrating.
    658-660: 3 (unwashed) plates decluttered via a fall from the work surface
    661-662: end of a soap bar and cleaning sponge decluttered from bathroom. Time for new ones...
    663: Finally swapped the old loo brush for the new one I bought 2 years ago...
    664-682: the bag of used batteries finally recycled!
    Cancel the kitchen scraps for lepers and orphans, no more merciful beheadings, and call off Christmas.
    • bit by bit
    • By bit by bit 31st Dec 19, 1:34 PM
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    bit by bit
    Last two bags for 2019; one for the allotment full of plastic trays an toilet tube inners, the second to work with sweets/ empty crisp packets and books - all delivered to relevant places. Very please with my total which started out at 52 and ended up being 94/100.

    Looking forward to next years decluttering. happy new year to all
    Off to the new thread now, meet you there
    Wife, mother, gardener, nurse, cancer survivor. Aiming to retire at 55 in April 2021- 14 months to go.

    Challenges 2020: Banish the Clutter 2020 0/52 bags
    Make £2020 on 2020 #80 0/£2020
    MFW 2020: £60.95/£2300
    • Barny1979
    • By Barny1979 31st Dec 19, 2:24 PM
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    Barny1979
    1556-1560. Cardboard boxes recycled.
    Originally posted by Barny1979
    1561. Cardboard box recycled.
    2013 - 313 AFDs, 2014 - 289 AFDs, 2015 - 321 AFDs, 2016 - 276 AFDs, 2017 - 276 AFDs, 2018 - 240 AFDs 2019 - 285 AFDs
    MFW Challenge 2019 - £1809/£1809
    • TC77
    • By TC77 31st Dec 19, 3:59 PM
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    TC77
    Hi All and best wishes for a fabulous, or at least better 2020!

    Forgot I was so close to the 800 (took Mrs SDs advice and aimed for it not the 1000

    798 - sellotape I can't find the end of binned
    799 Xmas paper binned
    800 Gift voucher given to DDs and used up!

    Have a few things in the charity bag so will count when out and count for the Banish the Clutter 2020 thread.

    it's been great joining the group and now not frantically trying to tidy for midnight as I know I'll be working on it in the new year.

    Happy New Year

    TC
    • never too old
    • By never too old 31st Dec 19, 7:24 PM
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    never too old
    Evening all

    Christmas break has given my OH the opportunity to empty the loft Everything sorted and many trips to tip to recycle and donate.I now have only decades worth of photos and Christmas decorations up there One of the hardest things I have done ,,,going through childrens old school reports and pictures...none of which they wanted to keep..

    Gave a few bits of food away on Olio .2020 is going to be a more minimalist year and greener
    £2020 in 2020 challenge no 100 £11.75/£2020
    1% challenge no 70
    2019 Frugal Living Challenge

    [COLOR="Purple"][B]£2077.52 / 2019
    • short_bird
    • By short_bird 31st Dec 19, 7:33 PM
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    short_bird
    683-684 2 more dead batteries!
    685-686: 2 items from the fridge.
    687-700: A virtual tidy of files I don't need!
    See you on the other side!!
    Cancel the kitchen scraps for lepers and orphans, no more merciful beheadings, and call off Christmas.
    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 31st Dec 19, 8:37 PM
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    Mrs Salad Dodger
    1. SMALL TASKS WILL BE DONE ASAP
    2. I WILL LEAVE A ROOM TIDIER THAN WHEN I ENTERED
    3. KITCHEN WILL BE LEFT CLEAN & TIDY EVERY NIGHT
    4. WHEN DEALING WITH CLUTTER I WILL USE ĎDaisy1571ís idea of ĎWHAT WOULD I DO WITH THIS ITEM IF IT WAS SOMEONE ELSEíS ?í
    5. IF I WAS STARTING FROM SCRATCH, WOULD I BUY THIS?
    6. BE LIKE A POSTAGE STAMP - STICK TO ONE THING UNTIL YOU GET THERE.

    The last day of 2019 & my last post on this thread.
    The day has been mainly dry which didnít really make any difference to me as I didnít have to go out DH has spent all day in his office & DSis has spent all day in her room as she has had a severe headache, earache & is generally feeling extremely unwell 🤒 We have just had home cooked cheeseburgers & oven chips for dinner & DSis has retired back to her darkened room. She still has the headache & cannot really cope with light so only DH & I will travel down to Kent on the motorbike rather than being picked up.
    I have had a last spurt of decluttering, as well as doing two wash loads & making a focaccia for DHís niece.
    I have managed to empty 2 box files (which have been donated to DH for his office). I have also started a new CS bag even though I have not yet sourced a new CS to benefit from my decluttering

    4913 - 4934 Two x cardboard packaging, 2 drinks cans, glass bottle & metal cap, plastic bottle, 15 brochures/pamphlets, 1Ē general paperwork - Recycled
    4935 - 4938 Bag of kitchen detritus, 1.5 inches of shredding, used scouring pad, pair of Sunday socks - Binned
    4939 - 4947 Small ink pad, large ink pad, wooden address ink stamp, 2 Centenary Olympic Games books, comb, unused photo album, lever arch folder, small lint remover - CS Bag

    A flurry of activity from short_bird, bit by bit, Barny1979 and TC77 - Well Done

    Bit by bit & TC77 you are being awarded a Gold Star ⭐️ each in recognition of hitting your targets

    A standing ovation to all my fellow 2019 declutterers Celebrate your successes - they have been hard won The 2019 Decluttering Bandwagon is now back in the Station & has disgorged its passengers who have now boarded (fingers crossed &#129310 the 2020 Decluttering Bandwagon. See you aboard


    MrsSD
    4947/4038
    • IrishRose12
    • By IrishRose12 31st Dec 19, 9:56 PM
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    IrishRose12
    Last declutter of the year....again but a good days work.

    Huge bin bag of rubbish into the bin, a box has been set aside for donations for a jumble sale coming up in school in March to raise money for much needed school funds, a bag started up for the Charity shop/door collection - whichever comes first

    Returned 2 pairs of trousers I ordered at the weekend as I just wasn't comfortable in them, and returned a gift I'd bought for someone for Christmas, then changed my mind to keep it for their birthday... well I changed my mind again so back to the shop it went

    Bought myself a lovely new coat in town on sale for £40, couldn't make up my mind over 2 coats, came home and have found the same bloomin coat for half the price on Amazon So I've now ordered both colours that I liked today in the shop for the price of one I paid for. So a trip back into town on Thursday to return today's coat.
    Called into Debenhams today and they had some lovely Belleek items down to half price, bought one of each as they'll make nice teacher/ classroom assistant gifts next year. Also called into Lush again, and bought a few more of their bath bomb sets at half price, so thats me sorted with those for the year
    I'm currently sitting uploading some photos to be printed off - I've got a deal on 1p prints from Boots so doing that now before the new year comes.

    And that's all my spending done. One of my new years resolutions is to stop spending, and buy myself one treat a month. I bought enough today to do me the next year, but to be fair 1) I never spend money on myself, and 2) Everything was half price or less and I've started for Christmas next year when this years isn't even over yet

    But I've done a good lot of decluttering today, aswell as selling 5 items already on Ebay so I'm on a roll.
    Tomorrow I'll go through my coats and whatever I haven't used will go into a donation bag too.
    One of my rules for 2020 is one item in..... one item out.

    SO that's me done. I've done a hell of a lot this year, decluttered a bag a day so 365 bags decluttered this year aswell as the numerous items not counted in that challenge.
    Here's hoping for another successful year.

    Thanks to you all for the great motivation this year, and I'll see you all on the new thread in 2020!!


    Happy New Year everyone!
    Pay all debt off by Christmas 2029 #57 £0/£4,000
    £1 a day challenge 2020 - #44 - £22/ £365

    20 books for 2020 - 0/20
    Save 20 £20's for 2020 - 0/20
    • savvy
    • By savvy 12th Jan 20, 3:17 PM
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    savvy
    Oh wow, Sep was about the last time I got time to post in here I didn't give up, I just couldn't keep up with life as it all went a bit wobbly!! October's distraction was a man....who was a waste of time in the end! November's distraction was moving 5 sofas in and out of my lounge Pretty ridiculous situation I got in, but resulted in smashing up the ex's 2 aging sofas and finally getting rid AND taking out the stinky old carpet that was at least 30 years old.....now have painted floorboards and rugs Various other things have gone and some old Christmas decorations now too. Last total was 1229......so didn't quite complete, although I started late hey


    Thanks for all the support - there is still a ton more to go, and ex asked to come and collect his stuff either before or immediately after Xmas as he neede his log book. I've found it, but since he couldn't be bothered to turn up for a 5th time, I can't be bothered to let him know!!
    • Teresa Dunne
    • By Teresa Dunne 13th Jan 20, 10:41 AM
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    Teresa Dunne
    Trousers
    Iíve decluttered 10 pairs of trousers today. Size 12-14. Including 4 pairs of jeans which Iíll offer to a friend, and 6 to charity shop. Iím size 18 reducing to 16.....
    Iíve even found a pair that fits!
    Very pleased.
    • savvy
    • By savvy 14th Jan 20, 7:26 PM
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    savvy
    Iíve decluttered 10 pairs of trousers today. Size 12-14. Including 4 pairs of jeans which Iíll offer to a friend, and 6 to charity shop. Iím size 18 reducing to 16.....
    Iíve even found a pair that fits!
    Very pleased.
    Originally posted by Teresa Dunne
    Have you joined the 2020 thread and logged this there?
    • Teresa Dunne
    • By Teresa Dunne 18th Jan 20, 11:38 AM
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    Teresa Dunne
    2020
    Not yet, not sure how to.
    I find this a very difficult site to navigate.
    • Barny1979
    • By Barny1979 18th Jan 20, 11:39 AM
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    Barny1979
    Not yet, not sure how to.
    I find this a very difficult site to navigate.
    Originally posted by Teresa Dunne
    https://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=6081729
    2013 - 313 AFDs, 2014 - 289 AFDs, 2015 - 321 AFDs, 2016 - 276 AFDs, 2017 - 276 AFDs, 2018 - 240 AFDs 2019 - 285 AFDs
    MFW Challenge 2019 - £1809/£1809
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