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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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    • Hermia
    • By Hermia 14th Jan 19, 12:05 AM
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    Hermia
    22-23) Made an effort to use up some toiletries I have been ignoring forever.

    24-30) Magazines put in recycling.

    31-33) Threw away some half-used notebooks. Been promising to use them up for ages, but when I have a new project I don't want to start with a half-used notebook!

    I am going to make a real effort to sell some stuff this week and also continue with the kitchen cupboards.
    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 14th Jan 19, 3:15 AM
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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 - DH has continued working in the bathroom after a visit to B and Q to get bathroom sealant - he had to bin 7 ood by 4 years & dried up tubes of sealant - at least it bumps up my numbers All I have done today is had a long chat with next door neighbour, nice chat with DB & his German fil who had dropped in on way from Germany to Wales (for a job) & made a full English breakfast for dinner.Unfortunately although DSis thoroughly enjoyed her dinner she has ‘decluttered’ it completely

    73 - 80 Seven ood & dried up tubes of sealant, bag of non recyclable packaging - Binned
    81 - 86 Paper packaging, 3 cardboard boxes dismantled, beer bottle rinsed, magazine - Recycled

    Thank goodness for DH

    My cheerleading starts here

    short_bird, good numbers Plenty to see & do in London - good heavens I’ve just realised I have been living in London for almost 30 years

    never too old, lots of stuff going out. Please don’t get despondent - it will happen all of a sudden - you will suddenly notice space

    nannywindows - I would milk it for all it is worth

    Ginmonster, lots of hard work & having bags of clothing ready to leave is excellent. Think how happy you will be when they are out the door I fully approve of decluttering beer

    Ladykernow, excellent advice for cherie1122

    Flugelhorn, lots of space then

    White_musk, welcome back to the forum You HAVE been busy & it is not ‘shameful’ to have so much stuff - you were a different person & have grown into a new persona who prefers space & no clutter. All of us have found a reason to declutter & join in the thread. Getting rid of clutter is a lightening of the load - so liberating Re the chipped dinner service, maybe we should run a ‘competition’ to see who comes up with the best explanation of why we keep ‘stuff like this’

    Chocolatelover93, hope you are feeling better. You definitely have ‘the declutter bug’ - you had to do something & emails are a good place to start PLUS bags for the CS

    Marpau, ‘stuff’ decluttered but decluttering cuddles - I love it

    Happy Kitties, definitely a ‘win-win’ - well done

    Cherryfudge, a milestone big pat on the back for you

    ScarletRibbons, good luck with the sales

    bt_dt, with such large numbers out, you are absolutely justified in keeping the halogen dish Glad you are taking care of your back

    sootypea, I hope your profits are going towards a nice treat for you

    Wednesday2000, another one who has caught the ‘decluttering bug’ Why take one bag to cs if you can take two

    sweetpea26, a gradual decluttering of the house, cluttering the car & then bingo clutter free house & clutter free car Well done

    leelad, you are doing a grand job Re the cuddlies - if you put them in a pillow case (tie a knot) or a mesh laundry bag (if you have one), wash them then tumble dry on a low heat. Give them a quick brush & donate to your local cs. We are all here to motivate each other & give praise & encouragement

    parsniphead, had never heard of Mrs Hinch so have just read a Guardian article which really hit home. I may or may not investigate further I am very pleased to learn that we provide the inspiration to declutter & well done on your progress I second that it is going to be a good decluttering year

    Onebrokelady, spacious as well no doubt & I bet you keep opening the door to have a look

    Facknats, that will teach him

    DD265, you are halfway there - items sorted & ready to leave the house permanently Well done on getting so much decluttering done & having a plan before packing up to move

    bunty109, nothing to be embarrassed about Last year I disposed of 50 year old paperwork Two of you decluttering will make the task so much easier & well done on getting OH on board the ‘decluttering bandwagon’

    somerandom & welcome aboard the ‘Decluttering Bandwagon’ No such thing as being late to the party Looking forward to hearing your tales of decluttering Have you decided on a number or are you working on a room by room basis? You have definitely come to the right place for encouragement

    bit by bit, thank you 🙏 for such an upbeat post - you have every right to feel good

    selloptape, no - surely not a hoarding issue Well done on the numbers

    Hermia, half used notebooks are handy for lists & rough drafts of what you would like to write in your new notebooks Well done on keeping stuff moving out & good luck with the sales

    Declutterers ‘United in our Mission’ to have a restful living space

    See you tomorrow

    MrsSD
    86/2019
    • CAFCGirl
    • By CAFCGirl 14th Jan 19, 8:51 AM
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    CAFCGirl
    No fluttering over the weekend here for me. I'm slowing down a bit - opps!

    So today's challenge is going to be the 3 kitchen drawers (cutlery,oven trays, the dreaded Tupperware and utensils). That should keep me ticking over.

    I'm aiming for 20 items today

    10 years and still don't have a clue what I'm doing

    Trying to get by on a single Emergency Services income
    • parsniphead
    • By parsniphead 14th Jan 19, 9:10 AM
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    parsniphead
    After my mini push last night I'm motivated to keep going today. I have the district nurse due at some point so I'm going to see what I can achieve before they arrive.

    One problem is DH is working from home. He normally works from the front room but in an unusual move has plopped himself down in the middle of the room I want to work on.

    Hopefully by the end of the day I will be seeing a difference.
    My mini challenge: pay off MBNA by 31/08/18. £502/£502 100% (paid off 30/06/18 - 2 months early )

    Pay of all debt by xmas 2019 #09 - £0/ £8471 %
    • whmf00001
    • By whmf00001 14th Jan 19, 10:55 AM
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    whmf00001
    Middle bedroom now fir for visitor to use, lots of the stugg was put into little bedroom aka box room, on top of single bed but managed to Freegle the length of new carpet, thats gone, sorted the boxes, some of which were empty for just in case, these are now broken down in car boot to go to tip along with old portable TV/Video. Still some boxes full at end of bed and one box on bed but otherwise is ready for another visitor. Got to buy bedside lamp and little clocks for the two rooms but managed to find some good bath towels which have been put away for years. Nearly ready and now got to start on downstairs front room (Close the door).
    • GreenQueen
    • By GreenQueen 14th Jan 19, 12:56 PM
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    GreenQueen
    Good afternoon all,

    Over the weekend:
    binned
    53 - used/broken birthday cake candles

    charity shop - bagged AND taken
    54-61 - clothes
    62 - bag of rags (including holey teatowels)
    63-82 - assorted cookie cutters, jelly moulds, etc

    recycling
    83 dismembered Christmas tree (first green bin collection since it came down)
    84-93 empty jam jars (saved for when I make jam or chutney - yeah, right!)
    94-97 plastic boxes without lids/lids without boxes

    I now have a three drawers and two cupboards in the kitchen that are tidy and have enough space to be useable
    GQ
    A Clutter Free Life - 2019 in 2019 - 97/2019
    Boost your income (34) - £2019 in 2019
    • Ginmonster
    • By Ginmonster 14th Jan 19, 3:25 PM
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    Ginmonster
    3 bags of clothes and toys taken to the CS today and some more books added to the pile to go. I'm carrying everything about a mile so I can only take so much stuff each time but I'm making progress! It's like a weight gradually lifting off your shoulders. There's lots still to do but I'm determined to keep going and start seeing more space and areas of tidiness. 😀
    • sweetpea26
    • By sweetpea26 14th Jan 19, 3:50 PM
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    sweetpea26
    Today I am definitely making progress..
    out went 2 pieces of furniture.
    baskets
    bag of old knives forks spoons
    china ornaments
    some body lotions etc.
    books
    magazines
    duvet..just dont need it so its super clean and can be donated
    bag of clothes jumpers etc that i will never wear.
    house feels lighter

    All has been dropped off at charity shop
    So will say another 4 bags not including large items and 2 reycling.
    I cannot believe I have achieved this much. I normally start and feel overwhelmed. So delighted that things are gone.

    Keep clearing out folks !! It will all be worth it in the end
    Last edited by sweetpea26; 14-01-2019 at 4:03 PM.
    January Grocery Challenge £166.99/£390

    2019 Clutter Free Challenge 45 / 250 bags donated /recycled / Disposed of ...and any other tat I no longer need
    • sweetpea26
    • By sweetpea26 14th Jan 19, 4:11 PM
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    sweetpea26
    3 bags of clothes and toys taken to the CS today and some more books added to the pile to go. I'm carrying everything about a mile so I can only take so much stuff each time but I'm making progress! It's like a weight gradually lifting off your shoulders. There's lots still to do but I'm determined to keep going and start seeing more space and areas of tidiness. 😀
    Originally posted by Ginmonster
    Well done to you for being so persistent and carrying all that stuff. I pile mine into a car. Thats brilliant progress. I know how you feel about feeling lighter ... greatest feeling.
    January Grocery Challenge £166.99/£390

    2019 Clutter Free Challenge 45 / 250 bags donated /recycled / Disposed of ...and any other tat I no longer need
    • Cheapskate
    • By Cheapskate 14th Jan 19, 4:54 PM
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    Cheapskate
    Afternoon all

    We've had a busy weekend, socially speaking, but still plodding on with the de-cluttering. This morning, I ditched the contents of my veg drawer in the fridge and a few other items from the fridge ashamed of my wastefulness, but feel better now that I can actually see what's in there! Also chucked a few things from the freezer that were older than God, and am defrosting the last pieces of beef from the local farm (stew for tomorrow's tea). Also gone are the contents of 4 unfinished multi packs of fancy instant coffees (mocha, latte, etc), and some herbal teas I don't like are going to my yoga centre for others to enjoy. One plus side from the food declutter is that some yoghurt lids from a certain brand, that have "points" on them, have now been redeemed for a new shopping bag, made from something recycled!

    I've got a CS bag started, approx 8-10 items in it so far, 1.5 bin bags of pure rubbish, and some huge pieces of cardboard are in the car boot ready for the tip.

    Think I'm at 37 items decluttered today alone, that must be a record!

    Over the weekend DH decluttered the 3 bottles of beer that were part of a hamper that our older DD made up for Christmas, and last night I started the wine from the same hamper, so by mid-week there will be 4 bottles to add to the bottle box.

    In our attic is a load of stuff from mum's house (lost her almost 3 years ago), including old financial paperwork of hers and dad's (he's been dead 10 years...!). All the paperwork has to go this week, it's hurting my brain to even think of actually sorting it - only keeping letters my parents wrote to each other, photographs. If my siblings want owt else, they can come and get it and help empty my attic!

    A xo
    Jan GC £61.89/£300
    Decluttering 109/2019 items this year
    • White_musk
    • By White_musk 14th Jan 19, 4:56 PM
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    White_musk
    Thank you for the welcome back MrsSD. I have done two huge de-clutters in the last few years due to downsizing from our 3 bed family home after DH died and DC left home. I moved to a two bed bungalow then here a one bed bungalow (with very little storage).

    Fab news today, all tradespeople will all be gone by a week Wednesday at the latest. Thursday I have carpet fitters coming, Friday I can start to put everything back to normal. what a relief.

    Latest de-clutter will begin in earnest from Monday 28th. I can't wait.
    God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, wisdom to know the difference.
    • nannywindow
    • By nannywindow 14th Jan 19, 5:05 PM
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    nannywindow
    Thanks MrSD I'll tell DH it's all down to your advice

    I did persuade him to remake the bed yesterday......... well I'd managed to strip it earlier and put the bedding in the WM and it left me in soooooooo much pain . I also changed 2 thin pillows for a new thick one and the old ones are now in the bin. It's something I've been going to do for ages and I already had the new one, so thank you all for keeping me going, even if it's a only a little bit being decluttered at a time.
    Also out several more takeaway containers, why did I keep so many ?
    My goal for this week is to sort out my crafting stuff and hopefully donate some ( a lot ) to the DGD, she's only 7 but she does love to craft
    Happy decluttering everyone!!
    Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, but this time more intelligently
    • CRANKY40
    • By CRANKY40 14th Jan 19, 5:06 PM
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    CRANKY40
    Hello all,

    3 plastic figures decluttered today via Ebay - packed and posted. Not much else as I'm not well with whatever infection I have and I'm struggling to breathe enough to do much (asthma).

    I did do a freezer inventory though and a few mystery tubs (it's a mystery why I kept the contents) were emptied into the bin. I've washed the tubs, refilled them with spag bol and chilli that I made this afternoon and they're back in the freezer with proper food in them.
    Weight loss 2019 2 lbs
    January '19 GC £109.98/£200.00
    Freezer shop fund £15 Celebration fund £15
    • bargainhunterss
    • By bargainhunterss 14th Jan 19, 5:15 PM
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    bargainhunterss
    Well, two charity bags dropped off today full of clothes and books our daughter has grown out off. Damaged clock dropped off at the tip along with some old coats. Local hospital didn't want a donation of old cuddly toys because of potential risk of bacteria/infection plus difficult to sterilise. So need to rethink my plan on this one. Making very slow progress as my wife is struggling at the moment with her mental health, but posting on this thread helps me in terms of the motivation. The decluttering of the attic has to be done bit by bit.
    Originally posted by leelad
    Not sure - but what about a rescue centre for the cuddly toys? Others might be able to advise whether this is suitable or indeed a ‘thing’! I know they take old blankets etc, so maybe they take cuddly toys?
    Too many people spend money they earned..to buy things they don't want..to impress people that they don't like...

    "Every time you borrow money, you're robbing your future self."
    • keepcalmandcraft
    • By keepcalmandcraft 14th Jan 19, 5:24 PM
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    keepcalmandcraft
    I'd love to join again this year and will try and post more. I decluttered a lot last year but still have a lot to go so will aim for 2019.
    I started in my bedroom yesterday and so far have:
    10 books to phonebox library
    35 items of clothing to cs
    6 single duvet covers and sheets to cs
    2 sets broken fairy lights - bin
    1 mobile light thing - to cs

    I will try and post more this year. It is an inspiration to read the thread emails every day.
    Keep up the good work!
    Stash busting challenge 2019: 0/150
    Declutter challenge 2019: 54/2019
    Stash busting challenge 2018: 105/150
    Declutter challenge 2018: 2018/2018

    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 14th Jan 19, 6:50 PM
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    Happy Kitties
    Snail pace decluttering going on

    *33 box of shortbread that DM didn't want- popped into the food bank
    *34 box of fruit tea that has been in the house for so long I was nearly charging it rent- recycling.

    Sorted out a load of DDs stuff that she doesn't want from the downstairs cupboard today. Run it through a wash ready to go to CS on thursday.

    Getting there slowly!
    2017 birthday savings shopping frugally = 481.15:money. 2018 birthday savings so far=360.66
    • chocolatelover93
    • By chocolatelover93 14th Jan 19, 8:11 PM
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    chocolatelover93
    Evening everyone

    leelad - hope your wife is ok, as for the teddy bears a local nursery or childrens center may take them

    Parsniphead - Know what you mean about the Hinchers! I Hinched for about 2 weeks and bought loads of products (which I can't use because of my asthma ) and couldn't keep up with cleaning everything haha.

    Was the lofts turn today and cleared out 4 bags and took to the charity shop!


    I have also cleared out the understairs cupboard and listed some bits on FB, I'm dropping 2 things off tomorrow for someone

    Although I have decluttered a lot it still doesn't really look like I have done much So didn't realise how much carp I had!

    Also getting somewhere with the emails gone from over 2K to 300! so I am getting there haha. Once I am down to 0 I need to check my emails once a day and unsub from the ones I don't need. I have a second account that I use for comps I enter so no need for my other one to be cluttered.
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    • janejamie
    • By janejamie 14th Jan 19, 10:54 PM
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    janejamie
    What a busy lot of people we are - well done all!

    Went to tip yday with 8 tyres someone had cheerfully tipped over the wall into our garden wooded corner. Tip said only 4 tyres per day but eventually agreed to take all 8 to save me coming back the next day. I see the reasoning, but under the circumstances I was v pleased not to have to make a return journey! so that's

    62-69 tyres to tip
    70-71 two bags of assorted recyclables gathered from the verge, also to tip
    72-73 two flebay sales, hurray! I am gathering other sellable stuff into a corner so I know where it is when I have time to do some listing. The side effect of all this flebaying is that I am also working through my huge pile of padded envelopes!

    I am shortly to dispose of 6 packings for six lights that the sixth electrician has promised to come and put up for me. I think I believe this one will come back - I am trying not to get my hopes up too far though...

    I have also at last put the towel rail up with proper fixings so it stays put, which I've been meaning to do for months, and I shall tackle the new bathroom blinds tomorrow.

    The unloved dog toy which was in the box which went to the chazzer the other day has miraculously reappeared - on reflection, I think the hound sneakily retrieved it when I wasn't looking!

    Have Kondo'd the last of the malt loaf and am now off to bed.

    Night all!
    • janejamie
    • By janejamie 14th Jan 19, 10:55 PM
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    nearly forgot!
    74 old calculator: new batteries couldn't revive it so it's a binner.
    • White_musk
    • By White_musk 14th Jan 19, 11:54 PM
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    White_musk
    Thanks MrSD I'll tell DH it's all down to your advice

    I did persuade him to remake the bed yesterday......... well I'd managed to strip it earlier and put the bedding in the WM and it left me in soooooooo much pain . I also changed 2 thin pillows for a new thick one and the old ones are now in the bin. It's something I've been going to do for ages and I already had the new one, so thank you all for keeping me going, even if it's a only a little bit being decluttered at a time.
    Also out several more takeaway containers, why did I keep so many ?
    My goal for this week is to sort out my crafting stuff and hopefully donate some ( a lot ) to the DGD, she's only 7 but she does love to craft
    Happy decluttering everyone!!
    Originally posted by nannywindow
    I don't have takeaway very often but when I do I rehome my containers to my daughter. She works full time and has my granddaughter so does batch cooking at the weekend for quick mid week meals. The plastic containers are the perfect size for her, so she swipes them.
    God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, wisdom to know the difference.
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