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    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 13th Dec 19, 4:19 PM
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    Mrs Salad Dodger
    2020 - banish the clutter
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    • 13th Dec 19, 4:19 PM
    2020 - banish the clutter 13th Dec 19 at 4:19 PM
    To use Guineapigsqueaks/Sa1sysoo words “A new thread for declutterbugs in 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2019!"

    I was definitely not as productive in 2019 as I had intended NO full declutter and the only decorating was done by my DSis - the hallway & the downstairs cloakroom

    SO 2020 HERE I COME

    The good intentions for 2020 (in between numerous holidays) are:

    1. Finish DH’s office carpeting, put up a long shelf & declutter fully.
    2. Decorate & re-carpet our bedroom. Not much decluttering required.
    3. Sort & decorate the Room of Doom i.e. the spare room - a Decluttering nightmare
    4. Embarrassed �� to say that the bathroom refurbishment + the living room & dining room redecorating/refurbishments will now be 2021 UNLESS we complete all of the above.

    So who will make the 2020 decluttering journey with me? ALL are welcome Whether you are doing a major declutter or a maintaining declutter. This will be a supportive & encouraging thread - our aim being to declutter our lives of physical & electronic items & maybe even the stress of having too much ‘stuff’. Also it makes cleaning easier
    I will also be awarding Gold Stars ⭐️ again

    Plenty of options available on numbering the clutter out

    2020 in 2020 or 52 in 52 weeks even 365 in 365 days or maybe by room. If you are feeling really adventurous a la basketcase (2018) - you can weigh the clutter out

    Whichever numbering option 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 & 2019 threads will also post on the 2020 thread + lots of new people

    I know I am a bit early in setting up this thread but it can help to plan your decluttering - ‘To Do Lists’ are your friends

    So join me in my quest to have a neat & tidy home with no hidden horrors

    MrsSD

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    Last edited by MSE Molly; 02-01-2020 at 4:07 PM.
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    • Gem-gem
    • By Gem-gem 13th Jan 20, 7:11 PM
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    Gem-gem
    Recycled:
    Unwanted post
    Used envelopes
    Tins x2

    Binned:
    Old seat cover (started to recover two old chairs).
    Lollipop stick that had my chocolate cube on
    Hot chocolate packaging
    £2 Savers Club 2020 no. 1 Target £480
    Save 12K in 2020 no.59 £3615.15 / £12,000 (1850)
    2020 - Banish the clutter - 20 items a month
    20 20s for 2020
    • Nicnak
    • By Nicnak 13th Jan 20, 7:36 PM
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    Nicnak
    I decided to keep going. Was up to 328
    2 razors that were exs - given to him
    1 nail polish remover bottle out of date
    2 out of date creams for various things
    1 broken charger

    6 more makes it = 334. I am also just in the process of scanning books ready to send. x
    September 6th 2017 - Updated December 2019
    Credit Card £0 now: £0 Consolidation £15,000 = £7,365 Total = £25,330 £7,365 71% gone EMF #252 = £1100/£1000
    Pay off all your debts by Christmas #071

    Decluttering target 462/365 items
    • radioles1408
    • By radioles1408 13th Jan 20, 8:03 PM
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    radioles1408
    11. A Christmas Garland returned to Li!dl for refund
    Originally posted by radioles1408
    12. A bottle of Morgan's Spice which I decluttered by finishing on Friday night
    13. A big box of Thornton's chocs to FiL for his birthday. I ended up buying too many at Christmas, he will appreciate them and it means less chocolate in the house for me to eat.
    • x_raphael_xx
    • By x_raphael_xx 13th Jan 20, 9:33 PM
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    x_raphael_xx
    Well I haven't posted, but I have been decluttering.
    Even got the bf on it now. He happily volunteered a handful of stuff yesterday, and today I've come home to find 2 shelves of DVDs gone.
    I haven't been adding his stuff to my numbers, but my total stands at:
    91/2020
    Debt Free as of 17/01/2009 Turtle Power!!
    Jan NSD's - 12/31 / EF Challenger #3 £1138.72/£5000
    • x_raphael_xx
    • By x_raphael_xx 13th Jan 20, 9:42 PM
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    x_raphael_xx
    2 hats for NICU knitted from wool oddments
    Originally posted by Marpau
    Hi Marpau, I would like to do this, but I don't know who to contact for details.
    I have sent an email to the local hospital, but not had a reply yet. Any tips?
    Debt Free as of 17/01/2009 Turtle Power!!
    Jan NSD's - 12/31 / EF Challenger #3 £1138.72/£5000
    • Marpau
    • By Marpau 13th Jan 20, 10:16 PM
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    Marpau
    x-raphael-xx there are lots of groups on Facebook who coordinate this. I am a member of needle & Hooks Angels & preemies. Currently I am knitting for Edinburgh royal as they looked after my grandson.
    You could ask at your local surgery the midwife should be able to help.
    Last edited by Marpau; 13-01-2020 at 11:15 PM.
    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 13th Jan 20, 10:27 PM
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    Mrs Salad Dodger
    [QUOTE=Mrs Salad Dodger;76711076]

    Couldnít sort it out over the phone as 87th in line So all 3 of us bathed (one at a time before anyone says anything :rotfl) Finished the last bit of packing, taxi arrived early, journey not too bad to Gatwick. Obtained our room keys, dropped off our bags then down to Spoons for beers & dinner. DH went to check in desk & was informed he had to contact the travel agent - even more stress then reply to the email DH sent - no joy - YET MORE STRESS We ate - burgers for DH & DSis, sausages, mash, peas & gravy for me - yummy 🤤
    DH visited check-in again - more reasonable person on the desk advised that no problem with no spacing for our names. Had a couple more beers to celebrate then coffee & cake & in our rooms by 11:00. Hopefully tomorrow will be stress free

    Well Sunday morning was stressful beyond belief 😫. Went down early to check in our bags & get boarding passes but the computer say no Getting more & more 😥 , 4 people working on sorting it out, eventually Jorge gave us boarding passes after 30 minutes so we thought we were in the clear Had a full English breakfast & chilled out - DSis & I got as much of a nicotine fix as we could before going through security. Security was painless Quick visit to Duty Free then to the gate. Where our problems started again All 3 of us were so stressed 😫 that I am surprised we didnít explode However we finally managed to get on the plane, got settled but didnít breathe until we took off 8.5 hour flight - dinner was pretty good, got to drink as much as we wanted + a sandwich for tea. I watched 3 films - Downton Abbey, X-Men Dark Phoenix & Gemini Man. I did plenty of walking up & down + stretching exercises. DH & DSis both had short naps. Enormous queue at immigration when we landed & the heat hit us full force - local time 7 p.m. Immigration painless but for the 1st time ever had to give finger prints - all of them DSis & I had our nicotine fix then boarded our mini bus to the resort. Checked in, shown our rooms, got changed & down to dinner. Rooms are lovely - overlooking one of the many swimming pools.
    Will come back later & finish + do my cheerleading Only one place we can get free internet

    See you later

    MrsSD
    22/2020
    • gilly1964
    • By gilly1964 13th Jan 20, 10:35 PM
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    gilly1964
    Hi All

    I have been MIA, but busy decluttering in the background

    89 - 185 - Xmas Baubles to CS
    186 - Sink to DD
    187 - 189 Worktops to DD
    190 - Sander to DD
    191 - 193 - Bags of taps to scrap merchants - £64 made
    194 - Tarpaulin to tip
    195 - 201 - Glass bottles to recycling
    202 - 211 - Cardboard boxes to recycling
    212 - 214 - 3 paint cans, contents now on the ceiling and walls in the lounge and cans to the tip
    215 - 219 - t-shirts to clothing bank
    220 - 229 - kitchen "stuff" to CS
    230 - 232 - 3 bags of unwanted stuff and rubbish from garage to refuse collection
    233 - OOD Quark to bin
    234 - 235 OOD food cans to bin, decided baked beans with BB 2012 was pushing it
    236 - bin bag to refuse collection
    237 - 245 - cans to recycling
    246 - 272 - various plastic containers without lids and lids without containers to bin
    273 - 275 - magazines to recycling
    276 - 2018 (yes I do mean 18) calendar to recycling
    277 - 2019 calendar to recycling
    278 - 279 - light fittings to CS
    280 - 3lbs of excess blubber at Slimming World
    281 - dead car battery to tip
    282 - dead Peace Lily to green recycling
    283 - 286 - cacti to green recycling

    We posted on social media about hubby's van being broken into and a lady messaged to say she had found some boxes with bits of tools in them. Unfortunately all the power tools and batteries were gone, but we got some stuff back. It is all insured, but the inconvenience has been a PITA.

    Keep up the good work everyone
    • Nicnak
    • By Nicnak 14th Jan 20, 6:20 AM
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    Nicnak
    Great that you got some tools back, but so inconvenient for you all. I am so sorry. x

    Thankfully you got there Mrs SD. What a palaver though. xx
    September 6th 2017 - Updated December 2019
    Credit Card £0 now: £0 Consolidation £15,000 = £7,365 Total = £25,330 £7,365 71% gone EMF #252 = £1100/£1000
    Pay off all your debts by Christmas #071

    Decluttering target 462/365 items
    • villagelife
    • By villagelife 14th Jan 20, 6:59 AM
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    villagelife
    Not much more done but did a small amount

    108-109 a couple of CD's from my car
    110-111 out of date RHS cards
    • jammydodgersandrhl
    • By jammydodgersandrhl 14th Jan 20, 5:43 PM
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    jammydodgersandrhl
    decluttered two units - and the stuff in the drawers. Counting that as 15 items. I have also got rid of a book. It surprising how much I have been able to get rid of so far. It has been good for my mind. I'm still using the MariKondo method to decide if it stays or not. House has less for me to clean too
    Declutter 2020 - 232/2020
    PAYDBX 2020 £385.11/£6327.90
    365 Saving challenge #37 £50/£671.61
    Credit Card £2834.79/£3000
    Student Overdraft £2000
    Main Bank Overdraft £550/£700
    • Nicnak
    • By Nicnak 14th Jan 20, 5:44 PM
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    Nicnak
    1 ebay item sold. Taken to the post office today.
    Not a huge amount so far today, but done some. x
    September 6th 2017 - Updated December 2019
    Credit Card £0 now: £0 Consolidation £15,000 = £7,365 Total = £25,330 £7,365 71% gone EMF #252 = £1100/£1000
    Pay off all your debts by Christmas #071

    Decluttering target 462/365 items
    • ailz95
    • By ailz95 14th Jan 20, 6:39 PM
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    ailz95
    Over a hundred Anchor x-stitch threads gone.
    4 thread boxes
    1 expanding file
    1 x-stitch chart for a mermaid
    3 Charity shop bags - not including the above.
    1 half gallon water bottle
    1 sport water bottle
    5 boxes various fruit tea and tea bags

    I don't know how we manage it but we keep on having stuff for recycling/charity shop
    Clutter free wannabee 22/52 bags to cs. 302/2020 'stuff' out of the place
    Fasting target 2020 - 5000 hours. 361/5000.
    • savvy
    • By savvy 14th Jan 20, 7:22 PM
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    savvy
    I'm having a hard time keeping up with all the decluttering, everybody is working so hard.
    Originally posted by Glenda
    Only out of quick necessity to fit everyone in whilst I'm away!
    One more for now
    106- an old fire blanket found at the back of a cupboard.
    .
    Originally posted by villagelife
    Ahhh I'd have had that off you for my business


    Didn't get much done today with the terrible weather and getting car partly fixed (can't blame mobile mechanic for giving up in the wind and rain!!) and new dog staying, but did manage to drive 3 huge old cushions I found in a wardrobe to the dump!


    3 huge cushions
    3 more boxes
    2 more bubble wrap sheets
    1 more air filled plastic wrap
    60/2020
    • newlywed
    • By newlywed 14th Jan 20, 8:59 PM
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    newlywed
    Decluttered a few not very nice bits lurking in the fridge...

    Also decluttered the conkers that really didnít prevent the spider climbing just above them

    Decluttered a candle that hasnít burnt evenly and so is all wonky.... no I wonít ever actually melt them down into new candles.
    working on clearing the clutter
    • shangaijimmy
    • By shangaijimmy 14th Jan 20, 9:19 PM
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    shangaijimmy
    Day 14
    Midweek is tough with work, then kids/homework and dog walk... but 3 more things decluttered from the house.
    - 1 pair of wellies to charity
    - 1 set of dumbbells to charity
    - 1 kids jumper to the bin

    Tomorrow will be a difficult with an 11 hours shift ahead of me but I am determined to find at least 1 item for bin or charity.
    MFW: Was: £136,000.......Now: £76,704.80......Reduction: £59,295.71... in 58 months!
    MFiT-T5 #8 - 37.28% of £23,000
    Save 12k in 2020 - £0 // £24,000 (0.00%) & 2020 - Banish the Clutter - 23 // 366 days (6.28%)
    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 14th Jan 20, 9:43 PM
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    Mrs Salad Dodger
    Sorry I never returned
    Monday we basically relaxed. Just made it breakfast So far we have only eaten in the buffet restaurant but there is so much choice at breakfast, lunch & dinner that we havenít felt the need yet to try any of the other 6 reastaurants
    It is all inclusive - so plenty of beer First time at a resort & all 3 of us are loving it
    Weather is in the mid 20ís but can be sunny, windy, torrential downpours for 10 minutes then dry but always warm. Plenty of wildlife - a peacock has the run of the place & you see him at breakfast sitting on the wall much to the consternation of the diners There are 3 peahens, ducks & ducklings, iguanas, an aviary of exotic birds & best of all flamingoes Various unidentified birds that come into the restaurant & have breakfast The ubiquitous pigeons are on the beach we paddled in the sea a couple of times - sandy private resort beach - the sea is quite choppy at the moment with strong waves that take the sand away & dump you in the water but the Caribbean Sea is warm One thing - DSis & I had a 5 minute head & shoulder massage - free then booked ourselves in for a full body massage + hydrotherapy for Thursday - my treat as a belated Christmas present
    Tuesday DSis got up to see the sunrise but was unimpressed although apparently it was bright.
    Went to breakfast reasonably early, spent half an hour in the wi-fi area then toddled off to the beach. DSis had one session in the sea + some paddling but DH & I spent several half hour stints & both ended up on the sand with the waves crashing over us unable to get up Both nearly split our sides laughing 😂 at our unimpressive attempts to stand up Had a burger & beer at the beach, another dip then it rained so decided to swap out our towels & return to the resort proper to sunbathe & swim in one of the many pools with a beer of course
    DH & DSis are still there whilst I am in the wi-fi area writing to all you lovely declutterers

    Now for some cheerleading only about 4 pages behind

    Thanks Nicnak Perhaps a local women & childrenís refuge or maybe your local church?
    You are doing excellent - items out & monies in The 12th & 13th were good numbers out Up to 334 I have my work cut out when I get home One item & pennies in the bank

    Welcome aboard ClaireT13 So happy that you Ďstumbled across the threadí You have gotten off to a rip roaring start & am very glad that it worked out with your son. I am looking forward to reading about all your successes Again lovely to have you on board

    Thanks villagelife we are definitely de-stressing nicely Well done on keeping items moving out you definitely have to work in the garden when the sunshine appears Steadily moving items out of your life - well done

    Thanks jammydodgersandrhl Lovely that you are using your candles & not saving them for best Really quite jealous that the Marie Kondo method is working for you I am not that brave

    I have got to the bottom of page 26 only 3 more pages to go

    May see you later after a shower & dinner

    MrsSD
    22/2020
    • tboo
    • By tboo 14th Jan 20, 10:32 PM
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    tboo
    34 - a bath bomb (from the shared stash of me & DD3) decluttered into the bath last night
    35 - last dregs of conditioner used so the bottle in the bin
    36 - 2 parcels decluttered to the post office - out of the way and tidy (ish)
    37 - a spare diary given from work off loaded to my sis, she's using it for work


    Not much today but every little helps
    ďYouíre only here for a short visit.
    Donít hurry, don't worry and be sure to smell the flowers along the way.Ē
    Walter Hagen


    • Marpau
    • By Marpau 14th Jan 20, 11:01 PM
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    Marpau
    Two charity bags collected today. Washing mountain decluttered. Hat knitted for nicu from oddments of wool bag is going down slowly.

    70/71 uu moisturizer x 2
    72/73 Top sold on eBay packaging from stash posted
    74/75 2" paperwork ( took ages to go through files)
    • jacwins
    • By jacwins 15th Jan 20, 12:04 AM
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    jacwins
    35 - book sold and collected

    Ideas - put a n other toy on selling site (photo taken), do a bag full of shredding, spend 10 mins going through my letters etc in the kitchen (school newsletters etc), sell / CS baby cooking books, making jam tarts with jams in fridge that don't get used and lard (one of the ingredients we had to buy for food nutrition) batch 1 made, no jam finished yet.
    Listed - children's hangers x16 free, 3 hoodies (put on other sites too now)
    Not decluttering but I got around to printing some photos for the photo frame that is up in the hall.

    Current totals 35/2020 5/52
    Declutter 2020 for 2020 - 52/2020
    Thanks for all your posts, sprinkle of luck required now.
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