Saturday, 18 October 2014

Life Changing Magic of Tidying book - giveaway winner!

All entries for the book giveaway were numbered in order of commenting, and Son drew number six as the winner, so the winner is the sixth commenter, Emma Croft!

As Wiltshire Wildlife Trust's Waste Minimisation Officer, Emma is a truly deserving winner. Long term readers will have met Emma on the blog before. She was our mentor for the Slim Your Bin project we took part in last year. Check out her work in Wiltshire here. ( Note: We love Emma lots but the draw was definitely not a fix and her number was genuinely pulled at random!)


Emma Croft, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust's Waste
Minimisation Officer, leading a tour of our local recycling centre
in Calne.



Somehow it's a little bit reassuring to hear that even a recycling pro like Emma is still up for learning more about decluttering. 

I wonder what Emma would do with a bin bag FULL of cuddly toys?



You see we've been doing some enforced decluttering. Son has a new (new secondhand, of course) table in his room at which he will be spending long hours studying now he's in Year 7..., and the table had to take the place of a large wooden chest full of cuddly toys. 

Time for a cuddly toy cull. Those Teletubbies are not played with any more.

Soft toys have to be one of my least favourite things to declutter. There's a sentimental reason for keeping each and every one. 

I'm sure that Marie Kondo, author of the Life Changing Magic of Tidying, would have us ditch the lot, but we couldn't do it. Half have gone to the charity shop, the beanie babies have been downsized to a shoe box and those with the most sentimental value are in a box in the airing cupboard...



What do you struggle to declutter?

12 comments:

  1. I have 56 (yes 56) scrapbooks. The big sugar paper ones with different coloured pages. My Mum started them just before I was born and in the ensuing 37 years every birthday, Christmas and Easter card has been kept along with who got me what and when. There are also travel tickets, entry tickets, programs, wedding invites, bits of confetti, newspaper articles...you get the idea!! I have a plan to minimise them by photographing things I want to remember but not physically keep and then setting a space restriction on the physical mementos. Sounds great in theory but I'm dreading how hard it will be in practice!!

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    1. You can tell I'm not good at this minimalist stuff because my first thoughts are: How organised to have everything in one place even if it is 56 books worth, and that they must be fun to look through! Must be hard to think about trying to thin out all those memories though!

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  2. Books - although I have been getting more ruthless. I have to agree with you
    on cuddly toys - I still have the teddy bear that my father brought home for me
    from a work trip in 1961 (as well as a toy tiger from about the same vintage)!

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    1. I also struggle with books! I've still got two teddy bears from my childhood, the little one has gone all sorts of places with me!

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  3. I agree on books. Have tried to be more ruthless and only keep the ones I really treasure or plan to re-read (and am starting to put my money where my mouth is and re-read them). But I think they look so lovely on shelves and always feel sad when I visit a house without books. (Well done Emma - a deserving winner!)

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    1. Yep, books are hard. I desperately need to have a bit of a sort out and reorganisation as I'm running out of shelf space here...

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  4. Books, cuddlies and actually socks; yes, I know SOCKS!
    The reason for books and cuddlies is obvious, but the socks comes because for years I bought socks at Christmas or for birthdays so foolishly I added the sentimental element to it. Now those socks are full of holes and beyond redemption, but still in the drawer because I *might* want to wear a worn pair of santa socks just in the house.
    Re the Magic of tidying, I have Kondomaried my drawers and it is such a simple idea that actually works. Must read it again to see what she says about socks....

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    1. I think Marie Kondo has a bit to say about NOT downgrading clothes to 'loungewear' - I guess that includes socks too !! I can't remember her advice re drawers other than her precise instructions for folding stuff so I might need to check that out before I send the book to Emma!

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  5. Fabric. Ribbon. Lace. Buttons....but a recent order for yards and yards of wedding bunting, and decorated jamjars for tealights [at the reception] should make a small dent in the Stash. weekend blessings x

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    1. I love haberdashery too - at the last Give and Take day here I couldn't resist a carrier bag full of scraps of vintage Laura Ashley...it's still sitting in the front room waiting for some ideas or somewhere to be stored...

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  6. Oooohhh! How exciting :) I'll make sure to pass the book on to a good home once read - Thank you! x

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