Life Laundry


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No, this is not the practice of worshipping the washing basket, although mine is looking pretty awesome in it’s fullness. Life laundry is a fancy way of saying “a huge declutter!”. Every so often I get an itch, not an itch that any cream can fix, but an urge to strip the house bare. When I get that gleam in my eye Roy knows better than to argue and gets another roll of bin bags out!

Basically, I take each room and gut it. Every drawer, every cupboard; no nook or cranny is safe. I’m not a huge hoarder but I find it amazing how much “stuff” accumalates around the house!

The kitchen- this is the room that gets the most “built up” with stuff. I go through the cupboards, doing a list of what ingredients I have in, throwing out of date or past it’s best food, sorting the cleaning cupboard, and when I get the courage up – I open the art & craft cupboard. The kitchen is always the first but when it’s done and dusted I instantly feel more organised and motivated!

Work – I don’t have an office any-more. We dismantled it to give Taylor his own room so my “office” is currently the kitchen table, with one cupboard for my files. This cupboard is the crap cupboard. It has a box with “stuff” in it, chargers, three million drawing pins, a cotton reel, batteries…. crap that just doesn’t have a home. It’s where everything Kieran brings home from school goes and I have to whittle these down to one or two pieces and get rid of the rest. I need to get the shredder out and my paperwork reorganised, filed or disposed of.  I need to have my stationary boxes organised otherwise I can’t find a thing, I need to have Hallmark greetings cards, wrapping paper and all of the other 101 must-have items stocked up and easy to find when I need to grab them. When it is all done it no longer feels like a “crap” cupboard and again, and I feel much more organised.

We all take part, Kieran helps to declutter his books and toys – some for charity, some to put by for his little brother and some for the bin. He’s very good and enjoys helping. The boys’ wardrobes are always an eye opener – sorting through I can really see how big they’ve got! It’s also useful to make a list of what needs replacing. In my house “Need more socks!” is always at the top of the sheet!

Throughout the day, music blasts out through the house (Jive Bunny is a good one to get us going!). At the end we have a home full of dusty, weary and cheerful people. The house is gleaming but it’s more than that – if you do it properly it can be almost like that lovely “just moved in and all is fresh” feeling. You know where everything is, everything is well organised, you use things that you thought were long gone, and seem to save a fair bit of money over the next week or so using up in the kitchen / bathroom and what not.

Yes, today is a Life Laundry day. Wish me luck!

Money For Nothing & Kicks For Free

No, this isn’t a post about the Dire Straits song, it’s a post about getting money for nothing (or very little) and using it for whatever you like, perhaps a treat, perhaps to pay off a bill?

Lot’s of people talk about cashback, but how many actively visit a cashback site and regulalry make savings and earn extra? I do!

Quidco is my site of choice, mainly because it so easy to use but also because it is packed with features. I’ve done pretty well out of them so far too. Basically, before buying anything online I check to see if the business is featured on Quidco, if so (and I don’t find a similar business listed that might have what I want cheaper!) I click through to the site via Quidco, shop as usual and voila…. after a period of time pennies start appearing in my account!

I contacted Quidco prior to writing this, to see what was new on the site, and their reply was:

Quidco now has 1.2 million members and works with over 2,900 retailers.  Originally set up as a cashback company, Quidco’s services have grown extensively.  Last year we introduced voucher codes (which can be used alongside cashback offers to allow you to save twice), printable vouchers and In-store cashback (which allows you to earn cashback on purchases in certain stores with any of your debit or credit cards).  This year, we launched Quidco Compare (our car insurance comparison tool which works out the best deal for you (inclusive of cashback)).  Furthermore, we now offer cashback on Group buy sites such as Groupon and Crowdity.

We also launched a Save 1K page which allows you to record your voucher savings as well as cashback earnings, and Smart Shopper which is an online blog which pulls together all of our best deals and promotions.

The average member saves about £450 a year with us and it’s so easy because you can make savings on everything from household bills to travel and everyday shopping.

Put like it’s well worth a look!

I’m posting this today because I like to save money, I like to make money and I like to help others do the same too. This is not a sponsored post etc, the only contact I’ve had with Quidco was asking their press team to supply me with up to date info re new features, so you can be sure I am telling you this because of a positive personal experience with the site! So, take a minute and pop along, you’ll be surprised by the number or retailers on there (not just shops but car insurance and more), special offers and other ways to save or make money. There is even a nifty toolbar you download which reminds you to shop via Quidco (which I must download actually lol) so you don’t forget and miss out (Firefox only at the moment but available soon for Chrome, Internet Explorer etc).

Go and have a browse and let me know what you think!



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