Tidy like Marie Kondo and spark joy with savings by using our top tips

TIDYING queen Marie Kondo’s new Netflix show Sparking Joy starts this week.

To celebrate, I spoke to Sue Spencer, a professional home organiser and KonMari consultant, who was trained by the TV guru herself.

Because clearing up can ensure tidy savings . . . 

CHECK YOUR STOCKS: See what’s in your food cupboard then write a shopping list or meal plan to use the items you have. Store similar items together so you can see at a glance what you have. You can use Tupperware or even shoe boxes and ice-cream tubs.

DON’T BUY TWICE: We often waste time and money buying new because we cannot find what we already have around the home, or forgot we had it. It may be some sticky tape, a book, make-up or clothes. Find a place for everything so it is then easier to find them and, more importantly, to replace if needs be.

USE UP YOUR STASH: If you store toiletries and cleaning products in different places around your home, you may have spares you have forgotten about. Gather the items together to see exactly what you have, including all those half-finished bottles and other containers. Find a home for your stash, then gradually use it up before you buy more. A way to use every last drop of product from a tube is to cut the end off and scoop out the last of the lotion.

SORT PAPERWORK: Tackle those messy piles of paperwork and it will help you save on unnecessary subscriptions, late payments fees and interest charges. Plus you’ll have a better idea of your monthly outgoings. Some subscriptions you may just like to pause. Check for gift vouchers, too, in case still valid.

STORE AND SAVE: Buy Christmas and birthday gifts early if items are on offer. Make a list of the people you usually buy for and keep track of what you have bought so you do not double up. Remember where you stored what you have bought — maybe a gift drawer or a cupboard shelf — for when you want to wrap it.

  •  Want a pro to help you declutter? Sue can help. See alifemoreorganised.co.uk.
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Deal of the day

GET a new tablet for a bargain price at Currys.

The 2019 Amazon Fire 7 tablet with Alexa (32gb) is now £44.99, down from £59.99.

SAVE: : £15

Cheap treat

GO for grey with this marble-effect cork-backed placemat and coaster set for four, from studio.co.uk, just £5.99.

What’s new

ASDA is rolling back prices by 50 per cent on more than 30 family favourites from its frozen range to help customers stock their freezers before the end of summer.

Pick up big brands at bargain prices, such as Birdseye Veggie Burgers for 75p.

For more premium brands, treat yourself to Carte D’Or ice cream for only £1.50 for a 1 litre tub, until Sept 8.

Top swap

SIP from a Minnie Mouse water bottle, but instead of this one for £9.99 from onbuy.com, above, head to Primark where you can pick up a similar style for just £2.

SAVE: £7.99

Giselle’s little helper

BT has announced that new Full Fibre customers will be able to trial a broadband speed boost at no extra cost, allowing faster wifi speeds of up to 500mbps.

If customers decide not to upgrade their current plan after their trial, they’ll automatically switch back to their previous package. It is a good way to make sure you are getting what you pay for!

Shop & save

THE bigger the better. Walkers Really Cheesy Giant Wotsits are just £1.25, usually £1.99, with a Tesco Clubcard.

SAVE: 74p

Hot right now

AS Greggs runs short, Aldi has come to the rescue with its Sausage And Bean Melt (308g) and Cheese And Onion Bake (288g), 85p for two.

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