A late updare from Sanna and her 20 thing a day challenge

Sorry Sanna and Readers I should have published this post last Friday. Better late than never I suppose. I will be publishing this week's update tomorrow. Sanna's Update So, I'm in for almost 3 weeks and actually, I'm meanwhile 200 items ahead of my challenge. This week, lots of incense, recipes, more pens and pencils, a few books, notepads and more left the house. Fine weather made it possible to put a cardboard box with a "for free" sign on the sidewalk which made getting rid of these little items as easy as can be. I also went through my "memorabilia box" (which includes photos) and Continue reading

Fourth Thursdays with Deb J ~ Memory Books

Over the years Colleen has talked in various posts about decluttering craft supplies, photos, and items of memory clutter.  You know those things we hang onto because they help us remember times in our lives that have meaning.  You also know I was into scrapbooking for a number of years and have recently decided that I no longer want to continue this hobby. As I thought about all the money used to buy supplies, those I have used and those I have given away or sold, I began to realize there is a good solution & it goes along with journaling.  I have not been a very good journaler.  I find Continue reading

When you’ve been clearing stuff out but can’t yet see a difference.

A friend messaged me this week, with pictures of numerous bags of stuff on their way to a local charity shop, but bewailing the fact her home stills looks over full of stuff. Where am I going wrong she asked? After congratulating her on what she had achieved so far – any clutter going is great and builds up your de-clutter muscle, I came up with a few suggestions: I recommended now  focusing on one room. Choose the room that bothers you the most. Within the room, choose one cupboard or shelf and systematically go through every single item on/in it: handle each one and ask yourself: do Continue reading

Put away the emotions

I received a comment from Michelle yesterday in response to the day's mini mission ~ Declutter a sentimental item that doesn’t bring much in the way of happy memories. Michelle took on this challenge and then some. the conclusion she came to during this task was very insightful. So much so that I wanted to share it with you all. Here is what she had to say... Michelle ~ "I guess this would go for both Monday and Saturday. I have mentioned before that I collect (maybe USED to collect??) vintage brooches. I have somewhere along the lines of 75-90 regular ones and then about 45 Christmas Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ A little of this and a little of that

Mini Mission Monday is about finding ten minutes a day to declutter. To make it easy for you, each Monday I set seven declutter missions, one for each day of the week for you to follow. It takes the guess work out of decluttering and makes it easy and "fun" for you to achieve some quick decluttering. Another week another set of mini missions. Now what can we work on this week? Let s try some things that readers were working on last week? Let's see if you can remember a few and you can in turn check if your have similar items to unburden yourself of. Monday - Declutter a sentimental item that Continue reading

Avoiding Regrets

The best way I know of to avoid decluttering regrets is to not let go until you are truly ready. This advice may seem counterproductive to reducing ones belongings, but trust me it isn't. That is because there is usually something else that you are prepared to part with instead. Making hasty decisions can be the cause of those later regrets. And regrets in turn can put you off decluttering, so they are best avoided. Just like I said in yesterday's post, there are things you don't question keeping, there are things you don't question letting go and the things in between are the ones to pass Continue reading

“…the answer is invariably in the question.”

"...the answer is invariably in the question."  This is part of a quote from a wise man. That man is Billy Connolly and the quote is from the same book I mentioned yesterday. So, how does this relate to decluttering? Well I am about to give my thoughts on that. In the Guides section of my blog you will find my Declutter Decision Making Guide. It is packed with questions to ask of yourself when deciding whether you should declutter an item. However this quote from Billy Connolly got me thinking ~ (Wise words from worldly people often have me applying their wisdom to the subject of Continue reading

Growing

"Either you're growing or you're decaying, there is no middle ground. If you're standing still you're decaying. "What do I know that is absolutely, incontrovertibly true?" I sat there for about an hour and a half and all I could come up with is that everything changes. That's all I know with any certainty. It's all going to change, and flowing within change keeps us flexible and helps to develop a sense of humour about everything." ~ Alen Arkin from Wisdom (Life) by Andrew Zuckerman. What Alen Arkin says here is true, and one thing that occurs with change are different needs/wants. In my Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ Little Stuff

Mini Mission Monday is about finding ten minutes a day to declutter. To make it easy for you, each Monday I set seven declutter missions, one for each day of the week for you to follow. It takes the guess work out of decluttering and makes it easy and "fun" for you to achieve some quick decluttering. This week I thought you might like to have some mini missions that fit with Sanna's mission of getting rid of 20 little items a day. Getting rid of these may seem not to make much of a visual difference to your home, but you might be surprised how getting rid of small things can make a big Continue reading

An update from Sanna

Hello everyone! Colleen asked me to write a little update, so here it is. My challenge was to declutter 20 things a day for three weeks and possibly longer if I realized that there was still a lot more to go. As I started a few days early compared to most of you, when this post will be scheduled I will be almost two weeks in. I have by now decluttered more than 200 things around my home! I can't really tell whether it makes a difference for the home staying tidy yet. We had to reshuffle quite a bit as we now have a guest staying here and she brought some things of her own as Continue reading