See space. Fill that space … Not! by Nicole V

By Nicole V We said goodbye to an old friend yesterday. It was a hi-fi system that had served us faithfully for many years. I was with my then-boyfriend (now husband) when he purchased it and – as it was large and really heavy – I remember us taking a cab back to his place and watching him set it up in his room. After we got married, it moved with us to 3 different homes and brought us countless hours of enjoyment and relaxation (thank you, Old Faithful!). After working tirelessly for so long, it finally gave up the ghost and my husband dismantled it and it left our home soon after – I’m Continue reading

A Post from Deb J ~ Reading Too Much

I have discovered something about myself.  I read too much.  Yes, I really said that.  I definitely read too much.  I love to read and I am a very fast reader.  I read 2-3 books in an evening depending upon the length of the book.  I was pretty happy with the decluttering I have done over the years.  I used to have an extensive library.  I once sold enough books to pay for one semester of college.  While I never accumulated that many books again, I did have a bunch of books that I decluttered over the last few years.  Then I started using a Kindle and had over 1000 books on it.  I decluttered Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ Three months or longer

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. I think the title certainly gives away the theme of this week's mini missions. We are going to search areas of our house for things that haven't been used in three months. Then hopefully we can convince ourselves to let them go. Monday - We'll make today easy. Find something in your kitchen that Continue reading

It’s all about you

Today's mini mission is ~ Just declutter something that isn’t “you”. In reality all of this weeks mini missions have been about getting rid of things that aren't you. By this I mean things that don't spark any joy in you. Joy that something fits you. Joy that something works well for you. Joy that you find something beautiful. Joy that brings back happy memories... Unwanted gifts. Disappointing purchases. Items that feel like they are nagging you to do something you don't have the time or inclination for right now. Items you accepted from others only because you felt you couldn't say no. Continue reading

Simplify

I was browsing Pinterest yesterday and this article, about what to do when feeling overwhelmed, caught my eye. Read it now if you are interested. It go me thinking that although I have a blessed life I still feel overwhelmed at times. More times than is healthy or logical actually, given the relatively easy life I live. I got to the next to last paragraph and this is what it said... SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE This won’t necessarily help in the moment, but I still think it’s important to prevent it from happening again. One of my goals this year is to live with intention and cut back on the Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ Why keep things YOU don’t really want.

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. I guess it is about time again for a set of mini missions based on some of the psychological reasons we hold on to stuff. Monday - Declutter some aspiration clutter. That is something you hold onto because you aspire to doing something with it. An aspiration that has gone unrealised for a long Continue reading

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Christina Loved reading your bio, add another 20 years and we are almost identical, yes I am outspoken too! My de cluttering occurred because we have lived in this home for 35 years and unlike friends and family have had no need to declutter due to moving house. I decided I didn't want to leave unnecessary "stuff" for my 2 adult children to declutter when the time eventually comes ( we are determined to live until we are at least 90!) So I am religiously following your de cluttering advice on a daily basis, with a few extras of my own. This last week I decided to attack my sewing /craft Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ Master Bedroom

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. These days I nearly always sit on my bed to write my blog posts. I really like it in my bedroom. I like it's contrast of white and dark, I like the art on the walls and I like my comfiness of my bed with its fluffy blanket and no duvet. But there are still things in this room that make it a Continue reading

My box of ‘getting-to-done’ ~ By Nicole V

A box without hinges, key, or lid, yet golden treasure inside is hid. ~ JRR Tolkien I have a box. Just. One. It contains no treasure but there is something hiding in it. It’s a plastic storage box measuring 60 by 35 by 42cm, which has helped me preserve my sanity, well, sort of preserve my sanity. It lives in the storeroom, sitting to the left of the entrance, looking harmless and, well, um, just like a plastic storage box. What it contains, however, is a Hydra of paper clutter and just like the creature in Greek mythology that grew two heads each time one was chopped off, this monster, I Continue reading

Declutter your food choices

Níriel jokingly suggested that to complete last Friday's mission she should eat all the ice cream in her house. It sounded like a good idea to me but then it got me thinking. Along with stuff decluttering one thing most people, in today's Western culture, could stand to do is declutter their food choices. I know I have written about this before, and annoyed at least one person in the process, but it is worth repeating. It isn't aimed towards the idea that everyone ought to be thin, it is about having a healthy diet and an uncluttered pantry and fridge. And the best way I know of to avoid Continue reading