Archives for September 2010

Day 263 About Page

Way back on the 5th of March when we got this blog up and running I wrote the "about" page to introduce my new adventure to anyone who cared to read it. A lot of water has passed under the bridge since then and I thought it was about time that I updated the "about" page to better reflect the current personality of the blog. Here is what I have come up with... About 365lessthings Part II At the start of this journey my intention was to journal about the physical and psychological aspects of my daily decluttering efforts.  I immediately starting reading other decluttering blogs for Continue reading

Day 262 Decluttering with kids Part II

Motivating your Children to Declutter A guest post by - Cindy Bogard On day 261, I shared how I got ready for my decluttering journey and the ways in which I had readied my children. So how did I actually get them involved? You’re going to laugh at the irony of this: stopping and tiny rewards. Yes, quitting and stuff!! How funny is that? Let me explain... We clean and declutter for a predetermined number of minutes or complete a predetermined drawer or shelf and then stop. Stopping is important. Your children need to know that it’s not going to go on and on and on. Even if it’s going Continue reading

Day 261 Decluttering with kids

A guest post by Cindy Bogard This summer in May, I discovered Colleen’s blog and committed to a 365 decluttering on June 1. I keep myself honest (and hopefully inspire others) by writing about my journey daily on Facebook. I was already partly on my way when I discovered the 365 day challenge: I’d been doing some heavy organizing and decluttering on my own, and when my girls (8 and 10) got out of school at the end of May, I told them that we would be cleaning one area a day. At first we were just cleaning and tidying. Perhaps one girl’s room, perhaps one of the areas they use often like the Continue reading

Day 260 Five Favourites for Friday 17 Sep

My favourite five comment for this week are... I can't promise I will get to do the favourite fives while I am on vacation so if this area is blank please forgive me I will be back soon Five links/posts I enjoyed from the archives this week are... The sound of my own wheels - Personal development-change Step 1 minimalist - 7 simple ways minimalists can help the environment Zen Habits - The wastefulness of decluttering: or how to make less count for more Upcycled Love - 101 Rays of Gratitude The Everyday Minimalist - 5 Lies you tell yourself that keep you spending ITEM Continue reading

Day 259 Not living up to expectation

Don't you just hate products that don't live up to your expectation. Products that you bought for a specific purpose that didn't perform as suggested on the label, as advertised or live up to first appearance. These items often end up cluttering up your home because you just wasted good money on them and you hope that through some miracle they will actually come in useful at some point and you will finally get value for money. There are some products that come very quickly to mind for me... Cleaning products that just aren't as effective or simple to use as the advertising suggests. I Continue reading

Day 258 Five items I won’t declutter

Amongst all this decluttering there are always those old faithfuls that I will never declutter unless they finally die. Today I honor five of those wonderful  items. My old peg bag that I made about 12 years ago its in its last legs but I will remain faithful to it until the end The old flour sieve that was my grandmothers with has been in my possession since 1981 The old flat skillet that my mother-in-law bought for me secondhand about 13 years ago. It is the best for pikelets and pancakes. The trusty old can opener that has outlasted the electric one and a couple of other ones I Continue reading

Day 257 Decluttering Kids Birthdays Part 2

Decluttering Kid Birthday Parties A guest post by Cindy Bogard Last week on Day 252 I covered family birthday parties without clutter, but what about the crazy excess that comes from a big bash with a bunch of kids? There are so many gifts and so much waste generated by the average party. Most seem to end with a big Santa sack of gifts and an equally big one of trash. The quickest way to cut down on waste is by restricting the number of kids. In my experience, though, the kids want to invite everyone in their class until second or third grade. (My parents restricted me to one guest per Continue reading

Day 256 Basement dwellers link

I see so many comments and forums out there from people who are struggling to clean out their basements. I thank my lucky stars I don't have a basement because from what I read they are just clutter collection areas. One of the common basement curses are rolls of carpet. They often get put in the basement in good condition but after years down there waiting for their new lease on life they end up rotten from the damp. I found a link with some great uses for old carpet that I felt compelled to share with you just in case you are suffering from this very problem. My Zero waste is a fantastic Continue reading

Day 255 Google alternate cleaning products

Following on from Betty Jo's guest post from yesterday I simply googled "alternative cleaning products" and below I have included some of the interesting sites I found. I have also included a site seemingly from an opponent of the home formulated cleaning products movement just to balance things out. Sites with recipes & tips for alternative household Continue reading

Day 254 Chemical declutter

Minimalizing Chemical Clutter Guest Post by Betty Jo Martin – joy with less Over twenty years ago I was diagnosed with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS). In broad terms MCS means an unusually severe sensitivity or allergy-like reaction to many different kinds of pollutants including solvents, VOC's (Volatile Organic Compounds), perfumes, petroleum, diesel, smoke, mercury, lead,  "chemicals" in  general. The list of toxic chemicals used today in our homes, yards, and offices/studios are too numerous for me to list. My physical decline began in my thirties when the first ever fillings Continue reading