Archives for May 2011

Don’t worry, be happy

Today I am going to keep my post short and simple if it brings up questions for you please feel free to leave a comment and I will attempt to answer it for you but for now I wish to be uncomplicated. I received a comment from Chelle yesterday and the following words were amongst what she wrote:- "This is so overwhelming, but I am slowly going through things and chucking stuff that is just taking up space, donating, and getting rid of. It feels good, but I keep realizing how much I still need to do!" * * * * * * Before I came up my brilliant plan to declutter one thing a day for 365days Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ Nooks and Crannies

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 for our mini missions we are going to visit little nooks and crannies around the house which may have, up until now, remained untouched by human hand or the vacuum cleaner for that matter during our decluttering efforts. I will list seven places I have thought of below but if you have Continue reading

Simply Saturday ~ Andréia’s office transformation

The Dreaded Office Project A guest post by Andréia My home office is also my working office as I work from home. But I don’t work for a company, I work independently and my clients come to my office to talk and to hire me. Some time back I began to notice my office was always a mess, I started to find it necessary to begin my client sessions with an apology saying: “Sorry about the mess, I am doing a cleanup…” But that was a lie! I was not doing a cleanup I was trying desperately to keep my office under control. I felt bad that my clients' first impression was not of me or my words, or how Continue reading

Friday’s Favourite Five ~ 27May2011

So much great wisdom always surfacing from our readers. Once again it was hard to narrow it down to only five. Natalie in response to The pervasive effect or clutter on peace of mind ~  “There is the burden of guilt for spending money on the now unused stuff.” That is me... Read more. Jess @ miniMum had this suggestion in response to  Where is the light at the end of the tunnel? ~ This problem is why some minimalists recommend the tabula rasa method of decluttering... Read more. I had to add this one to today's favourite five as it was a big achievement fro Andréia although in the Continue reading

The pervasive effect of clutter on peace of mind.

We bring all this stuff into our lives little by little, bit by bit. It all seemed like a good idea at the time but then you need somewhere to keep it, some of it may require regular maintenance and most of it will require cleaning at least occasionally. Seasons come and seasons go, life changes and the next thing you know those things you once "couldn't live without" are just wasting space or worse still perishing from lack of use. It may seem like that stuff is doing you no harm and, you never know, you might need it someday. But someday never seems to come unlike now which is ever-present. Continue reading

Useful Gifts? I’m Skeptical

Cindy's Weekly Wisdom I hate to be a cynic, but I think I might be becoming one when it come to this oxymoron* ~ Useful gifts. More specifically, useful generic gifts. My mother gave me a drip irrigation system for Christmas. Let me tell you, that's a useful gift, and I am so appreciative. (Thanks Mom!) But what about these "useful" gifts that have recently come into my home: water bottles and bandannas from a child's birthday party. water bottles as a "finisher's prize" for a book reading contest water bottles given to the kids when they went to camp for a day bandannas as a Continue reading

Where is the light at the end of the tunnel?

On Sunday I received the following email from one of 365's regular readers asking a question I am sure we all wonder about at times. Dear Colleen Tell me,  does this decluttering task ever come to an end?  I attacked my clothes cupboard this morning - shoes to go, shoes to demould and then decide, shoes to keep - a jacket for my daughter, two blouses to the hospice shop, a pair of trousers to try on (some time), and the rest to face another day. During six weeks of convalescing I have tidied away a mountain of papers, and organised the rest, read many books, and sent most on their way, and Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ It all adds up

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. Last Tuesday's post inspired the idea behind this weeks mini missions which isn't really a set of mini missions at all. Let me explain... This week we are going to tackle one declutter mission by breaking it down into seven small steps. Now the catch is ~ I want you to choose a mission that you Continue reading

Simple Saturday ~ Stationery Drawer Before & After

I think the modern age of computer technology is slowly reducing the need for stationery supplies in the home. I had every intention of using up my stationery supplies ~ a bit of the old natural progression decluttering ~ but here I am years later with just as much as when I started. This indicates to me that I would probably go to my grave with all this stationery if I don't find another way to declutter it. So I packed it up and donated it to the school down the street. I kept just enough to fit into one small container. Stationery Drawer Before You can see the enormous Continue reading

Friday’s Favourite Five ~ 20MAY2011

It seems Jo and Deb J have been monopolising the favourite five comments this week. It was a difficult week again to settle for only five. Jo in response to Mini Mission Monday - Itty Bitty Bits ~ Your question got me thinking, Colleen – as usual, I might add... Read the whole conversation from here. Deb J in response to Don't confuse overwhelmed with busy ~ If I look at it in smaller steps it’s easier. Still takes awhile. But isn’t that what slow and thoughful decluttering is about? This is my favourite part of the comment but if you wish to read the whole comment you will find Continue reading