Archives for June 2011

Digging in the Archives ~ Not too many not too few

Day 327 Not too many not too few ~ 23 Nov 2010 Each person’s goal when it come to minimalism is very individual. I, for one, cannot ever see myself living with only 100 things as some minimalists suggest. In fact at this point in my journey I have no idea how many more items will leave my home before I am satisfied with the end result. It may be that as time goes by my embrace on this lifestyle could strengthen and I may detach myself  from even more of my belongings than I ever considered when I started. Who knows? Being comfortable in the here and now with what is too many and what is Continue reading

Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom ~ Intersection of Ideas

Cindy's Weekly Wisdom Back on April 13, Jennifer made this comment: I am often surprised by the intersections between different movements — minimalism, homesteading, and green, just to name a few. I’ve made a few of the same switches you have, but for environmental rather than declutter reasons. Being concerned about the impact of what I use has been pretty effective in getting me to cut down. I think Jennifer's really onto something here. Isn't what truly motivates us usually a mixture of factors? Exercising comes first to my mind. Sure we do it for our health, for the adrenaline rush, Continue reading

Digging in the archives ~ Don’t over think it

As I am going to be away visiting for a couple of weeks I have had to get my posts together in advance. This is not an easy task as I already have a post to write nearly every day plus my daily decluttering and then or course real life just keeps happening whether I have the time for it or not. Therefore I decided to do a little digging in the archives to find some of my favourite blog posts and then elaborate as to how I am still feeling about what I wrote in said posts. Whether I have changed my way of thinking or if I still stand by what I thought at the time. So without further adieu here Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ The keepsake box

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. Although I have called this post ~ The keepsake box ~ it could apply to any box of hidden clutter/treasures you have in your home. So use your imagination if you don't have a keepsake box or yours has recently been decluttered. Some other suggestion to apply this post to would be moving boxes you Continue reading

Simple Saturday ~ Remember that radio interview I mentioned…

Finally I have internet service again just in time to get my posts up to date for the next fortnight while I am away. Sheer ego indulgence on my behalf makes me say I hope you all missed me while I was off line. Oddly enough, things have the strangest way of happening while a person has their back turned. In the midst of my forced silence from the net the interview I did for ABC radio way back so many months ago I can't remember when, aired. So today for my Simple Saturday post and for your listening pleasure or amusement, whatever the case may end up being, I will add the link for you all to Continue reading

Enlisting help with decision making

Just a quick announcement before we get started I have lost my ADSL connection at home and am throwing this post up quickly at the McDonald's restaurant near my house. I don't much like the insecurity of using these types of networks so this will be the last post I do until my service is restored at home. They promise me this will happen within the next 72 hours. We'll see. Thanks for your patience. While taking a walk Yesterday I stopped to look at the For Sale sign on the house up the street. I notice the shed in the back yard as I walked away or more to the point I noticed the metal Continue reading

Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom ~ A Sense of Wealth

Cindy's Weekly Wisdom Do you feel rich in your possessions or poor? Feeling poor makes it difficult to get rid of things that are no longer needed, wanted or valued. It induces hoarding and the suspicion that you really might need that someday. Might you really? Feeling rich in your possessions allows you to let things go. It allows you to feel sure that there's no lack of items in the world, and there's certainly not, at least not in the world of anyone who's reading this blog. Certainly our fortunes may change, but it's unlikely that anything you may declutter today would mean the Continue reading

What holds you back from decluttering

Finding the will to get started on your declutter journey can be far more difficult than finding the excuses not to start. Below I have written a list of excuses that may be holding you back from getting started or continuing on your journey as the case may be. Needing to enlist someone else's help. Not knowing how to responsibly dispose of the items. Can't bare the thought of how big the job is. Are not sure where to begin. Your perfectionist tendencies cause you to give up before you begin. There are not enough hours in the day. You would prefer to tackle the task in peace Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ Break a bad habit

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. Today we are not going to concentrate on getting rid of stuff but tidying up clutter that is simply out of place. After all, according to most of the online dictionaries I have looked at, clutter is never referred to as, excessive possessions but as a disorderly array of stuff or noise. So this Continue reading

Simple Saturday ~ Having fun with one of my pet peeves

I realise that these Family Car Decals have been very popular for some time in the USA, I remember seeing them when I lived there and I have to say I never was a fan. They always had a bit of an obnoxious status symbol quality about them for me, one degree less sickening than the My Daughter is a 4.0 student type bumper stickers. Some people even get so irresponsible as to put the family members names on them.  God forbid some pedophile driving the streets might see this and follow you home. Oddly enough that is not what I find the most annoying about these stickers... ...this is! I Continue reading