Archives for August 2011

Friday’s Favourite Five ~ 19Aug2011

Comments aren't as plentiful as they used to be but there are still some great ones among them and here are five of those that we received this week. Wendy B has left two great comments that I didn't want you to miss. She shared a couple of good donating tips with us last Thursday in this comment and gives some good advice about moving on in this comment. Great advice Wendy B, thank you. This comment from a new contributor jbc puts a whole new slant on how to disassociate from hidden clutter. I hadn't even considered this possibility before. Thanks jbc and welcome to 365 Less Things. It is Continue reading

Book Review ~ Lighten Up by Peter Walsh

I have just finished reading this book and I have to say it was full of interesting insights and great tips on not only decluttering your life but how to clean up your finances as well. The world financial crisis has caused many families to rethink the way they spend and what they consider to be important in their lives. Many have realised that living a life with less is a far better option than living up to their eyeballs in debt. Some of the letters quoted in the books show that many people have considered the wfc as a blessing in disguise that has made them realise the errors of their Continue reading

Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom – Decluttering the Pantry

Cindy's Weekly Wisdom Last week, I discussed methods for cleaning and decluttering your refrigerator and freezer; this week we're onto what is usually a larger repository of items that should have moved along long ago, the pantry. Because things in the pantry don't usually spoil, they can sometimes hang around long enough to become honorary members of your household. It will probably be helpful to have a pen and paper with you when you start excavating your pantry, especially if you know it's... let's politely call it "a goldmine of uneaten potential." What do you have, how many do you Continue reading

Cost v Value

Have you ever considered the cost of the things you buy and own in comparison to the value they actually realise for you. Which example below represents good value for money to you? You bought a new dress to go to an event and it cost you $100. Yes, you had plenty of other dresses you could wear but you wanted a new one. The dress has now been sitting in your closet for six months and you have only worn it on that one occasion. You bought a secondhand bicycle in order to cut down on using the car for short trips. You only paid $50 for it but use it all the time and the added bonus is Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ Aspiration Clutter

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 do a little aspiration decluttering. You know the things I am talking about. Those items you aspire to using one day but that day never comes. Why not be realistic and ease the pressure on yourself. Maybe by eliminating seven of those items it will Continue reading

Simple Saturday ~ Another What am I

You all had so much fun with the last What am I that I thought I would entertain you with another one. This time there won't for any clues to be found in my responses to your guesses because I am going to keep quiet until Monday. It is quite an odd little thing again so good luck trying to work it out. There will degrees of correct on this one I think. The answer will be revealed as the Declutter Item of the Day on Monday's post. Continue reading

Friday’s Favourite Five ~ 12Aug2011

Here are my favourite five comments of the week. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. Becky left this comment on the weekend about the advantages of the New Messy at her home. This Comment from Cat'sMeow expresses how glad she is that the word is continuing to get out about the advantages for living with less. Carolyn dropped in to leave her first ever comment and tells us about her "blessing in disguise" declutter experience. Sharron shares how she changed the way she stores food in this comment in response to Cindy's Weekly Wisdom this week. Sue tells us about her unique plan Continue reading

Choosing the right home for your stuff

The intention for this post is to help you choose the best way to dispose of the objects you are decluttering. Some objects will be just trash but for others you will be endeavouring to find new homes either by donating to a charity, giving them to someone else or selling them. There are often emotions involved when it comes to clutter. Finding the right home for your things can make the decision to let go a lot easier. For example it feels easier to let go if you... Know that the procedes of donating your items to charity will help someone in need. Get a little money back by selling Continue reading

Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom ~ Decluttering the Refrigerator and Freezer

Cindy's Weekly Wisdom Pantries, refrigerators, and freezers can be chocked full of clutter. I know, I know, it's food, so how can it be clutter? Well, if we define clutter as things we don't need, don't want, don't value, and won't use, then I bet your food storage areas are harboring at least a few bits of clutter. Let's Start with the Refrigerator My top shelf holds condiment, sauces, and jellies. Talk about a potential treasure trove of clutter! The next three shelves are food we're eating, left overs, and ingredients for use this week. Next is the cheese drawer, then produce, and the Continue reading

How less is more

When we talk about decluttering our goal is to end up with less stuff cluttering up our homes and lives. But after living for so long having and always wanting more the word less sounds like something negative, not a good thing. It exudes a vibe of going without, lack and life being not so pleasurable. But in reality the opposite is true. So instead of dwelling on the idea that less is a negative thing why not focus on the positive. How does less equal more. Less stuff to take care of = More time to spend doing the things you enjoy. More time to spend with the people you love. Less Continue reading