Archives for October 2011

Mini Mission Monday ~ Quick Look missions

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 we are going to do Quick Look mini missions. That is each day we are going to walk into a different room in the house take a quick look, spy a piece of clutter and remove it to either the bin, the recycling, the donation pile or set aside to sell. While you are at it if you spy Continue reading

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Topic: How your childhood affects the way you accumulate stuff 365 Less Things I would love to hear your viewpoint on how you think your childhood has affected the way you accumulate items in your home. Does it also affect your desire to acquire things in the first place. I am also intrigued as to how similar upbringings can have two completely oposite outcomes on the above mentioned behaviours. It is clear that subtle differences can have an enormous impact. Click on the link above to go to Facebook to leave your story Continue reading

Simple Saturday ~ Sharron’s declutter story

For 14 years my decluttering was punctuated by 6 monthly bursts, and after each phase was completed i felt a feeling of calmness wash over me. I was left completly bewildered as to how my house got so full of clutter!! Then 18 months ago, fed up with the usual six monthly ritual i decided enough is enough!! I had to declutter and keep it that way, we had a major cull and as drawers were emptied the furniture was sent to the charity shop. I sent what felt like a thousand storage 'solutions' packing too. We remoddelled our kitchen and delibretly installed no drawers. I felt happy and calm at my Continue reading

Friday’s Favourite Five ~ 7Oct2011

On Fridays at 365 Less Things I share with you my five favourite comments from my wonderful readers and my five favourite web finds of the week. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I did. Fave Five Comments. Enjoy! Wow what a week it has been, so many great conversations going on in comments. Choosing five has been tricky but five it has to be so here goes. Cindy has chosen this comment form Annabelle in response to her Wednesday Wisdom. I enjoyed this comment from Lesley even though at first glance it would seem we had opposing idea but in fact I think we actually agree on this Continue reading

Don’t plan ahead for financial & clutter reasons

Think about all the everyday items in your home, do you have more of them than you really need at any given time? Clothes ~ Towels ~ Sheets ~ Food ~ Stationary Items ~ Small Hardware Items ~ Cutlery ~ Crockery ~ Glassware ~ Toiletries ~ Cleaning Supplies ~ Storage Containers and the list could go on. What advantage is there to having more of any of these things than you need... Having enough to cater to guests ~ But do you have enough for yourselves and your guess with still plenty to spare. Stocking up when on sale ~ If they are on sale now they will be again. Variety is the spice Continue reading

Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom – Point of Use Storage

Cindy's Weekly Wisdom I believe strongly in storing things where you use them. I think that failure to store things where they are used leads to clutter, and it's certainly less convenient. While your first thought may be "Of course I store things where I use them," I bet you will be able to find examples in your house where this isn't true, especially after we walk through my morning. Let's think of how you begin your day. You get up, probably make your bed, use the toilet, brush your teeth, take a shower, get dressed, and everything you need for those tasks is probably close at hand. Then Continue reading

Saving toys for the next genreation

I have had a few encounters lately with people lamenting the "disappearance" of childhood "treasures". Example 1: I was at an afternoon tea party with some young women one of which had a baby daughter. The subject got around to children's toys and one of the young women was somewhat befuddled as to what had happened to her childhood collection of Strawberry Shortcake toys. "I wonder what happened to them, I suppose my mother got rid of them, I really don't remember, I wish I still had them!". Example 2: On a separate occasion there was some mention of the that a relative in my family never Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ Fiddly bits

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 we are going to attack those areas where fiddly bit accumulate. So many aspects of our lives involve tiny objects like pens, keys, kids toys, gadgets and the list goes on. The spaces where these things are stored need a good going over once in a while to keep them under control and that Continue reading

Simple Saturday ~ It does only take 10 minutes

In an endeavour to keep reducing until there is nothing but useful and loved things in my home I continue to revisit areas where I have decluttered previously. This week I decided to take another look under the laundry tubs and here are my before and after shots. And Yes, that effort did only take ten minutes. Continue reading