Archives for December 2011

Donna Smallin of Unclutter.com on The Law of Attraction

I have been subscribed to the monthly newsletter from unclutter.com (not to be confused with unclutterer.com) since back in 2010 before I even began to blog about decluttering myself. I always find Donna Smallin's advice very useful and inspiring. I found an article from her latest newsletter particularly thought provoking and wanted to share it with you all. I emailed Donna for permission to use the article on my blog and her response was so friendly and welcoming and of course she said yes. So without further adieu, here it is... "Many of us have a tendency to hold on to things long after Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ Drawers, drawers and more drawers

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. Thanks to a suggestion in a comment from Lena, this week we are going to tackle a little drawer decluttering. Drawers are all over the house so I am sure we can locate at least one a day to declutter. So if you don't have the drawer I mention or have recently decluttered it improvise by finding Continue reading

Simple Saturday ~ Book Review – The Overspent American

The Overspent American: Upscaling, Downshifting, and the New Consumer by Juliet B. Schor was published in 1998, but the information seems as relevant today as it did more than a decade ago. The book is geared toward middle and upper-income families, who seem to be caught up in a never-ending cycle of keeping up with the Joneses, no matter who the Joneses are. "The Joneses" are our first error, according to Dr. Schor. In the past, our Joneses (or reference group) would be our neighbors, who all lived in houses about like ours, drove cars similar to ours, and likely had two adults and only one Continue reading

Friday’s Favourites ~ 16 Dec 2011

On Fridays at 365 Less Things I share with you my favourite comments from my wonderful readers and my favourite web finds of the week. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I did. Favourite Comments. Enjoy! I loved this comment from Sanna, I knew straight away it belonged in my favourites. Sanna is doing her best to bring back the good old habit of sharing rather than owning and sharing what you do own. Good on you Sanna! This comment from Eileen isn't from this last week, I just happened upon it in the archives while checking something on Monday. I thought it was worth bringing to your Continue reading

Book Review ~ Lessons in Letting Go by Corinne Grant

I usually reserve book reviews for Simple Saturday posts but I have made an exception for this one simply because I really enjoyed it. After reading several self help books about clutter recently it was refreshing to read the real life story of someone who has been there and risen above the lows of hoarding. The fact that the author Corinne Grant is a comedian adds a lightness to the story even though her frustration clearly shows through. Although I have never been where Corinne was when it comes to clutter, the frustation I felt at times just reading about her struggle to get out certainly Continue reading

Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom ~ Gift Buying Traps – Don’t Fall In!

Cindy's Weekly Wisdom Perhaps you're rushing about, buying some last minute gifts and stretching your brain to figure out what to purchase. Beware! There are gift buying pitfalls that you should avoid. They're the route to clutter for the recipient and likely a waste of money for you. Read before you buy! Trap One: Here Comes Another One, Just Like the Other One Susie enjoys her subscription to Better Homes and Gardens, so she'd surely enjoy a subscription to Good Housekeeping as well. Leslie has a life-figures drawing book that she really enjoys. Surely she'll enjoy another book and maybe Continue reading

Decluttering with a little help from a friend

Back on the 18th Nov Sabine left a comment about how her friend Debbie had helped her with an emotionally difficult declutter job on memorabilia that was cluttering up her garage. I asked her if she would be kind enough to write a blog post to share with us all. She gladly accepted the challenge and the post below is the result of her effort. I am sure you will all enjoy it and feel free to leave comments and questions for Sabine because she would love your feedback. Let me also say thank you to her friend Debbie for being there for her when the going got tough. Decluttering isn't always easy Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~

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 will concentrate on information clutter. You know, all those many mediums of information that we store because they might come in useful some time in the future. Well guess what, in the future they will probably be easily accessible on the internet or just plain out of date. Monday Continue reading

Simple Saturday – Cindy’s Cord Control

Cindy's simple solution to cords and chargers out of control and either tangled on the desk top or snarled in the drawer. A great use for the over-abundance of plastic containers wasting space in your kitchen. Continue reading

Friday’s Favourites ~ 9 Dec 2011

On Fridays at 365 Less Things I share with you my favourite comments from my wonderful readers and my favourite web finds of the week. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I did. You may have noticed a little change to the title of todays post. If not, the difference is that the five has gone. Some weeks I struggle to choose five favourites while others I struggle to keep it at five, particularly comments because my readers are such good contributors. So to make life easy for me I have decided to change this weekly post to Friday's Favourites, with no numerical boundary. Hope you like the Continue reading