Archives for January 2012

Thoughtless Donations

I happened upon a situation the other day that was disappointing in more ways that one. And although I am sure all my readers are more responsible than the perpetrators of this, what I consider to be a crime, I wanted to point out how wrong it is. Take a look at the photos below. I noticed the donations piling up around these bins on my way past the area the previous night. At that stage the donations were still packed in bags and boxes. I decided I would come down and get some photos the next morning for my blog with the intension of also notifying the charity of the situation and that was Continue reading

Organizing Your Recipes for a Clutter Free Life

I'm sure that some of you have all your recipes on-line and (could it be?) don't have a cookbook of any sort in your house. Most of you, I know, have from some to many cookbooks plus a personal recipe file or binder. As I wrote last week, I have a couple of cookbooks, and I have a rather large recipe binder, which I use almost exclusively. My binder is not a thing of beauty; however, it suits me perfectly. I made it from a 4" binder, plastic sleeves, dividers, and colored paper, all of which I had in our office supply cupboard. My divisions are Poultry Beef Pork Vegetarian Continue reading

Try the thrift store first

I think we all know by now that thrift stores are a great place to donate our unwanted stuff. If you have one nearby it sure makes it easy to get the stuff out of your home quickly. But Thrift stores aren't only handy for getting rid of stuff they are also handy for acquiring stuff inexpensively. Now I know you are all thinking ~ Has Colleen gone mad. Now she is suggesting we acquire stuff instead of forever telling us to get rid of it. Well never fear folks, I haven't suddenly lost the plot, actually I am not sure I ever followed the plot but that is another story. What I am suggesting here 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. Today we are going to do some decluttering in hidden places that sometimes get ignored or worse, added to and neglected. So for each of the places I mention below I would like you to declutter one item. Should you choose to do more good for you. Monday - Your handbag Tuesday - A keepsake Continue reading

Simple Saturday ~ Wise words

Today I wanted to share this video with you there is no need to watch the whole thing although I would if I were you, it is a great story. The part I wanted you to see is from 4:10 to 6:00 Why you should have a party everyday And before you go, below is a photo of all the papercrafting supplies the our reader Deb J has been decluttering this week. Well done Deb! Have a great weekend everyone and happy decluttering! Continue reading

Friday’s Favourites ~ 13 Jan 2012

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! Sabine reminds us of how removing clutter can make a space more tranquil in this comment. Spendwisemom lives up to her title with this comment and I agree all the way. Sabrina from Italy needs a little help with selling options in her City of Roma (Italy) if anyone out these is from the same area could you please give her some suggestions. Read her comment here. I wanted to bring this Continue reading

Tiny Stuff Decluttering

I received the following comment from Coonie on Tuesday and since this is the theme for this week's mini missions I thought I should slip in a post about it before the week is up. Coonie's Comment Hello! “Tiny stuff de-cluttering” is just what I needed. I am very organized and reduce clutter all the time, but “tiny” things elude me! All my tiny things are labeled and in containers (lol) I would love it if you could focus on this a while…name all the tiny things and what do you ask/tell yourself to reduce “the stash.” Help me know how many is too many and why not keep and store them if I have Continue reading

Are You a Cook or a Cookbook Collector?

You may love to cook or you may hate it. No matter how you feel about cooking, I bet you have at least 6 cookbooks, and I'm certain that someone reading this blog today has at least sixty cookbooks. They're fun to look at, fun to collect, fun to page through and dream with. But let's be realistic: they're also expensive, easy to ignore, and hard to declutter. Prior to December 2009, I probably had two dozen cookbooks, and I don't think I'd ever gotten rid of one that I owned. I just added to the pile; I loved them. When we remodeled our kitchen, I had a special bookshelf made just for them; Continue reading

The departure point

The departure point, the staging area, the sorting space... whatever you want to call it, having one certainly makes decluttering more organised. This is the space where your chosen ones, that is the items you want to get rid of are moved to prior to their final departure from your home. This makes the initial decision making precess easier without the complication of dealing with an immediate removal. The system works like this... Chose an item you no longer which to have cluttering up your home. Remove it from the space where it usually lingers. Place it in the departure point Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ Tiny stuff decluttering

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. Sometimes we overlook the tiny stuff when decluttering because it isn't going to have a big and immediate impact on reclaiming space, but every little thing counts. So this week we are going to declutter some tiny stuff. Monday - Do you have more stationery than you are likely to need in a Continue reading