Archives for April 2012

Mini Mission Monday – Rarely Used

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 I am going to give you some ideas on things to declutter based on the items I have admitted to myself that I rarely use and see no point in kidding myself they are worth the space they are taking up in my home. If you don't have similar items chose some things you rarely use in your Continue reading

Simple Saturday ~ What am I

Time for another What Am I quiz. The image below is a fraction of a photo of  something I am decluttering. What do you think it is? Take a guess and see if you re right when it appears as the declutter item of the day on Monday. Continue reading

Friday’s Favourites ~ Apr 27

On Fridays at 365 Less Things I share my favourite web finds of the week. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I did. We've discussed minimalism in decorating, but not everyone here is a minimalist. Here are two decorators' take on the style. This post about a family of four camping out of a Prius really spoke to me. We camp several times a year, and I've insisted that our van is a necessary component to success. Maybe not. Zen Habits has 15 tips for decluttering that are great. On the front page of her blog, Gretchen Rubin has written 5 Tips for Resisting Impulse Shopping. Sounds Continue reading

Guest Post ~ Do you need more storage or less clutter?

A guest post by ~ Moni Gilbert So you’ve caught the de-clutter bug and you’re slashing your way through cupboards, corners, shelves, nooks and crannies. And while you can see big inroads with your work, you also realize that on your journey to organization and simplicity you have generated a lot of chaos, which wasn’t really the vision. When this happens, people quickly turn to storage systems to combat the disorder, and swiftly things begin to look neat and organized again. Peace prevails, sanity is restored. Storage solutions can be as simple as a utensil rack in the kitchen or extra Continue reading

Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom ~ Follow Through

Cindy's Weekly Wisdom Recently I was so pleased with myself. I had done a great job tidying my desk, and I had sorted through all of Clara's clothes, culling those that were to be saved for her younger sister and those that could go to the thrift shop. I did a great job and was pleased with myself, that is, until I looked at what I had left behind.    Oh a big slap on the forehead! Yes, I had processed bills, permission slips, etc. And yes, I had sorted and folded a big ol' stack of clothes, but that's where I stopped. The clothes were still sitting in Clara's room, and the Continue reading

No rash decision ever need be made

One of the things I love about decluttering slowly but surely is that I am not forced to make rash decision as to what should and shouldn't be decluttered. With my goal of one item a day there is only one decision to be made each day. Some decision are made in advance and eventually the day comes where I think "That will be my declutter item on the day." Some decisions are spur of the moment when I stumble across an item that I had missed before but am in no doubt that it can go. While other things get passed over time and time again and left until I am ready to make the final decision on. Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ Is your clutter bothering someone else?

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. I dug this set of missions up from the archives as it is a good exercise to help you find extra things you may not have thought to get rid of. So this week we are once going to remove some clutter that might be bothering someone else in some way. If you decide to take on this weeks missions be Continue reading

Simple Saturday ~ Give the gift of sight by donating eyeglasses

I received and email from Ideealistin recently bring a subject to mind that has been mentioned in passing here at 365 Less Things one or twice before. Ideealistin thought it was worth bring to the fore in the form of its own blog post and that is what we are doing today. Here is some of what she had to say... Hi Colleen, as I am sort of moving at the moment (since almost everything in the apartment has to be moved around, I came to the conclusion to consider it something similar to moving at least ...), I am digging through everything and found a pair of glasses. Yep, yet another one. In the Continue reading

Friday’s Favourites

It's Friday at 365 Less Things, and since Colleen is still in the U.S. (Seattle, Washington now) I'm sharing with you my favourite comments from our wonderful and chatty readers and my best web finds of the week. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I did. -Cindy Favourite Comments. Enjoy! Dizzy made short work of the process of decluttering here. Wendy gives hope to those to those who live with reluctant declutterers. Faith made us all laugh with her bold retort to givers of unwanted gifts. Favourite Web Finds. Happy reading! I've always enjoyed the Minimalist Packrat, although Continue reading

Curb the keepsakes

A guest post by Julia St. Charles My mother's home is full of "too good to use" items and random objects from babyhood and toddlerhood. I'd love to write an open letter to young parents along the lines of: Dear Young Parents: If you are going to save mementos from your children's early years, please do not save everything.  Except for handmade or heirloom items, like the baby quilt Grandma made, or the hand-knit layette from Aunt Barbara, give outgrown clothing to Goodwill -- ordinary clothing will be both too physically aged and too far out of style for your imagined future grandchildren Continue reading