Archives for May 2012

Choosing quality clothing

Last week we got onto the subject of how to ensure you are buying quality clothing. I scanned the internet for information and didn't find anything I didn't already know so that had me feeling confident that I knew what I was talking about. I also asked my mother, who was a private professional dressmaker, and my mother-in-law who is a crafter who also sewed and repaired clothes for herself, her husband, her children and even my children for many years, for any advice they had to offer. Below you will find our collective advice and I sincerely hope you find it useful when clothes shopping in Continue reading

Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom – Does Your Garden Need Decluttering?

Cindy's Weekly Wisdom It's almost "second winter" here in Texas, where the weather is so hot, and typically so dry, that nothing grows any more. It just tries to hold on through the hot months. Before that happens, it's time to declutter the garden. Now I know that not all of you have a garden. Do you have potted plants (inside or out)? A front stoop or entry way? Any bit of lawn that you're responsible for? The first thing we're going to do is assess. This is best done from the vantage point of the street or sidewalk looking back at your garden or entry way. Are there toys, tools, boxes, Continue reading

My decision making process

Today I thought I might bring you along with me during my decision making process. I have chosen several items that up until now have escaped decluttering but that I have had my eye on for a while. I will share with you my thoughts relating to each item and what my final decision is. Before I get to individual items my first consideration in the decision making process is whether or not I am satisfied that I have gone far enough with my decluttering. Whether I am happy to keep everything that is left in my home. At this point in time I don't have to waste much thought on this because I know Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ What…

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 comment from Kimberley last week inspired this week's mini missions. You will have to use your imagination with these missions though. Just read the questions ~ they are more like exclamations really ~ and see what you can find to match them in your home. Even after all this time I am sure I Continue reading

Simple Saturday ~ My latest declutter item

The storage unit to the left is my latest declutter item. Why did I declutter it? Because I have decluttered all the craft items it contained so I no longer need it. Years of neatly organising my clutter makes me hesitate to part with good storage items of this kind but I have no desire to ever need them again as I have no desire to clutter up my house again. So these days as soon as they are empty I try to get them out the door. This one lingered a little longer because I was trying to sell it and sell it I did for $30. I was pleased with that and even more please to see the  space liberated Continue reading

Friday’s Favourites ~ 25May2012

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! This comment from GreyQueen adds a lot to the conversation, especially to make a point about the ultimate cost of freebies. I liked Romney's simple solution to the buy on get one free offer in this comment. Jez has realised through experience that the easiest way to stay organised is to reduce. Read her comment here. This comment from Mary is short and sweet but it sure outline one of Continue reading

Why full price is sometimes the best price

I have had this post in the pipeline for a while and after Tuesdays post on freebies I thought this would be as good a time as any to complete and publish it. It was inspired by Moni some time back when she left this comment in response to my post Mad if you don't ~ Mad if you do. Here is what Moni had to say... "My daughters shop in JayJays a lot and they often do a deal which is 2 t-shirts at a discounted price pretty close to the price of 1, and you rationalise, oh well its only an extra t-shirt, it will get used. Last night, Courtney asked me to help her sort out her t-shirts as there Continue reading

Why Your Pantry Needs Decluttering

Cindy's Weekly Wisdom My mother is more tidy and more decluttered than I am, by far. Yet one day when she saw me tidying my pantry, she kind of laughed at me and said, "Are you straightening up in there again?" Well, yes, as a matter of fact, I am. And you should too. Why does your pantry need decluttering? Two main reasons Unless you live alone, it gets rummaged through more than any other cupboard or drawer in your entire house and There's surely something (probably more than one something) lurking in there that needs to be eaten, thrown away, or shared. The pantry is the Continue reading

Freebies often equal clutter

Yesterday's mini mission got me thinking that it has been a while since I wrote a post on the subject of freebies and it's about time I did. Who can't resist a freebie? It isn't everyday that someone offers you something for nothing and it's like getting a gift right? Well unfortunately like many gifts the freebie is often something you don't really need and it soon becomes clutter. One advantage a freebie has over a gift though is that it isn't usually given to you by a loved one so refusing it isn't going to hurt anyones feelings. That being so, I would suggest doing just that, politely Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ Follow along with me

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. Once again this week I have chosen mission that reflect things I am decluttering and the reasons they are being decluttered. So follow along with me and see what you have lurking in your home that match the description. It will be interesting to see how different your things are to mine. Monday Continue reading