Archives for May 2012

Simple Saturday ~ An interview with Mohamed Tohami

I recently did an interview on simplicity with Mohamed Tohami for his blog Midway Simplicity. I really enjoy what Mohamed writes about at his blog and he seem to me to be a genuinely nice fellow as well. You can read more about his goal for Midway Simplicity here.  Mohamed is also the bestselling author of The Pharaohs Code (Creating a Joyful Life and a Lasting Legacy). Without further adieu here it is the interview. This Weekend's Mini Missions Saturday ~ Spy and declutter something soft. Sunday ~ Spy and declutter something made of fabric. Continue reading

Friday Favourites ~ 18May2012

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! There were so many great comments for the "Enough! It’s time to get rid of this stuff!" post this week that I didn't want to single any out. If you haven't read them go back and take a look and add your story. This comment from Lena was very interesting and it also shows how far she has come in her declutter and concern and action for environment welfare. Grace is starting to enjoy Continue reading

Decision Making

Some time ago I compiled a decision making guide for my readers to use as a tool to help them choose what should stay and what should go. I haven't mentioned it for a while so I thought I might bring it to the fore today so that you can refresh your minds  on the strategies of letting go. So here is the guide... Questions to ask yourself when you are deciding what stays and what goes when decluttering. How long since I last used this:- If you are keeping an item just because maybe you might need it some day then it is probably clutter. Is it still useful to me:- Do I still use this Continue reading

Decluttering Your Office – The Danger of the Paper Trail

Cindy's Weekly Wisdom Offices seem to be the center of the vortex of flotsam in a house, particularly paperwork. If you work outside the home, your office probably still has files that were set up by the previous holder of your job - files you haven't looked at the entire time you've had the job. My desk and filing cabinet had "current" files that were five years old and notes that said "to file" on documents dating back to when the law firm was started. Why do we do this? Do the phrases "paper trail" or "for our records" ring any bells with you? Try to think how far back you really need Continue reading

Enough! It’s time to get rid of this stuff!

Wendy B, one of our 365ers, suggested I ask my readers the following question... ..."What made you decide ‘Enough! It’s time to get rid of this stuff!?” So here is my story although most of you must know it well by now. My family and I moved back to Australia from the USA into a much smaller home in 2007. Our stuff wouldn't fit so I eliminated the things that I couldn't find a space for or didn't want to keep.  I thought I would be dissatisfied with this much smaller home but I soon realised it was much easier to care for and decided I never wanted to clean a big home again. By this time the Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ I Spy

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. While at the thrift shop last week a man came in and donated some children's books and board games. One of the board games was called Eye Spy which I found intriguing so I took a look. It contained game pieces a board and a pack of cards. The cards had instruction as to what to spy such as ~ Continue reading

Simple Saturday ~ Aussie Video

Here is an Aussie decluttering video for you to enjoy. Today's Mini Mission Declutter single use gadgets that you really don’t have a single use for. Continue reading

Friday’s Favourites ~ May 11 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! I liked this comment thread started by Sanna but followed up with a conversation with Moni. I love it when someone says one small thing that changes the mindset of someone else in a positive way. Thanks Moni for helping Sanna see her stuff in a new light. This comment from Maggie shows she is progressing well with her decluttering and learning about establishing new good habits along the Continue reading

Toiletries ~ My solution

My Bathroom Cabinet. You will notice two tubes of toothpaste ~ I am not sure how that happened. There are two deodorants for me but that is because one is almost empty. When I asked readers to write in about topics they wanted me to discuss here at 365 Less Things Shirls sent in this request... What to do with the dozens of body lotions and shower creams people keep giving me as gifts or that I’ve bought myself. My skin has become super sensitive in my old age and these products irritate rather than soothe. Trouble is, having opened them I can’t regift them or donate to the charity shop. Yet Continue reading

Memories that bind

"Our minds tend to exaggerate the value of things related to remembrance." ~ Juhli The quote above is from a comment I received from one of our readers, Juhli, a while back and wow never a truer word has been written. Do you own lots of items that hold some sort of personal historical sentimental value to you? This is normal for most people so don't think you are strange if you do, but that is the point. We collect these things because it is the norm of our society. Don't get me wrong there is nothing wrong with preserving history but, if you are serious about decluttering, this is a practice Continue reading