Archives for July 2012

Decluttered Travel

As promised a while back here is the post about how I pack for travelling ~ the uncluttered way of course. I have a couple of golden rules that are the basis to how I pack. Rule 1 ~ If you don't need it don't bring it. Rule 2 ~ If you don't need it don't bring it. Rule 3 ~ If you can't stick to rule 1 & 2 then limit the unnecessary items to only those you "can't live without". With those rules in mind I have made a list below of what I would typically pack keeping in mind that we usually prefer to travel in Spring or Fall. This list is also typical whether we are away for one week or Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ Follow my lead

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 weeks mini missions reflect the decluttering missions I was working on last week. I was a bit all over the house so they will be varied if nothing else. As usual if you don't have anything similar to declutter then make up your own substitute mini missions. Monday - Advertise something for Continue reading

Simple Saturday ~ For my Sydney Readers

Come join me I'm going to be spending a couple of days in Sydney (Australia) next month and since my time is mine to do with what I like I thought I would see if any of my Sydney readers would like to join me for a cuppa and a chat. Date: 14th August 2012 Time: 10am to whenever Where: The inner city somewhere. I was hoping someone might have some suggestions for a place where they serve good coffee, maybe cake, perhaps even lunch and wine depending on how chatty and hungry we get. Just leave a comment below if you are interested in joining me and sometime before the event we will decide Continue reading

Friday’s Favourites ~ 27July2012

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! Here are some wise words from Spendwisemom Cat's Meow's thoughts on skimming the surface of clutter. Kimberley believes in quality over quantity. Gotta love this comment from Jane she said it the way I think it. Sadly I feel inclined to be slightly more diplomatic at times ~although I can get a little cheeky ~ but God bless you Jane you just said it how it is. Cindy particularly like Continue reading

Clutter ~ What is it worth?

Cindy's article yesterday brought up the problem of clinging on to things in the hope of recouping what they are worth. As the value of things is very subjective it isn't always easy to put a price on such items causing a dilemma that can paralyse ones ability to get things out of the house. Regardless of the vastness of the internet it isn't always possible to find the answers to all such questions. At the moment I am in possession of a vintage fountain pen for which someone has made me an offer of $50 sight unseen. This quick offer ~ without even any photos to get some idea of it's Continue reading

Don’t Let “Value” Fool You

Cindy's Weekly Wisdom My mother, as I have mentioned before, is VERY decluttered. She was a minimalist before I had any idea that there even was such a decorating style. (I thought is was called "bare.") Very recently, my parents moved back into their house after having it extensively remodeled. Before moving to Austin, Texas, my parents had lived in a very stylish, although not very large, custom-built house. The plain ranch that they purchased in order to live next door t me and my family never fit my mother's idea of stylish. Every remodel produces its share of furniture and Continue reading

Long Term Effective Decluttering

I have often included statements or advice in my post such as... Decluttering will get you nowhere if you reclutter while you declutter. Declutter excess __(insert item here)___. Not desiring stuff is a wonderful freedom. Reducing supply and demand of products is good for the environment. Keeping items "just in case" is futile if the items were never really necessary in the first place. ...and the list goes on. I make these statements and give this advice because most people declutter by skimming the surface of their belongings only removing the obvious things that are no Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ Let’s have a roundup

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. Something one of my readers mentioned last week got me thinking that our declutter missions doesn't always have to be about decluttering. Sometimes clutter forms due to poor organising causing you to purchase a duplicate item simply because you can't find it when it is needed. So this week we are Continue reading

My Mammoth Bookcase and Dresser Declutter Mission ~ By Moni Gilbert

Meet my bookcase. It looks messy and cluttered - hardly the poster piece for 365 Less Things but this is the "before" photo.. There isn't an "after" photo. Not yet anyway. It is pretty obvious that I have quite a bit of work ahead of me as my goal is to have it eliminated by December. The next photo is a Balinese dresser that lives in our main lounge and it houses our DVD collection - all 150+ of them. My hubby would like the dresser out of the lounge so his beloved big screen can be centred along the wall. To do so means reducing and rehousing our DVDs before selling this dresser. Continue reading

Fridays Favourites ~ 20July2012

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! Here is Ingrid's success story . Her advice to stop shopping is the best I can give anyone if they want to get and stay uncluttered. Well done Ingrid. Valerie has just begun her declutter journey please give her some encouragement. The past is in the past Valerie, it is onwards and upwards from here. Here is a wonderful comment from Stephanie who is in the middle of decluttering things Continue reading