Archives for September 2012

Can’t see the trees for the forest.

Have you ever heard the expression ~ Can't see the forest for the trees. Here is an explanation of this expression according to Definition: overly concerned with detail; not understanding the whole situation Explanation: Used when expressing that a person is focusing too much on specific problems and is missing the point. When it comes to clutter though this expression manifests in reverse. That is, people can't see the trees for the forest. Or explained simply in clutter terms ~ Can't distinguish the individual items of clutter from the sheer bulk of their possessions. Or more Continue reading

“Buy yourself something nice, you deserve it.”

People often say this to me ~ "Buy yourself something nice, you deserve it.". They seem to be under the impression that just because I live a decluttered lifestyle and rarely buy anything just for fun that I am somehow missing out. Because they are still on the "buying for fulfilment" treadmill they think I am being deprived of the joys of life. I happily inform them that I have no desire to acquire stuff I don't need just because I "deserve" it. In fact I get a great deal of satisfaction from not feeling the need to buy buy buy. If I do decide I might like to purchase a certain item I have a Continue reading

Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom ~ Don’t Over Buy

Cindy's Weekly Wisdom At the end of every school year, I volunteer to take home all the lost and found from my daughters' school. I look through it, sort it, wash it, fold it, and give it to charity. The amount of lost and found (or as the Head of School calls it, "Lost and Sometimes Found") is absolutely amazing.  At the end of this school year, I had 20 expensive metal water bottles (one still had a clear $25 price tag on it), a dozen lunch bags in good condition, probably 50 items of clothing worthy of the thrift store, and 5 or 6 coats, including one very nice Columbia brand coat. Such Continue reading

From the archives ~ Guilt Clutter

In the spirit of todays mini mission I have dug up from the archives a post I once wrote about identifying and disassociating from guilt clutter. I hope this helps you achieve your mini mission for the day as well as assist you in finding a few more of these annoying items to rid yourself of. Guilt clutter are items you regret having acquiring in the first place but now feel you should keep in order to justify their purchase and/or get your money’s worth out of them. Just about anything can fall into this category but they are usually items that you… Spent a lot of money on and haven’t Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ (From the archives) Clutter Categories

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 love to throw in a good old clutter category set of  missions every now an again to get you thinking about what sort of clutter you have. So this week we will declutter something from each of the clutter categories I refer to on a regular basis and one or two less used categories I have Continue reading