Archives for March 2013

Vote For Me

  Hi readers, today I am doing a little self promoting, well a lot actually. Voting begins today in the People's Choice Award of the Australian Writers' Centre Best Australian Blogs 2013 Competition. Although I have no illusions that I will win in any of the main categories of these blog awards I would hate to look like a complete loser in the peoples' choice section. Once again I don't expect to win but I would really like the Australian blogging community  to notice what a great community we have here at 365 Less Things. So if you could take five minutes to place a vote for 365 Less Continue reading

Friday’s Favourites ~ 29Mar2013

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! Jen sums up the problem with being owned by your stuff in this comment. Melissa gives us an update on her decluttering efforts with the ten casserole dishes. Jenny knows her weakness when it comes to finicky little chores and has put strategies in place to avoid avoidance. Read about it here. Fruitcake gives us her take on deprivation in this comment. This comment from Deb J Continue reading

Fourth Thursdays with Deb J ~ Constant Weeding

One of the rules of engagement we have learned from Colleen is to constantly be weeding out the things we no longer need. That’s what we are doing when we “declutter one thing a day.” With her Monday Mini-Missions she has been good to give us items to consider decluttering so that we don’t even have to really think about it if we follow them. Our work is already planned for us. I began to think about this when a friend from church asked me to help her with decluttering. Her husband was just placed in an Alzheimer’s group home and she is well aware that many of the items in her home will no Continue reading

Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom ~ Clothes You’re Saving for “Some Day”

Cindy's Weekly Wisdom Let's see a show of hands: Who has a box (or more) of clothes saved for the day when you lose 10, 20, or 50 pounds? Or, perhaps worse, who is clogging their closet with these reminders of days gone by? Let's get serious here, people. Do you have a plan that you are implementing to lose weight? When was the last time you wore this size (these sizes)? Do you know what's in this box (these boxes)? Can you actually name even 3 or 4 of the items? Here's my challenge for you. First of all, what are you doing to lose weight? If the answer is nothing, or Continue reading

Fix It Or Declutter It.

I received an email from Jane  a couple of weeks ago requesting me to write a post about getting ones act together and fixing things rather than have them sitting around as useless clutter. Both Cindy and I have written posts about similar topics not all that long ago. Cindy's post was about addressing old but easy tasks on your to-do list . Mine about fixing something that had annoyed me for much longer than it took to fix ~ much much longer. I also wrote a post way back called Learn To Sew which also is worth a read. However  Jane's email gave a very good example of this so have quoted it Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ 25Mar2013

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. Monday - Repair something that has become clutter because it is broken or declutter it to someone who has the skills to fix it. Tuesday - Declutter an item that you only keep because it was once useful to you. If it isn't useful to you anymore it is just clutter. Wednesday - Scan your home for Continue reading

Friday’s Favourites ~ 22Mar2013

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! Andréia's comment Cat'sMeow's comment Jane comment Calico ginger comment- Moni comment Favourite Web Finds. Happy reading! News.com - Downsizing your life sell everything and move on Found via Becoming Minimalist ~ Mark's Daily Apple - How simplifying your life can help you refocus on whats important Raptitude - How to make hard things easy Cindy sent this link Continue reading

Convenience

How much clutter do you have in your home that's purpose is convenience. There is no doubt that much of the clutter that enters our homes does so under the guise of adding convenience to our daily lives. Items that supposedly save us time, and in some cases actually do, but end up taking up a lot of space and possibly just making us a little lazy. Here are a list of things that I came up with. Some of which I happily live without, others I soon will and others I won't be parting with. Laundry trolley:~ I don't have one of these. I decluttered mine in preference for the extra exercise of Continue reading

Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom ~ Food Clutter

  "Leftovers make you feel good twice. First, when you put it away, you feel thrifty and intelligent: 'I'm saving food!' Then a month later when blue hair is growing out of the ham, and you throw it away, you feel really intelligent: 'I'm saving my life!'" - George Carlin, comedian I just finished reading the book The Kitchen Counter Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn. Briefly, Kathleen is a former restaurant and food critic who earns a degree at Le Cordon Bleu. One evening, back in the United States, she is grocery shopping and starts following a woman who is filling her cart only with Continue reading

Deprivation

Since I have brought us back to the subject of being open minded, now seems as good a time as any to write a post about our state of mind when it comes to stuff. I was reading a post this morning, which I will link to on Friday, and one quote really stood out for me... "Most of us have so much – much more than the majority of the world at least (and more than our primal ancestors ever dreamed of), yet we live with a misplaced sense of deprivation." ~ MARK SISSON This statement puts into words something I wonder about often. I think about it from all aspects. There is the "Have" side where, Continue reading