Archives for March 2013

Mini Mission Monday ~ Go against convention

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. Last week I wrote a post called Be Open Minded. This post was about being open to changing your mindset about what you keep. We keep so many things because it is conventionally normal to do so. This week lets see if we can get rid of some things that we have because it is the norm whether we Continue reading

Friday’s Favourites ~ 15March2013

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 a great comment from over at the 365 Facebook page from Jenny Adamson. Giving things away can bring more joy than keeping them. Here is a thought about the shopping high from Idealistin. Cat'sMeow has some great advice about treating yourself without causing clutter in this comment. Brenda sent us this comment with a great quote to live by. And while we are on the subject of Continue reading

Be Open Minded

This week's mini missions ought to really get you thinking about the way you see the items in your home. Today's mission ~ Declutter something you have kept out of habit because it used to be useful but now isn’t necessary ~ suggests that you should be open minded about everything in your home not just the things you know for sure are clutter. Moni made a point yesterday that she liked that there were no bedside tables in what was my son's bedroom, even though she is a bedside table kind of girl. As I said to moni, when visitors come I can always bring down a side table from my bedroom or from Continue reading

Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom ~ Could You Live Like My In-Laws?

Cindy's Weekly Wisdom My in-laws have recently visited us, and like a light bulb coming on over my head, I realized that my in-laws are living like minimalists. I've talked about my in-laws here before from a different perspective - as owners of several storage units. While they live in California, the majority of their stuff lives in storage, in Texas. Each time they visit my family, they also make a couple trips to the storage units.  Over time, they have reduced what is being stored there, and last year, they arranged a Salvation Army to truck take away a large amount of stuff, Continue reading

Too Hard Basket

Today's mini mission is to declutter something because it requires dusting and you don't like it all that much anyway. Have you ever considered how much time you spend cleaning things in your home that aren't even necessary to your happiness or survival. Or perhaps you avoid this task until the dust is causing hay-fever, someone is coming to visit and it looks embarrassing or the humidity is turning that seemingly innocent dust into a breeding ground for mould or mildew. Or perhaps you don't even realise that this dust could be causing health problems. My son's bedroom used to be a huge dust Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ Reasons

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 week's mini mission post is titled Reasons. I am going to give you six days worth of reasons to declutter things and your job is to find something to match the reason and let it go. Best to declutter the first thing that comes to mind when you ponder each reason. Simply because you are least Continue reading

Friday’s Favourites ~ 7Mar2013

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! Kim tells us how she is finding it hard to walk past her favourite shops and asks her fellow 365ers for their advice in this comment. Deb J had some great comments this week. This first one gives her take on those somedays that never come, while the second lets us in on a little update about decluttering with her mom. This comment from Jo H says, in nine words, what my whole post Continue reading

Prevention is better than cure

I know that people come to my blog to get ideas on how to reduce their clutter and there is plenty advice here about that. I also know that it might seem a little late to suggest that prevention is better than cure, but prevention is an ongoing necessity in order to both become less cluttered and to stay that way. Prevention is a life sentence if in fact you  don't want to end up back at square one. Life sentence may sound like some sort of harsh treatment but I can assure you it isn't. Quite the opposite in fact. I wish I had handed myself this sentence years ago. I know I have said it Continue reading

Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom ~ Clutter Hiding in Plain Sight

Cindy's Weekly Wisdom Embarrassing but true stories: I have clutter hiding in plain sight in my house. Everyone else sees it, but I didn't, at least not until I knew that I had company coming for dinner. Than I realized that my bar, which we often use for serving when we have guests, was currently being used by the following do-no-belong items: 5 CDs and cases a German Christmas tree pyramid (currently listed for sale on Craigslist, but that doesn't mean it needs to be taking up a place of pride on the counter) a St. Francis medallion that fell off one of the animals' Continue reading

Someday

In the responses to Cindy's and Deb J's blog posts last week I kept reading the same word over and over again. Someday. You know how the saying goes ~ Tomorrow never comes ~ well someday is even further away than tomorrow. And if by some miracle someday does actually arrive, you are best to leave acquiring stuff that you "need" for it until then. Now is not the time. Oh, how much someday clutter did I accumulate when in the honeymoon days of my scrapbooking hobby? Hundreds of pieces of printed paper that were too beautiful, cute or relevant to resist that I would use someday. The same went Continue reading