Archives for April 2013

Life Circle Clutter

I have written, more than once, about clutter categories on my blog. Categories such as obligation clutter, sentimental clutter, lazy clutter, guilt clutter... One category I have written about before but am not sure I have ever labelled is Life Circle Clutter. I have been reminded by recent events that people usually have their own particular clutter weakness or weaknesses. I have also noticed that these weaknesses may involve not accepting that a certain phase of ones life is now in the past. For example, are you reluctance to let go of the fact that there are no longer young children Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ Obligation Clutter (From the Archives)

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. Sorry folks I thought I had set a post up for today but alas I did not. Fortunately there are plenty in the archives to rehash. I thought this one was a good one as it is a category of clutter that most people struggle with to some degree. I hope you find it helpful. I think it is time to take Continue reading

Friday’s Favorites

Colleen's visiting her mother, so I'm putting together the Friday Favorites, which are skimpier than when Colleen does it. The first thing I wanted to link to is an article from the magazine Real Simple, which I subscribe to. I think steam was coming out my ears by the time I got to the end of "What Can You Really Afford?" The author spends the entire article outlining the various causes of overspending, which of course leads to clutter along with other negative outcomes, and then she justifies it all away in the last paragraph by stating that her purchase "makes her happy." Unfortunately, Continue reading

Fourth Thursdays with Deb J ~ Sorting

You have decided to declutter and then get organized so living life is easier. You then ask, “Help, how am I supposed to go about this? “ Sorting is the answer. Sorting by how you use something, how often you use it, and whether you use it at all. So many times we start with a jumble of items in a drawer or on a shelf. How often does this jumble have no rhyme nor reason? It’s just stuff that has been thrown there as we are hurrying through life. How can we know if we have enough or too much if we have no organization of what we have? The mother of a friend of mine was not very organized so Continue reading

Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom ~ I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends

Even for me, some jobs are just too daunting. There is something about the art closet, for example, that terrifies and mocks me. My own desk is another source of terror. (How ironic is that?) My children's closets are rooms of mystery and wonder. The garage is, well, really big and definitely not all mine. How do I manage? Just like the Beatles sang in 1967, "I get by with a little help from my friends." The art closet is used primarily by Audra and me. Clara keeps her art supplies in her room (smart girl). Because the job is daunting to both of us, I set the timer for the 15 minutes, Continue reading

The easy things to declutter

In order to write this post today I took a look back to Day 64 of my declutter mission. This was the day that I first began to blog about my resolution to declutter 365 things. Since then I have often written that the simplest way to begin decluttering is to start with the easy things. Looking back on the photos and list of items I had decluttered prior to blogging proves that this is exactly what I did. Many of these items had never been used, hadn't been used for a long time, I didn't like for one reason or another or I had too many of. The items came from places all over the house, from Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ Time for another category declutter

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. Declutter at least one item per category. Monday - A Continue reading

Friday’s Favourites ~19Apr2013

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! This comment from Ideealistin came in too separate parts. Here and here. Don't miss the part where she is telling us that she has a beautiful new baby daughter. 50 isn't such and old age but I feel like I am watching some of my younger readers growing up. Congratulation Ideealistin, life will be very different from this point forward. Rebecca B. A. R. has a great suggestion as to Continue reading

Decluttering with my mum

I am visiting my parents at the moment and since I didn't get posts written before leaving home I am having to do them on the run. Things could get real interesting next week when I have limited access to the internet. ;-) Anyhow, I asked my mother was there anything she would like me to declutter so I have something to write about. The first thing she suggested was the second drawer down in her kitchen. With a huge sigh of relieve, that it wasn't a closet or dads back shed, I dived in without hesitation. Keep in mind that my mother is, always has been and most likely always will be someone Continue reading

Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom ~ Happy Anniversary to Me

Friday was mine and Dan's 16th wedding anniversary. Sixteen years of relatively smooth sailing. Not bad. We've gone from two working adults with two dogs and two cars in a 1000 square foot home with a beautiful garden to one full-time and one part-time job with two children (13 and 10), five animals (too many), one car and a 2600 square foot home with a beautiful garden. A couple weeks ago, Colleen reprinted this post from The Happiness Project.  I'll wait while you review it. Certainly it got me thinking about Dan and me. When we were first married, I remember quarreling about "who did Continue reading