Archives for May 2013

Friday’s Favourites ~ 31May2013

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! Becky Jez Creative Me Marianne Favourite Web Finds. Happy reading! Sanna brought my attention to this web site and I think you will enjoy it ~ thesimpleyear.com ~ The-great-library-book-hunt-of-2013 I love this song by Peter Doran, brought to our attention this week by the guys at The Minimalists  Here is a link sent to me by Wendy F. Continue reading

Space Allocation

One of the methods that really helps me get ruthless with my decluttering is making a decision to allocate a certain amount of space to a category of items. Take my craft space for example. After decluttering quite a lot of stuff from that space I eventually made a decision that ultimately all my craft items must fit into the ten specially made craft cubes I had bought to house it all in years ago. It took a while but I finally achieved that goal. That decision certainly did spur me on to declutter lots of stuff I otherwise would have clung on to. I made a similar decision with my linen Continue reading

Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom ~ Little Free Library

Just a short post today to tell you that my Christmas present finally got finished. My husband Dan and my friend Dan built a Little Free Library for me, out of scraps we had in our garages, and my friend Holly painted it to match our house. It only took contributions from a couple of people, and we were in business - the business of book exchanges. Little Free Library was started by a Wisconsin man in 2009 as a way to honor his deceased mother, a teacher. Now there are thousands of Little Free Libraries in the United States, and some in other countries, as well. It's really just a book Continue reading

Return It

I implore of each and everyone of you that if you buy something, which for one reason or another, does not meet expectation and is eligible for return, please do just that. RETURN IT! As soon as possible after purchase or when it becomes apparent that there is a problem. There a several legitimate reasons why you might return goods to a store and I will attempt to list them below. However not only are you entitled to return them, whether for store credit or a full refund, in some cases you are doing the rest of the world a favour in doing so. Some products are just a sheer waste of resources. Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ My latest decluttering

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. Yes I am still finding things to declutter, usually odd bits here and there, but then when did I ever declutter any other way. Perhaps my examples of clutter clearing might inspire you to let go of something similar. So this week's mini missions will reflect what I have been getting rid of over Continue reading

Friday’s Favourites ~ 24May2013

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! Lucinda shares her experience with collecting packaging in this comment. Calico Ginger shares her take on Feng Shui, or at least positive energy, when it comes to her home in this comment. In this comment Wendy B also gives us an example of the negative energy she once felt in her kitchen and how she solved that. Dizzy gives us an update on how she is feeling about her stuff at Continue reading

Fourth Thursdays with Deb J ~ Get your affairs in order

It has been almost 5 years since we moved to Arizona. I have been putting off the hassle of updating all the legal paperwork like the wills, etc. I know I should have done it sooner but can admit that what we have would work in a pinch. I also have to admit that it would be more of a hassle for those left to deal with it if I had left things as they were. I have been updating everything and creating a set of instructions for those who will be our executors if both of us go together or at such time as the other is gone when one dies. It’s much more of a hassle than any of us want to deal with Continue reading

Keeping the strangest of things ~ By Moni

I shudder at the idea of going back to my old ways of having stuff, more stuff, stored stuff, collected stuff and yet more stuff.....and then being very surprised that the house is full of stuff! But in spite of all that, I still keep the strangest of things. I don't know why, there is no logic to it, but I have difficulties getting rid of empty cardboard boxes and shopping bags, especially if they are from particularly nice clothes store or from a surf wear shop. There is a wee corner of my brain that insists cardboard boxes are useful. Maybe they are, maybe they're not, but I can get as Continue reading

Lost in the clutter

This comment by Jo H and the mention of Feng Shui last week got me thinking about the aesthetics of a home. We all have our own tastes when it comes to the kinds of things we like, fabric choices, art works, furniture styles, knick knacks etc etc. However as Jo pointed out in her comment the beauty of these objects have a better chance of shining out when they aren't so plentiful that they get lost in the clutter. Although I only have a vague understanding of Feng Shui, and  am sure some people think it is a lot of hocus pocus, I would suggest that it is worth investigating. I feel that some Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ Useful but too plentiful

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 am basing today's mini missions around one of my old clutter weaknesses and that is ~ useful items that make my life easier, more convenient or just added variety of choice.  While some of these items did simplify my workload many did more towards cluttering up my home than making it more Continue reading