Archives for May 2013

Saturday Extra ~ Sanna’s Shelves and Declutter Story

Finding Colleen's web site really was an eye-opener for me as I did feel overwhelmed by stuff at the time but didn't really know where to start. I just moved in with my boyfriend and we both had lived in shared flats before, so we had a mixed jumble of furniture and household goods and got help and cast-offs from many relatives as well. So I was in that new apartment surrounded by lots of stuff that didn't really match and didn't really fit either. Moreover as he liked his stuff and I liked mine, of course we didn't want to give away our own stuff but would have preferred the other's to be Continue reading

Friday’s Favourites ~ 17May2013

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! In this comment Wendy B demonstrates that all kinds of circumstances initiate decluttering. Well done Ian and Wendy. Wise words form Ideealistin in regards to buying to resell. I have encountered more than one person in my life who bought to resell then stopped reselling. There homes ended up full of clutter. The buying became like any other addiction. Yesterday we had four previously Continue reading

The clutter cause by unfinished tasks

I mostly talk about clutter in the form of items that are unused and unloved that could be permanently removed from our homes.  However the detritus of unfinished tasks also mounds up over a very short period of time when a short attention span, lack of planning or sheer laziness has us making a half hearted effort. Below are some reasons why this sort of clutter accumulates and the possible consequences... Mail is opened but not attended too. ~ At the very least there should be a designated place for mail to be filed when needing later attention. Not doing this can end up in late fees Continue reading

Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom ~ The “Floordrobe”

My youngest, Audra, made me laugh recently by saying that a friend had gotten a new wardrobe from IKEA but preferred to continue using "the floordrobe." Personally, I hate the floor. How does so much stuff wind up there? I have four animals, and they each seem to shed their bodies' weight in fur every week. I don't have any carpet to trap the fur, and that's a good thing, but it also means that I have the tumbling tumbleweeds of hair every time we open the windows and a breeze gets going. Yuck. I hate a hairy floor. I also hate to walk barefoot and have stuff stick to the bottom of my feet. Continue reading

Reading Clutter

Never fear all you book lovers out there, I am not going to once again nag you into relinquishing books today. This post is about the accumulation of reading materials other than books. Reading materials are another form of clutter that tends to accumulate around the house, in racks and on benches, tables and floors. Magazines, newspapers, sales catalogues... There is no reason why most of these can't immediately go in the recycling bin once read. Particularly the newspapers and sales catalogues. Quite frankly though in the age of modern technology there is no need to even acquire these Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday

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. There are definitely specific items that, in excess, make your home harder to keep tidy, organised and efficient. For today's mini missions I will make some suggestions of items to declutter and why they can have a negative effect in your home when in over-abundance. Most of the items I mention Continue reading

One readers decluttering success story

With Andréia's permission I am sharing with you today an edited excerpt from an email she sent me last week. I know how you all love to read about your fellow declutterers successes. Last week Andréia had reason to appreciating what difference she had made in her home over the last three years. Since these improvements take place over time it sometimes isn't so clearly obvious how much difference we have made until an event happens that brings things into clear perspective. So without further adieu here is Andréia's story. Last Saturday I had a party at my house. My two kids’ joint birthday Continue reading

Friday’s Favourites ~ 10May2013

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! Michelle has been converted to using microfibre for cleaning. Read why in this comment. Melissa tells us about some quick clothing decluttering she did this week in this comment. This comment  from Dizzy had my head spinning. What a mammoth effort. Whoever Anon is I thank them for this comment. What a wonderful example of why stuff is not the answer to a happy life. And more Continue reading

Recreational Thrift Shopping

As you all know by now I like to encourage people to buy secondhand rather than new. This is better for the environment. Of course I encourage you not to buy at all wherever possible because most of what people do buy is absolutely unnecessary. Now let me combine those two ideas. What are the potential outcomes of recreational secondhand shopping? Yesterday's eco tip gave you the answer to this question. When you buy something secondhand that you don't need you are potentially forcing someone else, who has a need for the item, to buy new.  Also that someone may not have a lot of cash to Continue reading

Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom ~ Shopping on TV

Once your house is mostly decluttered, besides maintenance, the biggest thing you need to watch out for is accumulation. Everything you buy takes you back toward The Land of Clutter. We've talked about shopping because you're angry, bored, lonely. Because it's social or habitual for you. One thing we haven't talked about is the dangers of drinking, lonliness, boredom, and TV shopping. A woman I know drinks a lot of wine every night, and she shops. The Home Shopping Network seems to be her favorite. Slightly tipsy, she orders jewelry, knick knacks, and shiny things that catch her eye while Continue reading