Archives for June 2013

Friday’s Favourites ~ 28June2013

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 these comments from... Wendy F  Janetta Tammy R EcoCatLady Favourite Web Finds. Happy reading! www.huffingtonpost.com/gretchen-rubin/myths-about-clutter Here is a Facebook page you may be interested in ~ Daily Possession Purge Challenge www.oprah.com/home/Clean-Sweep-Peter-Walsh-Wants-To-De-Clutter-Your-Life Mark Adam Douglass ~ Box-Bottle-Bag Index . Mark has Continue reading

Want Not Waste Not

I know the old saying is waste not want not, which basically means ~ Do not waste anything and you will always have enough. Unfortunately that can also mean ~ Save every little scrap so that you can use it in the future. This is how we end up with a house full of "I might be able to use that one day" kind of clutter. What I am suggesting instead is don't want for anything you don't really need and you won't be wasting your hard earned money which would be better spent on something else. That something else could be the mortgage that Cindy was talking about yesterday. When I think of some of Continue reading

Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom ~ It All Adds Up

We've had many discussions on 365 Less Things about Selling v. Giving Away. At various times, I've come down on both sides of the argument.  I've agreed that selling recoups some of your investments. I've argued that giving away shares your blessings with others and relieves you of your clutter with less work and fuss. In general, I sell my larger or more costly items and give away my smaller or less costly ones. However, I've sold things on Craigslist as cheaply as $5, and given away things I could get $50 or more for. In general, I don't consider selling to be too much of a hassle, and now Continue reading

Take it with you when you go.

I mentioned yesterday that I have been doing some more decluttering in my garage. I had gathered, in one corner, a pile of stuff that belonged to my son. There was his battered old bicycle frame from his accident when he was nineteen, various bicycle parts, a pile of 24 used skateboard decks, a box with spray paint cans, a pile of used core-board for mounting photos from his university days, a sports bag (all shown in the photo below) along with a couple of small tables and a large sheet of chipboard ~ all out of shot. He came over last week and together we went through the items and he Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ This and That

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 wouldn't say I am amazed that I keep finding things to declutter but it pleases me that I continue to be more choosy about what I keep. As a result I keep going over the same areas again and again. My mini missions reflect my current decluttering efforts from all over the house. Monday - Continue reading

Friday’s Favourites ~ 21June2013

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! I haven't had much time to be involved in the conversations going on at 365 this week as I have been giving my undivided attention to my parents while they were visiting. So I haven't been able to choose my favourite comments. Thank you everyone for all of your comments, they are always appreciated whether I have the time to read them or not. Favourite Web Finds. Happy reading! The Continue reading

From the Archives ~ The Leading Question Strategy

I was digging in the archives of 365 yesterday looking for another post when I came upon this little gem. I decided to share it with you again because this strategy has proven useful, at times, in convincing my loved ones to declutter some things. I hope it will work for you. Recently I was let in on a strategy on how to state a case or perhaps even get another person to come around to your way of thinking without their sensibilities being offended. The idea is to get people to think rationally about a subject without them realising that you are leading them in a direction they may not have Continue reading

Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom ~ Don’t Over Buy (revisited)

This post first appeared in September 2012. Since I am in the thick of plowing through the Lost and Found and checking the cleanliness of all the uniforms from the uniform exchange closet, it seemed like a good time to reprint it. At the end of every school year, I volunteer to take home all the lost and found from my daughters’ school. I look through it, sort it, wash it, fold it, and give it to charity. The amount of lost and found (or as the Head of School calls it, “Lost and Sometimes Found”) is absolutely amazing.  At the end of this school year, I had 20 expensive metal water bottles Continue reading

Share ~ Borrow ~ Repurpose

Succeeding at living with less isn't always just about getting rid of things. Sometimes it is about sharing, borrowing and repurposing. I shall give you an example from recent events in my life. I found out six days prior that my parents would be arriving for a short visit this Saturday just gone. As you know my children have both recently left home so space certainly wasn't an issue. The issue was that both children had taken the duvets (doonas) and pillows from their beds when, or shortly after, they left. I didn't mind because they are young and not so financially established as their Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ 17June2013

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. You may have to put your thinking caps on for this weeks missions. However I am sure you will come up with something. Good luck and happy decluttering. Monday - Declutter something you have had stored away for that someday that never seems to come. Tuesday - Declutter something that you have Continue reading