Archives for August 2013

Guest Post from Andréia ~ One benefit of being decluttered

"I have appreciated my decluttering efforts when having a party, as I wrote before, but never thought I would be finding myself appreciating them in illness. Recently I had health problems that forced me to do some bed rest. I have two young children, so it was only a “kind of” bed rest. However I did not have much energy and the little energy I had was devoted to the children, in the time I had to care for them alone, and not the house. As you may all imagine, the house was left “to its own devices”. After one week of me doing nothing (my husband washed the dishes everyday) I decided to do Continue reading

The Borrowing Benefactor

I have been executing evil cunning plan recently, with me in the guise of a benefactor, ultimately for my own benefit. Wah ha ha ha! As you all know, my children have both moved out of home this year. When I say both moved out of home I include my daughter, that although for a short stint in the Summer, had actually been living away for five years. She has her own home now and took all her stuff that had been stored here. Moving out isn't moving out until you take your stuff in my opinion. My son moved into an established home so didn't need much. However he has taken his bedroom furniture, a Continue reading

The Norm

My surname is Madsen, that's M A D S E N. It is simple, two syllables, no extra letters that have no purpose, easy to read. So why do you think that most people, when confronted with this name, whether in plain print or spoken to them, automatically complicate it. Nine times out of ten people will pronounce it Marsden, Maddison or even Mathison. I think I know why. Because these three other names are more common in Australia. So people revert to the norm rather than repeat what is said to them or written in front of them. That is the problem with “The Norm”, it is the usual way of things, Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ Transform It

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. Some clutter isn't just solid tangible objects that you are either using or you aren't. Some it it comes in the form of things that can be used up, ingested, absorbed, altered, or repaired to become of more use. Sometimes these things hang around far too long out of  lack of interest, Continue reading

Friday’s Favourites ~ 9Aug2013

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! Saskia has run into the dreaded unwanted collection issue. Give her some advice if you have any. June realised that she is a bit of a vase junkie. But never fear she has come up with a solution to the problem that will get her on the road to recovery in no time. ;-) Melissa is a dab hand at Use-It-Up decluttering. Read about her efforts here. Also Moni's response to Melissa's comment Continue reading

Apartment Update

Our apartment deal fell through. Although the owner had accepted our offer and we were about to sign the initial contract, he received a last minute higher bid and reneged on our deal. So for now we are staying put. I prefer to be philosophical and say that perhaps it wasn't meant to be and something better is around the corner. But really we are very disappointed and for the moment will just lick our wounds, chalk it up to experience and look forward to our seven week vacation. So I guess life isn't so bad. The premature excitement did however spur me on to getting rid of and swapping out  a Continue reading

Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom ~ Decluttering and Cleaning Supplies

I've been thinking a lot about cleaning supplies recently - how many I should have, where I should store them, etc. and I have come to a somewhat shocking conclusion: I'm going about it all wrong. I don't use a lot of cleaning products, and they are stored in a couple of places. I have a caddy of supplies in the laundry room, a huge container of vinegar under the kitchen sink, a toilet brush by one toilet but the toilet bowl cleaner is in the laundry room, and a vacuum in the upstairs closet. What got me on this train of thought was a problem with the vacuum. I've had my vacuum for many Continue reading

Find a way to use it up

After waking this morning to my husband's goodbye kiss, I lay in my warm cosy bed trying to decide if a cup of tea was worth getting out into the cold for. My mind began to wander to the question of what will I have for breakfast. Deliberately, my pantry provides ingredients for a limited choice, rolled oat porridge or toast. Granted the accompaniments to these basic choices vary, so it isn't as boring as it sounds. This morning, however, I felt like something different. So I got to thinking about what else I could throw together from my fridge, freezer or pantry. This lead me to the train of Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ Not So Wanted

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 missions are all about getting rid of things that were acquired out of choice not necessity. Items that, if you are trying to reduce your belongings to just the things you really like or need, should be quite easy to part with. Unless of course you love all the items in these Continue reading

Friday’s Favourites ~ 2Aug2013

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 gives us her take on slow and steady decluttering in this comment. Jane tells us about how she is prepared to be flexible with her self imposed decluttering deadline in this comment. Kimberley give us two more reasons to let go of stuff in this comment. Moni's daughter set her an interesting declutter challenge this week. Wise beyond her years that one. Read about it Continue reading