Archives for February 2014

Fourth Thursdays with Deb J ~ Puzzled

I’m puzzled. I have a bunch of puzzles as you can see. I don’t want to declutter them because I enjoy working them more than once. Along with reading, working puzzles is a way to relax for me. The harder they are the better but I also like them when they are pretty or show places I’d like to visit or have fond memories of. They looked crowded and cluttered where they were. I have been trying to decide where to put them so they would be out of site yet easy to pull out. I found several places—my almost empty closet shelf, inside one of the cupboards, in the extra closet in Mom’s bathroom. I Continue reading

The exception to every rule by Doodle

Those of us who have been decluttering for a while, know the general principles laid out below: 1)If you haven’t worn it for a year, then it possibly needs to go. 2)Don’t buy clothes you need to lose weight to look good in.  Don’t keep clothes there isn’t a realistic chance of fitting into in the next year. 3)If you haven’t touched an unfinished creative project for 2 years, it’s fair to say you probably never will. I think these are great principles but of course, there are always exceptions to the rule and I’ve just experienced 2 of them, so I shall confess… Here’s a picture I Continue reading

This goes with this goes with this goes with that…

Have you ever noticed how when you buy something it requires you to buy something else to go with it. You buy a new dress and then decide you need shoes to match. You buy a new cookbook and realise you need some extra utensils and ingredients to make the recipes. You buy a piece of sporting equipment and you need to by a storage bag, another piece of equipment, maintenance equipment and supplies. You buy a leather garment and you need leather conditioner. You buy a bike and need a pump, an oil can, a helmet and a basket... I could go on and on about this for hours. And the same goes to Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ Broad Ranging

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 weeks mini missions are broad ranging. Each mission gives you a wide variety of items to choose from. I will be very surprised if you can't find something for each category this week. And don't tell me you decluttered something of the sort last week. Last week was last week and doesn't count Continue reading

Declutter your house and your mind

I have been receiving and reading some good post by other bloggers lately that I feel the need to share with you. Here is a great one that Cindy sent through to me... www.inc.com ~Want to be truly productive? End each day like this. By Kevin Daum Please read it before reading on. I particularly liked his first suggestion... "1. Finish one "organizing" project. Busy people always have some organizing project they have yet to get accomplished. It might be cleaning out an old file drawer or clearing your email. Whatever it is, schedule 20 minutes at the end of the day and tackle it.  Even if Continue reading

Cleaning out closets ~ By Linda Bailey

Here is a guest post from July 2013 by Linda Bailey from housekeeping.org that I thought was worth repeating for the lessons it contains. Enjoy! So I tend to bite off more than I can chew. A few months ago the opportunity to have everyone out of the house for a weekend seemed like the perfect time to do some major cleaning up. I had high hopes. I was going to tackle the worst room in the house. It was filled floor to ceiling with boxes from the move and just had enough floor space to walk a thin path around it. Since the move had taken place some five years before I had the brilliant idea Continue reading

Decide, divide & Conquer

I want you all to read this post by David @ Raptitude.com before going on. Take from it what you will but this is how I applied the concept to decluttering. Before doing any decluttering decide on your options for disposing of your clutter. Do some investigating and make a decision on where you can donate your clutter so you have this option in place prior to choosing which items are to go. Decide if eBay is an option for where you can do your selling. Check if Freecycle is available in your area and decide if that is another good option for you. Decide if putting your stuff Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ Popular Rejects

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 weeks mini mission are based on the kinds of items that I notice were donated at the thrift store last week. Specifically items that we seem to receive an copious and endless supplies of. Monday - Declutter at least one glassware item. Tuesday - Declutter an item of clothing that you no Continue reading

The beauty of the internet

I was chatting with my mum yesterday and we were discussing the imminent arrival of my niece's baby who will be my mother's second great granddaughter. We were both hoping that she would be born yesterday (12th of February here in Australia). Then my mother would have a daughter, a granddaughter and a great granddaughter all born on the 12th of February. (She also has a niece born on that date as well). She said "I must look up the family history book and see if there are any other relatives born on that date."  To which I replied  "It would be better if you had the family tree on-line because Continue reading

Worth the effort

I received the following statement in a comment from Michelle yesterday... "This blog is just awesome. I feel better in my surroundings, things are easier to clean and keep organized. I think I’m saving money because I’ve been trying to use up what we already have. Thanks so much, Colleen, for your encouragement and support." I get messages like this quite often, sometimes from people who were sceptical that they could reach their goals and it is very satisfying. Not just for myself, that my blog is helping others, but more so, I get to share in the joy of their success and realisation of Continue reading