Archives for March 2014

Mini Mission Monday ~ All part of the process or progress

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. As we travel further down the road to minimalism certain things that were, or at least we thought were, useful become clutter as we realise that we really don't need them. It is all part of the process or should I say progress. Here are some missions that will help you identify some of those Continue reading

Fourth Thursdays with Deb J ~ Can you say overkill?

 Herbs and spices!  How many do you have?  Do you use them often?  How old are they?  As you can see we have way more than we need.  The majority of these are seldom used and some never used.  They have been around way too long in my book.  It drives me nuts but this is another place where Mom has her ideas and she isn’t going to change.  I’ve tried.  Some of these moved with us 5 years ago.  Yes, that’s right!  Five years ago!!  I wish it would all disappear. I think we would be much better off if we tossed it all and just bought things as we use them and then in small amounts.  We are Continue reading

When clutter becomes invisible to you…try moving it to a different place by Doodle

We have a total of four choices of seating in the entire house: an armchair each (one purple, one red) and the 2 seater sofa. The sofa doesn’t get sat on much; unless we need to share a takeaway or we have visitors. We rarely have visitors, but it seems reasonable to be able to offer them a seat if we do :) The sofa’s other main function is by default “the temporary dumping ground”.  This was fine as I was in the habit of clearing it, if it needed it, every night before I went to bed. However, two months ago my husband had a bit of a clearout and put a large pile of papers/magazines on Continue reading

Revel in the moment

Have you ever enjoyed one of those TV series where the two main characters have a love interest in each other that takes episode after episode to come to climactic fruition. The build up is intoxicating. It is almost a shame when they finally succumb to their lust for each other. In fact that is often when the series also comes to its finality and if it doesn't the show is never really as appealing from that moment on. It is like fairytales where the endings are "...and they lived happily ever after. Clearly the teller these stories know that the buildup is more interesting and tantalising Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ Clutter Collectors

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. For this week's mini missions we are going to concentrait on the obvious clutter collection points in our homes. These are areas that seem to attract clutter like iron filings to a magnet. I bet there are several running through your mind as you read these words. We aren't going to clear one or Continue reading

Giving stuff away

It seems that these days I do a lot of talking about the benefits of decluttering but very little on ways to go about it. This is probably because I know I have a lot of readers who are well seasoned declutterers by now, and they know this stuff. But the fact also is that new readers find my blog all the time and may not be so informed about such things. So today I am going to mentions my favourite and most successful ways that I have managed to give away my stuff. I am not going to write about selling stuff today only about giving it away, because quite frankly that is usually the quickest Continue reading

A place for everything and…

One thing that came through in the comments to yesterday's post was... "A place for everything and everything in its place." The thing is that there is always a logical place for everything within a household but if those places are jam packed with stuff, putting everything in its place can become a nightmare. Who hasn't, at some stage in life, had the plastics cupboard avalanche. Or the overstuffed linen closet where every time you pull out a towel you end up with three or more at your feet. Or the utensils drawer that you have to rustle everything around in order to get it shut. I know I Continue reading

Excess can cause a mess.

I thought this was a good comment from Sanna last week regarding how being decluttered makes life simpler. Sanna wrote ~ "I’d add that it’s simpler to have a “cleaning day” as well. My home still gets messy, especially when bf and I are both very busy at work. Dishes and laundry still tend to pile, I have to admit. However, a few years back it would take hours – or even days – to get everything back into shape after some busy weeks and even then there would be piles left, stuffed in cupboards, under sofas or in the bedroom, just because we would be too exhausted to manage getting through all Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ 17Mar2014

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. Monday - Choose a nook in your home where you would like more space. Perhaps a kitchen shelf or a drawer somewhere. Declutter a thing or two from that nook to achieve your space goal. Tuesday - Declutter something that you aren't using that could be helpful to someone else. Old eye glasses to be Continue reading

You can do things differently

Doodles blog post yesterday got me thinking about how out of character my decluttering method is to my usual behaviour. Of the seven sabotaging behaviours Doodle mentioned in the post, I am not guilty of any of them when it comes to my decluttering over the last four years. Although there certainly are a few that I would previously have thought I was susceptible to.  Lets go over them. 1. Do you focus on how much there is left to do rather than how much you have achieved? This is something I would most certainly have done in the past. I would be constantly looking at the volume of the task Continue reading