Archives for December 2015

Holiday Declutter by Deb J

Each of us has a different day when we clean up all the decorations from the holidays.  One thing we all do though is repack and stash away everything.  This is a great time to declutter.  We have a great opportunity to look at each item and decide: Did we use it this time? Does it need repair or a toss into the trash? Do we like it? Do we want to change our style/color?  Has our life changed in a way that requires our decorating to change? Now is the time to declutter all of those holiday items you no longer need taking up space in your home.  Things like decorations, Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ And so it is Christmas

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. And so it is Christmas and what have we done ~ a whole lot of decluttering this year, that's what. So I think it is time for a break and this weeks missions are based on that. You can either do Part A of each mission or Part B, it is entirely up to you. I will be focusing on Part A. Have a very Continue reading

Silly Season Series ~ Consumable Gifts by Moni Gilbert

Looking for some last minute gift ideas?  Ideas which won't clutter your friend's and family's home and will be happily received?  Here are a few consumable gift ideas from myself, Deb J and Idgy of the North. Moni’s Lemon Honey (also known as Lemon Curd) 3 eggs 1 Teaspoon grated lemon rind 1 Cup Sugar ½ Cup Lemon Juice 50 grams butter  Melt butter in a 2 litre microwave proof container.  Add rest of the ingredients and stir.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  Allow to cool then pour into hot dry jars.  Seal when cool.  Note: this recipe won’t work if doubled.  Idgy’s Whipped Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ NICOLE

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. Since Nicole is so good at coming up with amusing and inspiring mini mission I am dedicating this week's missions to her in the way of an acrostic poem. I have to say that although I was a little cheeky with one mission it was very hard not to use a lot of funny adjectives to describe Nicole. Continue reading

The ability to, and satisfaction of, improvising

I have written about this before but it is an important skill when it comes to living with less stuff. But don't be deterred by the word improvise. Even though some people may have more skills at this than others, when it comes to everyday improvising I am sure everyone can do it without much thought. The reason I even bring up the subject is that much of the tools, or gadget if you like, that we have around out homes perform the same tasks as one another. So at least half of them aren't even necessary to the smooth running of our homes. A simple knife for example can, with a little Continue reading

Silly Season Series ~ Christmas Shopping and the power of planning

A guest post by Andréia So, there is Christmas just around the corner and the dreaded shopping season is on its way again. Some will start shopping now and not stop until Christmas day. Some will not shop at all. Some will spend way more than they can and have a January and other months filled with angst at unpaid debts and regrets at impulse shopping. One way to celebrate Christmas, for those of us who celebrate it, is to not buy gifts at all. But we want to celebrate the season and gifting one another seems a very warm way to do it. But the gifting has to have meaning and be useful. Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday – Whistle while you declutter

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. These mini missions are brought to you by the ever amusing ~ Nicole V. “Once upon a time, a beautiful queen had a baby girl. The baby’s skin was as white as snow, and she had beautiful black hair.” From the title and opening lines, you must have guessed that the fairy tale of “Snow White and Continue reading

Silly Season Series ~ Christmas shopping for kids by Andréia

It is that time of the year again. Christmas is approaching and with it comes the shopping season. But I am not getting too deep into that in this post. I want to talk about children and their gifts. I have three young children and a host of well-intentioned extended family. That being said, it means that my children get tons of toys, every single year. I can´t seem to put a hold on my relatives, but I have developed strategies not to be sunk deep in new toys. Mind you, I might seem ungrateful, but one child can have enough toys. And sometimes a interesting and or fun experience, or something Continue reading