Archives for March 2016

The key to action is enjoyment

I received a comment from Bernadette on the 365 Less Things Facebook page this week that said... "I enjoy getting rid of things. It is so liberating. Got rid of a bunch of old photos today."  And that is a great example of the key to getting anything done, which is enjoying the process. If you can get yourself to that point, with any challenge, then how can you fail. After all, who won't do whatever they can to find some time in their day to do the things they enjoy doing. I have always enjoyed my decluttering which was what made it such a success for me. Even when it also required Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ Easter

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 I write this it is Easter Sunday so I thought I might Easter use that as todays theme for our mini missions. I will have to stretch the imagination to come up with descriptions of clutter that work in with the categories I have chosen. Each category is an Easter symbol of sorts. Good luck and Continue reading

Procrastination is worse than just getting on with it.

Wendy B wrote this very wise statement in a comment recently in regards to decluttering ~  "The thought of tackling the job is often more consuming than doing the job itself." How very true this is. I bet there are many of you out there who spent more time and metal energy putting off your decluttering than the time and effort that you actually needed to put into it once you got started. I was a little guilty of that myself to be honest. I knew, before returning home to live in Australia in 2007, that downsizing was our ultimate goal, but aside from the necessary ejection of stuff required Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ Some Alphabet Decluttering

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. It seems like it has been a while since we had a set of good old mini missions based on something as simple as the alphabet. So this week we shall declutter some items that begin with six different letters. I'll try to pick letters that are very common so that we can all find plenty of items to Continue reading

Appreciating the Journey by Peggy W.

You may have cleared a drawer, a room, or a house.  So, now when you look around you at that peaceful space you have created, there is a new quiet.  Maybe it feels a little uncomfortable because it was chaotic for so long.  Maybe it feels too sparse but you are not sure what it needs.   What it needs is appreciation! Please first thank yourself for all your efforts, decisions, trips to the donation center.  Maybe think about the challenges you faced and how great it felt to find solutions.  Then you might think about... ...how the items you passed along will help others. ...how you Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ By Peggy

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. Peggy sent me a list if mini missions a week or so ago so I am going to choose six of them to challenge you all with this week. Thanks Peggy. Monday - Declutter packing materials that you won’t use, including old boxes, bubble wrap, tissue paper... Tuesday - Declutter bed sheets that you don’t Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ Verbs

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. My goodness, it's Monday again. How do they manage to come around so quickly. And since I mentioned the word "do" I think that will be my theme for the week. Decluttering by verbs. I will name an action and you will find something relating to that action to declutter. So lets get started. Monday Continue reading

It bugs me so I’m over it ~ A post by Peggy W

I have begun to look at a lot of things in my home through a filter of “does it bug me”?  It’s kind of the opposite of “does it spark joy”.  Like the embellished sweatshirt that I had loved for years.  One day I just realized out of the blue that things about it were bugging me!  So I took it off and threw it in the trash bin. There is a pair of slippers that, while wearable and don’t look too ratty, I don’t especially enjoy wearing because they are hard to keep on my feet.  So they are in my sights… Recently I found a half empty jar of jam in the fridge.  It didn’t look or smell bad but I Continue reading