A thing a day ~ Days 15,16 & 17

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About Colleen Madsen

Colleen is the founder of 365 Less Things and lives in Newcastle, Australia.


  1. Day 15 & 16. 2 Teak/fabric dining chairs
    Day 17. 4 wide mouth mason jar lids & rings (new)

    Will take to school thrift shop after Christmas Break

  2. Hi Colleen,

    I enjoyed reading your entertaining post ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m kind of on “autopilot” with decluttering… mainly using things up, not actively hunting for things to part with… I’m kind of frustrated because all the things I want to declutter belong to our daughter & her toddlers… You know how that goes, I can’t do it without her okay, and she doesn’t like to part with things… Husband & I are just waiting for her to leave (again) maybe in January 2018? She wants to go next year but we are certain that she can’t afford it because she’s in school and can’t work too much… I keep telling myself it’s only one more year ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Hi Colleen,

    Thanks for the empathy ๐Ÿ™‚ Yesterday, our daughter said okay to part with a plastic bag full of sippy cups, a pair of girls sneakers, 2 pair boy jeans, 1 boy shirt. I bundled the clothes into a cube file box I was parting with and dropped it and the sippy cups off at Goodwill. Sadly, this is just a “drop in the bucket” of all the stuff they have…. But at least it’s something ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Peggy,
    My daughter, son-in-law, & 2 infant/toddler grandkids lived with me for 2 & half years. This too shall pass. Hang in there!

  5. I found 2 good thrifted jackets in husband’s closet that were too large for him now. I washed them and laid them on the bed. He brought them to me and said to donate them. So maybe he is getting there a little at a time. I have no idea when or where they were bought and am not sure they were ever worn though they are both very nice, but think we were away from home unprepared when a cold spell hit–like this weekend. In the eighties today (shorts and air conditioning), low tonight 34, high tomorrow low 50’s with a cold wind, tomorrow night low of 31. Nothing like south Texas. Winter is when we need clothes accessible for all seasons. We have several bags in the car ready to donate, just haven’t had time to go by. I think I have some books to add, too, that I thought I might consign, but it will be quicker to donate. Just so they go, and soon, lol. I seem to have my declutter mood or mojo back after a short “burnout” time. Colleen, I think you inspired me to look at some blouses that need altering, so I added a couple to the donate bag. I just didn’t like them that much.

  6. I decided to tackle our front hall closet. My son got rid of a couple pairs of shoes and two jackets (we gave the jackets, which were in great shape, to a friend of his who should get a couple years of wear out of them, according to his mother); my husband parted with a ball cap and three sweatshirts and took the rest up to the bedroom closet; my daughter got rid of a jacket and single flip-flop (the other was broken, so I don’t know why we had just one); I got rid of a jacket; and I tossed a pair of my daughter’s boots and my son’s boots as the dog “decluttered” the linings for us a while ago. I vacuumed the floor; organized our hats, gloves and scarves, which we definitely need as it is 2 degrees (brrrrr); and made a pile of items to repair. At least one of those repaired items will be donated when fixed. I had dreaded opening the closet, but now it’s great!

  7. Been doing some major decluttering lately! on our way to true minimalism. Thanks for the inspiration and tips! <3