A thing a day ~ Days 9 & 11

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About Colleen Madsen

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


  1. Mrs Pat Schneider in Colorado

    This morning as I retrieved my Christmas decorations from the garage shelves, I saw a clear box of fabric yardage I have not used. So this falls in your ‘craft’ category. I will bring that box in this weekend and sort it. I have given away most of my sewing stash several years ago. This may be part of my recent quilt project. I had purchased extra yardage to make the daybed a bed skirt. But your email today has reminded me about my own craft ‘future’ projects.

    Right now I’m trying to locate my Christmas placemats and cloth napkins! Haha!

    Happy Holidays! Pat in Colorado

  2. I have acquired a few new scrapbook/card making items. BUT, I know exactly what I am going to use them for and they will be gone soon. I love doing it this way. Instead of a room I have a 12×12 square 3 inch deep drawer

    • I am glad you haven’t given up your crafting Deb. I was afraid that you might get so keen to be uncluttered that you would stop doing the things you enjoy.

      • I will keep making cards and even sccrapbooking. I just plan to not have a lot of supplies hanging around and taking up space. It works great.

  3. I know well the compulsion to buy something pretty or attractive when you don’t exactly have a plan. For years I bought little potential gifts that I threw into a drawer for “just the occasion” such as hostess gifts or birthdays that caught me by surprise. Well, many didn’t go to good use, and I have had to put them into garage sales or donate.

    • Hi Linda, this doesn’t surprise me about the grift stash habit. It seems to me that gifts just ought to be very individual things while a stash just screams anything handy will do. Not that trying to be person specific always turns out right either. Which is probably why I have come to hate gift giving so much unless there is something that know for sure a person really wants.

    • Could someone expand on what is a hostess gift? Maybe we call it something different here.

  4. Found 2 ceramic medium sized pots for house plants. I have used them for over 20 years, time for someone else to enjoy them.

    • Glad you mentioned that Calla. I have some plant pots I could get rid of too. That will give me something other than craft supplies to bore you all with this week for my one thing a day challenge.

  5. For years I enjoyed selling at Christmas sales, back in the day when people valued “hand-made” and “unique” over mass-produced and cheap. I have had boxes of leftover ‘orphans’ that I haven’t been able to throw away so they trickled out slowly as I found people to give them to. Last winter our library had crocheted angels for sale on the checkout desk so I asked and they were happy to have some of my stuff to sell this year. I dropped off a box before we moved. There is a nature centre at our new location so I donated anything made with natural materials (cones and driftwood) and beeswax candles. Definitely a win-win.

    • Well done WendyB. I have been considering the places where I might donate some of my leftover stock from my craft space once I am done there at the end of the year. I am sure it won’t be a challenge. I already think the stall at the Mater Hospital may be happy to take anything I have to offer.

  6. Over the weekend, hubby mentioned that his bedside drawers seemed very full while he looked at me with helpless and hopeless eyes. I offered to help him undertake his own sort-out and throw-out. Not quite the result he was hoping for ie that I would do it for him but we did manage to collect a grocery bag full of papers, general jetsam and flotsam.

    • Hi Moni, I don’t buy my husbands clothes and I don’t declutter them for him either. Never have in 30 years. Not sure why it turned out that way but it just did. I am sure glad about it now. Although he could possibly be better at choosing so he doesn’t end up decluttering, what seem, so soon after. Although there is always the case that some clothing seemed good at the time but turned out with more use aren’t that comfortable or soon starts to hang wrong on ones body. Things that just can’t be detected when first trying them on.

  7. Moni – a hostess gift (here in the U.S.) is something you hand off to the host/hostess when invited for a party (not potluck) or overnight/weekend visit. It used to be considered bad manners to not show up with something. I think these days most of us understand that something “consumable” (at a later date) is much more appreciated. As aware as I am of not wanting anyone to hand me one more thing I have to find a spot for, I try to do unto others likewise!
    Out this weekend: spa gloves that did not feel good in the shower-trash/Christmas stickers-teacher craft box/Christmas wrap-church wrapping party/oven mitt that had frayed(had a lovely brand new one in a drawer!)-trash.
    Have narrowed my Christmas to two totes and am very pleased about that! (May reduce further when things are being put away!)

    • Karen – Thanks for that – we don’t have a formal title for it per se but generally its bringing something to share such as a bottle of wine or more often or not, guest contacts the hostess to see what food contribution to bring ie salad, desert etc. Have never given or received a non-consumerable gift though – except for going to a specific celebration ie a wedding. Interesting.