About Colleen Madsen

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

Grandmother Stuff

These are some items my grandson has well and truly outgrown, so off to the thrift shop they go. It is always good to have a few items on hand when one has grandchildren because sometime they visit for the day and then con grandparents into staying longer😊. These items probably should have been culled sooner, but he has such a little bum that they would do in a pinch. So I had tucked them away in the linen closet and forgotten about them. He is about to turn five and was toilet trained a long time ago so off to the thrift store they go. Continue reading

Old and worn

Still functional but old and very shabby. I removed the buckles and zipper, that I could use for crafting another bag, and threw the body of the bag in the bin. I have another similar bag anyway. I always find it more difficult to dispose of items that have served me well but my desire for limited clutter overrules the urge to keep such items. Continue reading

Job done and about time

I have had some secondhand stools and fabric stash to reupholster them for some time now. This week I faintly put the finishing touches to the last stool. They came up pretty well and this bin full of trash is the last of the cast off pieces and out to the bin they go. The old fabric samples I used to cover them had been around here for quite a while so it is good to finally use them. The hardest part of the job was the procrastinating but I decided to trust my limited upholstering skills and tackle the job and now at last it is complete. This lot is for the trash And here are the Continue reading

Handbag Detritus

I may have a lot of decluttering experience but I still seem to accumulate detritus in my handbag. Those tissues are clean by the way but have been in there for some time and probably picked up all manner of germs from hands going in and out of the bag. It was time for a clean out. Continue reading

It’s been a while…

Decluttering a little paperwork. Knitting pattern items in fact. I store digital files these day so no longer require these to take up physical space. Continue reading

Cluttered Moving

It can be very stressful simply to witness a family trying to move house never mind actually being the family involved. Speaking as someone who has experienced this many times, from bth sides, I can tell you moving is so much easier when the home is uncluttered and organised. It becomes apparent to most people when moving house how much stuff they have that they really don’t need or use, but now have to find the energy to prepare it, the means by which to move it and the space to accommodate it in the next home. This, I can tell you, is rarely a simple task especially given all the variables Continue reading

Taking a break

I am sure everyone has noticed how slack I have been, in recent times, with consistently posting here at 365 Less Things. After completing my mission to declutter over four years ago I have found it harder and harder to be enthusiastic about writing articles on the subject. This is mainly because, when not being focused passionately on the task of minimising it is hard to maintain the enthusiasm to write about it even though I still fervently believe in this way of living. I have attempted to make the task easier by switching the focus to daily mini missions but I still have a habit of missing Continue reading

Mini Mission – Tuesday 20Feb2018

Declutter a few little fiddly bits and pieces in the bottom of a drawer, basket or perhaps the glove compartment of your car. Little things pile up over time and look messy. Receipts, loose change, small hardware bits, notes, lip balms that get misplaced and go past their best by date... Continue reading

Mini Mission – Monday 19Feb2018

Declutter something that you have had for a really long time but no longer love or have a use for. Sometimes we keep things out of habit just because they have nearly always been a part of our lives. Is there something you own that no longer serves a purpose for you? Continue reading