Creating Enthusiasm by Changing your Thinking


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About Colleen Madsen

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

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  1. this is great advice for breaking down, what can appear to be, a huge overwhelming task. Do you have any suggestions as to how to overcome the ‘not good enough’ feelings that sometimes arise? (well they do for me, perhaps that’s an unusual thing?)

    • Colleen and I don’t coordinate what we write; we each go as the clutter spirit leads us. I’m sure she’s got some ideas, but I have partially prepared posts on both how to do a large-scale declutter and one on anxiety and feelings of helplessness / hopelessness, which I experienced for years before I finally got on top of the clutter, rather than it being on top of me. (On top of and all around me, I should say.)

      • Hi Cindy,
        you are so right about us not coordinating what we write. I should pay more attention as to what you have coming up in your drafts but like you say I go where the clutter spirit leads me. Don’t ever let that deter you from sending in what you have written because when it comes to decluttering there are numerous ways to approach the same subject. Since we all comprehend things in our own way one article about a subject may not hit home with a reader while anther does so it pays to cover the same ground over and over again. The subject matter is limited while but the different angles are almost limitless.

    • Hi Mrs Green,
      are we talking about you personally not being good enough, self doubt feelings here? In relationship to clutter or just in general?

      One thing I have considered writing about lately is how impossible it is to declutter your home with zero waste. The article Cindy shared with us recently about the family in California got me thinking about this. They clearly got their house in order which had to have generated a vast amount of waste before they started their zero waste goal. meanwhile you are stuck between a rock and a hard place trying to declutter your home while generating zero waste. I hate to say it but these too ideals just can’t work in total harmony. You can do your best to recycle and rehouse most of your stuff like I have but in order to accomplish the declutter goal the zero waste one will suffer.

      It is a beautiful thing that you are doing by minimising your waste and teaching others how to do the same. You should be satisfied with that and give yourself a big pat on the back. You would also be setting a good example to your readers by following through with your declutter goad and admitting to defeat every now and again when something has to go to landfill. I sometimes think setting too high of a standard creates unnecessary anxiety and regret.

      I would love to know your thoughts on this as I have been avoiding this topic because I didn’t want to step on your toes. I have great respect for what you do and you should be proud! 🙂

  2. Another important issue with decluttering is the support from others. Part of the reason why this exercise and the weekly mini missions are easy to do is the fact that we don’t have to do them alone. At least I feel that I’m part of this decluttering “family” that gathers here at Colleen’s blog. Reading Colleen’s words of wisdom and other people’s progress in their decluttering job encourages and motivates me to keep going.

    • Hi Anne,
      thank you from me and on behalf of our community of readers, writers and commenters here at 365lessthings for those king words. If is a combined effort of support and encouragement from everyone who visits here that makes 365lessthings a soft place to land. Thank you to everyone who contributes.

    • Anne, I agree – well put!

  3. David | Listen Feel Breathe

    Isn’t amazing that small steps can give such satisfaction when we take them.
    Makes you wonder why we didn’t just take them straight away in the first place.

    My latest article talks about “bite size” chunks of time and how we should take “just take a bite”. It looks like we were thinking the same way 🙂

    • Hi David,
      people don’t take them straight away because at first all they see is the big picture. Once that picture is wiped from out minds we can start to focus on the simpler reality.
      You are correct about the fact that you and I are in like minds about this subject.

  4. I cheated. I read through your steps before finishing the one before it. But I did go do a couple of mini missions. 🙂

    I have to agree that this is a great ‘family’ of people just trying to do the same thing–declutter to live a more contented, simple life. Cheers to us all!

    • Hi Willow,
      For being naughty and not following the directions you must do and extra mini mission of your own creation.

      Here’s cheers to you too my decluttering friend!

  5. I am reading this in 2013 and yet, wanted to comment. I love hearing about the progress everyone is making and the support we get from one another. It has given me courage to continue on with my decluttering even when it feels like I am not making as much progress as some of the other posters on this site. I am slow but still making headway. By the time I am ready to retire, my home should be just the way I want it.

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