Day 331 Take 5

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  • A thought about gifts Recall for a moment an event where you received a gift that you really wanted. The perfect give that you used and enjoyed for some time. Remember the delight at the sight of such a gift […]
  • Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom – Perfectionism Cindy's Weekly Wisdom Perfectionism. Can you be too perfect? Oh yeah. Ironically, many cluttered people are perfectionists. Certainly perfectionism was one of the anchors that used to […]
About Colleen Madsen

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


  1. Hi! I love reading your blog and it has inspired me to declutter my own place too. Do you happen to know the manufacturer of the plastic baskets you have in your pantry? The pink one on the third shelf from the bottom and the ones on the right hand side shelves? Are they stackable?

    • Hi Ann,
      thank you so much for dropping in and leaving a comment you are most welcome here at 365lessthing and we hope to here from you often.
      As for those baskets, I wish I could answer your question but there is no makers mark on them anywhere. They were cheap baskets I bought at a dollar store and I have probably owned them for most of my married life so that was money well spent. If you turn them one way they stack inside each other and if you turn the the other they stack on top of each other so they are very handy. If I ever see them in a store somewhere I will remember you and send you a message and let you know more info.
      Thanks again for dropping in. Come again soon.

  2. Your messages have been a great inspiration to me as I am embarking on a major clearing out. today you reminded me of an old expression: It matters not how fast I go, I hurry faster when I’m slow.

    • Hi Rachel K,
      I have never heard that expression before but I love it. I think I may add that to the post of my posts every day. See, I add a little something to your life and you add a little something to mine and that is what makes the world go round. Thank you!

  3. I too have never heard Rachels expression but like it very much. I am often guilty of multitasking and in honesty all that happens is that I don’t do any of the jobs well. The idea of taking 5 slow breaths to calm and focus is a good one! I shall try to follow it x x

    • Hi Cathryn,
      good for you. It is one of those things where there is nothing to loose and maybe something to gain if you give it a try. So why not.

  4. Beautiful advice! Thank you.

  5. Just re-read this post. Ok, so the first time I read this, I admit, you caught me, I just glanced over it. However, this time I did take 5 (or more) breaths, etc. It was a slice of heaven. Then when I read on, at a slower pace, it all made sense. This also will help me deal with interuptions (kids, husband, etc). If I’m just enjoying myself doing whatever it is, then when someone asks me a question, I see myself not ‘biting’ them, but responding nicely. As any mother knows, kids of all ages say ‘MOM’ a million times a day (ok, well if FEELS like that many!).

    • Hi Annabelle,
      being a mother is really one of the most difficult jobs in the world. It can be so bitter sweet at times. We second guess ourselve and over analyse things on a regular basis, well I know I do. Every child is different to and one parenting technique can work on one but not on another so it is really quite hit and miss at times. We spend time teaching them how to say Mom as babies but that very soon turns into Mooooooooom. I think the key is to balance the discipline with fun and nurturing, set good examples and just cross your finger and hope for the best. And taking those 5 deep breaths and regrouping can be required more some days than others but it really does help. My kids are now 21 and 19 and I think I still suffer from postnatal depression but that is more about me than them. I think so long as you care about being a good parent you will continue to do the best you can and that is all you can do. Just remember to enjoy them as much as you can and tell them you love them often.