Dy 235 More on yesterday’s post

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  • Day 182 Gifts with strings attached Following on from Tuesday's post, Sentimental Clutter I wanted to bring forward some interesting points brought up in the comments and emails about gifts with strings attached. Cindy had […]
  • Don’t let it linger – Donate Inspired by Tuesday's post responses I thought I would like to just give a little more encouragement for people to donate items that are lingering in their homes. We all have items that […]
  • Stuff x Emotions ~ A guest post by Andréia It seems funny to talk about emotions and feelings when talking about inanimate objects that can be replaced, but we place emotion and feelings on stuff all the time. It can be good or it […]
About Colleen Madsen

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


  1. I have a suggestion for Jacquie about her hubby’s sweaters. Hang them up on hangers in his part of the closet so he can see them every day, move them when he needs to get at the clothes he wears. Have him put them on and take his photo in them. Offer again to make them in to pillows to highlight their beauty where he can see them every day. Well, it’s worth another try…

  2. Well, my advice to the sweater/afghan problem is to kiss that drawer space good bye and move onto other areas of the house. Unless space is frightfully tight, I don’t think it’s worth the martrimonial cost to come between a man and the memory of his mother.

    • Hi Cindy,
      unfortunately you are most likely correct on this one. If it means that much to him one drawer isn’t a big sacrifice.

      • Clutter is in the eye of the beholder. His wife thinks it’s clutter, but he thinks the sweaters are a warm, fuzzy memory of his Mom doing something loving for him. I only look at my wedding album every few years, but I don’t consider it clutter, and it gives me a warm fuzzy feeling about the day I was married. Same thing.

  3. I find, when I’m ready, that taking a photo really helps me get rid of the actual object. A photo of hubby in his mom’s sweater would be my approach but I don’t think he’s ready.

    • Hi jessiejack,
      that’s a nice idea. I am surprised someone hadn’t come up with that already, including myself. Sometimes I think I may get a little too focused on just getting rid of stuff these days that maybe I have become too detached from the emotional ties others may have to their stuff.

  4. How right you are, Colleen, on all three points. Been there, done that. Thanks for bringing this out in the open.
    I’m sorry I’m so far behind in reading and responding to your posts. Had been spending too much time reading about decluttering/minimalizing and not enough time actually decluttering. So I’ve been working on paper clutter in the last two weeks and spending evenings making piles: recycling paper, file/take action paper, and shred paper. I’ve been trying to shred some paper every day to keep up with it. Whew! What a project.

    • Hi Di,
      sound like I should get you to write a guest post on decluttering paper files. You should be pretty up on the best methods by this stage of the exercise. Give it some thought.

      • Will think about it, but let me get through more paperwork first. I feel like I’m drowning in it, but now I’m coming up for air every so often.

  5. A woman made two sweaters for her 25 year old son.Next time he came to visit her he wore one of them to please her.She asked him:”Why are you not wearing the other one,did you not like it?”–As a kid I made nice things in school for my mom,a spice shelf of wood with nice carvings-we never had one before.It disappeared the next day and I have never seen it again.That happened a few times more and I kept what I made in school.My teacher took all my art projects in the end for his family and kids.I grew up owning one stuffed animal I got for my first birthday and a bible when I was 6.After more than 40 years I still don`t own much but I did the 365 day challenge in two months and are at item number 465 today.I am living in a small apartment and have 4 kids.Most things we have are theirs.A divorce ,move, having no job yet and living from hand to mouth is a good reason for getting rid of a lot and not getting cluttered again.I have time to get rid of all sentimental items,even the expensive ones.We just have a second hand store for clothing and the rest went to neighbors who are poor too.
    I had a death experience when I was young and never got attached to any material things since then.If I were rich I would buy my clothes instead of receiving used and old ones-but I would only buy what I would like and wear.
    We come into this world without anything and leave that way too and I would exchange all I have for a true and loving partner and friend.
    Thanks for those posts,its an interesting read-and guys,its easier to let go of clutter when you keep in mind what is important in those years we live on this planet-true love and compassion for others and there is no greater joy than to give.Blessings,

    • What a beautiful comment Maus and welcome to 365 Less Things. You certainly put into perspective what life is really about. We have lost our way a little bit in this crazy consumer society but hopefully we are finding our way back. Bless you and I hope life is good to you and you find that loving life partner you are searching for.