Friday’s Favourites ~ 17Feb2012

On Fridays at 365 Less Things I share with you my favourite comments from my wonderful readers and my favourite web finds of the week. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I did.

Favourite Comments. Enjoy!

Connie talks us through her ah ha moment on decluttering clothes in this comment.

Check out this comment from Ann she is about to get her 15 minutes of fame. Go Ann

Many of the readers including me already enjoyed and responded to what Gail had to say in this comment Josh’s guest post.

Spendwisemom makes a good point about moving your belongings in this comment.

Favourite Web Finds. Happy reading!

Some of you may think this post from The Minimalists is a little harsh but I think they are right on target. I saddens me when people feel they can’t let an occasion go by without celebrating it with material gifts. What do you think? ~ The Minimalists.com – The Commodification of Love

Here is a great article that Cindy sent me the link to. It has some great decluttering tips. ~ www.houzz.com ~ Decorate with Intention: Clutter Clearing 101

I thought this post  from thechangeblog.com was going to annoy me after reading the first paragraph but then it realised what the message was and it only got better from there. ~ Theres no magic system to fix your life

Here’s one for all the garage sale lovers reading this ~ joshmartinink.net ~ The monster within confessions of a packrat

Today’s Declutter Item

Arm mounted iPod carriers are probably handy if you exercise at the gym or jog. We exercise by walking together and chatting. We really have no need for this so off to the thrift store it goes.

iPod Holder

Something I Am Grateful For Today

The meet & greet function that I have been organising is over. It was quite successful which I am happy about but I am also grateful the it is behind me. Why do I insist on getting myself involved in these things.

It matters not how fast I go, I hurry faster when I’m slow


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About Colleen Madsen

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

Comments

  1. Some really good comments and links. I certainly enjoy your blog Colleen and all the great comments. It’s become a sisterhood here.

    • Thanks Deb J, I feel the same way. Perhaps I should change the blog name to the Sisterhood of the Decluttered Possessions. But them my small number of male readers would feel rejected and I wouldn’t want that. It’s funny actually that there are a lot of male minimalist bloggers but not a lot of males that interact on my blog. I suppose though that it isn’t really a minimalist blog either and women often think somewhat differently to men.

      • I wonder whether this is because the wife has historically been more responsible for the home (even in my generation) and therefore for dealing with the accumulation of clutter. This is the case in our home. My husband works long hours and I work only part-time; therefore, I am the one who cleans and the one who sees how much excess stuff we have that I have to clean over, under, and around! This may be changing with the next generation where the responsibilities seem to be truly more evenly shared, at least from what I see in my extended family and my friends and co-workers. I would be interested in what others think about this, though.

        • Maybe men get a bit scared when they only see women commenting…
          I like to think its the interest of each person… My boyfriend is tidy, he is cleaning, cooking, keeping not too much excess stuff (except for the kitchen, but thats another topic). He is open for suggestions to reduce his habits for environment reason (and I am a convincing little witch). But he doesnt need to read/blog/communicate about it. He uses the internet for other things… (off-topic: he promised me he will do the vacuum cleaning, because I REALLY hate it – wooooow for me)
          I guess that there are still a lot of people out there that consider household womens territory – lets see how my life will unfold and what clichés I will live. I will let you know 😉

          • Lena, if he irons clothes as well marry him quick. 😆

            I have two brother-in-laws and a brother who certainly do their fair share around the house. Their wives work of course though.

        • Hi Jo, yes I imagine the next generation might be quite different although I seem to be coming across more and more mothers recently who are choosing to have four or more children. That is a full time job on its own and usually those who choose to have big families aren’t the ones who choose to go back to work. Mind you with a family that big the husband would need to be doing something around the house just so the mother can keep up. Although my father didn’t and I was one of five. As you know from the hand stabbing incident though we all pitched in with the chores taking some of the load off our mum.

  2. Thanks, Cindy.

  3. Colleen, Thanks for the plug! Still no word from Maureen.

  4. Thanks for the links. It was enjoyable to take a few minutes today and read through them and see if any apply to me. Have a great day.

  5. Speaking of “notable quotables,” this was printed on a bottle of Synergy kombucha that I was drinking today: “The less that I own, the less that owns me.” I love that!

    • And I couldn’t agree more Eve. Well spotted.

    • The things I do possess
      Sometimes they own me too
      What they gonna do to me?
      It’s hopeless, hopeless…

      its from the song “everything is everything” from a really good band called phoenix. These two lines are speaking to me everytime I listen to that song again.

      • I will have to check that song out but I am sitting next the my hubby on the sofa while he watches Raiders of The Lost Ark. I am sure he doesn’t want me playing music in his ear at the same time. I will check it out later though.

  6. I found your blog by way of Joshua Becker, and am glad that I have.
    People over a certain age seem to keep things as a living “memory.” It
    doesn’t work. I have found that the circumstances of my life have
    caused me to look over my belongings and periodically purge. Life
    becomes easier that way. The message needs to be reversed for most
    Seniors. I have always believed that less stuff means more life. But,
    often life didn’t let me live the way I believed. Once you hit that
    “certain age,” and it is different for everyone, it’s time to let go.
    It’s time to give yourself permission to breath. Look at The
    Minimalist’s blog. These men are only 30 and hit their “certain age”
    at 28 ish. Look at you, and so many others who are benefiting from
    your own realization and declaring internationally that it’s okay to
    have less. Less stuff never makes you a lesser person. In fact owning
    more is often the way one becomes a lesser person. But that is a
    subject for another day. My final thought is to ask that other’s of
    that “certain age” begin to realize that wisdom is not accumulated
    chronologically. Older is not wiser. More experienced with failures
    and success’ but not necessarily wisdom. We can and should learn from
    anyone with experience and expertise no matter what the age. I hope
    for all our sakes that we do. Game On, Colleen, you’re doing a great
    job and providing wonderful insight.

    • I received this comment from Judith via email but wanted to share it with you here. I have responded to her offline. She makes some fine points and is speaking from experience. I feel sad for those who don’t get it. The joys of living with less that is. Especially those who put themselves in debt or living from pay cheque to pay cheque trying to find happiness in stuff. And judging from the number of readers who write about having to deal with the stuff left behind after and elderly loved one has passes away, Judith is right wisdom doesn’t always come with age.

      • But Colleen,
        Is it that those people gain (or hope to gain) happiness in more stuff, or in their perception of how people see them with all that stuff (i.e so “rich”, so “sophisticated”, so “comfortable”, so “well-off”, so “so with-it”)? There is a great freedom in choosing your own path, not necessarily “fashionable” or whatever, just “yours”. People reach it at different points in their lives, and it seems to me, some never do. To me they are sad; to them I suppose I am!

        • I am so happy I learned this at the age of 27. I can live a sustainable life. I can make a difference. I dont get a thrill out of things, but time to do things. While they love to acquire things and surround themselves with it, I love to throw things out and live with less. I feel blessed and lucky that I got this wisdom at an early age. I am already happy with my lifestyle and I still think I can improve it.

          I dont feel competitive towards others, greedy or disadvantaged. I feel lucky, wealthy, healthy and sometimes even a bit too well-off. I want to make a change in this world and I think I can do it.

          • Good for you Lena. What a great age to have learned to live this way. I suppose I could say that I have always lived within my means but I have certainly learned a thing or two about living with less and being environmentally friendly in the last couple of years. I have never bean wasteful though and I am glad of that.

        • So true Ann on all counts. Many people do accumulate stuff (and debt) to exude a persona that makes them look affluent. I am just glad I am not one of them although that little gremlin does sneak in at times when I talk about travelling and fine food. I make no bones of the fact that I can afford those things because I don’t waste my money on stuff and don’t rack up debt trying to be someone I am not and don’t care to be. I don’t care what people see I just care about what I enjoy.

  7. Well, there may be no magic system to change your life, but I have to say, Colleen, that your blog has changed mine. I have a long way to go, but in the past seven or eight months I have also come quite a long way. And it’s seeing your posts EVERY DAY that does it. Not now and then or every week or when you feel like it, but wonderfully, consistently, every day. And not a bunch of cobbled together, regurgitated nonsense, but real, living words. Thank you so much.

    • Well said, Shirls! I second this, and add my thanks too. I learned so much here, and while I am still “in progress” and will be for awhile, I have the confidence that I can make decisions now. That is a major step for me.

      • Thank you Jo and good for you. It is good to be able to see the progress you are making, whether that be with the clutter or with the decision making process. And even better when it is both.

    • Thank you Shirls what a lovely compliment. I do speak from the heart with every post I write as does Cindy I would think. We just talk about what is going on in our heads and in life around us. There is not false, try hard crap because we are trying to sell something. Just genuine thought processes and desire to help others.

  8. I think that we are blessed to have Colleen and Cindy consistently giving us things to think about in our journey to less. I sure know how it helps me just to know that there are others out there who want the same things and struggle with some aspects of it. Here’s “3 cheers” for Colleen and her blog.