From the archives ~ Key #1 to simple decluttering in 100 words or less

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About Colleen Madsen

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


  1. Hope you are having a great time away, Colleen. It’s good to be reminded of the basics.

  2. Hope you have a great time with your family! Sometimes we need to declutter our mind and relax, just as we declutter our belongings. Enjoy!

  3. Actually, we just ADDED to our emergency kit in the car. An emergency supply store was going out of business and selling everything for pennies on the dollar. So we bought one of those emergency food bars (enough food and nutrients for two people for two days in the size of a couple granola bars). It’s now in the glove box along with a few bottles of water in two of the EIGHT cupholders the car has. We hope to never need it, and even jokingly have a “date” in April of 2017 when the food bar expires, where we will eat it for breakfast a few days (apple cinnamon flavor!)

    Did check all the medkits around the house though, to see that they were still in date.

  4. Keeping up with all of us. Tough job. Relax and Rest. You’ll feel so refreshed when you get back. Enjoy your family.

  5. I need to be reminded of the basics every so often! Have a good trip.

  6. Enjoy the break away. The weather is pretty good up on the Gold Coast at the moment, just came back from up there. I was really excited about my trip as my sister had returned from Germany, and we were able to meet up for five days. It was great to pack lightly with only carry on baggage. I packed a small amount of washing powder, that probably looked like cocaine on the X-ray, to cover my clothes washing needs. One of the benefits of decluttering my wardrobe was I had confidence in what I packed to take away. These were items that I would wear, not the just in case ones. While I was up there, found a far more comfortable pair of sandals at an affordable price, my old sandals where happily disposed of by the shoe shop owner. Burleigh Heads has two of the most awesome thrift shops I have been in and the main street is full of lovely shops that are a far cry from the likes of the super shopping centers, they are relaxed and I can browse without that pressure associated with buying.
    I am back home and catching up on some more decluttering.
    Whenever anybody uses our medicine box, they are usually looking for bandaids and cream. So everything is moved around to look for a suitable sized bandaid. When they are finished the box is messy. So today I am going to make up a bandaid box, a cold /flu/pain tablet box and a miscellaneous box rather than one large messy medicine box. I keep my tablets separate and stored in the fridge, my husbands favorite cough mixtures decorate handy locations throughout the kitchen(annoying me) because he likes to have easy access to them. Various ointments and vitamins also find homes on the microwave. I think it is time to round them up and give them a permanent, out of site home. If they put medicines in decorative bottles or containers they could fulfill my criteria of usefull and visually pleasing items, I would be happy to display them.