Mini Mission Monday ~ To reduce your workload

mini-logoMini Mission Monday is about finding ten minutes a day to declutter. To make it easy for you, each Monday I set seven declutter missions, one for each day of the week for you to follow. It takes the guess work out of decluttering and makes it easy and “fun” for you to achieve some quick decluttering.

Why work harder than you have to for the sake of keep items you don’t need. This week’s mission are designed to have you getting rid of items that you may or may not realise are adding to your work load. Perhaps doing these mission will help you identify other areas of clutter causing your workload to be heavier that it need be.

Monday – Declutter some things that collect dust.

Tuesday – Declutter excess items in a cupboard that make it had to get at what you need.

Wednesday – Declutter items from counter tops that require moving in order to clean the space properly. This may require decluttering some less useful items in cupboards to make room for a little reshuffling.

Thursday – Declutter some things piled on floor making it difficult to vacuum or sweep easily and efficiently.

Friday – Declutter your handbag so it is easy to find what you need in there when you need it.

Saturday – Declutter excess clothes in your closet so it is easy to organise what you do use.

Sunday – Sunday is reserved for contemplating one particular item, of your choice that is proving difficult for you to declutter. Whether that be for sentimental reasons, practical reasons, because the task is laborious or simply unpleasant, or because the items removal requires the cooperation of another person. That last category may mean that the item belongs to someone else who has to give their approval, it could also mean there is a joint decision to be made or it could mean that the task of removing it requires assistance from someone else. There is no need to act on this contemplation immediately, it is more about formulating a plan to act upon or simply making a decision one way or another.

Good luck and happy decluttering


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About Colleen Madsen

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

Comments

  1. Excellent suggestions and I look forward to seeing what can go out the door this week! 🙂

  2. Good ideas, Colleen. In amongst all else that I am doing I am decluttering as I can. Got rid of a lot of paperwork last week and this week I am working on the card making stuff and the other stuff in my desk area.

    • Hi Deb, good for you. My bid to declutter craft supplies by selling my cards at the art space may sadly be coming to an end. I have a decision to make in that matter and compassion for my fellow human beings is most likely to override any desire to create and sell my craft. It is more than a little sad when such choices must be made in what did seem to be a friendly community.

  3. Hi Colleen,

    I’m still working on use it up challenges… Trying to get it down to just which cleaning and hygiene products I want to use. I was so proud to have used up a bottle of hand soap (wasn’t going to replace this brand) and then my daughter asked me to get more!!! Took a partial bottle of shampoo to work, passed it on to a coworker because I found a brand I like better. I think I will investigate the laundry area, seems like there might be some liquid detergent to use up since I have switched to the laundry detergent pods.

    As to the mini missions, I’m always on the lookout for items that can go… the most likely areas for clutter in my house are cupboards & countertops… but I face a lot of resistance here to getting rid of things like that… I’m good about mucking out pockets and purse (when I carry one)… I don’t have much stuff on the floor…

    I check my clothes every few months for anything I’m ready to part with… I like all my clothes even though I don’t wear them all regularly so this is a difficult area for me… Since my small closet is not “stuffed to the gills” and it’s easy to put things away there, I’m not very motivated to “make room”. Last year I counted all my clothing items and the total was 146 so it is probably a little less now… I have to keep enough stuff for 4 seasons… that’s my story and I’m sticking with it haha…

    I was going to say that I don’t have dust collectors but then realized that I have a 9-drawer bureau in my living room full of them! It’s just that they are not currently displayed because the top of the bureau has become a “fruit basket” (a place to keep our spare apples, bananas, nuts & snacks) LOL… I will keep the bureau drawers in mind for future decluttering 🙂

    I recently got rid of a “dish drainer” type of thick towel because it was messing up my washer, think it was getting wedged under the agitator. So I took it to work to use under our hot stones (perfect for that!). At work we have a front loading washer, so no agitator to cause problems!

    Progress here is little by little, as you advocate 🙂

    • Hi Peggy, when it comes to cleaners and hygiene products I tend to use up anything I buy prior to replacing them with something different. Persevering with a bad choice teaches my restrained and more careful thinking for future purchases and avoids waste. I am glad to see you are either using things up of passing them on to someone else rather than being wasteful. Good for you.
      It can be interesting to read what others are getting rid of and what is and isn’t working for them. People are all so different.

    • Hi, Peggy. I just used up a bottle of shampoo that nobody seemed to like, by using it to wash hairbrushes and combs.

      • Hi Nicole,

        That is an excellent idea, using leftover shampoo to wash combs & brushes! This leftover shampoo had argon oil in it, so thought it might be too “greasy” for washing anything. I didn’t keep and use it because I think it was contributing to my hair loss. The one I’m using now seems to reduce the number of hairs in my comb. (It’s much more expensive… so it’s “on probation”) LOL

        • Yes, that does sound greasy, Peggy. Definitely not a keeper if it was contributing to hair loss. Mine was the garden-variety type, so no issue there.

  4. I looked in my inbox and was pleasantly surprised to see this here. Thanks for that Colleen. I think anything that is collecting dust means we don’t care enough about it to dust it.

    • Hi Jean, I think in some cases it is quite the opposite. I think some people just love the tchotches a whole lot more than they care to keep their houses clean and than brings up a big question about priorities.

      • Yes, that angle of it is true as well. I am the only one who used to dust my mother’s many things as a teenager! I should rephrase it to read that I have found for myself that those things that begin to collect dust always turn out to be those things that I do not really care for.

        • Jean – every Tuesday was ‘dusting day’ for my after school chores. I hated it. So many ornaments on all flat surfaces. None of them related, just random objects lined up in a row. Big sigh. So I’m not a fan of ornaments.

          • I got to dust my mother’s stuff but the job I really hated was polishing the silver. Fancy dining silver. Spoon collection silver. Having failed to have children to enslave for dusting and polishing I have little to dust and nothing to polish. I hope my mother will leave her silver to someone, anyone, other than me!!

          • Moni, that is exactly what it was like there too. Going through my scrapbooking stuff I found some old snapshots of … my mom’s stuff everywhere. On the kitchen counters, the side tables , the dining table. Why did I take these? More importantly why did I keep them for almost fifteen years after the fact? Did I want proof of what it had been like? Oh, and she loves loves loves artificial flowers everywhere. Back then,and still now. So into the trash they went.
            Wendy B, I am so glad we did not have silver!

  5. These are all very good suggestions.
    However in my case, even though I know I could get rid of quite a few things in the cupboard I have a guilty feeling when I do: will this end in the landfill? Even though I give things away in a good condition so they can be used, there are items like my chocolate fountain – I hold on to because its not working properly and I refuse to just throw it out. Any ideas here?

    • Hi Lorena, if you are dedicated to the idea of reducing your belongings then you can’t let small hiccups like your chocolate maker stop you for moving forward. As much as I hate waste, small appliances are made to fail these days. Obsolescence is built into them in order to continue supply and demand. So unless you want to be stuck with the nagging obligation to keep something then you are just going to have to learn to let go. The best way I found to pass on items that have faults is to list them on freecycle or local buy-swap-&-sell sites. List the fault/s clearly and allow people to decided for themselves if they can live with that or even possibly have the ability to repair them. Through Freecycle I decluttered…
      1. …all the parts to my malfunctioning Kenwood mixer then gave the mixer to the last guy who came along to pick up parts and he was happy to dabble with it to see if he could get it working.
      2. …the hutch section of a buffet and hutch to a guy who did cabinet making as a hobby. He had a use for the parts and I had a use for the buffet. Everyone was happy. He even asked to let me know if I ever wanted to part with the matching coffee table. I eventually did and he paid me $40 for it.
      3. I advertised a lamp, which was unwired, on freecycle and a lady took it with the hope that her electrician son would rewire it for her.
      4. I put a trampoline on the street with a FREE sign on it. It needed some restitching but everything else about it was great. I disappeared quickly.
      5. I gave an old vacuum cleaner, whose insulation was degrading and blowing our through the air vent, to a lady who was sure she could either clean it up or use the parts.
      6. I sole an iRobot vacuum cleaner for parts on ebay.

      And the list goes on. There is usually someone out there who can find a use for things, working or not. And if it doesn’t work out for them you are non the wiser and did your best to find a new home for the item. Just remember it is just stuff after all and possibly not wise purchases in the first place. Let it go and learn from the experience. You will hopefully just be a bit more discerning about what to purchase in the future. After all most clutter starts out as pour purchasing choices.

      • I have to second that Colleen. There are so many ways to rehome something. Lorena, I kept a fancy popcorn maker for the better part of a decade for the same reason. I hope you will find a way to let go of it that you feel comfortable with.

      • Thank you for your reply 🙂
        I think I will take the first step: take the chocolate fountain out of the cupboard…

    • Lorena – Colleen, has covered the best options, but I’ll chime in with my two cents worth. If it doesn’t work, its ok to let it go. It is good that you have given away so much useful stuff, but whether chocolate fountain is sitting in your cupboard or in a landfill, it does not work and is taking up space.

  6. Thanks for these declutter suggestions for the week! I often try to tackle everything in one day and just get exhausted. This will help me split up my time.

  7. Utilising technology has helped reduce my workload. I’ve started doing the grocery shopping online , having it delivered for free or collecting it in a convenient location. The best part is it is chilled. Nothing like chilled watermelon on a hot day.
    Opting for the ‘self cleaning’ oven and shower screen and ‘no frost ‘ refrigerator reduces time spent cleaning. A well designed dishwasher can save so much time . It can also give those tchothes a sparkling clean , if they are waterproof 😉
    My large sink can accommodate grilling trays making them easier to clean .
    The floor is still scattered with tools in the kitchen as the last of the plasterboard goes on the walls. Next step is the floor in the bathroom getting tiled. Each step is making the bathroom easier to maintain and a much nicer place to use.
    Cheers

    • Please please tell me more about the self-cleaning shower screen! I have never heard of such a thing. Cleaning the shower is one of the least enjoyable jobs even though we squeegee it every day after use so it never gets that bad in between cleanings, but it would be wonderful if it cleaned itself!

    • Hi Wendy, and it is easier to afford those things when one isn’t wasting their money on other useless stuff.

  8. A lovely surprise to get some mini-missions in my inbox this morning! I need to do a bit of maintenance in the drawers of the office desk and also make sure that stuff that is on the ‘out’ pile actually makes it out the door and to its destination, even if the box is only half full. It takes a lot longer to fill a box these days and I get a little tired of it still hanging around.

  9. These are all so good Colleen! I’m all for reducing my housework so this kind of decluttering has been a big incentive to me and I have removed a lot of things that I used to have sitting out in the kitchen and on the dressers in the bedroom. It really makes the cleaning go a lot quicker. I could probably do with fewer picture frames sitting around on surfaces so it is time to do some rearranging and reducing of those.

    • Hi Christine, reducing housework was always a big incentive for me to declutter as well. There are few things to dust other than skirting boards and furniture and those things are mostly lovely works of art which I don’t mind decluttering.

  10. These are great suggestions! I have never kept knick-knacks, but I did have a few decorative items sitting out (like a candle or a vase). I recently got rid of them and now have clear counters, dressers, and tables. I can wipe them all down quickly, and I like not having to pick up or move something to do it.

    I was thinking of selling the guest room night table, since I’m not expecting guests, but now I think I’ll move my printer in there and put it on that table. It is currently in a closet and not as easy to get to when I need to print something.

    I have two huge piles of stuff on the floor in the living area. One is for the Salvation Army, which will go out this weekend. The other is car cleaning supplies and snorkel gear waiting to be put away in the garage, which needs to be hosed out first (also to be done this weekend). I’ll be so glad to get my floor back.

  11. I really like Thursday’s one! Not that I have anything piled on the floor, but things on the floor in general bug me as it makes it so much trickier to clean. It really makes me want to get rid of my furniture sometimes. Then reason kicks back in and tells me that while it would be very easy to clean the floor, a number of other things I do around the house would become rather inconvenient. The furniture is fairly decluttered anyway – but oh how nice it would be if it was all hover furniture so I could clean under it and not around it!

    • Amelia,

      I always wanted the Frank Lloyd Wright house “Falling Water,” because it was so minimalist and most of the furniture was built in! I, too, always want to get rid of my furniture. Hover furniture would be the next best thing to built in furniture!

      • Oooh, at your mention of Fallingwater I went weak at the knees… 😀

        • I am also in the club of people who wanted to live there. It’s a beautiful merging of humanity and nature.

      • My son and bother are both big Frank Lloyd Wright fans. I read somewhere once how he thought that all storage shouldn’t be hidden because everything you own should be useful and or beautiful enough to be left in plane sight.

  12. This isn’t really related to the current topic, but I was wondering, does anyone else here have decluttering dreams? Most of mine have been things actually flying out the door, and I feel a bit anxious because I am trying to write down what each of them is but they are just moving out so fast (when I am awake I keep a list as a concrete reminder to me of how well I am doing in waging war on the clutter). But then last night I dreamt I was reading a new post of ideas of things to declutter (like Colleen’s ‘Some things to think about’ post of a few weeks ago), and I was so excited as they were all things I could still let go of. This morning, you guessed it, I can’t remember any of them! But I have a feeling my subconscious may have some ideas!

    • Amelia,
      Your subconscious will remember the items you chose to declutter in your sleep, and they will surface at odd times, so be prepared to jot them down when they do.

      Personally, I believe that even when you have decluttered and live rather minimally, the declutter dreams never end. Why? We humans are in a constant state of evolution. Every age and every stage prepares us for what is to come. What was important to us 5-10 years ago, may not be important now. Maybe you were into a particular kind of craft, sewing, cooking/baking, clothing style or color, but not so much anymore. The mastery of decluttering, is to know when to let it go and not let it stagnate in your home as clutter. Sell it or 365 it (as Melanie would say) when it is no longer a part of who you are or your life in the present.

      Funny story that just happened today. My daughter texted me that on a show here in the USA called, The Goldberg’s, they had an Oster Kitchen Center like my daughter grew up with in the 80’s and that I still use. Granted, it came with many different accessories that I once used, but no longer do, like the meat grinder attachment. I 365’d those accessories as I stopped using them, one at a time. I am left with the stand up mixer, blender and ice cream maker, all of which I still use.

      The only thing constant is that there will always be something to declutter. As Oprah would say, That is one thing I know for sure!

      • There will always be something to declutter. I completely agree! Great post!

        Ice cream maker. Mmmmmm.

      • Kimberley – About a month or two ago I had to go up into the ceiling storage one evening to get a chilly bin. At 2am in the night, I sat bolt upright and announced we had a basketball sitting up there but we no longer have a basketball hoop. My husband who had awoken all startled expecting imminent attack, wasn’t impressed and he recommended I keep my decluttering to daylight hours. I don’t know what was going on in my subconscious but obviously it was a re-run of the trip to the attic and something pounced on what I’d seen but hadn’t noticed.

    • Amelia – I don’t usually remember my dreams but I do remember once dreaming I’d walked out the front door and there was an enormous pile of stuff on my front lawn, everything I’d decluttered had returned. Maybe it would be classified as a nightmare.

  13. Hi, Colleen. I’m usually on the lookout for items on flat surfaces and the floor, as they represent “visual noise” to me. I remember watching the tail end of a show that featured a woman who collected salt-and-pepper shakers. Every available flat surface of her home was covered with her collection – even in the bathrooms! To her, it was a beloved collection. To me, it was just clutter and chaos. She had a place for each of the (hundreds) of items and every item was arranged neatly in its place, but there was no space for anything else.

    • Nicole, your term “visual noise” is a perfect description of what got me into decluttering to begin with. The “visual noise” in my home was deafening.

      • Hi, Wendy. Being in a cluttered environment makes me feel like the figure in Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’. I just want to turn and run … fast. I love the calm and peace of an uncluttered home.

        • Wendy and Nicole,

          You both have a way with words! I feel the same way. Clutter makes me feel crazy. That image of “The Scream” is perfect!

          • Thanks, Melanie.

          • I would be willing to bet that lots of the folks who are regular 365ers feel this way, which is why we ended up here in a community of like-minded souls. Clutter doesn’t make me feel like the figure in “The Scream” though — I reserve that feeling for when I’m visiting people who have the television on in the background ‘for company’ or the bombardment of muzak in the grocery store. Scream-worthy for sure. Clutter just makes me feel like the walls are closing in and squashing all the creativity out of my brain.

          • Wendy B, I also feel like that with the televisions everywhere now days….restaurants, doctors offices, the noise clutter drives me crazy

          • I am with you on the television for company issue Wendy B. If I ever got to that stage I would have to prod myself to get a life I think. It is not only a waste of electricity but it sure as hell isn’t the same as real company. Join a club or anything that gets a person out and interacting with real humans.

  14. Today was a good day. Talking about piles on the floor, I think I mentioned that my office/craft area has been a mess. Today the last of the mess went out the door when my friend took her husband’s cello back to their house. We have had it for 6 months or more. Drove me nuts seeing it in the corner of the room. Now to get the desk cleared off (doing taxes, medical bills to be gone over, etc.). I hope to have it all done in the next couple of days.

    • Deb J.,
      The worst kind of clutter is storing other peoples clutter. What starts off as a kind gesture to help someone, becomes our worst nightmare. It amazes me how others use the out of sight, out of mind philosophy when their stuff is at someone else’s home. I did that once many moons ago for a friend…never ever again.

    • Hi Deb I can relate to a messy craft area. I suppose mine isn’t really a mess but it is continually in flux. But I suppose that means stuff comes in and stuff goes out as complete creations. More goes out than comes us but that usually means that rearranging needs doing on a regular basis. As a result, when Steve brings stuff in that drives me crazy. Stuff for imagines future creative projects seems a lot more like clutter than stuff that is presently being used for making stuff.

  15. We are currently moving on rather short notice – not a far move, but still. Sitting amidst all these 1000s of THINGS packed up drives me a little crazy. 😀
    Of course quite a bit goz lrft behind on the way.

  16. I feel the way Wendy B does. That audio clutter really irks me. Kids playing doesn’t bother me but any other noise like that drives me to the brink of madness! This is why retailers at shopping malls have the music up so loud, so that you cannot hear yourself think and oh resort to more spontaneous purchases. I have not been inside a shopping mall for a couple of years, and I am happy I have no need to shop there. Clutter does make me feel suffocated though. The visual noise bothers me as well. The scream painting is so disturbing and comical an illustration for this.
    My husband went to one of those business/life fulfillment seminars a few years ago. The instructor was a businessman from Vegas, very interesting guy. He was delving into our surroundings and how they effect our stamina and morale. He asked the class “Is your stuff talking to you? Notice how the bed keeps saying ‘make me, make me, make me’ over and over again? That pile of laundry says ‘wash me, wash me, wash me’. And that broken house fixture begs to be fixed. ” You get the point. My husband suddenly realized that that is why I don’t like clutter. It’s not a control freak thing,and not nearly OCD it’s like me stuff is talking to me. I feel myself surrounded by decisions that have been put off or avoided. Surrounded by piles of unused stuff that feel like they are closing in on me, and surrounded as well by the “talking” things that serve as constant reminders. It is really good motivation to minimize. Right now I see my six-year-old’s puzzles spread out in from of me, a large world map and one of the solar system. My five-year-old’s wooden letter puzzles are spread over half the floor but those types of things don’t bother me. They are moving, living things in our lives right now and the boys pick them up at the end of the day. I get so bothered by stagnant things that no longer serve their purpose, if they had one to begin with. I think that is why I love donationing and selling so much. Someone else (hopefully) has a use for these things.
    Well this comment is definitely not minimal! My husband has been doing awesome with the back yard. He has given an old oven with a shattered door to a scrapper who came and picked it up at 10pm hewanted it so bad. He took his last steal tank to work in the backseat of his car for his coworker who is a gifted welder. He gave up his ambitions for turning it into a crucible after all. He has a metal frame outside for recycling and the last item is a huge rusted electrical spool that was here when we moved in. Way to go Kris!

    • YES, Jean. That man gets us. Another place I hate the clutter is most stores not only because of the music but because of the way the aisles are close and seem to have things in the way–like people stocking. And restaurants drive me nuts with their loud music. I want to be able to have a conversation not have to yell to be heard across the table.

      • Isn’t that so sad about restaurants Deb J? We have started sitting outside on porch tables if they are offered and the weather permits. It seems to be much quieter and relaxed out there. And we can actually hear eachother.

        • Yes, it is sad. the problem here is that even though many have outside tables the majority of the year it is way to hot for me out there. We live in Pheonix, AZ.

          • We live in Phoenix too. I know it’s a dry heat, but after 105 it is just HOT. At 90 my vasculitis starts acting up. And more than the heat it’s just the duration of the intense heat. I have been here for over 18 years but I am a California girl and I just never acclimated.

        • I have lived in 10 states including California. I don’t like that cold nor the heat. I loved the coast between Santa Barbara and Morro Bay but it’s too expensive now.

          • It’s really like paradise there. I don’t mind the cold per se, but I am not a fan of snow. I like to drive up and visit it, not live in it.

      • Deb, I am with you re supermarket noise and close aisles.

        “Music” which is on so loud at the supermarket, drives me to hurry up and get out of there.

        You are right about it supposed to be so we buy unnecessary items.

    • Jean,

      That was such a good post! I can’t stand retail stores or restaurants that play music. It is so annoying. I just stay away as much as possible. It’s a sad state of affairs when you need ear plugs to go grocery shopping.

      • Melanie, it is a pain. I don’t think we even really know how life could/ should be anymore. Peggy commented recently that she had grown cynical of so many industries. I feel like I am becoming the same way. I don’t think I will ever be a bare bones minimalist unless my house burns down or gets swept away in a deluge or something. But it really is good to live intentionally, it helps us to see what life is really about.

        • Jean, I know what you mean. It’s all too much sometimes. I’m currently on a no-spending challenge as well, and boy, life gets simple real quick when you do that! LOL. I’m trying to use up what we have in the freezer and pantry and only purchase the absolute necessities this year. I’m sure it’s how our grandmothers had to live every day of their lives. Living intentionally, as you said.

          • I still buy things, Melanie, I just don’t go around buying stuff I don’t need. It was like, ” I have to have this clearance thingamabob on the end of the aisle at target!” And that was okay to me because it’s on clearance. I bought everything on clearance or thrift shops, but they were not wise purchases. I am an online shopper now, so I can watch sales better for kids clothes/school supplies and other things we need. The input really begins to trickle in now and my output is slowing and it works for me. My husband is also awesome and does the grocery shopping. He has rarely had an impulse purchase and it keeps me from temptation. Although, we recently went into target and while I paused to admire the throw pillows there was no desire to buy one. We bought the one item we went in there for on sale.

      • Ugh, I know what you mean. At one point I went to an office supplies store to get a display folder. Well when I found their display folder SECTION, not only were there at least a dozen different types, but in six or so colours each, suddenly making this into a complex decision not a simple ‘locate and buy’ mission, but also they were playing their music so loud I couldn’t hear myself think. The result? I walked out. Too bad for them. And I ended up repurposing a folder I already had! So all good in the end I suppose!

    • Hi, Jean.

      “I feel myself surrounded by decisions that have been put off or avoided. Surrounded by piles of unused stuff that feel like they are closing in on me, and surrounded as well by the “talking” things that serve as constant reminders. It is really good motivation to minimize.”

      I couldn’t agree more. Well said!

      • Thanks Nicole V. It’s so freeing to finally be out of that way of living and feeling! And to come here to exchange ideas and relate with other like minds. Most people I know are not nearly of the same mindset, but there are more and more people slowly waking up to the idea that clutter in any form serves as more of a distraction than a mode to joy/peace/more time etc.

    • Hi Jean, it sounds like it was beneficial to both you and your husband that he had the opportunity to attend that business/life fulfilment seminar. I know exactly what you are talking about when you talk about the messages silently generated by unused item in your home. I was concerned that you were sounding a little OCD there for a moment until you clarified with the example of the kids toys. 😉 And this all reminds me that there is a load of washing screaming out to me from the machine saying I need to be hung so I had better get out from under this laptop and go take care of it.

  17. Jean and Wendy B – LOL yes the artificial flowers and I spent more time polishing silver than I care to remember. Under no circumstances do I want to own silverware. Ever. My grandmother had a tea spoon collection. Oh the horror.

  18. Use it up challenges…I’m kind of working on this with my cleaning supplies. The problem is that I probably have enough to last me 6 months to a year, and I really don’t think I can wait that long. I’m planning to go to vinegar as my main cleaner and rid myself of the toxic stuff. So…yesterday I cleaned out most of the old stuff to give away. I also ordered some new detergent, castile soap and natural dishwasher detergent to try. I’ve been wanting to go more natural on some of these.

    I’ve been keeping up with your blog for a couple of months now. So I decided it’s time to let you know I’m here. I follow your blog and several other minimalist blogs to keep me motivated on my decluttering.

    I’m from the USA, state of Arkansas (in the south). Just as some of y’all’s dialogue is different for me, mine will also be different for you! Looking forward…

    • Hi Deanna W and welcome to 365 Less Things. I am glad you have chose to get green on the cleaning supplies. I just made up my vinegar multi-purpose spray this morning to do my house cleaning. It works a treat.

  19. I read a book on feng shui about 10 years ago which said that the first rule was to tidy up and declutter. It said that junk lying about really affects the flow of energy and that it was the most powerful thing you could do to really improve your life. Me and my wife have both worked hard since to keep everything tidy and we both really believe it helps, not just with psychological wellbeing but with other areas of your life too.

    • Hi Michael, it sounds like that book was a good catalyst to putting you on the right path when it comes to taking care of your home. Not being surrounded by clutter, having less belongings to care for and not being a slave to consumerism can only be good for one’s psychological wellbeing. I am glad that you found your way to this point in your life.

  20. Hi Colleen, I recently saw your recipe for the vinegar multi-purpose spray on your blog, but now I can’t find it. Could you please give me a link to it? Thanks if you can help.