Clutter Maintenance

Every time I have moved house I have had a reasonable length of notice. Although, sometimes the definite ~ "Yes we are moving." ~ may have come a little last minute but the maybe had been on the cards for long enough to have me get the preparation ball rolling.  And by that I don't only mean decluttering but also... ...rounding up of like items throughout the home. ...bagging up tiny like items that might get lost if not secured together. ...cleaning items that may have become soiled either by constant or lack of use. ...running down of consumable items such as, toiletries, food Continue reading

Following my own advice

As the title suggests I have been taking my own advice and finding ten minutes daily this week to declutter some stuff around my house. And although the difference is small I feel a whole lot better for having done it. The first area I decluttered was a drawer in my side-table next to my spot on the sofa. It wasn't cluttered as such, as there was plenty of vacant space in it. However it still had things that had arrived there over time that either didn't belong there, was rubbish or useless to me. I decluttered a small flashlight to the donate pile, a plastic bag to the bin and I little plate Continue reading

In the moment

Today's post has been brought out of the archives as a timely reminder to stay in the moment. We all spend far too much time "multi tasking" and thinking about what has to be done next, which often will result in poor quality output and stress. So I wanted to reiterate the message that we need to strive to keep our minds in the moment, as the only time we have is right now. *********** I want you to take one minute now to do exactly as I say. Read the full set of instructions below and then act them out immediately before you forget… Stop what you are doing. Close your eyes. Take Continue reading

Transient Stuff

Much of what comes into my home these days is transient. Aside from groceries much of what does come in is free, secondhand, or both. And I have to say it makes it a whole lot easier to pass things on when large sums of money aren't exchanged to acquire it.   This week I have decluttered... 2 books - one free, one 10c, both secondhand and both not used in a reasonable length of time so both were taken to the thrift shop. 3 strips of fabric samples - all free from a friend, but after careful consideration I decided I didn't have a use for them. One went to the thrift shop to sell as a Continue reading

Coming full circle ~ By Nicole V

He awoke with a start, his heart pounding from the strange dreams that he’d had. He had no idea how long he’d slept. The inky darkness stretched all around him … and the silence, the silence was deafening. His pulse still racing and joints aching, he felt all alone. He tried to shake off the stupor of sleep still clinging to him. Something felt different, somehow, and he felt a frisson of fear, quickly followed by a sensation of vague familiarity. Unable to put his finger on it, he shrugged it off as the sluggishness of his disturbed sleep. A blanket of inertia (or was it ennui? … he couldn’t Continue reading

It’s all about you

Today's mini mission is ~ Just declutter something that isn’t “you”. In reality all of this weeks mini missions have been about getting rid of things that aren't you. By this I mean things that don't spark any joy in you. Joy that something fits you. Joy that something works well for you. Joy that you find something beautiful. Joy that brings back happy memories... Unwanted gifts. Disappointing purchases. Items that feel like they are nagging you to do something you don't have the time or inclination for right now. Items you accepted from others only because you felt you couldn't say no. Continue reading

Declutter your food choices

Níriel jokingly suggested that to complete last Friday's mission she should eat all the ice cream in her house. It sounded like a good idea to me but then it got me thinking. Along with stuff decluttering one thing most people, in today's Western culture, could stand to do is declutter their food choices. I know I have written about this before, and annoyed at least one person in the process, but it is worth repeating. It isn't aimed towards the idea that everyone ought to be thin, it is about having a healthy diet and an uncluttered pantry and fridge. And the best way I know of to avoid Continue reading

Consider the cost ~ By Deb J

I have a friend who wants to be a stay-at-home mom.  She and her husband have been working to figure out how they can make it possible.  My mother has always said she wishes we had another bedroom for the guests that never visit.  These are just two examples of how you need to consider the cost. What do I mean by “consider the cost?”  It means considering the cost of having what you have and how to afford what you want.  In the case of Mom’s wish for another bedroom you have to consider the cost of heating/cooling that room, the cost of additional time to clean it, the cost of a larger Continue reading

Sharing a comment again

I received the following comment from Peggy on Friday and wanted to share it here so people, who don't read the comments, might see it. It is comments like this that inspire me to keep on blogging. I am just lucky that I get them on a regular basis. So thank you Peggy and all those 365ers who write in to tell us similar stories. So without further adieu her is Peggy's comment... "When I think about the things I have managed to pass along or repurpose, I am amazed!  The dollhouse (sold), an unused medical test kit (returned to lab), unused Sephora gift bags (returned to store), foam roller, Continue reading

A comment from LCM

I received the following comment from LCM in response to Wednesday's post. It had gone into moderation, because it had links in it, so it wasn't published before most of the readers and moved on. So I have decided to share it here today so everyone has a chance to read it.  So without further adieu here it is. Hi everyone! I encourage all of you to visit TerraCycle.com. For the past year, I have been involved with a group of volunteers who collect, sort, and ship “trash” to TerraCycle. We are then awarded points which are converted into cash rebates which are donated to our designated Continue reading