Fourth Thursdays with Deb J ~ Can you say overkill?

 Herbs and spices!  How many do you have?  Do you use them often?  How old are they?  As you can see we have way more than we need.  The majority of these are seldom used and some never used.  They have been around way too long in my book.  It drives me nuts but this is another place where Mom has her ideas and she isn’t going to change.  I’ve tried.  Some of these moved with us 5 years ago.  Yes, that’s right!  Five years ago!!  I wish it would all disappear. I think we would be much better off if we tossed it all and just bought things as we use them and then in small amounts.  We are Continue reading

Excess can cause a mess.

I thought this was a good comment from Sanna last week regarding how being decluttered makes life simpler. Sanna wrote ~ "I’d add that it’s simpler to have a “cleaning day” as well. My home still gets messy, especially when bf and I are both very busy at work. Dishes and laundry still tend to pile, I have to admit. However, a few years back it would take hours – or even days – to get everything back into shape after some busy weeks and even then there would be piles left, stuffed in cupboards, under sofas or in the bedroom, just because we would be too exhausted to manage getting through all Continue reading

Triple the pleasure

Yesterday I received the following comment from Stephanie ~ "I just finished a use-it-up project on some leftover baby yarns that my late mum used part of, to do test work on a "masterpiece" crochet blanket for my son when he was born (he is 32!)  My blanket, which used 23 asst small balls/ball ends, is a non-masterpiece giant granny square LOL. It will be given away tomorrow, and I have started on a second use-it-up blanket. Pretty sure there will end up being 4 use-it-up blankets by the time that box is empty.  This is a good mindless TV project for me, and far better for me than Continue reading

Fourth Thursdays with Deb J ~ Pots & Pans

We have a plethora of pots and pans as you can see by the picture (see below). This is an area I feel needs to be decluttered. Does anyone need this many cooking pots? Maybe a gourmet cook, which we are not. There are 3-4 of these we use on a regular basis. We make a lot of soups in the stock pot. We water sauté veggies a lot in the big skillet. We use the medium pot for steaming and the smaller one for cooking individual veggies. So why in the world do we have all the rest? Because Mom says we might need them. Mind you, we also have a microwave we use with a couple of covered glass dishes for Continue reading

Happy New Year ~ What is your resolution

Hi there. Just a quick post today to say welcome to any new readers scouring the internet for suggestions of New Years resolutions. I have one for you ~ Resolve to declutter one thing a day for a whole year. It isn't hard but it sure is effective if your house is currently cluttered. For those of you who have been decluttering for a while set a decluttering resolution that suits where you are at with your mission to unclutter. My resolution this year is to get rid of anything that doesn't fit comfortably into my lovely new little two bedroom apartment. I am loving it here and the only thing Continue reading

How much is enough crockery and linen for your household?

A Guest post by Doodle Some of things we tend to hang on to for long after they are no longer needed is an excess of crockery and towels and bed linen. An older member of my extended family still has enough pots, pans and crockery to feed an army, yet hasn’t fed anyone other than her husband and herself at home for years. The excess means she can’t keep the things she uses regularly in the most easy to reach place for her with her increasing lack of agility and will make moving should they need to for health reasons a lot more work and bring a lot more decision making at a difficult time. I Continue reading

My latest decision making

You might be wondering what could Colleen possibly have left to declutter after three and a half years of downsizing. Well let me tell you, the decision making becomes a lot easier when limited space is immanent. With only two bedrooms it becomes easy to decide to let go of a few more towels and a couple of pillows. Visitor space is limited therefore catering for them requires less stuff. With only a single car space and a small lock up cage what used to be stored in our spacious two car garage also needs to be limited. Couple that with no yard to care for and I was able to declutter most of Continue reading

Fewer things = Less Rummaging

As you can imagine this blog post title ~ You don't have to declutter to own fewer things ~ caught my eye in my inbox last week. It is a recent post by Mohamed Tohami @ Midway Simplicity. You can read it here. In fact please do read it before going further. My response was this ~ "Having your stuff organised can no doubt make your home appear decluttered, tidy and less oppressive. I know this because my home has always been that way. Nevertheless it has taken me over three years of slow and gradual decluttering to get it to a point where we don't have a lot of unused and unloved stuff neatly Continue reading

Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom ~ Pantry Management

There is such potential for waste in the kitchen! I am certainly not perfect, but I really try to keep it to a minimum. Here are some of my tricks and tips: Don't buy in bulk except for items that you know, for sure, you and your family make good use of it. Toilet paper I buy in bulk. Paper towels (which, per Colleen's suggestion below, I almost completely eliminated years ago), I buy one roll at a time, and I always buy the "select a size" towels, so I can pull of just a small amount. Use substitutions in the kitchen. For reasons I won't go into, I ended up with a cheap jar of "meat Continue reading

Cindy’s weekly Wisdom ~ A Study of Clutter

I read this great little post the other day - 46 ways to increase your happiness. Of course, I wasn't surprised at all to find that reducing clutter was on the list (number 31). I followed the link to the summary of a University of California Los Angeles study about "crushing"number of possessions in the households of 32 Los Angeles families. I highly recommend you read the whole article and examine the photos. I'm going to highlight some of the portions that struck me as particularly important. First of all, only we know what goes on it our home; only we can tell (or hide) the truth about Continue reading