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

Mini Mission Monday ~ Texture

Mini 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. Well, I figured everyone enjoyed the set of mini missions with colour as the theme so this week I thought I'd do something similar. Instead of a visual cue we are going tactile. So this weeks decluttering is all about texture. Let's see how we go. Monday - Declutter something furry or Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ Seasons

Mini 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. Monday is here again, where do the weeks go? And as time flies the seasons change and that is a good time for decluttering. It has got decidedly cooler here at my end of the world and that means pack away the Summer clothes and out with the clothes for cooler climate. And time to let go of the Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ Doing

Mini 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. Now what can we declutter this week. I have mostly been decluttering craft materials but not everyone would be into that. So I'll have to come up with something else. I know, we'll have a verb loaded decluttering week. Each mission will be about what you do with stuff. Confused? Well you'll soon Continue reading

Where do I go ~ By Deb J

I thought I would give you links to some interesting websites. Most of these sites help digitally organise your life without need for clutter. In fact in some cases they can eliminate some paper clutter at the very least. The first one is actually to an article on a funding site by a 19-year old woman who learned early from her mom about decluttering and living minimally.  This link is to one of her first posts as she tells about her philosophy and reasons for living this way.  Click on www.gofundme.com/dkzs18 then scroll down to Update #1. www.Mint.com  This is an app for those who want an Continue reading

Experiment with going without

Sometimes, when it comes to the stuff around our homes, we continue to own things just because we always have. To have them has literally become a habit. Fortunately any habit that has been created can also be broken. There are two ways that you can experiment with breaking the ownership habit. The first, which we have spoken of in the past, is to have a trial separation from a selection of your stuff. Choose things that you are on the fence about decluttering, then put them away somewhere out of sight for a selected period of time. If you haven't had the need for these objects during the Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ Walls, floors, cupboards…

Mini 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. This week's mini missions focus on areas of your home, top to bottom, inside and out. Here's hoping you can find something for each day to declutter. Monday - Declutter something hanging on a wall or from the ceiling. Tuesday - Declutter something in a closet. Wednesday - Declutter something Continue reading

March to the beat of your own decluttering drum ~ By: Nicole V

I came across a hyperlink to an article last year about hiding clutter in the home in “secret” spots. Intrigued and curious (why would the writer ask readers to hide their clutter, instead of getting rid of it, I wondered?), I went on to read the article. It turned out to be about hidden storage for items at home (think: platform beds with storage drawers and hidden cabinetry), rather than squirrelling away or stashing your clutter out of sight, which was my first impression upon reading the title. This led me to wonder whether anyone would have followed the tips given if the write-up had Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ Obligation

Mini 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. This week our mini missions are all about the items we keep, not because we want to, but because we feel we should. As I have written about many a time, obligation is not a good reason to keep something. In fact it is bad enough that we have things cluttering up our homes, but feeling we can't Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ Colour (That’s Color to my American readers)

Mini 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. I received a comment from Amelia last week saying how much she enjoys the mini missions, particularly the ones that focus on what things are made of.  I am sure we all have our favourites when it comes to the missions. I know that some of you like me to be exact about the items so you don't have Continue reading