The hurricane method of decluttering Part II

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About Colleen Madsen

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


  1. I feel as if I’m reading a novel, and waiting on the author for the next chapter!! 😉 I love that this segment involved some sentimental clutter and “collection” clutter. I really like that your friend is getting more ruthless. She is going to feel relieved not to have all this stuff in her new space. I’m happy for her.

    ps: Got rid of another cookbook on grilling – actually used a tape measure and it is now officially 10″ of shelf space used. 🙂

    • Hi Michelle, I am glad you are enjoying the story so far. I go back on Sunday so you can expect another episode next week. Which reminds me. I had better get ahead before sunday with my posts as I won’t have internet access while I am away.

      Glad to here you got rid of another cookbook. I was presumptuous for me to assume you had a laptop or tablet that you could use in your kitchen instead of recipe books. Too bad about that because it sure does solve the recipe book clutter problem. But 10 inches isn’t so bad.

  2. I agree with Michelle, Colleen. This reads like a serial novel. It’s interesting how quickly your friend started learning to let go of things. I think it is exciting to see the progress she made in just a couple of days. Tell her we are proud of her too.

    • Hi Deb J, she was ready for it. She had been wanting to do something about it for a while and we had discussed the fact that I would help. So when her hand was forced by this sudden move it was now or never. I am looking forward to going back on Sunday to start arranging her craft room and help her arrange her other rooms if she needs help with that. I have been scouring Pinterest for organising ideas.

      • Colleen, it’s good of you to be willing to help her. Going back to help her now she is in her new place will be great. I hope she will actually not only organize but do more decluttering. Can’t wait to read the next segment of the story.

  3. I am enjoying this continuing story. At our house, we are packing and cleaning because we are planning a major overhaul/remodel (which partly explains my absence from here and other places).

  4. I had an epiphany the other day! I love, love, LOVE purging!! I swear I get a high from it. But I never knew why I loved it so much. It finally dawned on me, that “stuff” holds responsibility. It’s so freeing to get rid of all that responsibility! Now at home, instead of calling piles of junk “clutter” I call it “responsibility.” You can occasionally hear me saying “Honey, can you please move all your responsibility to the office?” or “I took all that responsibility out to the dumpster!”

    • Nikki – I love the ‘responsibility’ idea. Stuff requires responsibility for its storage, maintenance and eventually its exit strategy.

      • Yes, I liked the way Nikki put it, too. That kind of responsibility just drags a person down, down, down. hee hee

      • Thanks!! Yes that’s it exactly!!

        • You’re right! It’s responsibility! “I have too much responsibility.” 🙂
          I had a conversation recently about being responsible for a large collection of family photos. I’m tired of the responsibility, in both senses of the word.

    • Hi Nikki, you have come to the same realisation that I came to some time ago. Everything we own bares a burden of responsibility so it makes sense that the less we own the less responsibility we take on. Who wouldn’t enjoy unburdening themselves of some of that. And I think a high is a good way to describe it. I still get that high whenever I let something go or use something up. Even things I have to replace. I just love to know that I am either lessening the millstone around my neck or using something to the fullest.

      • Colleen, I agree – it’s a high. This morning before work, I found a drop off donation location for old eyeglasses. It tickles me to know that someone who really needs a set of eyes is going to get them. Makes me HAPPY!!

  5. Wow she internalised that knowledge really fast. I still occasionally have to give myself a good talking to.

  6. Your friend is certainly embracing the “year of the horse” with her giddy-up and go attitude. I just love that when it happens.
    It is very empowering when we make the decision to let something go that once served us and/or our family well. You are an awesome friend, Colleen.

  7. Thanks Kimberley, it isn’t all a one sided affair though. I actually enjoyed it in many ways. It made me think I could do this professionally if I chose to. I also ended up with crafting supplies out of the deal. Some of which I have already used in the cards I made for my art space this week. But most of all I get the enjoyment of giving and the reciprocal gratitude. Those two things are worth the effort.