Archives for June 2011

Friday’s Favourite Five ~ 17JUN2011

Hi Folks, it's Friday again and here are my favourite five comments of the week This is the first comment we've received from Smoothagator and what a great one it is too. I hope she will join in and share her special brand of wisdom with us on a regular basis. Thanks Smoothagator and welcome to 365 Less Things. This comment came from Grace in Brazil in response the Cindy's Weekly Wisdom ~ First Fruits. It is short but sweet so I have cut and pasted it here rather than add a link. ~ Something my 17 year old daughter said recently also puts this in perspective. She stated quite wisely, “There Continue reading

So what do you think of the new look?

My darling husband has been playing around with the blog layout. So what do you think of it? As they say a change is as good as a holiday ~ that isn't always the case but for now change is all that is on offer. The design is a little more simple and uncluttered which is what we love here at 365 Less Things. I have also switched the gratitude list to a single gratitude item for the day. The list was a little hard to keep up at times but I didn't want to eliminate it altogether so I just swapped quantity for quality. This is just phase one of the changes so if you notice things looking Continue reading

Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom ~ Why I Love a Label

Cindy's Weekly Wisdom I love a label. Love. Love. Love. My grocery store bags, children's lunch boxes, our water bottles, coolers, and flashlights are labeled with our last name. All of my girls' uniforms, sweaters and coats have their names in them. When they were littler and their feet closer to the same size, all of Audra's socks were labeled on the bottom with a letter A to distinguish them from Clara's socks. My canisters of food staples are labeled with their contents, even though you can easily see into the canisters. The girls and Dan and I have matching hairbrushes and Continue reading

Are we too conditioned to convenience?

While looking at furniture a few weeks ago I was considering one item and found myself thinking 'This unit is a little low. The drawers will end up not being used for the purpose we intend for them because it requires bending over to use them". My God I thought, have we really gotten that used to convenience that this could be an issue, what is the world coming to. At what point did we get that spoiled, and when I say we I am not just talking about my husband and I. I am talking about Western society in general. Laziness would seem to be the initial culprit here and in some cases it may be Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ Constant Clutter Control

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. Some areas of our homes require constant clutter control just because of the nature of what they are. There is a continuous flow of stuff coming in and out of these areas and naturally at some point items become redundant for one reason or another or we just lose items in the melee only to Continue reading

Simple Saturday – Cindy’s Laundry Room Cabinet

Yikes! It looks pretty bad, doesn't it? But really, the cabinet needed a tidy even more than it needed a declutter. Here's what I did: removed two towels, which I mentioned in my post The First Fruits removed the package of sponges, which I donated to local food pantry transferred the Socks Looking For Their One True Love from the crumpled bag on the top shelf into a plastic bin. (Freed up from other decluttering, of course!) took down the cardboard box on the top shelf, which has light bulbs in it. I cleaned out the box itself and removed 9 light bulbs (one of which I used right Continue reading

Friday’s Favourite Five ~ 10Jun2011

Once again there has been some great comments this week elaborating on the topics at hand. Here are this weeks favourite five. It is clear from this comment from Ornela that she has her shopping strategies all worked out. With a plan like this in place there should be no more fear of clutter building up in her home. ~ I am slowly learning to shop by list only... Read more This comment from Melissa is a good example why it is important to sort and label your photo collection. This is the comment chosen by Cindy from the responses to her Weekly Wisdom this week, it is from Ideealistin who Continue reading

Finding your target audience

I received this comment from Janetta on June 3rd: I have a question: I am a quilter and when I left South Africa in 2004 (to travel for two years and then settle in New Zealand) the little group I met up with every week gave me a lovely gift of a miniature quilt (A4 size) from each of them and a group one wishing me all the best. The work is lovely and very reminiscent of them and I have stored them in plastic sleeves in a folder. I practically never look at them and although I am very pleased to have been given them, I don’t really want them any more. I could take pics of them, but what Continue reading

Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom ~ The First Fruits

Cindy's Weekly Wisdom I was holding two pitchers: One was a really nice Tupperware in great shape with a tight, functioning lid. The other was a yellow, stained pitcher with no lid and handle that threatened to crack down the seam but was still holding. Which to declutter? The phrase "the first fruits" popped into my head. I knew the reference, but I had to look up the quote from the Bible. It is from Psalms 3:9: "Honor the LORD with your substance, and with the first fruits of all your increase." This quote is referring to tithing (giving money to the church). What did it have to Continue reading

Photo Sorting Tips

I don't know about you but in our home there a hundreds if not thousands of photos dating back to my husbands and my late teens and every year since. Some are in albums, some are in photo boxes, some are still in the envelope they came in when they were picked up from the store. Needless to say they are mostly in one area of the house but when it comes to organisation there is very little of that going on. Of course we are talking about printed photos here, lets face it sorting digital photos is child's play. Actually, sorting printed photos would have been child's play too had we been Continue reading