Archives for July 2011

Simple Saturday ~ What am I?

Hi Readers, today for Simple Saturday I have decided to give you a little puzzle to solve. Your mission is to guess, from the photo provided below, what my declutter item is going to be for Monday. I have given you a small fragment of the larger photo of this item and it is up to you to guess what it is. Just leave me a comment if you think you know. The answer will be revealed in Today's Declutter Item on Monday. Continue reading

Friday’s Favourite Five ~ 29Jul2011

This week's posts inspired some great responses from our readers and below are five of the many that I enjoyed reading. I liked Sabine  take on gift giving and receiving in this comment. Jo's concerns were quite valid in her comment about the perils of upsetting people when decluttering obligation clutter. Snosie tells us how she has soaked up my advice over the last couple of months and is putting it in to action in this comment. Jude has some great cable recycling tips for our American readers in her comment in response to The Great Cable Roundup. Sharron reminds us again Continue reading

Disassociation Part 3 ~ Aspirational clutter

In the spirit of optimism I was anticipating a jump in Australian readers today due to my live-to-air radio gig on Nightlife with Tony Delroy on ABC radio last night. If that is the case I would like to extend a hearty... those new readers and I hope you will find my blog informative, helpful, friendly and at times maybe even a little entertaining. Aspirational clutter is any items that you aspire to using one day but one day never seems to come or items you used to use and "intend" to use again, but that never seems to happen. This could include... Craft/hobby supplies that you Continue reading

Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom ~ Open Houses

Cindy's Weekly Wisdom Recently I spent Sunday looking at open houses. All of the houses were clean and nicely presented, and all of the garages were full of stuff. In some houses, the stuff in the garage was unpacked; in others, it was already in boxes. Boy, oh boy, did all these folks have a lot of stuff. I asked each of the real estate agents why the owners were selling. There was a divorce, a job loss, an unexpected opportunity to buy a nicer house in the same neighborhood, and a new business starting in a different part of the country. For the most part, the need to move took these Continue reading

Disassociation Part 2 ~ Obligation Clutter

Today I am continuing my Disassociation Series, and this week we are dealing with obligation clutter. This is a tricky one because it is easy enough to identify these items and know you want to get rid of them but there is a fear that you may offend someone else should they find out you have . What is obligation clutter? These are items that someone gave you that you no longer want, and sometimes never wanted in the first place, but you now feel obliged to keep it so you do not upset or offend the giver. They are often... Unwanted gifts Gifts that were once well used but now no longer Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ Plan to declutter

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 weeks mini missions are designed to help you plan to declutter. For those of you who just can't seem to find the time, don't know what to do when you have the time or just forget what it was you thought about doing when the time is available. Now you might be thinking "what a pile of Continue reading

Simple Saturday ~ The great cable round-up

I am sure you all know what it is like. You buy one electronic gadget and then it dies or becomes out of date. A new one takes it's place but all those cables look so useful and you never know, you might need them some day. Before you know it there is more than one drawer or box in your home that looks like a snake pit. Of couse these snakes (cables) are all in hibernation just waiting for the right time to imerge into life. Well, guess what? 99% of the time you will never use them again. My husband decided to take the chance that this is right and did the big cable round up in our Continue reading

Friday’s Favourite Five ~ 22Jul2011

As you know I enjoy and answer all the comments directed to me here at 365 Less Thing but each week I choose five to share with you that I don't want you to miss and below are this week's five. I had to include this comment from Katharine this week and add my heartfelt congratulations. Dianne had a sad story to tell in her comment in response to my post Sharing the wisdom of experience. I so very much appreciate readers sharing their stories, happy or sad, because there are such important lessons to be learned from them. Angle Kay shows she is really "getting it" with this comment Continue reading

Disassociation Part 1 ~ Guilt Clutter

I was intending to write a post today about disassociating with your clutter emotionally but once I started to think about this issue I decided it deserved a whole series of posts. So I have divided this subject into catergories such as Sentimental, Guilt, Obligational, Aspirational and Security clutter as each one affects people in different ways. Decluttering isn't just a physical activity, in fact the metal strain of letting go of certain items is where the real challenge comes in for many people. For others letting go can be quite easy, in fact too easy in some cases, learning not to Continue reading

Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom ~ How to do a Big Declutter

Cindy's Weekly Wisdom While we advocate slow and steady decluttering at 365lessthings, sometimes that’s just not what happens. Sometimes the Big Power Cleaning is in order. You have the help of your husband, friend, child, or you're just sick and tired of being sick and tired. It is time to get it done! But how to best proceed? DO NOT BUY ANY CONTAINERS BEFORE YOU BEGIN. You do not start a decluttering process by bringing anything extra into your home. Get several large boxes or trash bags and label them: Trash, recycling, thrift store, sell (maybe), other (these will be things you Continue reading