Archives for July 2011

Get Involved ~ USA ~ Put a Cork in it

A request from The California Wine Club I'm reaching out to you on behalf of The California Wine Club and their "Put a Cork in it" collection drive. The CWC, in partnership with, is hoping to collect, recycle and repurpose 20 million wine corks by September 30th. If our goal is reached, ReCORK will celebrate the accomplishment by planting 1,000 cork oak trees in the Mediterranean cork oak forest. CA Wine Club is giving away some great prizes as well! Wine Magnums, CA Wine Club memberships, and sandals from SOLE shoes (Made from recycled cork, of course) Enter the Sweepstakes on Continue reading

The basic system I follow in preparation for listing on eBay

A Quick Message Before we get started I just wanted to mention that one of my readers emailed recently saying she was having problems leaving comments. She wrote... ...I have no difficulty getting your current post but when I go to the comments my system freezes. Just went back to try one of the postings in the archives and the same thing happened... If anyone else is having difficulties please let me know and I will get my tech guy on to it. I would hate to think that my readers have something great to share but can't get through. Please contact me through my contact page if you are Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ Too much of a good thing

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. Today I am going to focus our mini missions on areas in our lives where we might have too much of a good thing. That is, I want you to choose an area that you have far too many of a similar category of clutter items, it might be sentimental objects, objects you feel obligated to keep but have no Continue reading

Simple Saturday ~ Keepers from my mother’s kitchen

Stuff comes into our lives and stuff goes but some great stuff remains useful for a long long time. Today I share with you some photographs of things that have been used in my mothers kitchen for as long as I can remember. Don't you just love the items like this in your home, the ones that aren't anything special but are just so useful and long wearing that they have realised their value over and over and over. Top Left: Dry Ingredient Sifter ~ I think my mum has had this item for the entire 51 years of marriage. Middle: Airing Rack ~ I know that she has used the same ones for at least as Continue reading

Friday’s Favourite Five ~ 15Jul2011

The comments are coming in on a less frequent basis of late due to Summer vacation time in the Northern Hemisphere but there were still plenty to choose from and here are my picks for the week. I enjoyed this great comment for *pol who freely admits to being a former packrat. LJayne points out in her comment that there is a balance to be struck between too little and too much even when it comes to photography. I love Natalle's approach to photographing her children in this comment in response to Cindy's Weekly Wisdom ~ Photos, photos everywhere. This comment from ideealistin wasn't Continue reading

Sharing the wisdom of experience

Hi folks, I am back at the helm of the good ship 365lessthings and ready to set sail again on my declutter journey. In the two weeks while I was away visiting my loved ones afar my conviction to minimise my possessions was reinforced by situations I encountered. Although none of what I am about to write was a revelation to me, as I have already learned these lessons at different points in my life, I feel it is my duty to put into words the wisdom that is to be gained by what I experienced. As you get older it gets harder to maintain your home when there is too much clutter. Too much to Continue reading

Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom ~ Photos, Photos Everywhere

Cindy's Weekly Wisdom Memories and photographs, that's what's on my mind this morning. I was feeding the guinea pig and thinking back to Brownie, my childhood guinea pig. In my childhood scrapbook, which I looked through recently, I found one picture of myself and Brownie. He looked like I remember, and I was fairly fascinated by my 1970s outfit, but did I need this photo, or any photo, of Brownie to remember him? No, I don't think so, yet my children have dozens of photos of Thorn, Blackberry, and Corky, the guinea pigs who have lived with us. These photos are trapped on my computer, but we Continue reading

Book Review ~ Give it up

Give It Up! ~ A year of learning to live better with less by Mary Carlomagno Unlike the title might suggest, this book isn't about decluttering the material things in our lives so isn't particularly in keeping with the subject matter of my blog. It does however does draw a parallel, as it is about decluttering life in general of excesses that aren't particularly conducive to a healthy, stress-free, balanced lifestyle. The book is about how Mary sets herself the task of voluntarily abstaining each month from a different "vice" that she uses in an attempt to keep life "manageable" and perhaps Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ Focus on your clutter

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. Remember back to the Saturday before last I did a Simple Saturday post on the gradual declutter of my craft room. I mentioned how obvious it was that the area needed more decluttering when viewed through the lens of my camera while I was taking the photos for the post. So this week I am going to Continue reading

Simple Saturday ~ The new playstation decluttering game

Take one smug looking son and put him in front of a playstation.... ...hold up each item for his judgement while he plays EA Skate 3. Grab his other box while he is keen to cooperate and follow the same procedure as you did with the first...(Lets face it he really didn't have to make much effort with the first one.) The second box Divide all the items into KEEP... ...DONATE... Twelve months ago there was no way my son was going to part with these items, what a difference a year makes. And it was his idea to go through the items in the first place. What a lucky mum I am to Continue reading