Archives for August 2011

Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom – What’s Intimidating You?

Cindy's Weekly Wisdom Except for the garage, my home is mostly decluttered. Well, except for the garage and those few scary areas too intimidating to attack. One of these areas consists of several boxes of photographs and memorabilia. Another is the picnic basket I brought back from my Grandparents' house after my Grandfather's death. It is filled with photos and mementos that I had to have but have conveniently stored on the floor of my closet for the past seven years. Last, I have a deep drawer full of art, most of it framed, and some of it quite expensive. It was taken off the wall for the Continue reading

Small inconveniences can be a big hinderance

Last weekend we bought a new printer/copier/scanner/fax because the old one was returned to HP for a refund due to that fact that it was a lemon. But don't get me started on that story! The minute my husband had it up and running he began scanning documents into the computer so he could throw away the old paperwork. You see, this new machine has a document feeder where as the old one (among other issues) had to have each item loaded manually one at a time. That one inconvenience caused a big hinderance to this process causing the task to come to a standstill. For some months now I have been Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ Decision making

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 set of mini missions is a little different to the usual format. Instead of finding something different every day I want you to pick a area in your house that you feel is too cluttered and choose seven possible declutter items regardless of whether you are sure about decluttering them Continue reading

Simple Saturday ~ A question for you

I have a question for you all to comment on... How has your attitude to possessions and your desire to acquire things changed as you progress on your journey to declutter your homes? Here is my answer to this question... If something is of no personal or functional value to me there is a good chance it will find itself featured as the Declutter Item of the Day. I am finding that cutting the ties with objects is getting easier and easier as the time goes on. I find I have no desire to acquire anything that adds to my possessions unless I am sure it will be well used. I have spent money Continue reading

Friday’s Favourite Five ~ 26Aug2011

There were lots of great comments this week and here are the five that I have chosen to bring to your attention. Deb J tells us in this comment how her church group is trying to do their bit for the environment. Like decluttering, every little thing makes a difference. Kathleen has been reading my blog for a while but was inspired by my Simple Saturday ~ Operation donate Recycle post to leave her first comment. I am glad it has inspired her to make her own stand for the environment. Sharron points out some interesting facets of perfectionism in this comment. Funny how the same trait Continue reading

Experience Life don’t just hoard momentos of it

I received a comment from Willow on Saturday 20 August that inspired this post. I don't hear from Willow a whole lot through the Summer months in the USA because she is always away somewhere living life. Camping, exploring, visiting family and friends and generally enjoying new experiences. Willow is teacher and her husband is a professor so naturally their vacations coincide with school vacation times. This gives them a nice long Summer to do lots of exciting things. Needless to say that instead of owning a large home full of expensive stuff they have opted instead for a small uncluttered Continue reading

Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom – Second Favorites

Cindy's Weekly Wisdom We all have our favorites - favorite laundry soap, favorite hand lotion, favorite beverage, favorite brand of tool. We also all have our second favorites - second favorite lipstick, second favorite pair of black pants, second favorite brand of tea, second favorite bath soap. How did we accumulate so many seconds? Perhaps the second favorite used to be the favorite, before it was replaced. Or maybe we shopped at a different store than usual, and our favorite item wasn't available. Or perhaps you just thought that you should branch out some - not just stick to the same Continue reading

Don’t let perfectionism hinder your progress

It is so easy to throw your hands in the air and give up before you even begin decluttering due to the thought that you can't possibly get the job done to your perfectionist standards. You might be interested to know that quite often hoarders are perfectionists that gave up trying. If you get an image in your head about how you want things to be and then see the disparity of where you are now and your ultimate goal, the journey in between may appear insurmountable. Therefore you give up before you even begin. Just yesterday I was lamenting the boxes of my daughters clutter that are still in Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ Mixing it up a little

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. There is no real theme to this weeks declutter missions just a few suggestions on areas that might need a little consideration. I hope they spur you on to some great decluttering successes this week. Remember every little thing is one step closer to a decluttered home. Monday - Whether you live Continue reading

Simple Saturday ~ Operation Donate Recycle

I ran into a friend at the grocery store a week ago and we had a little chat. She was searching for some containers to hold clean and used plastic teaspoons that she washes and reuses in her work space. She works in a training environment and as usual coffee and tea is provided as refreshment. In order to do the right thing by the environment she encourages people to leave the plastic spoon to be washed and reused. Of course not everyone conforms to this ideal so the spoons constantly need restocking. I offered to find her some proper metal teaspoons at the thrift store where I volunteer Continue reading