Archives for December 2011

Gadgets ~ Timesavers or space wasters

Every week I receive the latest Aldi sales catalogue in my email inbox. Aldi is an European based grocery chain that operates in Australia and many other countries in the world including the US. In the United States, Aldi Nord is the parent company of the Trader Joe's niche food stores. Oh, how I wish they would open stores like Trader Joe's here in Australia. I would go out of my way to shop there. But I degress. I am not sure why I continue to receive their online catalogue because I rarely shop there and even more rarely go there to buy something that I saw advertised in the catalogue. Continue reading

Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom ~ Preserving Memories or Creating Clutter?

Cindy's Weekly Wisdom We just passed Thanksgiving (in the US) and are coming up on Christmas and Hanukkah,  and I am willing to guess that December is the most heavily photographed month of the year. Well, last month, I spend an hour sorting through a huge box of photos and memorabilia. There were packets of organized photos from my college years, but beginning with my wedding (1997), nothing was organized, culled, etc. What a miserable experience! Here are the things I learned: If you don't sort through your photos when you get them, it will not get easier 14 years later. If Continue reading

Inspiring Change ~ Lynn Fang

Lynn Fang of Upcycled Love has recently released a new ebook called Inspiring Change. With contributions from over 25 bloggers and readers, including myself, she has compiled a wonderful ebook. Her introduction to Inspiring Change... "You want to make a difference in this world by helping others live more consciously. But how can you make a difference on your own? Your attempts to share your knowledge with others receives an attitude of defense, rather than acceptance. How will you ever make a positive impact on the world? This was the question I asked over and over again, as I began Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ Kiddy 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. This week lets do a little kiddy declutter in preparation for the Christmas influx. There will be all sorts of items coming in over the holiday period no matter how much we try to keep it under control. Those people who tell us the rest of the year how much we spoil our kids will be the ones Continue reading

Simple Saturday – Say NO to Freebies

The Rule of Reciprocity by Maria Lin, Real Simple, Dec. 2011 issue About 40 years ago, Disabled American Veterans, a Kentucky-based nonprofit, had a bright idea: The charity decided to send potential donors free personalized address labels. After the labels arrived in mailboxes across the nation, contributors to the group nearly doubled - jumping from 18 percent to 35 percent of those solicited. Why was this marketing gimmick so successful (and copied by countless others)? Because of a phenomenon called the rule of reciprocity. The concept is simple enough: When people are given something Continue reading

Friday’s Favourite Five ~ 2 Dec 2011

On Fridays at 365 Less Things I share with you my five favourite comments from my wonderful readers and my five favourite web finds of the week. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I did. Fave Five Comments. Enjoy! This comment form Jo epitomises the complexity of gift giving. Ami is a new reader or at least a new commenter and needs a little encouragement to be patient with the slow and steady approach. She left this comment, her first, on Thursday and I was particularly happy with her finishing sentence. It proves that she is seeing the benefits already and just needs to focus on Continue reading

Try before you unbuy

Strange title I know but it probably caught your eye and made you wonder what I am going to be on about today. The thing that triggered this post was a post my Jenny at Ex-consumer called Early To Rise about trying a new routine of getting up earlier in order to see if it relieved the stress of not having enough hours in the day to get things done. Let's face it there is nothing to be lost in giving something a try you can always go back to your old ways if the new situation doesn't work for you. With that thought in mind, why not try it with decluttering if you are unsure how you feel about Continue reading