Archives for February 2012

Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom ~ Mental Clutter

Cindy's Weekly Wisdom I was surveying a newly installed fence and gate - my own - and I suddenly thought of Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project. Unfortunately for us, I don't own her book, so I can't mine it for an appropriate quote, but one of the keys to happiness that she extols is getting things done and off your to-do list. Make a mammogram appointment, write a thank you letter, update your resume, get your fence fixed. Taking something off your to-do list automatically makes you feel happier. I know it did me. The sad saga of the fence goes like this: In September 2009, Continue reading

My Linen Supplies

Read this comment from Sue D as it was the catalyst for today's post. I find it interesting that linen is Sue D's nemesis when it comes to decluttering yet I am not surprised. The thing with items such as linen is that eventually you are going to need some of them and that makes them hard to part with. Although I have decluttered my linen storage spaces on more than one occasion over the last two years, and am satisfied with its current state, there are still more things in there than are really necessary. I have... 5 sets of queen bed sheets for two queen beds in the house. Three Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ Digital 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 week we are going to do some digital decluttering. Some purely digital some in a more tangible form. You will understand what I mean as you read the daily missions. Monday - Today declutter any DVDs that you no long enjoy to watch or really don't watch enough to warrant keeping. Perhaps Continue reading

Simple Saturday ~ School Paper Clutter

I received an email from Monica this week in regards to my opinion on what to save of kids school papers.  Here is her query... Your post about your daughter returning home prompted me to ask the question about the "treasures" collected from children at school.   Recently my two high school children "went through" all the special awards, certificates and artwork I had collected for them from their primary school years all neatly filed in plastic sleeves in lever arch files.   They didn't throw anything out and I am reluctant to as well but they do take up lots of space in our house and, Continue reading

Friday’s Favourites ~ 24Feb2012

On Fridays at 365 Less Things I share with you my favourite comments from my wonderful readers and my favourite web finds of the week. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I did. Favourite Comments. Enjoy! Sanna is so right in this comment. The less little stuff you have the smaller and or fewer the furniture needs to be to fit it in. Sanna is sending us some great comments this week. I like her strategy for not indulging on an whim in this comment she left on Saturday. Elspeth runs us through her thought process as she was decluttering clothes last week in this comment. Decluttering is Continue reading

Back on the subject of ebay

I received a comment form Moni on Tuesday lamenting about the downside to selling unwanted clutter. Here it is ~ Thanks for the encouragement Colleen – am at the point where heaps of stuff has been dumped, and heaps of stuff has gone to recycling/charity bins. I’m now at the point where I’m listing on auction sites stuff that is too valuable to throw out. Now I know that organised clutter is still clutter, but I’m suprised how down it has made me feel having stuff out all over the place again. Am packing it into laundry baskets or plastic bins after its been photographed and listed, Continue reading

Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom – Too Good to Use

Do you own anything that's "too good to use"? I bet you do. I started this post by asking my mother. The first thing she said was, "Yes, and do you know what a mistake that was?" What I think is really interesting about this story is that it took my Mom less than a second to think of an answer and that the item in question was given to her as a wedding gift 49 years ago. You'll be surprised what it was. Here's what she said: "Yes, and you know what a mistake that was? When we were first married, we were given a twin blanket that was 'too good to use.' We were sharing a twin bed then and Continue reading

Other People’s Stuff

My daughter is home for a ten day visit and according to plan I have her decluttering the stuff she left behind when she went off to university four years ago.  She is being very cooperative and I am grateful for that. Knowing me as she does she was fully expecting to have to comply with some decluttering tasks before she even arrived. I haven't bombarded her with stuff, just every now and again I will pull out some things and hold up for her to adjudicate on. A quick "keep" or "no" is all it takes. She has done well so far eliminating quite a few items, making it possible for what is left Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ Nooks & Crannies

Sorry today's post is late. I have no idea what happened to the post I wrote for today I has just disappeared. Instead of wasting any more time trying to find it I have delved into the archives to find a set of mini missions that looked interesting. I hope you find them useful. 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 for our Continue reading

Simple Saturday – Buying a Little Happiness

According to the January/February 2012 issue of Money magazine, you'll be happier if you "Spend a Little a Lot of the Time "The Reason: Frequent small indulgences give you greater happiness than occasional splurges, according to a growing body of research covering everything from the pleasures of chocolate-chip cookies and massage chairs to lottery tickets and good grades. "The Resolution: Skip big-ticket purchases in favor of smaller ones you can spread out. Instead of splurging on dinner and a show, eat out one weekend and go to the theater the next. Rather than a designer dress you might Continue reading