Archives for February 2012

Friday’s Favourites ~ 17Feb2012

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! Connie talks us through her ah ha moment on decluttering clothes in this comment. Check out this comment from Ann she is about to get her 15 minutes of fame. Go Ann Many of the readers including me already enjoyed and responded to what Gail had to say in this comment Josh's guest post. Spendwisemom makes a good point about moving your belongings in this comment. Favourite Web Continue reading

Musings on Moving: Decluttering wakeup calls

A guest post by Josh Martin of Josh Martin Ink I’ve bounced around a lot in my youth, moving from one place to the next. While each move comes with its share of challenges, they are also great reminders of how much stuff we’ve accumulated and a wakeup call to the need to purge and declutter. I’m planning on moving again in the not too distant future. I just know I’m going to be shocked at how much stuff I own once I start emptying the closets and drawers. I remember my first real move on my own. I left my family home and moved into residence as a first-year student at Wilfrid Laurier Continue reading

Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom ~ Breakin’ Up Is Hard to Do

Cindy's Weekly Wisdom Are you hanging on to old boyfriend /old  girlfriend / ex-wife / ex-husband clutter? Breakin' up is hard to do, and breaking' up with the ex's stuff can be even harder. Some of the things you may have that remind you of him or her: fancy underclothes photos greeting cards and letters jewelry vacation souvenirs music (what do they call mix-tapes in the days of CDs and iTunes?) toiletries food that he/she preferred debt from outings or vacation that you took together or from his/her bad spending habits. a phone or texting bill that went way over Continue reading

Downsizing?

I have discovered a new way to invigorate the desire to declutter. It is unconventional but it sure got me taking another look in what I thought were my fairly decluttered cupboards. I have mentioned before that when my husband retires we intend to downsize to a smaller townhouse or apartment. Just recently we have been toying with the idea of doing it sooner rather than later. In fact for some time now hubby has been constantly looking at on line real estate sites and showing me properties but we never actually do anything about it. Well, last week we finally phoned an agent and arranged 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. As you can guess from the heading of today's post we will be concentrating this week on things  households often have too many of. I will name the item of the day and you can check to see if you have too many on them and decide on which needs decluttering or what needs using up. Monday - Continue reading

Simple Saturday – Is There Money in Your Decluttering Future?

I almost wouldn't not believe these stories of decluttering financial windfall if I had not been personally involved in every one of them. Story One is my own. Last year I was tidying up my fireproof safe that contains my most important papers (birth certificates, wills, passports, etc.) and discovered an envelope containing $500. I was shocked for about 30 seconds before I remembered that I had put that money in there after Hurricane Rita, which affected the Gulf Coast, about five hours from where I live, and the giant city of Houston. In the mass exodus, many locations did not have Continue reading

Friday’s Favourites ~ 10 Feb 2012

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! Cat'sMeow left this comment on respecting her fewer possessions. Willow's also left a great comment on respecting fewer possessions. Hooray for Ideealistin she is obviously being a good influence on her mother. Read about it here. Deb J gives good reason not to hoard paper in this comment in response to Cindy's Weekly Wisdom. Favourite Web Finds. Happy reading! I particularly Continue reading

Less choice = Less competition

I got some great responses on Tuesday to my post on having more respect for one's diminished possessions. There were several comments that really stood out but these words from Ideealistin related well to something I had put in the donation box just the day before. Here are Ideealistins words - Using your stuff gives it great value. But I think it is amazing how not storing the stuff you use next to unused stuff, throwing your mind into constant competition mode, adds almost even more value. Now for how this relates to my decluttered item. I had two pair of white shorts in my drawer. One Continue reading

Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom ~ Are You Hanging on to Too Many Papers?

According to a survey I saw recently, 67% of people said that paper clutter is their hardest area to deal with. Who knows if this is truly accurate, but I'm going to assume that it means that a lot of people, possibly including you, are having trouble dealing with paper. I think there are a couple of fundamental mistakes that people make regarding paper: Believing that every piece of paper is important or has the potential to be important Believing that if a piece of paper was important at one time, it's important forever Not intentionally minimizing the amount of paper that Continue reading

Refuse Reduce Reuse Recycle Re…

Bea at The Zero Waste Home lives by the principles of ~  Refuse, refuse, refuse. Then reduce, reuse and recycle. I agree wholehearted with this but I have another re to add to that list. RESPECT Respect the things you own treat them well and you will get many many years of use out of them. And if you lose your need for them they will also be in good condition to hand on to someone else. One thing I have noticed since I have reduced my belongings is that even though I have always been one to take care of my things I am inclined to take particular care if I only have a limited number of Continue reading