Archives for April 2012

Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom ~ Gifts with Strings

  Cindy's Weekly Wisdom  First of all, and most importantly, Colleen and I had a fantastic time. Steve was super, and we all had a good time getting to know each other. Now to our regularly scheduled blog... Have you ever been told, "If you don't want this, be sure to give it back?" How about, "(Deceased relative) wanted you to have this. Be sure to take really good care of it." Or, "You so admired mine, that I bought you one too." A variation of this one is, "I really admired this item, so I bought it for you." Or, the most dreaded of all, "Where's that (fill in the item of your Continue reading

Too good not to use

Cindy's post in February ~ Too Good to Use ~ got me thinking about a few things in my house that are too good not to use. What is the difference you might ask between being too good to use and being too good not to use. I will explain that to you now. There is nothing in my house that I consider too good to use. It isn't that I don't have some nice things I just tend to use nearly everything and the things less used aren't that way because I think they are too good. This post does have me looking around to see if there is anything stashed away that could be utilised more often. A couple of Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ Quick Look Decluttering

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 Quick Look mini missions. That is each day we are going to walk into a different room in the house take a quick look, spy a piece of clutter and remove it to either the bin, the recycling, the donation pile or set aside to sell. While you are at it if you spy Continue reading

Simple Saturday ~ One readers story

A decluttering story from Debbie from Alberta Canada I came across your website last year and proceeded to read backwards through the archives. I follow several blogs on minimalism; but yours has really helped me the most with my steps towards minimalism. One thing I thought I'd share is my 'ah ha' moment last year when our house we had listed for sale here in Canada took a long time to sell. It was at an overwhelming time for us as we had purchased a great house in a great location that we were renovating while we were trying to sell the house we were living in. In order to declutter our Continue reading

Friday’s Favourites

Colleen hasn't said anything about her vacation, but she is in the United States.  In fact, she's in Austin, and we had dinner last night and are out doing "girl things" today. So exciting! This is the first time we've met. Anyway, I am vetting the choices for the next few Friday Favorites. Let's see how I do! -Cindy Favourite Comments. Enjoy! GreyQueen's comments about making sure one is prepared for death may have been better than the post that inspired them. Spendwise Mom definitely knows how a well-organized kitchen should be Continue reading

Clutter doubts and counter arguments

I really enjoyed Cecily's post from Tuesday. I very much agreed with her that we need to be honest with ourselves in order to convince ourselves to let go of the things that have really just become a burden to us. Some of the things I used to find hard to let go of earlier in my declutter journey were... Storage containers once they became empty of clutter. The inner dialogue that would creep in at the point of letting go was ~ But they are so useful what if I find I need them later on. And my honest response was ~ I don't plan on cluttering up my house again so I will make sure I Continue reading

Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom ~ When the Worst Happens

Cindy's Weekly Wisdom First of all, this story has a happy ending, although it sure didn't look like it would when it all began. A few months ago, a dear friend of mine was in a very dark place and disappeared. Literally gone. You can image what my husband and I feared. My friend has no close relatives and no spouse; I am the executor of his estate. I felt a lot of emotions during this time, and one of them was outrage: "How DARE you go off and leave me with all this sh*t to take care of! How dare you not clean up your own mess before you dumped it in my lap!" You see, my friend is a bit Continue reading

Guest Post ~ An exercise in truth telling

A Guest Post by Cecily Paterson 365 Less things has inspired Cecily to begin her own decluttering journey. She lives in a small town of 1500 people and last month started a column in her local monthly newspaper called 123 Out, all about getting rid of unneeded stuff. And this is her story... When I first started on my decluttering journey I thought that it would be a simple matter of removing items from my house. I was wrong. Getting rid of things I don't need or want has been an exercise in truth telling. I had an idea that when I came to a pair of jeans that have been sitting in my Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ All over fridge 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. I have dug this set of mini missions up from the archives as I figured it was about time we performed another fridge declutter. This week we are going to take care of not only the inside but the outside of our fridges as well, over under around and through in fact. So lets get started. Monday - Continue reading

Simple Saturday ~ Clever Furniture

Before we get on with today's Simple Saturday post I just wanted to let you all know that I will have limited access to the internet for a few weeks.. My blog posts are scheduled to publish as usual but I may not always be able to respond to comments. So chat among yourselves and I will chip in a little when I can. There are some guest posts scheduled during this time so you might want to address your comments on that day to the author of the post. I will be back at the helm again full time at the end of the month. Enjoy! Clever Furniture Anita recently requested that I do a post about Continue reading