Archives for August 2012

From the archives ~ Key #6 to simple decluttering in 100 words or less

key #6 – Don’t over think it Sometimes when we are faced with what seems like a mammoth task we tend to over think the situation. For my decluttering effort each day I just walk into a room take a look around, peek in a cupboard or too and just find something to declutter. Or I might just spy something on my daily meandering throughout the house. Over thinking can cause procrastination or worse scare you off the task altogether. If you find yourself hyperventilating at the mere thought of decluttering, STOP, and take 5 slow deep breaths clear your mind and start over the easy Continue reading

From the archives ~ Key # 5 to simple decluttering in 100 words or less

Key # 5 Admire your handy work There is nothing like a healthy dose of gloating over what a good job you’re doing to inspire yourself to keep laboring on. Just stop every now and again and look around you and enjoy the difference you are making. Why not go back and take a quick peak in that closet or drawer you decluttered and re-organized yesterday to give you inspiration to get back on task today. I do it all the time it makes me feel good and encourages me to move on to the next step. Today's Mini Mission Repurpose something. I constructed a dolly (a small platform with wheels) out Continue reading

Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom ~ The Wedding Dress

Cindy's Weekly Wisdom In honor of my cousin Jenny's wedding last Friday evening, I have pulled a post from the archives. I wrote this post after polling my friends about what they had done with their dresses. What did you do with your dress? The unanimous answer – I still have it or once, my parent has it. I have mine, which I still think is beautiful 15 years later. It’s hermetically sealed in a gigantic box and is in the top of one of the closets. This particular shelf is rather hard to reach, so the only things that would ever be placed on it are long-term storage items. I Continue reading

From the archives ~ Key #4 to simple decluttering in 100 words or less

Key #4 Don’t reclutter while you declutter Decluttering is a complete waste of time if there is as much stuff entering your house as there is going out. Limit your purchases to the things you really have put a lot of thought into whether you will get good use out of them or if they really suits your needs. Don’t wonder aimlessly through the stores looking for stuff you didn’t know you wanted. And try to convince your friends and family not to buy you gifts unless they are consumable in some way.- Fresh flowers, chocolates, beauty treatments and the like. Today's Mini Mission Recycle Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ From the Archives ~ The Seven Re’s

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 mini missions we are going to re every day. Yes I did mean re and you will understand what I mean when you read the missions below. If you can't think of a task to suit each day just repeat Monday over and over. Good luck Monday - Relinquish something. Anything will do. Send Continue reading

My Mammoth Bookcase and Dresser Declutter Mission Part 2 ~ By Moni Gilbert

Its hard to believe it has been a month since I started on my mammoth mission to declutter my bookcase and DVD cabinet.   If you missed it, I have a large bookcase - the last one of three - that was stuffed full of books, CDs, video cassettes, photo albums, reference books all of which need to be sorted thru or digitised.   In our other lounge is a Balinese dresser that houses our huge DVD collection.   The master plan is to have these two items plus contents eliminated by the summer holidays. I am at a space with this project where there isn't much in the way of transformation to be Continue reading

From the archives ~ Key #3 to simple decluttering in 100 words of less

Key #3 – Get the entire household on board I know it isn’t always easy to accomplish this one because, lets face it, you have no control over it what so ever. If you can’t verbally convince the other members of your household to comply maybe you can entice them with your success. Once they see how much more organised your spaces are and how happy it makes you, they may be more inclined to join in. When you tell them about your eBay successes and how your bank account is growing because of your retail restraint they may be convinced. Today's Mini Mission Declutter your socks and Continue reading

From the archives ~ Key #2 to simple decluttering in 100 words or less

Key #2 -Start with the easy stuff When it comes to decluttering there are always those items that are easy to part with and items that for one reason or another you feel more attached to. My advice is to start with the easy stuff. Things you know for sure that you no longer want or need. Once you start to see and feel the benefits of your decluttering I am sure you will become more ruthless at parting with stuff. By the time you are done, you will wonder why you were ever so attached to those “hard to get rid of” items in the first place. Today's Mini Mission Declutter something from Continue reading

Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom ~ Souvenirs

Cindy's Weekly Wisdom The girls and I are still on vacation, having traveled 1500 miles (2414 kilometers) thus far from Austin, Texas to New Orleans, Louisiana, and then to St. Louis, Missouri, by way of Memphis, Tennessee.  (Thank you Mom, for lending us your Prius.) Until today, besides postcards, which we purchased but also mailed, we had spent less than $10 on souvenirs. I bought a box of beignet mix at Cafe du Monde, and Clara purchased a pair of earrings, which she's already worn several times. Today we went to one of our favorite places in the world, City Museum in St. Louis Continue reading

From the archives ~ Key #1 to simple decluttering in 100 words or less

At the moment I am visiting family interstate and I have limited access to the internet. I also gave myself very little time to write posts to fill the days while I am away. And to be honest I also just want to take it easy and devote my time away to my family who I will be visiting while I am away. Therefore I decided to dig some posts up out of the archives to share with you over the next couple of weeks. I have chosen a series of posts written in 100 words or less that briefly summarise some of my basic principals of simple decluttering. Also during this period I will not be following my Continue reading