Archives for August 2012

Mini Mission Monday ~ Revisiting Areas

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. There are certain areas in my home that I revisit to declutter over and over again as I get more ruthless and am willing to part with more things. Some of these areas require periodic decluttering because they house perishable items that end up past their used by dates and need decluttering. So Continue reading

My garage declutter

My husband and I had a garage decluttering session the weekend before last. Let me just say that the garage gets regular attention as we get more and more ruthless with our decluttering. It is also the holding area for the items decluttered from the house ~ prior to trips to the thrift store and ebay auctions and for those procrastination items awaiting decision ~ so the landscape is constantly changing out there. There are also items that have been stored there for some time that, if we are to be honest with ourselves, are really just "I might need/want it someday" items. Some of those items Continue reading

Scarcity vs. Sacrifice & (The One Week Closet Experiment) ~ Guest Post by Mohamed Tohami

We live in a world ruled by excessive consumerism. Everyday we receive hundreds of messages that try to make us feel incomplete. They try to sell us the idea that we don’t have enough stuff, so that we go buy more stuff to fill the void and be happy. These messages use the influence of scarcity to trigger your pains and fears. The question is: how can you protect yourself from the negative influence of the scarcity mentality. The answer lies in your ability to sacrifice. When you make a small sacrifice by getting rid of everything that doesn’t matter, by eliminating the unnecessary and by Continue reading

Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom – Decluttered Kids’ Parties

Cindy's Weekly Wisdom Clutter and birthday parties, especially children’s birthday parties, fit together like a hand and glove, don’t they? They don’t have to. My youngest, Audra, turned 10 last week. Her birthday party cost less than $31 (less because there were food leftovers), generated virtually no trash, and was a great success.   First, let’s think about the things that create trash at a child’s birthday party. Disposable table cloth (cheap paper or plastic) Paper plates Paper napkins Paper cups Cheap themed decorations (Often all of the above are purchased Continue reading

Tues 14Aug 2012 ~ Chain Reaction Decluttering

Last week I dubbed one of my decluttering efforts "Chain Reaction Decluttering" and Jennifer suggested I write a post about it. The basis of chain reaction decluttering is that you declutter one thing or an small area and by so doing effect a chain reaction of more decluttering. For example... I decluttered some of my craft supplies which allowed the opportunity to rearrange my craft space in so doing I freed up some storage containers which in turn were able to be decluttered. I decluttered towels, sheets and duvet covers from my linen closet with freed up a shelf which allowed me to Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ One from the archives ~ Once Loved 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 we are going to declutter things we thought we loved. Well let's face it all clutter could fall into that category. In this case though I am talking about things we acquired because we thought they were great or kept for sentimental reasons but have since become Continue reading

Simple Saturday ~ Share your experience on resisting temptation

I received a post request from Jane some time ago and was hoping you, her fellow 365ers, might share with her  your personal experience with this issue. Here is Jane's subject for you... Resisting temptation. How others handle trying not to drag home more stuff like knick-knacks & clothing, etc. What are their proven methods for curbing the buying urge? The Weekend's Mini Missions Saturday – Declutter your patio, deck or porch. Sunday – Declutter items that have accumulated on your coffee or lamp tables in your living room. "In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that Continue reading

Friday’s Favourites ~ 10Aug2012

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! Deb J is sadly only too correct in this comment and we are no different here in Australia. I appreciated this honest and to the point comment from Klyla. Lena gives a good example in this comment of a previous point I was making in response to Ideealistin. I liked  Kimberley's take on lists. Her primary reason for making them really met with my approval. Here is another good post from Continue reading

Clutter right under your nose

The inspiration for this week's mini missions is today's declutter item (see photo at left). This electrical cord from my magnifying make-up mirror has been a source of annoyance for some time. It gets in the way when I dust the space the mirror occupies and when I move the  mirror to use it elsewhere. It is a fine example of the kind of clutter that is right under your nose yet you do nothing about it and perhaps don't even recognise it as such. The mirror was bought when I lived in America so is made for use with 120v power supply not 240v like we have here in Australia. The thing is I Continue reading

Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom – Why You Need a List

Cindy's Weekly Wisdom I love lists. I used to love them more. And you know what? I used to be a lot more organized and a lot more efficient. Coincidence? I think not. I cannot stress enough that you need a list - probably several of them. I don't care if you keep them on paper or electronically. I do both, but for me nothing beats the satisfaction of crossing off a to-do item with paper and pen. (Great repurposing of half-used spiral notebooks that come home at the end of the school year every August.) Especially is you tend to dilly-dally and procrastinate, you need a list. If you tend Continue reading