Archives for November 2012

Friday’s Favourites ~ 30Nov2012

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! In this comment Rachel W. tells us about some unintentional decluttering she has done at times. Funny how it all seems so tragic to us when this happens but later we realise the stuff didn't really matter at all. This comment from Jen has examples of problems turned into opportunity to me. Here is a great tip from Dagmara on allowing "Natural Progression decluttering" to take Continue reading

From the Archives ~ Keys to staying decluttered

A place for everything and everything in it's place! If you always know where everything is you won't need to replace it because you can't find it. Know the difference between need and want It is easy to convince yourself that something you want is something you need. Don't be fooled by this. Only shop for what you need This one speaks for itself, if you aren't bringing anything you don't need into your home it will stay uncluttered. Make it clear you don't want clutter gifts It is possible to convince most people not to buy you gift or at least insist that people only Continue reading

Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom – Decluttering When You Didn’t Really Mean To

Cindy's Weekly Wisdom Have you ever decluttered when you didn't really mean to? I have, and I'm here to encourage you to embrace these accidental declutterings, no matter how annoying they are at the time. What do I mean? Here are some times I got roped / fell into decluttering when I had absolutely no intention of doing so. Audra recently opened the door to the craft closet, sat down right in the doorway, and started crafting. Eventually, she had every sticker that we own in a heap in front of her. I kept trying to ignore the mess, hoping that she's just scoop it all back up and cram it Continue reading

My ten tips for simplifying Christmas

Below are ten guidelines I follow to simplify my Christmas. They don't guarantee a stress free Christmas but they sure do help. Neither do they eliminate outside pressures to conform to the rest of society but we can make changes to better suit our princles.  I hope you find them helpful as it is possible to have a very merry Christmas without all the expense, over indulgence, stress and clutter. Get organised ahead of time. Whether you have big plans or small the more you have sorted ahead of time the smoother everything will run and the more relaxed you will be when the festivities Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ Get ready for Christmas

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 at 365 Less Things we are launching a preemptive strike on the Christmas/holiday season. Time to do some pre-holiday decluttering and organising so when you break out those decorations, the guests arrive and the presents are opened, there is enough room to accommodate them. The more Continue reading

From the Archives ~ Day 328 Black Friday

Written by:- Cindy Bogard If you're in a big hurry, just read this:  Resist! If you're not in such a hurry, feel free to read on. In the United States, Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving, which was on Thursday this week. Sadly, the website defines Black Friday as "an unofficial American holiday". Sad, not because the rest of you are missing out; sad because a day of shopping insanity has somehow become "an unofficial American holiday". So what is Black Friday? As I said, it's the day after Thanksgiving and the official start to what's called the holiday Continue reading

Friday’s Favourites ~ 22 Nov 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! Sanna shares some views and experiences of aspirational clutter in this comment. Apparently there is such a thing as good clutter or at least Lena has me convinced there is with this comment. We always had a calendar in the toilet room when I was a kid but Lena's mothers tradition would have made it much more interesting to relieve one's self. Clutter is different for everyone Continue reading

Culling photographs

Not many people would just up and throw away all their photos. Even I'm not that keen to create space. However having rows and rows of albums lined up in a bookcases full of photos that are of no historical or significant  personal value to you or your family could very well be classed as clutter. Quite frankly these albums would probably bore anyone, including yourself to tears, should you actually choose to take one down and browse through it. Today's post isn't about how you should store your photos, how you should take photos or how you should identify photos when you do store them. It Continue reading

Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom – Decluttering Christmas

Cindy's Weekly Wisdom Please don't call me Scrooge, but I hate decorating for Christmas. In fact, I hate decorating for all holidays. To me, it falls under the category "another darn thing I have to do." So last year, I decided it was time to change that. I pulled everything out of the attic at one time. My hope was to get everything back into just the plastic bins and get rid of the boxes; that seemed like a reasonable level of reduction to me. I started early in December, wanting to be sure that anything that went to the thrift store had time to be resold before the end of December Continue reading

Who can resist a sale?

At the moment I am reading Dan Ariely's book Predictably Irrational. Chapter eight is all about keeping doors open ~ that is keeping opportunities available just in case the current situation doesn't work out as planned. Dan loves to test his theories and after experimenting with this idea he came to the conclusion that "...running helter-skelter to keep doors from closing is a fools game. It will not only wear out our emotions but also wear out our wallets." Of course leaving the odd door open isn't always a bad thing so long as you reserve the habit for important doors. Feeling the Continue reading