Archives for December 2012

And the, Midway Simplicity, #1 Simplicity Blog 2012 Award goes to…

365 Less Things     My acceptance email Thank you so much Tohami I am honoured. Maybe what I should have won was ~ Most Loyal Readers award. I will wear my badge with pride. My husband is redesigning my blog at the moment while I take a two week break. In the meantime I will post the badge with a thank you to all my wonderful loyal readers for their votes. Thanks you again. A special thanks again to all of you, my wonderful loyal readers for your votes. I couldn't have done it without you as I was certainly in good company among some blogs with much higher subscription Continue reading

Merry Christmas to All

  A heartfelt thanks to all of you who have read and commented here at 365 Less Things over the year. Thank you also to those who have contributed by writing guest posts and of course to Cindy for her Weekly Wisdom. Together you have turned this blog into a community. May you all have a joyous holiday season and I hope 2013 will be a wonderful, happy and decluttered year for you all. Sincerely Colleen   Continue reading

Taking a Christmas Break & The Blue Print for 2013

Taking a Christmas Break Hi 365ers. For the first time ever I have decided to actually take a real break over the Holiday Season. The good news is that this means you get a break from me also. I know you have been craving this day that would happen for a long long time. Instead of writing posts in advance during the holiday season and trying to find time to check in to comment I am going to cease posting from today until the 7th of January. This time of the year is meant for loving, cherishing and celebrating so my intention is to do just that, and only that. No posting, no commenting, no Continue reading

Simple Saturday ~ One readers declutter story ~ By Mary Ellen

For the last several years I knew that something was really wrong. I always felt overwhelmed. I developed a real dread of cleaning my house, although I always kept it clean and neat. But there was always that unsettling feeling inside of me because of the constant - move it here, put it there, dust it, pack it away, get it back out. Also - what am I going to do with these knickknacks, all these extra mixing bowls, all these extra pans (bundt pans, muffin pans, pie pans, bread pans), ornamental baskets, electric wok, blender, food processor, etc., etc., etc. Then, I came to the Continue reading

Friday’s Favourites ~ 21Dec2012

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! Jen tells us a little about where she is at with her decluttering in this comment. Thanks Jen. In this comment Jane shares how her target of being decluttering by her self-imposed deadline of the end of the year.  Moni and her daughter Dayna had occasion to consider how much easier it would be to move house when one doesn't own copious amounts of stuff. Read about their insights Continue reading

The case for helping a friend ~ By Deb J

On September 26th I began helping my friend, S, declutter her home. Her first goal was to get everything out of the room she wanted to turn into her craft room. When we started the room was so full of bags and boxes and drawers of STUFF that you couldn’t get into the room and she had no idea what it contained. The first picture below shows the room after half of the mess had been cleaned out. The second picture is of the bed before it was uncovered. I didn’t even know there was a bed in there until we began to unload. As we began to carry out the bags and boxes we uncovered 6000 Continue reading

Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom ~ Constant Vigilance!

Cindy's Weekly Wisdom If you, or your children, are fans of the Harry Potter books, you are probably familiar with Mad Eye Moody and his admonishment - given freely to young and old wizards and witches - Constant Vigilance! Constant Vigilance! is what I need when I manage to clear an area that has previously been a black hole. (You know those - places where all things seem to gather and nothing ever leaves.) My desk has been giving me nothing but trouble for the longest time: Sometimes I can't even use it because the surface is so cluttered. I hate it! I finally did The Big Sweep and Continue reading

Reverse 100 Thing Challenge ~ A guest post by my husband

In October, Courtney Carver at Be More with Less created the Reverse 100 Things Challenge; the aim is to reduce your personal objects by 100 items by December 15. An interesting challenge that I immediately forgot about until it reappeared in my Flipboard feed yesterday. Do we have 100 things left to declutter? Colleen started her one thing a day quest in January 2010, and almost a thousand things have left our lives over the last three years. Could I even find 100 more items to move on to a new home? I grabbed a few items that had been earmarked for removal, rummaged through the Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ This and That

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. In light of all the items that are laying in piles on my living room floor at the moment ~ clutter items that my husband has been collecting up over the weekend ~ I have decided this week's mini missions will centre on the thoughts going through my head right now as I look at these items Continue reading

Friday’s Favourites ~ 14Dec2012

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! Decluttering doesn't always come naturally and easily. But knowing we really would like to get rid of things usually wins out in the end. Andréia tells us how she is starting to enjoy the benefits of a decluttering space in this comment. In this first comment from Sassy she tells us about her clever parents giving gifts that will be very helpful in the long term to the Continue reading