Archives for January 2013

Saturday Extra ~ A reader would like your advice

I received a message on Facebook over the holiday break from a reader who would like some advice on decluttering journals. Here is her message :- "Hello I am a follower of your blog which I very much enjoy. I could use some help on one of my final decluttering projects. I have about 20 years worth of old journals which I never look at but can't seem to part with. I think I am ready to get rid of at least some, but I could use some suggestions as to how. I don't know if I should save them for my daughter to read (or if I would want her to!) Any suggestions you have would help! Thanks. Continue reading

Friday’s Favourites ~ 18Jan2013

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! I loved this comment in response to Cindy's post this week. Wendy F has a great way to combat to-do forgetfulness in this comment. Don't do what I do though Wendy F when I only leave a small note and then don't remember what I meant by it. Damn early onset Dementia ~ not really, but it sure feels that way some days. Like when I made two first cups of coffee the other morning and then Continue reading

Happiness Is My Declutter Goal

As you all know I dole out a lot of suggestions about what to declutter. I even put forward formulas on how many is enough of anything to keep. It is no secret that I'm not a lover of gadgets that are only useful if you perform a task in large quantities and/or frequently. Dusting is certainly not my favourite pastime so nicknacks are no longer my thing. For one thing they require somewhere to be displayed which means excess furniture which takes up space and requires more dusting. Practicality is important to me while status symbols aren't, so I don't need fancy things on show to prove Continue reading

Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom ~ Old To Dos

Recently I did something that made me so happy - I took care of two really, really old things that were on my to-do list. These things were so small that it's almost embarrassing to tell you what they were, but doing them made me so happy that I will. The first thing was taking the dogs' beds to the laundromat and washing them. I wash the covers at home regularly, but I can't put the whole bed into my washer, and they needed it. The other thing was taking two scented candles (same scent) that had burned down so far that neither would light any more, melting the wax, and pouring them together Continue reading

Mini-lutions explained ~ by Moni Gilbert

From Colleen ~ Yesterday I introduced my Monthly Habit Changing Challenges. As mentioned in yesterday's post it was a comment by Moni, where she mentioned her mini resolutions or Mini-lutions as she calls them, which prompted me to do so. I had been considering this idea for a while and Moni's idea confirmed for me I was on the right path. On Sunday Moni sent through the following post to share with you all explaining her mini-lutions. So without further adieu here it is. I have a lousy track record with New Year's Resolutions, my best intentions to better myself tend to falter around mid Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ Post holiday kitchen clear out

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. The holiday season is done and dusted and most everyones visitors are gone by now. The kitchen has been the centre of activity on most days and as a result is probably due for a good overhaul. I know mine is. The pantry requires excavation whenever I need an can of something or packet of noodles. Continue reading

Friday’s Favourites ~ Jan112013

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! Wendy B gives us a great example of how happy she is with her decluttering efforts and how they are all coming together. Read about it in this link. Jen has only been commenting here at 365 Less Things but she sure does get what this decluttering thing is all about as you can tell from this comment. Maggie has been reading through the archives and left this comment recently on the Continue reading

Use it or lose it!

Every home has items that are never considered for decluttering. Mostly useful items that are in service continually but also beautiful items that are admired or sentimental items that you wouldn't dream of letting go. These items never feel like a burden to the household because they are a valued part of everyday life. They are used and used again, used up and then replaced or on display somewhere where they can be admired or remind us of happy times, successes or loved ones. Then there are those items that are only lingering because we haven't got around to donating, selling or tossing Continue reading

Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom ~ Doing Christmas Differently Next Year

Cindy's Weekly Wisdom My girlfriend R stopped by my house two days before Christmas, looking mighty cross. She started spewing about how aggravated she was to be buying gifts for her many family members "just to be buying them something." Her family is Jewish, and they celebrate Hanukkah as well. She'd tried to tell her brother that they shouldn't exchange gifts, but his response was "Too late. I've already bought you something." In addition, they don't drawn names or limit giving to children, so everyone is giving a gift to everyone! R was definitely not feeling the holiday spirit. Here Continue reading

Be happy with what you declutter today.

In a bid to empty my inbox the other day I came upon this post from over at The Change Blog. It is titled ~ Why I stopped chasing happiness. I wanted to share it with you because the principle behind it is something that we should apply to our decluttering efforts. Take a read of it now if you like before you read what I have to say on the subject. The problem that Isis was dealing with in her life is similar to when people just like you or me decide that the clutter in our homes has become overwhelming and we need to do something about it. Immediately most people get a vision in mind of Continue reading