Archives for July 2013

Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom ~ For Advanced Declutterers

Today's post is geared toward the advanced decluttered. If you're a beginner, don't try this at home...or anywhere else...it can lead to discouragement, a big mess in the hallway, and a complete lack of improvement in your situation. But if you've passed the beginning stages of decluttering, if your friends call you The Decluttering Queen (that's what mine call me, at least), or if you've been at it for more than a year, then today's post might be for you. Sometimes, you've just got to start all the way over. Yes, all the way over. That's what I did last week. My pantry is decluttered. Continue reading

Boil It Down

Sometimes in our homes we have items that on first inspection seem to be either beautiful, useful or truly sentimental to us or a combination of those values. These items have either gone under the radar or passed the clutter inspection and survived previous culls. However as we continue on our declutter journey we tend to become more ruthless causing us to be more selective about what really is useful, beautiful or of sentimental value to us. Having experienced how good simplicity feels, our desire to continue on that path can easily eclipse old feelings of sentimentality or opinions of Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ What can I find.

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 inspiration behind this week's mini missions is stuff in my house that I would still like to declutter. Why haven't I done it yet you may ask. Well I will explain that below, along side the appropriate mission. As I write this I only have a few items in mind to declutter, so part of the Continue reading

Friday’s Favourites ~ 12July2013

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! June  is new to 365 Less Things. Make her welcome. Deb J's mom is thinking about doing some more decluttering. Yay! Michelle has been decluttering and donating to her favourite charity. Dymphy has found opportunity in the face of renovations. She also tells us, in this comment, about the progress she is making with her decluttering, how she can identify that and how she has Continue reading

Craft Like a Beginner

Have you ever had a craft/hobby that got completely out of control. Not so much the making of items but the accumulation of crafting supplies. I most certainly have. Through that experience I have learned a few things and here is my advice on avoiding this problem. Always supply your craft hobby as though you are a beginner. Any wise person who starts a new hobby generally begins with the minimum of supplies in order to try it out to see if they are really going to enjoy it. They buy or better still borrow the basic equipment or perhaps even take a class where the equipment is provided. Then Continue reading

Cleaning Out Closets ~ By Linda Bailey

So I tend to bite off more than I can chew. A few months ago the opportunity to have everyone out of the house for a weekend seemed like the perfect time to do some major cleaning up. I had high hopes. I was going to tackle the worst room in the house. It was filled floor to ceiling with boxes from the move and just had enough floor space to walk a thin path around it. Since the move had taken place some five years before I had the brilliant idea that it would be no sweat to clear out that area. But where to start? I mean of course you wanted to start near the door so you could make sure you Continue reading

Fine Tooth Comb

Right now I am working on our inventory of possessions, which is a task we have to do for insurance purposes when we are moving to a new location. This is in case something gets damaged during the moving process. If it isn't listed on the inventory it isn't compensated for as loss or damage. This task gives me the opportunity to identify every item in our home and either add it to the inventory or make the decision to eliminate it. It is nice to know that I have been through the entire kitchen this week and have only felt inclined to declutter four little things. I am very happy knowing that Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ Get it out of here!

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 weeks mini missions are all about the act of actually getting your clutter off the premises. Choosing something to declutter is one thing but the mission is not complete until you actually take the final step to get it out of there. There are several ways to  go about that ~ sell it, return Continue reading

Friday’s Favourites ~ 5July2013

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! Barbara Gillie Creative Me EcoCatLady Melissa Favourite Web Finds. Happy reading! lovingsimpleliving.com  ~ Cant-afford-minimalist-lifestyle www.collaborativeconsumption.com ~ google-the-latest-collaborative-consumption-startup unclutterer.com ~ A-too-small-house www.aslobcomesclean.com ~ methodical-vs-maniacal The latest episode of the Midway Decluttering Continue reading

Fourth Thursdays with Deb J ~ A Photo Will Do

A quick apology to Deb J and the readers who wondered why her 4th Thursday post wasn't published last week. Silly me! I forgot. Goodness only knows why because Deb's posts give me a day off each month and you would think I would look forward to that.  I’d had this soft, cuddly Ground Hog Beanie Baby since 2002. On Ground Hog day that year I had a new job and the company had a celebration because we had supposedly survived the “go live” of four new programs as well as new phones. One of the people I worked with had given all of us in management one of these little toys. I had a small cloth Continue reading