Archives for January 2014

The Great Unveiling

Today I want to share with you photos of my new home. It is a work in progress but I am sure you will agree that we have slotted in fairly well so far. However my photography leaves a little to be desired. We are constantly decluttering and reshuffling and it is coming together nicely. This Friday we take possession of a secondhand 70s sideboard which will replace my craft cubes that have been serving as our TV cabinet since we moved in. Two of the cubes will go into my kitchen cupboards while two others in the spare room wardrobe will be decluttered to make room for the paper file drawer Continue reading

The joy of decluttering

When does the joy of getting rid of stuff ever wear off. I suppose when there is nothing left to get rid of but, for me that time has still not arrived yet. Last night my husband showed me a pile of stuff and told me I could give it away. I almost did a happy dance. Then this morning I broke up some styrofoam from our television box that we have kept for seven year in anticipation of another move. Now we have the made the move and, although I dare say it won't be our last, it is a more permanent situation than military life has been for the last 27 years so out all the boxes go. The Continue reading

Beware the product demo!

I am writing this post with this weeks mini missions in mind. It might help you identify some of those too hard to use items loitering in your home. However the intention behind it is actually to help you avoid acquiring such gadgets in the future. When viewing product demonstrations, whether in store, at a home show, on television or online, one thing to remember is that you aren't shown the full picture, and the person demonstrating the product may have had hours and hours of practice. The simplicity of operation of a gadget is enhanced by that fact that you don't see  the staging of the Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ All too hard

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. Do you have things cluttering up your place that you would use if only something about it was too hard. Items you know could be mighty handy if it wasn't for that things that makes them unappealing to use. I have had stuff like that and I bet you do too. So this week we will declutter this kind Continue reading

Fourth Thursdays with Deb J ~ Pots & Pans

We have a plethora of pots and pans as you can see by the picture (see below). This is an area I feel needs to be decluttered. Does anyone need this many cooking pots? Maybe a gourmet cook, which we are not. There are 3-4 of these we use on a regular basis. We make a lot of soups in the stock pot. We water sauté veggies a lot in the big skillet. We use the medium pot for steaming and the smaller one for cooking individual veggies. So why in the world do we have all the rest? Because Mom says we might need them. Mind you, we also have a microwave we use with a couple of covered glass dishes Continue reading

New Year inspiration by Doodle

So, it’s the New Year, a time to look forward with new plans and hopes. I’ve often wondered if the New Year has different significance in different parts of the world. (Of course many cultures and religions have dates different to the Western world use of January 1st). Here in the UK, in the northern hemisphere, January 1st,  is the traditional time for people to start diets and new exercising regimes – ironically at probably hardest time of the year to do so as winter is just kicking in and it gets dark by 4.30 pm. as does the need for warming comfort food. Historically, in this Continue reading

“A change is as good as a holiday.”

Anyone who has been following my blog for a while knows that I don't talk much about organising. It is my experience that getting rid of a bunch of unused stuff makes it easier to organise the useful stuff left behind, so I focus on the decluttering side of organising. However rearranging an area in your home can be a great catalyst to letting go of the stuff that doesn't fit with what you expect as the end result of this task. Being bogged down in the same old, same old can be energy sapping and blind you to the stuff laying unused everyday right under your nose. When I was a child it was Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ The stuff of stuff

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. Stuff is made of all sorts of stuff. This weeks mini missions challenges you to find clutter made of different substances. You can really use your imagination for these. I'll name the substance and you find some clutter made from it to declutter. Monday - Declutter something constructed with Continue reading

The power of one a day decluttering

While decluttering some paperwork last week my husband came across the removal manifest for our move from America to Australia in 2007. We held on to it to make the comparison with this latest move. There were no fewer than twenty pages of this manifest. That did not even include the items that were in storage here in Australia that were also delivered to our home. All of our electrical items, furniture and any items that would not fit in a packing box, when we left for America, were all left behind. So If I took a conservative guess I would say there were at least 23 pages in all, of boxes, Continue reading

No Regrets

On our daily walks by the beach my husband and I pass by a little rock pool area. As we walked by the other day I wondered something of Steve that not one minute later he put into words ~ "Do you sometimes regret decluttering the snorkelling gear?" After laughing and telling him I had just wondering if he though that, my unreserved response was no. You see we had had that snorkelling gear for at least twenty years when I finally decluttered it. It hadn't been used for about nineteen of those twenty years. The fact is that if I hadn't began this declutter mission, and let go of all the things Continue reading