Archives for May 2014

Too much of a good thing

I received a comment yesterday in relation to craft clutter. Please read it below... Gillie: I recently decluttered almost all of my craft supplies. Not because I was going to give up but because I wanted to take it back up again. There was always so much there that I was just overawed by it all and never really got around to doing anything. When I was younger and had very little I made a lot more, because I had little choice and got on with what I had. I think this applies to so much of our stuff . The more we have the less we are able to do because it takes too long to choose or Continue reading

Designed for clutter

I have never encountered a kitchen that wasn't designed for clutter. There are nearly always cupboards in them that are too deep or high for practicality. These spaces are designed to store seldom used items. Everyone knows that the things you use all the time are the ones that are in the easy to reach places. In the fronts of the deeper cupboards and in the ones at the most convenient height. So I think it is entirely possible that everything else, at the very least, boarders on clutter and in most cases is clutter. Yesterday I was doing some reorganising of my craft supplies and tools. Continue reading

Control Issues

All that "I might need it one day!" clutter is about control. Control over your future, a future that may never unveil itself. A future created in your own mind that won't allow you to relinquish items you don't have a use for right now, probably never will and in all honesty, although used in the past, were never really needed even then. What tragic outcome would ensue in the future if, today, you decluttered that spare potato peeler? If you got rid of that ever growing pile of ragged bath towels you save in case of a huge spill? If you put all those magazine clippings in the recycling bin Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ No more procrastination

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 a few items you have been procrastinating over decluttering for some time. Well perhaps this week is the time to finally bite the bullet and let those annoying suckers go. Start controlling your clutter rather than letting it control you. Take a look at each item with a very critical Continue reading

Fourth Thursdays with Deb J ~ Sew Many

We have talked about this before but I wanted to bring it up again.  This is another area I would like to declutter but there is resistance.  It’s all that thread and other sewing supplies.  I don’t know how well you can see this in the pictures but Mom has about 60 spools of thread and about 100 various colors of embroidery floss.  I can see having all of these when she used to sew and I cross stitched.  Now she barely gets something hemmed and I haven’t cross stitched in 10 years or more. Why do we need all this?  Mom says, “We might need a particular color some day and they Continue reading

The joy of acquiring less

One thing I have noticed since I began my decluttering mission is how much more pleasure I get from the items I do acquire. The reasons for that are... I am more careful about my choices so therefore am much more satisfied with the items I do acquire. I acquire stuff far less frequently these days so it is a bigger novelty when I do acquire. The things I buy get well used because they are bought with much consideration and not just on a whim. I generally get things at a good price, if not free, because I don't feel the need to acquire urgently, so am prepared to wait until what I Continue reading

In Denial

Have your ever been or are you currently in denial about the state of the clutter level in your home? Do any of the following scenarios ring true for you? I am happy with the clutter level in my home. ~ While at the same time you wish your home was easier to keep tidy. I am comfortable with the level of clutter in my home. ~ But what you really mean is ~ you feel more uncomfortable with the thought of letting go of more of your precious stuff than you do of living with the resulting discomfort of keeping it. I am more careful about what I bring into my home. ~ But really you've Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ Least likely to be used

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. Some items in our homes are plentiful and there is usually some among them that just aren't necessary to keep. This weeks missions are designed to weed out those least used items from an otherwise useful bunch. Let's see how honest you can be at letting go of the least useful of these Continue reading

New Aussie Sharing Site

Hi Aussie readers, I recieved the following email last week. I decided to share it with you because the more opportunies there are out there to help you share your abundance the better. Please read the request below... I'm writing to you from TuShare. TuShare is Australia's fastest growing sharing platform. This sounds a little jargonny but it essentially means that via the magic of our phones, we're helping people across Australia give and receive things they no longer need to each other.  This year, we're the National hosts for Global Sharing Day, the biggest international movement to Continue reading

The week gone by.

I am posting on a Friday for a change because I was too busy to put a post together yesterday. It has been a busy couple of weeks keeping up the stocks of my handmade cards at the art space where they are sold. It was Mother's Day here in Australia on Sunday so cards were in demand. I have to say I will be happy to have a slower week next week. However I am also happy that a nice quantity of crafting supplies went out the door in the form of those cards. And the money I made was another added bonus. So how has everyone's contemplations gone this week? It is good to remember the Continue reading