Archives for July 2014

Some challenges for you

Sanna's success with her 20 thing a day challenge got me thinking about how short term challenges can be very inspiring for letting go of things. So today I have come up with some short term simple challenges that anyone can do. Hopefully they will inspire some of you to do a little extra decluttering. If any of the following challenges appeal to you give them your best shot and let us know how well you did when your challenge is complete. Each day for one week choose a drawer or shelf to declutter. You might be surprised how much easier it is to find what you need in small areas once Continue reading

Staying ahead of the clutter.

Of late I have been getting the felling that maybe there is more stuff coming into my home than there is going out or being used up. Typically craft supplies is my biggest area of concern. Stuff regularly goes out in this area but some stuff does come in, through generous friends and because I am continually experimenting with new ideas, and then there are the supplies that have to be restocked (adhesives, white card stock etc). But there are also other areas of the house where items have also come in, perfume from a good friend, new glass spice container to replace the plastic ones (which Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ The great outdoors

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. As you  can guess from the title this week's missions are all to do with the outdoors, whether in your yard or equipment you use to enjoy communing with nature. So lets see what missions I have come up with for this subject. Monday - Declutter any camping gear you no longer use. Perhaps items Continue reading

Sanna’s lastest 20 thing challenge update

Hello everyone! How are your challenges going? My original 3-week's challenge has ended, but I will keep going for another week as it has only now begun to get a little harder and I'd like to find some more hidden clutter to get rid of. The pace is getting a little challenging meanwhile, but I will do it for the rest of July! For me, it has been a success so far. I kept decluttering my 20 things a day and even got rid of some more (all together another week's worth). Mostly sewing supplies, photos, paper and office supplies had to go, but I also got rid of the odd item of clothing, dishware Continue reading

A late updare from Sanna and her 20 thing a day challenge

Sorry Sanna and Readers I should have published this post last Friday. Better late than never I suppose. I will be publishing this week's update tomorrow. Sanna's Update So, I'm in for almost 3 weeks and actually, I'm meanwhile 200 items ahead of my challenge. This week, lots of incense, recipes, more pens and pencils, a few books, notepads and more left the house. Fine weather made it possible to put a cardboard box with a "for free" sign on the sidewalk which made getting rid of these little items as easy as can be. I also went through my "memorabilia box" (which includes photos) and Continue reading

Fourth Thursdays with Deb J ~ Memory Books

Over the years Colleen has talked in various posts about decluttering craft supplies, photos, and items of memory clutter.  You know those things we hang onto because they help us remember times in our lives that have meaning.  You also know I was into scrapbooking for a number of years and have recently decided that I no longer want to continue this hobby. As I thought about all the money used to buy supplies, those I have used and those I have given away or sold, I began to realize there is a good solution & it goes along with journaling.  I have not been a very good journaler.  I Continue reading

When you’ve been clearing stuff out but can’t yet see a difference.

A friend messaged me this week, with pictures of numerous bags of stuff on their way to a local charity shop, but bewailing the fact her home stills looks over full of stuff. Where am I going wrong she asked? After congratulating her on what she had achieved so far – any clutter going is great and builds up your de-clutter muscle, I came up with a few suggestions: I recommended now  focusing on one room. Choose the room that bothers you the most. Within the room, choose one cupboard or shelf and systematically go through every single item on/in it: handle each one and ask Continue reading

Put away the emotions

I received a comment from Michelle yesterday in response to the day's mini mission ~ Declutter a sentimental item that doesn’t bring much in the way of happy memories. Michelle took on this challenge and then some. the conclusion she came to during this task was very insightful. So much so that I wanted to share it with you all. Here is what she had to say... Michelle ~ "I guess this would go for both Monday and Saturday. I have mentioned before that I collect (maybe USED to collect??) vintage brooches. I have somewhere along the lines of 75-90 regular ones and then about 45 Christmas Continue reading

Mini Mission Monday ~ A little of this and a little of 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. Another week another set of mini missions. Now what can we work on this week? Let s try some things that readers were working on last week? Let's see if you can remember a few and you can in turn check if your have similar items to unburden yourself of. Monday - Declutter a sentimental item Continue reading

Avoiding Regrets

The best way I know of to avoid decluttering regrets is to not let go until you are truly ready. This advice may seem counterproductive to reducing ones belongings, but trust me it isn't. That is because there is usually something else that you are prepared to part with instead. Making hasty decisions can be the cause of those later regrets. And regrets in turn can put you off decluttering, so they are best avoided. Just like I said in yesterday's post, there are things you don't question keeping, there are things you don't question letting go and the things in between are the ones to pass Continue reading