Cuppa & a Chat / Guest Post Request

Hi readers, as I may have mentioned I am about to embark on a six week vacation to Japan and America. In Japan I will be visiting Tokyo, Osaka & Kyoto. In the USA I will be visiting Hawaii, San Francisco, Seattle, Las Vegas and a brief period in Anaheim. If any readers in those areas would like to get together for a cuppa and a chat you can contact me via my contact page . I won’t post dates here but I will be happy to talk dates with you if you are interested.

Likewise I am sending a call to anyone who would like to write a guest post for me while I am away. I have been very busy of late and have not had a chance to write in advance. I will write when I can while I am away but I would love it if some/any of my readers would like to have their say for a change. Sharing your brand of decluttering wisdom with your fellow readers can be quite therapeutic for yourself and a refreshing new angle for your fellow readers. Not only that it would give me the opportunity for some much needed time off to revitalise and enjoy all the sights, sounds and cultures of the place I will be visiting along the way. You can write one or several posts as I have plenty of days to fill. You can even submit a set of mini mission if you like.

After writing that I feel quite excited to sit back and read what you have to say and see some different mini missions ideas. You may simply like to post a short help request post for advice on a particular decluttering issue you are having. So please get on board and make this a fun six weeks for us.

If you are interested in writing a guest post simply contact me through the contact page and I will send you an email address to send your submission through to.

Today’s Mini Mission

As mentioned above I am still decluttering for my kids. They drop it off to me and I take it to the thrift shop. You on the other hand may still have kids at home. Now, as the season begin to change, is a good time to start taking a look in their closets to see if there are clothing items that no longer fit. Doing a little tidying up in there at the same time would also be wise. Know what they have that still fits for the coming season will help you to no go out buying things they don’t need and recluttering all over again.

Eco Tip for the Day

Use the stairs rather than the elevator. This of course has the added bonus of a little impromptu exercise. My husband and I have made a habit of mostly using the stairs to go down from out 6th floor apartment and then riding the elevator when we go up.

For a full list of my eco tips so far click here

“If we do not feel grateful for what we already have, what makes us think we’d be happy with more?” — Unknown

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About Colleen Madsen

Colleen is the founder of 365 Less Things and lives in Newcastle, Australia.


  1. I’m so excited for you. Have a great time.

  2. You have a full itinerary. Have a wonderful time. I am not on the West Coast or I would love to visit and while you have a cuppa, I would have Seattle coffee.

  3. This sounds like a fabulous trip Colleen! And how wonderful to have six weeks so you can really get the chance to explore and visit. Have a wonderful time!

    • Hi Christine, we plan on making our next overseas trip last three months. I think my husband and I must be a great pair and had the formula just right to be able to live the life we do. And I stayed home to raise our kids as well back in the day. We weren’t rich by any means and still aren’t but my he had a good job with benefits and I was thrifty and handy. Life is good.

  4. You are going to have so much fun! Completely different atmospheres – different foods – different sounds. . . I am envious, but can still send you my Happy Travel Wishes!

  5. What an exciting trip!

  6. You should show us what you have packed for a six week trip 🙂 I know it will be minimal.
    I asked a young architecture student if she would like my collection of House magazines and she said yes. That will be one shelf of the bookcase emptied.
    I have just thought of a guest post I could write. Will work on it and hopefully show you next week Colleen when you are free to have a Coffee 🙂

    • Hi Wendy, I did that for the last vacation. I am so relaxed about it at the moment that I haven’t really given it much thought. Maybe that is because I haven’t had a chance but whatever. No worrying is good worrying. 😉
      I look forward to reading that post. Make sure you proof read it because I am not even planning to do that with the post I receive. Raw will be good enough for me and I am sure the readers will forgive any mistakes.

  7. Have a blessedly good time my dear. I can’t wait to hear how it goes.