Day 120 Don’t assume

Grooming Set

This grooming set is a prime example of where communication is important when it comes to not cluttering up your home.

I assumed that this was a gift to my husband from perhaps his grandmother and therefore  had sentimental value as well as being functional. This week on a whim I took them out of the laundry cupboard and asked my husband if he still wanted them. His response was “No I don’t,  I thought you used them”.

So they have been sitting in cupboards moving from one house to another for heaven knows who many years and nobody has used them in all that time. Needless to say they won’t be residing in our house any longer.

It just proves the odd little saying – ASSUME makes an ASS out of U and ME.

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About Colleen Madsen

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


  1. Clever project! I’ve been doing something similar– I call it “Rathole a Day”. I find one messy thing– small is ok– every day and clean it up. Usually involves getting rid of something.

    • Hi Deb,
      “Rathole a Day” even the title makes it sound like you were well and truly over the messes before you got started with your project. It feels so liberating with every bit of progress you make along the way doesn’t it, I swear even the air feels clearer in my house these days.
      Good luck and keep us informed of your progress and any helpful tips you discover along the way.