Day 232 Five favourites for Friday 20 Aug

My five favourite comments of the week

  • Kerri on Day 225:- Just wanted to say that I am enjoying the favourite five posts. Last week I read a few of the articles and signed up for some new email newsletters. And this week I looked at some of the comments… Read More
  • Willow on Day 227:- So many people I know just keep their adult kids’ stuff at home in bedrooms or the garage. I took a different approach. I told the kids… Read More
  • Ginger on Day 226:- I manage a soft pretzel business and actually find that giving away the leftovers at the end of the night aids in MORE sales in the future. Sometimes I’ll shove an extra free one with… Read More
  • Loretta on Day 228:- Thanks for the prompt! My ‘third drawer’ is in my living room and I throw in everything that doesn’t have a home. Went through it yesterday and put everything in its proper place…Read More
  • Cindy K on Day 198:- a potential solution for books is You list your books, people request them…Read More

My five favourite posts I read this week


It has been a long time since we sipped any port through this little pipe maybe someone else will get more use out of it. I think maybe it was ten years at least since it was used last which brings the Declutter Year count to 64.5 years for the week so far.

Port Sipper

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


  1. I’m loving your blog and look forward to checking it each day (I only found it yesterday). Something about your posts makes me want to dig in and de-clutter stuff. Already I’ve de-cluttered dozens of little things: kitchen gadgets, fabric trimmings I thought I’d use but clearly haven’t, school applications for my son that are no longer necessary to keep, IKEA Allen wrenches, etc. Each item I throw away or put into the Goodwill bag makes me feel like I’m losing weight! I have one question: what is your attitude about secretly decluttering other family members’ junk?

    • p.s. How do we upload a photo for our avatar? I hate looking so anonymous. Thanks 🙂

    • Hi Eve,
      I don’t secretly declutter anything for other members of my family. My children are old enough to make their own decisions so all I can do is encourage them or help them but outside of that it’s their stuff and I just have to live with that. My husband is totally on board with the decluttering so I just leave him to take care of his own stuff so no problem there. If I find something that belongs to someone else while I am decluttering I always ask the owner if they want it or not.
      You are doing so well with your own stuff by the sounds of it and maybe if your family see the benifit of that they might just start to participate of their own free will.

      • Thanks for the advice. My kids are pretty young and so I still might secretly make a few more decluttering decisions for them . . . but better yet, I’m going to try to instill a love of decluttering in them (don’t know if it works that way, but I’ll try). Meanwhile, my husband has noticed my efforts and says he will willingly declutter his dresser drawers soon. I’ll keep you posted on that.

        • Hi Eve,
          you can only do your best and I wish you all the best of luck. Raising children can be a very beautiful yet difficult task. I am glad your husband is making an effort for you.

    • Eve,
      It would be quite difficult for her to declutter our things secretly. Both my brother and I have way too much stuff in our possession but you can bet your bottom dollar that we’d notice if something (even a small something) were to go missing and she’d be hearing about it!! Haha, she does do a pretty good job getting us to declutter though. Whenever I visit I usually get thrown a pile of things while watching TV and am told to go through it. It always seems like such a chore but some of the old things I find in my cluttered mess is quite amusing and it ends up being a fun little activity (but shhh, don’t tell the declutter queen that I said that!).

      • Cheaky little thing aren’t you. Bridget is my daughter in case anyone was wondering.

      • I think she can’t declutter your stuff because then you’d read about it on her blog and she’d be found out! I will have to work in great secrecy if I do anything at all. But a better plan will be for me to work with them, not behind their backs.

  2. Uh-oh. This is the first week I haven’t made the five favorite comments Friday. Motivation to do better next week! : )

    • Hi Cindy,
      don’t feel bad it was a big week for comments. Gotta share the love. You have been busy enough for me lately writing all those guest posts for me.

  3. Colleen – thanks for the shout out! I didn’t make the five favorite comments, but the five favorite posts is even better. Woo hoo!

  4. Thanks for including one of my posts among your 5 favorites again. I appreciate it.

    Keep up the good work here. And I look forward to meeting some of your readers on my blog, too.


  5. You two are too cute!

    Thanks for the mention. Here’s a follow up on the two boxes of videos and books: A few were taken away and stuffed into a suitcase and flown back to my daughter’s home. One of the books was noticed by my darling son in law who said that he remembered reading it as a kid and could he please have it to read to his kids if he ever had any? How could I refuse?!

    • Hi Willow,
      well done a few more things off your hands with no guilt attached. Perfect outcome I’d say.
      I sometimes send Bridget (my daughter) photos of things via email that I think she probably doesn’t want anymore I am still waiting to hear back about a certain bear though. Maybe she is a little attached to it still.


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