Friday’s Favourite Five ~ 23Sep2011

On Fridays at 365 Less Things I share with you my five favourite comments from my wonderful readers and my five favourite web finds of the week. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I did.

But before we begin

Today is a very special day for one of our readers. Katharine is getting married today. Congratulations Katharine and partner, I hope you have a beautiful day and a wonderful life together. Clutter free of course. After all you have him almost trained already. 😉

Fave Five Comments. Enjoy!

In this comment from Eve you will read some words of wisdom gathered through experience when it comes to moving.

I enjoyed this comment from Deb J which I think is a more common occurrence than the opposite situation.

This comment from Felicity has a little regret twist at the end of it but I am betting that if she had those items she mentions she would declutter them with the rest of the stuff.

Diane, who is new to my blog, is learning to let go of some sentimental clutter in this comment.

Sharron and I couldn’t be more opposite when it comes to our feelings about the usefulness (or not) of drawers. As she said in a later comment ~ One man’s meat is another mans poison. In this comment she also talks about the problem she has with some obligation clutter in her home. Perhaps you have a suggestion to help her find a solution.

Fave Five Web Finds. Happy reading!

Every now an again when reading comments from new readers I miss the fact they they have there own blogs. Lena in Philly has a novel way of getting rid of her clutter by offering it up on her blog ~

Then there is this blog from another Lena, which is in Swedish so you will have to have your computer translate it for you ~ Less is more

Now this is impressive and it really gives me hope the the world is heading in the right direction. Lets hope other countries get on board this initiative. Good News ~ Patagonia Common Threads Launch

Here is a lovely feel good story from Australia that Cindy found. Although I am not keen about all the product involved I really do love the gensture. ~ ~ 30 gifts to 30 Aussie strangers

This blogger discovered my blog this week through another blog and in turn I have now been introduced to her blog. I hope you will enjoy this post I chose to share with you while checking out her blog and also welcome Megyn to 365 Less Things. ~ Minimalist Mommi ~Letting go. 

Today’s Declutter Item

Just another ill-chosen item of clothing that is now gone to the thrift shop. It doesn’t pay to go clothes shopping either ~ on a whim, without assessing what you really need, in desperation when your wardrobe is depleted and you need something in a hurry. You are also setting yourself up for bad choices when your main prerequisite is low prices. Although it is great to get a bargain on something you really want shopping with only low prices in mind has you settling for those “make do” items which will soon end up in the “never wear” end of your closet.

Hubby's Shirt

Something I Am Grateful For Today

A fine day yesterday to dry my washing the low impact way, on the clothesline that is. My son is off to visit his sister interstate today and he needed things clean to pack. It was a beautiful day of which I took full advantage. I went for a walk, did that washing, sat on the patio to have my lunch and opened the doors and windows to freshen up the house. 

It matters not how fast I go, I hurry faster when I’m slow

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About Colleen Madsen

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


  1. Congratulations and best wishes, Katharine!

    Thanks for the links to more blogs. I always enjoy checking out your latest finds, Colleen.

  2. Thank you SO much for linking up! The other links were such great reads too 🙂

  3. Congratulations and best wishes to Katharine and hubby to be! May you always be as happy as you are today! Cheers Judy

  4. Morning everyone……..thanks Colleen, so cool to see one of my comments in your 5 faves of the week.

    Yes and you are right l would have decluttered them if l still had them.

    Don’t you love it when you can get all your washing dried in a day. Planning on doing my washing tomorrow morning.

    Quick question for anyone who is interested: What do people do with their old vinyl records these days? I have a small box, yes it is small 😉 with my old 80’s records and some programs from concerts l went to in the 80’s and 90’s. This is literally the ONLY stash of sentimental stuff l have left over from childhood and teenage years. Hey it’s good stuff – after all it does include Duran Duran, Richard Marx, INXS and Culture Club. 🙂 Any advice on this one. Cheers!

    • You can donate them or sell them. I know here there are a lot of stores that will by vinyl records. 🙂

    • Hi Felicity,
      I rarely do lots of loads in one day anymore. I usually just do a load when there is a full one to do, with only three of us in the house these days there is a lot less washing than there used to be.

      Old vinyl records sometimes sell well, depending on what they are of course. With free insertion fees on ebay it is worth trying to sell them. At the thrift shop where I volunteer there is a guy that comes in every week looking for records so clearly donating them is also an option. Good luck, I hope you find a good new home for them!

      • I know, donating is the way to go…….l might take them with me to Sydney when l visit my brother. More chance of a half decent second hand record store and customers that will appreciate them.

  5. Hi Colleen! I really liked all the links! Hey, giving gifts is a way of showing appreciation in most cultures. I liked his gesture very much. 😀 . As for the other links they were all really useful, and you are soft this week (lol).

    • Hi Andréia,
      I know giving gifts is a way of showing appreciation in most cultures but it has gotten in little out of hand in most. There are many ways to show you appreciate someone without giving gifts, a handwritten note is simple yet highly effective and so unusual these days that it really packs a punch. And yes I did go much more softly on the links this week, I am glad you enjoyed them.

  6. And my hearty congratulations to Katharine and husband. Hope you have a wonderful, joyful and uncluttered (:-D) life ahead of you.

  7. Oh what a joyful day indeed!!! Katharine, Have a lovely day!!!

    What fun to share an exciting event via Internet blog!!! 🙂

  8. Before I open your Friday Fave Five, I get my cup of hot green tea all perfekt and ready to sip, settle into my chair in the home office, and with so much excitement press the button to open your blog. Great links, thanks for sharing, and thanks for my happy morning tea and read!!!!

    • Hi Annabelle,
      that sounds wonderful, there’s nothing like a good cuppa when you sit down for a read. I hope I provided some good links today to go with your cuppa.

  9. Grace from Brazil

    Dear Colleen, What a treasure of good ideas, challenges and just plain fun reading. I thought the garbaj link was a feast for delightful reading and some gentle nudges towards some deeper thinking about living in community. See how you have reached all over the world into our homes and lives as we think about how to let go and live more freely! This was demonstrated so clearly from Lena’s blog. (Which pigeon holed me to a tee.) I did love the story about the Brazilian young man. I am an ex-pat so I only live in Brazil but I truly love it and thank God everyday for His grace to allow me to live here among such a wonderful people.

    I did not comment through the week but several of your posts left lingering impressions of areas that need to be looked at, especially the clutter that my neighbor might not enjoy looking at. Once more you force me, in such a nice way, to look beyond myself to think about my neighbor, which is good theology!

    • Hi Grace from Brazil,
      I knew you would enjoy this week, there was some lovely links there to blogs and post that were a little more uplifting than last weeks doom and gloom. I also enjoyed garbaj, especially the one about the tray for carrying a person, lena had some fun writing that post. I have often considered the idea of posting my stuff for sale or give away on my own blog but then I don’t want to encourage people to declutter and then offer them my clutter at the same time. That would be kind of counter-productive don’t you think.

      I like it when my posts leave lingering impressions, as you mentioned, especially if those impressions evolve into action. Looking beyond yourself and thinking of your neighbour is good theology which also comes in the form of releasing your unused stuff into the world so those who have a use for it can find it and rehouse it.

  10. Many thanks everyone. We had a fantastic day and are so happy. Everyone raved about the unmatched charity shop crockery: it all looked so pretty and we asked friends to bring poses from their gardens to put in old teapots and other friends made the cakes and sandwiches.

    Best bits: saying our vows in front of those dearest to us, the cheer when we were pronounced husband and wife, and the moment when my husband cried, when telling everyone how much I meant to him: totally overwhelming and very beautiful.

    You’ll have a picure as promised Colleen when we get some – haven’t seen any ourselves yet :O)

    • Hi Katharine,
      I am so thrilled for you. You have set a wonderful example of how beautiful a wedding day can be without all the expense and waste. My eyes are welling up reading your comment again not wanting to miss any of the details. Of course you know you are going to have to write a post about it for me. Than can be compensation for not getting cake. 😆