Friday’s Favourite Five ~ 2Sep2011

Oh my goodness, it was near to impossible to narrow this weeks comments down to just five? There were so many great conversations going on. Here are the five I have picked though, I hope you enjoy them. I would also suggest you read all the comments from Saturdays post if you want to hear some inspiring declutter success stories.

Amidst floods and tornadoes Amy found time to leave this humorous comment. She squeezed this in during a short break from pumping water out of her basement and with the power flickering on and off. Now that is dedication to my blog. Thanks Amy!

Willow took the time to email me and say I should include this comment because it held such a good message. Even though it was written my me I will include it on her request. Don’t forget to scroll up and see what Becky had to say that triggered this response.

I received this comment from a new reader, Kelly who had a great way to avoid the pain of posting things for sale. I think you will agree that she is on to something here. 😉

This comment came in from Willow how discovered something interesting about here use of clothes by participation in the 333 Project.

Ideealistin has come up with a plan to declutter her music collection in this comment but the beginning of the story starts here.


Inspired by Willow’s comment about here is a link to Project 333 

Don’t miss reading this post as it is a lovely review about my blog by Jennifer Reid @ Lifes like a ~ Best of blogs reviews I was really pleased with what she wrote.

Here is a post from one of our readers here at 365 Less Things who has been inspired to start a blog her Happy Shiny Me ~ Connections

Here is my first ever Twitter link whose author is also one of my readers. I am now following you NatalieInCA.

I haven’t tried this tip from Leo at Zen Habits yet but it sure sounds feasible so I thought I would share it with you in advance. Sometimes getting started is the hardest part.

Today’s Declutter Item

Yet another pair of binders empties of their contents and donated to the thrift store.

Something I Am Grateful For Today

I needed a car today when my husband had ours at work. Luckily for me I am collecting my neighbours mail at the moment and they had generously offered for me to use their car should I have the need. I was most grateful to be able to take them up on their offer today. I am so lucky to have such kind neighbours.

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. I am very fortunate too, i have the best neighbours ever. However they have decided to sell up and retire to a low maintainence flat, am really sad but i know we will stay friends. She also told me that she wants to go ‘minmalist’ like me lol and has enlisted me to help. I am very happy to spread the less is more love 🙂

    Would like to echo what you said Colleen, has been a really good week for comments, lively and really interesting. We are mostly minmalist around here, but you can always learn more.

    • Hi Sharron,
      I am so glad your neighbour has the sense to realise that as you get older it is wise to change your living arrangements to suit your needs. Sometimes people just get too set in their ways for one reason or another. I can assure you that won’t happen to me. You are a good neighbour to help them with their decluttering. Go forth and spread that les is more love!

      It really has been a great week for comments hasn’t it. I am getting RSI though but what the heck I can still walk so travel will still be possible. I will just have to give up housework and buy some voice recognition software so I can keep blogging. 😆 Just kidding.

      • Ha ha 🙂 Yes it has been a lively week, a lot of people struggle with this area, so it’s great that everyone is able to put their view across and perhaps help someone else, perhaps you could do a stand alone? And if anyone lives close by me in the uk i would gladly come and help you clear out your closets……..

        🙂 Keep going Collen despite the RSI!!!

        Sharron 🙂

  2. Hi Colleen! That link to Happy Shiny Me just led me to another of her posts “Hazards of Being a Packrat” which hilighted to me one of my biggest fears with clutter: “And there is ALWAYS an underlying sense of dread that am forgetting something really important”. That really sums it up to me. No matter how I try to keep on top of stuff I always get this nasty feeling! Thanks for sharing that link with us.

    • Hi Andréia,
      since you are so scared of that happening there is a good chance it never will because you are aware of the possibility and won’t let it happen. You have to consider what is scarier holding on or letting go. It seems to me that given that choice you know letting go is your only option.

  3. GREAT links, Colleen! HappyShinyMe looks like it’s going to be a fun blog to read.
    When I saw the big white binder you decluttered, my first thought was, “If she lived in my town, I’d ask for it.” Because that binder is the exact one I use for my lesson plans, I wouldn’t have to go buy one next week. No–don’t ship it to me. lol

    • Hi Willow,
      I have gotten rid of about 10 binders during the last eighteen months I think. That alone has freed up a lot of space. I promise I won’t send it to you as I have already dropped it at the thrift store, you funny thing! 😉

  4. I am lucky to be on the giving end of the car. Our neighbor is also a stay-at-home mom and her hubby takes the car. She often borrows ours to run errands or whatnot, especially in this AZ heat when walking or biking isn’t an option. It feels great to be able to help her out when the car would just be sitting in the garage anyway. She watches the pets while we’re on vacation, and we call it even!

  5. So glad you liked my review Colleen!
    Thanks so much for the mention and keep up the great blogging 🙂

  6. I think I might start being a bit more out there with my de-cluttering on my blog, like you. Each day I list on a separate page what I have gotten rid of, but I think I like the idea of showing it in a photograph like you do. There’s always so much to get rid of.

    • Hi Tasmanian Minimalist,
      one day I will have to make a huge collage of all the stuff that I have gotten rid of. Seeing it all together would give a great visual of how much has really left the house.

  7. Thank you for all the great links to other sites!

  8. Congratulations on the “best of blogs” posting, Colleen – it read very well, and was well merited!

  9. As I’ve practically done my house, I’ve moved on to decluttering at my volunteer job! I’ve decluttered the office there of around 50 3 ring binders (they wanted to throw them out, but I lugged them to the op shop of course!), a 4 drawer filing cabinet, a huge bookshelf of stuff and other bits and pieces. Each week I fill my car to take stuff to the op shop. My boss loves me: I’m so totally ruthless with anything she is waffling over keeping, and it’s given her so much more space to do her job. I’m loving it too!

    • Hi Loretta,
      I bet your boss is loving you, especially if you are hauling the stuff away for her as well. A cluttered dysfunctional workplace leads to a lot of wasted time which equals inefficiency. Who need that in a workplace, NOBODY. Good for you!