Your responses to Tuesday’s post

I know that many of you have been reading all the responses to the ten questions on Tuesday’s post but for those who don’t have that much time here are a selection of the responses that I really enjoyed or thought carried a good message to share with you all.

1. Q.  What do you think has been the main cause of clutter build up for you in the past? (This could be more than one thing)

A.  Jude ~ People died or moved away and left all their stuff here.

A. *pol ~ Time: the more time that goes by the more we have acquired. Kids, they are amazing at accumulating at an alarming rate especially with grandparents/uncles/aunts/etc. nearby.

2. Q.  Have you changed your purchasing habits since you have begun your latest decluttering mission?

A. Sharron ~ Yes, yes and yes, no more shopping for leisure!

A.  Katharine ~ Yes. While not previously a big spender, I have definitely started avoiding the shops – if there is nothing I know I need, why go to the shops because I’ll only find things I didn’t know I needed before. I learnt that idea here. I also think about what I need to get rid of when I bring something new into the house and where the new thing will live as it needs a home straight away.

A. Lesley ~ I’d stopped buying so much stuff before I started decluttering but now I really do think whether I want to have to move something to clean it/round it or whether I really love it enough to want to move it across a continent/ocean should that be relevant. Sometimes the answer is ‘yes’ for non-essentials but mostly it’s a ‘no’ these days.

3. Q.  Do you think you have learned enough about your clutter habits not to end up back at square one sometime in the future?

A.  Nurchamiel ~ Yes, I quite enjoy the minimalism in my life now, I don’t want to go back. I have found that I love empty spaces. And also, I can live in much smaller rooms now, because I have less stuff that needs to fit in.

A.  Liina ~ Yes, absolutely. I’m a much more thoughtful consumer, and I’m very aware when I don’t *need* something, and I don’t enjoy shopping any more. I’m also less reluctant to let go of sentimental stuff that’s really junk…unless my dad gave it to me, apparently (and he’s living and very present in my life! so it’s not that kind of thing). That’s something I’ve only become aware of recently, and am just beginning to explore.

4. Q.  What is something that you have realised recently that had never occurred to you before about your clutter?

A.  Cheryl ~ I have realised how much time clutter was stealing from me. I work about 50 hours a week and spent much of my weekend cleaning up. Now I can keep up with it during the week and can enjoy my weekends.

A. Andréia ~ It is time consuming. It always gives you the illusion that you are busy, when, in actual truth you are overwhelmed. It makes a five minute job turn into a five hour crusade, with no good results.

5. Q.  Is your clutter problem more about having too much or not being organised?

A.  Lisa ~ I never thought I had a clutter problem because I was ultra-organized. I even taught others how to organize. The great awakening occurred for me when I realized I DID have too much stuff and that it was suffocating me even if it was organized and neat.

A. Andréia ~ Having too much stuff. Once the stuff was gone, keeping the house in order has become a calm and fast job.

For Me

1. Q. Has my blog helped you with your clutter mission and if yes, in what way?

A.  Ruby ~ Yes, though I am very new to this blog. The daily ideas help me stay focused and break things down into do-able little steps, and the archives and links to other resources have helped too. And I’m counting things out of the house, 172 so far. This is a good thing for me, to count my positive progress, instead of counting endless undone tasks on a to-do list.

A. Cindy ~ Lord, yes, every step of the way. I got the idea to start a thing a day from you, and I’m almost at my year.

2. Q. My style of decluttering is “Slow & Steady” do you think that is a style that works for you and makes my blog unique?

A.  Katie ~ I definitely started out with a whirlwind, and that was great for me as I was itchy to make and see a difference. That has subsided but I still have a long way to go. From here on out it’s making lifestyle changes.

A.  Cindy ~ Yes, I think slow and steady for decluttering, like weight loss and love, is better than “fast and furious” which often doesn’t last. In terms of your blog being unique. It must be, because I’ve read every single post, and I don’t read any other blogs except for a very occasional peak.

3. Q.  Do you need more advice about organising the stuff you are keeping or getting rid of the stuff you aren’t?

A. Nurchamiel ~ Last. Less stuff organises itself (what also helps: empty spaces – love it! :) ) and there are still a few items I should send to the thriftstore. That reminds me, I should take a bag and hang it up in my room. Every time I see something that needs to go to the thrift store, I can dump it in that bag. Works like magic to me!

A.  Cindy ~ I don’t fully agree with your premise that a decluttered house organizes itself. I think some organizing advice would not be out of line.

4. Q.  Do you think you need practical advice about decluttering or do you feel you benefit more by being awakened to what the problem might be in the first place?

A. Katie ~ I benefit more from the psychological aspect of clutter and why we feel the need to buy things which do not impact our ability to survive.

A. *pol ~ I think the best thing for me is being reminded WHY I’m doing this on a regular basis. Why do I purchase? Why do I keep stuff? Why do I want it all messy in front of me? How can I get over these causes and find peace with my space. There are tonnes of sites that cover closet cleaning, etc.

5. Q.  Is there something you would like included here at 365 less things that you feel is missing and would make my blog a better help to you?

A.  *pol ~ I know it sounds silly, but I find the typeface a little jarring to read. I like when it comes to my email better than coming to your site (talk about being picky, eh?!) I really think you are doing great keeping the content real, positive, inspiring and helpful!

A.  Judy ~ No. It’s a fine blog. I think I’ve read it for almost a year, so you must be doing something right.

Today’s Declutter Item

Will the baseball collection madness ever end? There will always be some in our home I should imagine but not anywhere near the number we started with. I challenge someone to go back and count how many days a baseball item has appeared as Today’s Declutter item.

More Baseball Stuff

My Gratitude List

  • Something that made me laugh ~ Liam being invited to moustache themed party ~ he is stoked about it because he not only has a moustache but he has his dad’s moustache tattooed on his chest. Now that is dedication to the moustache. Neither my children nor myself have seen their father without his it has become “The Symbol of Dad”.
  • Something Awesome ~ Having a good butcher shop near my house. The staff are friendly and the product is hand chosen so it is always good quality and if sometimes that costs a little more I don’t mind.
  • Something to be grateful for ~ A quiet day at home. After all the hustle and bustle of the long weekend it was nice to sit in silence for most of the day.
  • Something that made me happy ~ Reading through all the great responses to my ten questions. I have been at it all day in between housework that is.
  • Something I found fascinating ~ The conversations with my friend Lizzy are always fascinating to me. She has been a good influence on me over the last four years and I am pleased to have her as a friend.

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. Thanks for compressing the many responses into this post. I often don’t have time to read everyone’s comments, but I always have time to read your post. As for whether this blog will continue to be useful to me, I have to say YES! Even when we think all has been said and done on any topic, it’s just a fact that frequent reinforcement is the best way to stick with any goal, so I’m counting on you to be here and reinforce my decluttering habits and help me to keep on the right path! Thanks.

    • Hi Eve,
      it is my pleasure because I know I read lots of other blogs that I don’t have the time to read the comments of. And don’t worry I will be here nagging you all for a good while yet.

  2. I appreciate the condensed version of the comments as well as I’m at work and didn’t have time to read them all. I LOVE your blog, look forward to it each day and am working at decluttering slowly but surely. My biggest thing when I’m shopping now is ‘will this (whatever item) last in my house or will I be shipping it off to Goodwill in 6 months?’ That usually prevents me from buying it ha ha! Thanks again Colleen for your great work. Oh and I also love your pics of before and after – your house looks beautiful in both shots!
    Cheers Judy

    • Hi Judy,
      thank you for taking the time to read my blog each day and it is my pleasure to condense comments down for you so you don’t miss the great tips your fellow readers contribute. That is why I have the Fave Fives on Fridays as I understand not everyone has the sort of time up their sleeve that is required to read through all the comments.

      I like your shopping decision making strategy, anything that helps keep the clutter down is a good thing.

  3. I enjoyed going to the comments and reading them all. I think your blog is fab. I really enjoy it.

    We recently had a craft and craft supply sale here in our community. I didn’t take any crafts but I did take a lot of scrapbook supplies up. I sold about a 1/3 of what I took up there. I then spread it all out here at home an invited a few friends who were not able to make it to the sale and sold some more. I then found someone to give most of the rest to. I have one bag of things that I have since found that I want to get rid of so will run it by some freinds. I had 4 nice leather journals that I pulled the pages out of. I then read through them and put those entries I thought were worth saving into a file on my computer. I plan to burn it to disc later this week. Yesterday I took the leather wrap-around covers to a shop here in town where they sell supplies for stamping, scrapbooking and book making. The lady who teaches the book making classes bought the leather covers. I”m having a great time getting rid of more clutter. It’s just so much fun. Freeing too.

    • Wow Deb J, good for you. I have a plan to do a similar thing. I am going to a morning tea organised by the Defence Community Organisation and I am hoping a representative from the RAAF base craft group will be there. I plan on asking if I could bring my unwanted papercraft supplies to one or two of their get-togethers and sell it. if there isn’t someone at the morning tea I have contact numbers I can use. I am really keen to get started on getting rid of this stuff and your comment has fuelled that desire even more. I would like to reduce my craft area to at least half the size that it is now. When I have achieved this I will write a post about it and shock you all with the sheer immenseness of it. I have come to the point where I AM READY, willing and eager.

      • I can’t wait to read it, Colleen! You may not believe it, but I am getting ready, willing and eager to pass on all the yarn I know I’m never going to knit!

      • Colleen, I will look forward to hearing about your reduction in craft supplies. I had such a good time getting rid of stuff that I’m thinking of going back through and seeing what else I find. I really do use much of this scrapbooking stuff but I know that there is some of it that I could probably do without and there are people out there who could use it. I just heard about a shelter that might be able to use it. I’m going to check it out and see if that is true. I’d love to give it to a place like that.

  4. Thanks for posting these, Colleen. I haven’t had time to be online much and have missed A LOT!

  5. One great aspect that I adore of your blog is to read & re-read all your readers comments. The questions and answers were so helpful. Thanks!

    • I will accept that thanks on behalf of the entire community here at 365 and give yourself a pat on the back as you are one of the great readers and commenters.

  6. Hi Colleen! I liked the questions very much, and I read all the answers and comments, after I had answered my own questions. As I write and talk way too much here, most of the things were repeats. But I liked to intereact anyway. I read your blog everyday and my husband even makes cracks about my constant coming here. A joke he made: “Hey, if the washing machine breaks we don’t have to fix or buy another, because you want 365lessthings…” Yeah, right, never be without my washing machine :-D. I like your blog very much, keep up the good work.

    • Hi Andréia,
      that husband of yours sounds as cheeky as mine ~ you should have told him that’s right but he will be taking over the washing duties when that happens. 😆

  7. Love the summary, so easy to read through!