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MORE vs less: Do One More Thing Today

Day 13 – Doing “one more thing” was a great motivator for me today. Have you ever tried this mantra?

Do One More Thing — Just do one more thing. Do one more thing. Just do one. Do one. One.

This is my new mantra especially at the end of the day. I want to make my future self happy by being just a little more “declutter” productive each day. But does doing this one more thing make much of a difference? Truthfully, no.

No – not if today was the only time I did that ONE more thing. But what if I did one more thing, today and tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow, etc? THAT would make a difference.

So regarding your clutter, what is the one more thing you’ll do? Here are some ideas.

  • Set the timer for 3 minutes and see how many things you can fling. See this post for an explanation.
  • Declutter one book, one DVD, one item of clothing, one piece of paper, one fridge magnet.
  • Put the full donate box in the trunk of your car.
  • Put one thing away.
  • Unsubscribe from one online newsletter and delete that email.
  • Empty the garbage can.
  • Throw away one item from the fridge or freezer.
  • Put one item in the dishwasher or handwash one item.
  • Recycle one newspaper, one magazine, one plastic container.
  • Make an appointment on your calendar for YOU to read, create, take a walk, connect with someone, pray, have a specialty coffee and do nothing else, Sometimes the best thing we can do for our cluttered lives is to create space for ourselves to rest/refresh.

Day 13 –  31 Minutes of Decluttering = Today’s project was the OCC closet at work. I got so much done because I kept telling myself, “Just one more thing. One More. One!” I will finish the project tomorrow. I also packed my OCC boxes. I need to buy a few more supplies and pay for shipping for each box. This is also a project for tomorrow.

Go here for the landing page with all the posts for MORE vs less: 31 Days of Decluttering. #write31days  . . . I am joining 100’s of bloggers who are determined to write every day in October on one topic. To read more about #Write31Days, go here.

Join me in this experiment of MORE vs less.

Your Turn . . . What would you add to the list of Decluttering One More Thing?

Related Post . . MORE vs less: 31 Thing Fling

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MORE vs less: Your Future Self Will Thank You for Today’s Action

Day 12 – Getting rid of projects today will thrill my future self tomorrow.

“At every stage of our lives we make decisions that will pro-foundly influence the lives of the people we’re going to be-come, & when we become those people, we’re not always thrilled with the decisions we made.

  • So young people pay good money to get tattoos removed that teenagers paid good money to get.
  • Middle-aged people rushed to divorce people who young adults rushed to marry.
  • Older adults work hard to lose what middle-aged adults worked hard to gain.”

~ The Psychology of Your Future Self by Dan Gilbert


“If you want to be happy, make your future self happy.” ~ Gretchen Rubin


“We often imagine our future self as a confident, superior person that exercises every day and does not bite his or her nails. We have romantic, idealistic visions of our future-selves, so much so that we easily forget that the future-self is actually … us, only tomorrow.

And if we don’t do something to support tomorrow-self, he or she will only be more nervous and distracted than today-self. . . .

The mess you make today, your future self will have to clean. Everything you do now is an investment in the life and happiness of your future self.”               ~ Milena Rangelov


Whenever you can, do something kind for Future You.

Future You is someone you love and care about. Future You is someone who you want to be happy, and you have endless opportunities to make that happen. ~ Wil Wheaton 


I first heard about the future-you concept from Gretchin Rubin. Since then I have seen this idea in multiple places. And I am gravitating towards making it more prevalent in my daily life.

“Whatever a man sows, this and this only is what he will reap.”~ Galatians 6:7

Your Future-Self  Will Thank You For Getting Rid Of Clutter.

Your Turn . . . Have you heard about this idea of doing things today to have a better/happier future-self tomorrow? . . . What is one thing you could do today that makes future you happier/better?

Day 12 –  31 Minutes of Decluttering = I spent time sorting my stuff into project piles again. And I decluttered miscellaneous art supplies and papers. I am looking forward to finishing this area because I now have all my watercolour supplies together and I am itching to get back at that medium. And I want to paint those ping pong balls. Do you remember me talking about them several posts back?

Go here for the landing page with all the posts for MORE vs less: 31 Days of Decluttering. #write31days  . . . I am joining 100’s of bloggers who are determined to write every day in October on one topic. To read more about #Write31Days, go here.

Join me in this experiment of MORE vs less.

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Friday’s Fave Five October 6, 2017

“Real life isn’t always going to be perfect or go our way, but the recurring acknowledgement of what is working in our lives can help us not only to survive but surmount our difficulties.” — Sarah Ban Breathnach

I am linking today’s gratitude post to Friday’s Fave Five. I hope you join us or leave a comment to share what makes your gratitude list. Here are mine.

ONE. Family time. My daughter and I drove to Berkeley and spent a day with my son and his family. We had a blast: crafts, photos, dinner, chatting, Mary Poppins with popcorn, and snuggles with the two grand daughters.

TWO. Breakfast/Farmer’s Market with Bip & Lori. We’ve wanted to meet up since August. This was the earliest that all of us could get together. And it was worth the wait! We talked, moaned, encouraged, laughed, and connected.

THREE. Gratitude 43. I am on day 24/43 for my gratitude practice. I’ve picked some topics and I write three reasons I am grateful for that topic. I have been faithfully pondering and writing. And I feel that my gratitude level has been upped.

FOUR. Writing date. My daughter has joined me in #Write31Days. Her topic for the month is  “How backpacking has enriched my daily life.” This week we had two writing dates. It was encouraging to spend a couple of hours (each time) with a writing buddy at a local coffee shop so we could dedicate time to our blogs.

FIVE. Heating pad. A heating pad is great “medicine” for a hurting back.

Your Turn . . . Share what tops your gratitude list.

What I Wrote This Week . . . 

Related Post . . . 43 Days of Gratitude JOURNAL Prompts

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#Write31Days Starts October 1st

Hundreds of bloggers will be flooding the internet with their #Write31Days series starting tomorrow.

fruitfulwords125I am committing to this online writing challenge. My topic is 31 Days of Fruitful Words instead of COMPLAINING. I know I will be challenged in more ways than writing every day. If you’d like to have more fruitful words coming from your mouth, please join me from October 1-31, 2016.



  • Family Life
  • Fashion & Beauty
  • Food, Health & Wellness
  • House & Home
  • Inspiration & Faith
  • Personal Endeavors
  • Simplicity & Organizing
  • Too Awesome to Categorize
  • Writing, Blogging & Internet Stuff

Go to for more information. Go here to sign up your own series.

Your Turn . . . 

  • Have you ever participated in an online writing challenge before? Would you do it again?
  • If you don’t write but still want to grow, check out the categories, find one or two series that you’d like to follow. read them and leave a comment or two.
  • Join me in my deliberate quest to go from potty mouth to fruitful words. You’ll have to read tomorrow’s post to see why I say potty mouth even though I am not a regular swearer.
  • Do you know someone who is a complainer, grumbler, advice-giver (without being asked) or have a sarcastic manner? Let them know about this series. We can grow together.

Related Resources . . . I have participated in two #Write31Days month long challenges. They are listed below.

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