Mini Mission ~ Friday 22Sep2017

Declutter at least one textile item. This could be clothing, linens, towels, rugs, cushions, curtains… and the list goes on. I am continually doing a use it up challenge on yarn by knitting socks for anyone among my family or friends that would like them. Admittedly I am also buying yarn for such projects too but it keeps me amused and I refuse to allow my yarn stash to take up more than one small drawer. Some of my hand knitted socks are made purely from leftovers which helps clear out the drawer and makes for some interesting socks.

My most recent sock project.


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About Colleen Madsen

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


  1. I get a kick out of the socks. I think it is a great idea.

  2. I love your socks! Got rid of all our yarn a while back. I used to have lots of craft stuff but now I think I only have some beading supplies? All the rug yarn went, along with the special hook, all the charcoal and other drawing supplies…. I had finally realized that I wasn’t using it at all for years… haven’t missed it, although I occasionally have creative thoughts 🙂

  3. I do a fair amount of crochet and knitting, all for charity now. I keep my yarn in a decorative basket. I use it up COMPLETELY before I consider going to buy more.

    But before I do, I send up a prayer to the universe along the lines of ” OK I need more yarn…” and almost every time someone appears with a bag of yarn for me!

    Sounds weird I know but it works for me!

  4. Colleen, I guess you remember all your readers are in lust over your hand knitted socks!!!

    I’m a couple days ahead on this one. I mentioned previously I am giving things to my nephew.
    So, packed and ready for him are 8 washcloths, 3 bath towels, 1 hand towel, 2 kitchen bar towels, 3 pot holders, 1 drying cloth, and 2 microfiber cloths. Hey, I did good on this one!!! And I badly needed to get rid of those things. I sort of hoard old towels and washcloths like I do sheets, because I do use them for various projects eventually. I also took a stack of towels out of the closet to put aside for work rags. Currently using some of those as protective pads for a painting project.

  5. We used up a piece of fabric I had on hand for a repair that hubby did to our appliance garage.

    Hubby also decluttered:
    1 bag of cement
    2 lawn mower grass catchers
    2 solar lights from back deck

    He’s been doing great!

  6. (2) pairs of too big pants from basement storage.

  7. Remember our homeless four legged friends at shelters need towels.

  8. I love your socks Colleen.

    I have 1 shirt and 2 pairs of too big yard pants. I spent the summer tugging them up…decided not another season was I willing to do that again. The pants are stain/rip free so someone else will be able to use them.