Mini Mission Monday ~ 1 Dec 2014


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About Colleen Madsen

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

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  1. Those cards are really very pretty Colleen. Lucky recipients to be given one of those!

    Plenty of inspiration in the mini missions this week. My cardboard boxes have piled up again and I have some hard thinking to do about a plant that has managed to survive for the last 22 years but no longer has much appeal for me. I feel very motivated to declutter as much as possible in the next couple of weeks before my sons come home from college.

    • Thank you Christine, I had a lot of fun making them and the cord tying was a good learning experience.
      My daughter gave me the plant I mentioned, not that that is the inspiration behind keeping it. It just has never changed, except on small shoot in about 7 years and the other leaves just look old now. As for the sons coming home, make sure you have boxes of their stuff that they can sort through while they are there in a bid to clear out some of their stuff. I used to do this with my daughter when she would come home from college. She didn’t seem to mind, it didn’t take long and we made progress on every visit.

  2. One of my pets decluttered my last surviving house plant…oh well, I forget to water them anyway. I should consider decluttering the pot now unless I can find another use for it

  3. A friend recently tried to give me a beautiful house plant. I declined it, but offered to give to my granddaughter’s school thrift shop. She gladly donated the plant. The thrift shop has been a valuable tool in the pursuit of de-cluttering.

    • Hi Calla, a school thrift shop, what a great idea. Is it actually on the school grounds and accessible on a regular basis? What a great fund raiser that would be.

      • The school thrift shop is in the school/ church. There’s a box for payment of the marked items, so it’s not “manned”. Completely on the honor system. Before concerts & plays thrift tables line the hall to the entrance of the concert etc. The students & parents can see it every school day, as well as the church patrons on Sunday. It has proven to be a good fund raiser for the school.

        Thanks to this blog I have weekly ideas of stuff to declutter & give the good items to the thrift shop.

  4. Colleen, you might want to keep those jeans. There is an easy way to fix the gap in the waist since you know how to sew. (A SIL clued me in on this years ago.) Just snip the inside band open in the two places you want some elastic to end. Figure out how much you want to take up the waistband, and cut a length of elastic about that much shorter than where you will insert it plus a little extra for sewing the ends in place. Insert the elastic so that the ends are just past the cut openings Pin the elastic in place, and smooth the band over each end so it is covered, and stitch each end in place through all layers. A zigzag stitch will secure the elastic and close the cut opening.. (I usually go from one side seam to side seam , but just about anywhere will work). You can probably hide the stitching under the belt loops I did this a lot for my children’s jeans since no matter how they were built there was often an annoying gap and they did not like to wear belts either. And I have done it on my jeans when I had a pair that gapped. I’m not sure how good these directions are, but I think you can see what I mean.
    Of course, if you really don’t like the jeans, donate. I put on a blouse the other day that I like the color, print, and the fit, but decided I could not stand the material, just too hot for my skin, so it is in my donate bag.
    I see other things on the missions I need to do, so once again you are helping us keep on keeping on. Thanks so much for taking the time and effort to keep your blog going.

    • Hi Nana, I have done that elastic trick in pants before but never jeans as I find the denim a little thick and leaves the band looking a little too bunched up. That being said, no one will ever see the band anyway so it doesn’t really matter what it looks like, right? but once again, at $4 a pair at the thrift shop I don’t mind just swapping them out. Thanks for the advice though. Next time I might give it a try because more often than not I encounter this problem.

  5. SOme good ideas here Colleen. I continue to slowly declutter in anticipation of moving.

  6. I have to laugh as you talk about not buying things til next winter and decluttering the blanket from the passing season. I just finished moving the last of my short sleeved shirts into the hard to get to side of the closet and pulled out the long sleeved ones. I would enjoy having the windows open to pull the pine scent from the tree we just put up through the house!