Mini Mission Monday ~ 17Mar2014

Mini Mission Monday is about finding ten minutes a day to declutter. To make it easy for you, each Monday I set seven declutter missions, one for each day of the week for you to follow. It takes the guess work out of decluttering and makes it easy and “fun” for you to achieve some quick decluttering.

Monday – Choose a nook in your home where you would like more space. Perhaps a kitchen shelf or a drawer somewhere. Declutter a thing or two from that nook to achieve your space goal.

Tuesday – Declutter something that you aren’t using that could be helpful to someone else. Old eye glasses to be used for charity, children’s and baby clothes, a pair of runners, craft supplies to your local school or perhaps a tool or two to a Men’s Shed in your community.

Wednesday – Declutter a couple of things from a category that you have too many of. Something that might take years to ever need replacing. Too many towels, too many shoes, too many sheets, to many crockery items…

Thursday – Declutter or put away an item from your car, even it it is just a trash that is lying around in there.

Friday – Declutter some old paperwork, receipts or prescriptions lying around in drawers or on desk tops.

Saturday – Start a use it up challenge on a product or food item you don’t like so much but it would be a shame to waste.

Sunday – Sunday is reserved for contemplating one particular item, of your choice that is proving difficult for you to declutter. Whether that be for sentimental reasons, practical reasons, because the task is laborious or simply unpleasant, or because the items removal requires the cooperation of another person. That last category may mean that the item belongs to someone else who has to give their approval, it could also mean there is a joint decision to be made or it could mean that the task of removing it requires assistance from someone else. There is no need to act on this contemplation immediately, it is more about formulating a plan to act upon or simply making a decision one way or another.

Good luck and happy decluttering

Eco Tip for the Day

Put the right things in your recycling bins. Living in an apartment I find so many things in the communal recycling bins that don’t belong there. This makes sorting labour intensive and the wrong plastics can spoil a batch.

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.

Comments

  1. Colleen, you are good at coming up with mini-missions that resonate in us. I’m so glad you started your blog and have kept it going. Sure helps.

    • My pleasure Deb J, glad to be of help. I did come up with them with my own house in mind and as you know you and I are a bit alike when it comes to decluttering.

  2. I so agree with Deb J, Colleen. Each different way of stating a declutter mission brings different items to mind for decluttering. Somehow the “nook” mission (Monday) really strikes a chord with me. It brings to mind different areas than “drawer or shelf” does. It’s strange the way our minds work.

    It was really interesting to read the link about Men’s Shed. This is such a good idea for an organization. Tip of the hat to Australia!

    • That’s the idea Jo H. The nook I had in mind for my house was a space under hanging clothes in my walk through closet. It has been housing items of my husbands he has been intending to put on ebay. I got sick of them being in my way last week and put them somewhere else. I am now using this space as my area for collecting clutter to go out the door. Hopefully one day it will be completely clutter free. I am also expecting the cabinet maker today to replace shelves in my pantry with drawers. I expect this change may cause a organising cascade effect throughout my house. That my seem strange but I am not opposed to using my kitchen cupboards to store hold other stuff aside from kitchen items. Organising outside the box I call it. I love living outside the box. Ooooo! I just had an idea, I could store my sewing machine in there.

  3. Colleen – could you explain how the Men’s Shed works?

    • Hi Moni, I left a link to it. However, it is community non-profit project which involves a shed full of tools and men getting together making stuff. A DIY meets Male bonding kind of situation.

  4. It took me all of last week to be able to triumphantly clear the “nook” for Monday’s item. I had a cupboard with six shelves in my small laundry room. Each day last week I cleared one shelf so that on Monday it has been moved to the garage – waiting for a Craigslist enthusiast to discover it.

  5. Oh this week I feel like I can do this! I’ve already done Monday–cleared off my dresser top. 🙂

  6. I know you do post repeat missions occasionally, but I’m still amazed at the number of missions you have and continue to come up with. Kudos!

  7. These are great mini-missions. Yesterday I cleaned “most” of the house and was overall pleased with how things are looking – less stuff to clean. I need to make another trip to the store that buys out-right. I was putting some laundry away and checked the closet. There are at least two purses that could be donated to charity. I reckon if I dig deep enough, I could find some other things to donate too. 🙂