Mini Mission Monday ~ Least likely to be used

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.

Some items in our homes are plentiful and there is usually some among them that just aren’t necessary to keep. This weeks missions are designed to weed out those least used items from an otherwise useful bunch. Let’s see how honest you can be at letting go of the least useful of these groups.

Monday – Take out the three least used utensils in your kitchen. Really think why you bother to keep them. Declutter the least used item.

Tuesday – Take a look in your closet. Take out the three least used items of clothing. Declutter the least likely ever to be used again.

Wednesday – Take out your three least comfortable pairs shoes. Declutter the pair that you are least likely to wear.

Thursday – Choose three books from your book collection. Declutter the one least likely to be reread.

Friday – Retrieve the three least likely to be used linen items ftom your linen closet. Declutter the one of those that is used the least.

Saturday – Choose three items among your craft supplies. Be that tools or materials. Declutter the least likely ever to be used again.

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

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About Colleen Madsen

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


  1. Tuesday’s mini-mission will be good for me as we are changing season and I have both Summer and Winter clothes out at the moment and my wardrobe is looking kind of messy.

    • Yes Moni, this is a good time of year to take a good look at the wardrobe. I have mostly taken care of mine because I don’t have enough room in my closet to have both seasons down at once.

      • Colleen – its anoying because our local Goodwill store doesn’t take summer clothes at this point, and I get it that they don’t want to store it thru to Spring but sometimes I get a bit frustrated by the staff at our local one. I only send really good stuff but one lady in particular makes me feel like they are doing me a favour accepting still fashionable and in good condition clothes, especially stuff from my daughters.

        • That certainly is annoying. The thrift shop that I volunteer at takes all clothing all the time but they have a big warehouse to sort and store the items in until they are in season. And besides some summer stuff is usable all year round here. I mostly wear T-shirts under a sweater with jeans in the winter so I would want Ts be be available all year round. I understand it is a lot colder there though.

  2. Some good missions, Colleen. I think I am at a standstill for now because am tired. I’m glad I can come back to this post when things calm down.

  3. I have spent all weekend decluttering. The last couple months have been so busy (with little spare time), and with my husband gone all weekend and no commitments, it seemed like the perfect time to get down to business. I went through all my clothes and have two large garbage bags to get rid of (actually let a couple friends sort through first LOL). Then I attacked the stacks of paper and magazine that have been piling up – most went straight to the recycling bin. Embarrassingly enough, I found a couple Christmas decorations that had been overlooked (they went to their homes). Then I sorted and tossed the seemingly endless assortment of trinkets that my son brings home. Many went straight into the trash. Not sorry there. This was on top of doing the usual cleaning, laundry, dishes, and general picking up. What a mess! But it will be nice tomorrow to not have to come home and see the stacks and piles that have dominated my life the last few weeks. And now I can shut my closet again – SUCCESS!

    • Well done Michaela. I can just imagine what a relief it will be to come home to a tidy house. On days when I am madly card making on my kitchen bench I am glad when I finally pack up and have a tidy house again. I love the crafting but not so much the mess.

  4. Good minis. These give me some more ideas of where to look for things.
    There are a few knives that I really don’t use… ever.

    Yes, I think I will be able to do each one of these missions.
    Thanks, Colleen.

    • I managed to get rid of even more utensils than just the one. Nice.
      They will be much appreciated at work where we seem to “lose” utensils constantly.

    • As usual, well done Ron. I also have a few knives that I don’t use often enough to keep. My daughter will be happy to take them off my hands.

  5. Colleen, these are nice mini missions. While I have been decluttering “on the go” for most of the last half year, about a month ago I started a more ruthless round through everything again. In this house, we (and especially I personally) are already down to rather small amounts of stuff of all kinds – of which not everything is sorted perfectly, but even that is getting better and better. Yet still it is more than I need. I decluttered half of my craft storage containers about two weeks ago and realized that there is more in that area that can go, but needs a little time to sort through (the tiny bits like buttons, zippers, ribbons, etc.)
    I am amazed by how much I can still give away despite the fact that I’ve been in that game for so long now, all the time “just” taking care of an apartment, not of an entire house.

    • Hi Sanna, it isn’t all that surprising, it is just that the longer you are at this game the more you are prepared to let go. I understand what you mean about some things needing sorting. My craft area is, once again, a work in progress. Since moving in, and because I am constantly crafting these days, it hasn’t really been set up quite right for me. Now that I know what is used often and what isn’t I think it is time I did some rearranging in there. And possibly a little decluttering as well.

  6. Maybe if you can stand to part with all 3 of the chosen items you should de-clutter them all 🙂

  7. I did Monday’s mini on Saturday 🙂 and removed two of three ‘relish trays’ from the china cabinet. They’re going with the fine china to a thrift shop that supports a charity I like. AND I did Friday’s mini then too and removed several tablecloths which I had not been using because they just aren’t the right size. Yay!