Mini Mission Monday – A-hunting we will go By Nicole V

mini-logoMini 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.

If you were around last Holiday season you might remember Nicole V making up a fun set of mini missions relating to Christmas. This year she has updated it so you can all have another shot at finding seven items to decluttering to match this theme. So here it is.

Mini Mission Monday – A-hunting we will go 

By Nicole V

Since Christmas is fast approaching, I thought that this week’s mini missions could take the form of a Christmas or festive season scavenger hunt of sorts. The letters of the alphabet, festive items, poems, stories, colours, carols, the 12 days of Christmas and Boxing Day will all be used in a merry mix of decluttering inspiration. Be as creative as you like and do let the rest of us know what you’ve decluttered.

Monday – Declutter something (festive or non-festive) that begins with any of the letters in the word “Christmas”. If you are game or are having a slow day or are simply an overachiever, then by all means declutter one item for each letter.

Tuesday – Declutter any item related to the season – this could be anything pertaining to

decorations, music, entertaining, gifts, or something from your festive to-do list, etc.

Wednesday – Pick any Christmas poem or story and declutter something associated with or related to it. It could be something mentioned in a line of the poem or story or a theme or anything, really.

Thursday – Declutter something in one of the colours associated with Christmas. Apart from the traditional colours of red, green and gold, this could also include silver (“Silver Bells”), white (“White Christmas”), and blue (“Blue Christmas”), etc.

Friday – Declutter something associated with any Christmas carol. It could be anything

mentioned in the carol or reminiscent of it.

Saturday – Pick a number from 1 to 12 and declutter that number of items. They do not necessarily have to be identical or festive items. If you really want to challenge yourself, go ahead and declutter 12 items.

Sunday — Declutter something from a storage box or from any “boxy-looking” item (such as your refrigerator, pantry or cabinet) in your home. You could also get rid of an item that you might have boxed up for a certain period of time as a “separation test” or simply declutter a box or container that you no longer need.

Good luck and happy decluttering


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

Comments

  1. What a cute way to get in the holiday spirit & declutter at the same time. Well done!
    Monday-White porcelain Santa
    Tuesday- Polish porcelain Santa
    Wednesday- song, deck the halls. Made a ribbon for daughter for her wreath.
    Thursday-colors. Green recipe box. Use Google now.
    Friday-song give us some figgy pudding. In past I would have had to look up recipe. I’m giving away blank recipe cards & tossed the ones with writing on them. Haven’t used them in over 10 years, so everything goes to school thrift shop.

  2. This is a fun one.
    Monday – 1 Christmas Tablecloth (to donate)
    Tuesday – 3 mitten-shaped candleholders (to donate)
    Wednesday – A Frosty the Snowman book that used to play music but is broken (throw out — it has seen better days)
    Thursday – red, white and green oven mitt (also tossed as it has been scorched but was usable by me)
    Friday – 3 Christmas books my kids no longer want (from Jolly Old St. Nicholas “Nellie (?) wants a picture book …” Nellie can have these three)
    Saturday – 4 babies (not real – doll babies!)

  3. These are cute Nicole V. I will say more at the end of the week when I have time to fill in the blanks as to what I have gotten rid of.

  4. Monday: A Colander
    Tuesday: 5 Christmas CDs
    Wed: Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. Found a pile of seed hulls in throw rugs rolled up on a garage shelf, from an old mouse infestation. Gave my mom the rugs (since hers wore out. She’s putting them in the wash first. No holes; apparently were just a shelter for the granary). Bleached the shelf and haven’t stored seed out their in several years, but apparently those rugs should have gone away a long time ago!
    Thursday: Blue sleep mask. I never liked it, and it’s dried out (was gooey inside). It’s gone now.
    Friday: A toilet training seat. So many carols about newborns. (Yes, I’m stretching, but I can’t figure out any of what I decluttered this week that ties into a carol.)
    Saturday: A pile of cardboard boxes. They’ve been trip hazards for weeks. I broke them down into flat cardboard and they are properly stored for use in the yard as weed barriers come spring. I don’t consider them clutter when they are properly stored for known needed use, but they certainly are when they are in the way!
    Sunday: A box of stamps is going to my FIL for Christmas. I got them when I was younger and found them recently in a box from my folks. They are international and a couple decades old (at least) so they should have some interesting ones for him.

  5. So here it is close to the end of the week and I finally can list all that I have decluttered for this latest group of mini-missions.
    MON–T-trash bags. Well, I didn’t really declutter them so much as stopped using the popular kind that aren’t very biodegradable even though the landfills are full of them. I found these really neat, fully biodegradable ones at Sam’s Club of all places. They are like the kind you find in offices and hospitals where they leave a roll in the bottom of the wastebasket so there is a new one when the old one is removed. Thin but strong.

    TUES–Several Christmas items from the stash Mom has been keeping but has now decided she no longer needs. WooHoo!

    WED–A floor based task light. I bought it cheap to try out the idea. It didn’t give enough light but it showed me the concept was a good one. The lighting in my dining/craft area is not good for detail work.

    THURS–a red blouse.

    FRI–some silver ornaments including “Silver Bells”.

    SAT–2 fall small Autumn wreaths, some miniature trees for a Christmas scene, and a container

    SUN–a mish mash of colored pencils

    • Great job, Deb! I get the feeling that your Mom still has plenty of surprises in store for us.

      • Oh yes she does NicoleV. I have to report I have decluttered a few more things too. I have been trying to eat better and in doing so was using a protein shake product. We had a tall glass mug that I thought would work well but discovered it didn’t so finally hunted it down again and decluttered it. The product has caused other health issues so am decluttering the two “shake maker” containers and a few other things that came with it.