Mini Mission Monday ~ Cling-ons (Not the Star Trek type)

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About Colleen Madsen

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


  1. Uhh, back from a spontaneous week of vacation there is no such thing as mini missions for me … more maxi missions with BF moving in in about six weeks. I am glad that my decluttering muscles are not as weak as they used to be – thanks to Colleen (and Cindy of course and all commenters who throw in their perspectives).
    Now I better get going. We gotta move these refrigerators … (though actually: no. Fortunately the kitchen may remain untouched … but everything else either needs to be moved around or needs to go. Ouff)

    • Throwing a little Dire Straits in there Ideealistin. How appropriate, were your thoughts on moving things around or on the definition of dire straits? πŸ˜‰ I am sure your home will look wonderful by the time he gets there and if he complains show him the door and tell him “Don’t let it hit you in the ass on the way out.” Just kidding. He has been good inspiration to get doing what you really wanted to do in the first place so be glad of that.

      Oh, and I hope you enjoyed your little vacation. I think you earned it and needed it.

    • Ideealistin, it was exactly this ‘moving in with my boyfriend’ combined with a passing relative and fitting ‘heirlooms’ in the new flat as well that got me decluttering. It really is a maxi mission! πŸ™‚
      However, it’s a great thing to do and you’ll realize when living together that some more things will become unnecessary, just because your life changes as well. (e.g. I haven’t watched any of my “girl’s movies” since – they were there for lonely evenings full of heartache – there are no such evenings in my life any longer, so the movies may go as well!)

  2. I feel like I am ahead on my mini missions this week as we just cleaned out our wardrobe a week or so ago. We took out everything that was hanging up in there and tried it on and got rid of anything that didn’t fit, no longer looked good etc. I then took two items down to get fixed (a skirt that needed new elastic and some pants that needed the seams repaired) as I knew I was never going to do it myself, but still wanted to wear the items.
    However I am going to have to put some serious thought into the others as nothing springs to mind at present.

  3. Oh Colleen,
    you make me look more cunning than I am … I did not even know the meaning of dire straits, but hihi, hard times indeed. Totally worth it though … (I guess/I hope ;-))

    • I hope so too my friend, and that is what life is all about taking chances and hoping for the best. If we didn’t do that we wouldn’t have much fun would we.

  4. We did the whole combining 2 household thing Idealistin; it did take time to sort out new ways to do things and did make me more ruthless with my stuff once I realised quite how much he had. If I had decluttered all the stuff I have done in the last year before my now hubby moved in, I would have had a very uncluttered home, though it would therefore have been much more of a shock when all his stuff arrived,lol.
    Best thing we ever did though, moving in together :O)

  5. I’ve been doing a little maintenance de-cluttering and closet organizing. We started looking at small houses and when we find one, I want the packing and moving to be as stress free as possible. So now I’m getting rid of things like old medication and the broken blender we couldn’t get a replacement part for.. Things like that have no place in our home but they slowly start to clutter the cabinets if we don’t do regular maintenance πŸ™‚ I don’t want to have to deal with all of that at once.

  6. Thumbs up for all of you who are making space for the love in stead of stuff in your lives!

    All this talk of moving decluttering before moving in together got me thinking. I can hardly imagine how we (boyfriend and I) used to live in a student housing of only 25m2. That square footage was including the bathroom and kitchenette. when we moved out everything we owned fit into a van. When we moved from our first house (50 m2) we hauled a whole truck full of stuff to our new appartment. That’s where my decluttering started. Luckily my partner is not really emotionally attached to stuff (that problem runs in my family) and i’m getting there slowly but surely.

    • Hi Hunter_xs, I like that idea make room for love not stuff. Although I was telling my daughter yesterday that we are looking at buying a two bedroom apartment so she can’t move back in. That really isn’t sharing the love is it? Children are different though, it is our job a parents to raise them to be independent. That’s my story and I am sticking with it. πŸ˜‰

  7. It’s great that you break things down for people into manageable steps. You must be doing a lot of good to help others!

    • I hope so Spendwisemom. I get lots of lovely comments and emails telling me I do and it is nice to know that I am doing some good in the world. I imagine that what you write in your blog has been a help to others as well.

  8. Thanks everyone for all the encouragement! Though deep in my heart I know it already it is always good to hear from others how they did NOT regret getting rid off their stuff.

  9. colleen, would you maybe write a post (or anyone a guest post) on “make room for love, not stuff”? I will have the situation coming up in summer, and I would love to hear from experience how to handle that.
    My boyfriend is clean and tidy and doesnt own that much, but he is for sure a kitchen nerd. there will come single use gadgets… And being me, I already expect me to start fights about that. πŸ˜‰

  10. Colleen – do you ever find that when you declutter a room you are left with a wee box or basket of left overs? Just random items that either need to find their way to their official home, or have not yet been assigned a final fate? And so the little box sits quitely in the corner while I bask in the overall success of the room. I have noticed this trend happening with me – I’m on round 4 of the house – and there are a number of rooms which have these little boxes. Am I having too much fun slashing my way thru the big stuff to come back to these? Does anyone else find themselves doing this?

    • This may surprise you Moni but I have never decluttered a room. The whole idea behind “A thing a day” is so I never disrupt the house by pulling areas apart and making a big mess. So I literally just find random things to declutter almost in a different place in the house every day. About the only time I make an exception to this rule is when I go crazy in the crafting area because declutter usually means reshuffle in there so I can eliminate another piece of furniture.

      So I suppose the answer is yes I constantly have random stuff to declutter all over the house. And then sometimes I think I might be finally done with a room and I get more ruthless and remove more stuff.