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 areas of our homes require constant clutter control just because of the nature of what they are. There is a continuous flow of stuff coming in and out of these areas and naturally at some point items become redundant for one reason or another or we just lose items in the melee only to discover them later when they are no longer required. Each day this week we will declutter something from seven different areas like this.
Monday –The Toy Box ~ Over time toys get broken or outgrown and work their way to the bottom of the toy box where they lie unloved until we take the time to sort through them. Now it that time.
Tuesday – The Pantry ~ You don’t need to clean out the entire pantry just take a look from the door and see if you can spot one item that you know is likely past its prime.
Wednesday – The Car ~ I know that during the course of getting from A to B and back again stuff makes its way to the car and doesn’t get returned to the place it belongs immediately and sometimes trash can accumulate there also. Every now and again we need to take some time out to put everything right. Today would be a good day for that.
Thursday – The Junk Drawer ~ or black hole (an area in your home where odds and ends collect) is another area that builds up with displaced items that needs constant reshuffling and decluttering.
Friday – Child’s Closet ~ Children have a tendancy to just keep on growing some faster than other ,or slower as the case was with my children, but no matter the speed the clothes will become unwearable sooner or later. It is a good idea to identify the ill-fitting clothes as we dress children on a daily basis then shuffle them to the appropriate disposal place in our home. Whether that be in the bin if they are old and shabby or to a donation collection basket or bag ~ perhaps in the laundry room ~ to be dropped of to your favourite charity when the time is right. If this isn’t your usual MO then maybe today is the day to have a look through your children’s closet and declutter some items that you know no longer fit.
Saturday – Newspapers and catalogues are also on constant flow through our homes. Once read they are often never viewed again. Recycle the ones you know you won’t be reading again and think twice about setting aside any that you “think” you will look at again.
Sunday – The Refrigerator ~ Just like the pantry this area is filling and emptying on a continuous basis but there is always the odd items that don’t get used up in an appropriate time frame. These items are usually things that have a long used-by date but weren’t enjoyed when you first tried them. There is no point in keeping them because you are unlikely to suddenly decide that they taste good after-all. Do yourself a favour and declutter whatever is in there that isn’t being used on a regular basis.
Good luck and happy decluttering
Today’s Declutter Item
We had kept four of these bottles because they have Liam’s (my son) photo on the label. We really don’t need to keep all four so we kept one for him and one for us and the other two went in the recycling bin.
Jones Soda Bottles
My Gratitude List
- Something I enjoyed ~ Making a batch of ANZAC biscuits (Rolled oat cookies) for my family to enjoy.
- Something Awesome ~ Cooking things what you really have to sink your hands into like cookies and bread dough.
- Something to be grateful for ~ Having just enough room on the airer for two loads of washing. I don’t like to use the dryer unless I have to.
- Something that made me happy ~ Although it is Sunday it is also a long weekend here in Australia so my husband will be home tomorrow as well.
- Something that brought a smile to my face ~ Watching a family laughing and chatting with each other at a bus stop today while I was in a café enjoying a coffee.