Mini Mission Monday is about finding at least 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
This weeks mini missions involve just a little decluttering of the excesses that have been provided for your children over time. As a mother I know that if they have too much doesn’t always mean that it is you that has provided it all for them. Grandparents sometimes don’t know when to stop either when it comes to indulging the young ones. Uncles, Aunts and even close friends aren’t imune to a little indulgence of their nieces, nephews and adorable little acquaintances either. So this weeks mini missions involve decluttering some items, getting the kids involved as well as making you step back and consider what will help you to avoid this problem in the future.
Monday – Choose one child’s room to declutter and take ten minutes just to take a look through the room to determine the problem areas. Choose a few obvious clutter items and remove them.
Tuesday – Remove all the hanging clothing items in the closet that are now too small, too shabby or just aren’t being used. Decide what can be donated, if anything can be sold, what should be trashed and what, if anything, you can turn into rags for cleaning.
Wednesday – Remove any toys that are broken or have missing parts and are now unusable. These toys would normally be ones the child no longer plays with because of the very reasons they are being decluttered. Dispose of any useless stuff but consider advertising the ones with missing parts on Freecycle as someone may be after just the parts you still have.
Thursday – Now that you have spent a few days sorting in this room you should be able to judge whether your child has just enough stuff or whether they have been overindulged. If you deem overindulgence to be a problem give a little thought as to who is most responsible for that overindulgence. If it is you, vow that you will be more thoughtful in the future, as you aren’t doing your child any favours by over providing for them. They can become relient on you for a lifetime to keep them in the manner to which they have become accustomed. If it is someone else indulging them find a way to encourage that person to invest the funds in the child’s education future or the like rather than give your child more than they need.
Friday – Today go through their socks, shoes and underwear and declutter anything outgrown or worn beyond use.
Saturday – I think it is now time to encourage your child to be involved in the decluttering if you haven’t already done so. Get them to choose some things from their belongings that they no longer use or enjoy. It is good to teach them at an early age to declutter unused items and to donate those items to someone in need.
Sunday – Reward your child for their efforts in cooperating in the declutter process with an uncluttering treat. Perhaps take them out for ice-cream or the like or play ball with them at the park for an hour or two. You know best what they would find rewarding. Be sure that you aren’t tempted to bribe them ahead of the job but rather surprise them with the reward when they are done.
Good luck and happy decluttering
Today’s Declutter Item
Finally my Freecycle lady came to pick up the box of baseball items that hubby has been putting aside for a while. This is the first of the items and I am sure you will be tired of seeing them before I get to the bottom of this group of photos. It is a baseball card frame with only cards of Jay Buhner.
Things that made me happy, made me laugh, made me feel grateful, fascinated me or I thought were just plain awesome.
- Driving around exploring my town.
- Going to my local flea-market and talking to one of the young women there selling her stuff. I think I will go back next weekend and chat with a few more sellers and write a post about what they were selling and why. I will be cheeky and ask them if they are planning on replacing the stuff with more stuff and see what reaction I get.
- Sitting by the lake, a light breeze coming off the water, a cup of coffee and someone to chat to.
- Clearing the fridge of leftovers.
- Hubby waking me with a cup of tea.
It matters not how fast I go, I hurry faster when I’m slow.