Mini Mission Monday ~ Excess

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.

My husband and I attended an open house on the weekend. It was a quite lovely two bedroom apartment and considering the small size there was a good amount the storage space. But my oh my, the occupants sure did manage to fill all that storage space and more. As a result I am basing this weeks mini mission on areas in this home that stood out as over stocked.

Monday – Declutter two excess items from your choice of casual clothing.

Tuesday – Declutter two excess cooking or serving items in your kitchen.

Wednesday – Declutter two toiletry or beauty items.

Thursday – Declutter two excess items from your choice of professional clothing.

Friday – Declutter an item of furniture the is cluttering up your space.

Saturday – Declutter and neatly organise digital media items that are scattered around your living space.

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

Eco Tip for the Day

When shopping for groceries try to choose items that come in the least environmentally offensive packaging or preferably no packaging at all. I have mentioned this before regarding soap, I only buy soap loose or in a cardboard box. Individually packaged snack food such a chips and candy bars are also big offenders when it comes to this kind of excessive packaging.

It matters not how fast I go, I hurry faster when I’m slow


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About Colleen Madsen

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

Comments

  1. Good mini-missions, Colleen. I read your eco tip and had to say something about it. I don’t know wabout you but I so wish they would stop going so crazy over the packaging of items. It’s either lots of cardboard or plastic whether it is food or anything else. I buy very little in the way of food that is packaged but I can see it when I go through the markets and it is so irritating.

    • Hi Deb J, I agree entirely. I try to avoid packaging as much as possible myself. I find cardboard less offensive than plastic but most of the time the include both. What is really annoying is when they make the packaging much larger than the product it contains. This is not only deceptive but a waste of packaging.

      • Deceptive packaging-that’s for sure. I have been watching. Rather than change the cost of many things they are changing the amount in the package and leaving the packaging the same size. It really irritates me.

  2. I know it’s not Friday yet, but I decluttered enough to remove a bookcase from the house…it’s a small bookcase, but a win anyway!

  3. Good mini missions for the week. Lately I have seen an upswing in the number of items finding their way to our ‘out pile’ and so yesterday I decided to focus on sorting all this for distribution.

    Interesting mention of furniture as a few months ago we realised that our least organised child had the least functional furniture in the household and have been slowly addressing that. She had all the hand-me-down furniture from older siblings, ie fewer and smaller drawers. I doubt she’ll ever be super-organised but at least she can put everything away without too much effort.

    • Hi Moni, I know what you mean. Some furniture is far less functional than others. Like TV units with drawers that aren’t deep enough to store DVD cases with their spines facing up. What is the point in that. Deep pantries are also a stupid design in my book. Deep shelves for clothes in closets are also hard to keep organised.

      • Colleen – yes I do know what you mean, we’re looking for a very small bookcase for the same daughter and there are some unusual size and depth variations on the theme.

  4. These are perfect mini-missions for me this week, Colleen! I have some items in my pantry (that I use for my china, extra paper products, and tons of various vases/serving dishes/pitchers) and in my appliance cabinet as well. Thanks for sharing mini-missions with us each week!

  5. Oh boy, I’m not sure I will be able to complete the mini missions this week. 🙁 These are tough ones. I’ll likely manage the clothing culling because this weekend I had grand success finding new pants for work – 3 pairs (blue, green & black), but all three need to be hemmed. When I was filling up with fuel this a.m., I saw that the Dry Cleaners next to the gas station does alterations, so I’ll be calling them today. I can hem cotton slacks ok (not great), but the black ones are very slick fabric and I’d just mutilate them. After I get these mended, I should be able to declutter three pieces of clothing. Maybe I can do the Wednesday Mission, too. 🙂

  6. Every few months, I go from room to room with the purpose of purging 25 things from that room. The other week, I purged 100 things from my kitchen in one day! Soon, I will be going through clothing in preparation for autumn.

  7. I chucked out or gave to my daughters almost all of my make up last month. I made my own moisturiser last weekend and make my own toner. I would love to go no poo but I have quite long hair and it is one of the few things I am quite vain about…..