Mini Mission Monday ~ Old Hat, New Hat

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.

How often do you buy something to replace something else that has either become old and shabby or because the novelty has simply worn off. Items that although functional you don’t really wish to use any more. While at the same time you don’t want to through away the old one because it still has some life in it. Like that old handbag you once loved but replaced it a while back with a new model. The old one is still fine to use, and you might someday, but for now you are excited about using the new one. The thing is most of the time the old one is never used again and just sits there to perish. So this week we are going to be realistic about what we are ever likely to use again and get rid of the things, if we are to be honest, will never be used again. So let us get started.

Monday – Declutter a piece of jewellery you haven’t used in a long time and probably never will again.

Tuesday – Declutter a old item of clothing you haven’t used in a long time and probably never will again.

Wednesday – Declutter an old handbag, purse or wallet you haven’t used in a long time and probably never will again.

Thursday – Declutter some sort of gadget you haven’t used in a long time and probably never will again.

Friday – Declutter an old décor item up tucked away somewhere a long time and probably never will again.

Saturday – Declutter a fashion accessory you haven’t used in a long time and probably never will again. That might be a scarf, a tie, a belt, shoes, hat…

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

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About Colleen Madsen

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

Comments

  1. I found a very nice little wallet at the op shop the other day, more functional than my existing one. The only sad part was my old one had to be binned as it wasn’t suitable to donate.
    Cheers

  2. Not on topic but… Ian was well behaved about my birthday – gave me chocolate. BUT, the rotten cur contacted the crazy lady in my dance class and today they all showed up with gift bags. It looked like the Dollar Store had exploded. OK, it was fun donning the leis and butterfly wings and tiara and silly sunglasses…… but I now have a large bag of stuff the should never have been produced in the first place. We’ll keep it and reuse if for other celebrations but I guess I have a lot more work to do in spreading the word. The cake and a round of hugs would have been sufficient!

    • Oh yeh, that really is the worst birthday outcome. But as you say, they can save the silly stuff for the next sucker. I did like you description “…a large bag of stuff the should never have been produced in the first place.” That is how I see that sort of stuff too. Along with people being more selective about what they buy, using less power and reduce their use of plastic bags a good place to start, when it comes to achieving less waste would be to ban the manufacturing of that sort of crap. Just sayin”!

  3. These are great mini-missions. I already have something in mind for all except the gadget. Thinking about how long it’s been since I’ve used something is a big help for me in deciding what goes and what stays.

    Colleen – I decided to keep my old purse and took back a new purse I purchased last week. I bought a new purse for a business trip before checking to see if I had something already that would work. I ended up taking a beautiful bag I have that I seldom get to use on the trip. I love the old bag and the new purse was nothing special. So back it went to the store! It was a good reminder to always check my closet before unthinkingly buying. I’ll bet I can also come up with another seldom used purse or wallet that needs to hit the donation box. Thanks for the inspiration with the mini-missions! I look forward to seeing the new assignments each week and reading everyone’s comments.

  4. Hi Colleen,

    I’m out of step with this weeks missions… But I have been busy… I finally finished sorting my 20 year stash of photos!!! I ended up with 3 shoeboxes full and a few albums that I’m leaving alone. I kept the negatives, separately, for now… I am wondering whether we would ever want them though :p

    I was looking for a box of childrens books this morning because I wanted to get some out for our grandkids. I didn’t find the books, but a huge tub of yarn! So I immediately started untangling and re-rolling all the loose skeins… They are now packed into storage boxes for donation 🙂

    My husband decluttered a reusable coffee cup that had seen better days… He will not replace because he is gifted these frequently and already has back ups 🙂

    ps. My husband found the books and put a few out for the kids 🙂

  5. forgot: My husband is doing better than I am at decluttering! He recently got rid of our wheelbarrow and gas grille… and probably other things I forgot 🙂