Mini Mission Monday ~ One from the archives.

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About Colleen Madsen

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


  1. Hi, Colleen. This is an interesting and unusual – especially Tuesday’s – set of missions. Only you can come up with something like this!

    • What can I say Nicole, I am just a special kinda gal. And perhaps I have had the odd neighbour who has no respect for those who overlook their yards. In fact bringing down the whole neighbourhood might be a better way to put it.

  2. Great ideas – sometimes we see things so often that they become “regulars” and we don’t realise they create clutter.

  3. We have a couple of unsightly things in our yard, but they don’t belong to me :))…and I’m sure our neighbors don’t care anyway…just me!!!!

  4. Oh, these are really good Colleen. Packing the rest of Mom’s part of the kitchen today. We are getting there. Saturday will be here soon. YES!!!!

  5. Oh, these are good! This will be fun!

  6. I don’t know if I will have any of the above types of things…

    Our younger daughter is suddenly engaged to be married this March! I have had a box started w/ glass measuring cups, full set of silverware (stainless), wooden spoons, dish rack… These items I had already sort of decluttered but like Moni, had to wait until my daughters departure from the household to actually pass them on. I also stated that she could take anything else she wanted from the kitchen. This daughter has been consistently “fighting” me on getting rid of any kitchen stuff (prior to her engagement) so I will have a freer hand in future πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ !!!

    • Yay, Peggy there is nothing like offspring fleeing the nest for an opportunity to get rid of some extra stuff around the house. I did this when both my children left home. I made sure they knew that once it was theirs it is theirs to do with as they wish.

      • Hi Colleen,

        In all but one case (a special pair of gray slacks), I tell everyone if you later decide you don’t want this item, chuck it or pass along… Please do not return it to me!

        The gray slacks did come back to me because they didn’t fit my best friend any better than they fit me at the time. I have gained back some weight so they might be just right now πŸ™‚

  7. Congratulations and best wishes to your daughter! And congratulations to you on getting rid of some kitchen stuff! I hope she takes all but your favorite items, so your kitchen will be yours again.

    • Hi Melanie,

      Thank you. We may be able to move the grandchildren to our younger daughters room after she goes, so there could be a different “distribution” of the remaining clutter πŸ™‚

  8. This is a good mission… aware of how your clutter affects others. It’s just me and my hubby in our household (hotel-hold?). I’m in charge of both of our clutter. I try very hard to keep my things put away. If I leave something out, he will put something of his on top of it. He likes our things to be together. LOL.

    • Aww Melanie, that is just too cute how you have phrased that!!!

      I am very happy to only be a hotel-holder for a few more days. By the end of the week I will be all moved in to a furnished but minimalistic rented apartment, and have re-taken possession of the boxes I got sent over. As much as I decluttered a lot before I moved, I have since thought of more that can go. Looking forward to getting into those boxes. And having a stable sense of home again.

    • That is too cute. If my husband leaves things our for too long I put them away. Then it is inevitable that I will be asked not to rearrange his things which gives me the opening to then tell him that his stuff is building up into a pile of clutter. Always a method to my madness.

  9. Brought a box of no longer used dishes & bowls down from the attic today. I will offer them to my daughter who is getting married. Hopefully she will want everything, haha πŸ™‚

    I have made a list today of things I need to work on using up. One of them is Sudoku half-finished puzzles. Some I need to transfer to a blank Sudoku template because I made mistake(s). Another is a notebook with only 1 blank page left. And a small bathroom spray.

    Since I am working a little less, the decluttering is coming along better. I seem to be best at decluttering my pocket money though LOL