Mini Mission Monday ~ One from the archives.

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.

This week we are going to remove some clutter that might be bothering someone else in some way. If you decide to take on this weeks missions be prepared for it to be confronting at times.

Monday – Ask your partner/husband/roommate if there is something of yours in your shared living space that they wish you would declutter because they don’t like it. It is up to you whether you comply of course.

Tuesday – Remove something from your yard that a neighbour might be able to see and think looks out of place or unsightly. Ask the neighbour if you aren’t sure and are game.

Wednesday – Ask a family member if they have anything you have given them that they really don’t want but keep because it was a gift from you. Give them permission to declutter it.

Thursday – Return something that you have borrowed from someone else that you should possibly have returned some time ago.

Friday – Declutter an area where your items may have spilled over into someones else’s space. For example ~ Your clothes in your husbands side of the closet.

Saturday – Ask a family member if there is an area of clutter in your home that you might have overlooked that they think needs attention. This might possibly be an area that is OK to you but annoying for them.

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.


  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 🙂 🙂 🙂 !!!

    • 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 🙂

  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 🙂

  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 🙂

    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