Mini Mission Monday ~ Pre Christmas

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.

There is never a better time than now to declutter a few things around your home. No matter how much you have the gift giving and receiving under control there is still likely to be something coming it. So why not make room for it before it arrives. All the holdiay season is the best time to declutter excess decorations since you have them out anyway. So lets get to some holiday season decluttering.

Monday – Decluttering something you received as a gift last holiday season that you don’t care for.

Tuesday – Declutter those less loved decorations.

Wednesday – Declutter some bits and pieces from the guest room in your home.

Thursday – Declutter any old baking spices from you pantry that have been there prior to last Christmas. They must be less than their best by now.

Friday – Declutter any lingering food stuffs from your fridge as you will need the space in there at this time of year.

Saturday – Get the kids to choose a few old toys they could donate to children in need. This is a good practice to involve them in, especially at this time of year.

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

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. I have been visiting a few op shops this last week , looking for a saucepan for a friend. The amount of Christmas decorations, crockery and assorted Christmas associated stuff is overwhelming. I have also noticed an abundance of travel souvenirs . I am quite adverse to storing Christmas decorations . Mostly because I never remember that I have them at Christmas time and they go unused again for another year. The tree is a messy space taking item, with lights that never work properly. Christmas is a bit like a tsunami for someone who is trying to maintain a decluttered life. ( sorry if I sound like a grinch) . I like the New Year , as it signals fresh start . Cheers

    • Hi Wendy F, you are sounding a little bah humbug there my friend. You are supposed to be out of town having a good old time. It will all be over soon girl, so hang in there.I understand how the pressure feels on at this time. Just be strong and stick to your own way of doing things.

  2. As I have a horrid cold at present I am sitting around a lot so I have been catching up on newspapers and magazine supplements I haven’t had time to read for the past couple of weeks or so. Today a whole pile is going into the recycling bin. Hurrah! I also did a quick purge on a kitchen drawer which has been irritating me for ages. You know the sort of drawer, the one housing freezer bags, those Charity bags pushed through the front door( which I use as free rubbish bags),clean pieces of tinfoil that can be used again. It is now tidy, lots of rubbish thrown out. Now I am enthusiastic about tackling the other kitchen drawers, just one at a time.

  3. On short notice, we are hosting Christmas this year, so I will get a tree (for the first time). We’ll go for a potted tree (so we don’t have to care for a tree stand). I’m thinking about getting a string of lights as well, but other than that I will not buy any further decorations.
    I am always going through my Christmas box at the beginning of Advent when I start decorating, then I give anything that I don’t care for to the charity shop, so they still have a chance of selling it in time.