Mini Mission Monday ~ The week ahead

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.

By the time this post goes to air I will be at my friends house continuing with the declutter and settling in process post her move the a new address. This weeks missions are fashioned on decluttering tasks I have in mind while I am with her. So buckle up and get your decluttering pants on. I will however leave the craft items out of this weeks mission although that will be my major task. I pick on them often enough.

Monday – Declutter the messiest most cluttered drawer in your home. if you have one that is. If not perhaps you have some other small, messy, cluttered space you could attend to.

Tuesday – Declutter excess notebooks and stationery to a local school even if they are used.

Wednesday – Go through your pens and markers to determine if there are any that no longer work. Declutter the useless ones.

Thursday – Work on a collection of similar items so that you might be able to eliminate the excess and reduce the size container/piece of furniture they take are housed in. (I said I wouldn’t bring crafts into this weeks missions but craft is an area where I hope to achieve this this week. In fact I am hoping to eliminate one or even two small wheeled storage carts in the process.)

Friday – Sort through your everyday household tools and declutter any duplicates. This means the array of tools you keep handy such as screwdrivers,  measuring tapes, sockets, spanners, pliers, hammers etc. Some may just need to be returned to the garage or shed while others are truly excess.

Saturday – Declutter some of those souvenirs or memorabilia items that really are excess to what you need to provoke memories of those precious or fun times. One or two per event is OK but boxes and boxes for the stuff is just space wasting.

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

Turn lights off unless you are in the room even if you are only leaving for a few minutes. There is very little effort involved.

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 luck with your mission!

  2. I need to keep these in mind this week. Thanks for posting them Colleen. I need to do things gradually when I have the energy. This week is supposed to be pretty calm. I hope so because then I can get some things done.

  3. This weekend I found some more items for the charity sale. I stared long and hard at the china hutch and said to myself that one item on each shelf would go. Four shelves, but I only managed three things. But HEY one was a salt and pepper set and that’s TWO!!! 😉 I’m glad that I have a month left until the sale, because I know I can put more together.

    You’ll get a kick out of this Colleen. Today I was shopping at Kohl’s for some new work clothes. My MIL gave me a gift card so I was pretty excited. Waiting in line to pay, a young girl and her mother got in line behind me and were talking about a display at the end of the checkout that had headbands. The girl (about 16) remarked that they were more expensive and not as cool as at another place, but she put them in her basket anyway and said, “I guess I’ll just get these.” This would have been a perfect opportunity for the mom to have a chat with her about getting only what you really want, at the right price. So, they weren’t as cool as the other ones and not as inexpensive as the other ones, but they bought them anyway??!!

    I picked out four blouses and put one back, just because. 🙂

  4. Good luck with helping your friend continue decluttering, and with helping her get settled in. I love reading a mini mission where I’ve already done most of the things suggested, makes me feel like I’m making progress!

  5. Hi everyone, my husband and I just set up the garage last week for a sale on this Sat. Still had stuff left from our move here last year and added some furniture to sell. Two pieces already gone from our listing it on Craig’s list. I did Thursday’s mini mission yesterday and I downsized one container of movies from 5 to 4. Still looking for things this week to add to the sale so may not do the other missions in order or at all. As I set the sale up, I saw many things that will be donated if they don’t sell so am feeling good about that……