Mini Mission Monday ~ When your clutter is a bother to others

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.

Sorry folks I am late yet again. We have had a visitor and some more baby sitting due to a funeral of someone gone too young, and also getting ready for our departure tomorrow. No excuse is good enough for being so slack of late though and I apologise for that. Maybe this big break is just what I need. It is meant to be a more relaxing one so lets hope that is helpful to get me back on track.

This is another good exercise to help you find extra things you may not have thought to get rid of. So this week we are once 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.

Comments

  1. Hi everyone – I’ve been busy lately and had lots of family matters to handle plus some adjustments for general lifestyle to implement. I notice that there are some areas which are showing early signs of ‘clutter-creep’ or ‘needs a bit of organising’ – I will try and give that some attention this weekend.

    I’m not sure how, but somehow from today I am helping friends of friends of friends with decluttering.

  2. These are good Colleen. One thing nice about living alone is I don’t have to worry about anyone else being bugged by my place. Not that I think they would. If anything, it would bug them that things are so uncluttered. I love that. I still have some things I am working on decluttering. I’m looking for a way to use something else I already have to replace these or something to store them in where they are all together and not in multiple boxes (like notecards for our church card ministry I am in charge of).

  3. Like Deb J, I don’t have to check with anyone about clutter.

    I still have a few areas I need to work on, but I’m doing pretty well with my level of possessions, but always on the out look for clutter crept.

    Enjoy your break Colleen.

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