Day 101 Finding time to find things

Here are some of the ways I go about looking for areas in my home that need some de-cluttering attention

  1. I set aside one day a week, usually Tuesday, to do my general housecleaning. On that day I keep a watchful eye out while working and write down the trouble stops in my trusty notebook so I will remember to come back to them later on.
  2. While puting away the clean laundry is a good time to have a glance around in the closets for any clothing items etc that haven’t seen the light of day for a while. Even if you pluck out just one thing every now and again it all makes a difference.
  3. Sometimes when I am looking for other stuff I may stumble upon something. Like the other day when getting my large cutting mat out from under the spare bed I found some old posters  that aren’t ever going back up on any walls in my house if I have anything to do with it.
  4. Sometimes everyday conversations, actions or things I see may trigger random thoughts  about something I had forgot that is hiding away in a box somewhere  so I will either take action immediately or jot it down in my notebook for later on.
  5. Of course moving house is one of the greatest catalists for getting your butt into gear and really have a good clean up so the clutter doesn’t follow you to your new home.
  6. It may sound odd but sometimes I also kill a few minutes while I wait for the kettle to boil by checking in the kitchen/dining area for item I no longer use.

All of these actions take up very little time in your day but can make such a diffenence. Give it a try.

Here are the posters I mentioned in sugestion no.3 of todat’s blog, my husband has granted me permition to dispense of these as I see fit. It will be my pleasure!

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About Colleen Madsen

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


  1. Sometimes if I’m waiting in the kitchen for something brief to finish, similar to you, I will open a drawer and check if there’s anything obvious that needs to go. Sometimes I can declutter 1/2 a drawer.

    Sometimes I look quickly in every closet and try to pull out one thing from each closet to declutter. Every bit helps and makes me feel good.

    • It sounds like you are already an expert at opportunity decluttering. Well done you. I love this sort of easy decluttering. Actually I think I will go and do a little of that in my craft room right now. Just to keep me a wake a little longer as it is not even 8pm yet and I already feel like nodding off.