Mini Mission Monday

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.

Today we are going to do some decluttering in hidden places that sometimes get ignored or worse, added to and neglected. So for each of the places I mention below I would like you to declutter one item. Should you choose to do more good for you.

Monday – Your handbag

Tuesday – A keepsake box

Wednesday – The linen closet

Thursday – The glove compartment of your car

Friday – The third drawer down. Any room will do, there is usually one that is a catch all.

Saturday – Your gym bag or if you don’t exercise the bottom of your closet. You are bound to get some exercise down there.

Sunday – The attic or basement if you have one, if not, the garage will suffice.

Good luck and happy decluttering

Today’s Declutter Item

I designed these redwork patterns for a friend’s quilt shop but since I don’t quilt there is no need for me to keep a copy of them. That’s one less thing cluttering up my craft area.

Redwork Patterns

Something I Am Grateful For Today

My boy will be home tonight after a week away. I missing his verbal sparring but not so much his rib poking and his sticky fingers on my reading glasses. The little rat! I mean that in the nicest possible way of course. 😉

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.


  1. Colleen, I love that redwork pattern. It would make a great stamp (big one). I think it is great that you and Liam still kid around and bug each other.

    • Perhaps I should have submitted it to a stamp company instead. As for that boy of mine he is a funny fellow. Like I said to a boss years ago when he came in complaining about his daughter ~ I laughed and said, “Allen it’s so annoying when your children turn out like you isn’t it?” He just laughed and agreed.

      • What is really annoying is when they have characteristics of both parents–the ones the parents like least in the other. Grin.

        • That sounds a bit like our daughter. She is lovely don’t get me wrong but she has quite the combination or our more stubborn sides. She is a generous soul and friendly though just don’t cross her though.;) Five foot of fury is what she is when people do the wrong thing by her and for that at least I know she can and will take care of herself.

          • It’s good you know she can take care of herself. Stubborn can be a good thing at times. I think I am more like my dad tham my Mom and that sometimes drives her nuts. GRIN!!

            • I think I am mostly like my mum. Both a little crazy, both love a good laugh, both can put our hand to anything although my dad is like that too, both love to chat, both worry too much…

  2. you said ‘hinden’…(instead of hidden) It cracks me up, your typos, it’s not you don’t know grammar or the like. You’re really like me, my attention to detail often lacks (although, I like how my internet auto spell checks).

    Will see how I go with the missions. My handbag, whilst big, is sparse (well there’s a clear little bag with all the meds, spare hair tie, pen etc) but I redid that on the weekend (to add allergy meds 🙁 ) Linen closest is sparse – one set of sheets (+one set now in wash, which are ‘on loan’ +1 set on the bed), three donna cover (one on bed, one in wash, one in cupboard), two throws, one summer blanket. Bout it… Don’t even have ‘guest’ pillows!

    I’ve never stashed anything in the glove compartment other than what comes in the car there! Occasionally a car will fit the map book (UBD), so it’ll go in there. Sometimes I have work papers (blank ‘I’m going to disconnect you’ sheets, but I used them all the other day).

    Third drawer in the kitchen is manual, did them pre housewarming. Third drawer in bathroom is… meds, and I also did that prehousewarming. Actually this first housewarming saw me tidy, clean and reorganise a lot! Now to get the ‘stuff’ I don’t want out of the house!!

    • Hi Snosie, I am finding that my spell check is failing me time and time again lately. I even looked up hinden in my computer’s dictionary and it wasn’t there so why did it not point that out to me. Even now as I write this it hasn’t recognised hinden as an error. I have typed other words at times and knew they were wrong immediately but once again not picked up by spell check. I think this Apple has a worm in it.

      Good luck with the mini missions. If you can’t find any that relate to you make up some of your own.

  3. Whew, I’m off the hook on Sunday. I have neither attic nor basement, nor garage. I suppose the little garden shed can substitute. 🙂

  4. I’ll be a week on the handbag it is so full of junk!

    • Sounds like you had a busy day today then Karen. If it makes you feel better even I have to give mine a clean out once in a while. Things do tend to accumulate in there but thanks to Wendy B’s husband I do always put it away properly these days. It was a little deal I had with him to try to stop him from losing his keys in case you were wondering.

  5. I’ve tackled most of these places within the last two weeks. (except the kitchen drawers) However, I broke down my paper chaos into mini missions of 20-40 sheets of paper a day, so I’ll continue tackling that for the next week (or rather the next two weeks). Good to see that I’m on top on other sections, that’s a motivation! Maybe, I’ll eventually tackle that paper chaos as well.

    • Hi Sanna,
      I am glad to say that we have the paper situation well in truly under control in this house. I can mostly thank my hubby for that. It’s the photo collection I am still managing to ignore after two years. One day I will run out of other things to do but until then who cares. At least there are no new ones being added they are all digital these days and I don’t care how much space that takes up.

  6. My daughter has hardly anything to carry in her wallet. They put all their store cards, etc. in another wallet in the car and pull them out when they get to that store and then put them back when they are done. She only carries her license and a credit card in a very thin wallet that can fit into a pocket easily.

    • That sounds like a good plan. I don’t always have the car when I go to the store so that unfortunately wouldn’t work for me. Although I suppose also that I only carry one store card (the grocery store) because I don’t shop much. I heard once that having lots of store credit cards adversely affects your credit rating whether you pay them off on time or note. Something else odd about me I carry my cards and cash in a cigarette case. I never have smoked but I like to be different. And now with those new fangled quick cards the metal container protects them against dishonest people electronically reading your card in crowded places.

  7. Hello Colleen. Thanks very much for your inspiring and clear website! I have been inspired by this week’s mini-missions to carry on decluttering. This blog post and the 2 following it show the results!

    • Wow Jane you are making great progress. Art supplies can evolve into a hugh pile of aspirational and sentimental clutter which can take a big tweak of your mindset to decide to let it go. My craft supply collection is like that for me. I revisit it regularly and let more and more stuff go and it is finally getting down to a quantity that I am happy with. Having it under control inspires me to create which is a good thing.