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 Nicole V
The â€œLittle Houseâ€ series of books by Laura Ingalls Wilder is much-loved by many across the world, with over 60 million copies sold in more than 100 countries. The heart-warming stories of the Ingalls family â€“ Pa, Ma, Mary, Laura, Carrie and their dog Jack â€“ offer a fascinating look at Americaâ€™s frontier past, and have been translated into more than 30 languages.
The â€œLittle House in the Big Woodsâ€ novel was first published in 1932, making this classic 84 years of age, and I thought that that in itself was as good a reason as any to incorporate a small slice of â€œLittle Houseâ€ into the mini missions for this week.
For those of you who are familiar with the series, you would probably remember that in the novel, Ma Ingalls had a specific chore for each day of the week:
â€œWash on Monday.Â Iron on Tuesday.Â Mend on Wednesday.Â Churn on Thursday.Â Clean on Friday.Â Bake on Saturday.Â Rest on Sunday.â€
This weekâ€™s missions will draw inspiration from her list, with a few adjustments to reflect our current lifestyles. So letâ€™s get down to it, shall we?
Monday â€“ Declutter something relating to your laundry routine or from your laundry room or area. It could be an item of clothing or linens, etc.
Tuesday â€“ Declutter something relating to the chore of ironing or, by extension, any electrical equipment. If ironing is not on your to-do list, then declutter something relating to a hobby or any pastime that you enjoy.
Wednesday â€“ Declutter something from your sewing kit or any clothing, curtains, linens, rags, yarn, etc. You could also declutter something thatâ€™s beyond repair.
Thursday â€“ Since most of us would no longer need to churn our own butter, weâ€™ll focus on the business aspect of â€œchurnâ€ â€“ declutter something related to the Internet or other media, or something related to your office (including a home office), or any work that you do.
Friday â€“ Declutter any cleaning equipment or item or something that you no longer want to dust or clean or to clean around. Or declutter something that will make any room or area in your home look clean and streamlined once itâ€™s gone.
Saturday â€“ Declutter anything related to cooking or baking. This could be anything from your kitchen, pantry, fridge, or any food preparation or storage area.
Sunday -Â 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 simplyÂ making a decisionÂ one way or another.