Mini Mission Monday ~ Mixing it up a little

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.

There is no real theme to this weeks declutter missions just a few suggestions on areas that might need a little consideration. I hope they spur you on to some great decluttering successes this week. Remember every little thing is one step closer to a decluttered home.

Monday – Whether you live in the Northern Hemisphere or the South and new season will soon be upon us. Now would be a good time to turn those coat hangers around that hold the next seasons clothing in your closet. Then as the season progresses you will be able to see which clothes you use and which ones you don’t. It will make decluttering the unused items and easy task at the end on the season.

Tuesday – In honour of Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom last week, today would be a good day to do a little use it up decluttering in your pantry. Plan on eating something out of there that has been sitting around for a while.

Wednesday – And in honour of Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom for this week why not start using up one of those second favourite items that have been set aside for a while because you like something better. Use it up and get it our of the way.

Thursday – Why not do a little digital decluttering today. Clear your inbox, eliminate unused numbers from you cell phone, do a little photo culling in your computer files or tidy up and eliminate out dated document.

Friday – The end of the working week. Take a little time today to declutter something from your work station. Whether that is at your paid job or at home is entirely up to you. Working is much more efficient in an uncluttered environment.

Saturday – The weekend is here and the family are together. Today would be a good day to get a little assistance with decluttering. Ask someone else in your household if they have something to add to your declutter pile. Sometimes they need a little coaxing to join in the mission. They may find the freedom of reclaiming some space addictive, fingers crossed! 😉

Sunday – A day to relax and contemplate what you would like to declutter next week. Take some quiet time today to think about one area of your home that you know needs dealing with. Simplify the situation in your mind so you can make a start without it seeming overwhelming.

Good luck and happy decluttering

Today’s Declutter Item

This is another piece of aspiration clutter that I have decided is excess to my needs. If I haven’t deconstructed it and used the beads before now I probably never will. One more item to go to the thrift store.

Beaded Necklace

Something I Am Grateful For Today

Finally I am getting ahead of myself with blog posts. It is Mondays and the rest of the week, except Friday, is already in place. This is harder than you would think to accomplish so I am grateful that the ideas have been flowing lately. Maybe I will have less spelling and grammar mistakes but I am not expecting miracles. 😉

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. I like the spelling mistakes, it keeps it real 🙂

    I sorted my wardrobe yesterday, here in the uk it is rather cool and i have found that my summer wardrobe never really got it’s wear as the weather has been so poor. Sorry I’m British, it’s what we do, moan about the weather, anyhow I have sent ALL of my summer clothes except the shoes to the charity shop, as I am working hard on decluttering a few pounds, I figured that next year I will be at least two sizes smaller than I am now. Pre minimalism I had a clothing collection for each season in 3 different sizes… having such a managable wardrobe is one of my proudest achievements!!

    Sharron x

    • Hi Sharron,
      good for you! I think that sometimes clinging on to clothes that are too big just gives you permission to gain weight again. I wish you luck and lots of determination to reach your goal weight. My husband has lost about 15kg this year and is looking and feeling much better for it. He just cut back on carbs and voila. Now it has just become the way he eats and therefore is a lifestyle change not a diet any more.

      Oh and thank you for forgiving my spelling mistakes. It just shows I am human. At least thats my excuse. 😉

  2. Monday’s tip is JUST the best. Those turned around hangers are so simple and yet so effective 🙂

    • Hi LJayne,
      I followed this tip at the start of winter and I have found that there are still two hanger backwards now. I think those two items will be off to the thrift shop before much longer.

  3. Thanks for the tip about turning the hangers around. I did this at the beginning of the season. Not only did it help me get rid of some things, but it encouraged me to wear some outfits I hadn’t worn in years. I got several compliments at work, so I guess I should try harder to wear what I have (rather than buy anything new).

    • Hi Anita,
      I am glad you made the effort to implement this strategy and that it has worked for you. As I said to LJayne I have discovered two items that I have not worn all season. One of them I think I just don’t like so much and the other a light colour pair of long pants I am just not game to where due to secret women’s issues, if you know what I mean. I am wondering if the solution is to declutter the pants or declutter my uterus, I am starting to think I like the pants more. 😆

  4. Don’t worry too much about the grammar and spelling – it’s just part of your style – we always know what you intended. More important is the content and frequency, and there’s nothing to fault there!
    Many thanks for those (content and frequency); they’ve helped keep me on task with my decluttering, and that project has helped me get through a very long and rather lonely convalescence (and made it productive, too). the house clearing has made giant strides, even if I can’t yet!
    Both are still a work in progress.
    Thanks again,

    • Hi Ann,
      I am trying to do better with the proof reading by getting ahead by at least one week so I can proof read again the night before the post goes to air. That way the words will be fresh again and the mistakes will hopefully be far more obvious. The biggest problem I have is proof reading immediately after writing the post. At this point my mind knows how the post should read and I miss the mistakes through familiarity. I can’t make any promises though, except that the content will be thought provoking and, as you say, frequent.

      I am pleased you can overlook the mistakes and be inspired by the content. You know I am constantly astounded with how much you have achieved with the hinderance of your injury. I can imagine how lonely it can be because I spend most of my days at home alone blogging and I can get cabin fever when the weather is bad and I can’t escape. Luckily my friend Amber often rescues me.

      • Thanks Colleen,
        One bonus of clearer floors is less risk of falling over anything. …. a silver lining to every cloud ….!

  5. Oh it is Sunday, and I’m sending the kids back to school for a new year on Monday. I’ve been thinking about our garden, that is over-run with weeds and dead buds that need tackled. With the summer I had little to no time to truly get myself and the kids into the garden to weed. So that is my decluttering over the next couple of days – clearing (weeding) out the garden…

    • Hi Annabelle,
      We are in the opposite season than you right now so I have the joy of growth and blooming going on in my garden and in the neighbourhood. I love spring. My garden was full of weeds until last week when I went out to hang sheets on the line and ended up weeding as well. I then planted new basil and tomato plants and finally potted my blueberry bush that a friend gave me. I can’t wait to start eating the fruits of my labour (literally).