Mini Mission Monday ~ Nooks & Crannies

Sorry today’s post is late. I have no idea what happened to the post I wrote for today I has just disappeared. Instead of wasting any more time trying to find it I have delved into the archives to find a set of mini missions that looked interesting. I hope you find them useful.

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.

This week for our mini missions we are going to visit little nooks and crannies around the house which may have, up until now, remained untouched by human hands, or the vacuum cleaner for that matter, during our previous decluttering efforts. I will list seven places I have thought of below but if you have already taken care of these areas or you don’t have them in your home make some up for yourself. Don’t just declutter these areas give them a clean up as well.

Monday – The bottom of your linen closet.

Tuesday – A corner of your garage, attic or basement.

Wednesday – The cupboard under the stairs.

Thursday – Under your bed or any other bed in the house.

Friday – The cupboard/space under your laundry or kitchen sink.

Saturday – The top or bottom shelf of the pantry.

Sunday – A blanket box, shoe box, toy box or tool box.

Good luck and happy decluttering

Today’s Declutter Item

Here is some clutter Steve found in a corner of the garage. They belonged to one of my son’s motorbikes. He hasn’t had much luck with motorbikes. The first one was destroyed by vandals and the second one in the accident at Christmas time. I only wish that decluttering these parts signified him never riding again. But alas no.

Bike Parts


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


  1. Agh I need a mirror! I ordered one from the UK, because with postage was cheaper than from greater Sydney. Sad, given the environmental impact, but money really does speak louder than words!

    I like the categories you’ve chosen for this week. Really quirkly and probably great clutter places! I found out on Fri my under stair kitchen cupbaords are LOAD BEARING (ie, if I ever redo the kitchen it will be interesting if I need to use those stairs).

  2. Funny you should mention garages… This morning I heard some scritching at my garage door. I gave the door a couple of kicks, whipped it open just in time to see a mouse’s behind skedaddling down the stairs as fast as it could go. First thing decluttered was the electronic mouse repeller, which was merrily buzzing away about 6 feet from said door. Next in the bin will be the licked-clean-of-peanut-butter mouse traps that the critter scooted by on its way to the workshop. I think it might have been a newly-acquired mouse but I’ll have to do a search for nests before one mouse becomes many. (Perhaps in a previous life it was a dog and had been trained to scratch at the door to come in??)

    • We had rats in the roof space once when we lived in America and I just thank God they never got into the inside of our home. We found out they were in the roof space when one died and stunk out the whole house. Glad I didn’t have to pay the thousands of dollars to have all the insulation sucked out anti-pheromone spray put down and replacement of the insulation.

    • I had mice in a 3 bedroom apartment in an old building in the middle of a very urbanized big city. The ratcatcher (we were quite close after 3 years of regular visits) explained to me, that mice came over the roofs, and pipes and little holes and what not. they placed poison boxes (containing a poison that is heart medicine for humans) all over the place. mice didnt come back until my flatmate decided to clean out the traps again, because “I feel uncomfortable living in a flat with so much mouse-poison” – well. needless to say, I prefer the mouse-free flat over the poison-free flat…

  3. I decided to clean my pantry shelf this week from the odds and ends of bulk grains, opened packages of food that hasn’t been used yet, etc. It will keep them from being wasted and clean my shelf at the same time!