Mini Mission Monday ~ Texture

mini-logoMini 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.

Well, I figured everyone enjoyed the set of mini missions with colour as the theme so this week I thought I’d do something similar. Instead of a visual cue we are going tactile. So this weeks decluttering is all about texture. Let’s see how we go.

Monday – Declutter something furry or fluffy.

Tuesday – Declutter something soft or spongy.

Wednesday – Declutter something smooth or shiny.

Thursday – Declutter something rough or gritty.

Friday – Declutter something cold to the thouch.

Saturday – Declutter something moist.

Sunday - 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 simply making a decision one way or another.

Good luck and happy decluttering

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About Colleen Madsen

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


  1. This should be entertaining!

  2. Thanks for the whimsical categories

  3. You did it again!
    I have some things in mind for all but the rough or gritty item.
    Well done Colleen

  4. So, I’ll have to eat *all* the ice cream on Friday? ^_^

    Also, Colleen? Thank you, thank you very much. I just made a list of all the essentials I couldn’t live without (besides clothing). Then I thought to myself, “Is that it?” I didn’t realise quite how far I’d come along this journey, thank you.

    • My pleasure Níriel. Now the question is how many things do you still have that aren’t essential or loved.
      Also yes, I think you should eat all the ice cream. 😉

      • Oh, plenty! Absolutely plenty… that my mother would throw a fit over if I got rid of it. *sigh* I’ll just be pursuing my leave-the-stuff-behind tactic for anything she’ll try to fight over. She wants it? Fine, she gets it. I will see what I can slip away though 😉

        And regarding the ice cream? I was hoping for that answer!

        • Someone I know, who will remain unidentified, was talking to their mother last week. Something was mentioned about family heirlooms which this person was interested in. Their mother said, only if you aren’t going to sell them. Ha ha, obviously being associated with me means they can’t be trusted. Ha ha! So I do get the mother thing, the mother in question saved an awful lot of family history too.

  5. Interesting list, Colleen. I need to see what I can come up with.

  6. This sounds like a fun week. For fluffy or furry today I have packed up for donation a set of towels that haven’t been used but don’t suit my colour scheme anymore, a blanket and 4 cookbooks that have lots of fluffy cakes and desserts to made in them. I know the cookbooks are a bit of a stretch but that’s the area I need to work on most.
    Have a great week everyone.

  7. My hubby finally completed the required plumbing to have my new, shiny ,front loading washing machine installed in the kitchen. Our laundry is under our house and I have to go outside and down th stairs to use it.
    I think I will be able to dispose of a few excess clothes baskets (shiny).
    There is a dog coat that looks like an Eskimo jacket with a fluffy hood. It is too small for the our dog and is always floating around the house. I’m sure the dog does not enjoy wearing it , I will wash it in my new machine and donate it to the thrift shop.
    The moist items will be th old cleaners stashed in the laundry.
    That reminds me , the other day my hubby had gotten a large amount of grease on his work shirt. I came into the laundry as he was spraying it with a can of oven cleaner. Perhaps he had read that this is a great cleaner? I grabbed the stain remover and sprayed some other items and casually asked him why the oven cleaner? Oh dear, he thought it was a can of stain remover 🙁 !

  8. Fun missions for this week Colleen, I shall enjoy the challenge!

  9. Ooh, this is a tricky one! A bunch of smooth or shiny objects come to mind, but I’m going to have to put my thinking cap on for the others!

    • Some suggestion
      Mon ~ blankets, plush toys, wintering clothing, towels…
      Tues ~ pillows, cushions, sponges, padded furniture, also anything on the monday list.
      Thur ~ It was an old nail file that I decluttered that inspired this one but I suppose some old item of uncomfortable clothing would also suffice, outside items (timber, concrete pots), I have a couple of old mats that have about done their time…
      Fri ~ probably anything on the smooth and shine list will also be cool to touch. Anything glass, china etc.
      Sat ~ Anything liquid, so toiletries, cleaners etc

      • Thanks for the ideas Colleen!
        Tuesday reminds me that I’ve got at least one pillow that is due for retirement.
        For Wednesday and Friday I have some crockery oddments, plus a little jade statue of a cat, which I absolutely loved, but recently it accidentally got knocked onto the tiled floor. Ended up with a crack running right around its neck and a chipped paw. As much as it was a beautiful little statue, I think it is bad mojo to be keeping a statue of a cat with a broken neck.

        • Yes Amelia, a broken necked cat doesn’t sound very helpful to the ambiance in ones home. Time for it to go. And I probably ought to look at a few of my pillows too. Not that that would be decluttering as I would have to replace them.

  10. Oh dear, for fluffy there is a teddy I would like to get rid of but can’t bear the look in his eyes when I pick him up and always end up putting him back. I know it’s silly!

    • Ha ha “…can’t bear the look…”. Sneak up behind him and don’t look in his eyes.

    • uh, I totally get the problem. Its just so annoying when those eyes make you change your mind. you need to change the attitude or the mindset… instead of “getting rid of him”, you need to say a proper farewell, look him in the eye and say “thanks, goodbye, I wish you well”. 😉 then you need to make sure he gets a nice home. Maybe a new owner through a charity?

      • Apparently Marie Kondo said somewhere that you should blindfold soft toys before you get rid of them, to avoid the eye issue….. not sure I am convinced, I think I would feel more like a firing squad, but as the soft toys in my house are 99% not mine, the issue doesn’t really arise. Could be worth a try though!

      • Good advice Lena.

  11. I guess I should not declutter my hubby’s cats. I am sure there are some other furry, fluffy items that will work.
    Thanks for the fun lists for this week.

  12. This is fantastic, Colleen, and some of the other 365ers’ postings made me laugh out loud. 🙂

  13. Monday – Declutter something furry or fluffy –> my organic trash was growing a ver interesting fur. I consider that done 😉

    Tuesday – Declutter something soft or spongy. –> a pair of socks, with holes.

    Wednesday – Declutter something smooth or shiny. –> I decluttered a couple of buttons today.

    Thursday – Declutter something rough or gritty. –> I think I will get rid of a CD with heavy metal. its been years that I actually listened to that music and I dont like the sound anymore.

    Friday – Declutter something cold to the thouch. –> I found a glass marble in a box today. now how do you declutter a single marble?

    Saturday – Declutter something moist. –> Use-it-up: shampoo. again. I think it never ends.

    • You beat me, Lena. I was going to try and claim the half-inch of dust I found on top of the one window frame I have obviously not dusted in a very long time! 😉

      • Wendy B, I hear you! I woke up this morning with the sun shining through my window. It was literally enlightening: I so need to clean the windows and vacuum clean the floor…

        • You are a funny pair aren’t you. Not only cheeky but also a bit neglectful of your house chores it seems. 😉 lol Although I have to admit I have been ignoring the windows too. I’m glad of that now because we just has a massive 24 hour storm here with cyclonic conditions and all the glass is a bigger mess now.

  14. Monday/fluffy…a fluffy throw
    Tuesday/spongy…2 car wash sponges (I take my car to a car wash & have for years)
    Wednesday/shiny& Friday/cold…6 crochet hooks
    Thursday/rough or gritty…4 dead aborvitaes
    Saturday/moist….finished a bottle of plant food

    Another good declutter week…thanks Colleen for the inspiration

  15. So here are my results:
    Mon–big skein of yarn
    Tues–more clothes
    Wed–a pair of broken fingernail clippers
    Thur–a bunch of jigsaw puzzles
    Fri–couldn’t find anything so substituted an antique lace tablecloth we are going to sell
    Sat–some plants we repotted and took up to the “give away” table at the clubhouse.