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.
â€œSomething old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in your shoeâ€ â€” so goes the old English rhyme associated with brides and weddings. Each item is meant to be a good luck charm to ensure wedded bliss â€” in the form of continuity (old), a healthy optimism for the future that lies ahead (new), borrowed happiness from a blissfully married woman (borrowed, duh!), purity, love and fidelity (blue), and a heartfelt wish for prosperity and good fortune (silver sixpence in your shoe). Weâ€™ll be using this rhyme as our decluttering guide for this week and although Iâ€™ve included some suggestions below, I look forward to your creative interpretations of the missions.
Monday â€” Old: Declutter something that you might have had for a long time but which you no longer need or want â€” photos, cards, gifts, clothes that have seen better days, games, magazines, books, CDs or DVDs, receipts, souvenirs or artwork on the walls that no longer appeal to you. It could also be a mobile phone, computer or printer that is still hanging around the house even though it has been replaced by a newer, snazzier model. A vintage clothing item or an heirloom would also fit the bill.
Tuesday â€” New: Are you thinking of purchasing a new item to replace something youâ€™ve had for ages? Have you done your due diligence and know exactly what youâ€™re going to buy? If so, what are you planning to do with the older item? If youâ€™re thinking of keeping it around the house as a backup, ask yourself whether you really need the new item. If you do, then look into donating or selling the older item. Or maybe youâ€™ve just purchased something new and shiny and the novelty is beginning to wear off, or you realise that the pair of jeans that looked so good on the mannequin does absolutely nothing for you, or it could be something that you couldnâ€™t resist buying because it was enticingly marked down by (gasp!) 50% at the mall last week, only to undergo a metamorphosis into a 100% loss this week because you have absolutely no need for it. Whatever the item and the amount spent, itâ€™s a sunk cost, so declutter it and chalk it up to experience. You might even have a gift that you received â€” that is so not you â€” during the recent festive season which you are keeping out of loyalty or guilt. Accept the love or friendship behind the gift and let the item go. Alternatively, declutter a one-syllable item such as a pair of socks, a spoon, clock or lamp.
Wednesday â€” Borrowed: Do you have something hanging around your home that youâ€™ve been meaning to return to its owner but have been putting off doing so for some reason? Or do you have an item that you rarely (if ever) use, that is not worth the space it takes up in your home? Could you declutter it and borrow it from a friend if you ever need it in future? If you canâ€™t find anything, then declutter something that consists of eight or fewer letters like a saucepan, book or blouse for instance.
Thursday â€” Blue: Declutter anything thatâ€™s blue â€” clothing, linens, stationery, dinnerware, furniture, posters or artwork, etc. If there is an item that makes you feel blue for some reason, declutter it â€” life is too short to surround yourself with unhappy memories. Do you have a blues CD that you bought aeons ago, before your taste in music changed? Declutter it and let a true-blue fan enjoy it or give it to someone who might be newly discovering the genre.
Friday â€” Silver sixpence: Declutter anything made out of silver or containing traces of silver â€” pendants, pins, brooches or any other jewellery or silverware. That pair of silver stilettos you threw into the back of your closet because they hurt your feet would be a good candidate. A delicious bar of chocolate would also work, if itâ€™s wrapped in silver foil. You could also declutter any foreign currency that you might have from your travels or periods when you lived abroad. Canâ€™t decide whether to declutter a particular item? Then carry out a â€˜separation exerciseâ€™ for it by putting it away for six months to see whether you need to retrieve it during that time. If you canâ€™t find anything suitable, then declutter an item beginning with any of the letters in the words â€” anyone who declutters something beginning with â€˜vâ€™ or â€˜xâ€™ gets extra credit and bragging rights.
Saturday â€” Shoe: Declutter shoes, footwear or anything related to your legs or feet. You could also declutter anything thatâ€™s usually referred to as a pair, such as sunglasses, shorts, jeans or scissors or any two items.
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.
Good luck and happy decluttering
Eco Tip for the Day
It matters not how fast I go, I hurry faster when Iâ€™m slow