Mini Mission Monday ~ What are little cluttery things made of…?

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.

It is about time we had another set of mini missions relating to what you clutter is made of. Some materials are used in a lot of different things so it usually isn’t hard to find something in the category. So good luck and happy decluttering.

Monday – Declutter something made of paper. This should be easy.

Tuesday – Declutter something made of glass.

Wednesday – Declutter something made of metal.

Thursday – Declutter something made of fabric.

Friday – Declutter something made of wood.

Saturday – Decluttering something made plastic.

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.

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. Hi Colleen, I think I might be doing these in reverse order 🙂 I used up some Tilex by pouring it into our toilet. Plastic container now in the recycle bin, yippee! I have had this product for several years because I don’t like using it, with its toxic “fragrance”. Now that I have found spraying diluted tea tree oil helps with mold & mildew and isn’t toxic…

    • Thx for tree tea oil tip. I think between that, bakng soda, and vinegar everything can be cleaned.

      • Gail – I found that a couple of drops in with the conditioner is a good nits (head lice) deterrant – I’m not saying you have that problem – I spent a small fortune on products until I learnt that trick. Fortunately my kids are well past that stage now but one is considering becoming a kindergarten teacher, so it will back in use if she does.

        • Hi Moni, I used to put a few drops of tea tree oil in a spray bottle with water. I used it when combing/brushing my kids hair before school. They never has any problems with nits.

    • Hi Peggy, thanks for the tea-tree oil tip. It is plentiful in Australia so no problem getting it. I use a vinegar mixture as my main cleaner of everything which is also helpful for preventing mould and mildew. I will most certainly give the tea-tree oil tip a go on the trouble spots.

  2. Took a large box of Hazzardous Material to the Collection event Saturday. This is stuff like Weed Killer, Some cleaners, Paint, etc. I found a bunch of this when we first moved in and have been collecting it along the way. I had about 20 bottles of stuff. Took a styrofoam cooler and other pieces of styrofoam to the dumpsters. We added more items to the yard sale pile. This is so much fun.

  3. We seem to be stuck on Plastic Day here 🙂 Today we looked around in the garage and got rid of an old refrigerator drawer (no longer have fridge!), 2 lidded take out containers, empty syrup bottle, and a mostly empty car wash container. We have a nearly full STP fuel injector treatment that my husband says is okay to get rid of – I need to find someone who can use it. While we were in there, I oiled the garage door tracks…

    We had a big snowstorm here so my husband had to do a lot of shoveling on Sunday. Then I had to give him a few short spot treatment massages. My daughter came home with a very sore shoulder, needed massage. Using up the emu oil on them 🙂

  4. Colleen, I have covered the mini missions in one fell swoop!!! I currently have two projects going. One is trying to remove every unnecessary piece of paper in my house (business type) and the other is drastically reducing a trunk full of sentimental items from my whole life. 63 years of it!!! Ha!! It is the latter that includes something of every day of mini missions!!! The piles where I sorted are still in the floor but there’s something of everything!!!!! Leaving!!!! I have always been SOOOOOOO sentimental, but for the most part, I have gotten over it!!! Truthfully, it feels very good!!!! This was motivated partly by wanting to sell the antique trunk. I still have way too much furniture.

    • Well good for you Brenda. Not only for letting go of things but learning about yourself in the process. Holding on to stuff can be kind of suffocating at times, while letting go of it is nearly always liberating. Keep up the good work.

  5. I will be doing Monday all week. I had already started Sunday when I realized we no longer need to keep a lot of tax records that had been shoved into a file box at some time and left–no sorting, no discarding–which meant there were also some similar ones stored neatly in the file cabinet that can go also. Probably burnout from doing taxes. I’ve been decluttering my SABLE (stash accumulated beyond life expectancy) of fabric and other sewing items when I can’t stand any more papers. I’m sure the other days are covered somewhere in there, buttons, etc. Also my desk drawers could use some more straightening, which always means some decluttering. So this should be a very productive declutter week.

  6. Paper day went well – a cookbook donated and miscellaneous paper recycled. Glass was a used up candle in a glass container that went in the trash. Metal is interesting. Probably a pair of kitchen scissors that are dull although first I need to price getting them sharpened. Definitely a metal soap dish as we are shifting to liquid soap. Planning ahead – fabric will be an itchy scarf, wood is an old salad bowl we never use and plastic is yet to be determined.

  7. We had the pleasure yesterday of “using up” 2 gift cards that we acquired in our family Dirty Santa game at Christmas…both were for Outback Steakhouse…yummm!

  8. Have everyday covered but Friday, something wooden. The other days were easy, did some much needed recycling. The paper one was very timely, got files cleaned up to do taxes. Will have to put on thinking cap for a wooden item.

  9. When my husband had the sore neck and shoulder, he said he wanted to try my microwavable neck wrap for heat. I said okay but I don’t like it because it’s heavy and either too hot or not warm enough. So a couple of days later I asked him what he thought of it. He said he didn’t like it, it was too heavy and either too hot or not warm enough… hahahahahahaha… It’s being donated 🙂

    • well done Peggy. Many a time I have done something similar. Kind of the opposite of try before you buy ~ Try before you declutter.

      • Hi, Colleen. I like the “try before you declutter” concept as well. It often gives you a compelling reason to not hang onto something and strengthens your resolve to continue decluttering.

  10. Today I made a foray into the attic and got rid of what I will call a “Metal Day” item although it is also fabric. It’s a sort of tent from when we raised Monarch butterflies (when my kids were little). If we do that again, I’m sure we will get a new tent 🙂

    My neighbor is going to ask around at the barber shop today if anyone wants the STP. I told him if no one wants it I will deal with it (hazmat disposal) because I don’t want him to be stuck with it.

    I’m getting rid of all the tiny bottles of shampoo samples today by pouring the contents into a mostly empty shampoo bottle – more Plastic Day stuff!

    I recently “decluttered” a work shift, now only doing massage 3 shifts per week, yippee!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  11. For fabric day tomorrow, I’m getting rid of 100% of my cross stitch supplies. In my 20s-early 40s, I loved stitching gifts and home dec, but now, many years later, I “suddenly” realized I haven’t stitched in 7-10 years. My R. Arthritis makes it too painful, a situation that will never improve. For the same reason, I sold my piano and keyboard a few years back, wise decisions. Still, I took a few minutes to grieve the loss of yet another enjoyable activity. I’m over the self pity and the shelter cats & dogs will have better lives bc of the funds raised from these sales. What a blessing to be able to raise $ for those dear ones.

    • I am glad you are over the self pity Gail. It never changes things does it. I do think a little grieving period is not only acceptable but necessary for good health and wellbeing. And doing something good with the gained funds is a great way to make you feel that much better. Good for you.