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.
These mini missions are brought to you by the ever amusing ~ Nicole V.
â€œOnce upon a time, a beautiful queen had a baby girl. The babyâ€™s skin was as white as snow, and she had beautiful black hair.â€
From the title and opening lines, you must have guessed that the fairy tale of â€œSnow White and the Seven Dwarfsâ€ will be the inspiration for decluttering this week. Weâ€™ll focus on the seven dwarfs, in particular, for the mini missions. Some suggestions follow below, but you are, of course, free to creatively interpret the missions as they relate to you.
Monday â€“ Doc: Declutter any expired medications, anything past its use-by date from your medicine cabinet or first-aid kit, medical bills or receipts that you no longer need.
Tuesday â€“ Grumpy: Declutter anything that might be annoying to use, clean or maintain. It could also be something that puts you in a bad mood, for whatever reason or something that gets in your way each time you need to access a useful item.
Wednesday â€“ Happy: This could be something that no longer brings you joy like it used to or something that would make someone else happy if you gave it to them or donated it.
Thursday â€“ Sleepy: This could be anything from your main or guest bedroom or anything sleep-related or something that makes you yawn or feel drowsy (a really boring book, for instance).
Friday â€“ Bashful: This could be a cheesy CD or DVD that you might be embarrassed to admit you have in your collection, an item of clothing that is so frayed and faded that youâ€™d be too shy to be seen in it outside the home or even something from your past that might seem cheesy now (neon legwarmers from the 80s, anyone?) or anything associated with a fad that you are now embarrassed to ever have embraced.
Saturday â€“ Sneezy: Declutter anything that exists solely to attract dust, ineffective or expired allergy medications, or even anything related to sunshine, exercising and plucking your eyebrows. Yes, you read that right â€“ sunshine, exercising and eyebrow-plucking can induce sneezing in some people. If this has never happened to you before, who woulda thunk, right?
So that leaves us with Dopey. You can either declutter with Dopey for extra credit or use him as a replacement for any of the earlier mini missions that you might have had difficulty with. Dopey: This could be an item that has you dazed, confused or bewildered as to why it is even in your home or a thingamajig that has no apparent function, with nobody knowing what it is or what it is used for. It could even be a key that doesnâ€™t fit any locks in your home or office.
And now, all thatâ€™s left is for me to say:
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.