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.
Colleen asked me to write a set of mini-missions based on what I would like to see decluttered from our home.Â As you know, my mother tends to hang onto things long after we need them or use them.Â Right now she is also holding onto some things just to keep the present house â€œlooking descent.â€Â Here are my mini-missions along with what I would like to see decluttered from those areas.
Monday: Declutter any item from your living room.Â We have a small Ã©tagÃ¨re with 5 pitchers on it.Â I bought one and was given two of them.Â Mom and I were given another and the last one Mom bought at a garage sale.Â I do not want any of mine.Â She says she will get rid of them when we move.Â I say why wait.Â We have another Ã©tagÃ¨re with an artificial flower arrangement, a music box with two cardinals and two pots of artificial African violets.Â It could all go.
Tuesday: Declutter any item from your dining room.Â We have a set of pictures of fruit with two candle sconces hanging on the wall.Â We also have a hutch with two sections filled with â€œprettiesâ€Â such as decorative plates, vases, bells, and other items.Â All of the items in both places can go.Â None of them really have that much sentimental value and most are never used.Â They just sit and gather dust.Â
Wednesday: Declutter any item from your office and/or craft room.Â These rooms are combined for us.Â We have books that need to be given away.Â I have a desk that I want to declutter as soon as we are sure when we will be moving.Â In the meantime, all of this clutter drives me nuts.Â It needs to go.
Thursday: Declutter any item from your bedroom.Â Momâ€™s bedroom has a jumble of pictures and pretties on the walls.Â Many of them are just on the wall because she thinks a wall has to have stuff on it.Â Some of the â€œpicturesâ€ are cross stitch items I made her and she doesnâ€™t want to part with them.Â I say ditch them.Â They no longer go with her dÃ©cor that well.
Friday: Declutter any item from a bathroom.Â There are too many things on the walls in one of our bathrooms.Â They are things like mermaids and bubbles, a weird clock made from fabric, an embroidery hoop and the clock works and a picture that looks out of place in a bathroom.Â On the wall above the toilet is a cabinet with a small shelf and a top both weighted down with stuffÂ like little figurines, little vases of flowers and jars of creams or oils.Â There are also too many things on the counter top such as cosmetics, toothpaste, a denture cup, etc.Â Much of it could be gone. The rest could be hidden away in a cabinet or closet.Â In the cabinet under the sinks are numerous drawer units filled with all sorts of items like extra soap, numerous bobby pins, curlers, permanent rods, duplicates of things seldom used, et .Â Most of it could be decluttered.
Saturday: Declutter any item from a closet.Â The main bathroom has two closets in it.Â In one closet are all the linens.Â There are 6 pillow cases, a set of sheets, two bath sheets, several towels and washcloths and two beach towels.Â We donâ€™t use any of them.Â We need to declutter them if I can convince Mom to do so.Â In the other closet we have a number of items that again arenâ€™t used.Â There is a back brace to be used after surgery that never took place and will not in the future.Â There are travel size containers and products.Â We no longer travel so these can be decluttered.Â Finally there are several blankets and pillows we neither one use.Â The pillows need to be trashed and the blankets passed on.Â We donâ€™t need extra blankets when we live in an area where we seldom use a blanket and when we do only a light weight one.
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
Donâ€™t use throw away cleaning wipes. They have them for cleaning wood, kitchen spills, television screens, make-up removal etc etc. They are usually made from manmade fibres, soaked in chemicals and sold in plastic containers, all of which are bad for the environment. You can do all these jobs with a little water and a microfibre cloth that can be washed and used over and over again.
It matters not how fast I go, I hurry faster when Iâ€™m slow