Monday Mission: Make One Thing Better

What are Mondays like at your house? Productive? Chaotic? Gone-all-day? We are usually home for at least part of the day on Monday and things are usually productive. Monday is pretty much always a laundry day for us, we’re launching our school week, and we often need to tidy up from the weekend.

For today’s decluttering, don’t try to get into a big job unless you really want to (I never stand in the way when somebody’s inspired to really roll with dejunking!), but can you manage to do one little extra thing to make the household operate a little better? What could you do?
–Wash the front door glass
–Dejunk one drawer
–Clean the TV screen
–Hang that hook in the bathroom
–Wash the recycling bin
–Dust the ceiling fan (spread a bed sheet below if it’s really bad, shake that outside, and throw it into the laundry)
–Gather pencils and sharpen them
–Gather pens/markers, test them, toss the duds
–Launder throws and pillow covers
–Make an extra batch of the dinner entree and freeze for another meal
–Purge some old files; set up needed files for 2012
–Pick an item you tend to hoard and be ruthless with yourself

That last one is mine. I have a secret: I’m a 3-ring binder and padded envelope junkie:

Would you believe it? TWELVE extra binders going to the thrift store. I allowed myself to keep three.
The first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. Hi, my name is Lori and I love padded envelopes and cunningly-designed cardboard mailers.
I allowed myself to keep three mailers, too. We all know the world would end if we didn’t have some mailers in the closet.

Any other horders out there, or is it just me? And, what will you do today to make one thing better?

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  1. Anonymous
    Posted January 16, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    I have a stash of padded envelopes but I’m hoping to use them to mail away books that I’m trying to sell + some for paperbackswap books. If I don’t sell the books, I promise to throw away most of the mailers and donate the books to a thrift store. Will you help me stick to that promise?

  2. Posted January 16, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    Mondays are our Saturdays… sort of. At least it is a time when I can generally enlist Preacher Man to help with heavy lifting or a certain chore. So today, I took all of his dress shirts out of his closet and laid them on the bed and asked him to only put the ones in the closet that he still wore. He really got into it and even cleaned out his ties and his sweater shelf while we were at it! Nice!

    Part of our problem has been when we will buy a replacement for an item, but never actually get rid of the old one that is about to die. *ahem* I’m so guilty of this. Besides the dress shirts, the best example would be old shoes and a certain crock pot that doesn’t really do the job well anymore. I just hate to throw it away because it was a wedding gift from my Granny. 🙁 And my husband was hanging on to the shirt he wore in our engagement pictures just for that very reason. When I told him I didn’t have sentimental feelings for it, he was happy to toss it. I’m trying to happily toss these worn out mementos and hang onto the memories and photos of the memories instead, like the engagement *photo* instead of the shirt. Thanks for being my therapy. You’re cheap, but highly effective. 😉

    • Posted January 16, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

      Glad you are communicating and decluttering together. Sometimes it’s surprising what the other person thinks about their stuff.

  3. Posted January 16, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    Well, I (we’ve) gotten in to a really big de-cluttering job – the bookshelves in our office!! Can’t wait for you to see them – we got rid of a whole bunch of books (I know not as many as we should have, but I was pleased with your Dad’s willingness to part with so many!!). They have been taken to the library as a donation except for a few that we plan to bring to the church building. Those can either be reference books in the resource room or to offer to people in the congregation. I had done a few of the shelves on Friday – then we both worked part of the day on Saturday. We worked ALL day today and the results are most satisfying.

  4. A
    Posted January 17, 2012 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    Today my tidying will be done at work — I know it’s going to need dusting (my least favorite job) and a vac/sweep.

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