The 12th Minimize Minute

Give an Experience

Here’s a new task to help simplify our lives and minimizing our households.

Challenge #12 Give an Experience

This week, give the gift of less clutter to someone else. The next time you have the opportunity to give a gift for a birthday, wedding, hostess, shower, etc., give the gift of an experience. Create a homemade coupon or buy a gift certificate or plan an experience and have concert tickets, for example, wrapped up with bow. But make a huge effort to not purchase “stuff.” Most people want less stuff, so offer your time, creativity or spend your money on creating a memory that will stay with the recipient for much longer than any old sale item. Continue reading “The 12th Minimize Minute”

The 11th Minimize Minute

What bugs you?

Challenge #11 Bug Be Gone

Pick something that bugs you every time you see it and resolve it.

How’d it go:

My goal with this challenge was to tackle a low-priority task that, while not critical, still bugs me every time I see it or use it. That was my only criteria, and honestly, as I looked around my home, I realized I could tackle one of these every single day and they’d still pile up. The wobbly stool, the squeaky door, the stained carpet, the dirty windows, the unpacked moving box, the unhung pictures, the loose pan handle, etc. Continue reading “The 11th Minimize Minute”

The 10th Minimize Minute

Eat That Frog

Here’s a new task to help simplify our lives and minimizing our households.

Challenge #10 Eat That Frog

Choose something you’ve been putting off and tackle it.

How’d it go:  Last fall, I made a family list of everything we needed to get done, and it sent me into an anxiety attack. No joke. Continue reading “The 10th Minimize Minute”

The 9th Minimize Minute

Too Many Towels

Here’s a new task to help simplify our lives and minimizing our households.

Challenge # 9 – Repurpose or get rid of excess towels.

How’d it go: My kitchen towels were overflowing from their cabinet, I had bath towels stored in three different places, and we never got to the bottom of any of the stacks before laundry day replenished it. Continue reading “The 9th Minimize Minute”

The 8th Minimize Minute

Smart Phone Declutter

Here’s a new task to help simplify our lives and minimizing our households.

Challenge # 8 – Smart Phone Declutter

Clear out all apps you don’t use and delete or reorganize the ones you want to use less of.

How’d it go: I thought this would be much more painful than it was. The very first thing I wanted to accomplish through this task was to quit spending so much time on Facebook. Continue reading “The 8th Minimize Minute”

The 7th Minimize Minute

What can I accomplish when I keep a bothersome countertop free and clear all week long?

Here’s a new task to help simplify our lives and minimizing our households.

Challenge # 7 – Free and Clear

Choose a cluttered surface that’s a particular bother, clean it off (finding each item its proper home) and prioritize keeping it clear all week, even if it means a bit of extra work each day.

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How’d it go: I got a lot out of this challenge. I continually have an area of our kitchen island that is a catch-all and it drives me crazy. I’ve been touting Marie Kondo the last few challenges, and though she says not to organize by location, this week I’m going against her suggestions. This clutter-gathering area is the first thing I see when I walk in my front door and it’s always covered with a random assortment of household stuff. When company’s coming, I’ve been known to gather all the misc. items it collects, throw them in a box and stash the box in a corner somewhere to deal with later. The stuff finds its way out again and the messy cycle continues. So, this week I set a timer for ten minutes, cleared it by putting each item away in its proper home, and then I committed to keeping it clear all week long.

What I found happening is that we used the space. My daughter set up board games for us to play. I repotted a houseplant on the counter. It was free and clear to wrap a couple birthday presents. We spread out the trail map to plot the route for our snowmobile club’s group trail ride. My daughter even requested that we pull up the stools and eat dinner there one night.

A few extra minutes on my part each day made this little space in our home become more useful, easier for me to look at, and the house just felt more pulled together.  It was such a simple fix and if I stay on top of it, it’ll stay simple.

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The 6th Minimize Minute

The 6th Minimize Minute

Dresser Drawers

Here’s a challenge for you in 2018! Join me each week as we take on a new task to help simplify our lives and minimizing our households. Write in and tell us how it went for you, or to get the task from a previous week. MinimizeMinute@gmail.com

Challenge #6: Dresser Drawers  

Refold the clothing in your dresser drawers, turn it on end in rows and organize by color. Continue reading “The 6th Minimize Minute”