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”

The 5th Minimize Minute

The Junk Drawer

Here’s a challenge for you in 2018! Join me as we take on a new tasks to help simplify our lives and minimizing our households. Tell me what you did and how it went!

Challenge # 5: The Junk Drawer

Marie Kondo, organizing consultant and best-selling author of The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, teaches to organize by category, not by location. Before I remembered her advice, I had grand ambitions of tackling the junk drawer this week, but her method makes a lot more sense for long-lasting results. Continue reading “The 5th Minimize Minute”

The 4th Minimize Minute

Swap and Sell

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.

Challenge # 4: Swap and Sell

List one item on your local area Swap and Sell.

How’d it go: There are so many activities that I’m mildly intimidated by before I’ve ever even tried them.  Selling something second-hand was one of them. (It sounds so silly now that I’ve done it.) Continue reading “The 4th Minimize Minute”

The 3rd Minimize Minute

Challenge: Project 333

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.

Challenge #3: Project 333 – The concept originated with a lady named Courtney Carver who gave herself a fashion minimalism challenge to wear only 33 items for three months – hence 333. The simplification brought her more peace, time and enjoyment. Continue reading “The 3rd Minimize Minute”

The 2nd Minimize Minute

Challenge: Get rid of “just in case” items

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 # 2: Identify 3-5 “just in case” items you’ve been hanging on to and get rid of them. “Just in case” items are things you’re hanging on to in case you need them down the road. The theory is that 99% of the time, you won’t ever use these “just in case” items, and if the need does arise, a replacement can almost always be found cheaply and easily. The goal is to work towards keeping only what has a defined or immediate use. Continue reading “The 2nd Minimize Minute”

The 1st Minimize Minute

Challenge: Grab-A-Box

Here’s a challenge for you in 2018! Join me each week as we undertake a specific project aimed at simplifying our lives and minimizing our households. Write in and tell us how it went for you! MinimizeMinute@gmail.com

Challenge #1: Grab a box and walk around your house, finding 5-10 things that you don’t use, need or love that you can comfortably and permanently get rid of. Take the box to a donation center, thrift shop, or straight to the trash. You can also package up the items and ship them to a donation center for free by printing a label at http://www.givebackbox.com. Continue reading “The 1st Minimize Minute”