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.


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.

New Normal

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.

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”