Today is January 17th, so it is day 17 of my “Mins Game” that I set as my January monthly challenge when I discussed my personal goals for 2017 last week. If you haven’t heard of the challenge, check out this page on the Minimalists website. I guess technically I’m not playing the game right because I’m doing it alone… but whatever. I’m going to do it. Feel free to join in and make it so that I’m not alone…
So, 17 days in, my grand total is supposed to be 153. Let’s go over what I’ve gotten rid of so far…
Day 1: My Wedding Dress
Yup, let’s start with a big one. If I wanted to get all technical, I could say that it was the dress, the sash, two garment bags, a coat hanger and a pile of dress trimmings… But it’s just one big item. I packed it up and sent it to my half-sister who got engaged in the fall and might use it to help make her dress.
Day 2: 2 Candy Canes
And from the big one, to 2 that I sort of feel are so easy it’s cheating. But these two were sitting in a bowl in our living room since Christmas… The rest of the Christmas chocolates that were in the bowl with them long since eaten… Apparently candy canes are not popular in our household. As much as I hate to waste food, these two went in the garbage.
After day 2, I got inspiration from a photo I saw on Instagram (by IntentionallyLess) to make a little calendar to put in my photos. I took a page from the back of my bullet journal (the Leuchtturm 1917 has a few perforated sheets at the back) and made a calendar like table:
Day 3: Random Items
I love the idea of this Plant Nanny, but I honestly don’t have any indoor house plants. We already have a bunch of flashlights, so I don’t think we need anymore… and then there was this random attachment to something… (sorry it is hard to see in this photo) To what does it attach? I have no idea… I’m sure I’ll find it now that I’ve gotten rid of that piece, but obviously wasn’t important enough to remember before now…
Day 4: Old Computer Bits
For day 4, I opened up a cupboard where we had stashed a bunch of old computer cables and such. An easy 4 items: 3 computer mice and a set of computer speakers.
Day 5: More Old Computer Stuff
I continued to dig through that cupboard and found a keyboard, 2 monitor cables, a power supply cable and a car charger for a cell phone that we no longer own.
Day 6: Same Cupboard of Computer Stuff
Add to the collection of computer and electronics stuff… an Ethernet cable, a USB cable, a random audio cable, 3 cell phone chargers for different phones (Nokia, Samsung & Motorola) and a broken needle for inflating soccer balls. (Does the Sesame Street song come in to your head here? “One of these things is not like the other… “)
Day 7: Clothes Hangers
Taking a little departure from the electronics, in the same cupboard I found a collection of hangers that are not ever going to be used in our household. Not even sure why they are there… Technically there were more than 7 of them, but because it was so easy to toss them all as a group, I didn’t worry about it…
Day 8: More Electronics
After I realized how easy it was to toss out old electronics, I found another stash that I could go through… 2 more computer mice (that makes a total of 5 if you’ve been keeping track), 2 more Ethernet cables, 2 more cell phone chargers for phones we haven’t had in eons, an empty CD case and a collection of adapters for an Ipod stereo that has already left the house a long time ago…
Day 9: And the Computer/Electronics Continue…
For day 9, I found the box for one of my old cell phones, including some cables and the manuals, a pack of almost 30 empty CD cases (back from when I used to burn mix CDs from downloaded music), yet another cell phone charger (I obviously went through a lot of different phones before I got hooked on my iPhone), an actual home phone with its cables (who has those anymore?) and some wall mounting adapter that I can’t figure out if it belongs to that phone, or if it belongs somewhere else… It’s not exactly 9 things, but I figure with the stack of CD cases it could be more than 9… Good enough!
Day 10: Floppy Disks
Who has the ability to read floppy disks anymore? Laptops aren’t even coming with CD drives these days… So, as sentimental as I would like to be and keep my old school work, I haven’t looked at them in over 10 years, so good bye to 8 floppy disks, 2 carrying cases for the disks, and another box with user manuals from a cell phone that I know I actually lost at some point on a pub crawl during my university days. Again, more than 10, but I’d rather just get them all gone instead of saving them for another day. (I may regret that later on when I get to 28 or 29 items…)
to be continued…
This post is getting a little long… I’ll continue going through my MinsGame daily declutters next time… So far, the total count is: 55+ items.
Have you ever played the MinsGame?