I have recently discovered a blog called Living with Less by Brittany who feels a bit like a kindred spirit when I read her posts. For the month of April she is doing the minimalism game. I have done this before, though it took me longer than a month… But I’ve been slowly decluttering stuff as we recover from the mass relocation of all our basement stuff for the basement renovation that I mentioned in my last post, so I thought it would be fun to join her.
In case you need a quick refresher, the minimalism game (or mins game for short) was created by the minimalists (Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus) and basically entails getting rid of one thing on the first day of the month, two things on the second day, three things on the third day, etc. By the end of the month you have removed nearly 500 items from your house!
Brittany is planning on doing her challenge backwards, starting with the 30 things, and working downwards, but I am sticking with the traditional increasing count.
The other catch is that you are technically supposed to get it out of your house by midnight of that day… I am not sticking to that because that would mean a trip to the donation center or transfer station or whatever EVERY DAY! I do not have time for a special trip every day, but I will be sure to get the items out of the house before the end of the month. I may be selling some of these items too, so it might take a bit of time to get a buyer…
Anyway, I realize I am posting this after the beginning of April, but maybe you can join us with your version of the mins game challenge? Let’s get started going over the things I have gotten rid of so far…
The first item to go for Day 1 is the baby gate that my husband just took off the doorway to the basement. The little monster is 3 years old, so he has no problem with stairs, and with the renovations done, the basement is generally a safe place for him to go, so we no longer needed it crowding the landing.
Day 2 was two jackets that I no longer wear. I love them both, but they just never make it in to the rotation… plus I think they may be too small these days anyway…
Easy, maybe cheating… started going through stuff in the garage. Picked out a costume hat that my friend left at my house after a costume party when I lived in my previous house… yes. We moved it with us… time to let it go… and two garbage cans that we no longer need.
More garage stuff. A wreath that I’m not a fan of anymore. Old Christmas lights. Broken sleeping bag stuff sack. And an old home improvement book.
Four books and a little vase.
So that was the start of my mins game… 5 days down… 25 days to go… Fingers crossed I can keep up with it for the rest of the month. My husband LOVES it when I “shoot stuff out”.
Have you done the minimalism game before? Will you join me this month?