In August I embarked on The Minimalist Game #minsgame . It’s a de-cluttering exercise which is basically a challenge set by online guru’s The Minimalists. Each day of the month you get rid of a number of things, that number would correspond with the date in the month ie: on the 3rd you get rid of 3 things. All this meaning you de-clutter your life of 568 objects by the end of the challenge.
So what did I do with all my objects?
Clearly most things went in the bin, they were things I had had for about 15 years! Dolly who you see in my photographs had also seen better days, it was either major surgery or the bin.
- Gum Tree – I sold larger items and in total have generated £276 throughout my challenge. Find out how I sell on Gumtree on my previous post here.
- My KonMari method (see previous post) of tiding up has been invaluable. Marie Kondo writes about holding an item in your hand and if it doesn’t spark joy or have a fundamental use it’s not necessary. Day 23, 30 and 31 all used the Konmari method and I feel so proud of the organisation within my drawers I now feel like leaving them open for everyone to see when they come in my house.
- Donated School uniform. Friends I know have children starting the same school as my son this year, so we passed down any salvageable uniform. What is it with little boys and wearing a hole in every knee on trousers!
- I’m planning a carboot sale for the beginning of September to earn money for the other pieces which haven’t or aren’t suitable for Gumtree.
- Mazuma and Music Magpie and webuybooks.co.uk have all come in invaluable and raised a further £36 though out the month.
I apologise now for the images, but there seems no way to make my crap look beautiful, so here goes:
I thought this would be easy. As a mother I seem to be throwing out objects every day, just bits of plastic, school artwork, scratched CD’s etc etc. but I found as the month went on this got progressively more difficult. That maybe because I have spent the last year and a half trimming down everything I own so had I have done this challenge a year ago, I may have felt quite different. But this got really really difficult, as a result I feel I’ve cheated a little on some days. Take day 22 as an example, I could have counted the electric rollers as 1 object but I choose to count the individual rollers as my objects.
I’ve talked before about how stuff bothers me, it starts to irritate me that it’s even in my space so to get rid of things and organise my surroundings actually has a great effect on my mental wellbeing. I’d recommend the Minsgame to anyone, stay committed and tackle each area of your home and you could even make a bob or two in the process.
Good Luck xx
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