I’ve been on a journey to simplify and create space for the things that I really value or that add value to my life for quite some time. My first trip to Mexico in 2015 took a tiny little seed and really kicked it off, and it’s sort of spiraled from there. In 2016 I got rid of an item a day for the year, but I think I actually ended up getting rid of 409 items. That felt good, of course, but it certainly didn’t feel like enough… especially after the ridiculous number of boxes that were delivered to my house when my parents sold my childhood home. I feel like I’m drowning in stuff, and I don’t like it.
The idea of doing the minimalism game hit in February I think, but walking through communities in Mexico really made me want to get rid of more things. So, this month, I’m playing the minimalism game!
Ok- so what’s the minimalism game? This is from The Minimalists. You get rid of one item the first time, two the second day, three third day, etc… through an entire month. Their rules are that you have to get the items out of your house by midnight that night. I’m mixing up the rules a bit:
First of all, I’m not set on doing it for a month. Maybe I will, but likely I won’t, especially since this is a busy month for me and because I’m injured. I’m hoping to go about two weeks. I calculated it and if I play for 15 days, I’ll be getting rid of 120 items. My rule is that I also don’t have to have it out of the house by midnight. Again, because I’m injured, I need to make this more realistic, so I have a space in a room where I have a donate box. I’ll deal with it at once instead of walking lots of extra steps.
I’m not going to post pictures every day of what I get rid of because that’s boring and adds no value to anyone else, but I’ll do a post at some point as I’m going along! If you want to play along with me, let me know!