You know me – always up for a challenge! Well you would have thought that having bought nothing for myself for 10 (now 11) months and trying to give things away daily for 9 months there shouldn’t be much that I have left to get rid of. However surprisingly I have loads of stuff that should really go. There are various different reasons why I have held on to stuff I don’t need and one of those is because I am often slow at getting rid of things that are in poor condition or broken. I feel like I should make an attempt to rescue it, but it is such a low priority and I rarely find the time. A good declutter never does anyone any harm and I have decided to join in with the Minimalism Game. I heard about this game through Twitter friends and when I saw Mommy Emu asking people to join her in the challenge this month I just couldn’t resist. Feel free to join in if you like!
How to play:
- On day 1 get rid of one thing
- On day 2 get rid of two things
- On day 3 get rid of three things
- Keep going like this for a whole month, so on the last day you get rid of 28, 30 or 31 things depending on the month.
- Make sure that the items have left your house by midnight that day.
The last thing I want to do is just chuck stuff in the bin so the first thing I did when I decided to join in was to try to come up with a plan for how to get rid of things without throwing them away where possible e.g. sell, give away, recycle. Straight away I noticed some patterns emerging. If I was going to follow the proper rules in theory I should get rid of exactly the right amount of things on the right day. However I don’t want to make multiple trips to the same place just to make the numbers right. So instead I am going to tweak the rules a bit and just see how close I can get to the 465 items that it all adds up to, by the end of the month (regardless of the day I get rid of it). Plus I’m not very good at sticking to plans, I was supposed to start yesterday and I just didn’t get round to it. I’m going to cheat a little and back date the stuff I got rid of today to yesterday.
Today I got rid of 6 things. I returned 5 egg trays to the farm where I buy eggs. I am part of a group that get together to buy eggs from a local farm. They sell trays of 30 organic free range eggs for £3.50 and we take it in turns to go up there and buy them. I save the trays to return when I go back up there.
I also threw away some electronic kitchen weighing scales. My husband has fixed them again and again, but they have been beyond fixing for a while now and have been sitting in the cupboard because I couldn’t bring myself to put them in the bin. As far as I know they can’t be recycled though so they are now gone! I have managed to survive surprisingly well without them using my American style cups for most things, but there are a few recipes that I need scales for and today I went and bought some new ones.
So now I only have 459 things to get rid of by 30th November! Wish me luck and let me know if you are joining in!