It’s day thirteen of the Mins Game, and definitely time for another update. I’m completely blown away by how much stuff I’ve been able to declutter, and have begun to ask myself a very important question that we will discuss towards the end of the post.
The first thing I’ll do is give you the breakdown of what I let go of this week. There is technically one more day in this second week, but I have time to post now so I’m getting that done. Tomorrow is meant to be a family fun day – exciting!
The Second Week
The number of items decluttered increased exponentially this week, but I still found a lot to get rid of.
On Day Eight, I ditched an old catalog and seven homeschooling books that we no longer need. Yes, we are still homeschooling, but I don’t believe in holding on to everything once my kids have aged out of it or mastered the skill.
On Day Nine, I let go of two stickers, two coupons, two old calendar pages, a paper stack, an old postcard, and one small cloth bag.
For Day Ten, I moved into the kitchen. I got rid of one wooden spoon, five random containers, and five random lids. That was actually eleven items, so I consider that a bonus!
On Day Eleven, I was still in the kicthen. I let go of a Pyrex dish cover… It no longer had a dish to go with it as I had dropped it the night before. It shattered. Everywhere. *sigh* I also got rid of another cloth bag, an old journal cover, a sun tea jar, another stack of paper, a small measuring cup, two straws, and four measuring spoons. If you’re counting, that was actually twelve items.
For Day Twelve, I went back through the homeschooling stuff and decluttered an old children’s dictionary that my kids are no longer in need of, nine more homeschooling books, a small poster, and an old visual/social story that my son once used (it is a technique to help a child with autism).
And today, Day Thirteen, I let go of six more books. Yes, six more! The books never seem to end. It is truly incredible. I also threw away an old t-shirt that had holes in it. Why was I keeping that? And I let go of six curtain panels. I just replaced those curtains with more energy efficient curtains that are blackout and are supposed to help with the heating and cooling of the area. I’m pretty excited about the new curtains. Technically, I just did a swap, but there was a time when I would have stored the old curtain panels. I’m no longer that person. Why store what you no longer want, need, or even enjoy?
What Else is There?
If you add up everything I’ve decluttered so far during the Mins Game, it comes to a whopping ninety-three items. That’s a nine with a three attached! That’s a lot of items!
While I do feel there are still some things that I need to go through, I found myself wondering what else there possibly could be to let go of. That’s an important place to be. I’ve been on this minimalism journey for quite some time now. I’ve let go of a lot of stuff, discovered items that truly mean something to me, learned how to tell the difference between wants and needs, discovered reasons behind my wants and ways to determine if I really will gain value from an item… It’s been a huge learning experience, and also a life changing one. I can’t see myself going back to how I once was.
I like life better with less.
So, I think the question of “What else is there?” is a moment in time that I need to mark. I’m coming up on the point where I’m going to have finally decluttered all I want to declutter. The house will be just as I want it. The space will ooze simplicity and peace. It’s coming soon, and it’s such a good feeling!
My Non-Minimalist Husband
My husband is still going strong in the garage. He has amazed me. He took this “game” and set out to win. He has done every day, getting rid of an equal amount of his garage items to my house items. I’m so proud of him for really looking at what he actually needs and uses. I hope that once we are done with the Mins Game, he is able to keep the garage at this new, more manageable, level of tidiness.
How have you be progressing with the Mins Game? If you are not currently participating, do you think this is something you would like to try in the future? I’d love to hear from you!