The Minimalism Game - Week 1

As I mentioned last week, a friend challenged me to take part in the February Minimalism Challenge, getting rid of a number of things every day based on the day of the month. Since we're at February 9th, that means I have collectively gotten rid of 72 things already, which is pretty awesome. A few things have gone to new homes or been recycled, and the bulk has been donated so hey! - there's a tax write-off incentive here to boot!

I've been taking this slowly and not terribly deliberately so far, meaning I sort of just stroll around a room or 2 each night (or in one day's case, my desk at work) and gather the proper number of things to take a quick picture of and post to the group. It hasn't been too difficult simply because I have SO. MUCH. STUFF. and the house is in desperate need of a good decluttering. But, as the days go by and the number of items to get rid of gets bigger, I'm forcing myself to MAKE it a little tougher and let things go that I feel a need to hang on to for one reason or another. Yesterday I pushed myself to toss an old makeup palette that I never use but have been keeping simply because it cost me a lot (though I bought it years ago, so I did get my money's worth out of it at least). The day before I got rid of 2 fleece robes that I adore... but don't adore as much as the others that I kept (apparently I hoard bathrobes?). I imagine as we get further into the month it will be increasingly challenging to choose things to let go, but I'm looking forward to being 406 unneeded items lighter in a few short weeks!

The Minimalism Game

/ /  A decluttering challenge for February  / /

My work bestie has challenged me and a couple other girls to join her in a February minimalism challenge via The Minimalists, and people, I cannot WAIT to get started tomorrow. The premise is pretty simple - for the entire month of February, you get rid of a number of things depending on the date... February 1 you get rid of 1 thing, on the 2nd you get rid of 2, and so on. When you get toward the end of the month I imagine it might get a little more difficult for some, but this girl has got some serious clutter to tackle so I don't actually think it's going to be that hard for me (outside of finding the actual time to clean and declutter each day). I may be eating those words come February 17th or so, but time will tell!

I've decided to tweak the game a bit to make it actually feasible for myself and will be gathering the proper number of items daily but only requiring myself to actually get them out of the house once a week (the game states that you must get the items out of the house by midnight each day but I know that I just wouldn't be able to commit to that if I want to properly donate my things). Gathering items throughout the week will also give me a fun little excuse to take a photo to blog about and show what I've gotten rid of, so I'm extra excited about that. 

Wanna join in?!