January’s Minimalist Game…the Outcome

Last month, my daughter and I challenged one another to the Minimalist Game, and I have to say we were both winners! In a nutshell, the objective was get rid of one thing on the first of the month, two on the second day, three on the third and so on. At this pace, we would toss 496 things.

My total for the month was 900 items. In reality, the number is likely higher because I almost certainly forgot to add some things to the tally.

How is this even possible, you ask?

Well, according to The Minimalists, the average North American home contains 300,000 things. Yikes. That’s a lot of stuff.

What did I get rid of? Cookbooks, scarves, sewing patterns, boots and shoes, picture frames, pens and pencils, coffee mugs, old linens, magazines, an old dresser…

What did I do with all that stuff? Some of it well and truly was trash, but most of it was recycled, donated, re-homed or went to a consignment store. Yes, some things actually earned me some cold hard cash. In one drawer I even found a $50 Visa gift card I’d completely forgotten about.

And while those dollars were welcome, the real value is in the freedom that comes with owning less stuff.

Wishing you a happy and clutter-free Saturday from Corsair’s Cove,

Lee
LeeMcKenzie.com

Kiss at the Cove

The Minimalist Game

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions this year? I did not. Instead, my daughter and I challenged each other to the Minimalist Game, created by…you guessed it…The Minimalists.

The rules are simple. On the first day of the month, you get rid of one item. Donate it. Sell it. Trash it. Recycle it. Whatever you decide, that item has to be out of your home by midnight.

On the second day of the month, you get rid of two items, three items on the third day, and so on.

For me and my daughter, this means we will each clear 496 unneeded or unused items from our homes by the end of January.

I’m happy to say that as of today…drum roll, please!…I have disposed of 583 things. By the end of the month, I hope to clear out 992 items, double the goal for January!

Can I do it?

Stay tuned!

until next time,
Lee
Kiss at the Cove