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,