One week in to the Minimalists Game (a/k/a “#minsgame”) and it’s amazing what I’ve learned about my habits. This first week was all about giving up things that still have utility and are appropriate for a life that I simply don’t lead.
There are items I bought for entertaining, but in years of entertaining, I’ve never actually used.
There are the water bottles, which multiply like rabbits when they aren’t assiduously culled.
There are cookbooks with one or two awesome, go-to recipes.
There are the extra cookware and the kids’ dishes, that I hung on to “just in case.”
All of these items are useful, but I’m not using any of them. And someone else could. I didn’t throw any of it away, instead freecycling or donating all of it. My “just in case” items could be really useful for someone else starting out.
I started this process wondering if I would be able to find enough stuff to give away. Now I’m thinking one month won’t be enough. Although I may not be a packrat, I do have a few sentimental collections that I’m bracing myself to part with. There are plenty of other things I’ve stowed away on the off chance I’d need them. And there are the gifts that I feel too guilty to part with.
But that is another week’s blog…
If you’ve been feeling a bit suffocated by the stuff in your life, try a round of the #minsgame yourself!