|Day 28!!!! I made it!|
These two guys, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, explain here: http://www.theminimalists.com/game/
But, basically, each day you get rid of the number of items for that day. Today is the 28th - so 28 things need to go. They do say that it needs to be out of the house. I guess there is a fear that some people would start going back through all the stuff and "take" it back. I decided just to start a pile. I have a big box for the stuff going to Habitat for Humanity and a bag for the clothes that will go to Goodwill. I also have a box for things that out-of-town family members want.
It all started when I had seen a post that my sister had put on Facebook and I questioned what it was all about. I figured if she could do it, then I could do! And I did!
I know you guys on Facebook are probably sick of seeing me post every day what I am doing for the #minsgame. But, posting a picture of the stuff on Facebook really, REALLY, helped me to stay on track. Each day I knew that I would be holding myself responsible, and it worked.
There are a few things that are really crazy about this whole "experiment" or experience. One is that I thought about it everyday. I would wake up wondering if I would be able to meet my goal for the day. I know it doesn't sound that difficult, but for some people like me, it is very hard to let anything go. Now, I am not a hoarder, I do throw out (recycle, reuse) tons of stuff. But, there are other things that I have real trouble with. I moved 21 times before I turned 21. Because of that I packed my whole life into boxes and hulled them from place to place. Each one of those possessions were my home. I still have tons of my toys from when I was a toddler. Most I will still never part with. And I don't have to right now.
Another thing for me is that I own an art gallery and gift shop. So, I promote buying. I also, have a huge collection of art in my home. But, this helped me to remove the "crap" and have more room for nicer things. Probably 99% of the stuff that I removed was from my cabinets, closets, boxes in the attic. It wasn't things that I look at every day and enjoy. Probably, many would think that my house is too crowded with stuff, but my husband and I enjoy them and the memories that go with them. And again, I don't have to get rid of those things right now.
Other than my childhood toys, I found it difficult to get rid of things that I might one day use in a sculpture or piece of artwork. Again, I realized that it is ok to save some things and let go of others. It will be different for each person. I could easily get rid of tons of clothes, but the fish bones that my son collected while camping next to the river I couldn't part with (yes, I know...) Each person will have a different experience through this process.
I am luckily to live in a fairly large home (for two people) and also have a studio, attic, out buildings, and business away from home with an office. So, I have plenty of room to spread out my stuff. The things that I chose to hang onto do not impede my life. I do not have to step over piles of stuff, or I don't have to shift piles to get work done (at home at least - well a little in my studio). A lot more would have gone out if I wasn't married. I do have to respect his things and pieces that he has a connection to, but I don't.
The other neat thing about this was, that so many people saw my posts and asked what I was up to. After I explained, almost all said what a great idea and that they needed to do the same.
Where do I go from here? Well, my office at work is a pit of despair! I am going to try and do the same challenge at work. But, don't worry I will not post pictures everyday of the paper and crap that will come out of it! After that I plan on tackling my clay and glass studio, but that has to wait for warmer weather!
I would love to hear if any of you have tried this and what your thoughts are! Tomorrow is a new month!