31 days and 496 items (plus a few more) later, I’m finally done with one of my 21 for 2021 – the Minimalism Game. If you’re not familiar with the concept, you get rid of one thing from your house on the first day of the month, two things on the second, three things on the third and so on, until 30/31 on the last day of the month. It’s essentially a slow-burn spring clean with targets to go for. One of the good things about it, is it eases you into getting comfortable with getting rid of stuff.
Overall it was a great experience, though I’m a bit sad I had to restrict myself to recycling only as I can’t donate to charity shops or sell things online at the moment.
While I let go of a lot of items, interesting enough I also gained a few things on my way.
In the process of doing the challenge I found some old favourite items like the red jumper I wore a lot last winter and had ended up misplaced in the wrong season box, as well as some hand creams that will definitely come in handy during this dry and cold months.
A clear mind
In addition to clear kitchen cabinets and bookshelves I feel I’ve also decluttered my brain fog as well. Just like last time I did this, I come to the realisation that I don’t have to hold on to things that seem practical in theory, but don’t add anything. This concept doesn’t always stick with me for too long, but it’s not as hard to do another one.
Usually I would sell some items, but in this environment it just doesn’t feel right to justify multiple trips to the post office or making people come to pick things up. However I felt selling DVD’s, books and games to Ziffit would be ok. So I scanned and I sent a total of 39 items and got £24.10 for that. Not too shabby.
All in all I’m happy I got to do this. I’m even planning on doing a second round later in the year. Mainly to look at the things that I can donate or sell, but I’m sure I’ll find some more things on my way.
Have you tried the minimalism game or something similar?