Monday, November 4, 2013

The Minimalists Game

Many of my blogging friends are participating in NaNoWriMo this month.


I am not a writer.  So in order not to feel left out, I decided to play the minimalists game


Find a friend or family member. Someone who’s willing to get rid of some of their excess stuff. This month, each of you must get rid of one thing on the first day of the month. On the second, two things. Three items on the third. So forth, and so on. Anything can go! Clothes, furniture, electronics, tools, decorations, etc. Donate, sell, or trash. Whatever you do, each material possession must be out of your house—and out of your life—by midnight each day.



I did try to convince Martha to play but its hard to convince a hoarder to be a minimalist.  *sigh*


For every day in November I will be weeding out that number of items.  So far:


Day 1 - 1 broken post hole digger (I thought it was repairable, but no)
Day 2-  2 pairs of jeans donated (apparently shrank in summer storage)
Day 3 - 3 broken clay pots trashed
Day 4 - 4 sweatshirts (daughter’s high school team apparel) donated


It’s only day 4 but I can see this is going to get challenging real fast.


8 comments:

  1. I am willing (and in great need) of playing! I will catch up and let you know how it goes.

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    1. Welcome! I am still going strong.

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  2. Do you realize that's over 500 items? I need to do some cleaning out but I don't own that much stuff! I'm in for a week.

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    1. I didn't know until you mentioned it. Wow. I may not make it, but at least its a start. I think I am also going to include my office which will help when I get to the bigger numbers.

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  3. Wow! That's ambitious! I couldn't do it, but I salute you!

    This past weekend I was throwing stuff out, but it was different. I knew that I needed to pull up the stinky old carpet in one of the bedrooms. I did. And under it was another layer of carpet - an industrial type of carpet, like office carpet. Pulled that up. And, under it was, yes, another layer! Holy crapola! The last layer was the kind of room sized area rug that has rubber backing. So, so very disgusting after 20 plus years. I'm still scraping the rubber residue off the floor. Yuck.

    I like your game better....
    xoxo
    :-)

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    1. I've never heard of carpeting over carpeting! It must feel really good to be rid of all that nastiness though. And when you're done there, there is plenty of work here . . .

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  4. Cool idea as a way to purge a (couple) of closets and such. I do see there being an extreme challenge on day...oh, 12 or so, but whatever. Purging in small doses. Love. It.

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    1. It does feel good to purge. Even better when your stuff finds a happy home somewhere else. I am saving books and files for later in the month. I may need to resort to counting a box of paperclips the number of clips . . .

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