At the beginning of March I joined the Minimalist Game.
By the end of it, I got rid of over 496 things. [No joke!]. Years into calling myself a minimalist, I still find things to de-clutter and I still learn lessons along the way.
I even got paid. I found a $50 gift card, and some free stamps:
An example that represents my whole process:
I have a bag full of “sentimental England stuff” from my first trip to the UK. I was afraid to touch it at first, because it’s “sentimental”, but I realized that a lot of stuff was actually just rubbish:
- empty Walkers crisp packets
- Caffé Nero napkins and takeaway bags
- pamphlets and flyers for events I never attended
- A sticker that says “I had a Bodleian tour today”, which is less special after spending hours in that building doing work.
I did keep and equally large pile of stuff that is not rubbish:
- my first ever plane ticket to the UK (the only ticket I’m keeping. All the others went in the other pile)
- my illustrated map of Oxford
- a Creation Theatre pamphlet for the best production of Midsummer I’ve seen
- my graduation certificate from Oxford Prep
- drawings from my friends
- my notebook, handouts, and final project from my Literature and the Fantastic course
That stuff does not deserve to share the same container as the random stuff I recycled. Now it has its own space!
More insights from my MinsGame:
My main takeaway was this: The only thing stopping me from living my ideal, clutter-free life is clutter. And getting rid of it is free.
It isn’t too late to start for April! Find a team, or start your own with the friendly folks at #minsgame on Twitter.