The #MinsGame

Monday, February 26, 2018

One of my major goals for this year is to embrace simplicity. I really want to focus on trimming the excess from my life in various areas. One of the largest areas where I had accumulated excess was in material possessions. Wherever I looked - I would see so much 'stuff' and get so irritated. I knew I had to do something drastic and searched the internet for a solution. 

Now, there are many clutter challenges online - but the Minimalist Game by The Minimalists is what stood out to me the most. These guys are super popular around social media and I totally get why. 

Essentially, you rid yourself of items day by day, which is slightly less overwhelming than doing a complete overhaul at once. With the challenge, you build yourself up by getting rid of an increasing number of items as the days of the month progress (so: 1 item on day one, two items on day two, three items on day three). You can get rid of the items any way you wish (throw away, donate, sell) but the rules state that the item must leave your possession by midnight of that same day (more on this later). 

I committed myself to this challenge and it began for me on January first with a huge stack of outdated Nylon magazines (RIP). I wasn't really attached to these magazines, so it was easy to recycle them. As the days progressed, though, I found it increasingly difficult to part with my 'stuff'. By the second week of the challenge, I was forced to think about the value the items were or weren't adding value to my life and it was not easy - but that is the point. 

There were a few days where I was so angry with myself for accumulating so much 'stuff' that I didn't need for the sake of having it. The challenge opened my eyes to how much I mindlessly accumulate and how trapped I was by these possessions. The hardest part though was getting rid of things that were given to me. Sentimental clutter it's called. For this, I had to consult a handful of online articles for some guidance (this article was so helpful). 

I followed through with the challenge and finished it on January 30th. In the end, I parted with over 300 items and I have never felt better! Full disclosure: I still have some of the items in my possession because they are waiting to be picked up by their new owners! This was the only rule I compromised on because it's not realistic to sell or donate things in one day - but if I knew the items were going to be tossed out, they were tossed on the same day. 

If you're interested in seeing everything I parted with, I made a highlight on Instagram that you can watch! With March coming up in a few days and Spring following shortly after - I know many people start to think about Spring cleaning. Personally, I think the #MinsGame is a great way to clear up clutter for Spring. I can't call myself a minimalist by any means, but every day I make a conscious effort to be aware of what I accumulate and ways I can cut back. 

You can find some more information on the game over at The Minimalists website. 

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