Thursday, March 15, 2018

30-Day Minimalism Game: Day 15 + The Things I Use Sometimes

For Day 15 of the 30-Day Minimalism Game I caught a break, as I have the perfect number of something very easy to purge.

And I'm just so thrilled I managed to make it halfway through the month-long challenge without failing...though I can't say the same will be true for the latter half, as I'm scrambling to find the 16 items for tomorrow's challenge. (I am sure I have 16 items, I'll just have to either locate them or be prepared to part with them by tomorrow.)

As of today I'll have purged 120 things. Which feels like a lot, although I don't really notice much of a change in my home - as most of these things were items in not-crowded cupboards and closets, so they (mostly) flew under the radar. However, in anticipation of my move, I am relieved that I'll have that many fewer things to have to clean, pack, and unpack.

Day 15

Today was an easy day and I am giving away 15 plastic hangers. We've had these for years and years - over a decade - and they've served us well, but we needed something a bit less bulky for our closet space and so I've upgraded to stainless steel and aluminum hangers which will hopefully last our lifetime.

These also feel a bit juvenile and a bit too whimsical and it was time to make a change. (And, yes, *spoiler alert* there will be more hangers swapped at a later date during the challenge, because I have that many hangers.)

From now on, except for that anticipated additional hanger purge day, I have a feeling there will be a lot more of a hodgepodge of things being discarded. Because I just don't have that much of an one thing in my home...or even things that are related/similar. But we shall see...

The things I use sometimes...

Over the many, many years I've been attempting to cull my possessions so that I only have those things that I use or love, love, love, I've always hated those items that I use just sometimes.

These are things that take up space, that do have a use, that I have to keep but wish I didn't, as they take up most of storage space in my closet, most of the space in cupboards and drawers.

The sometimes things:

While there are many, many things that serve as sometimes things in my home, I'm only going to list the ones that irk me the most. Because they take up space, because I have to "worry" about their well-being, because I have to drag them from place to place because they are necessary, just not always necessary.

Extras and spares. Because we can't live without a backup fitted sheet, pillow cases, dish towels, USB cables, lightning cables, hard drives, pens, sunglasses, sailing gloves, sailing shoes, tote bags, office supplies, dishes and glasses and flatware, chairs.

Specific use items. Overnight sailing gear/equipment (head lamp, flashlight, sleeping bag, camp pad, etc.), foul weather gear (harness, boots, rain jacket and pants, etc.), safety gear (PFDs, gloves, etc.), emergency provisions (hand crank radio, batteries, etc.), kitchen supplies (serving bowl, wooden spoon, large pots, etc.), suitcase, mops, dusters, side tables, reference books, important papers (tax documents/returns, etc.).

If I didn't have to keep these sometimes things, my home would feel a lot emptier, simpler, lighter. But most of these items are ones that I can't simply buy instantly if needed, and the rest are ones that we are required to keep, or that are necessary for our family and for our lifestyle/interests.

To be continued...

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