Friday, March 16, 2018

30-Day Minimalism Game: Day 16 + Sets of 6

It's now the 16th day of the 30-Day Minimalism Game and I'm excited to find that still I have more things to purge. Though it actually would be nicer if I had nothing left to purge, which would mean that I have reached that stage of minimalism that I want to be at.

So maybe being done with this challenge early won't be such a bad thing. And I'm going to have to try really hard not to get rid of things I do use just to meet a particular day's goals. (Yes, I've started looking hard at some utensils I sort of use and kind of like...)

But for today...

Day 16

Today I gave away: 1 and 2) Digital camera (eCycled) + camera case and strap; 3) Magazine (recycled); 4) Fringed throw (gave away); 5 and 6) Ladle and whisk; 7) Digital watch (eCycled); 8 and 9) lanyard and carabiner clip (discarded); 10-13) 4 cork coasters (gave away); 14 and 15) 2 plastic hangers (recycled); 16) Knit cap (gave away).

My husband had been storing my camera and case (I thought I had purged it a couple years ago). But when we went through his bins to get rid of some of his excess wires, a camcorder, and other electronics (including an old Apple mouse of mine that I gave him), this appeared. And while I would have tried to sell it, he must have discarded the battery charger and so we opted to eCycle it instead.

The magazine was quickly read (steering clear of 75% due to the ads) and so was sent packing. The throw has fringe that's too tempting and dangerous for the felines, so it's being given to a family member. The ladle was too cumbersome to use, and the whisk was never used to make those fluffy omelettes and so both are being given to a family member.

The watch was rendered useless when a family member purchased another one that served that exact purpose two-and-a-half years ago. I kept thinking I might need it some day, but hadn't. But because it's scratched it went to eCycling. The lanyard and clip went to (or go to) some kind of sailing-related item but I have no idea what they go to and I've never used them in the four+ years I've had them so off they go.

The cork coasters were an attempt to get coasters that don't get sent to the floor and make the most horrible noises when the cats go a little crazy. But they are chewers (as can be witnessed by some of the items I plan to get rid of for tomorrow's purge), and apparently cork is quite dangerous if ingested by cats, so they're being passed along to a family member.

The cap was used and loved but has begun to shrink with all the washes and so it's going to a family member. (And I have another hat that was given to me that works wonderfully.) The hangers are part of the previously purged set, but were discovered beneath two clothing items of my husband's.

So that's 16.

What is it about sets of 6?

Many of the things I love come only in a set of six. I wish I could ask the merchant just to send me four, or three, or however many I need, even if I have to pay for six.

At least if things were sold in sets of eight I could sell the other four, or give away a nice set of four items to a friend. But a lonely pair of things typically only works well when your friends are minimalists or don't mind having mismatched items.

So I have these amazing glasses to drink from, but I have six of them - two of which I will likely never use. I want to purchase just one of the round welk jars, and while they sell them single on sites like World Market or Target, they don't sell them singly on Amazon where I would get free shipping and it would make it financially feasible to do so. (I only need just the one.)

The fewest eggs they sell in the market come in a container of six (we really don't eat more than four before expiry dates).

So, what is it about the set of six that seems to appeal to both merchant and consumer? Do people really want that many things or is it just that they've been conditioned to want that many things?

I have a "set of 6" flatware, of which I use almost every single piece before they get washed. But I had a "set of 6" dishware, most of which went unused.

I'm not sure why I felt the need to have six. Or why I felt the need to have them match. But at some point in my life I was conditioned to the "set of 6" idea, even if it was one that never once suited my life.

To be continued...

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