Wednesday, March 7, 2018

30-Day Minimalism Game: Day 7

It's Day 7 of the 30-Day Minimalism Game and I'm so happy to find that I've lasted one week (and have purged a total of 28 items from my home).

I know it's not going to get any easier, especially on those days where 28 items are expected for just the one day. But for today...

Day 7

For today's purge, I have this lovely set of coasters from Arne Jacobsen's Cylinda bar line, plus the holder. We used them for a very brief time, but as they didn't work well with the size of glasses and mugs we own/owned, they became a purely decorative "piece" on our side table, and then eventually got put away into our kitchen cupboards and just became pretty clutter.

As I have a family member who is more than happy to give them a home, I will be giving these away (I already have a box nearly packed and ready to be sent).

A couple surprises...

One. I did not expect to be surprised by this game. I've seen enough people do it on YouTube. But those people who participated had a ton of things in their home it seemed, whereas I felt that I had so few purgeable things.

But it seems I have plenty. And I suppose I should have known - as every time we move (which is quite often) I'm forever surprised by just how many little things magically appear that need to be dealt with that were not at all expected.

Perhaps that method of decluttering that people do where they take everything out of their cupboards really does make the most sense. Because even though I feel like I know every single item in each one of mine, I clearly don't know the half of it... like what exactly is in those two small containers under the kitchen sink, or what's lurking in the back of the pantry where I can't reach.

Two. I did not expect to get rid of some of the things I have gotten rid of. Such as: The Krenit bowls were ones I very much "loved" and will likely "love" again should I see them online in the future. But they're just pretty bowls, that took up space in a cupboard, that required cleaning every so often, that would have required packing and moving and unpacking, and further cleaning. As I'm not one for ornamentation of any kind (no tchotchkes), and that's what they had become. I have bowls of the same size that I could use in a pinch if need be to hold fruit or snacks, ones that also serve another purpose. So off they went.

And while it makes sense, I didn't think it would be so easy to let go. Or that I would let them go so soon. I could see myself scrambling for things to purge at the end of the challenging and giving them away when it was time to make those hard decisions. I could not have imagined they'd be among the first to go. Maybe I have stepped a bit closer to my goal of minimalism in that my possessions have less of a hold on me. Hmmm....

To be continued...

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