Saturday, March 3, 2018

Embarking Upon the 30-Day Minimalism Game: Days 1-3

A lot has changed over the past seven months, yet much has remained the same.

I am still striving for simplicity and trying to understand why my physical "clutter" causes so much mental clutter. I've also been trying to be more health conscious and environmentally conscious, though I know I'll never be anywhere in the realm of ideal on either front. But small steps are still steps in the right direction, so I'm not going to dwell on any negatives.

I have done quite a bit of consuming over the last seven month. We adopted two cats who have many needs, and which I wasn't about to deny them simply because it doesn't fit into an ideal aesthetic.

And with the fact that we will be moving next month, I've already had a bit of a binge (new dishes, glassware), followed by a fairly significant purge (old sleeping bag, dishes, glasses, keepsakes/mementos). Yes, I've come to recognize that moving is a trigger for shopping for me. The promise of change in one area makes me want change in other areas, and so I reassess everything and feel this great "need" for new. While I've been strict with the "one in, one out" rule - even purging more than bingeing - I know that once I move there will be a "need" to acquire more things for the new (and larger) space.

So I've decided to attempt The Minimalists' 30-Day Minimalism Game - even if it means playing it all by my lonesome.

I'm not sure I'll have enough stuff to participate the last few days of the month - unless I save paperwork until the very end - but I will make every effort to stick with it for as long as I can and maybe I'll surprise myself with just how much "stuff" I've had hidden in nooks and crannies that haven't been used the two+ years we've been here. (I can't wait to see!)

Hopefully by the month's end I will have pared down enough so that moving will be a breeze - even with the fact that I will be acquiring just a "few" things for the new place - counter stool, entry shelf, bedside table for the husband, etc. (And while my husband will be doing his own decluttering of his gizmos, gadgets, wires and clothes, none of his purges will count toward my challenge.)

The 30-Day Minimalism Game

As it's now the 3rd of March, below are my purges for Days 1 through 3.

Day 1

An unused Moleskine journal that has not been used in the year+ it's been in my desk. I would love to be someone who journals. I'm not. [As I did write my name inside, it's going to a family member who won't care.]

Day 2

Two small Normann Copenhagen Krenit bowls. We loved using them for snacks or fruit or just to have on display in our old apartment. They're beautiful. But we stopped having snack foods around, have a larger bowl for fruit, and they've been sitting in our cupboards in this apartment for over two years, unused. [I am offering them to a family member, and if not interested will either sell or give away on craigslist.]

Day 3

We really enjoyed having these handmade items purchased from a seller on Etsy. We'd used the small bowl with plate for change, though it would have been better for food as the plate could serve as lid to keep the food warm. But since we have our new felines, the bowl was always at risk of being destroyed and so we purchased something a bit more substantial to hold our coins. And the mug held a generous amount of coffee even though it wasn't comfortable to drink out of due to the embellishment just below the rim. [So I am offering them to a family member, and if not interested will give them away on craigslist.]

That's it for today. Will be back tomorrow with Day 4's purge.

To be continued...