MinsGame 2019: Day 31


The Minimalism Game Day 31 included many more than 31 old photos. This was actually a project that took me more than two weeks to complete and was, as expected, pretty emotional. What is in the photo above is what I was left with. What I started with was two larger cardboard boxes.

During this process, I looked at every single photo I owned, and discarded those that didn’t have any people in them, those that were doubles or near doubles, those that were blurry, and those I just hated for one reason or another.

I’ll write more about my experiences in this month’s minimizing game, but right now I need to take a break!

MinsGame 2019: Day 30


It’s the Minimalist Game Day 30 and I’m not sure how to sort this jumble. I just went through the house grabbing stuff, and didn’t count it until now, so I actually went one over! Order will be top to bottom, right to left, as much as possible.

  1. Broken umbrella.
  2. Unflattering shirt.
  3. Shirt too small for Nadim.
  4. Another.
  5. Another.
  6. Make-up that looks odd on my face.
  7. Gloves too small for Nadim.
  8. Hand wraps.
  9. New hiking boots that seemed to fit in the store when I bought them on clearance, but after a 5-hour hike, my feet were bleeding because they are clearly too small.
  10. Expired sunscreen.
  11. Hat too small for Nadim.
  12. Broken novelty flashlight.
  13. A single glove I haven’t found the mate in three years.
  14. Dance shoes too small for Samir.
  15. Dress that stretched out and now drags on the ground.
  16. Broken mechanical pencil.
  17. Eyeliner that makes my eyes swell up.
  18. Lip gloss I hate the color of.
  19. Lipstick I hate the color of (note they are the same color).
  20. Expired eye drops.
  21. Samir has made me roughly 20 of these. Getting rid of one.
  22. Card from Sleep No More.
  23. Tiny scissors.
  24. Screwdriver.
  25. Old vitamin drop.
  26. Plastic toy.
  27. Button.
  28. Plastic piece.
  29. Gross elastic band.
  30. Another.
  31. (Bonus!) Fitbit I haven’t used ever since two years ago when I realized my phone also counted my steps. Another thing I’ve been hanging on to for guilt reasons gone!

MinsGame 2019: Day 29


The Minimalism Game Day and I’m grabbing from every room and looking through my closet again. I vacillate between thinking tomorrow will be super easy and thinking I won’t finish.

1- 5. Manila envelopes.
6. Gift bag.
7. Glass vase.
8. – 12. Shirts I no longer wear.
13. Memorabilia from Universal.
14. Fish sticker.
15. Old toothbrush.
16. Mini-golf pencil.
17. Unused screen from tablet.
18. Broken earbuds.
19. Old purse I never use anymore.
20. Scarf I thought was pretty but I’ve never worn.
21. Boxing gloves (took a few classes, then realized I hated it).
22. – 24. Make-up pads I’ve never used.
25. Face cream I hate.
26. Hat Nadim doesn’t wear because he has a million others.
27. Hair clip I hate.
28. Expired pills.
29. (not pictured) Old underwear.

MinsGame 2019: Day 28

I did not want to put all the bling on display, but trust me, it lies within.

For the Minimalism Game Day 28, I worked on jewelry. I got rid of 26 pieces of jewelry and two bags to hold jewelry. I did not get rid of any non-costume items, not because I didn’t want to, but because I haven’t figured out how to sell them. So these 26 pieces are all costume items. And most of them I’ve gone years without wearing.

On my wedding day, I had so much bling! Very rare occurrence for me!

Most people who regularly hang out with me know I rarely wear jewelry. I don’t really like wearing it, and I especially hate large pieces. The only two things I wear every day are my wedding ring and a pair of plain diamond studs. I don’t like wearing earrings that weigh enough that I can feel them in my ears. I really hate wearing things on my wrists. And I don’t like most necklaces, especially larger items, where I feel weighed down. So, why bother keeping things you don’t like and will never use? Every day, when I get my wedding ring out of the jewelry box, I feel guilty to own so many things I never use. Goodbye, guilt!

MinsGame 2019: Day 27

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It’s Day 27 of the Minimalism Game, and today was the first day it was genuinely difficult. I know there are only a few days left, but they are big ones!

  1. Shirt Nadim has grown out of.
  2. Another.
  3. Another.
  4. Another.
  5. Very crumpled bag I was saving.
  6. Product I bought years ago and will clearly never use.
  7. Another.
  8. Shirt too big for me.
  9. Another.
  10. Old Catholic miniature book I can’t figure out where it came from.
  11. Small leather pouch that contains nothing.
  12. Ruler of odd shape.
  13. Broken pencil.
  14. Broken marker.
  15. Gross eraser.
  16. Screwdriver (I have a complete set of tools that this doesn’t go with).
  17. – 27 and more (didn’t count). Blank CDs.

MinsGame 2019: Day 26


For the Minimizing Game Day 26 I had to look at some shelves I feel I haven’t examined in years. Also, terrible goodie bags. Starting at 12 o’clock, going clockwise:

  1. Glass jar used as candle holder.
  2. Candle.
  3. Many beads.
  4. Another candle holder.
  5. Candle inside it.
  6. Too small and plastic Peppa.
  7. Battery with something growing on it.
  8. Another.
  9. Bulb from holiday lights.
  10. Cream I never use.
  11. Maybe earbuds?
  12. Nostalgic bib I have never used.
  13. Pajama top too small for Nadim.
  14. Nylon cording.
  15. Plastic bracelet.
  16. Plastic stamp.
  17. – 26. About a dozen (I went over today) stickers.

MinsGame 2019: Day 25


For the Minimalism Game Day 25, I was determined to get everything from the kitchen. I want to reorganize my kitchen shelves, and I realize I have too much stuff, mostly stuff that I never use. A lot of these items came from a top shelf that I can’t reach and I usually just put stuff there when I want to forget it.

Not sure this numbering will be in any understandable order, but I will try to go from left to right.

  1. An expired hand sanitizer (I never use hand sanitizer).
  2. Betta fish water conditioner.
  3. And another bottle.
  4. Expired children’s Tylenol.
  5. Expired Neosporin.
  6. A woven item made to hold paper plates that my parents used in the 1980s. I don’t use paper plates and this had gross food stuck in it (probably from the 1980s).
  7. And another one.
  8. Expired spices.
  9. A metal thing that been sitting on my sink for six years (I guess I don’t need it).
  10. Expired baking soda.
  11. Expired cinnamon.
  12. Another expired spice blend.
  13. A candle that I moved with from my old apartment six years ago and still haven’t lit.
  14. (back row) Expired jelly from fridge.
  15. Expired mayo from fridge.
  16. Set of creamer and sugar holders on a tray that was my mother’s and I hate and I hate looking at and why have I looked at it for the last 17 years?
  17. Second piece of that set.
  18. Third piece of that set.
  19. I am not sure the intended purpose of the green thing, where it came from, or how long I’ve had it.
  20. Ice cream holder–I don’t need a dedicated glass for this purpose and haven’t used in at least six years.
  21. Another.
  22. Another.
  23. Ball jar with no lid.
  24. Another.
  25. Bud vase.

MinsGame 2019: Day 24

I did not get rid of this hardcover boxed set UK version of Harry Potter! I love it!

The Minimalism Game Day 24 was all about books. As anyone who goes through books knows, they can be exhausting to go through. Some books I have had since I was a teenager or even younger and seemed great 30-something years ago. But minimalism is more about the things that we hold onto than the things we shed. If I hold onto something, it means I value it in some way. Certain older series of children’s books, that were around a long time before I was born, contain vivid scenes of child abuse, as well as blatant racism. I may have fond memories of reading these when I was a child and didn’t understand or glossed over the aforementioned scenes, but I don’t need to subject my own kids to this or passively agree with it by having it in my environment.

So for Day 24, I got rid of all the books in that series, some other books on the author’s life (which seemed odd to keep after getting rid of the original volumes), one other children’s series I totally hate and won’t even allude to. That brings my total hated books to 18, so I sat down and went through the books I am ambivalent about and got rid of 6 more that I didn’t want to be sharing my environment  in the future. And I was so disgusted by the other two series that I didn’t want to take a photo.

MinsGame 2019: Day 23

The Minimalism Game Day 23 consists of:

  1. Three
  2. Shot
  3. Glasses.
  4. A large black tray that doesn’t fit in any cabinet.
  5. A silver kitchen thingie I don’t know the purpose for its existence.
  6. A small gold thingie that must have come with the house and who knows what it does.
  7. – 23. Peppa Pig’s house and furniture/pigs. Nadim hasn’t played with this in a good year and has agreed he probably won’t again.

MinsGame 2019: Day 22


Minimalism Game Day 22 is a jumble. I’ll try to list clockwise from top left.

  1. Terrible bath bomb from a dollar store.
  2. And another.
  3. Small shampoo.
  4. Small conditioner.
  5. I’ve never given away a single business card.
  6. I hate this bear.
  7. Curtain rods.
  8. Black belt from a coat maybe.
  9. Extra white belt (I saved the one Samir got the stripes on).
  10. Broken tablet.
  11. Paper clips.
  12. Some kind of cap.
  13. Car Nadim took in the bath and now it’s gross.
  14. Another.
  15. Small lock.
  16. Some kind of key fob.
  17. Crappy nail clipper.
  18. Even crappier comb.
  19. Toothbrush found in bedroom drawer.
  20. Wallet my husband used about 5 years ago.
  21. Yellow plastic cylinder.
  22. I hate this brush.