For the Minimizing Game Day 29, I went through a stack of magazines that have piled up over the last few years. I don’t subscribe to any magazines currently, but I did subscribe the The New Yorker a few years ago, so I had a bunch of those, plus some other magazines I seem to get for free sporadically without wanting them (usually Parents, Cooking Light, and maybe one by Rachel Ray). I don’t really have the time to read these, so I just pile them on a certain shelf. The pile was larger than 29, but I didn’t count, because I went through them all and tossed them as soon as I finished each one, a project that took the majority of two months.
For the Minimizing Game Day 28, I once again went through every sock in the house and got rid of the unmatching ones, ones that were too small for the smallest person, and ones that had holes. Bonus today was a yoga mat that had some kind of awful stain on it and hasn’t been used in over 6 years.
For the Minimizing Game Day 27, I re-homed 27 occult books. I was really happy to give these all to actual people and not just put them in a collection box. Of course, there is a bigger story here, but it will have to wait until another time when I am feeling less emotional (thus it may never really happen).
For the Minimizing Game Day 26, I once again was not able to count everything, but it was definitely more than 26 items. I did something I have been putting off for years and re-organized my kitchen cabinets. I took everything out of every cabinet and put most of it back in a more thoughtful way. Fortunately, not a lot of it was expired food, but there was plenty of ketchup packets and broken chopsticks.
As a reward for this crazy, multi-day project, I also cleaned my fish’s tank and got him a new snail friend.
My favorite season to go camping is fall, and we usually go every year. I personally don’t like the winter at all (although both my kids love snowboarding and cold weather–go figure!), so the fall is my last hurrah in the nice weather before spring.
We were thinking about not going this year, with the pandemic and also the confusion of flu season starting, but camping, with being around hardly anyone else, is pretty low-risk, so we decided to go.
We only traveled about an hour and a half north of NYC, but the area we stayed was very sparsely populated. Now is where I admit I use the term “camping” loosely. We stayed in an airB&B. There was no one else around, and it was very peaceful.
I’ve always wanted to go apple picking, but this is the first year we managed to do it. It was as fun as you would imagine picking apples to be (which is only slightly fun to be honest).
We also went hiking to this neat looking cave that had an opening on the top that let the sun in. There was apparently a waterfall in the back of the cave, but the water on the ground was too high at the time, so we couldn’t access it.
And that’s all for traveling until the spring, most likely! It was more than I thought I would be able to do this year!
It feels like a fail to do this, but I am going to have to pause the Minimizing Game until next month. On October 24-30, I will pick up where I left off this month. Between school starting and my job being busy, it was difficult enough to complete. But then this morning, my cat Oz ran out. Usually when he does this, he runs under the car and stays there. But this morning, we had people over from the insurance company fixing the cracked windshield (it’s a minor crack from two years ago). He probably would have gone down the driveway, but there were also construction workers cleaning up the abandoned house next door.
Anyway, Oz went through the block and got all the way to the back and my neighbors yelled for me that he was in their yard, so we were able to get him. But by then, it was afternoon, and I had a work meeting, a piano class, and a tutor to think about, so I could not fathom also looking through closets and drawers for items to minimize. Also, we are going camping this weekend, so the next three days would also be near impossible.
Not wanting to abandon my efforts entirely, I am just moving those days to October, so I can enjoy our camping trip!
It’s the Minimizing Game Day 23, and it’s getting pretty tough. For the first time, I think I won’t be able to finish. I probably should have done this in the summer this year, as the pressures of both working from home and homeschooling are high right now. Anyway, some of this is a stretch and I know it. In random order:
Vitamins my doctor informed me yesterday I should not take, as they contain biotin, which messes up my meds. 😦
Shirt of husband that has a ridiculously large hole.
Container I bought for my older son when he was in kindergarten to take hot lunch to school. He only used it once and now he’s in fifth grade.
A stick-on light I used for a year then kept in a drawer for three years.