For the Minimizing Game Day 28, I got rid of these horrible plastic eggs. We went to an egg hunt in the spring, and the that’s what these all were from. I tried to give the eggs back to the place that held the egg hunt, but they said we had to bring them home. I’ll never do that again! As my younger son observed: “What a waste of money! This is all garbage!”
For the Minimizing Game Day 26, I did something I have wanted to do for a very, very long time. I gathered up the many, many cans of paint that previous owners left in the shed and the basement. About seven of them were ours. I didn’t take a photo, but what I did was pay someone to take them all away. According to the NYC.gov site, you can throw them in the trash, but in the past when I’ve tried, they weren’t taken. Such a relief to have them gone!
For the Minimizing Game Day 25, I again got rid of more clothing, mostly my youngest child’s, but some of mine as well. How do we even have any clothing left at this point? And honestly, I think I may still want to get rid of more clothing. I keep seeing 5Ts and the child is now 7.
For the Minimizing Game Day 19, I have 8 workbooks from last year, a pair of really, really broken glasses, some stickers, random doo-hickeys, a promotional bag, a dog toy I (and my dog) both hate, and expired sunscreen.
For the Minimizing Game Day 11, I cleaned out a desk drawer. This is more than 11 items, but it’s what I have for today.
For the Minimizing Game Day 7, I cleaned out a drawer in the kids’ room. This includes a ripped notebook, some dried pens, some pieces of driftwood (?), and a card some kid made for my younger kid (he doesn’t remember said kid or want the card)..
I’ve been playing the Minimizing Game for a few years now, but this fall I may have made it extra hard on myself. Want to know a secret? Usually I don’t do any deep cleaning or purging in the month of August, just to give myself a jump on September. But this summer I was extra antsy about all the stuff around me! I found myself tossing things left and right without a care in the world!
I’m sure that will make it a tiny bit harder, but I actually do have a few larger-scale cleaning projects in mind. But then next month is also back to school, and now I have two kids in two schools instead of two kids in one school. Can I tell you how stressed I am about that? Anyway, we’ll see if I once again am able to “win” this Minimizing Game!
Almost a year has gone by since I switched my dish-washing detergent. As I mentioned in that post, I was planning to switch my laundry detergent as well, and now I have. I really like the Dropps laundry detergent, but they have a new rose scent, and I might switch to that the next time I order.
Anyway, I have not much else to say about this swap other than I plan to continue with this product, but I also considering trying the laundry strips (made by a different company) in the future.
For the Minimizing Game Day 30, the final day, my kids went through their shelves and found a load of books. I stopped counting at 30, but there was more than that!
Thus concludes the Fall Minimizing Game! It took two months, but it’s done! (I don’t even work a little bit on Halloween, so I wasn’t adding an extra day!) Will post my thoughts in a few days.
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.