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 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.
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.
School has now begun, and I am having a really hard time keeping up with this, but I’m going to try. Or at least make a minor effort, like I did today. For the Minimizing Game Day 22, I have 20-something gross crayons from my son’s old pencil case, a dried-up dry erase marker, a paper thing, and some kind of doodad.
For the Minimizing Game Day 18, I got rid of more of my clothing. Even though I already went through my closet only about a week ago, I wanted to do it again. Most of this is old underwear and bras, but I did have more than one revelation. While I love flowers and flower images on some home items, I hate flower prints on myself. I also gave up one blouse I liked, but it got a stain a few years ago, and I haven’t been able to get it out, so clearly I won’t be wearing it again.
For the Minimizing Game Day 17, we have a toys of way more than 17 pieces known as Magic Trax, including all the cars, ramps, and whatnot. The last time the kids played with it was Xmas 2019, and even that was not in the slightest bit enthusiastically. When I asked if they wanted it, they wouldn’t even look in the bag. Gave to a local parent with younger kids.
For the Minimizing Game Day 16, I had to go through all the stuff the kids had in their school desks last spring. My older son found his lost marbles (prompting way too many bad jokes from me), but other than that, everything else was trash. It was more than 16 pieces, but I didn’t bother to count.