Thoughts on MinsGame Spring 2019

Now that the Minimizing Game has been over for about two weeks, I wanted to write a few thoughts I had while going through the process and afterward. If I’m remembering correctly, this is the third time played the Minimizing Game. As always, I was surprised to realize how easy it was to find 492 things to get rid off. I also expected my house to look less cluttered at the end of the month, but sadly no, it does not.

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I didn’t want to post another photo of the stuff I got rid of, so please enjoy this one of a miniature horse. He’s minimized! Get it? Minimized!?!

One thing I noticed about my aesthetic was that I really don’t like objects made of clear glass. I’m talking decor items mostly. I got rid of a bunch of clear vase-like objects I didn’t even know I had and didn’t like. And while I’m not looking to replace all my drinking glasses, I will say that if I had to, I would choose light blue or something else not clear. So obviously, I’ve learned that I should not choose clear glass the next time I have to buy something made out of glass.

The other material I dislike even more than glass is plastic! Why is there so much random plastic crap around? I hate looking at it, and it seems to multiply if left unattended. My children are the main reason we get so much plastic, as it comes mostly from the dreaded goodie bags.

Lastly, as I hinted at in the first paragraph, this was all too easy! I want to have to make some difficult choices and really scrutinize things. Since the last one was in March, I think I will do it again in September. I was thinking about maybe doing August so I could prepare for back-to-school season at the same time, but I am thinking about traveling in August, so maybe September is better. We’ll see how anxious I get about needing to minimize as the autumn rolls around!

MinsGame 2019: Day 31

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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.