Thoughts on the MinsGame Fall 2019

Two small things: My older son (short for his age) and a miniature donkey! Bonus alpacas behind them!

I’m not sure if this is my fourth or fifth time of playing the Minimalism Game, and it was probably the most challenging so far. Usually, I try to have a plan before the month starts, and I’ll focus on certain things, like kitchen cabinets I haven’t opened in three years, or the back room in the basement that everyone except me and the cat are afraid of. This month, I didn’t have a plan, but I did have a bunch of weekend plans. Since the weekends are usually when I would do most of this, and one long weekend I was camping for three days, I imagined horrific defeat. But somehow, I did it!

Some things I noticed this time: Usually I get rid of a ton of books, both from myself and my kids. But I went through so many last time that I could only muster up one book that I thought I would never read (and I’ve had it since the 1980s). I usually go through my kids books, but Nadim is just learning to read, so even the most infant-centered books will be helpful this school year. I also want to get the kids a new bookshelf, since the one they have now is the one I got from my parents when I was 17 (almost 30 years ago) and the legs are falling off. My mom bought it at Ames (a store that doesn’t exist anymore) for $20 and I guess it’s lasted way longer than anyone would have imagined. So when I do buy them a new bookcase, we will definitely go through every single book then.

I also wanted to completely clean out my shed, but because of it being a busy month and going out to the shed seems to require more effort than just looking through drawers, I only got rid of a few garden items. We are about to undertake a massive backyard renovation, so I will eventually do that anyway.

Will I play the Minimalism Game again? I think so. March and September seem like good defaults, so I will probably stick to that schedule.

MinsGame Fall 2019: Day 28


The Minimizing Game Day 28 consists of:

  1. Play-Doh Game Nadim doesn’t want.
  2. Ripped gift bag.
  3. Crib sheet.
  4. Another.
  5. Small hat.
  6. Twisted yarn.
  7. Black knot of twine (hard to see under the yarn).
  8. Toy bus.
  9. Toy car.
  10. Four
  11. Clothes
  12. Pins
  13. Don’t Need.
  14. Two
  15. Coloring books.
  16. Plastic foot.
  17. Craft item.
  18. Plastic toy ladder.
  19. Small puzzle.
  20. Broken headphones.
  21. Small thing looks like a steering wheel.
  22. Very small plastic cat.
  23. Cat toy Oz doesn’t want.
  24. Small plastic cage.
  25. Some dried-out stickers.
  26. Small toy in plastic bag.
  27. McDonald’s toy.
  28. Nadim’s old underpants.




















MinsGame Fall 2019: Day 26


The Minimalism Game Day 26 consists of:

  1. Body pillow that Nadim shredded somehow (not pictured).
  2. Cereal that I bought for Nadim a year ago but he hates it and so does everyone else (not pictured).
  3. Craft project of Samir’s that went wrong and resulted in tiny pieces of plastic everywhere (not pictured).
  4. A different but similar craft project (not pictured).
  5. Four
  6. Pieces
  7. Of
  8. Clothing.
  9. Something that came with PS4.
  10. Another.
  11. Crazy straw.
  12. Two buttons.
  13. Eyeglass cleaning cloth.
  14. Light-up ball that doesn’t work.
  15. Terrible whistle.
  16. Small plastic frog.
  17. Top from clay.
  18. Marshall.
  19. Chase.
  20. A turtle.
  21. McDonald’s toy.
  22. Purple thing but who knows what it is.
  23. Plastic thing what is it?
  24. Powder that was stale and unflattering.
  25. Thomas.
  26. A small car.
  27. Glow stick that doesn’t glow.

MinsGame Fall 2019: Day 25


The Minimizing Game Day 25 consists of:

  1. Three
  2. Pairs
  3. Old underwear.
  4. One toy car.
  5. Another.
  6. Pants
  7. Too
  8. Small for Nadim.
  9. Expired medicine.
  10. Tiny underwear of Nadim’s.
  11. We have 10 water bottles in our house. Getting rid of this one that has a sharp lip.
  12. Three
  13. Old
  14. Glowsticks.
  15. Old notebook.
  16. McDonald’s toy.
  17. Ten-year-old gloss.
  18. Small plastic tube.
  19. Turtle.
  20. Plastic knife.
  21. Broken controller.
  22. Nadim’s outgrown shoes.
  23. Dried-out baby wipes.
  24. Bow tie.
  25. Ruler.