The Spring 2021 Minimizing Game is complete! Twice a year, I question why I do this. I think it’s safe to say that I am not a minimalist. I live in a fully decorated, sometimes messy house with my spouse, two young kids, a dog, and a cat. I don’t think I want to be a minimalist in the strictest sense either. But what I do like is the biannual cleaning out of every drawer and closet in my house and also the garden shed. If I stopped playing the MinsGame, I think clutter would start to pile up really quickly. So expect more minimizing in the autumn.
For the Minimizing Game Day 31, I got rid of a large bag of Legos by giving them to a friend.
Hard to believe it’s over! I’ll post my thoughts on how this went in a day or two.
For the Minimizing Game Day 31, I went through my closet and the kids’ closets. Most of the stuff here belonged to my younger son, since whatever my older son grows out of is passed down. (And I’m not getting rid of my older son–he just wanted to be in the photo!)
For the Minimizing Game Day 29, I went through the sock drawers. Some are mine and some are from my younger son. Some are non-matching and some just don’t fit him anymore. There is also a shirt that was in the lost sock drawer (and is for a much younger child), a single glove (looking for the mate for awhile), and a slipper that I also somehow lost the mate.
For the Minimizing Game Day 28, I ran from room to room, frantic that I would not be able to find 28 items. This pile includes a white-noise machine neither of the kids needed to sleep with; I think it was in the hall closet for at least five years.
For the Minimizing Game Day 27, I cleaned out the refrigerator and kitchen drawers. Fortunately, there was very little in the way of expired food. Lots of random nonsense, and I stopped counting at 29 items.
I forgot to post this yesterday because I had an emergency root canal. 😦
For the Minimizing Game Day 26, I cleaned out a drawer in my bedroom, a drawer in my office, and a drawer in my kids’ room. I think I should have tried to do this MinsGame in a more organized way, but I did not, and I guess that’s okay.
On the Minimizing Game Day 25, I had a sudden but terrible bout of tooth pain and made an emergency visit to the dentist. Then, I remembered I had yet to post for today. I quickly cleaned out my kitchen junk drawer. But that was not enough, so I also got rid of two very low-quality knives that I am always depressed to use. But that wasn’t enough, so I also got rid of stale candy from Halloween 2019. With those dum-dum lollipops, I had enough!
For the Minimizing Game Day 24, I tried to clean out my laundry room, but I only found 4 things to throw out (all gross, no photo). Then I went through the pile of stuff that we cleaned out of our old car, and again only got rid of 4 things. Finally, I got rid of all the Halloween costumes from my kids. They grow too fast to reuse them, and they also have moral obligations to reusing costumes. To be completely honest, I wasn’t sure this equaled 24, but then I also found some photos in a drawer that I had put aside to dispose of. I hope I can complete tomorrow!
For the Minimizing Game Day 23, I gathered these random items. There are about 10 printed photos, but they represent many, many hours of work sorting and scanning photos.
The book in this photo was bought by me and immediately partially eaten by my dog. She has never done this with any other book, but I guess she hates the classics. She ate the first two and a half chapters before I started it. I managed to read almost to the chewed part on the Amazon preview, but I didn’t want to subject anyone else to this, so I recycled it.