Post MinsGame/Middle of Pandemic

This MinsGame month was the strangest by far. Even though I was trapped at home almost the entire time due to the pandemic, it was by far the hardest time I have ever had. I attribute it mostly to the lack of being able to focus. My nine-year-old son did a lot of it by himself, as I lay in the pits of ennui. Nevertheless, we were able to declutter quite a bit, which always makes me feel better.

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Beautiful flowering tree!

 

Life at the end of March looked very different from the beginning. I have not been to an inside physical location other than my own house since March 15th. Probably the next time I will do so will be in May. I know I am very, very lucky. I have always been able to do my job entirely at home. My spouse is in the same boat. Of course, now we also have to conduct a full day of school at home at the same time for two kids. That has been rough, but fortunately my older son has figured out how to do and submit most of his work himself.

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Huge tree just starting to bloom.

My outside space in the garden has been really great, as has the local hiking trail that starts only a few blocks from my house. We have started to wear homemade cloth face masks whenever we go out, in compliance with the CDC’s recommendations. None of us are sick, but so many people who have this are asymptomatic, so who knows? Better to be cautious than infect someone else who needs to be out, like healthcare workers or city employees. Another place I’ve gone is the cemeteries. Last Sunday was sunny and perfect weather, and I walked for two hours and didn’t see a single person. I was by myself, and realized I hadn’t been by myself in about a month. It was really peaceful, and I hope to go again soon.

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My flower identifying app says this is nettle. Such a pretty color.

 

 

MinsGame Spring 2020: Day 31

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It’s Day 31, the final day of the Minimizing Game! And I hardly had to do anything! My husband is in the process of cleaning and reorganizing the basement, and went through all his books. Here are 33 books we decided to part with! There were actually about five more books on this shelf, but they were all books I intended to read, so I kept them for now. Also, note that while the piano books from a previous day were temporarily staying on this shelf, they weren’t in the day’s count. They are just there because I will donate all the books at the same time.

Will update again with my thoughts and learnings from this round of the Minimizing Game.

MinsGame Spring 2020: Day 30

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For the Minimizing Game Day 30, I did something I’ve put off doing for a long time and cleaning out the two drawers in the display cabinet in my dining room. The display section itself is always nice and neat, but the two drawers were another story. They were crammed so full of papers and miscellaneous items that I could barely open them anymore.

Now they are nicely polished and contain dividers to store my stationary, sewing kit, and power cords. So what I minimized was mostly papers, but also included the above items. So happy with today’s efforts!

MinsGame Spring 2020: Day 26

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For the Minimizing Game Day 26, I have an assortment.

1.-3. Hate store hangers.
4. Fabric lid of something I no longer have.
5. T-shirt I made for “100 days of Pre-K.” It turns out Swedish fish don’t keep after a year in the closet.
6. Instructions for a thing.
7. A pair of pants that doesn’t fit Nadim.
8. Plastic toy.
9. Another.
10. Paper horse.
11.-14. Play-Doh.
15.-26. Pieces from a Play-Doh set and the bucket they came in.

MinsGame Spring 2020: Day 25

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My favorite coffee cup, left at work three weeks ago when I was packing in haste. I’m sure I’ll never see it again.

The Minimizing Game Day 25 is let because life is so chaotic now. I forgot to post this last night, but I had to go through a stack of work papers I brought home, and I got rid of at least 25. In retrospect, however, I probably didn’t need any of them, and what I should have brought home instead was my beloved mug, and probably my AMA style manual.

MinsGame Spring 2020: Day 23

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Nadim’s first day in kindergarten back in September. So sad he’ll probably never go back.

For the Minimalism Game Day 23, we have stuff I got rid of yesterday, but forgot to take photos. Today was the first day of distance learning for the kids, and I am uncertain how I feel about it. Despite all the minimizing, everything seems cluttered and crappy.

1.-7. I found a box of seven unopened baby wipes. I listed them on a local parent group for free and they were taken away in minutes.

8.-13. Formal kids clothing too small for Nadim.

14.-20. Some kind of toy race tracks Samir said won’t work with what we have.

21.-22. Broken hangers.

23. Garden hose that doesn’t hold water.

MinsGame Spring 2010: Day 22

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The insane light of the Super Moon as it rises over my shed.

Today for the Minimalism Game, I cleaned out my shed. I have wanted to do this for awhile, and, to be honest, I still haven’t done it to my satisfaction. However, I did spend about 3 hours on this project, and I’m pretty happy with it. I don’t want to include a photo of the stuff I got rid of, as some of it was gross. I also don’t feel like showing the inside yet, because, as I said, it still needs work.

Here is what I can remember:

  1. Carrying case from a broken folding chair.
  2. Another.
  3. Plastic action figure.
  4. Another.
  5. Plastic fish toy.
  6. Another.
  7. Broken thing that’s like a super soaker.
  8. Framed art from past house owner.
  9. Another.
  10. Another.
  11. Painted art from past house owner.
  12. Another.
  13. Broken sand bucket.
  14. Broken sand truck.
  15. Empty bubble blower.
  16. Another.
  17. Bubble tray.
  18. Bubble wand.
  19. Expired sunscreen.
  20. Broken plastic flowerpot.
  21. Tube of dried-out glue.
  22. An entire bag of recycling that I have no idea why we had in there.