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 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 29

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Samir was especially amused at this report from when he was in kindergarten that says, “The sea can kill you.”

For the Minimizing Game Day 29, we (mostly me and my older son) went through three tubs of paper materials from school. We spent about three hours on this project, and while I think we have more to go before it’s totally sorted, we did get rid of an entire large recycling bag full of papers.

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 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.