MinsGame 2019: Day 10

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For the Minimalism Game Day 10, there are 10 video games or DVDs, some unopened. For those who counted the boxes and see that there are only eight boxes, I found two DVDs with no cases, so I stuck them in one of the boxes. Also note the top one was given to us for free with the PS4; we did not buy this item on purpose, nor did we even open the package.

MinsGame 2019: Day 9

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For the Minimalism Game Day 9 we have:

  1. Old magazine.
  2. Space shuttle that hasn’t been played with since it was brought in the house.
  3. Minecraft sunglasses from a goodie bag that Samir says are too uncomfortable to wear.
  4. I hate these nail clippers.
  5. Very small toy that no one wants.
  6. Plastic piece to a game.
  7. Same as above.
  8. This phone will never work again!
  9. (Not pictured) Bra that doesn’t fit.

On Minimizing When You Have Kids

Upon realizing my kids have too many toys, my usual course of action is to go through them while the kids are at their grandmother’s house. The older kid (8 years) has never noticed anything. The younger (4 years) still laments certain things from two or more years ago that I didn’t think he was capable of remembering.

So for this month’s minimizing game, I decided to include them. Like all kids who watch YouTube, they are into anything called a “challenge.” And I have to admit, I did bribe them. I told them that for every 25 items they chose to let go of, I would buy them one new item (at the $5 store). They are all in!

Now, I will relate a tale from my own youth (early 20s, anyway) on why you should always let people minimize their own items. When my parents retired, they almost immediately got bored and sad that they weren’t making anymore money. They needed a money-making hobby, and chose eBay as the means to the end. They would go to garage sales and auctions to find stuff to sell, but occasionally they would want to sell something from their very own house, even from their very own daughter.

I was sort of fascinated with my parents ingenuity, and followed their eBay career, looking at new items and bids at least once a day. Then, this Voltron popped up:

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Samir is hiding behind Voltron, Defender of the Universe!

I was furious! That was mine! I called immediately and yelled at my poor mother, who only knew I had moved and didn’t take it with me. She had no idea the amount of emotional attachment I have to Voltron! I still remember being 12 and saving up every week what money I made mucking stalls at the horse stable to buy it, lion by lion.

Obviously, as the Voltron is still living with me today, I managed to retrieve it, and this story has a happy ending. But lesson learned. As much as you want to toss everything, it’s always better to let people decide on their own belongings!

Minimalism Game: March 2019!

Many times in the history of me and this blog have I played the Minimalism Game. If you haven’t heard about it before, you can read about it here. Next month, I have decided to do it a little differently, as I want to take a photo every day and post it. This will force me to keep current, I think.

A few notes about the photos though: One, if something is TMI (for example, old bras or underwear), I will just list it, sans photo or details. You’re welcome. If I get rid of something I don’t necessarily want the kids to see I’m getting rid of, I may attempt to obscure it in the photo. My kids want to keep a lot of random crap (piece of tin foil, string that came off clothing, etc) and I have been forced to sneak some of these items out.

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Less clothing = less laundry = more time to play in laundry basket.

Also, please note that because I say I’m getting rid of all these items doesn’t necessarily mean they will end up in the garbage. Things that are usable by others will go to donation. Everything that can be recycled will be recycled. In short, I will try my best!

If you would like to compete and/join me, let me know!

November Minimalism Game–Week 3

There’s a big, glaring thing wrong about this post, and that’s of course that it was supposed to be out the third week of November, and not the second week of December. Why is it late? Because it’s not only hard to purge this much stuff, but it’s also very time-consuming. Something I also discovered the last time I did this is that it’s almost impossible to go through this process with also doing one or more project-type cleanings. For example, two years ago I got rid of almost all our CDs and DVDs and all my old magazines. This year, even though I am only on the third week, I have completely cleaned out my freezer and also the toys in the living room. We got rid of a storage ottoman that was broken and replaced it with a non-storage ottoman, to encourage us to have fewer things. Then, I also went through the toys one-by-one. Some things had a lower age limit of 9 or 10 (my oldest is only 6), so I put them in the basement for later. Some toys seem interesting but maybe they could be rotated back, so I also put them in the basement. A lot of toys were too young for even the youngest, so these got donated. And a lot of toys were broken or redundant, so these were either recycled, thrown away, or donated.

Before I get to the list, I want to say that I do intend to finish this process, even though it’s late. I am going to try to finish by January 4th. I know that I’ll probably have to think of another big project to do, and that will probably be going through the basement, since it was the only thing I didn’t do two years ago. Okay, here’s my list:

15. (1) Crap masks, (2) Candy no one liked, (3) Small pieces of something, (4) Baby toy, (5) Graphic novel (sold on Amazon), (6) Sock with a hole in it, (7) Cheap plastic toy, (8) Plastic pieces I don’t know what they are, (9) Broken wooden car, (10) Package of wipes have gone dry, (11) Allen key, (12) Melted candle, (13) Too small tote bag, (14) Lots of small pieces to something or other, (15) Bag of dry cat food.

16. (1) Cat carrier, (2) Plastic lid of something, (3) Piece from an old baby game, (4) Oddly shaped plastic piece, (5) Ripped underwear, (6) Too many combs, (7) Annoying toy, (8) Weird color sock, (9) Odd mat thing, (10) Mommy Hook, (11) Second Mommy Hook (this is a real item, BTW), (12) Gross tub toy, (13) Really old and gross tub of diaper cream, (14) Even older tub of Vicks, (15) Large lid of something.

17. (1) Baby rash cream, (2) Wound barrier cream, (3) Crap check holder, (4) Annoying cup, (5) Annoying Sippy cup, (6) Stray lid, (7) Reusable straw, (8) Broken toy, (9) Cat or kid toy, (10) Weird balloon thing, (11) Craft sword, (12) Tupperware lid, (13) Dead plant, (14) Catnip spray, (15) Cup lid, (16) Crap glasses, (17) McDonald’s toy.

18. (1) Small plastic toy, (2) One horse, (3) Another horse, (4) Yet another horse, (5) Crap puzzle, (6) Play Doh, (7) Crap car, (8) Part of car, (9) McDonald’s toy, (10) Cookie cutter, (11) Wooden puzzle no pieces, (12) Another puzzle no pieces, (13) Socket protector, (14) Stale frozen sandwich, (15) Wooden sticks, (16) Puzzle game pieces missing, (17) Literally a bag of rocks, (18) Broken toy.

19. (1) McDonald’s toy, (2) Cow doesn’t go with anything, (3) Dino I don’t like, (4) Broken Lego pieces, (5) This truck is too big, (6) Expired food, (7) Instrument we don’t play, (8) McDonald’s toy, (9) Disposable tablecloths, (10) Diaper cream, (11) Burp cloth, (12) Diaper bag, (13) Broken car, (14) Stray plastic piece, (15) Plastic rope tie, (16) Broken tail of something, (17) Slap bracelet, (18) Kazoo, (19) Guy too big for Lego.

20. (1) Phone holder, (2) Stale sunscreen, (3) Granola bars of yesteryear, (4) Prized Lego that’s really broken, (5) Doodle book doodled in, (6) Broken toy, (7) Rice spoon, (8) Bad sunglasses, (9) Novelty glasses, (10) Broken eraser, (11) Old gift bags, (12) Painting device, (13) Wood glue, (14) Stale frozen sandwich, (15) Melted and reformed Popsicle, (16) Baby book, (17) Old karate belt, (18) Failed craft, (19) Ripped blanket, (20) Not a good bear.

21. (1) Boppy, (2) Boppy cover, (3) What did the kid make?, (4) Stale perfume, (5) Desk lamp, (6) Chipped cup, (7) Chipped saucer, (8) Very old bath product, (9) Components for game we don’t have, (10) Book for game we don’t have, (11) Medicine dropper, (12) Leather pouch thing, (13) Lots of expired freezer food, (14) Very old peanut butter, (15) Teether, (16) Small Tupperware, (17) Expired baby Tylenol, (18) Medicine syringe, (19) Q-tip holder, (20) Holiday ribbon, (21) Cough drops from many colds ago.

November Minimalism Game–Week 2

Second week of November minimalist game is over and it’s getting much harder. One thing I wanted to note for this week was that my cat passed away a few days ago. You can  read about him in the post I wrote last week. Something I’ve been asked repeatedly since he died is if I’ll be getting another cat. I don’t know, but probably not. I don’t miss or want a cat in general. I just miss Pyewacket, my constant companion of the last 14 years.  So yes, I got rid of all the cat-related items. Keeping them around made me sad, and I probably won’t need them.

8. (1) Broken musical instrument, (2) Old cake topper, (3) Warped puzzle, (4) Play doh, (5) Broken toy, (6) Tote bag I don’t like, (7) Baby rattle, (8) Gross placemat
9. (1) Graphic novel (sold on Amazon), (2) Strange metal doohickey, (3) Dry marker, (4) Broken water bottle, (5) Baby nose sucker, (6) Tape, (7) Gauze, (8) Infant tylenol, (9) Tiny onesie
10. (1) Scratching post, (2) Litter box, (3) Food bowl, (4) Water bowl, (5) Under bowl thing, (6) Under litter thing, (7) Cat food, (8) Cat litter, (9) Cat spray, (10) Cat brush
11. (1) Formula dropper, (2) Infant vitamins, (3) Broken headphones, (4) Crappy nail clipper, (5) Antibacterial cream, (6) Cat medicine, (7) Pill crusher, (8) Baby food crusher, (9) Nightshirt, (10) Tote bag, (11) Old homework
12. (1) Baby pjs, (2) Tiny pants, (3) Tiny shirts, (4) Tiny shorts, (5) Tiny socks, (6) Broken cup lid, (7) Cat litter scent thing, (8) Dead pen, (9) Crap yarn, (10) Abandoned craft project, (11) Graphic novel (sold on Amazon), (12) Tiny shirt
13. (1) Broken umbrella, (2) Crappy cup, (3) Dead highlighter, (4) Bad tupperware, (5) Expired nutritional shake, (6) Sippy cup top, (7) Key to car we don’t own, (8) Decorative bow, (9) Plastic mystery item, (10) Replacement parts for something I lost, (11) Ten year old dessert, (12) Cap to something, (13) Plastic part of toy I hate
14. (1) Sweater not worn in years, (2) Shirt not worn in years, (3) Freezer burnt frozen pizza, (4) Stale granola bar, (5) Expired frozen food, (6) Sunglasses case, (7) Year-old cookies, (8) Crap necklace, (9) Broken bucket, (10) Stale nail polish, (11) Binder clip, (12) Weird wire, (13) Some stickers, (14) Small plastic box.

November Minimalism Game–Week 1

Probably longer ago than I think, I first did a minimalism game where I got rid of a ton of stuff and cleaned out my house a bit. As I said, it was long ago, and I thought I would see if I could do the more difficult version (getting rid of one item the first day, two items the second, three the third, etc).

The list is getting a bit much, so I thought I would do what I did the last time, and post it week by week! Here’s the list from the first week:

1. (1) Broken sippy cup
2. (1) Graphic novel (sold on Amazon), (2) Tiny shoes
3. (1) Graphic novel (sold on Amazon), (2) Gross bottle of vinegar, (3) Expired mustard
4. (1) Graphic novel (sold on Amazon), (2) Deflated balloon, (3) Baby sweatshirt, (4) Broken headphones
5. (1) Expired eye drops, (2) Very ripped pants, (3) Expired vitamins, (4) Floss holder, (5) Broken toy car
6. (1) Many puzzle pieces, (2) Broken baby toy, (3) Horrible talking toy, (4) Broken puzzle, (5) Other broken puzzle, (6) Odds and ends in bottom of toy box
7. (1) Broken ottoman, (2) Too many pipe cleaners, (3) Expired Tylenol, (4) Broken toy, (5) Baby book, (6) Other baby book, (7) Toy that I don’t know what it is

MinGame — the October edition

It’s finally happened! For the first time, as I am posting this, I am exactly up to date. That is, I don’t have anything done yet for November. This means that, quite possibly, I won’t have anything done in November and December. But I have I ton of other projects this month, so I’m not sure I will get to it. Maybe what I’ll do is have a massive clean-out later in the month, and get rid of 30 items all at once? Hopefully, I will be able to continue this at least until the end of 2015, but we’ll see!

Here’s the list for October:

1) Graphic novel sold on Amazon
2) Watch sold on eBay
3) Graphic novel sold on Amazon
4) Expired food
5) Graphic novel sold on Amazon
6) Expired printer cartridge
7) Graphic novel sold on Amazon
8) Expired food
9) Old printer never used
10) Old tapes
11) Graphic novel sold on Amazon
12) Brita filter
13) Broken statue
14) Goody bag items
15) Horrible shoes
16) Expired food
17) Awful rug
18) Worse shoes
19) Teether
20) Ring toy
21) Weird horse
22) Baby toys
23) Crap iPad case
24) Lots of unneeded paperwork
25) Broken flashlight
26) Old lipsticks
27) Yo-yo
28) Tiny onesies
29) Bad water bottle
30) Infant car seat cover
31) Infant car seat