If you’re unsure where to start on your minimalist journey, a great way to dip your toes in the water is the minimalism game. Here’s how to play.
The minimalism game is a challenge that asks you to throw out an increasing number of things for a month. So, on the first day of the month, you get rid of one item. On the second day, you toss two more. On the third, another three – and so on. In a month with 30 days, you will end up getting rid of 465 things from your home!
I don’t think I even own that much!
Honestly, that was my first reaction, too. It’s entirely possible, depending on your living situation, that you don’t actually have enough things to play until the end. Yet, if you feel compelled to participate in this challenge, you certainly feel like you have too much of something. So I dare say you will benefit in any case – even if you have to stop after 20 days because there isn’t anything left to toss!
However: If you count everything, and I mean everything, including all your underwear, socks, books and kitchen utensils… it may well be that you do own a lot more than 465 things. I think we tend to underestimate how much stuff we have a lot of the time. We only notice when our possessions start crowding us out that maybe we don’t need all of them.
Are there any rules on what has to go?
Nope. Anything is fair game, from teaspoons to books, from socks to that fancy home trainer you bought and only used twice. You don’t necessarily have to throw everything away. Donating, selling, or gifting items is okay too. The only rule is that the items have to have left your home by midnight every day.
If you’re living with a partner, roommates or kids, it may seem easier to focus on what they no longer need. Don’t fall into that trap. This is about you getting a grip on your own possessions and making conscious decisions on what you do and don’t want to keep around. Focus on you!
When you get stuck, remember why you’re doing it
In the beginning, the game is easy and fun, but in the second half of the month, things can get pretty tough. That’s why it’s a good idea to define your personal WHY. Why are you playing this game? Do you feel like your stuff is owning you? Do you have a big move coming up? Or maybe you just don’t know where to store your art supplies anymore and the clutter is crowding out your creativity? If you’re starting to have difficulties with the minimalism game, remember that big personal WHY – it’ll give you the extra motivation you need!
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