I’ve decided to take the Minimalists up on their minimalist game-challenge. How does it work? Every day, I will get rid of the same number of items as the day of the month. So, on June 1st, I’ll get rid of 1 item, June 15th, 15 items, and, finally on the 30th, I will get rid of 30 items.
There are two aspects of the game that I will be ignoring: one is the competitive aspect. I can be just as competitive with myself as I am with another and getting someone to play along is hard work! The other is that all the items must leave the house before midnight of that day. This rule is simply unrealistic for my life circumstances. But don’t worry, the items will be leaving my house and I won’t be counting them twice.
The reason I want to do this is that my de-cluttering goals have begun to stagnate and I’ve heard good things about this game jump-starting or refueling a minimalist journey.
Day 1: My Old Konjac Sponge
I’ve been using a konjac sponge to clean and exfoliate the skin on my face for a few years now. It is made from the root of the konjac plant and is vegan and biodegradable. It generally is replaced every three months or so and I was due to replace the one I had.
I figured I would put the sponge in the compost, take the new sponge from the cardboard box and recycle the box (I got Dr. Sponge brand this time around hoping to avoid the non-biodegradable, non-recyclable plastic) but discovered that hidden inside the cardboard was the sponge …wrapped in… plastic.
This means that not only have I gotten rid of the konjac sponge, I’ve decided to discontinue purchasing more as I really want to cut down on my plastic use. For the interests of minimalism, I think I will just use a clean washcloth when I’ve finished with my current sponge.
Day 2: Two Plastic Spatulas
I have been gathering stainless steel cooking utensils for awhile. They are used with our stainless steel and cast iron cookware as we’ve been avoiding Teflon and plastic. We’ve been doing this for a few years now for health reasons. I had already replaced our two plastic spatulas with two stainless steel ones, but they hadn’t been evicted from our home until today.
My plan is to put the plastic ones in our upcoming garage sale (at the end of the month) and if they don’t go, putting them at the curb with a “free” sign, which works wonders in our community.
What Do You Think?
Does this sound like a challenge you’d like to take on? Have you already? Do you think it promotes waste? Or can it be done responsibly? Let me know what you think in the comments below!
Until next time, keep that talk walking!