The Mins Game (Days 16-19)

As the game wears on, I am finding it more and more challenging. Full disclosure: I have an attic full of unsorted junk that is just now being tapped. After this month, I will probably play the game (without recording it) again in order to address the attic. Should something happen to me, I don’t want anyone to be faced with that catastrophe!

One oddball item showed up this week, a bamboo spoon. Since we have a fire pit and we have no burn bans, I’ve decided that the easiest and greenest method of disposal is actually to burn it.

I also struggled a bit with the lap top bag, which I kept picturing would be useful for work or school. It has a great design, but in all honesty has sat neglected for years. When I get back to classes, I would prefer a backpack in any case so it was time to let go.

Day 16: (136 items total)

  • 1 plastic upright organizer – garage sale
  • 1 very old bottle of sunscreen – garbage
  • 1 woman’s wallet – garage sale
  • 2 pairs of kids pants, full of holes – garbage
  • 6 coasters – garage sale
  • 1 man’s sock, unmatched and full of holes – garbage
  • 1 unmatched kids sock – garbage
  • 1 busted diaper wipe holder – garbage
  • 1 metal figurine – garage sale
  • 1 Christmas tree ornament – garage sale

Day 17: (153 items total)

  • 1 pair leather shoes – garage sale
  • 2 coasters – garage sale
  • 1 soap dish – garage sale
  • 1 broken fast food toy – garbage
  • 1 worn out black maternity t-shirt (full of holes) – garbage
  • 2 broken mugs – garbage
  • 1 puzzle cube toy – garage sale
  • 1 baby shirt – see if friend wants first
  • 1 half of a baby proofing device, who knows where the other half is? – Garbage
  • 1 half of a plastic egg – garbage
  • 1 old car key and dealer tag – garbage
  • 1 piece of a castle long since tossed – garbage
  • 2 Christmas ornaments – garage sale
  • 1 set of spiral curlers, lightly used – garage sale

Day 18: (171 items total)

  • 1 pair of men’s socks, worn out – garbage
  • 1 old Hawaiian shirt, full of holes – garbage
  • 2 books – garage sale
  • 1 skirt – garage sale
  • 1 pair of pumps – garage sale
  • 4 clothing items in decent shape – garage sale
  • 1 spare potato pealer – garage sale
  • 1 broken bamboo spoon – fire pit
  • 3 wool coasters – garage sale
  • 2 knives – garage sale
  • 1 ceramic zester – garage sale

Day 19: (190 items total)

  • 1 pair of earrings – garage sale
  • 1 old school calendar – recycling
  • 1 tapestry – garage sale
  • 1 jacket – garage sale
  • 1 lap top/ bag – garage sale
  • 1 crochet pattern book – recycling
  • 1 unmatched pillow case – garage sale
  • 1 toy – garage sale
  • 1 boys’ PJ bottoms, full of holes – garbage
  • 1 shirt – garage sale
  • 4 shirts – donate
  • 2 mugs – garage sale
  • 2 plastic baby cutlery – garage sale
  • 1 pair winter gloves – donate

Until next time, keep that talk walking!

The Mins Game (Days 10, 11, and Birthday Musings)

Birthday Musings

On the 10th, we celebrated my birthday. I feel very blessed with stuff and I don’t have a need for much more than what I already have. Truth be told, if I suffer at all, it is from “affluenza” that is, from too much stuff.

Convincing others that you really just want the pleasure of their company for your birthday is a bit of a chore and fights against the social grain. Therefore, I devised an ingenious plan: I would combine my birthday party with a mini-baby-shower (be wary of using the term “baby shower” if you wish to do something similar because the purpose of a baby shower is to shower parents with baby gear). I asked for things on a baby registry – things I already wanted or needed for my baby-to-be.

We had two other families over, so this already naturally limited the number of gifts I would have to contend with. 50% success rate as far as registry compliance. 🙂

We had a really wonderful time and left the activities I had planned behind in exchange for sitting in the yard and chatting. A really pleasant day with well-matched company.

One family also brought several boxes of hand-me-down clothing. Free, pre-loved, and gender specific (I know I’m having a girl). While I first shuddered at the number of boxes entering my home, the clothing really wasn’t as superfluous as I initially imagined. The mom had organized the clothes by size categories (babies grow so rapidly through the first year) and I discovered that we actually struck gold. I’ve decided to split some of this gold with a friend who is also expecting a girl because I have a capsule baby wardrobe plan and need very little. Since she is due in the summer, this was especially good as I was able to give the newborn summer clothes to a good home.

Day 10: Misc.

  • 5 additional books (garage sale, curb for free if they don’t get sold)
  • Toothbrush holder – We will soon be a family of five and the four holes seem too cramped, plus, I hate cleaning it. We’ll use a mason jelly jar instead and swap out on a weekly basis. Then I can just put the old jar in the dishwasher.
  • bathroom container – This comes from a matching set whose pieces are getting replaced. I really had no purpose for it so I will attempt to sell it in my garage sale.
  • Ceramic mug – broken, I’m throwing this out
  • foil engraving kit – not a craft I’m interested in, sell in garage sale
  • ugly baby plate – enough said, sell in garage sale

Day 11: 11 Old Textbooks and Wedding Books

I have a strong tendency to hoard books. Even outdated books, even ones intended for reference when an Internet connection would suffice. I’m going to put them into the garage sale, then if they don’t go, check to see if the library wants them, failing that, I will curb them with a free sign, and lastly I will recycle them.

 

My house is already looking so much better! I have already gotten rid of 66 items so far as part of the Mins Game.

Until next time, keep that talk walking!

 

The Mins Game (Days 1 & 2)

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

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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!