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!