With a little push from The Minimalists, I recently took on a challenge and played the 30 Day Minimalism Game.
I encourage you to read the original post (you can find it here), but essentially it’s a month-long activity that encourages you to remove things from your life that don’t add “value”.
Here’s how it works: you get rid of one thing on the first day, two things on the second, three on the third and so on. By the end of the 30 days, your grand total is 465. Trust me, it adds up quickly and it’s not as difficult as it sounds.
My advice is to take it room by room. Start with the bathroom- remove all those sample sized items you got for free as a “gift with purchase” that you’ll never use. Then move onto that nail polish bin. The one that full of bottles that are either dried up or, if you’re being honest, you never really liked the color of. Anything and everything counts. Broken binder clips, pens without ink, scrapbook paper from 2004. If it doesn’t add value or if you’re not going to use it, ditch it. Whatever you do- do not keep it “just in case”.
It’s suggested that you remove the items you collect each day by midnight. But I took a different approach when it came to the actual removal. Instead of taking my items out of the house each night, I piled them on my dining room table. I was confident that once something went on the table, it was not coming off. If you’re a little more attached to your items than I was, I suggest taking The Minimalists’ suggestion and removing them from your house each and every day.
To see the pile grow each day was rejuvenating and inspiring. I didn’t know that my clutter was weighing on me, but it was.
I’m not going to say it’s easy- it’s challenging, but that’s what makes it rewarding. Once those 465 things are out of your house and out of your life, you’re going to feel relieved. I Promise.