After doing a major household purge and KonMari-ing my things over two years ago, I didn't think that I had too much left to let go of.
Think again! While I am much more conscientious about what I bring into my home, there were still little things I held on to without realizing it.
The quick run-down on how to play:
- Get rid of one thing on the first day of the month, two things on the second, and so on
- Anything can go! (this is helpful when you are purging over ten items a day and need to clear out paper/receipts)
- Whoever keeps it up the longest, wins
While I don't feel like I have big, bulky items taking up space, the small things really add up:
- Baking accessories - frosting tips that were duplicates (or triplicates!), extra pans that I don't use (and I have a fabulous neighbor I can always borrow one from)
- Tools - so many duplicates and random items that still need to be sorted (need to go through a bin with my partner in case he wants to keep any items)
- Fridge - right after the holidays, it was great to feel like there's a fresh start and really think about using up what I have (and doing a clean sweep of expired stuff)
- Office supplies - again, so much excess!
This challenge has also helped me get rid of a couple items I let linger in the garage, namely some shelving and a water filter that I was recycling for a client. I felt accountable to getting as much out same-day as I could so I made a point to schedule time to recycle the wire shelves at the transfer station and make my way to Whole Foods for their filter recycling program.
These were nagging tasks that were taunting me because they were staring at me every time I used the car! I'm also thinking more about my gut reaction toward things I'm keeping - do I really love it? How useful is it? If I need it again, can I borrow from a friend?
253 items have exited the house so far! If I keep this up through the 31st, the house will be 496 things lighter - WOW!
Are you playing the Mins Game this year or have you played before? How long did you last? Let me know in the comments!