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Minimalism Game Redux

As inspired by a local tiny house dweller, BA Norrgard at A Bed Over My Head, who was herself inspired by The Minimalists and their original Minimalism Game, we started our own bastardized version of the game on 4/1 with the goal of using the “rules” to help us commit to and track our drastic reduction of items from our home over the next thirty days. Our Tumbleweed Amish Barn Raiser should be done around the end of May, and we need a swift kick in the pants to make real headway toward clearing out our house. Brandy and R.A.D are on donation duty this weekend since I have to work at 0700 on 4/5, but at least we’re headed in the right direction!

Here’s our version of the game, though we’re skipping the winner/loser aspect since we’re not competing – just DOING!:

  • Starting on the first day of the month, get rid of one item, whether you donate, sell, or toss it.
  • On the 2nd day of the month, get rid of 2 items of the same category (2 shoes, 2 pens, 2 hats, etc).
  • On the 3rd day get rid of 3 same-category items, then 4 on the 4th day, 5 on the 5th, lather, rinse, repeat until on the 30th day of the month you get rid of 30 items from the same category.
  • Now, do this for each person in the household – so, discard items x3!
  • Since logistics prevent daily dispersal of items to donation locations, put those items in a box to be delivered weekly to the shelter or donation center of choice. Likewise, make a box for items to sell for near-future yard sales, and either toss immediately or box for weekly disposal those items deemed unworthy of rehoming (recycle when possible).
  • At the end of 30 days, each person should have downsized their possessions by 465 items (total of 1,395 for us!).
  • Post photos of the items you discard/sell/donate to FB to hep stay accountable and as a visual attaboy/girl to all the kick-ass downsizing accomplished daily.
  • BONUS: Get rid of multiple items under the single item banner by getting rid of pairs of shoes or all books of a particular author instead of 1 shoe or 1 book.

So far we have done this for 4 days, and I’ve been posting the photos both on our FB page and in the downsizing e-course I took via Comet Camper so my fellow classmates can follow along and post their items, too. If you’d like to follow our progress, check out the photos on the TinyHouse43 Facebook Page here.

It’s not too late to catch up, so join us with your own version of the Minimalism Game courtesy of The Minimalists!

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This entry was posted on April 4, 2014 by in Downsizing and Decluttering and tagged , , , , , , .

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