In addition to working on my Ph.D and training for varsity track events, this year I’m determined to simplify my life and live mindfully. What does that mean? It means taking a look at how I’m living, what I’m doing, who I’m doing it with and making sure that my time, energy and in some cases my money is only going towards things that make me happy, keep me healthy and allow me to grow.
I had been brainstorming ways to start this decluttering process – do I pick a room, a category of possessions (books, clothes, shoes, sports stuff, etc) – and then I received an email from The Minimalists suggesting that I consider playing the 30-Day Minimalist Game as February approaches. I love this idea! I love having a program to follow, and I love that it’s simple. I plan on playing in February and repeating it in March.
Here are the rules to the Minimalism Game (although I recommend that you check out their documentary, website and e-newsletter):
Find a friend or family member: someone who’s willing to get rid of their excess stuff. This month, each of you must get rid of one thing on the first day. On the second, two things. Three items on the third. So forth, and so on. Anything can go! Clothes, furniture, electronics, tools, decorations, etc. Donate, sell, or trash. Whatever you do, each material possession must be out of your house—and out of your life—by midnight each day.
Anyone is welcome to join me in this challenge! It all starts on Wednesday, 1 February 2017.
Stay tuned – I’ll be posting my progress on Facebook and Instagram, using the hashtag #MinsGame.
I’ve taken a “before” picture of my bedroom before the Challenge gets underway (more photos and more rooms to follow) so that I can track my progress over the course of the next month.