Today is Day 1 of my Minimalist Game Challenge!!! Who’s excited?!?! I am!!!
Like everyone, I’m wondering, what is that one thing that is going to be my first victim!?
But first, let’s prep!
Grab 2 boxes or totes and label them; Donate and Sell.
Items that will be garbage will be immediately put there so there is no need to create a space for them. Act on things right away so you can’t remove it later.
I would recommend only trying for about 1-2 weeks with selling an item, until you put it in the donate box. If it’s worth what you are asking, it will sell. If not, then let it gracefully go to someone who could benefit from it. (Contact me if you would like a list of places to donate within Edmonton area.)
Second, open your mind. Please, do not think about what you are giving up, but what you are gaining. This includes thinking about the amount of people you will help with your donated items.
Third, make a decision to be picky about what comes back in your space. If you are feel overwhelmed by stuff (which is why you are joining me on this journey), then stop accumulating stuff, as much as you can. Of course, some things work their way in but you can stop spending. So, for the next 30 days, join me in a Spending Freeze! No shopping for anything you do not NEED!
And get resourceful – for example, one of my window blinds broke yesterday. My first thought was we’d have to replace it. But a quick YouTube video showed me how I can easily fix it.
Fourth, grab a notebook or piece of paper or calendar. As you go through your house, if there are items you don’t want to toss because you have a project in mind, make a list of those projects. Then schedule time into your calendar to do them. Allow yourself to keep the stuff that you enjoy doing or contribute to your passions or hobbies.
Here’s a list of places to get you started and keep you going through the 30 days:
- Pet supplies
- Craft Room
- Linen Closet (towels, sheets)
- Winter Outdoor Gear (extra mittens, scarves, hats, etc)
- Cleaning supplies
- Baking and cooking supplies (pots, cookie sheets, etc)
- Bathrooms – the junk drawer
- Office (files, junk drawer, dried out pens and markers, excess supplies, etc)
- Receipts and papers
- Basement storage room
- Toys (day-to-day use)
- Outside toys (In the winter, sleds and snow toys. For summer, balls, beach toys, etc)
- China Cabinet
- Old paints and leftover handy project items
- Liquor cabinet (got gifted a Brandy you never drink?)
- Purse/Wallet (remove the loyalty cards you are no longer loyal to)
- Medicine/First Aid
- Garage/Tool shed
- Electronics (have an iPod from 2010 you haven’t used since 2011?)
- Cell Phone (apps or contacts that are no longer relevant)
- Kitchen Junk Drawers
- Seasonal decorations
This list is not inclusive. If I missed any or if you would like to contribute to the list, please COMMENT below.
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