How It’s Going
I got a huge head start on my game! As of today, I have gotten rid of over 300 things.
Since I was ahead of the game, literally and figuratively, I created a list with the days and the number of corresponding items to make sure I stay on track.
For example, today I am on day 24 according to the game and will get rid of 24 things. Here is the list if you are moving faster like me or started later than the first of January.
How This Year is Different
I am playing the game differently this year than last. I am being much more daring in my purges. For instance, I finally got rid of my decades old CD collection!
I find I am more clearheaded about what must go. It doesn’t take me so long to make a decision about keeping something or letting it go.
However! I still hit a wall when it comes to parting with things like expensive handbags, scarves, jewelry and sunglasses. I also have some sentimental things I don’t really want but also don’t know what do with: a large set of china, some antique vases, some old photos, knick·knacks, books I like but will probably never read again.
I did not address those things last year and I am still not ready to address them now but I must. I refuse to get through this game again without making decisions about those items!
Questions I Ask Myself
One question I ask myself when considering an item is:
“If we sold this house today, would I take this with me?”
Of course, moving where and to what sort of home matters, so I imagine we’re moving out of state to a smaller home and we don’t have room for everything.
Another good question is:
“If I didn’t already own this, would I buy it?”
I am definitely using that question when I tackle my handbags, scarves, jewelry and sunglasses.
Are you doing the Minimalism Game or another purging challenge this month? What questions do you ask yourself when considering an item? Do you have any decluttering tips or tricks?
Shopping Freeze Challenge
As I mentioned in this previous post, I am also doing a concurrent 30-day spending freeze. I am buying only necessities like food and must-have personal items, like the contact lens solution I unexpectedly ran out of the other day.
So far, it’s going well. Being focused on the game certainly helps me not want to shop. When I think I want something, I open up my Notes app on my phone and jot it down. So far, I only have “new running shoes” and a few books on my list.
Once the challenge ends on February 1st, I will decide if I still want to buy the things on my list.
By the way, I already own two pairs of perfectly good running shoes.
And this is why I need to do these challenges!