Blog Post #74
Have you ever looked around your house and asked yourself — why in the world do I have all this STUFF? Have you looked in your junk drawer lately and been amazed at all the, well, junk, you have jumbled in there? And why do you even have a drawer for junk??
I’ve been noticing a lot of books, blogs, articles, and videos talking about minimalism and de-cluttering. It’s made me take a good look at all our clutter and I can see the value in getting rid of some of the “collections” that we have amassed over the years.
But where to begin?
I stumbled across the website, The Minimalists, run by Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus. They write about the happiness they have found by choosing to live a meaningful life with less stuff. They made a documentary, Minimalism. They have a readership of 4 million — so I’m thinking that there is something to this idea of less stuff.
Joshua and Ryan say this about minimalism as a lifestyle:
“Minimalists don’t focus on having less, less, less; rather, we focus on making room for more: more time, more passion, more experiences, more growth, more contribution, more contentment. More freedom. Clearing the clutter from life’s path helps us make that room.”
Sounds good, right?
Watch their talk at Tedx Whitefish
They invite you to play a game with them — the 30-day Minimalism Game. It’s a game to help you start to de-clutter and it actually sounds like fun, although I can see that it would become challenging as the month progresses.
Essentially the game is a month long exercise of getting rid of stuff you don’t need, use or want. On the first day you donate, sell, or trash one thing. It can be anything — like that juicer you bought because you wanted to get healthy, but decided that cleaning all the tiny bits of fruit pulp out of that grater wasn’t worth the half an ounce of juice you ended up with!
On day two, you do the same with 2 items, on day three, yep, that’s right — 3 items. You got it!
So, who wants to play with me? Are you in? Let’s start on July 1st. But wait! That means if you play this game for the entire month of July, you will give away, sell or trash 496 things!
Whaaaat?! That is insane. Do you even have 496 things to get rid of? I bet I do!
Come on, it will be fun — and won’t it feel good to experience the freedom of letting go, and discover how much more there is to living than all this extraneous stuff that we collect?
Let’s do it — you and me — let’s see if we can minimize our lives by 496 things! The one that gets rid of the most stuff by July 31, 2016 is the winner! The prize? More time, more passion, more experiences, more growth, more contribution, more contentment. More freedom.
Let me know if you want to join me in the game, by commenting in the section below. May the best minimalist win!
Brynne’s Daily Drawing #74