253 Things and Counting…

22 Jul

Blog Post #103

There are 9 days left in the 30-Day Minimalism Game that I am playing with three friends of mine. (It’s called the 30-Day Minimalism Game, but since we started on July 1, it’s actually a 31-day game. Thirty-one days to do a massive de-cluttering — getting ride of 496 things!

If you have been following my progress, you know that I have been stuck in my kitchen for 18 days, “minimizing” the stuff in my cupboards and drawers! And, no, I haven’t gone through everything in this room — but I have gotten a bit weary of stacking up extra plates, mugs, and glasses so I thought I would give myself a break and do some clearing in my other rooms.

On Day 20, I began to tackle the closets, dresser drawers and shoe racks. Since this game has begun, whenever I have gone through a cupboard, a drawer, or opened a dusty box, or reached up to the highest closet shelf, I realize that I will absolutely need to play another round of this game.

<SIGH!>

On Day 20, I packed up 16 articles of clothing and 4 purses. Day 21 was all clothes — 21 articles of clothing — men’s, girls, and ladies, all in good condition and so destined for the thrift store. Today is Day 22 —  this is what went in the bag — 1 decorative pillow, 1 afghan, 1 winter hat, 1 bag, and 18 articles of clothing.

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All the stuff for Days 20, 21 and 22 ready to be packed up and destined for the thrift store along with two boxes of glasses from earlier days.

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30-Day Minimalism Game — Day Twenty-Two

30 Days of Donating/Selling/Trashing 
Day 1 – One jacket (donated)
Day 2 – Two serving dishes (donated)
Day 3 – Two decorative bowls + one glass jar (donated)
Day 4 – Four serving plates (donated)
Day 5 – One plastic cake carrier/w lid + one plastic dip & veggie dish/w lid + one footed glass bowl + one small serving bowl + one light fixture (donated)
Day 6 – One large glass salad bowl + one green, rectangular fruit bowl + two baskets + one soup tureen + one angelfood cake pan (donated)
Day 7 – Two baskets + two planters + one ceramic jug + one jar with/hinged lid + one wooden bowl (donated)
Day 8 – One wine decanter + one glass jar w/hinged lid + two terracotta flower pots + one vase + two glass containers + one small wicker basket (donated)
Day 9 – Two glass bottles + Two tea tins + one fish platter + one large oval platter + one glass jar + one tiny white bowl (donated)
Day 10 – Three tin cans + one large glass jar (no lid) (recycled) + one martini glass + one glass hanging terrarium+ one glass bell jar lid + one box of flood lights + one outdoor motion sensor (all donated) + one old bottle of glue (trashed)
Day 11 – Five mugs + two ceramic canisters (with lids) + one vinegar cruet + one milk frother + one small basket (all donated)
Day 12 – Four small soup bowls + one espresso coffee measure + five wine glasses + two mugs (donated)
Day 13 – Two glass jars (recycled) + one small glass pitcher + one travel mug + three mugs + one plastic tumbler + one single-cup coffee press +four wine glasses
Day 14 – Fourteen unmatched wine glasses (thirteen donated & one recycled because it was chipped)
Day 15 – Twelve wine glasses + one kitchen scale + one round casserole dish + one teapot (all donated)
Day 16 – Three glass canisters + one glass apothecary jar + four wine glasses + four large saucers (all donated)
Day 17 – One red glass bowl + one Turkish coffee pot + one packages of silicone baking cups (unopened!!!) + one medium glass jar with lid + two metal water bottles + three travel mugs + one kitchen grater + one tea strainer + one small metal bowl + one ziplock bag filled with plastic straws and utensils + four silicone dish covers (all donated)
Day 18 – Seven small bamboo plates + three popsicle molds + eight unmatched chipped side plates. (donated and trashed)
Day 19 – Two silicone egg poachers + seven mason jars + one Christmas mug + one thingie that makes rice cubes + two badly chipped side plates (into the recycle bin) + three small appie plates + one teeny glass jar + one onion soup bowl + one empty soy sauce bottle (all donated except for the chipped plates)
Day 20 – Sixteen articles of clothing + four purses (all donated)
Day 21 – Twenty-one articles of clothing  (donated)
Day 22 – One decorative pillow + one afghan +  one winter hat + one bag + eighteen articles of clothing (all donated)

Total: 253 items

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2 Responses to “253 Things and Counting…”

  1. thirtyninepines July 24, 2016 at 4:38 am #

    Well done!! Decluttering is such hard work and I’m envious that you’ve done more than 20 consecutive days. Keep it up!

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  2. cgjohnston July 24, 2016 at 8:47 am #

    You’re right, decluttering is difficult — it takes time and consideration. This project has made me think hard about all the “stuff” I have accumulated over the years. I hope to be more mindful in the future about what I need and what I just want! Thank you for your encouraging words! 🙂

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