Hobbled by sciatica and going slightly stir crazy, I’ve just played the #MinsGame, which motivated me to sort out my sh*t and helped keep my head in check. With that in mind, let’s think of this as a mental health post rather than a physical one for a change.
The Minimalists, two former corporate workers who decided there has to be a better way, have loads of great ideas on how to live more with less. This is how they put it: ‘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.’ I don’t know about you but I’m *totally* down with that.
The 30-Day #MinsGame works like this: you get rid of one thing on the first day of the month, two on the second, three on the third and so on. It starts off pretty simply – 1, 2, 3 things are really easy to get rid of. It gets trickier by the end of the month though; in a 31-day month (like I foolishly chose – doh!), that’s 496 things to set off on a new journey. You can sell, donate, recycle, return or bin the things, the aim is to simply let go of things you no longer need or use.
For me, unsurprisingly, the starting point was sports gear. I had tons of it that I didn’t wear and, in truth, a lot of it I never had. Race tees that didn’t fit, running shoes that had given many, many miles of service, sports bras that had seen better days. You know the type of thing. After that came one bicycle I never ride; books I’d never read again; half-used nail polishes and toiletries; some clothes to e-bay, others to charity shops; other items back to their rightful owners.
Then there were pens that didn’t work, paperclips, foreign coins, cables (many, many cables), propelling pencils that no longer propelled, duplicates, broken things, a squashed hat and a burlesque bra that I won in a raffle. I’ll admit to a certain desperation towards the end. Burnt out candles, tupperware without lids, old business cards and unsent Christmas cards sealed the deal though and I made it. 496 things no longer in my possession, which equals 496 spaces in my head for better things 🙂
It feels fantastically liberating to get rid of rubbish and I feel motivated in new, non-sports ways (I didn’t even know that was a thing!) #MinsGame could change your life too – why not give it a go?
Huge thanks to MothershipUK for teaching me how to make the video (see, getting rid of rubbish = more room for learning!)
LOVE this idea! I am a dreadful magpie so this could be my September challenge!!
Jayne Rodgers says
It’s brilliant (and quite addictive!) I really enjoyed giving value to things – do I love it, like it, need it or is it just wasting space…? Try it and let us know how you get on 🙂
You’ve inspired me to do this for September!
Jayne Rodgers says
Did you do this, Chrissi? Or are you saving #minsgame up for November now…? I’m going to do it again – it’s amazing how you notice how much stuff you have once you start!
I’m doing for November. First item to go – a bobbly black dress that had seen better days!
The Roamer says
Congrats on your # mins game success. You had a great write up.
I did it twice but apparently I have a lot of junk I am itching to go again.
We will be moving soon so it will be very beneficial to go again.
Jayne Rodgers says
I’m ready to do it again now. 496 things gone was good but there’s always more… Good luck with your next #minsgame challenge 🙂
Julie Jameson says
What a great idea! I’m definitely going to do it this month. Thanks for sharing.