We live in a 5 bedroom two-story colonial with a finished basement. It is a home that has served us well over the years, where we happily raised our four children. As you can imagine, a lot of stuff can fit in a home this size. And, with our two older daughters married with children, our son about to commission in the Navy and our youngest daughter finishing her Physical Therapy program in another year, this home will suddenly be too much house for just two. It is our desire to find a smaller home (preferably one level) to move into before we get too old to want to move. (We are having this issue with our aging parents, and it’s not fun.)
But how does one downsize and get rid of all the stuff that fits into a larger home? One minimalism game at a time.
Have you ever played the minimalism game? Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus (“The Minimalists”) created this game as a fun way to jumpstart a way to a more minimalistic lifestyle, or at least have less stuff.
To play the game, you simply declutter one item on the 1st of the month, two items on the 2nd of the month, three items on the 3rd of the month…etc. all the way up to the thirty-one items on the 31st. If you add it all up, 496 items will leave your home in a month’s time.
I’ve played this game twice before, and I easily got rid of 496 items each time. Not because I’m a hoarder, mind you, but because there really is more stuff hidden in nooks and crannies than you can imagine.
I’m smitten with the whole minimalistic lifestyle, so I’ve decided to play this game a third time (and probably a fourth and fifth time later on in the year). I’ve already done my clothes, accessories, purses, shoes and my husband did his closet as well. We have donated over 300 items, so finishing this game in January should be a breeze.
Besides donating items, I’ve also been able to sell a few things on Facebook Marketplace. Extra cash is always a bonus, right?
Here is the first video I found that inspired me to play this game. It just may inspire you too!
Have you decluttered your home? If so, how did you do it?