It’s not that easy!

I didn’t think that playing the Minimalist Game this month would be difficult since I’m in the mood to throw stuff away. Boy was I wrong!

I have done a LOT of decluttering during January and February, and now it seems I only have some odd stuff left. Just look at my list for the last couple of days:

7. a bag of clothes from my son’s closet – donated, and more than seven items. When one is short of time to make the deadline of the game I guess it’s easy to turn to the kids’ rooms…
8. a multi-tool-thingy that was a gift from someone, a bread basket, a glass jar, three plastic lids for some sort of IKEA-boxes that I can’t find, two books.
9. the hose to a broken vacuum cleaner that we threw away a long time ago, two lamps, a sweater and five more books. Trying to be realistic with the books. The ones I have at home are those I haven’t read, but then again, some of them still don’t appeal to me, so I decided to add the titles I might want to read later to my Amazon wishlist, and then get rid of them.
10. two expired Soda stream bottles, a toiletry bag, a cup belonging to a game that I seem to have misplaced, a tube with something that’s for painting glass (which I can’t remember to have ever done), three mini birthday candles, a dried out pen, last year’s IKEA catalog (which I usually hold on to for at least a couple of years..)

Are these odd things or what?! I just decided to empty a bag that wasn’t unpacked yet, and it turned out to hold a lot of crap! It’s just a lot of junk, and really, I thought I was past the finding-junk-at-home phase, but I’m clearly not. So, I’ll continue playing the game and if I can get rid of 400-something crappy things, well then I guess that’s 400-something less crappy things in my home…

But it sure isn’t easy to find all these stupid things when my brain keeps interrupting with “but I might need those….” (or when I think that I actually don’tย haveย any crappy things left when clearly – I do!)


About thereseastrom

A wife, mother of two, teacher and new, but firm, believer in minimalism. Trying to get all the pieces of the puzzle fit together.
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6 Responses to It’s not that easy!

  1. Anne Lene says:

    You’re doing pretty good, if you ask me ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m impressed! But I agree with you, it is harder and harder to find stuff. I’ve only been at it “hard core” this year, but the last couple or three years together, I have gotten rid of “half a house”… So it gets more difficult as I move along in my declutter task.

    I’m sure though, that both you and me will make it ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. You are an inspiration. I think you and I are at a similar point where we have gotten rid of so much. All the low hanging fruit is gone. I think with the family sometimes just because I can leave without something, does not mean they can leave without something. So often I feel selfish for wanting to get rid of something they all might want.

    • Ha! Thanks! I don’t feel that inspiring right now ๐Ÿ˜‰ but I think you’re right – we’ve been soooo good so far this year! And yes, I can’t throw away everything even though I’d like to, the family would not agree. Still, they do let me get my hands on quite a lot, I think they are all getting it!
      Loved the pic of the pie… YUMM!!

  3. My Light Bag says:

    It’s surprising how much clutter we actually own without realising it! I’ve been decluttering for four years and still find junk in my home now and again. it’s an ongoing process!

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