Have you played the 30-Day Minimalism Game yet? Because I have and this what I learned. Let’s cut this fluff.
Today, I’m reviewing the important lessons I learned while playing the 30-Day Minimalism Game. Now, I would consider myself to be a minimalist already. If you look behind me it might not seem like it, but I am, in my own way, a minimalist.
The point of the 30-Day Minimalism Game is basically by the end of the month you have gotten rid of 465 items. The way it works is that on day one, you get rid of one thing. Day two, you get rid of two things. Day three, you get rid of three things. So on and so forth until 30 days have passed. These things can be anything you sell, donate, or trash. Whatever the material possession is thought, it must be out of your home and out of your life by midnight of each day.
Justin and I are moving at the end of April and thought this game was the perfect way to go through our apartment to find items that bring us no value or purpose. Find things that bring no joy to our lives and things that once served a purpose in the past, but no longer holds the same value.
This game can seem easy at first, but once you get into the second and third week, you are getting rid of over a dozen things each day. If you’re like me and already consider yourself a minimalist, you’ll find it very challenging.
Let’s dive into the important lessons I learned from this game while we take a look at what I got rid of.
Lesson #1: I’m a rule breaker.
The first lesson I learned is that I’m an impatient person (well more like a rule breaker) and went through our whole home in a couple of days. When I get set on something, I just want to do it and get it done. I found everything I felt was time to let go of and laid it out for you to gawk at on my beautiful rug. I labeled the piles with the day I would have gotten rid of it if I played the game correctly.
Lesson #2: We have everything we want and need.
As you can see, I didn’t make it to 465 items and that brings us to this lesson. I have learned that we have come to a point in our minimalism journey where we now enjoy and use everything in our home. Everything has a purpose or gives us pleasure. We’re not going to part with those things just because of a silly game.
Lesson #3: We’ve grown as people.
The third lesson I’ve learned is that we’ve grown so much over the past year as people. We started our minimalism journey about one year ago and we have steadily been decluttering our home since we began the journey. This game was like the last kick to our past selves and past-fantasy selves (which is someone we wish we were, but we’re not).
Lesson #4: I keep memories differently.
The fourth lesson I learned is that I hold on to my memories in a different way now. I don’t need tangible items and trinkets to remember experiences and events. I especially know I don’t need to keep ALL the cards. Cards are items that serve a purpose of acknowledgment and bring joy to our lives, but some are not necessary to hold on to forever.
Lesson #5: I love to create.
The fifth lesson I learned is that I love to create with my hands, but I have no need or place for them in my home. What I’m trying to say is that I love knitting, but I don’t need 100 scarfs.
Lesson #6: Our healthy practices are different.
The last lesson I learned was that all of the medicine we had was either expired, or we can’t bring ourselves to ingest it because of our new standards of clean living. So, all of it is going in a pile to get rid of. Neither Justin or I have utilized any of it for over a year. We both agree that we would rather prevent or take care of health issue in a natural way, which using this medicine does not count.
The lives we lead say a lot about our happiness and wellbeing. The 30-Day Minimalism Game taught me that I have MADE IT. No, we did not “win” the game and get rid of 465 items. But, we won the satisfaction of knowing who we are and what we like. I want our home to be clean and sustainable not only in the physical sense but in the mental and emotional sense. And getting rid of these items has helped us do that in a way.
I encourage you to take on the game and challenge yourself. Share your journey with the #MinsGame. This game was set-up by The Minimalists. Joshua and Ryan are incredible, and I encourage you to check them out if you haven’t heard of them. Their podcasts are excellent.
Thanks for letting me share the important lesson I learned from playing the 30-Day Minimalism Game. I hope to cut the fluff with you next week. Have a beautiful day.
Take care of yourself.
P.S. If you want to support me and Cut Fluff, share this with your best friend. Challenge them to the 30-Day Minimalism Game.