I took creative licensing with the last two days of the Minimalism Game by combining the last two days into one. Yes, there are 61 items in this picture. I went to the kitchen once again for the final stretch and it didn't fail me. There were still items to purge.
So, even though the game is officially over as I say hello to April, it's not really over.
Here's why...there's still stuff to get rid of throughout the house. Even though I think I have gotten rid of the majority of nonessentials from my possessions, there is still more. However, I've learned a lot about myself over the last month.
Even though I felt like I was in pretty good shape, I quickly discovered there were so many things that I had that I didn't use. I had several "just in case" items or those that I used when I was bored.
For example, I had way too many bags. I would rotate between them when I felt like I needed to change things up. Then the problem became which bag would I use next? Too many decisions. I now own two everyday bags, one backpack, a hiking bag, and an overnight bag that doubles as my gym bag. I basically went from 20+ bags down to five. That's progress. And that's a lot fewer decision I now make, which also brings about a huge sigh of relief.
By most women's standards, they would more than likely have looked in my closet to begin with and determined that I didn't have very many shoes but now I have even fewer. I used to have six pairs of running/workout shoes and now I'm down to three...one for the gym, one for running, and one for working out in the yard. I have whittled down to two pairs of sandals, two pairs of boots, and three pairs of other shoes to wear. I went from around 20 pairs of shoes down to 10.
I went from three bookshelves of books scattered on them down to one box. I used to have 11 coffee mugs and now I have four. There are no longer random knick knacks scattered throughout the house which makes dusting much easier and faster. My clothing is down to one half of a closet and my dresser. I no longer have a tote for different seasons of clothes.
What I've learned the most is how much money I have squandered over the years on purchases I thought I needed. It's enough to somewhat make me feel physically ill. I think about how much money I could have either saved by not making the purchases in the first place or how I would be in a lot less debt.
I know I'm not even close to being done yet though. The next step is to get the items out of my house. I'm in the process of figuring out what I want to sell and donate. I need to take pictures of items I want to sell and then put them out there for others to see. If they haven't sold in a week, then I will donate them. Other items I'm going to donate right away.
Plus, there's still more that I can get rid of. However, April is going to be different. Instead of playing the game again, I'm going to take a bit of a break, because that was pretty intense. I made sure that I didn't go to bed until my items had been purged for the day, and I also had a daily reminder alarm that would go off. The daily pressure to keep the streak going was definitely all I needed.
My approach for this month will be to take 10 minutes each day to organize what I've gone through. Once that happens, then I can take that time to start getting rid of items once again. I will keep doing that until I can answer, "Yes," to this question: If I had to move tomorrow and could only take with me what I could fit into my car, could I do it?
Not yet, but I'm getting closer.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.