I think there's a preconceived notion when someone commits to playing the minimalism game.
They think they have to go all out. Kind of like, go big or go home.
When that becomes the thinking, then people give up too easily, because they run out of the "big" things.
The way to combat that thinking is to pick a room and start going through things you want to get rid of. You're going to find some big items, but more than likely you're going to find a lot of smaller items.
Take my offering for Day 3 as an example of the smaller items in the picture above. We had some new kitchen appliances delivered and installed today. As I was prepping this morning for this to take place, I found some random items in the kitchen I don't use. The two refrigerator magnets were just on the refrigerator. They weren't clipping anything. They were just on it serving no purpose whatsoever. The plastic ball was on the desk in our kitchen. My husband Jack gave it to me so that I could use it at school if needed. I could only picture students having way too much fun with it instead of using it as a calming tool. So, I decided to get rid of it as well.
Since I'm in the kitchen, that's where I will continue with getting rid of the excess. Again, I think in terms of answering these questions:
1. Have I used it in the last 30 days? (Yes...go to #2. No...get rid of it.)
2. Does it add value to my life? (Yes...go to #3. No...get rid of it.)
3. Would I miss it if I didn't have it? (Yes...keep it. No...get rid of it.)
Once I answer "no" to a question, it goes. If I answer "yes" to all three questions, then I keep it.
Sometimes you're going to run into those tricky items where you're just not sure. You might not be sure if you've used it in the last 30 days, whether or not it's adding value, or if you'll miss it.
When that happens, I put those items on probation. In other words, I give them another 30 days and make a mental note of whether or not I use them. I'm at that place with a couple of coffee mugs I have. I got rid of all but six of them. There are three I use regularly, and then there are three that I'm not sure whether or not I've used in the last 30 days. So, they are on my probation list. If I haven't used them by the end of the month, they're gone.
And, I know I've mentioned this before, but don't start the game with the items that have sentimental value. That puts added pressure on you right out of the gate and it's a recipe for you to give up too easily.
Simply start. Go big and go small.
***Note: If you don't know what the minimalism game is, it's a way to get rid of the excess to simplify your living space. Throw away, donate or sell the number of items for that day of the month. Today is March 3, so rid yourself of three items. Do this for 30 days and you will have eliminated over 400 items from your life.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.