Nine days into the minimalism game, and I'm going through some interesting experiences. I'm having to dig a little deeper to find items to get rid of. It's not impossible mind you, but it's more of a challenge. Even though this is the first time I've played the minimalism game, I've periodically been going through rooms.
I do have a few areas that will be treasure troves. You know those places that are out of sight, out of mind.
There's a closet in our spare bedroom and one in the basement that will be like hitting the mother lode.
One problem though.
I'm going on a three-day trip with my daughter. We leave Saturday morning and come back on Monday evening. I don't want to break stride, so that means I will need to get days 11, 12, and 13 taken care of before we leave.
This is precisely when I need to take a step back to remind myself why I'm playing this game in the first place.
1. I genuinely have stuff that no longer adds value to my life and I don't want or need it anymore.
2. There are plenty of items that someone else will be able to use. The faster I get them to the Shepherd's Frock or Goodwill, the faster someone else will be able to get value from them.
3. When my husband and I decide to downsize, we will be able to move so much easier. I'm not saying he's playing the game with me, because he isn't. I figure at least one of us will be pared down enough to make it an easier move.
The minimalism game is definitely humbling me and I'm also embarrassed. I have so much excess. It's probably why I have some of my debt. I've spent money on things I thought I needed or I had that temporary rush of retail therapy only to experience buyer's remorse later.
It's also giving me a chance to do and be better. Instead of thinking about a physical gift to buy others on special occasions, I'm thinking differently. I'm determining what experience I can purchase for that person. Instead of shopping with my friends, we go out to lunch and have conversation.
I figure if I don't want more stuff in my house, why would I buy more stuff for someone else to put in theirs. It just doesn't make sense to me. Plus, I'm able to delve more into the other person's interests or give them an experience I think they will enjoy.
Wow, I've learned a lot over the first nine days. I wonder what the next 22 will bring!
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.