We are in week 2 of the MinsgameBOSS. It’s been so encouraging to have the company of many other bloggers and participants in the Facebook Group as we shed the things that we no longer need or use in our homes together.
The goal for the challenge is to shed 465 items within 30 days. My personal goal is to involve all 5 family members and shed 2,325 items (or as close as we can to that number) by November 30. Ambitious? Yes.
How’s the Family Doing?
I’ve been surprised by how involved the children have been. My middle son tends to want to hold on to everything. It has been great to see him enthusiastically gather the number of items for the day. Most of the time the items that he gathers are pieces of paper that need to be recycled, or pieces of trash. I count that as a win because those are things that he would have ignored without this game. He is looking around daily and noticing things that should be picked up and taken care of.
My husband has been enthusiastic on the days that he participates. He has enthusiastically come to call his (what I would call) “clutter” a term called “cruft.” Cruft is defined as anything that is left over, redundant and getting in the way. It is used particularly for superseded and unused technical and electronic hardware and useless, superfluous or dysfunctional elements in computer software.Do you have cruft in your home? Click To Tweet
My husband has always flinched at the word clutter. He refused to view or call his items clutter. Cruft is appealing to him because items that were once useful at the time he acquired them, are no longer useful and currently “redundant and getting in the way.” It doesn’t necessarily devalue the items, they just no longer serve his particular needs anymore. It’s been easier for him to look at his stuff from that perspective and gather things for this challenge. It took him just a few minutes to gather the daily required items when he participated last week.
How Am I Doing?
I have been decluttering since February. I have donated, recycled, and thrown out bags and bags of stuff since then. This month-long game is challenging me to look at areas that I have already decluttered with a more critical eye.
Coming back to an area that has already been decluttered a couple of times has forced me to look at the things I’ve kept and question again whether it truly needs to stay. The first time I declutter an area, there is usually a lot of trash that can be thrown out. The second time I usually have lots of rationalizations for why I should keep something. The third and fourth time I’m finding that I finally address those items that I have kept but still never wear or use.
The continual challenge for me is to declutter from a place of enough and to declutter with the present in mind (not the past or the future). It’s easy to want to hold onto an item because of the sentimental past (“Oh, I used to play this game as a child”) or hopes for the future (“I might wear this someday”). I have to continually speak gently to my rationalizations and reassure myself that I am blessed and have more than enough. I do not have to hold onto items out of fear or a scarcity mindset.The continual challenge to declutter from a place of enough and the present Click To Tweet
The Next 3 Weeks
I anticipate the challenge getting more difficult as my kids could potentially lose interest. I am personally committing to go through the whole challenge, and will invite my kids and husband to contribute when they can. I’m posting daily pictures on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook if you’re curious what we are getting out of the house.
It’s also not too late to join! Use the hashtag #minsgameBOSS on social media so we can all encourage and follow each other’s journey!
Are you participating? What’s your biggest challenge while decluttering?
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