Today is November 30 and the minsgameBOSS is officially over. This was my first time participating in the minsgame, although I had heard about it before.
I started this month long challenge with the hope to include my whole family in regular decluttering around the house. One individual participating in this month long challenge will get 465 items out of the house through donating, recycling, or trash. My ambitious goal was to have all 5 members participate and get 2,325 items out of the house.
Week 4 Recap
Day 25 was a rare occurrence during this challenge – all 5 of us participated! My oldest son hasn’t been participating as much because he honestly doesn’t have a lot of things to get rid of. Most of his toys, books, and clothes have been handed down to his younger brothers. He doesn’t have a lot of clothes because he wears a uniform through the week and he’s outgrowing his clothes so fast that I don’t buy him many items of clothes.
My middle son donated his rainbow loom on Day 30 and wanted to count all the rubber bands towards his monthly count. I of course did not bother to count all the rubber bands, but cheerfully agreed. We’re going to donate it to our local library where rainbow looms are still a hot item.
My youngest son has been the biggest participant out of necessity. He now owns all the toys, books, and clothing that have been passed down to him. Luckily, he’s a pretty decisive kiddo when it comes down to what he likes and doesn’t like.
In Week 4 we got rid of 485 items plus boxes of recycling and bags of trash that weren’t counted. In total, we got rid of more than 1,144 items for the month. If we counted all the batteries and small items, we might have technically reached the 2,325 item goal for the month.
In the end though, the number of items you get rid of is not as important as the process. The minsgame and decluttering in general is about shedding those things from the past in order to live fully in the present and eagerly embrace the future, unencumbered.The minsgame is more than a numbers game. It's a month long challenge to be brave and take action. Click To Tweet
I’m counting the month a success. The challenge has had me working with each child at one point or another talking about what is important to them, asking them to consider the items surrounding them. The biggest step for them has been taking action on decisions they make.
My two oldest will say, “no, mom, I don’t like that shirt/book/(insert item here)” That’s my opportunity to teach (or re-teach) them what steps they can take next (put it in the donation bag/throw it in the trash/put it in the recycling bin) instead of just leaving it to gather dust.
The challenge has also been just the thing to get me back in the basement working along side my husband. We’ve had several times through the month where we’ve tackled areas together and separately. We’re far from done, but we’re far from where we started when we revealed the before of our basement.
I’m not gonna lie – I’m glad the challenge is over! It definitely increased the challenge to do this with my family members, but was worth it in the end.
If you’ve been following along, thank you! If you want to try it in December or January, the group is going to remain live on Facebook.
Heather @ Simply Save says
Wow! You guys got rid of more in Week 4 alone than I did in the entire month! Great work!!!
Thanks Heather! Thanks for being such a great organizer!
Great job! I’ve been following along. I’m curious about two things – do you think you’ll do it again, after a break? Also, do you feel like just the minsgame made a noticeable difference in the amount of “stuff” in your house?
Hi April, thanks for following along! I would like to do it again but I’m thinking in a modified way – maybe the first 1-2 weeks with the family. This minsgame has made a difference in clutter. I’ve noticed more open spaces. I’ve been decluttering regularly though so that helps. It’s made a difference in our basement too!
Laura VZ says
It’s been so wonderful connecting with you this month. I love seeing the positive effects it’s had on your whole family especially. Thank you so much for taking the time to write about it and share your thoughts. I think that’s been one of my favorite parts about it – seeing the impact it’s had on others. 🙂
Thanks Laura! You’ve been a great host to the challenge!
You have inspired me to do my own holiday declutter challenge with my family. We started the day after Thanksgiving. So far, we have gotten rid of over 100 items.
That’s great Jill! I think the way you’ve decided to do it is a great idea!
Alexandra @ My Urban Family says
Congrats on getting rid of so many things! That is really great 🙂 We finally went through a few things and we now have a “list this on ebay” pile and a donate pile in our basement.
That’s super Alexandra! We keep our pile by the door so that I actually get it out of the house and into the car for donation drop offs.
Excellent! I’m so happy for your success! I think y’all did amazing. Looking forward to the basement reveal in 2016!!
Thanks Melinda! It was fun and we still need to keep it up – there is much more to do!
Wow, that’s a LOT of stuff! I’m impressed, and seriously considering doing something similar in January.
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Thank you for pinning Abby! I appreciate You ladies!