This is the conclusion of my minimalism challenge. You can find out the details of the first part here! Basically it was a challenge for 30 days to throw out / clean out / donate / rid yourself of items in your life that aren’t serving a useful purpose. One item on day one, two on day two and so on adding up to 465 items in 30 days. I ended up throwing out 477 items.
Honestly, I think it’s very clear by now that I don’t want to own much in my life and I would like to be living tiny. Therefore, this challenge was not hard for me. Actually, I wanted to throw out so much more but it doesn’t make sense unless I’m moving out. (I wish we were). For example, furniture I don’t care for that we aren’t utilizing fully or some pictures on the wall I wanted to throw out but unless I’m moving right now then I just have holes in the wall to deal with or look at.
The challenge made me look in drawers that I don’t usually go into. For example the above picture has tons of kitchen utensils that we have duplicates of in four other drawers. I also found two pairs of broken reading glasses with the kitchen utensils. Why?
Some of the items I gave to people that I know could use them. Most went to Goodwill and some items went directly into the garbage.
The above picture was from one bin in the garage. A rearview mirror, a nasty pair of shoes and toys the kids have not used in years. Gone. See ya!
Oh my goodness this was probably my favorite cabinet to clean out! I never use plastic to store food so why I was hanging on to all of these containers and lids….lids without containers!! The cabinet was so empty when I finished that I was able to move the blender from the countertop to the cabinet and a few other things as well. So hello additional counter space!
I was so happy that my husband got involved and cleaned out old clothes. You will notice in a lot of the photos the cats just had to be a part of the picture. Why is it that if you put something on the floor the cats come immediately to check it out.
Check out that old high school prom picture of my husband and I. It was in a broken frame with broken glass in the basement. I swear I didn’t throw it at him at some point during our 28 years together. I don’t know how it broke but I took the picture out and threw away the frame. I just can’t stand having framed pictures in my house. I used to have them all over and now if it’s not on a wall I don’t want it. All frames have been taken down over the years. I guess I just feel cluttered or something.
Ha. We threw out the book about manners. We skimmed over it and tried to commit some of it to memory. Probably not going to remember much of that!
Look at all of those FitBit bands! I loved FitBit until I didn’t. I disliked them after I had about five break. Now I just assume that I get 10,000 steps. Which is probably why I’ve gained weight. Which is why a lot of these clothes are in the donation pile. Come back to me Fitbit with a product that lasts!!
Ahhh, both cats made it into this picture!
I was so proud of myself, I counted this as two items. I wasn’t desperate enough to count each ball.
The cat in the bin. That’s a cat’s dream! See ya Razor scooter! Do you know how bad those damn things hurt if they hit your ankles? They are also a pain in the butt to store because they don’t stand upright.
Yeah…most of this came from my daughters closet. Good news is she can walk into her closet now!
Books…I never keep books. My kids read them and then I pass them on to other kids or teachers. This batch I took to a women’s shelter. They were thankful for the books so that’s better than keeping them around my house!
All in all it was a great experience to do the minimalism challenge. I think I will do it every six months or so. Actually, you would never be able to tell that I threw out 465 items, that is the scary part. I’m thankful that I threw everything out and I don’t miss anything!
I feel like when I am finally ready to move it won’t be any problem for me to downsize to a tiny house. I hope you try this challenge also, I think you might like it.
Also, thanks for enduring an entire blog post of looking at my old junk. Like they say, you truly can find anything on the internet.