As I said in recent posts, I have decided that I want a simpler life. Even now, living in disarray at my mother’s house with stuff chaotically around us, I am trying to simplify. It seems easier to part with things that are scattered around me than when they are neatly stored away. In reading blogs about minimalism, I am slowly learning tips on how to de-clutter and live more simply.
One particular challenge recently caught my eye: Minimalism Game. During the month of July, I will get rid of one item on the first day, two on the second, three on the third and on throughout the month to rid myself of things I don’t need. It will become harder as the month goes on but I am sure I can find things. Even having lost almost everything in the flood, there are things we salvaged that we still don’t need.
Once all of my items are gathered, they will be donated for a rummage sale for the group Emerge that held a benefit raising money for my family. I encourage you to do the same! Check out the post here.
This will be my July challenge. I did not do well with my June challenges except for continuing green smoothies every morning and yoga at least twice per week but those are just part of my lifestyle so it would be cheating to say they were completed challenges. I went to my writing group and had a great session leaving with wonderful edits that I have yet to implement. So, no new chapter written but I am not giving up on the story, it is going to be great. I will get back to some of my personal challenges when my life is more settled. I thought I could do it all, but there is just too much going on right now to focus on planks, the only challenge I didn’t even touch.
As for the Minimalism Game, I am on day 4 and going strong. I think letting go of the things you have always kept for some future use are the hardest. I am ridding of clothes and books my kids have outgrown, easy stuff, but I have a big box of vases that I know I don’t need. They are all pretty but who needs 10 vases? And then there are all of my unique and antique bottles that decorated my wedding, they are sentimental and pretty but I don’t need them. These are the things I plan to part with mid month. What can you let go of this month?
Happy Independence Day, America!