The Minimalist, the Challenge and the Wardrobe

Day 5 out of 30 – The Minimalism Game

Items Discarded:
5 x Old office Nik-nacks including: square note pad, a pen “eraser”, a duck stamp, a quill, a cutie Minion keychain.
The Why…

Through the front door, at the back of the house, in my study, behind a sliding-door cupboard, resides a black IKEA Box cupboard filled to the brim of old notebooks, folios, planners, postcards and also the Nik-nacks pictured above.

For a minimalist, it’s not very minimal. Actually, it’s very “hoarder-esque” of me. With a distinct wiff of denial.

No need to wait until moving day to get rid of it all.

Now with this challenge, I have the wonderfully forced and self-inflicted privilege of getting rid of it all. One possession at a time. Brilliant!

Total Number of Items Discarded to date: 21

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8 thoughts on “The Minimalist, the Challenge and the Wardrobe

      1. No I haven’t actually. Before I throw away an item, I have stopped and evaluated it logically. Trying to remove any emotions or nostalgia that I have put in that possession and think “What is the purpose of this item? Why is it here? When did I last use it?” For most of the things I removed I have barely looked at them (let alone used them!). Of course I have picked up some possessions and not been sure, and if so, just left it for that day. I’ll reassess it later on another day and see then if I can make a decision. Regret is an emotion that traps you in the past with too many “what ifs” and “if only” and it really does not serve us well. For me, I experience regret when I have made a decision that goes against my values. Say, purchasing a material item I really did not need but just wanted. My experience has taught me when you are true to what you believe, in any context you can never go wrong! 🙂

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  1. I love the way you describe regret, yes staying true to your beliefs is a good way to not even step into the realm of regret. A friend told me once about the time he realized he needed to simplify his life. He loaded up his car with all his possessions, drove out to a remote highway and dumped everything by the side of the road! He also told me how he took a photo of anything that had sentimental value before getting rid of it and I’ve done the same ever since. I hardly ever look at the photos but the act of taking the picture somehow provides completion 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much! You’re friend sounds epic by the way. That’s such conviction right there! I know right, I love taking photographs too. I find that with the photograph it gives me freedom from the object. Like I’ve digitally transferred the emotion from the possession to the photograph.

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      1. Oh definitely. It’s been such a great tool and it has helped me remove so my items from my life. Once I’ve realised I’m putting to much emotion into an item, it’s gone! (Though sometimes it is easier said than actually done!)

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