Day 26 out of 30 – The Minimalism Game
6 x Books, 1 x oversized scarf, 1 x large handbag, 1 x backpack, 1 x hair towel, 3 x mini paintings from Italy (5 years old, never displayed), 1 x pair of leather black shoes, 1 x bikini top, 1 x bikini bottom, 1 x mini pink makeup bag, 1 x toothbrush, 1 x eyeliner, 1 x pink bracelet, 1 x skirt, 1 x maxi off-the-shoulder flowy dress, 1 x pair of red shorts. 2 x mini notebooks, 1 x bookmark
Coming back after another pause in my Challenge today. I’ve been away in Fiji on Castaway Island for the last week for my Dad’s wonderful Beach Wedding and mini-holiday. We had a wonderful time snorkelling, tanning and eating local dishes. It was just wonderful to take a week off life and do nothing!
Obviously, I did not continue my challenge whilst on the Island (I would have had no luggage left!). So landing back in Melbourne fabulously tan, beach-waved hair and wonderfully energised – I dived back into the challenge in my hometown instead.
Whilst I was away, I did however still continue to get inspiration for Minimalism. I kept finding items, in my own little suitcase, that I wanted to throw out even before I had travelled home!
One of these was a beachy, summerly, floor-length, flowy blue dress. with a stretchy bandage top and off the shoulder sleeves. I had loved this dress! But even before leaving home, I had never worn it. It was in my cupboard for 4-months and I kept thinking to myself “I’ll bring it and wear it in Fiji, for a dinner night out, then I’ll recycle it when I get back home”.
Packing it preciously on top of my possessions to avoid crushing it, I was so excited to finally wear this dress I held on to, for so long. But, surprise surprise – it was not worn once. (I should have guessed that!)
So with the taste of disappointment still lingering, I sent it away. Still, it was an enlightening learning experience at how I can have emotional expectations of my possessions. Using “just for when” excuses to justify holding onto something, but never making the “when” happen.
Now at least I know that “just for when” doesn’t work for me, when I hear it pop up in my brain – I can stop holding on, before it even begins.
Total Number of Items Discarded to date: 474