Day 15 out of 30 – The Minimalism Game
1 x spare Sunscreen, 1 x spare Hairbrush, 2 x Nail Clippers, 2 x spare Toothbrushes, 3 x Stretchy Headbands, 1 x spare Headband, 1 x Epilator, 1 x Eye cream, 1 x mini Exfoliant Jar, 1 x spare Paw-Paw Cream, 1 x spare packet of Bobby pins, 1 x packet of tooth flossing sticks, 1 x teeth whitening tube (that doesn’t work!), 1 x spare pair of scissors, 1 x clay scent ornament, 1 x spare travel bottle (missing its lid), 1 x spare bar of soap
Going through my miscellaneous “spare” object draw today (as you can probably tell from the discarded items list above!). For all of these items (Epilator, travel bottle & clay ornament excluded), I have kept the second one in my bathroom drawer. The possessions pictured above are the duplicates! Yes, the second and spare sets!
I’m a little stumped to find I had so many excess items for “just in case” situations. Holding on to all that clutter for when I “needed” it. Most of these items would have only cost me $10 or less to replace and could have easily been picked up on my next supermarket run.
It’s interesting how the mind wants to hold on to any materials it sees, even with only the slightest worth. The minuscule benefits, the tiny glimmers of possibility. We always want to be prepared, to be safe. That defence mechanism has served us well in the past when, as a species, we were hunters and gatherers saving every piece of scrap meat, plant food and materials in a scarce environment with probably very minimal resources.
But those desperate hoarding techniques, those niggling thoughts can easily become our downfall. “What if I have guests stay over last minute, maybe they’ll need a toothbrush? Better keep it. What if I lose all my other bobby pins? I’ll need them then. What if my nail clippers break? I’ll have to keep these. Maybe I can give this paw-paw to a friend when they come over? She’d be very grateful.”
But really – are holding on to these excess possessions really worth it?
In the past, sure, for me they would have been. I had projected my own social insecurities onto these possessions and then guilt-tripped myself in to keeping them. I wanted to look after and impress possible people in future who actually only exist in my own head anyway.
Not once, have I used anything of these bathroom items for their “just in case” purpose. So basically I failed. Well, my past self would have called it a failure. But my current self? Current self thinks I’ve learned a pretty nifty lesson – let go of items that cause guilt & negativity. Hold on to items that serve you and give you joy.
Total Number of Items Discarded to date: 170