The minimalism movement has been gaining traction recently. The Minimalists Netflix Documentary went on the most watched list, and people are realizing they don’t need to have material things in order to be content. But, knowing where to begin decluttering one’s own life and possessions can be daunting. Thankfully, there are many different resources out there, as well as different “games” to get people kick-started on their journey to minimalism.
The Minimalism Game
Today I want to focus on one of them. The Minimalism Game was created by The Minimalists (yes, the same ones in that awesome Netflix documentary). The game is pretty simple. The game lasts thirty days. On the first day you get rid of one thing, the second day two things, the third day three things, and so on.
I used the Minimalism Game to begin purging the unnecessary things around me the January of 2016. At the time, I was on winter break, so I didn’t have access to my school things. But I was able to find lots of superfluous things from my childhood around.
I was very bad at keeping to the number of things for that day. It became addicting very quickly to just get rid of everything I could at once. But it kind of ended up balancing itself out since after the 18th day I went back to school, and as a result fell off the bandwagon of keeping up with each day.
As someone who also strives for a zero waste lifestyle part of me felt defeated with how much was thrown into the landfill. I did my best to recycle or donate where possible, but a lot of these items weren’t suitable for that. Finding the balance of minimalism and zero waste is definitely difficult in these cases. I found myself holding onto things longer than the game to make sure that they went to the right place, although eventually, they did make it there.
Have you played the Minimalism Game before? What were your experiences like?
This gallery has everything I discarded during the game for those interested!