Want to declutter your house but don’t know where to start? Does the idea of purging your belongings sound overwhelming? Turn it into a game.
The Mins Game is a month-long challenge in which you get rid of the number of items per day that matches the date. One item on the January 1st, 10 items on January 10th, 28 items on January 28th, etc. You can toss, donate or sell your items as you go or at the end. Just designate a box (or several boxes or an area of your garage) to collect the stuff. (Actually, if you play according to the rules on their website, your stuff has to be out of the house by midnight. That’s up to you.)
Last April, after we had gone through all of our stuff and had our first of two big garage sales, we played a game along with the guys from TheMinimalists.com, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. My mom and four or five friends played, too, and it was fun to send each other pictures of our stuff each day. I think I made it into the 20th day or so before I felt like I didn’t have anything left to give. Sometimes I was too tired after a long day to look around for 17 items to donate and I'd get behind and have to do double the next day. This time, I’m going to figure out how many items we should have amassed by the end of each week so that I can keep up or slack off better.
Play with us! Start today! You can go back and pretend like you’ve been doing it since January 1. Or you can just start today with six items. It’s up to you. You can determine how closely you stick to the rules. I was so cocky last year. I counted three bags of close as three items! No wonder I didn’t make it to the end of the month.
If you’re new to decluttering, here’s a heads-up that the biggest thing that will keep you from getting rid of your junk is wondering “What if?” you need it. Guess what? You don’t. At least, you probably don’t. If you needed it, you would already be using it. We have gotten rid of thousands, maybe tens of thousands of things. We have missed exactly two items: a lantern for camping (mistakenly put in the garage sale pile), and a pencil sharpener (easily repurchased).
Comment here or on Facebook if you want to play with us! Check out this post on TheMinimalists.com for more inspiration. And there’s a hashtag on Instagram you can use to see other people playing the Mins Game around the world. #minsgame