And I often direct them to The Minimalists website (http://www.theminimalists.com/) as well as there fantastic TedTalk (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgBpyNsS-jU). One of the fun things The Minimialist's do is the 30 Day Minimalism Game. Over 30 days you clear out 1 item on day 1, 2 items on day 2 , 3 items on day 3 and so on until you clear 30 items on day 30. In total you will clear out 465 items! I know what you are thinking, I don't have that much stuff to throw away! Wrong! With the average family home having around 27,000 items in it, 465 is but a mere fraction.
I recently ran a workshop on de-cluttering and mentioned this game as a fun way to de-clutter. And I thought to myself, I would love to do this. The thing is, 2 years ago I did an extreme de-clutter as I packed up my life to move from Scotland to Munich and reduced 40 years of belongings to 9 boxes. Then at the beginning of this year we moved house again and we did a major de-clutter of clothes and furniture. And as a de-cluttering Expert I know that de-cluttering is an ongoing process and believe I do this regularly. But as June was coming up I felt it was a perfect 30 day month to try the game.
So what does a de-cluttering Expert de-clutter?
Well, I am half way through the challenge. 15 days means 120 items out. And I have, so far, found it surprisingly easy. Last month I participated in a Make -up workshop with the wonderful Noleen Sliney (http://noleensliney.com/) and realised that I still needed to throw out some of my make-up – things that had been open more than 6 months, things I barely used but were expensive, make-up I will never use. Well there was 20 items straight away! And although I have a small amount of clothes I found that there were still some items I could donate that, if I was honest, I will never wear again. I also still had my pregnancy and breast feeding clothes so I was able to donate some to the refugee accommodation near me and sell the rest.
Now, the second half of the challenge. As a working mother, I have many obstacles to de-cluttering and staying de-cluttered. The main one being time! But this challenge is motivating and fun and it feels good to clear and be organised. So watch this space for how I get on as I increase the amount of items I get rid of. Will I get rid of the target 465 items?