As a kid I was extremely messy. I’d sleep with piles of toys, clothes, and books on my bed – sometimes so high, that I’d opt to sleep on the lounge instead.
Although I can still be messy nowadays, I’ve come very far, and I have to say that a lot of that growth has come from travelling and not owning a lot of things.
Over the past year especially, I’ve become more and more interested in the idea of quality over quantity, slow (and second hand) fashion over fast, owning one of what you need, rather than multiple. Dave and I often talk about ‘the finer things in life’ – our phrase coined when talking about quality items we want to purchase, or have purchased, rather than the quick and cheap option so readily available.
However, as we’ve moved into a house, and have been living here for 6 months now, we’ve managed to find ourselves with a lot of clutter, and things that we just don’t need. I think half of our problem is that we don’t have a huge amount of furniture, so we’ve just been putting things in random places, thinking that we’ll buy another cupboard, or coffee table, or side table soon, even though we haven’t. We are currently preparing for our 6 week trip to Paris next month, and it has been making me think about all our travels, and our experiences in staying in Airbnb’s for long periods of time.
I loved that when we travelled there was no clutter, and that we only had the necessary items. I feel like it meant that we had more time to invest in doing other activities, and it was something we found a lot of joy in. Part of this minimal lifestyle came from not really living in the places that we stayed in – not owning the furniture, not staying for long enough to have to maintain the building and fix things that need to be fixed when you live in a place for a long period of time. In saying that, I’d love to get to a point in our house, where we’re able to be as organised and as minimal as possible, without going too crazy.
So to get us started on this decluttering process, I’ve decided to do the Minimalism Game.
The game runs for 30 days, and on day one you donate, get rid of, or sell one item. On day two, two items, three items on day three etc. I’m looking forward to the challenge, and it will be interesting to see if I find the challenge easy, or if I find myself struggling to find things to throw out as the weeks go on.
There are some key areas of our house I’m looking forward to getting in to, like our wardrobe, which is storing a big box of random items that don’t have a home, and our pantry/linen closet that is extremely cluttered. I’m also looking forward to going through Isla’s room and getting rid of anything unnecessary in there. Some of our rooms are pretty bare, and are normally kept tidy, like our living room. It’ll be interesting to see if I find anything in these rooms that I want throw out!
I’ve decided that I’ll aim to post here once a week to keep you posted on how I’m finding the challenge, and what I’ve learned along the way.
If you’re interested in joining me, please do so! I’d love to see how you go in decluttering a little over the next 30 days. I will also probably post every day a photo of what I’m getting rid of via my Instagram Stories, so feel free to follow along there as well.
Have any of you ever tried the game before? I’d be interested to see how you went!
For more about the Minimalism Challenge, I’d recommend listening to the series recorded by Slow Your Home Podcast documenting their experience doing the challenge.