The Minimalism Game – Week 1 Items

I have my video clips for week 1 of the Minimalism Game put together (January 1st through 7th). Hopefully it won’t take me as long to get weeks 2 and 3 put together as they are both now past due. I am working on it! 🙂

If you missed my Intro post to the Minimalism Game, what it is and why I am playing it you can view that here.

So I don’t have still pictures of everything which means you will need to watch the above video if you are interested in seeing footage of all the items my husband and I each decided to get out of the house for week 1. I will however at least list the items directly below just in case anyone is wondering and doesn’t want to watch the video:

My Items

  • January 1st (1 item) – Decorative Tea light Candle Holder Box
  • January 2nd (2 items) – 2 Glass Candle Holders With Candles
  • January 3rd (3 items) – Red Decorative Plate, Frosted Glass Tea light Lantern, Frosted Glass Votive Candle Holder
  • January 4th (4 items) – 2 Coffee Mugs & 2 Ice Cube Trays
  • January 5th (5 items) – 5 Round Dinner Plates
  • January 6th (6 items) – 6 White Ceramic Mugs
  • January 7th (7 items) – 2 Roaster Pans, 3 Rectangle Plastic Containers, 1 Tall Plastic Container, 1 Plastic Liquid Measuring Cup

My Husband’s Items

  • January 1st (1 item) – Light Up Santa Star Christmas Tree Topper
  • January 2nd (2 items) – Christmas Tree Ornament & A Set Of Tree Lights
  • January 3rd (3 items) – 3 Christmas Themed Puzzles
  • January 4th (4 items) – 3 Ceramic Mugs & 1 Tall Drinking Glass
  • January 5th ( 5 items) – 5 Random Kitchen Utensils (Flipper, Pasta Serving Measure, Tablespoon, Lemon Juicer, Strawberry Stem Remover)
  • January 6th (6 items) – 5 Forks & A Digital Food Thermometer
  • January 7th (7 Items) –  5 Spoons & 2 Butter Knives

That is it for week 1. Nothing really overly interesting but all things that needed to be weeded out nevertheless. I see it as big or small it all takes up space so no matter what you choose it is a step in the right direction. Stay tuned for weeks 2 through 4!

Katie

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Lets Play The Minimalism Game! Getting Rid Of Clutter & Excess Stuff

If you read my post about My Goals For 2016 then you may recall that one of those goals was to clean up the clutter and excess stuff in my house and in my life. As a way to get started down that path right from the get go my husband told me about a game he read about on The Minimalists Blog called the Minimalism Game.

Essentially what you do is ideally starting on the 1st of a month for simplicity sake you start to pick out physical items in your life that you really don’t need, use or get any real value from and get them out of the house by the end of each day (whether that be by selling, donation or giving away, or trash etc.). So on the 1st you would choose one item, on the 2nd you would choose two items, on the 3rd three items, on the 4th four items and so on and so forth until the 30th or 31st (depending on the month you are in). The idea is to try to make it as far as you can through the month doing this everyday. So, assuming I did my math right, if you were to get through an entire 30 day month that would be a total of 465 items gone and out of your life!

Obviously the farther you get through the month the more difficult it will be to come up with enough items for each day. It really makes you think and make some hard decisions about what items really are that important that they should be taking up space in your house.

Both my husband and I are doing this as individuals and have a little competition going to see who will make it the farthest through the month (or maybe we will both make it to the end). We are still trying to decide on some sort of little prize and/or punishment for the winner/loser just to keep things interesting. When we figure something out I will let you know what that is.

We started our first round of the game on January 1st and I will be posting Youtube Videos and Blog updates for each week of January showing what we each decided to get rid of throughout the month. As it is already January 17th when I am posting this I am obviously already a little behind in getting the first couple of weeks worth of items up so I am working hard to get those posted within the next few days so stay tuned!

Also on a side note, we decided to deviate from the original game a little bit in that the items do not have to be out of the house on the same day we picked them because if we are selling something that can take a few days to a couple of weeks and we would rather have one or two bigger loads in the month to drop off for donation rather than a bunch of small loads (to save us time and gas). So instead we have a few bins set aside that we have to put our chosen items into until they are sold or hauled off to the donation centre. Of course if you try the game you can just do whatever works best for you!

I would love to hear if you decide to give the game a try and how you make out!

Katie

So what is this blog going to be about anyway???

My vision for this blog is to cover a variety of topics and ideas that are relevant to my life and interests. I guess that means the blog may change and evolve as I change and evolve but as of today some of these topics and ideas include:

Parenting
Cooking & Recipes
Healthy Eating
Fitness
Weight loss
Tutorials
Living on a budget
Beauty & Fashion
Product reviews
And other random topics I am not thinking of right now 🙂

Maybe I am biting off more than I can chew here so we will see how it goes. I will be working on this during my down times when the little one is asleep and the house is all settled away so the time I have will vary from day to day. I just want this to be something that I enjoy doing and if I can help someone along the way or even just brighten their day that would be fantastic.

Stay tuned for my first official “topic” post….I don’t even know what that is going to be yet, I have so many ideas swirling around in my head. I am so excited to get started!!

Katie

A bit about me

I am a stay at home mom to my beautiful one and a half year old daughter Mila. I am absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to be at home with her so I can be there for every special moment and milestone. It is seriously the greatest job in the world! Mila keeps me very busy along with keeping the house, cooking, shopping, budgeting, cleaning, errands etc. etc. As many of you out there can probably relate the list just goes on and on!

However being a wife, mother and homemaker although very fulfilling are only part of what defines me. I am a girly girl at heart and really love exploring the vast worlds around beauty, makeup, hair, nails and fashion. I also love food (a little to much), cooking, baking and exploring new recipes. I am a very creative person and thoroughly enjoy playing the piano, crafting, creating artwork and decorating the house.

During the growable months of the year I like to try my hand at gardening and growing fresh vegetables. This can be somewhat challenging living in the city with limited space to work with but I do my best!

I am an animal lover through and through and was lucky enough to have the opportunity to grow up on a farm with all sorts of critters. Now I live in the city so no longer have a farm full of furry friends but I do have an adorable Miniature Schnauzer named Watson whose antics can keep most people very entertained.

There are many other things I could talk about here but I don’t want to make this a novel. I just wanted to give you a bit of a glimpse into my world for now and will allow the other stuff to come out as this blog unfolds.

Now for anyone with the burning question in their mind as to what exactly will this blog be about, my next post will better outline some of the topics and types of content I hope to explore.

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Katie