Your stuff. It will expand to fill the space you have.
I have since forgotten where i first read this quip. However, I keep coming back to it over the last few months. How much space do you really need? I moved into 700 square feet of brick-walled amazing. All the airy ceiling space & windows you could ask for. Plus 1/4 of my previous closet space.
The struggle is real.
I started downsizing my closet before the move. Long before I selected an apartment with such quaint little closets. With the phenomenal bones of the apartment it was a good personal challenge for me…“So you think you want to be a minimalist, yeah?” Yeah. Challenge accepted. This month I am taking the #minsgame challenge. The call to action to join the 30 day minimalist game was perfectly timed. I roped my man into doing it with me, and started finding items to donate right away.
The premise of the game is on the first day you let go of one item, two on the 2nd day, three on the 4th…and so on. Sounds easy right? It’s day 8 and I am nearly on a first name basis with the guys at the Goodwill receiving dock. Hashtag overachiever. I wont bore you with listing the outgoing items here. You can follow along with me on Twitter. Join the game & share using #minsgame on social media if you want to try to outlast Mark & I. If you don’t know Mark of Good Man Guidebook, go on over & learn a thing or two here. Come back afterwards, k?
OK. 63 items out the door so far. The game is still in the early stages, but I can see where the benefit comes early on. You build momentum. As you grow accustomed to letting go, it becomes easier. Easier to say goodbye to old magazines, uncomfortable shoes, and pants that give you ninja foot. The nagging “what if I need this down the road” feeling. That starts to fade. The emotional sting that makes you cling diminishes. Half of my cosmetics collection went out the door last night. Will I wish I counted those 40+ items for the game later this month?
Old brushes & makeup that I would never use. Out. I am not going to “use up” that dark mahogany blush that makes me look like Elviras skanky little sister. I know me. I will buy another tin of Nars Orgasm and call it a day! Travel samples? Haven’t packed them for the road still, so I packed them out the door.
Half my library went to the Nashville Public library. Sentimental items were boxed up and donated. I have an empty drawer in my dresser. That last one’s only an astonishing feat if you know me and know my wardrobe. My sling-backs today slipped nonstop & hurt. Done with them. When I wear something and I don’t feel great in it, it’s in the ThredUP bag. I have one going around the clock now. Slowly filling one bag after another as I say goodbye. My closet is still stuffed. This is not a humblebrag just yet. I have miles to go before I arrive. This is an accountability thing. It’s too easy to quit something when nobody knows you’re trying.
Come join me for a month of the Mins Game. You only have to finish to win. Today is day 8. You can still catch up & play.
Update: I made it to day 28 of the #minsgame before I left town for Halloween. Technically, I lost because I didnt finish the month, but in reality I still won. It made such a difference in my closets, my apartment and my mental state over letting go 406 items. I have since let go of more than enough to cover the last 3 days of October.