#minsgame: week 1

My little sister Erin is more Californian than I am. She recycles, loves all the animals, uses organic stuff for her skin, and probably does a bunch of other stuff I have no idea about that is environmentally friendly. 

But she's not pushy about it, and I really do appreciate that.

However, some of her mindset has begun to rub off on me:

  • I subscribe to Mighty Nest and receive a natural, organic, non-toxic product every month. So far, I've been pretty satisfied with what I've received each month.
  • I did a Project 333 challenge with my hubs.
  • Aaron and I compost--we do that for the worms and our garden, which isn't really growing.
  • I've been more aware of the amount of trash we throw away (that's step one, right?).
  • I decided to make my planners from upcycled and recycled materials.

Another way she's rubbed off on me is with a challenge.

I love a good challenge, which is why I set goals at the beginning of each year. 

And this challenge she gave to all the ladies in our family, the keepers of the junk of the house.

It's a 30-Day Minimalism Game:

Find a friend or family member: someone who’s willing to get rid of their excess stuff. This month, each of you must get rid of one thing on the first day. On the second, two things. Three items on the third. So forth, and so on. Anything can go! Clothes, furniture, electronics, tools, decorations, etc. Donate, sell, or trash. Whatever you do, each material possession must be out of your house—and out of your life—by midnight each day.

So, at the end of this game, a person will have gotten ride of 465 items. I'm not doing the "by midnight" part because some of this is an experiment to see if we need some of the stuff. Like, already, I questioned if we needed two gallon-sized pots because I was making rice and tamale soup. But, we didn't. I made the rice, set it aside, then made the tamale soup.

The other reason I'm not following the "by midnight" part is because I want to show you what I'm getting rid of. I took the first 10 days of this month and started in the kitchen to find my 55 items. 


Apparently, I'm a glass jar hoarder. 

I knew that because I used to eat overnight oats every day, so when we'd finish with a jar of anything, I'd keep it for my overnight oats.

Getting the pickle smell out of a pickle jar is almost impossible, in case you wondered.

But last year, after my sister's wedding, I left with a dozen mason jars, and I use them for decor, food storage, and much more! So it's time to get rid of those jars.

I also went through my spice rack and found three unopened spices. We got that spice rack as a wedding gift...five years ago. If I haven't used those spices by now, I'm not gonna use them!

So, I threw them out and replaced that spice holder with a spice I use regularly, like cumin and garlic. And then, I got rid of their old bottles!

After 10 days, and 55 items, I feel pretty good. We'll see how I feel next week after 7 days and 98 items.


PS Does anyone know where I can recycle those glass jars? I hate to just trash 'em...