Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Some of you are a positive influence. Imagine that!

I've been following Brian, Mason, and Laura as they take part in the Minimalist Game. You start the first day by getting rid of one item. The next day two items, then three and so on. By the last day, you're giving up 31 things that were originally adding to the clutter in your life. Watching their posts on Instagram sort of inspired me to go through my stuff, and start thinning the herd. Here's what I came up with, 
















There's still a lot more to go, but this has made a visible dent in my office, closets and bookshelves. Next up, the dreaded garage!

13 comments:

  1. Seems a lot of folks are going this route but for me I tend to try and rotate things out and keep those things I truly love or like.

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    1. That's what I do when it comes to the toy collection. Other stuff just seems to have creeped up on me.

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  2. Ive gotten rid of alot of those old TVs in between moves.But man i kind of miss them because they were sooo good for gaming!Ive also recently become obsessed with putting a TV in my garage with a sega genesis hooked up to it so i may have to find another one of those dinosaur TV sets.

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    1. Between the CRT TV's and old computer monitors, I'm amazed I never gave myself a hernia. If your town is anything like mine, the thrift store should have some for $30-40.

      We actually have a newer CRT that we're holding on to, just because it works great for the SNES.

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  3. Good for you. I am in camp opposite. I am trying to GET clutter.

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  4. I think it comes from growing up around clutter. Plus, I kinda learned less is better when I was in college. It's a lot easier to move when everything fits in one vehicle.

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  5. Anything Episode 1 related deserves the boot! ;)

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    1. Surprisingly, the art book is pretty cool. It's a lot better than the movie was, that's for sure. For one, Anakin was originally going to be the appropriate age to later have a relationship with Padme.

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  6. Chris, congrats on the challenge. It's sometimes hard to part with things, but once you do you have a certain comfort in it.

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    1. Thanks Brian. I haven't rid myself as nearly as much as the others, but it's a step in the right direction at least.

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  7. Good for you Chris! It can be hard to get rid of stuff, but every time I start getting rid of stuff I feel like I've lost a hundred pounds, it's great. I grew up in a home of collectors and hoarding and I do have that tendency to compulsively accumulate a ton of junk. I've kind of fallen off the horse ever since I started working 2 jobs, but I'm trying to get rid of all the clutter little by little everyday and stop accumulating. It's just like dieting, output should be greater than input. Keep going, don't burn out!

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    1. Thanks Mason. It can be hard sometimes, especially since I seem to have trouble actually making it out to the thrift store to drop off everything. Your comparison to dieting is right on. Just like losing weight, relieving yourself of clutter isn't always a fast and easy process. Once I started looking around at all the areas I want to tackle, it started to feel a little overwhelming. But, like you said, take care of it little by little.

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  8. Congrats, Chris! Maybe that stuff can be useful for somebody else.
    Some examples:
    A few months ago, at university, they were asking for books to donate. That made me get rid of a lot of not-read-again old books (dozens of them!) :D
    I have an aunt that needs old computer parts to assemble cheap-made pcs for her workplace. She receives old-pc-anything! That allowed me to get rid of my almost-not-working 2006 computer (hard disc is working, happy and data-wiped :D :D ).

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