The 30-day minimalism challenge: Part 1

Decluttering is boring as hell, let’s face it.

This month, I’ve been trying to liven it up a bit by joining in with the MinsGame, aka the 30-Day Minimalism Challenge.

The idea is simple: you get rid of one item on the first day, two on the second, three on the third and so on.

Trouble is, in hindsight it was a bit daft of me to leave it so late in my ‘decluttering journey’ (Ew, I just heard myself. Sorry, I won’t say that again) to give this a go.

It may be a great introduction to minimalism, easing people into getting rid of a lot of their possessions, but I’ve been throwing things out willy-nilly for over a year now and I really don’t know if I’ve still got enough unwanted stuff to be able to make it through this game.

Anyway, here’s what the first ten days looked like.


One guitar: sold for £50 on Gumtree by my lovely wife, who bought me the guitar in the first place. How’s that for supportive?


Two bottles


Three novelty shot glasses (because I am no longer 19)


Four DVDs


Five books


Six badges (and can we just take a moment to reflect on the 90s-tastic gems that are the Fast Forward badges of Gary and Jason from Take That?)


Seven cassettes (ditto the 80s-tastic cassette at the front which is a bootleg with Kylie on one half and Jason on the other. I shit you not. That is about as 80s as a Rubik’s Cube wearing legwarmers)


Eight boxsets


Nine unwanted items of clothing


Ten beauty-themed nicknacks

So how much further can I go before I have to give up? Does ’18 grains of rice’ count? Tune in next week to find out!

7 thoughts on “The 30-day minimalism challenge: Part 1

  1. Christine says:

    I haven’t tried the MinsGame for the same reason. I like the idea, and I probably do have another 500 things I could let go, but they aren’t easy decision items any more. So much of it is sentimental. Now you’ve got me wondering if I could do it, though.

  2. I was already flabbergasted that you still owned actual DVDs, but then I scrolled down a bit and saw the cassette tapes!? OMFW that just threw right back to being 14 years old and hoping like crazy the DJ doesn’t start speaking before the end of Eye of the Tiger. Thanks for the memories! 🙂

    1. 🙂 I found the cassettes in my old bedroom in my parents’ house! Amazing, eh? I was *almost* going to keep one of these because it had an album on that I don’t own any other way…then I was like, ‘Oh, Spotify’. Cassettes were a bloody terrible invention anyway. I remember that gut-wrenching feeling when you realised one was screwing up in the machine.

  3. Denise says:

    I found you via The Blissful Mind. Brilliant post and so great to have found a UK based minimalist site/writer -especially one who is so talented!

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