Remember back in 2014 when we went through our houses and ditched a whole bunch of crap because we wanted to live lighter (and maybe tidier – like one of my goals for this year)?
I’m doing it again! But backwards!
The 30 Day Minimalist Challenge
This post has become one of my most popular posts of all time on this blog. I get it – getting rid of stuff is cleansing and motivating and this is a cool way to keep you focused. Love it.
Here’s how it works (the non-backwards way)…
Day 1 you find 1 item and remove it from your home.
Day 2 you find 2 items and remove them from your home.
Day 3 you find 3 items and remove them from your home.
Carry on until on day 30 you are getting rid of 30 things. After just one month of clearing stuff out, you end up 465 things lighter. Do it for 31 days and you’re at 496 things, almost 500 fewer things to clean, tidy, put away, maintain, and otherwise deal with or care for during your life.
Freeing, isn’t it?
Put Your Thing Down, Flip It, and Reverse It
So here’s the thing about the way the 30 day minimalist challenge… It’s really (really) really easy at first! Day one you’re like, “Yeah, one thing! I’m a boss, this is easy!”
Day two sounds about the same.
Day 10 rolls around and it’s a little challenging.
By the time you’re on day 20, you’ve freed up 210 things and you’re looking around going, “How am I ever going to find 21 more things for tomorrow, let alone over 250 more for the rest of the month?” It starts to eat at your motivation and momentum. It’s hard as heck.
What better way to combat this than by doing it in reverse? It sure is a lot easier to roll down a hill than it is to climb up one!
Here’s how the reverse 30 day minimalist challenge works…
Day 1 you get rid of 30 things.
Day 2 you get rid of 29 things.
Day 3 you get rid of 28 things… and so on until you hit day 30, where you just have to find one more measly little thing to let go.
You still end up 465 things lighter, but it’s a little easier this way. Your early momentum isn’t killed by the seemingly insurmountable obstacle of finding more to let go of every single day.
What to Do with It All
When I say “get rid of it” or “remove it from your home” I mean one of three things:
- Trash it
- Donate it
- Sell it
Choose one, and make it go away. Part of the success of this requires that you actually remove these things from your house. Don’t put them all in a box for later. Don’t let them stack up by the door. Don’t let hubby go through them and figure out if he’s okay with it all going (but don’t get rid of his prized, hole-y VW shirt that’s seen much, much better days, either, if he is still attached to it for some reason), just make it go away.
Ways to accomplish this:
- Put it in a “donate” box in your car. Then, once a week (or whatever, but don’t drag it out too long) hit the thrift shop and drop off your stuff.
- Put it straight out in the trash. Bye, bye!
- Give it a selling time limit. If it doesn’t sell in a week, drop your price or give it away. Don’t keep it around because of perceived value – if you’ve decided it needs to go to a new home, the space it takes up is of greater value than the item. If it stays too long, well, those things tend to find permanent residence, again.
Ready, Steady, GO!
(My toddler says this. I love it so!)
Let’s do this, folks! Let’s find the excess and make it go away! I started yesterday (sorry, post is a day late) and have been sharing my stuff on Instagram (follow me!) with the hashtag “#30dayminimalistchallenge.” Join in on the fun and post your things every day, too!
Note: If this post should find you in the future and it’s not February 2016 anymore, please join in anyways (and share it on Instagram!)! I’m doing this 2/1-3/1 2016, but it can be done whenever the time is right for you! Pick any thirty days, doing it in a specific month isn’t necessary.
So what are you waiting for? Get purging!
Need more minimalism and tidy goodness in your life? Be sure to check out The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (affiliate)!