January Challenge: A Month of Minimalism

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In January 2019 we played the Month of Minimalism game invented by The Minimalists. We announced the challenge on January 1st and reflected on what we learned over the month on January 31st. Here are the photos we posted on facebook and twitter to document our progress.

Day 1

A Month of Minimalism Day 1 Mrs W
Mrs W: Today I’m getting rid of these rather snazzy sunglasses that made their way into our lives over Christmas.
A Month of Minimalism Day 1 Mr W
Mr W: Bye bye Google headphones. Someone else needs you more than me. (PS. you hurt my ears so you had to go. Sorry).

Day 2

A Month of Minimalism Day 2 Mrs W
Mrs W: Today I got rid of a cardigan I’ve had for ages and that’s past its best, and a belt I hate that came with a dress I love.
A Month of Minimalism Day 2 Mr W
Mr W: These two books have to go today. I don’t know why I got them anyway…

Day 3

A Month of Minimalism Day 3 Mrs W
Mrs W: These 3 tops served me well for a few years but now they just look old and crappy.
A Month of Minimalism Day 3 Mr W
Mr W: It’s day 3 so here are my 3 things I’m getting rid of today.

Day 4

A Month of Minimalism Day 4 Mrs W
Mrs W: Over the years the kids have accumulated 4 mismatched stockings of inappropriate sizes.
A Month of Minimalism Day 4 Mr W
Mr W: 4 objects have to leave my life.

Day 5

A Month of Minimalism Day 5 Mrs W
Mrs W: A random assortment of goodies I just don’t need are officially out of my life.
A Month of Minimalism Day 5 Mr W
Mr W: Laptop bag, 2 random rubber tool holders, shitty socks, and a clothes container that’s falling apart and I’m replacing with …. nothing.

Day 6

A Month of Minimalism Day 6 Mrs W
Mrs W: The gun is a toy btw. Why does anyone think it’s a good idea to give a kid a toy gun for Christmas?
A Month of Minimalism Day 6 Mr W
Mr W: I’m pretty sure I’ll never need a comb again. Nor any of the other things. I’ll make sure they’re either properly recycled or reused by somebody else.

Day 7

A Month of Minimalism Day 7 Mrs W
Mrs W: Today I raided the kids’ dressing up box. Now the lid closes!
A Month of Minimalism Day 7 Mr W
Mr W: Random technology

Day 8

A Month of Minimalism Day 8 Mrs W
Mrs W: The kids finally agreed to part with some of their soft toys! They still have a gazillion but we’re making progress.
A Month of Minimalism Day 8 Mr W
Mr W: These things have been hanging around taking up space for far too long.

Day 9

A Month of Minimalism Day 9 Mrs W
Mrs W: We have too many hats. And socks. And other stuff.
A Month of Minimalism Day 9 Mr W
Mr W: Cables must go.

Day 10

A Month of Minimalism Day 10 Mrs W
Mrs W: I didn’t think it was possible, but I found even more hats and socks!
A Month of Minimalism Day 10 Mr W
Mr W: Mice out!

Day 11

A Month of Minimalism Day 11 Mrs W 2
Mrs W: Mostly kids’ books today.
A Month of Minimalism Day 11 Mr W
Mr W: A remote control plug set we haven’t used in years.

Day 12

A Month of Minimalism Day 12 Mrs W
Mrs W: More kids’ stuff. Almost done with the kids’ stuff. Honest.
A Month of Minimalism Day 12 Mr W
Mr W: As random as it can get.

Day 13

A Month of Minimalism Day 13 Mrs W
Mrs W: Photo albums. Today we did the photo albums. Oh, and for some reason there was a hockey puck in the photo drawer.
A Month of Minimalism Day 13 Mr W
Mr W: We spent a day scanning in all the pictures. Most of them are already destroyed.

Day 14

A Month of Minimalism Day 14 Mrs W
Mrs W: An assortment of random stuff. I’ve given up trying to keep similar items together.
A Month of Minimalism Day 14 Mr W
Mr W: It’s still quite easy to find stuff I don’t need.

Day 15

A Month of Minimalism Day 15 Mrs W
Mrs W: There was so much crap in the attic!
A Month of Minimalism Day 15 Mr W
Mr W: We went up to the attic. And we thought were kinda minimalists… Turns out we’re not!

Day 16

A Month of Minimalism Day 16 Mrs W
Mrs W: More crap from the attic (bear with me, this is going to take quite a few days to clear).
A Month of Minimalism Day 16 Mr W
Mr W: All this stuff is already out of our house! YAAY!

Day 17

A Month of Minimalism Day 17 Mrs W
Mrs W: Seriously. I have no idea where all this stuff came from in the first place.
A Month of Minimalism Day 17 Mr W
Mr W: OUT! OUUUUTT!

Day 18

A Month of Minimalism Day 18 Mrs W
Mrs W: Still going with the random toys we found in the attic!
A Month of Minimalism Day 18 Mr W
Mr W: Getting rid of stuff without throwing it out is much more difficult than buying stuff!

Day 19

A Month of Minimalism Day 19 Mrs W
Mrs W: The theme is going to change soon, I promise! We donated most of this stuff to a local playgroup, who were happy to take it off our hands.
A Month of Minimalism Day 19 Mr W
Mr W: I thought my son would love the airport bus I bought him (for €1). He didn’t.

Day 20

A Month of Minimalism Day 20 Mrs W
Mrs W: Finally, the last of the toys from the attic!
A Month of Minimalism Day 20 Mr W
Mr W: More stuff we don’t need!

Day 21

A Month of Minimalism Day 21 Mrs W
Mrs W: There was a lot of stuff I’d been holding onto “just in case”. Turns out I’ve never needed any of it.
A Month of Minimalism Day 21 Mr W
Mr W: The last of the toys from the attic.

Day 22

A Month of Minimalism Day 22 Mrs W
Mrs W: I like making things and I had a habit of keeping anything I thought might come in useful for crafting. I never used any of it.
A Month of Minimalism Day 22 Mr W
Mr W: My collection of banknotes and coins is leaving the house. Its new home: a museum.

Day 23

A Month of Minimalism Day 23 Mrs W
Mrs W: These parts are somehow supposed to be fitted together to make a child’s weaving loom, but are so badly made that they don’t fit together.
A Month of Minimalism Day 23 Mr W
Mr W: More old money is leaving.

Day 24

A Month of Minimalism Day 24 Mrs W
Mrs W: More craft supplies I was holding on to just in case.
A Month of Minimalism Day 24 Mr W
Mr W: And another lot of coins.

Day 25

A Month of Minimalism Day 25 Mrs W 2
Mrs W: I will never be able to use all these ribbons, especially since I hardly give any physical gifts any more.
A Month of Minimalism Day 25 Mr W
Mr W: It’s getting more and more difficult…

Day 26

A Month of Minimalism Day 26 Mrs W 2
Mrs W: Who’d have thought I could fill almost two whole days of this with ribbons? Crazy.
A Month of Minimalism Day 26 Mr W
Mr W: There is more stuff indeed. Why does anyone need more than one bottle opener?

Day 27

A Month of Minimalism Day 27 Mrs W 2
Mrs W: Do buttons count? I hope so.
A Month of Minimalism Day 27 Mr W
Mr W: Time to say goodbye to the smartphone of my dreams from many years ago: the Samsung Galaxy S1. It served several people well.

Day 28

A Month of Minimalism Day 28 Mrs W 2
Mrs W: Buttons totally, definitely count. Honest.
A Month of Minimalism Day 28 Mr W
Mr W: To my surprise, I still own books from my childhood. Can you believe that? They’ll find a new home at the library.

Day 29

A Month of Minimalism Day 29 Mrs W 2
Mrs W: Christmas gift tags. Lots of them.
A Month of Minimalism Day 29 Mr W
Mr W: More books and random stuff! Help!

Day 30

A Month of Minimalism Day 30 Mrs W 2
Mrs W: A ridiculous number of gift bags that we’ll never use.
A Month of Minimalism Day 30 Mr W
Mr W: More books that haven’t been read in decades

Day 31

A Month of Minimalism Day 31 Mrs W
Mrs W: The last of the stuff for now. We’ll probably find more at some point.
A Month of Minimalism Day 31 Mr W
Mr W:
And the last books…