A few months back I shared the story of my sister and I playing the #MinsGame (created by The Minimalists and formally known as the Minimalism Game). The basic premise of the game is to compete against yourself or others in releasing unneeded items from your life. In playing the game in October, my sister and I each released 496 items from our respective homes, resulting in not only a win for each of us, but extra breathing room and large tax deductions for the donations we made.
As I mentioned in my earlier post, the #MinsGame is quite simple to play. A new #MinsGame starts on the first day of each month. On the first day you release one item by donating it, throwing it away, recycling it, giving it away, etc. The idea is to get it out of your house and out of your life. The second day of the month you release two items. The third day you release three and so on. So, if you release the agreed upon number of items each day of the month, you’re a winner. Even it you don’t make it all the way to the end of the month, I think you’re still a winner because you most likely succeeded in releasing more than if you had never played!
At the end of my earlier post I mentioned I may consider playing again because I got so much out of the experience. I know a couple of you contacted me and stated you might want to play next time, too. Well it looks like that time is now! My husband and I were in the storage area of the basement this weekend and the topic of the #MinsGame came up. I told him I wasn’t sure we had another 406 items to release in our house. He assured me we did and I think he is right.
Therefore, our next round will start on February 1. February is the perfect month to play for a number of reasons:
- It’s cold outside and you’re looking for indoor activities
- Having less stuff will open you up to new possibilities come spring time!
- You’ll be releasing 90 fewer items in a 28-day month than in a 31-day month. What a great way to ease into the game!
If you’re interested in playing along let me know by posting a comment below or by contacting me via email. If you agree to play, I’m inviting you to share status updates with me via email – both your wins and your challenges. In March, I look forward to sharing the results of how many items we were collectively able to release as a group.