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Be the change: The Minimalist Game Days 22–30

I successfully made it through to the end of the Minimalist Game. Along the way, I learnt about change and momentum – how starting small can make a big difference.

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The Minimalist Game Days 22 to 30

The final days

I really felt the heat from day 25 onwards as I worked to reach my daily goal. However, I managed to power on through. With three weeks of decluttering decisions under my belt, I was able to work at a much faster pace. No longer was I umm-ing and ahh-ing over each individual item, I was discarding more but using less mental energy to do so. I was riding on the wave of momentum.

Be the change you want to see in the world

The momentum that I built up over the course of the Minimalist Game didn’t stop with me – it spread to others too.

When I rid my drawers of excess t-shirts, following my example, so did my husband. He then helped me go through a box of miscellaneous electrical items. While doing this, he remarked, “But, you’re right about all this stuff – it’s just clutter”.

The momentum spread beyond my own household. I mentioned to two friends and a family member what I was doing this month. They each independently embarked on decluttering exercises of their own.

When I started playing the Minimalist Game I thought there was a bit of an inner hoarder in most of us. This hasn’t changed. I now think, at the same time, there is a lot of dissatisfaction with clutter amongst most of us too. My friends and family just needed the tiniest bit of inspiration/solidarity/permission from someone they trusted and they were off. My experience with the Minimalist Game showed me the power of example.

I often feel powerless in the face of rampant consumerism, but after playing the Minimalist Game I have hope. Doing nothing won’t change anything. Even the smallest step in the right direction is a start. The steps build and then have a momentum of their own.

“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. We need not wait to see what others do.” – Gandhi

Have you taken steps towards a minimalist lifestyle? What inspired you to do this?

The week of the Wii – The Minimalist Game Days 1 to 7

Help I’m hoarding for the environment – The Minimalist Game Days 8 to 14

The cost of free stuff – The Minimalist Game Days 15 to 21

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  • thisismeagankerr
    July 6, 2015 at 10:51 am

    I don’t think I’ll ever be a minimalist, but I have been working on reducing my wardrobe because I had so many things I didn’t wear/didn’t fit/didn’t want!

    • Amy
      July 7, 2015 at 2:24 am

      Honestly, I don’t think I will be either. I’ve alway believed it’s not what’s in your house but what’s in your heart that is important. I’ve definitely never been concerned with “keeping up with the Joneses”. However, at the same time, I have become overburdened with stuff and needed to scale back.

  • MrsKirstyHoll
    July 6, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Well done on completing! You seem like you have got a lot out of it 😉

    • Amy
      July 7, 2015 at 2:00 am

      Thanks Kirsty, yes I did.

  • Miria
    July 8, 2015 at 3:09 am

    Awesome! You’re amazing! I love the feeling of a good wardrobe clear out… Was there anything you had real difficulty ‘disposing’ of? Eg your electrical stuff? I often find it hard to know where to take workable but unwanted stuff….
    I particularly liked the ‘must use this’ shelf in the fridge idea… We’ve agreed to try it in our house though haven’t discussed the exact spot in the fridge yet ☺️

  • Fiona
    July 17, 2015 at 7:34 am

    Well done! I don’t know how I would go at the Minsgame. I have decluttered 1300 items this year, though, but in fits and bursts. Makes such a difference 🙂


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