‘To be bored with the internet, is to be bored with life,’ says my sage friend Ella. So it was fitting that she was the one to forward me a provocative online invitation to play the Minimalism Game. I’d already started ‘The Great Miller Street Giveaway’ – an attempt to offload some of my things to a few friends before I move into a smaller space in a delightful share house.
I was enjoying the feeling of just letting stuff go. This, however, did not prepare me for my immediate, visceral response to the game: hell yeah! Bring. It. On.
And then I did the maths. If I’m to follow the rules for the 28 days of February (number of giveaways = day of the month) this means I’m to shift 406 things out of my life for good. Four HUNDRED…and six! Oh-my-lordy-wordy-yes. I’ve never been wealthy, nor that interested in accumulating and I’m not even certain I have that many things. But I’m intrigued enough to give it a go…with a few modifications.
Here’s the way I’m choosing to play:
1. I have to publicly commit to giving away the agreed number of items each day and document them on this blog. But I don’t actually have to shift the stuff by midnight on the day.
2. The items must be donated to a charity/opshop or re-gifted to someone in order to count. I want to avoid sending things to landfill if I can help it.
3. Definitely won’t say no to anyone offering a few gold coins for items they collect. Any money I receive will be donated to a friend completing the FebFast challenge. #winning!
4. This is a personal challenge, not about competing with others. I just want to see how far I can go. (So don’t worry Sarah, I won’t hold you to it!)
Should be interesting…
Day 1: 1 item, 405 items remaining (with text from original posting in the Great Miller Street Giveaway)