and ramblings on everything in between
Week 4 of the Minimalist Challenge concluded in my bedroom with the goal of purging 234 things. (Holy cow, that’s a big number. 😦 )
1 – stack of church documents
1 – stack of work documents
1 – stack of scrapbooking papers
1 – stack of maps
1 – bachelorette sash
1 – earbuds
4 – guitar picks
2 – random electronic pieces
9 – pieces of flare
1 – stack of random envelopes
17 – electronics / wires / chargers
6 – pens
24 – scrapbooking items
And that, folks, is where my Minimalist Challenge ends. I’ve opened every drawer, every closet, every box, and every cabinet drawer in my apartment! I was able to round up 300 things that I don’t love, need, or use, coming in 165 items shy of the ultimate goal. But, hey, that’s better than having so much crap that I went over the goal by 165, right? Right.
Of the 300 items, I sold a handful of clothing items at a second-hand shop, recycled the small electronics and CDs at my county’s electronic recycling center, dispersed a few books and the scrapbooking items to friends, trashed what needed to be trashed, and gave the rest to Goodwill.
It feels good to know that what is left in the apartment (for the most part) is generally loved and generally used. That makes me happy, as I’m always striving to be conscious of excess in my life. I want to only take what I need in this world. Perhaps I’ll make the Minimalist Challenge a bi-yearly event around my house to make sure I’m doing just that.
How’s your Minimalist Challenge going? Did you beat my number and cross the 465 finish line?