One of the most challenging parts of the decluttering journey is getting started. We have all this stuff that we need to get rid of. We know what they are. But taking action sometimes seem a far off in the distance. The gasification of the process of decluttering is the quickest way to get started.
A few things to keep in mind decluttering is a process that helps you achieve your minimalist goals. Gamification is also a process. You will achieve your minimalist goals once you have defined it.
1. 30-day declutter
The game was originally posted by the minimalist and is very simple.
On day 1 purge 1 item. On day 2 purge 2 items. On day 3 three items. And so on. You may discard whatever you like and however you like. Sell, donate, toss in the trash, recycle. But it must be out of your home by midnight each day. To gamify this, do it with a group of friends. And whoever does it the longest wins. (If you are minimalist in your friends join my declutter mailing list. You will find Facebook groups that you can join). Join the game on social media by using #minsgame.
2. Pack it all up.
In this game, you pack up everything that you own into boxes as though you are going to move. Then take out things only as you need them. After 6 months you will see what you are using a lot. Then after that you can get rid of things you have not used. I recommend keeping things in boxes for a full cycle of seasons. Especially if you live in locations that have 4 seasons. This way you know for sure that by the time all seasons have come and gone what you have used. Then everything else can be purged.
3. Project 333 Wardrobe challenge.
That live 3 months with 33 pieces of clothing. This includes every aspect of clothing, accessories outerwear and shoes.
Less chores and house means more time for doing things that matter to you and your family.
4. #5days to minimalism.
In the five-day minimalism challenge, the goal is to pick a space a and quickly declutter it. Space is usually a small area within a room or belonging. This is so that you can accomplish the goal easily. Here are a few examples.
- Digital drives/ Computer
5. 60 days Minimalism challenge: #60daystominmal
A structured 60-day challenge that I think was started by Rachel Aust. Unlike the 30 day challenge, Rachel has a worksheet that will help you define your style, get a basic start on financial structure, meal planning, gratefulness, and goal setting.
6. At the door, out the door.
Leave 2 bags at the door of the room. Every time to exit the room something must go into either of those bags. Each bag has a purpose. Bag 1: Things that you are absolutely going to get rid of. Bag 2: You put in things that you know you could get rid of but you are not sure of. At the end of the week you can Go through bag 2 quickly decide what can go into bag 1. Then you can either donate or recycle the contents in bag 1. If you still need time on certain items in bag 2 just leave it in there. Do this for a period of 5 weeks for each room. Over time you will slowly declutter the room. The goal is to be consistent until you are comfortable with the concept of consistent decluttering and conscious about what you have.
7. Every purchase gets two things out.
In this game, what you do is, for every non-consumable purchase that you make, you get rid of 2 items. So if you purchase 1 t-shirt, then you will have to get rid two other non-consumable items such as a belt or a pair of shoes. Do this challenge for 3 to 6 months. So as you dispose of the packaging and bags in which the new items come in you will be getting rid of other items as well.
- Declutter and getting rid of things can be a time consuming and emotional process. So play your favorite music or [listen to an audio book] (http://amzn.to/2l5ny9l). Do something that will make the process fun.
- If it gets overwhelming start decluttering in stages. Use a planner to make the task into bite-size short sprints instead of hours on end trying to declutter.
- Ask the question if you would buy it again. You want to be using things that you already have.
Hope these games inspire you to take action and make the decluttering process fun. In the comments below let me know which of these games you are going to try? And if you have already tried one of them what has been your experience?