minsgame-badge-2016-300x300The Minimalist Game came to a close for me a little early. Travelling out of town for my grandmother, Carolyn‘s funeral broke my streak. And that’s ok. It was a really healing weekend (traveled the Outer Road), and I’m ok with as far as I got! My study got cleared out and that’s the truly important thing.

This month is already more than half over, and I’m just barely ready to admit it’s February. My ambitious goals to start another cleaning project fell a bit short. Not to worry, I’ve found another new project to keep me busy…

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Bullet Journal
ing! I’ve been starting to simplify things. I’m trying to reduce my online time – at least the wasted time. It’s so easy to drown in online tasking systems. I’ve put a few different ones through their paces. I still like the ones I’ve used, but I needed to find a way to sift through all the noise and keep track of the very top priorities. The rest will get done, but when I just need to stop and “regroup”, my bullet journal is really doing the trick. Watch this video to see a quick overview.

I’ve also listened to two audiobooks that have strongly influenced me. I highly recommend them both.

Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life, by Byron Katie – What I learned: The relentless pursuit of my own truth, passionate love of reality, and a letting go of my “story” are the steps toward peace and happiness that I was missing. I will re-listen to this one periodically. It’s not complex. All the info you need is actually available on her website, TheWork.com, but the audiobook is a lovely way to be taken through it, step by step.

Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It, by Gary Taubes What I learned: Surprisingly, I learned that I really should trust my own experience when it comes to losing weight. When I was pregnant with J5, I got gestational diabetes and had to go on a strict low-carb diet. The day I came home from the hospital after giving birth, I weighed less than I did the day I found out I was pregnant. I know others who have had similar success, yet somehow it wasn’t until I listened to this book that I heard what I needed to be ready to make a change. So far so good.


So, that’s what’s been going on with me lately. One day at a time. If anyone has questions about anything — speak up below!

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Another foray into the night stand. Some old clothes from the kid. Not sure where I’m headed for tomorrow. Linen closet maybe?

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I’m writing this one from my phone, so please excuse the lack of formatting. Today’s purge of items came from a long neglected night stand drawer. I’ll probably be able to pull enough for tomorrow from there too. I have to say this is been a really good exercise. Definitely worth trying at least once a year. The act of letting things go is becoming easier. I really want to break tendency to hoard. This is helping.

I need to note that I will be going out of town for my grandmother’s funeral on Friday, so I will probably just postpone the last 3 days until I get back.

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Day 25

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Mostly drawer junk, stone paper notepad, junk mail, more expired meds (good grief!).

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    Day 24

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    Ok, folks, it’s getting serious now. I’m still finding things, but I’m not going to name them all this time. There are a lot of cables and earbuds, headsets and old batteries, some expired medicines and file folders. I’m getting through a lot of old stashes of things in labeled containers. It’s amazing how much organized clutter I have. This last week of the “game” is going to be tough. I think I should have taken my friend SXT’s advice and started counting individual socks and maybe paperclips… 😉

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Days 22 & 23

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Yep, another two-fer. This time it was a thorough purging of my file cabinet next to my desk. It felt really good to get through all the folders I’d made a couple of years ago and get rid of everything I didn’t need. As much as I enjoy the idea of having every paper that I found even mildly significant filed away “just in case”, reality says scanning it and filing it electronically is much better for my minimalist aims.

  1. Paper, paper, and more paper
  2. through

  3. You guessed it, paper

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  1. Black Purse
  2. Black Purse
  3. Black Purse
  4. Black Purse
  5. Black Purse
  6. Black Purse
  7. Black Purse
  8. Pull-up
  9. Pull-up
  10. Black shirt
  11. Striped baby blanket
  12. Grey sweat pants
  13. Teal T-Shirt
  14. Dark blue hoodie
  15. White socks
  16. Mary Kay Satin Hands bag
  17. Purple bag
  18. Extra purse strap
  19. Extra purse strap
  20. Tan purse
  21. Black wallet

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Playing catch-up here today. This is definitely getting harder. But I’m not giving up!

Days 18-19

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Day 18
  1. Book
  2. Old folder of papers
  3. Book
  4. Book
  5. Tube of Desitin
  6. Yellow Notepad
  7. Lotion set box
  8. Box of sleeved pennies
  9. File box with cracked lid
  10. Small spoon
  11. Small spoon
  12. Small spoon
  13. Small spoon
  14. Large spoon
  15. Large spoon
  16. Large spoon
  17. Large spoon
  18. Large spoon
Day 19
  1. Knife
  2. Knife
  3. Knife
  4. Knife
  5. Knife
  6. Small fork
  7. Small fork
  8. Small fork
  9. Small fork
  10. Small fork
  11. Large fork
  12. Large fork
  13. Large fork
  14. Large fork
  15. Large fork
  16. Large fork
  17. Large fork
  18. Large fork
  19. Plastic tray


Day 20

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  1. Book
  2. Book
  3. Book
  4. Book
  5. Book
  6. Book
  7. Book
  8. Book
  9. Book
  10. Book
  11. Book
  12. Book
  13. Book
  14. Book
  15. Book
  16. Book
  17. Book
  18. Book
  19. Book
  20. Book

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Day 17

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  1. Folder of old records
  2. Folder of old records
  3. Folder of old records
  4. Folder of old records
  5. Folder of old records
  6. Lotion sample
  7. Old chapstick
  8. Empty mentholatum bottle
  9. Clip on sunglasses
  10. Very old glasses
  11. Old room deodorizer
  12. Empty face lotion bottle
  13. Old room deodorizer
  14. Karate gi white belt
  15. Clip-on light
  16. Used journal
  17. Shoe insert

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