How I'm Combining the Minimalism Game and the KonMari Method

It’s almost the new year and I have grand plans for it. I’ve already mentioned the spending freeze that I’ll be completing starting January 1, but I’m also going to be playing the Minimalism Game (as designed by The Minimalists). What is the Minimalism Game? It’s relatively simple - get rid of one thing on the 1st, 2 on the 2nd, 3 on the 3rd, and so on until the 31st when you give up 31 items. I think it’s going to be a major challenge for me, but one that I’m eager to take on. I’ve decided to combine my quest for minimalism with the lessons and tenets of the KonMari Method to help me process things in a mindful way. Here’s how I’m going to pull the two together:

  1. Align my goals before the end of 2016 using the KonMari Method. I have the entire week between Christmas and the New Year off of work and I plan to start getting my goals aligned during that week. If you’re not familiar with the amazing book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, I encourage you to check it out! It has been truly transformational for me in the way I think about owning things and saying goodbye to them. Basically Kondo’s premise is that we should only hold onto objects in our lives that spark joy. This can and will be different for everyone, but if your things are not sparking joy, it’s time to say goodbye. The times that I’ve gone through KonMari purges in the past it has always taken time to figure out my goals and methods for moving forward. Which is why I’m planning to start this process in 2016 so that when January 1 hits, I’m ready to get started with the releasing of my objects.

  1. Choose the items I’m ready to part with. The KonMari Method dictates a hierarchy of which items to get rid of first so that you can build momentum with the easier items before moving into the more sentimental items. For the Minimalism Game, I plan to follow this path laid out by Kondo, which means I’ll be moving through my things in the following order:
    1. Clothing
    2. Books
    3. Papers
    4. Miscellaneous Items
      1. Everything from unused appliances, to household supplies, to makeup
    5. Sentimental Items

  1. Sell, donate, or trash the items I’ve chosen in step 2. My goal is to sell the majority of the items that I’m ready to part with. This wouldn’t be a personal finance blog if I didn’t try to squeeze out pennies where I can. So for any clothes that I can take to a consignment store, for any books that I can sell to a local bookstore, and for any miscellaneous items I can sell on eBay or Craigslist, I’m going to do it. If I could even make $100 selling items, that’s $100 more toward my debt repayment!

  1. Lead a more minimalist life. This is, really, the ultimate goal. When I decided to start this blog, it was with the goal of striving toward a more minimalist and simple lifestyle in order to save money, pay off debt, and achieve financial independence. So, while this challenge is a jump start, it’s not my only intention. I plan to continue to strive for minimalism throughout my home and work life and to pledge to continue to release myself from the holds of the material and keep only those things which spark joy, because the rest is just weighing me down.

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