The 30 Day Minimalism Game: Everything I Decluttered & Reflections | Minimalist Home

Published on Jul 22, 2018
This is now the third time (and perhaps last time, at least for a while) that I have completed the 30 Day Minimalism Game, and it has completely changed how I think about my possessions and decluttering in general.
In this video, I share everything that I got rid of during the month of June, along with some new observations learned from the game this time around.
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Videos mentioned:
The 30 Day Minimalism Game: Everything I Decluttered + Review | Minimalist Home (First time) - us-tv.org/tv/video-qDLIehqVQ64.html
30 Day Minimalism Game: Everything I Got Rid Of | Second Pass, Minimalist Home (Second Time) - us-tv.org/tv/video-SFdyNOcShaM.html
How to Style a Minimalist Home - us-tv.org/tv/video-IVG3W9abiO8.html

Comments

  • I am also following minimalism but the things we are tossing out like mason jars, plastic bins etc. etc. most of them go to dump yard. Not good for the environment. I think we should be extremely picky while doing shopping.

  • Yalla rry one Day To visit Beirut

  • I love everything you do and that cute cat

  • I want some of the stuff you got rid of....and have been trying to declutter. Yikes

  • I thought on day 9th in all the items included your cat 🤣😂

  • Day 9- Do NOT get rid of the furry cat!!!!!! :)

  • The tire gauge? Noooooo

  • I hold onto nice bags from places like VS, Sephora, Bath and Body, etc...and use them for gift giving.

    • I imagined that I would do the same, but then I couldn't bring myself to put a gift from one store into the bag of a different store. "Here's a bag from Neiman Marcus! Just kidding! It's a wallet from Target..." I realize that that's kind of silly in hindsight, but that's part of why I never used them. Anyway, sorry for dumping my life story on you. I'm glad you actually make use of those bags!

  • I'll take that dutch oven!

    • It was so ridiculously heavy that it was awful to have to clean. There are probably others who feel the same way I did, so check your local online classifieds and someone may be trying to offload one near you!

  • 2:08 how can you let go NFS underground 2, it's the best car game ever

  • No clothing!!

    • I think I excluded clothing from my first round of the minimalism game, but I started letting myself declutter clothing (I have a small, 33 item wardrobe anyway) in later rounds. Can't remember if I decluttered clothing here or not...

  • If I could declutter my dog and 2 year old my house would be beautiful lol.

    • Vested Interests I can’t lie, I know I will miss all the toddler “messes” years from now.

    • Ha! Those are the important things that you want to keep around!

  • The baking soda is great for cleaning all sorts!!

    • I've heard that it loses its potency after a few months, and this stuff was definitely several years old and is now long gone.

  • That's 465 items total!

  • Lol, what is it with cats and paper? My cats love to get on top of my paper, all the time, and I can't understand why.

    • I'm pretty sure I could make a square in tape on the floor, and she'd sit in it.

  • Omg your cat is adorable!

  • I really enjoyed seeing all of the items as you decluttered day-by-day. It is so much more helpful than the ones I see where everything is tossed in a sped-up video. We have a large home with a lot of unneeded stuff in it. I can't ever see myself as a true minimalist, but I'd still love to get rid of a lot of our possessions... which end up possessing us! I also just love your kitty - she seems to be almost a twin to one of ours. Ours gives amazing hugs and massages.

    • Thanks! I tried to show where those things lived, instead of just showing you piles of stuff with no context. Minimalism is a mind set, so what looks like minimalism to one person may look very different to the next, and that's ok. Just make sure you know what you want your end game to be--know what your goals are, even if they change down the road. That can help keep you motivated to achieve them. Best of luck with your efforts, and make sure to give those kitties lots of snuggles along the way!

  • Love your vid and LOVE your sweet pussy-cat! :-D

  • AAAAHHHH I for a sec I thought you were getting rid of the cat!!!! 😭😭😭🤣😂😂

  • What you said about the insides of cabinets and closets looking nice too resonates with me. I like to be able to see and easily access what I have. I did a big purge of my bathroom cupboard recently and now it's much more pleasing to look at. I also used to be terrible for buying too many groceries with grand plans of what I was going to cook only to have food expire both in cupboards and in the fridge because I forgot about the things at the back - my fiancé is much better organized in this respect and I have been adopting his good habits and wasting a lot less.

    • +Vested Interests Thank you :-) We both have more than a dash of OCD yet a similar level of tolerance for temporary mess, which really helps us live in harmony. Compatible habits and aspirations in a partner who is happy to split tasks fairly make life so much simpler and easier. I've never been happier in my life than I am now with him.

    • That's awesome! We too have become much better about not over-buying groceries, and now I don't get stressed out when I open my pantry and see something I bought a year ago and never made. It sounds like you're on the right path, and you're lucky to have a fiancé who seems to have similar goals--so that puts you ahead of the curve!

  • I soon need to do this....ugh my house

    • Do it! I just did it again and posted a new video on the process. It changes everything.

  • Oh come on, we dont get to see the prom pic 😝

    • Vested Interests haha ya thats fair :)

    • If it was just me in the photo, maybe, but there were other people in the photos and I haven't asked their permission to use their faces in a video.

  • I need a support group. I am so traumatized between setting my intention to minimalism with a material mom, two children (14 and 16 and resistant! I can't even say more. I'm shaking. This decluttering thing has many layers and may take many years but remind yourself to keep going when you feel you're slipping backwards again. I've moved every year since 2015 so that has helped. Yet I spent a few years reaccumulating things again, like spices because you think you're going to cook more, then moving and giving away boxes of culinary things again. And the kids thing is a whole nother chapter. It's disgusting and stressful but I have to keep plowing!

    • Instead of focusing on what you're getting rid of, try to focus on what you're keeping. Those are, after all, the most important things. I recommend sitting down, closing your eyes, and visualizing what it is you want you home and your life to look like. Once you get a good sense of your goals, it will be a lot easier to identify what things align and what do not align with those goals. Decluttering should not be stressful--it's a path forward to a simplified, edited life--so if you're stressed, take a break, take some deep breaths, and do things at your own pace!

  • I declutter on a regular basis. I am making a new pile to disperse and decided it might be a good idea to make a pile family can go through when they come over for the holidays. One of my sons passing through the other day all ready took something.

    • I did the challenge again (literally just uploaded the video) and probably half the stuff if not more was taken by friends passing through. It's wonderful to know that all of those things are going to good homes where they will be used!

  • Great decluttering! You did a great job! I am also in the process of getting rid of stuff.🙄 I did the konmari process before. But, never tackled my craft supplies...😲

    • +Vested Interests I look forward to seeing that! I subbed to your channel!😁

    • Ahh, the never-ending komono category. I was finally able to tackle my crafting supplies, which exploded a few months ago when I had what I thought was a brilliant idea at the time... You'll see all about it in my next 30 day minimalism video. Best of luck with yours!

  • Nooo Katamari Damacy!!!

    • It's gone now! It's not hard to find though if we ever want it again.

  • I must ask why you are getting rid of photos. It makes no sense to me.

    • Maybe one day I'll get around to finishing dealing with my photos and make a video about it. I have some photos that are mine from over the years and some that were given to me by family. My system so far has been to weed out the ones that are bad (blurry or just plain dumb), scan the good ones, and then select only the best of the best and keep those in albums. The photos I discarded in this video were from the first step of weeding out the bad, blurry ones, and there are so many more where that came from!

  • The baking soda can be used for many things, even cleaning

    • Welp, it's gone now! I have heard that baking soda has a shelf life before it becomes somewhat inert. Whatever that shelf life is, this stuff was definitely past it!

  • Cat says "why are you getting rid of my stuff"

  • loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee it

  • Actually I think it’s easier to go backwards, start with 30.

    • Others have said the same. I think that's a great idea, especially if you have a ton of stuff!

  • This looks pretty easy, I could get rid of paper clips and call it done too.

  • I thought she was getting rid of the cat

  • Well done! Were are you taking all this stuff? Because if it goes to the landfills its not good..

    • Of course! I donated the really good stuff, recycled what could be recycled (I had to take some stuff to specialty recycling centers), and trashed what couldn't go anywhere else. I will say though that some things cannot be recycled, and many things donated end up in landfill anyway, so, I believe the best way to keep things out of landfill is to not buy them in the first place--a lesson I've learned the hard way.

  • Was that an ECHO on day 27 ? Did you ever try it ? I bought one, but didn't try it yet. Hope most of this stuff went to a thrift store...

    • It wasn't an echo; it was the box of a TOMROW bluetooth speaker that I still have. I don't have any Echo-like things because I don't want something listening to me all the time and storing personal data, but I have heard from others who enjoy them. Re: where this stuff went: I donated the good stuff, recycled what I could, and trashed the rest. I do try to recycle as much as possible, but there are some things that cannot be recycled, and many things donated end up in landfill anyway. My practice now is to buy as little as possible, which I believe is the best way to keep things out of landfill.

  • Did you really do this in one day ?

    • Nope! I did it over the course of 30 days. I'm doing the challenge again now, and this time I'm compressing it a bit since we'll be traveling later in the month. If you have a ton of stuff and know yourself well enough to make good, quick decisions, you could probably do it all in one day.

  • "Does anyone know when food coloring expires?" Lol

  • I love your cat🙀

  • I saw the cat and thought: "She's getting rid of the cat too?"

  • I'm finding it real fun. I"m realizing that there are a lot of things I just kind of mehhhhh on getting rid of, but when I get to a day I'm like, welp, your time has come!

    • Hahaha, I know the exact feeling! I'm actually doing the game again myself now, but I might have to take a break and pick it back up after Christmas travel, or just hustle and finish early.

  • I wish I can have ur light blue pot and Ray-Ban sunnies 😭 you should sell some of these items.

    • Welp, they're gone now, but go to a thrift store or charity shop near you and you will find lots of other people's former treasures!

  • Awww the kitty 😍

  • You've inspired me! Thank you!

  • Maaaaan don't get rid of the cat!!! Dang I thought you were gettin rid of your cat wheeeewww!!!

  • And a partridge in a pear tree.

  • At Last - At Long Last ... Finally another just-in-case, paper-bag holder-onto person! (After all, you never know when you might need vast stores of funky paper bags for gifting just the right item for that certain someone you hardly know at all: I mean, it's not like we're going minimal, or anything!)

    • Ha! Too true. They're all gone now though! Now we have 0-2 plain ones that we keep for holding compost and that's it!

  • the cat is so cute

  • good job!!!

  • Way to go with the challenge! If I tripled your 30 day minimalist game every month for a year I would still be drowning in 'stuff'! Mostly craft stuff tho.....does that make it OK to keep??? I bet I could donate alot of it tho ;)

    • YOLO, so keep what makes you happy, BUT, if you want to live a more minimal lifestyle, all it takes is a tiny action to get started and then you will be surprised how much progress you make in a short amount of time. It can completely change how you think about your possessions and stuff in general.

  • that was great :D

  • Thank you! I needed to have perspective on declutter and you mentioning that you need to depersonalize "things" makes me understand that they are just things.

    • That's so great!!! Things really are just things, but it can take a little while for that idea to really sink in and for the nuance and weight of the idea to take hold. I'm glad you're now able to approach your possessions for what they really are, and congrats on decluttering so much in such a short time!

    • By the way, your video inspired me to begin my own declutter but I did most of it in one day. Extreme declutter!

  • I had to make myself throw away gift bags too. It is hard to get rid of.

  • Day 9 pops up and I cried out "oh no not the kitty"

  • Wow, you got rid of so much!

    • It's been a few months and I'm already itching to do it again!

  • Really cool. Thanks for sharing!! I may have to try this.

    • Give it a go! I'm thinking about doing it again, which would be my fourth time around!

  • I guess your wanted to participate too 😀

  • You know what I will do the challenge!

  • Lol for a moment there I thought the cat was a goner...glad kitty stays 🤣🤣🤣

    • Nope! I need to put a note on this video--so many people make the same assumption.

  • baking soda can be poured down the sink and chased with hot water to clear out pipes :)

  • For day 9 I thought you were decluttering your cat for a minute 😂

  • Ur house is really organized and I love ur style

  • Who else thought she was getting rid of her cat

  • Your cat is adorable, but kitty seems determined to be decluttered lol

    • She just likes following me around. She has to see all the action!

  • Haha just watched this now and I am exactly the same with the paper bags!! Great video!

  • You've inspired me to start my own 30 day minimalism challennge today! Im so excited!!!!! 😃😃😃😃😃 Oh and Im quite impressed you use all those chilli flakes!! You are so hard core 😁

    • It does take us a little while to go through them, but we got tired of buying tiny jars of them so frequently, so now we buy them in bulk online. And congrats on starting the challenge!!! I'm so excited for you. I've actually been thinking about doing it again soon... we shall see.

  • If I did this my apartment would be empty lol. Its a small 1 bedroom

    • This may not be your situation, but my husband and I used to live in a small one bedroom apartment, and we probably had more crap in that space than we do now in our two bedroom house. You might be surprised how much you have...

  • Stop!!! Put the baking soda in the refrigerator. After a month, sprinkle it down the drain. I had my eye on a couple of those tupperware containers!

    • Welp, it's defo gone now, but, from what I've read, baking soda does lose its effectiveness after a few months, and this stuff was over a year old.

  • man, I was scared for the cat.

    • She's curled up by me right now--isn't going anywhere!

  • I saw the Hikonyan and yelled NOOOOO. I can't believe a random minimalism video I clicked on had one.

    • That's globalization! I'm pretty sure my husband got it out of a vending machine (in Japan). Hopefully someone who appreciates him more has scooped him up!

  • omg I got SO sad when I thought u were getting rid of the cat lol

  • But you sell them or just leave them outside of your house??

    • Leave them outside my house? Like, for trash pick up? I haven't spoken specifically about disposing of homeware, but I do have a video about responsible ways to dispose of clothing, and the same principles apply: us-tv.org/tv/video-kVVqCAZ3ABU.html In a nutshell, I donate only the really good stuff (and try to find places to donate that will get the most use out of the item), I recycle what can be recycled, and I trash what can't go anywhere else.

  • I have to say that Day 9 with your cat on your work papers was my favorite part. My cat's do the exact same thing 😂

  • you can re purpose all the items.

    • One could repurpose all sorts of things, if one had a need to fill. I had no outstanding needs to be filled, so I let those things go.

  • We had a yard sale and I was combing our house to get rid of as much as possible. I was used to seeing those items in their regular locations. What I found was, once those items were lying random on the yard sale tables, all of a sudden it looked like junk because they weren’t in their usual place. This made it so much easier to let them go. There was no way that I wanted them back in our house. I have actually done this at least several times, so I have let go of more & more. I always think “ I couldn’t possibly gather enough for another yard sale”, but then I manage to gather more things each time than I thought I could. It is a great feeling yo de clutter. My house feels so much lighter after a purge. I pretend I am preparing to move into a tiny house so I can only have the things I truly need. That helps me get rid of more. I have purged in stages. I actually comb through our house pretty much every week, so I manage to clear out some things I wasn’t ready to let go of previously, but now am.

    • Congratulations!! That sounds amazing!! I am a big believer in the power of defamiliarization and I love your "imagine I'm moving into a tiny house" technique. I've considered imagining the same, but I haven't really put it to the test yet. I remember seeing a show on tiny houses once where each of the family members were given one plastic tub--that's the total volume of personal possessions they were allowed to keep. I could probably make the important things fit, but I still own a lot of excess that wouldn't make it into the bin. It's a great mindset for approaching decluttering though!

  • Your wedding dress and your husband’s suit must have been hard. And your year book? I must admit, I don’t have any of mine either and I don’t miss them😆 great job! I agree with you about behind close cabinet doors, I need mine to be neat and presentable as well.

    • Thanks! I probably looked through my yearbook twice: once when I received it and once before I chucked it out. I have fond memories from school, but I don't need yearbooks to remind me of them.

  • I would’ve loved to see your wedding dress!

    • Even thought it was hanging for years, it still managed to become wrinkled, or else I might have shown it.

  • I love this "picking" things😍

  • Take home lesson, if you find yourself saying, "we never use" & "we don't need," it's time to rehome.

  • your yearbook what????????

    • Do you actually look through your yearbook? I never did. I did flip through it before I tossed it, but it wasn't compelling enough for me to keep it.

  • I THOUGHT YOU WHERE GETTING RID OF THE CAT

  • That thing about the zit on your eye and the seriousness in your face was so random and then you started the video like you never said that That was great lol, I remember I had a zit on my eye once it was awful. You're right, I thought I was having a bad day

    • Ha, thanks! It's hard to take yourself too seriously with a zit on your eye.

  • Great video, but I think we can all agree that kitten stole the show. What a damn cutie pie

  • Im doung 10 instead of 30 because im only doing my bedroom

    • Even 10 days will probably be eye opening and fun! Best of luck!

  • I thought she was getting rid of the cat the first time it appeared with stuff. I was about to say aww, don't get rid of the cat. LOL.

  • First we watch people buying crap, then we watch them throw it away:) fun fun

    • Ugh, I can't/don't watch hauls anymore. I think most people who are in the process of decluttering either have learned or soon will learn the dangers of rampant consumerism.

  • I've tried this, and love the feeling of letting all the junk go. Now I'm going to try a paper challenge with the same technique.

  • I just hired two people to clear my attic. I also started this 30 day game in the rest of the house. I've been been on this mission for about a year and I'm down to those last bits. This game put new enthusiasm in the process.

    • That's great! The game made me see all of my possessions in a new light. I hope it does the same for you!

  • It’s amazing when doing this challenge you find more and more stuff to get rid of. I’ve done this challenge(successfully) two times and trying again for the third and I still have so much I find to get rid of! And we live in an apartment that’s under 400sqft.. I’ve been getting rid of bins too because I just find I try to fill them back up. This inspires me to keep going, thank you for sharing!

    • That's awesome! You go! I totally agree with getting rid of bins--they just beg to be filled back up with things I'll end up forgetting about. Good luck!

  • Thank you. The tips on adjusting are helpful. I like your curtains in deep lavander and your gray cat, which matches your interiors.

    • I personally wouldn't call them lavender; they're way too dark for that. And my cat definitely has more brown going on than grey. Maybe I need to check my color quality! But anyway, thank you! Not only have I adjusted to seeing less, I've even started to notice areas that now seem cluttered in comparison! Good luck with your own decluttering, if that's something you're doing!

  • Getting rid of bins is so important. I like to fill them up and donate them.

    • As you can maybe see in the thumbnail, I did the same thing! I'm trying to make more of an effort not to have bins or containers in general, as they just beg to hold things I'll forget about anyway.

  • Is the Rayban gone? I want it!

    • The Raybans are gone! I liked the color, but they ALWAYS slipped down my nose, even after having them adjusted several times.

  • Yes, I hold on to nice bags and never use them either. I love your cat.

    • I can now happily report that I have zero paper bags! ...Which is actually kind of a problem at the moment because I use them to hold kitchen scraps for compost. I usually do now keep one or two on hand, but only for composting. Dani-the-cat says thank you! She is a diva.

  • FAREWELL SMALL CAT BUT ALL MUST GO IN THE MINIMALISM GAME

    • Haha! Nope! Dani-the-cat is still here. I've actually added one more cat since this minimalism game, so the cat count is not going down!

  • Did you donate some of this stuff to second hand stores?

    • I actually have a video all about what I do with clothing I declutter, and the same principles can be applied to just about anything: us-tv.org/tv/video-kVVqCAZ3ABU.html In a nutshell, I only donate the really good stuff, and I try to find the cause or organization that will benefit the most from my donation, which often isn't a thrift shop. I like to donate household goods and some clothing to a local women and children's shelter, but you could also consider retirement homes and schools, depending on what you have. I also recycle quite a bit. The most important thing though is to reflect and learn more about yourself and what you really need, since the best way to keep things out of landfill is to not buy things in the first place. Hope this helps!

  • Wow Thenk you 🧚‍♀️💝☯️

  • that are exactly 465 things you should get rid of. it's so much 😱

    • +Vested Interests i'm surely gonna try it

    • Ha! I've done this game three times, and that was after Kon Mari-ing my house the year before. Each time I declutter, I get a better sense of what I actually need vs what's just taking up space. You should try it!

  • I am so motivated right now! I am a first time subscriber/viewer of your videos and the timing could not be more perfect. When I first heard your description of the 'game' I thought "there is no way that I would have enough stuff to do that with. " ... I was wrong!! You have shown many many many things that I had totally forgot about. Now I am off to find your other videos for more ideas. Thank you for all that you do! :D

    • Thank you!! I'm glad you like the videos! I always say this, but, if I can do the 30 day minimalism game three times, anyone can do it once. (By the way, it was invented by "The Minimalists," not me--just credit where credit is due.) Anyway, once you get started, it will completely change how you view your possessions, and you will magically remember things all over the place that you've been holding on to for no good reason. Dani-the-cat says thank you, and best of luck with your decluttering!

    • Also.. I just love Kitty's cameo appearances. LOL!

  • Lovely video but I think you might end up buying some of the things again because they were useful. Except if you have extras.

    • Lots of those things are certainly useful, if one actually, you know, uses them. I, however, wasn't getting any use out of them, so holding on to them was pointless. I think there are some things that I will buy again (like throw pillows, for example) but, when and if I do buy their replacements, I will look for qualities better suited to my needs.

  • Just found your channel and I am inspired by your style. My husband and I are moving as soon as we sell, so I have much decluttering to do. Thanks to you I know I can get much done in 30 days.

    • Thanks, and good luck with your move! Once you get the decluttering ball rolling, you'll be amazed how quickly it starts to change your perspective on your possessions. You can declutter way more than this in 30 days. Again, best of luck!

  • I love your dutch oven and your Halloween bowl.

    • Magic cooking pot (at least for some) indeed! My neighbor sometimes makes dutch oven bread and has given us some. It's amazing. I may try to do the same one day with Pyrex.

    • We call ours the "magic cooking pot". We make chicken and dumplings in ours once a month. My sons are Boy Scouts so they have a ton of recipes for dutch ovens that's why I said we could use yours.

    • Ha! I was actually looking up recipes for cioppino today and I had a split second pang of wishing I had that dutch oven again. Then I remembered what an absolute pain it was to clean since it was approximately 2000lbs and the feeling was gone.