Minimalist Game – Days 26, 27, 28
During this last week of the Minimalist Game, we are turning over rocks previously too overwhelming to move. The husband is continuing to dig into the deep recesses of our outdoor shed that holds all of the tools, nuts, bolts and other various implements. Even if we did need these items, there was no way that we would every find them in the accumulated mess of it all. The time spent looking would quickly end in the frustrating statement, “It’s easier to just go buy another.” Yikes, the cycle continues!
I have begun to analyze all of my stored craft supplies and kitchen implements that I have stocked over the last 20 years for my DIY binges. Most of the items haven’t seen the light of day in many years and simply put make me feel regretful. Regret for purchasing and guilt for not putting them to use. Overconsumption is wasteful. This game has caused me to look at myself in a new light. While I previously had not thought of myself as a wasteful person, now I believe that my appetite to consume (or hoard) was a form of waste. Waste of resources that could have been utilized by someone, ANYONE, instead of taking up long-term storage in the precious space of our family home.
Day 28 holds a collection of plastic bubble containers that were given to my children over the past several summers that I had stored far out of sight to avoid the guilt that comes with seeing the presence of the hideous plastic. Now I must confront the fact that yes, they were ours and yes it is time to dispose of them.
My next post will be the FINALE – days 29 and 30. It will come with a HUGE sigh of relief but will be accompanied by complete satisfaction.