I failed at the MinsGame

…and I’m okay with that.

It’s day 20 of January 2018 and I haven’t played the Minimalism Game for 5 days. I also accidentally skipped day 10. Whoops.

Still, I have decluttered 114 items this month. I also made $8 from old clothes and was able to provide a friend with a better working phone. My room isn’t barren by any means, and I could declutter more, but 114 items is still enough to feel the difference. So, I still think this challenge is a win.

I’m a big believer in decluttering. I am typically the kind of person who decides to attack one particular area (closet, freezer, bathroom drawers, etc.)  and declutter items until I can’t bring myself to get rid of anything more. Going into the MinsGame challenge this month, I thought it was going to be easy. I was thinking I would make it 30 days, no problem. Maybe even 31 days to be an overachiever.

Instead, life got in the way. That seems to be a go-to excuse, but between work, running errands, and my volunteer commitments each week, it was hard to take time each day to declutter. I didn’t want to “cheat” and stock items to declutter each day; I wanted each day to be a genuine experience where I decluttered with a fresh perspective. I wanted to consciously make choices about what was worth keeping, donating, and tossing.

I would come home at the end of each day and feel pressured to find that day’s items. What can I toss today? How many items can I find? I was more focused on “playing the game” than I was on freeing up mental and physical space. I’m not about that.

I may take on this challenge again, but for the time being, I’m giving myself the permission to fail. I’m quitting, yes, but I’ve still gained a better eye and thought process for decluttering the things in my life that aren’t truly necessary.

I’ve removed 114 items from my life in fifteen days, but I’m keeping the value of the experience. I failed at the game, but I’m excited to use this experience as motivation to continue to minimize as the year goes on.


  1. Ugh! I’ve always had such a hard time getting rid of things, but in the last six months I’ve been working on it/organization and it has been AMAZING! I finally started a goodwill pile – i donated three boxes today… I wish I would have counted!

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  2. It’s fun to count and realize just how much you can declutter! I think I just approach decluttering differently than this challenge suggests, so we’ll see how I continue to do as the year goes on!


  3. I think your “failure” sounds like a great learning opportunity. You are now better able to identify what is significant and necessary, and what you’ll need for the future. A success in my book! Good luck moving forward or if you decide to try again.


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