The Big November Minsgame

For the month of November, many different minimalist bloggers are banding together for a little minimalism game started by the famous minimalists. I am so ready to join them! Even though I have been constantly making trips to donation sites for almost a year now, I love a challenge. It’s refreshing to be able to look for things that are just adding “fluff” to your comfort zone and allow them to leave.

Occasionally I do find myself missing something, but the feeling only lasts a moment before I use my ingenuity to use something else for the same task, or think of a unique way to achieve the same goal. Just a little update about my “No PRESENTS” plan: I didn’t get anyone anything for their birthday, but did spend time and/or money on activities with those that were geographically convenient.

Many people did as requested and didn’t get me anything, though the majority still did. Much of it was experience gifts and cards. Luckily, I didn’t receive anything that I had to donate but did receive some things I actually did need, some things I didn’t need but could use later, and only one thing that I could’ve done without. I am not discouraged though, because I did read that it could take a few years for people to get the hint. I did write thank-yous from recycled cards I received to my loving family for thinking of me. All in all this season has been so much less stressful and more rewarding for me, and I’m so glad I made the change.