The 1st Minimize Minute

Challenge: Grab-A-Box

Here’s a challenge for you in 2018! Join me each week as we undertake a specific project aimed at simplifying our lives and minimizing our households. Write in and tell us how it went for you!

Challenge #1: Grab a box and walk around your house, finding 5-10 things that you don’t use, need or love that you can comfortably and permanently get rid of. Take the box to a donation center, thrift shop, or straight to the trash. You can also package up the items and ship them to a donation center for free by printing a label at’d it Go: The first part of the task was easy for me. Leaving the box on my dining room table, I went through every room quickly and grabbed knick knacks with no sentimental value, junk items that have accumulated in the last few weeks from stocking stuffers and Christmas games, two wine decanters we no longer use and several other items that I will be happy to never see again. After finding several dozen items, I then left the box in the hallway. Over the next few days, I added several more things to the box until it was over-flowing. Having the box underfoot seemed to spur my thoughts and as I looked at items around my house, I found myself gauging their usefulness and my level of attachment to them. My four-year old also added a few of her toys, and we decided to make a box just for her. She liked that and ended up filling it. Plus I added more toy items while she slept.

It wasn’t a household overhaul and it wasn’t meant to be, but what started out as a quick task aimed at getting rid of 5-10 things, quickly and easily morphed into getting rid of two big boxes of items we no longer needed. I probably should have followed the directions to make it a quick win, but once I got started it was hard to stop. We took one box to the recycling center here at The Angle where neighbors have first dibs on any second-hand goods before they’re hauled away. The other box went to the Unique Boutique at Roseau’s Four Seasons Center, where they are sold to help raise money for a new roof for the Center.

(Published in the January 16, 2018 issue of the Warroad Pioneer in Warroad, Minnesota)

(Next Challenge: The Minimize Minute


Author: Angle Full of Grace

A writer, woods-wanderer, and internal peace seeker who raises two free-range children in the wilderness, I escaped the wasteland of corporate America a few years back never to return. I write about love, family, mental health, addiction, parenthood and personal growth all through lens of place and connection to the land. Most entries are my weekly column for our local small-town newspaper, and there's an occasional feature story thrown in the mix as well.

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