The 16th Minimize Minute

Challenge # 16: Pick Up Sticks

Here’s a new task to help simplify our lives and minimizing our households.

Challenge # 16: Pick Up Sticks

If you have a yard or land, inevitably things will collect just like they do in the home. Start small, and work your way up to a few bigger items that need to go. Set a time limit to keep you focused.

How’d it go:

With the recent rains, we were finally able to burn a brush pile we’ve been collecting. It was exciting for our 5-year old and she turned it into a game of Pick Up Sticks, throwing whatever tree-leavings and small dead-fall she could manage into the fire. I helped her for a time; there were surprising amounts of misc. scrap lumber saved here and there for whatever reason, but if they hadn’t been protected, the elements had long-since taken them. Picking up sticks led me to non-burnable items that needed to go, so during the time when we needed to actively tend the fire, I started gathering these items in the back of the truck to take to the scrap heap. We’d saved them for whatever reason over the years, but with this new fledgling-minimalism mentality, it’s now much easier to see that if we don’t have an immediate use for them, we are very unlikely to put them to use in the future. Where I piled them was strategic too. If I had made another pile in the yard, it likely would have sat there for who knows how long. Putting them in the truck forced us to get rid of them before the next trip to town. We didn’t have anything big enough that would require payment for drop-off, but eventually we will. The outskirts of the yard need another week or two of heavy focus. Not surprisingly, it feels just as freeing to clean-up our human mess outdoors as it does indoors.

(Published in the Jun 5th issue of the Warroad Pioneer)


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.

2 thoughts on “The 16th Minimize Minute”

  1. Thank you for this good tidying up reminder, Friend! I kind of get overwhelmed with cleaning sometimes, but your tip about starting with small things and building up from there really helps because that is something I have tried in the past, and it almost always works for me.

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    1. Yes! I often get overwhelmed in different areas and one small step is often all that’s needed to be able to take another slightly-less-small step. I find that setting a time limit is comforting too. It’s been helpful for exercise or cleaning or meditation or …the list goes on. We can do just about anything for ten minutes, for example, and then once we’ve gathered momentum, it’s easier to keep going if I so desire.

      Thx for stopping by!


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