Monday, November 17, 2014

30 Minutes for 30 Days, Day 17: Every Little Bit Helps

Welcome to my 30 Minutes for 30 Days series!  If you are joining me for the first time, you can find out how this all got started HERE.  You can read all the 30 for 30 posts HERE.


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Well, today is the day I do the thing I've been threatening to do and putting off at the same time:  I'm going to get under the bedroom furniture and tackle the dust rhinos.  I'm also going to wash the bedroom curtains.  I'm not saying how long it has been since I did this.  Let's just say, long enough ago that I don't remember.

For The Minimalist Game, I am getting rid of*:

  1. A juice machine. (1)
  2. A pair of summer shoes. (2)
  3. A container of fertilizer. (1)
  4. A bunch of party favors. (16)
  5. Two votive candles. (2)
  6. One votive candle holder. (1)
  7. One canning funnel. (1)
  8. Seven packages of wash-in UV fabric treatment. (7)
  9. Two bottles of bubbles. (2)
  10. One cooling pillow thingie. (1)
  11. One set of coasters. (5)
  12. One lint roller. (1)
  13. One neti pot and dozens of solution packets. (43)
  14. One box of feminine hygiene supplies. (33)
  15. Two travel-size toiletries. (2)
  16. A worn-out flexible cutting board going in the trash. (1)
  17. A pile of shredded papers going in the composter. (lots)

It doesn't look like a lot, but those little pieces still take up a space in my home.  No picture of the feminine hygiene, because I'm a lady and all.

You know how much fertilizer you can buy?  Either not enough or way too much.  They don't sell it in other sizes.  I needed 3 quarts of fertilizer to condition some straw bales for Spring planting.  I had to buy 40 pounds.

And just so you know:  If you ask for "ammonium nitrate", Homeland Security will want to know what you are going to fertilize.  So don't ask for that.  Ask for ammonium sulfate.  Of just let your bales sit for a few weeks.

You know where these papers came from?  The trunk of a car that we donated to NPR over a year ago.  And do you know where these papers have been all this time?  In the bag I used to empty the car before the tow truck picked it up. And do you know where that bag has been all this time?  In the corner of the art room, where I have walked past it for over a year.

The lesson here is:  don't do that.


RUNNING TOTAL:   153

...of which today there were 119 discrete pieces, plus a small pile of papers.  To date I have removed at least 708 individual items from my home.

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*The numbers beside the items in the list indicate how many individual pieces there were in that group.  I had to start doing this so I could keep up with the full piece count!  Some might consider this cheating.  I consider it incentive.

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