Saturday, November 29, 2014

30 Minutes for 30 Days, Day 29: Eight, no wait, SIX

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.


It was a pretty warm day here, so I spent my 30-for-30 session on the front porch, cleaning things and sorting things and decluttering things.  I have a dream porch in my head, which you’ll love when I win the lottery.  It will have a sky blue ceiling, and a hand-painted ceiling fan, and rocking chairs with comfy striped cushions, and a mint julep dispenser.

For The Minimalist Game, today I got rid of:

  1. One ladies blouse. (1)
  2. Two girls' blouses. (2)
  3. One girls jumper. (1)
  4. Two foil pie pans in the recycling bin. (2)
  5. Two plastic condiment bowls. (2)
  6. One dozen packets of hair conditioner. (12)
  7. One dental pick that I bought to use as a loom knitting hook but for which it turned out to be completely inadequate. (1)
  8. One child faucet cover in the shape of an octopus. (1)
  9. Two standard American rubber duckies. (2)
  10. Two tiger stripe duckies. (2)
  11. Two pirate duckies. (2)
  12. One green plastic bowl. (1)
  13. One empty bottle of dog shampoo in the recycling bin. (1)
  14. One souvenir ice cream cup. (1)
  15. One broken plastic flower pot in the recycling bin. (1)
  16. One really old soap holder that is so old, it has hardened and broke in my hand. (1)
  17. One small pile of random trash culled from the gardening cart. (10)
  18. One small pile of random compostable stuff culled from the garden cart (6)
  19. Two containers from #18, in the recycling bin after emptying contents into the composter. (2)
  20. Four PVC pipes. (4)
  21. One empty container of plant food, bag in the trash and box in the recycling bin. (1)
  22. One broken plastic hand bucket in the recycling bin. (1)
  23. One bag of planting garlic that didn't get planted in time and has dried too far to plant. (1+)
  24. One dead light bulb to go to the household recycling center. (1)
  25. One coffee can that had been a great planter until it rusted and leaked, now in the recycling bin. (1)
  26. One set of cute salt and pepper shakers, spirited out of the house before someone under the age of 12 objects. (2)
  27. One toy, received as a gift but never played with, spirited out of the house before the same someone objects. (5)
  28. One ball of yarn, converted into hats and donated. (1)
  29. Six lip balm containers that I was saving because I was totally going to scrape out the last little bits of balm and melt them all together and refill one of the containers so I wouldn't waste any.* (6)

Friends, at this point in the game, I’m just running around hoping I took pictures of everything.  I know already that I left some things out, like the condiment bowls.  If I were super conscientious, I’d dig them out of the box and carefully restage all these completely haphazardly-staged photos to include them.  I’m not that conscientious.  Don’t hate.

Blouses, jumper, duckies, octopus, cup, bowl.  Duh.

Dental pick, hair conditioner packets.

Broken flower pot.

Garden cart trash.

I remember putting the tape on the ends of these pipes, but I don't remember why I did it.  Memory suppression is a wonderful tool in the fight against clutter.

I offer no defense.

In the composter.  Seriously.  Next Spring, all this will be lovely and black and ready to feed whatever I plant.

Ball of yarn, pre-hat-ifying.
We'll come back to these in just a minute.


...of which today there were (74) discrete pieces.  To date I have removed more than (1713)  individual items from my home.


*There were originally eight lip balm containers, but after I looked inside them and saw how much was still in the bottom, I decided to give it a try.  I scooped out as much as I could, put it all in a little jar and heated it up in the microwave.  I stripped the plastic labels off a container and poured in the melted mixture.  I had so much that it filled two containers.

The last bits scraped into a jar.  Doesn't look like much.

Melted and poured.  Two "new" lip balms.  I call this flavor "Minty Cherry Bubblegum Wax."

1 comment:

  1. Wow. You never cease to amaze and motivate me. Good Job !! and, I say again, WOW.