Yesterday’s challenge was tough right? Some of you have told me that you’re still working on it. Take your time. I understand that going through boxes and bins of stuff is one of the hardest decluttering tasks. It is very easy to close the lid, tuck it in a closet and deal with it another day.
Out of sight, out of mind? No, not at all. We know it’s there. Clutter lurks, stealing peace and calm.
As I told you on Day 2, this is not an “organizing challenge”. I hope to lighten the physical and emotional burden of stuff in your home by inspiring you to live with less. Through the month of January, we will downsize items all over the house.
In the words of one of my favorite authors Joshua Becker “Decluttering can be tough work. We spend years and years collecting and accumulating more and more things. We should not be surprised then, if it takes considerable time to make decisions about what to keep and what to remove. But it’s always worth the effort. Possessions weigh us down and add extra burden to our lives. Owning less results in more freedom.”
Decluttering and Downsizing Challenge Day 6
Let’s have a little fun and reward your efforts by tackling Board Games and Playing Cards.
We routinely host family game night and a couples’ game night. Our favorite games come in the smallest boxes or no box at all. We travel with three decks of cards (Monopoly Deal, a standard card deck and a Pinochle deck.) The Fish Bowl Game requires only a pen and paper. After many years, these games are still our favorites.
That said, we have a small game cabinet and some designated real estate for our collection. Games cycle in and out. Here’s how:
- Check each box for complete set of game pieces
- Pass on games the kids have outgrown
- Fix/Reinforce boxes with tape. Secure with rubber bands if needed
- Check playing cards for complete decks. Keep one or two high quality decks. Avoid souvenir card purchases. These cheap cards stick together and are difficult to deal.
- Store games in one cabinet. Limit your collection to this space. Keep what you love.
- Choose a space that the entire family can access easily. If possible, store in the room where the family gathers.
- Designate one night a week as “Family Game Night”
- Turn off the TV
- Reconnect with those who matter most – Play a game tonight!
See…I told you today would be fun!
What’s your favorite game?