Minimalist Challenge Update / 04

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It’s time for an update on how The Minimalist Challenge has been going! Apparently, I’ve decided to take the “go at your own pace” approach.;) I got up to Day 29, and I still have our basement storage unit to go through so I will have absolutely, no problem making it to Day 30 of The Challenge. I’m curious how much stuff I’ll be able to get rid of once I go through that area.

So from Day 1 to Day 29 I have cleared out a total of 435 items! It feels so good!

Today the update is for Day 19 to Day 29. The bulk of this stuff is from the Craft/Catch-All Room.

Day 19, Get rid of 19 things:

  • SELL – Labels x 3
  • SELL – Pom poms x 3
  • SELL – Paper decorative fans x 3
  • SELL – Tape measure
  • TRASH – Card holders that you put in flowers x 4 (Uhhhhh… why do I have these!??)
  • SELL – Craft twine/ribbon
  • SELL – Miscellaneous craft supplies x 3
  • SELL – Bead organizer

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Day 20, Get rid of 20 things:

  • TRASH – Cedar blocks that don’t smell anymore x 3
  • SELL – Ribbon
  • TRASH – Happy Birthday banner that is missing letters
  • TRASH – And Then We Saved banner that is also missing letters
  • SELL – Flag banner (with all its letters!:)
  • SELL – Notepad
  • SELL – Frosting cake decorating thing
  • SELL – Knuckle ring
  • SELL – Temporary tattoos
  • SELL – Headband
  • TRASH – A brass thing (I have no idea what this is)
  • SELL – Miscellaneous craft supplies x 7

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Day 21, Get rid of 21 things:

  • SELL – Bag of feathers (counting this as 1 item)
  • SELL – Embroidery iron-on transfers
  • SELL – Notecards
  • SELL – Labels
  • TRASH – Fabric scraps and samples x 7
  • SELL – Fabric x 10

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Day 22, Get rid of 22 things (this one was so easy;):

  • SELL – Embroidery floss x 22

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Day 23, Get rid of 23 things:

  • SELL – Embroidery floss x 11
  • TRASH – Mardi Gras necklaces x 6
  • SELL – Small notebook
  • SELL – Letter stickers x 4
  • SELL – Empty box that you put baked goods in for gift-giving

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Day 24, Get rid of 24 things:

  • SELL – More empty baked goods boxes x 2
  • TRASH – Random cake toppers x 6
  • SELL – Mini box of “A” stickers
  • TRASH – Rubber stamp block
  • TRASH – Cake decorating instructions and tips x 2
  • SELL (?) – One of my first weavings
  • SELL – Notecards/postcards/miscellaneous stationary x 11

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Day 25, Get rid of 25 things:

  • SELL – Bag of blank paper hang tags (counting as 1 item)
  • SELL – Bag of clothespins (I only have one small clothesline in our place so I definitely don’t need all these! – counting as 1 item)
  • SELL – Baggie of homemade hair ties (don’t need these anymore since my hair is short now;) – counting as 1 item)
  • SELL – Baggie of blank small cards (counting as 1 item)
  • SELL – Little bag of homemade stickers (counting as 1 item)
  • SELL – TONS of cards and stickers that I just haven’t used in years x 20

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Day 26, Get rid of 26 things (this day was easy too):

  • SELL – Postcards and notecards x 26 (I’ve had those Man Ray postcards – the black and white ones on the right – since I moved to Denver in 1998. STILL haven’t used them so it’s finally time to say goodbye.)

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Day 27, Get rid of 27 things:

  • SELL – MORE random cards x 12
  • SELL – Random envelopes of all sizes x 14
  • TRASH – Customs form

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Day 28, Get rid of 28 things:

  • SELL – Clothes x 3
  • SELL – Tea towels x 3
  • SELL – Door hooks x 2
  • SELL – Retractable key ring
  • SELL – Plate wall hanger
  • SELL – Hand sanitizer
  • SELL – Air freshener plug-in thing
  • SELL – Air freshener smell thing that doesn’t fit in the wall plug-in thing
  • SELL – Vitamins
  • TRASH – Box of hard raisins
  • TRASH – Almost empty bottle of cocoa butter lotion
  • SELL – Glass tray
  • SELL – Lanyard
  • SELL – Electronic cord
  • SELL – Bag of cords for Apple products (counting as 1 item)
  • DONATE – Unused mini lotion
  • DONATE – Unused mini tissue pack
  • SELL – Key identifier
  • SELL – Lens cleaning spray
  • SELL – Brass door knob plate
  • TRASH – Sippy cup that spills water all over the place
  • SELL – Tote bag
  • SELL – Square credit card reader

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Day 29, Get rid of 29 things:

  • SELL – Metal containers x 3
  • TRASH – Miscellaneous little things x 9
  • SELL – Baby bath scrubby
  • SELL – Embroidered tea towel
  • SELL – Unused iPhone case
  • SELL – Clipboards x 3
  • SELL – Small muslin bag
  • SELL – USB drives x 5
  • SELL – Cast iron skillet (I’ve since changed my mind on this one, and have pulled it out of the pile so I’ll add another item to one of the upcoming days)
  • TRASH – Bag of paper straws (they’ve fallen on the floor a few times, and I’ve saved them for potential craft projects – counting as 1 item)
  • TRASH – Plastic disposable pie lids
  • SELL – Rectangle container
  • SELL – Striped box


Have you been doing The Minimalist Challenge too? If so, how has it been going, and how many items have you gotten rid of so far? How does it feel? 

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  1. Karen Newcombe

    Oh yeah, never sell a cast iron skillet! Try this: Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Set iron skillet on middle rack for 10-15 minutes. In the meantime prep a whole chicken — e.g., rub with olive oil, pepper and sea salt, and put a quartered lemon in the cavity. When the pan is hot put the chicken in. Roast for 40 – 50 minutes. If you want little potatoes or garlic cloves or carrots, drop them around the chicken after about 20 minutes. You have never had a chicken this good! Crisp golden skin and moist tender meat. It’s the best. Use juices as gravy or make gravy if you like. Recipe is from Mark Bittman’s book on How to Cook Everything. Cheers!

    1. Nikki

      HA! When I saw the skillet my thought was “Whaaattt?? Not a good cast iron skillet!” In related news, I read a “cast iron myths & facts” bit that said some people actually believe that when a cast iron pan shows rust, you have to throw it out! Crazy.

      1. Anna Newell Jones Post author

        lol! I’ve had that thing forever, and – hate to admit this – but have been completely intimated about the whole “seasoning”, and not using soap on it thing. Turns out, I needed to just give it a shot because I totally blew it up in my mind, and made it way more difficult than it really was. Lesson learned.

  2. Brenda Miller

    Hi Anna,

    Thanks for the update. I’ve been doing the minimalist challenge both at home and at work but kind of at my own pace, too. I’m curious for all the items you marked as “sell.” how do you plan to sell them? I’ve toyed with eBay and a garage sale, but mostly I’ve just ended up donating many things. Thanks again for the inspiration to declutter!

    1. Anna Newell Jones Post author

      Going to try a yard sale first and see what’s left after that. From there I’ll think about what the most efficient use of time and ROI for the items that are left. :)

  3. Miss Money

    I’m not doing the Minimalist Challenge myself, but I have been following along. My boyfriend is moving into my one bedroom apartment & watching you go through the challenge has really helped me clear out my own closets. The thing that stuck out to me was the postcards from 1998. I don’t want any ‘1998 postcard’ items taking up my space.

  4. Stephanie

    Hi There-
    I have the same question as Brenda… where do you sell things like these? I wasn’t doing the minimalist challenge, but have a giant pile of craft supplies after cleaning out my new office. Mostly leftover stuff from past projects. I’ve donated some to the local girl scouts, but not sure what to do with the rest of it.

    1. Anna Newell Jones Post author

      I’m going to do a yard sale to try to get rid of the bulk of my junk. With your craft supplies, could you sell them as a lot on Craigslist or even Facebook? That way you wouldn’t be taking all that time trying to sell things individually for not much money. Just a thought… :)

  5. Heather Woyak

    Loving this challenge! I plan to do this in August, but wanted to see how you are doing it first. So…big question – how are you selling?? Craiglist? eBay? Very curious! Thanks!

    1. Anna Newell Jones Post author

      Hey Heather, Going to start with a yard sale, and then see what’s left after that. I’m all about spending the very least amount of time on selling, and getting rid of the crap. Doing a yard sale consolidates the selling efforts. So, fingers crossed…

    1. Anna Newell Jones Post author

      Lol! Yeah, crafting supplies seem to breed when no one is around! And, the funny thing is it’s like, just tons of random stuff that I always HOPE to do something with, and usually just never get around to doing/making the thing I wanted to do/make with the random things I’ve hung onto forever. Bah. Feels good to get rid of that stuff!

  6. Londa

    I decided to start this challenge…and then got over excited and I’m pretty sure I got rid of at least 500 things the first week. (Craft room, kids toys, and clothes) I have now made a list of the areas I still need to tackle. I love this! :)

  7. Jamie S.

    New reader here! Love the site and this challenge in particular. If you gently sand the cedar blocks they’ll be good as new and you can avoid having to buy new ones.

  8. Rhiannon

    I’m with you on the crafty bits. I had so much stuff I’d accumulated thinking ‘this will come in handy one day’ and that day never came! I got rid of most of it (over a long period of time) and thought about what would actually come in useful.
    Those Minimalists are great! Good on you for doing the challenge :)


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