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Reader Challenge: 30 Days of Minimalism

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A few days ago, I wrote a brief introduction to Minimalism and  mentioned why it resonated with me:

Minimalism is a lifestyle that helps people question what things add value to their lives. By clearing the clutter from life’s path, we can all make room for the most important aspects of life: health, relationships, passion, growth, and contribution.

You can also check out an amazing article on the benefits of Minimalism.  When I have less things and cut out the extraneous crap, my life is easier and I can better enjoy the things that matter.

The shopping mall has become our temple, the credit card our burnt offering…yet, the sacrifice is never sufficient for salvation.

I want better health. Better relationships.  The ability to give my ‘things’ away to people who can use them.

I Challenge You!

For the next 30 days, give away one thing every single day.

That’s it.

Simple, right? (It’s not. Especially when you start giving away things that matter to you, but are of no use.  See below.)

Document It

If you have a blog, I challenge you to write daily (or as your schedule allows) documenting what you’ve gotten rid of.

No blog? Document it on your facebook page, twitter stream, or even your Instagram.  Post up a photo of what you’re getting rid of and maybe a bit about why.

Shoot me an email or comment below this post with a link to what you’ve written so far.

I’ll compile a huge list of all the articles I receive and link to them in a blog post after the challenge ends.

I’ve thought about giving away a prize for a few random participants, but obviously giving you material things as a prize would be counterproductive to the challenge, so it’ll have to be something cooler.

MUCH cooler.

Good luck, and I’m looking forward to your email!

A Confession…

I have to admit something here.

I already started the challenge.

I’ve been cutting out at least one thing for the past few days and as you’ll see in day 1-3 of the challenge, I cut out pretty easy stuff.  But once I started getting into things that meant something to me, it got really difficult.  REALLY difficult. So this challenge isn’t for everybody.  Maybe that’s why we call it a challenge.

I can’t wait for you to see this for yourself.

Cheers!

About the author: Lover of Jesus, Bowties, and BJJ. Founder of Ok! Kimonos.

7 comments… add one
  • JitzGrrl

    Soooooooo on board

  • Lee Morris

    I took a load of stuff to “HIS HOUSE” Saturday. A coffee table, two bags of clothes, 3 bed spreads, etc.. Does that count?

  • Jacob propst

    Just deleted all the games on my phone, it was very hard…..espescially solitaire which i had an addiction to Thanks for the encouragement.

  • I will be starting this tomorrow.

  • Ha! I’m once again moving cross country. Or is that cross continentally? Trans-oceanally? I’m moving from Korea to Virginia. Wuuuut?

    Having lived abroad for 7 years and moving moving moving has means paring down and paring down and paring down.

    So while I will not join you on your venture, be assured my life is already minimalistic and will be even more so after January. Sigh.

    • Thanks so much for reading and commenting on the blog Jiu Jiu! How are you ever going to make the transition back from Korea to the continental US? I’d love to really pair down to the essentials. Let me know how the move goes 🙂

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