Minimalish: A 30-day Challenge

Some time ago, in some place in the magical Internet land (I think it was Reddit...), I found a 30-day minimalism challenge. And I've been sitting on this link for a long time, waiting for "the right time" to take the challenge. Lucky for you and for this blog, that time has come!

Over the month of July, I'll be taking one of these items per day on. Now, I'm not exactly a minimalist in as much as I only own 100 things or have a capsule wardrobe or have no decorative elements to my home. But I am "minimalish," I like to put it, in as much as I don't own anything I don't have use for, need, or treasure tremendously. I like to declutter all areas of my life—belongings, wardrobe, cyber world—frequently, but I'm certain there's more I can be doing to get rid of the excess and more deeply appreciate the things I value most.

That's where this challenge comes in.

Now, I know that July has 31 days and this challenge has only 30 items, but a) I don't feel like waiting until September and b) I will be traveling some in July, so at least one day this month will not be conducive to tackling an item on this list.

As well, I'll be doing these out of order, because it's a busy month! I have some of these items already "assigned" to certain days, and other days I will just pick something off the list and attempt to do it that day.

What do I hope to get out of this?

Well, I hope this challenge will help me in my mission of minimalish. The goal of minimalism—for me, and others, but I'll only speak for myself here—is to remove distractions so that the things that are important in life are able to shine. So that I can worry less about things that don't matter and think and ponder more on the things that do.

In this challenge, I hope to just further that personal goal a little bit more, and hopefully find some areas of my life that can be a little bit less cluttered, disjointed, or conflicted.

The 30-day Minimalism Challenge

chart via into-mind.com
  1. Stay offline for one day
  2. Meditate for 15 minutes
  3. Declutter your digital life
  4. No-complaint day
  5. Identify your three to six main priorities
  6. Follow a morning ritual
  7. Streamline your reading list
  8. Learn to enjoy solitude
  9. Downsize your beauty collection
  10. No email or social media until lunch
  11. Evaluate your commitments
  12. Define your goals for the year
  13. Clean out your closet
  14. Take a step toward learning a new skill
  15. Examine your daily habits
  16. Don't buy anything for 24 hours
  17. Practice single-tasking
  18. Unfollow and unfriend
  19. Go for a walk and practice mindfulness
  20. No TV all day, read instead
  21. Journal for 20 minutes
  22. Create a relaxing bedtime routine
  23. Go bare-faced
  24. Practice gratitude
  25. Leave a whole day unplanned
  26. Identify your stress triggers
  27. Clear our your junk drawer
  28. Let go of a goal
  29. Turn off notifications
  30. Evaluate your last five purchases
Before I even start, I can see some that are going to be really challenging (particularly #10...) and some that are kind of already done (#s 5, 6, 8, 13, 22, 28). I'm going to do my best to complete them anyway. It doesn't hurt to give the closet an extra sweep, and check in and make sure I'm not still holding onto goals I don't really have any attachment to anymore. (Side note, I did this a few months ago and hacked four or five goals off my 2015 list, because I had only written them for the sake of filling space, and they didn't actually help my personal intentions. It felt awesome.)

I'll be keeping track, of course, and will update this post after the end of the month. Let's see if this works! 
Does anyone feel like joining me?

Comments

  1. I'm 100% going to try to do some of these!!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  2. Looks like a fun challenge! I love anything that helps declutter your life. Good luck :)

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  3. What a fun challenge!!! I love how it is just for a day, because I feel like a day is totally doable for most of these. Except stay offline for a day. Um, my job. That would have to be for Sunday or something LOL.

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  4. I love the into mind blog. so much useful info. good luck with this challenge!

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  5. Me me me!!! I actually started this a few months ago (not sure what happened...) and you know I love all things minimalist. I think minimalish is a good term for me too. I'm not too deep into minimalism but I definitely agree with a lot of the principles of it and strive to implement them wherever possible. I also went out of order and will this time too - I thought that lended itself more to the goal of the challenge. #10 wasn't as hard as I would have thought ;) Count me in!

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  6. I love this idea! Just printed it out, I will be joining you on this challenge! Anyway to declutter the mind and the "things" sounds good to me! Good luck!

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  7. Geez, you're like an American version of me. It's scary at times, haha :)
    Just joking, I like the American version of me. (this was supposed to be a compliment, but I'm pretty sure it's a clumsy one)
    Anyway, I've been planning to do this one for months, but honestly, you know what stops me most? It's the day 1. Yep, I'm dreading of being offline for a day. It's probably sad, come to think of it... But this thing is still on my Desktop, waiting for the right moment. Is there a better moment than "now"? Have no idea. I have to mentally prepare for the first day. I think the rest is pretty easy, compared to staying offline :)
    Also, thumbs up for the word "minimalish". That would be a great description of me, or at least my aspirations. I cannot possibly get rid of my elementary school diaries. Sorry not sorry. O:)

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  8. minimalish is so my favourite word! seriously, i just love putting an ish on the end of a word and calling myself that. vegetarianish, minimalish, runnerish.. haha jk. i like the idea of the 30 day challenge, i might have to participate with you!

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  9. I LOVE this! I'm not sure that I'll go in order, but I am so in!

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  10. I totally want to do this with you! With the extra baby coming along I could definitely use it!

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  11. I'm in! I actually saw your link on Dani's post yesterday and printed out the list but I'm definitely doing this. I started drafting a post about it this morning actually.

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  12. If I wasnt in work I would save this!! I so want to try it. In fact I will save the link because Im so down to try this!

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  13. Ah I wish I would have seen this sooner! I would definitely love to do this challenge with you! I would have to start on a day that I didn't have to work because I have to go online at work ha ha.

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  14. This is such a cool challenge- when I read the post title it isn't the types of things I expected to be on the list, which I love! I can't wait to hear how it's going (it goes) for you!

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