Although I have done two major decluttering purges of my home in the past year, I wanted to try the 30-day minimalism game suggested by Joshua Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus – aka, The Minimalists. In this game, for each day, you get rid of the same number of items as the number of the day, e.g., one item on day 1, two items on day 2, and so forth. Unlike my larger decluttering exercises, in the game, very small things can count; for example yesterday (Day 8), one of the items I got rid of was an old hair tie. It might get progressively harder as I add days, since I have already divested my home of so many items. This game is a good way of maintaining a clutter-free home, as it tends to focus on smaller items. Since I don’t have a car, I put all the items I intend to give to the charity shop in one place, then wait until I have a car rental. I’m careful to avoid simply putting everything in the garbage bins, as this is not exactly a sustainable option. This game is a really good way of keeping on track of your possessions, especially if you do it 2 or 3 times a year. I have suggested this game to some friends who wish to declutter, but are overwhelmed at the prospect of doing so, especially if they have never done it before. Because the game uses incremental steps, it’s a gentle way to learn how to declutter. People often have such a hard time letting go of items, especially if they have spent a lot of money on something (even though they don’t use it), or think that one day they might use it (which is hardly ever the case). I attach sentimental value to very few items, so I do find it easier to let go of them. Decluttering becomes easier the more that you do it, and you will find that sentiment plays a decreasing role in your decision-making process.