#5–Let’s Play a Game

It should be no surprise to you that Hillary and I are playing another game. This one, however, is different that most that we play. It does not have a board, cards, dice, or any playing pieces at all. The only things provided are the following rules:

  • Have too much stuff (we pretty much all do in one way or another)
  • Get rid of one thing on the first day, then two on the second, three on the third (and on and on). It must be out of the house by midnight each day.
  • Getting rid of something means one of the following things:
    • Donate
    • Sell
    • Trash

If a player can keep this up for the entire 30 days, he or she will remove 475 pieces of excess from home and life. This game, or challenge comes from The Minimlaists, Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus. As Hillary and I continue settling into our new home in Gettysburg, we find that we are just buying more stuff (ex. buying more shelves and containers to put stuff we don’t really need.) This is why we are going to try this game and reflect on the positive (or challenging) effects we experience.

Additionally, Hillary and I are kicking off this month with another “challenge” based on Project 333. In this, participants select only 33 pieces of “fashion” from which to build their entire wardrobe for the next three months. This includes expected items like shirts, pants, and jackets, but it also includes things easily overlooked. Each pair of shoes, jewelry, hat, etc are also counted. Of course, there are exceptions for everyday essentials (wedding ring, underwear & undershirts, socks, etc). Participants may also include any number of items for sleep, working out, and lounging-around-the-house. The idea, though, is that these “extra” items are not considered “clothing” (i.e., you don’t go to work, class, or the shopping center in this wear).

Now, we do not want to try biting off too much, so Hillary and I are adapting Project 333 for our current needs and expectations. Being new to Gettysburg, seminary, and the schedule and expectations associated with it, we are looking to “try” the “33” part of the challenge while getting rid of the other excess in our lives. So really, we are doing Project 33(1) instead.

Details: Some quick stats on the clothing Hillary and I currently own (in our apartment as of September 1st–we have some clothing already in storage!):

Evan: 33 t-shirts, 3 sweatpants, 5 flannels, 12 dress shirts, 10 pants/jeans, 10 sweatshirts/pullovers, 9 pairs of shorts, 10 pairs of shoes, 8 hats, 2 1/2 suits (3 jackets, 2 with matching pants), and 1 raccoon onesie. This comes to a grand total of 105 items of clothing. Not included are numerous ties, undershirts, socks, underwear, and belts.

For my challenge I selected the following: 3 pairs of athletic shorts, 2 pairs of dressier shorts, 2 pairs of pants, 1 pair of jeans, 2 dress shirts, 3 polos, 2 flannels, 3 sweatshirts, 1 pair of dress shoes, 2 pairs of sneakers, 2 hats, 2 ties, and 8 t-shirts. There are also 4 workout shirts & a pair of cleats, but these will only be worn for flag-football practice and at the YWCA. (I did not include my belt in this list because it is a necessity for my pants and we all lose if I don’t wear it. The ties, on the other hand, do count, because the dress shirts work with/without either die, thus their accessories). I may also need to swap out a t-shirt for a suit jacket to where for church/a formal function I have in Chicago later this month.

Hillary: 28 t-shirts, 22 shorts, 13 dress pants, 5 leggings, 3 workout capris, 4 PJ pants, 7 sweatshirts, 6 jeans, 22 casual shirts, 17 dresses, 6 skirts, 16 sweatshirts/pullovers, 4 flannels, 1 robe, 6 cardigans,  5 sweaters, 2 suit jackets, 7 dress shirts, 3 festive wears, and 25 pairs of shoes (plus undergarments, etc). This comes to a grand total of 202 items. 

For Hillary’s challenge, she selected the following: 5 pairs of shorts, 5 pairs of pants, 7 t-shirts, 3 casual/nice shirts, 2 cardigans, 2 skirts, 2 dresses, 1 sweater, 1 jacket, 1 pair of heels, 1 pair of tennis shoes, 1 pair of Chacos, and 2 pairs of Tom’s. (Hillary is not included leggings because she only wears those with dresses if its cold, so its only as an undergarment.)

Feelings: I am very excited for this adventure of more simplified living. I did a Project 333 early last year to some success, but I ended up adding more clothing as time went on. I also didn’t do anything to track or reflect on my progress. This time I am hoping to do it more. Hillary, on the other hand, was less excited to have to pare down her wardrobe. However, after sorting through everything and making her choices for the 33 pieces, she was much more confident. She feels the whole thing will be easier than she thought because, as she remembered, we just spent the last 3 weeks living out of a suitcase in Philadelphia, and this is only 1 week longer!

As always, thank you so much for the support and love.

Peace and blessings,

Evan & Hillary

And of course, a Game Update:

We recently started having our fellow seminarians and family over to our apartment for game nights. We have had two so far. Our place can holds a group of 12 pretty comfortably so far, but we’ll see if we can get more?!

Recent games include the following: Wasteland Express, Betrayal at House on the Hill, Catan, Say Anything, Cards Against Humanity, Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle, Magic Maze, and King of Tokyo.

Game we hope to play soon: Tiny Epic Zombies, Power Grid, and our custom Tiny Epic Scythe (maybe a whole blog just for that… we shall see).

Picture credit: https://www.google.com/search?q=Minimalism&rlz=1C5CHFA_enUS798US798&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjurI61x5rdAhXMxFkKHUVMAgsQ_AUICygC&biw=1440&bih=803#imgrc=UMpiCyl1XMFGdM:


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