Sunday, March 10, 2019

30 Day Tidying Challenge • Day 21 • Toys & Games

Welcome to Day 22 of the #30daytidyingchallenge! This challenge runs from February 18th to March 19th, and if you're tidying with me over the next 8 days, the plan is to be finished in time for the first day of spring on March 20th (or the March Equinox if you are located in the Southern Hemisphere). This tidying challenge is based on the KonMari method, and I was hugely inspired by these three resources: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy, and Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.

To help with the process, I put together this calendar, which shows all the different categories I'll be tidying during the 30 day challenge. Depending on your situation, you may want to tackle this project over a number of months, and that is totally ok too! You can still use the calendar--just follow the order, but take more time for each set of categories.

On Day 22, we'll be tidying a fun category--toys, games, and puzzles! I'm also putting stuffed animals and plushies in today's subset of categories.

Some thoughts on Day 22:

1) Play is essential for adults and children alike. I love to play. I love unwinding with a good game--either throwing a Frisbee around outside, or playing a board game with friends, or going to an escape room, or playing Pokemon Go on my phone. I spend a lot of hours playing, but I rarely feel like it's wasted time. When I was working full-time, I played mainly to de-stress. Now that I'm not working full-time, I play to spark my creative energy. The more I play, the more space I have to create. I feel rejuvenated, I get motivated, and I come up with new ideas. For this reason, I didn't try too hard to let go of items in today's subset of categories, and I didn't beat myself up when I wanted to keep things. I had fun today.

2) Don't wait too long to do your bucket list items. I've loved jigsaw puzzles since I can remember. When I was little, I had a couple antique world map puzzles, and I would repeatedly complete the puzzle, break it up, and complete it again. I eventually taped all the pieces together, thereby losing the ability to ever complete the puzzles again. When I started working full-time, one of the first things I bought to treat myself were--you guessed it--antique world map puzzles. I accumulated around four or five of these puzzles, but I only ever completed one of them. I thought I would never have the time or space to complete any others, so I ended up selling one or two of them. I have three left in my collection: a 2000 piece, a 3000 piece, and a mammoth 9000 piece puzzle. Doing all three of these puzzles is on my bucket list, and I intend to complete them within the next few years. Life is short, so I fully believe we should complete our bucket list items as soon as feasibly possible.

Thank you for tuning into Day 22! If you're tidying alongside me, please let me know how you're doing. I would love to hear about your journey and if you have any tips or tricks to share. I'll see you tomorrow for Day 23.

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