Minimalism Game – Wasted
January 2018, I completed a 31 day challenge where you throw out one item on the first day, two on day two, three on the third and so forth.This was inspired by The Minimalism Game, my Mum and I just extended it for an extra day. 496 items later, here’s what I’ve learnt.
“It’s a pity though,” she said. “All that food going to waste.”
I’d just told her about helping my parents purge six shopping bags full of food stuff from their kitchen, most of which was past the sell by date.
Way past the sell by date.
I absolutely agree with not wasting food, but I’ve come to realize I’m actually wasting more food by hanging on to the old stuff.
Food that is 3, 6, 8 and more years past the sell by date is already wasted.
Keeping it means I can’t see what is in my cupboards that is still usable.
Keeping it means I am buying duplicates because I can’t find things I thought I had.
Keeping it means things get lost behind crap and end up going to waste along with it.
I am wasting more food by not throwing away what is already wasted.
Letting go of it I am now able to use up what is actually usable.
I am able to cultivate awareness of what I do and don’t need and am now able to shape my buying habits accordingly.
I’m buying less.
Cooking is more fun, organized and pleasurable.
I’m more likely to cook that fancy pasta because I actually remember it’s there.
I’m using the special sauce because it’s not hidden behind 20 jars of jam I don’t eat.
Meals feel more special every day because I’m actually able to use some of the fun, fancy and exotic ingredients I was previously unaware of.
Food waste is a terrible thing and I try my best to keep it to a minimum.
But keeping food that is older than my little brother isn’t going to suddenly make it usable again.
It’s just taking up mental and physical space.
I’m trying to learn from the things I wasted so I don’t have to waste more of the same in future.
And admitting to myself: “No, I probably do not need three pots of shrimp paste.”