If you want to become a minimalist, simplify your life, or just remove some of the excess, join the scavenger hunt for aspiring minimalists. Even if you don’t want to be a minimalist or call yourself a minimalist, this is a great way to declutter, have a little fun and win cool prizes that will inspire your simplicity journey.
While I believe that it’s not your job to convince your friends to simplify, or get your family on board, this is one way to get everyone involved in a really fun way. (plus there are prizes)
Before we get to the scavenger hunt items, here are a few ways to play the game:
- Do it with a group of friends or family, locally or virtually. Find a two-hour block of time when everyone can play and compete to see who can collect the items fastest, or give each item a certain number of points and then tally up the points at the end of a time frame that works for you.
- Come back here and share your results in the comment section to win great prizes or create a prize that works well for your group.
- Make it a fundraising thing. Collaborate with your church or a local non-profit. Invite people to come together and play the game. At the end, use all of the collected items for a massive yard sale to benefit your organization or another worthy cause.
- Family night. This is a great way to have fun with the whole family. I’ve made a special list for children so they can be just as involved. To keep everyone competing together, announce a prize that everyone can enjoy. For instance, if we collect all of our items in 2 hours, tomorrow we take a picnic hike, or have movies and popcorn. Pick an activity that your family really enjoys.
- Play with the Be More with Less family. Even if you are alone at home, you are not alone in this game. Share your results and experience here in the comment section.
Your scavenger hunt items
- 1 small kitchen appliance (toaster, food processor, juicer, blender – if you don’t use it, lose it)
- 3 items from your closet that do not fit you
- 1 item from your closet that still has tags
- 20 hidden items (stuffed in your garage, shed, or another hidden storage area)
- 2 coffee mugs
- any candle holder that hasn’t held a candle in more than 6 months
- 2 winter coats
- 5 trinkets
- 10 products in your bathroom that you haven’t used in more than 2 months
- 2 pieces of art that you don’t like to look at or haven’t looked at in months because they aren’t on the wall
- any expired food in your fridge or freezer (toss this please)
- any unopened, unexpired food in your pantry that you aren’t going to eat (donate this please)
- 2 tools you haven’t used in more than a year
- 1 collection of goods to support a hobby you gave up (if you stopped camping, sewing, fishing, or coin collecting … it goes)
- 5 pieces from a junk drawer that you’ve been saving just in case (even though you don’t know how to use them)
- 2 throw pillows that should have been thrown months ago
- 10 books
- 2 cookbooks
- kids toys in storage
- 10 mystery items (anything goes)
Scavenger items for kids
- 2 books you haven’t read because you aren’t interested
- 2 books you read already but probably won’t read again
- 1 shirt
- 1 pair of pants
- 1 of your mom’s shirts
- 1 of your dad’s shirts
- 1 movie or video game
- 1 toy you outgrew
- 1 toy you don’t play with much
- 5 mystery items (anything goes, but it has to be yours and not your mom’s or sister’s)
- 1 thing you think another child might enjoy more than you
Sell or donate your items on your own or with a group. Have fun with the scavenger hunt and enjoy discovering the benefits of a simpler life.