I go through stages of de-cluttering that range from must-keep-everything to get-rid-of-everything-now. So you can understand that the ‘100 Things Challenge’ caught my eye with a lot of interest. Can you imagine only having 100 things to your name?? I stumbled on this article that explains it better then I can. If you want to know more about this de-cluttering phenomenon, read on.
For Americans tired of being weighed down by clutter, a new movement, the 100 Thing Challenge, advocates cutting back to the bare minimum
Excess consumption is practically an American religion. But as anyone with a filled-to-the-gills closet knows, the things we accumulate can become oppressive. With all this stuff piling up and never quite getting put away, we’re no longer huddled masses yearning to breathe free; we’re huddled masses yearning to free up space on a countertop. Which is why people are so intrigued by the 100 Thing Challenge, a grass-roots movement in which otherwise seemingly normal folks are pledging to whittle down their possessions to a mere 100 items.
“Stuff starts to overwhelm you,” says Dave Bruno, 37, an online entrepreneur who looked around his San Diego home one day last summer and realized how much his family’s belongings were weighing him down. Thus began what he calls the 100 Thing Challenge. (Apparently, Bruno is so averse to excess he can’t refer to 100 things in the plural.) In a country where clutter has given rise not only to professional organizers but also to professional organizers with their own reality series (TLC’s Clean Sweep), Bruno’s online musings about his slow and steady purge have developed something of a cult following online, inspiring others to launch their own countdown to clutter-free living.
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