When I first came across The 100 Thing Challenge a year ago, I was in awe that people where limiting all of their personal possessions to only 100 items. That was extreme minimalism and my future goal. The idea was created by Dave Bruno. The concept is that by limiting your personal possessions you free yourself of consumerism while prioritizing a more meaningful lifestyle free of stuff. Automatically you will also ease your carbon footprint on the planet.
My first goal was to declutter. I’ve done a good job with that over this past year. My friends could hardly believe my place was the same apartment they saw the year prior. As for living with only 100 items, that would be the most minimalist I’ve ever been since living in Los Angeles. My New York City days were definitely less than that for sure.
So now what. Downsizing to 100 things for a girl that loves fashion and also needs dance attire and dance shoes doesn’t really add up as I imagined, but I believe it can still be done. Currently downsizing to 100 clothing items including shoes, handbags, and dance attire would be a wonderful start. I currently possess about 125 items in this category. If I had 50 or less other personal possessions that would be awesome as well. I’ve never counted every personal item that I owned. I’ve counted clothing items and have cut back my wardrobe and accessories by two thirds this past year. It has been such a relief and I can hardly believe that I had three times this much a year ago.
I can honestly say that I am ready for the next phase of my minimalism. My home looks beautifully decluttered. It it is a wonderful feeling to love coming home everyday. Taking it to the next level will be going through the kitchen and clearing out all of the unnecessary items as well as really looking through all of my own personal items that I don’t share with my husband.
Today I plan to attack the area that manifested around my desk when I recently reorganized my bookshelf. I haven’t gone digital with my books, yet have already minimized my collection and will continue to do so over time. Yet it is not my books that I am concerned about. I will dwindle down on them pretty easily. For starters it is those things that I don’t regularly see that are neatly packed away and organized. I am in no rush to complete this task as it took me a year to get to where I am now. Over time I believe that the payoff with be amazing.
True freedom is simplicity.
Read about the 100 Thing Challenge here.
Read more articles and tips on decluttering here.
(Image by D Sharon Pruitt)