I have always loved the feeling of not having a lot of stuff (is that weird?). When I was younger I dreamed of all of my worldly possessions fitting into a suitcase.
However, life happens. You become an adult and you move in with another person who has their own stuff and you buy a house and people give you stuff and you buy stuff to make you happy and you buy stuff that you don’t want or need because you have more disposable income. This happens and before you know it you have accumulated a ton of junk.
While looking into the depths of the internet, I found the 100 Things Challenge and read about many other bloggers who have done their own “X # of Things Challenge”. I was inspired by this, but at the same time at this point it’s not realistic or attainable for me.
I found some other people who decided to start small by doing a “Reverse 100 Things Challenge“. In a nutshell, it means to get rid of a specific number of things in a certain amount of time. This resonated with me because it seemed to be a good balance of both doable and challenging.
I am so hardcore. Look at me, even coming up with rules and stuff?
For my challenge, I decided that I would like to get rid of, on average, one thing a day. I started this challenge on June 24th, 2014, so by June 24th, 2015 I hope to own 365 less things.
For me, 1 actual physical thing counts as one item (i.e. 1 book counts as an item vs. all the books I’m getting rid of). I know there is some controversy about in the minimalist blogging world about what constitutes as one item, but I like to live on the edge.
How I’m Getting Rid of Stuff
I think it’s important to get rid of stuff in the right way. I would like to state that it is my goal to pare down my possessions with the least amount of stuff going into landfills as possible.
I am dealing with my stuff by levels
- Level 1: The upper echelon of junk. This stuff has some monetary worth (i.e. higher name brand purses & clothing, newer books, crafting supplies). I will be selling most of this stuff on eBay. There are also some used book stores in town that buy books. I may look into this (has anyone ever done this? I’d like some guidance on this).
- Level 2: Mid-level junk (i.e. most clothing, some of my older books). I probably couldn’t sell it online but someone might want it so I will be donating this to thrift stores.
- Level 3: Junk junk. This really has no worth or resale value and nobody would want it (isn’t sad that I actually own stuff in this category – why am I holding onto it if it’s worth nothing?). If it can’t be re-purposed somehow I will recycle it. If I can’t recycle it then, gasp, I will be forced to throw it out.
I welcome any comments about ways that you have gotten rid of stuff that I might have missed.
Am I the only one that’s strangely obsessed with what people choose to keep and what they’ve gotten rid of? Well, I’m adding to the obsession by posting my ongoing list here.