As I mentioned in my original 100 Thing post, this challenge is only for my personal belongings and not household items. It includes my clothing, sport stuff and work stuff. Household items like art on the wall, kitchen stuff and furniture are not included. That said, living with less has inspired me (with my family’s blessing) to further reduce our household items.
We’ve gone through several stages of decluttering over the past few years, and now that we are talking about selling our house and moving into a smaller space, we are ready to downsize our possessions again.
Let’s get the excuses out-of-the-way
- The holidays. Yes they are coming. You can still do other things.
- The weather. It’s changing, but since you probably don’t live outside, that shouldn’t matter.
- No time. You can carve out 5 or 10 minutes a day for this challenge.
- Just in case. You think you might need that thing, but more than likely, in 2 weeks, you won’t remember what you gave away.
- Your family is not on board. That’s ok! Focus on your own stuff first.
To help your decluttering efforts, I’m launching (drum roll please)
The Reverse 100 Thing Challenge
The point of the 100 Thing Challenge is to live with 100 things. The Reverse 100 Challenge invites you to dump 100 things before the end of the year. If you’ve always thought that the 100 Thing Challenge is extreme, and that it would be impossible to only live with 100 things, then giving away only 100 things should be a breeze.
What’s a good challenge without a few rules and a little accountability?
- Collect 100 items from your home by December 15th
- Research the best place to donate your items
- Photograph your 100 things in a group and then give them away
- Send me one low resolution image and a brief description of your experience
- If you blog about your Reverse 100 Thing Challenge, send me the link
- Use hashtag #rev100TC if Tweeting about it
I’ll write a post later this year with your stories and images so we can celebrate our success. You can do this challenge in a day or take a few weeks to gather your 100.
If you need help with your clutter, consider the Clutterfree ebook or Clutterfree course that I created with Leo Babauta. If you join the course, the book is included, along with access to the Clutterfree members only forum where I can help with specific needs.
Make your commitment to participate in the Reverse 100 Thing Challenge by commenting on this post with the first item in your group. Go on, look around, you can find one thing right now to start your donation collection. What is it?