Friday, 30 March 2018

The 100 Thing Challenge ✌🏼

Two years ago, I heard about a challenge. The challenge involved counting your belongings, attempting to only own 100 items.

I culled without mercy. I'd ended up with 92 items.

The beauty of such a challenge is that you are forced to recognize that what you own, owns you. I was forced to decide whether or not that stuffed animal in the corner was useful, functional, and whether or not I wanted to retain it as 1 of 100 things.

Room to room, I walked through my apartment, decision after decision.

There is a Ted Talk about the gentleman that first made the 100 Thing Challenge popular. He wrote a book that I borrowed from the library and devoured in two days. The book is titled "The 100 Thing Challenge: How I Got Rid of Almost Everything, Remade My Life, and Regained My Soul" by Dave Bruno.

With a title like that, who could resist????
Not I.

Shortly after this book, I read, "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Kondo. It further motivated me to cull, cull, cull.

And now I have gone and done it again. I have counted all my items. 

I have 72 items this time.


It is freeing to only have what you need. It is freedom to be able to put your most important things in a car, and they all fit. Are their rules?

The only rules are the ones you inflict on yourself. For me, I lumped all my underwear together, and all my hygiene products together. Other than that, I counted every pair of shoes and every t-shirt.

I hope everyone that feels that they live a "cluttered life", gets the opportunity to go through their items, and free themselves from what doesn't need to be there. I am happier. Life is more simple.

Life is good.

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