I recently finished the Reverse 100 Things Challenge. The site explains it pretty well:
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 Courtney one low resolution image and a brief description of your experience
- If you blog about your Reverse 100 Thing Challenge, send Courtney the link
- Use hashtag #rev100TC if Tweeting about it
I went around my house and scooped up 100 things – it’s easier than you think!
First of all – I was amazed at how the 100 things fit into a laundry hamper! It’s a truly doable task.
Here are my results:
It was easy to sort through my make-up and get rid of anything old or that doesn’t suit me. Solution: Toss it!
Items of clothing:
When I did my seasonal clothes switch, I tossed a bunch of summer and fall clothes that were worn or that I didn’t use this past year. (If I didn’t wear it this year, why would I wear it in future years, right?) Solution: Donate the good condition items to charity, make rags out of worn items or toss.
DVDs and CDs:
After sorting through my DVDs, I realized I had a few that I was never going to watch again. I rarely listen to CDs anymore – my iPod has basically replaced my CD collection. Solution: Give away to friends or donate to charity.
Packages of expired medicine and vitamins:
Anything expired should be identified regularly and replaced. Solution: Take it to the pharmacy for proper disposal.
Magazine back issues:
I rarely re-read magazine back issues. Solution: Bring them to the office lunch room for co-workers to enjoy and after a month, recycle them.
I found a few books that I no longer need. I’m pretty good about going through my books a few times a year so my collection isn’t overwhelming. Solution: Give away to friends or donate to charity.
Those dead pens can be purged! Solution: Garbage!
I had glasses from a few prescriptions ago. It was time to let them go! Solution: Donate to eye glasses charity.
You’ll notice that I only purged my own personal items. I didn’t sort through my husband’s or children’s stuff and I didn’t sort through household items. Soon, I’ll be sorting through the kid items, which is a pre-Christmas tradition for me, so I think it’s good for them to see that the same rules apply to me as well as them. In our house, the guiding principles are:
- Own only what you use or love.
- Own only what you can store or display properly.
Do you know what the best part is? Realizing that I purged 100 items and I don’t miss a single one of them.
Try it! Being 100 items lighter feels great.