100 Thing Challenge

by Lucy on April 9, 2013

The 100 Thing Challenge by Dave Bruno is a story about a man who limits himself to owning only 100 things for one year.  It’s inspiring to read his story of “life editing,” how he got rid of tons of stuff and lived with less stress, clutter and excess.

There is a part in the book where he talks about an old train set that he has difficulty letting go of, a toy that has no functional purpose but strong sentimental value. I’m sure we all know this feeling — we attach memories to things, like travel souvenirs or ticket stubs and can’t seem to part with them.  However, if you’re finding that a lot of this stuff is tucked in the back of your drawer or in your garage collecting dust, maybe it’s time for some spring cleaning. If something is really important to you, it should be used, honoured, revered. Anything less than that can be donated, sold, given away or thrown out.

Here’s our advice for you if you’re feeling overwhelmed with all the stuff in your home.  Get some garbage bags, one for trash and a few for donation/giving away/selling. Throw on some cleaning music and sift for an hour or two (check out Songza and 8Tracks for great cleaning playlists. We like this Summer Cleaning playlist and these upbeat Cleaning Tunes). We also love this article from Life Edited with 8 Tips for editing your life that work for any budget.

Happy unstashing!

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