October 2009

Living with 72 Things

by Tammy Strobel on October 2, 2009

It’s been 6 months since we began the 100 Thing Challenge. Living with 72 personal things is awesome! My life is streamlined and simplified, which I love.

I was a tad shocked when I started counting because the number of my personal things was fairly low. My initial count included 120 items, but clutter was everywhere. So donating all my excess clothing and trinkets to a local charity was a relief.

I’m glad I started this challenge after we began our downsizing journey. It’s amazing to think we started this process about 2 years ago. At that time, we lived in a huge 2 bedroom apartment, with 2 cars, overflowing closets and a kitchen stuffed with 2 sets of dishes and silverware. It was absolutely ridiculous.

Becoming aware of what consumerism does to the planet and the negative impact it has on our life energy is a powerful thing. Now don’t get me wrong, I still get sucked into consumerism (a.k.a. iPhone lust). But at least I’m not telling Logan I “need” another diamond ring.

I hope the lessons we’ve learned will encourage you to downsize and try the 100 Thing Challenge.

Below is a quick list of tips that will get you going… [click to continue…]

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