Wednesday, March 16, 2011

the 50 thing challenge

Yesterday I posted about my messy garage and my plan to move it in an organized fashion. I also hinted that I have a little plan to help me declutter a bunch of stuff.

So here it is. Here's the big plan:

I read this book last year, when we were getting our house ready to go on the market. To summarize it in the shortest way possible, the goal is to get rid of 50 things. Duh.

However, one "thing" is not the same as one "item." For example, a stack of magazines is one thing. A collection of tupperware containers is one item. Get it?

And the goal is to get rid of fifty things.

There's nothing I like more than a good challenge. It is going to be a lot harder this time around because I already decluttered a bunch of stuff during the last move.

But first, I feel like I have to be clear about a couple of things:
  1. I am going to avoid throwing out items, if it can be avoided. If it's at all possible, I will donate the items or sell them. I'd rather not add anymore items to the landfill.
  2. I'm not throwing out stuff, just to throw out stuff. If it's something that we really use or enjoy, we'll keep it. I think that we all own items that we no longer use or love, and moving is a great time to weed through the junk.

Every Friday evening, I'll post the items that I was able to purge. The plan is to get to 50 before we move which, by the way, is in 76 days or sooner.

Anyone else up for the challenge? Misery loves company. It's going to be fun!


  1. Hi Karen, thanks for your comment about the etiquette book on my post. I'm planning to find something useful in the book over the next few days. Good luck with the challenge... My boyfriend would love it if I threw out fifty things.... maybe one day!

  2. I love getting rid of junk (it piles up so quickly, too). We're participating in our neighborhood yard sale this spring and I can't wait. I've started a yard sale pile in one of the's getting quite large. It's so empowering to declutter your home!

  3. Good luck with this know I love a good de-clutter :)

  4. Hi again,
    Here a useful link regarding the blankets:
    The millennium one is the one you like and it's actually a browny grey stripe.
    I find ebay a great resource for vintage ones. I have a camel coloured one with black stripe.
    Your US equivilant would be a point blanket.
    I find the history if these very interesting. Mine is from 1945 and it's in perfect condition.

  5. @ annabelvita~
    I am just not a 'natural packrat.' I feel so much better when I get rid of unneccesary things!

  6. @ Breanna~
    We had 2 garage sales before we moved from the Bay Area. Depending on how much stuff I find here, we might have another one here.

  7. @ Laura~
    I'm with you. I lurve a good de-clutter!

  8. @ giulia~
    Thanks so much for the info. Those blankets are just so beautiful. I had no idea they had "histories"! How cool.

  9. Hi Karen, I am so in! I was just thinking about a good de-cluttering last night. We had to combine two households when my mom moved in with us after my dad passed away. This challenge is great timing for me. Thanks!
    Catherine A. (Nor Cal)

  10. We moved after living in the same hous 15 years. We made 3 piles: throw away, give away and pawn off on the kids. The throw away pile filled a dumpster. I feel so much better without all the stuff.

  11. @ Catherine A~
    Yay!! I have company! :)

  12. @ Patti~
    Yeah, I love clearing out stuff. "Pawn off on the kids" -- love it! Ha!


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