Monday, September 1, 2008

Living with 100 things

I am always amazed at the amount of STUFF I see crammed, floor to ceiling, into people's garages. You can't tell me they value or even know, for that matter, what is in that bottom box in the back corner, that they haven't seen in 3 years.

Then I ran across an article in TIME MAGAZINE about DAVE, who has a 100 Thing Challenge going on in his home. He says, "The 100 Thing Challenge is my little way to personalize my efforts to "Challenge Stuff" and fight consumerism."

I've never been a pack rat and I purge my closets, files and cabinets at least twice a year. But I wonder...what would my 100 essentials be? What are the 100 things that I can't live without? Hmmm? Makes you think, doesn't it?!


Amy said...

It definitely makes you think...And would be quite the challenge!:)

THopgood said...

I'm not sure I could do it but I applaud those who can. So does that mean with a family of 5 I would actually get to keep 500 things? As in 100 things per person. LOL. see....I just couldn't do it.

Thanks for the comment you left about my husband being all hunky in that skiing photo...I showed him your comment and you've made his day! =)

Annie said...

I grew up in a house that may someday qualify for an Oprah intervention. My mom never threw away anything, neither did her mom. It was not so apparent that less is more until my grandma died and my grandpa got rid of all the stuff. Their house looked great and welcoming. I started then getting rid of stuff, I needed to love it or use it, otherwise it was gone. I'm going to take a 100 stuff inventory.

Christy said...

Very interesting and thought provoking. I'm not sure I could do it, I think I would have to start with a larger number and scale down over time! Going through my grandparents house (they kept everything!) really made me aware of having too many "things", though. What a great challenge!