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The 100 Thing Challenge

Have you heard of the 100 item challenge? It's an idea/concept around reducing clutter and unneeded items just taking up space.

The idea is that everyone can survive with under 100 items, you pick and choose which items you'd like to keep and you ensure your list is under 100. Once you have your list of 100, then it's time to cut your extra items, have a garage sale and/or list them on ebay/kijiji/etc. It also helps to ensure you do not grow too attached to your possessions. If you bring in another item to your 100 items, if you are at your limit, then you must remove an item from your list.

It's interesting - after reading up on people who have completed this challenge, most are very happy they did. They find themselves living more experiencing rather then the potential for experiences. For examples - one man used to collect camping equipment in the event of 1 day going camping. He has never gone camping but he purchased a sleeping tent, dining tent, portable sink, etc - all in the event that him and his family decided to go camping 1 day.

While you aren't going to see many of the financial benefits to this near the beginning (hopefully you will make some money off of selling your unneeded items), you should see a long term savings. Before purchasing new items you need to keep in mind that if you do, then something you already have must go.

To start the 100 item challenge, go around your house, write down each and every item that you own. You can be as strict or as easy as you'd like, but honestly if you are doing this challenge them why not get hard on yourself for better results?

Here is an example of the first 25 items of a 100 item list:

  1. Stove
  2. Fridge
  3. Dining room table and chairs
  4. TV
  5. Cable Box
  6. Couch
  7. Loveseat
  8. Coffee Table
  9. Toothbrush
  10. Toothpaste
  11. Computer/Monitor
  12. Razor
  13. Hair Dryer
  14. Deodorant
  15. Hair Brush
  16. Bed/Bedframe
  17. Nightstand
  18. Bike
  19. Picture on the wall
  20. Water cooler
  21. Telephone
  22. cell phone
  23. Golf Clubs
  24. Camping Tent
  25. Car

Now this leads to the question - if you had to keep your belongings down to 100 items or less, what would you choose?

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