To the heart of the title of this post, sometime ago I stumbled upon the 100 Thing Challenge. Justin and I have been talking about it and have finally committed to reducing our belongings, in the spirit of the challenge, to 150 things. As a combined family unit, 200 things seemed like too many and 100 didn't seem quite right given that we share quite a bit. Also, we've modified the rules of what counts as a "thing" to fit a little better with our idea of minimalism.
- Disposable items, such as paper towels and toiletries, do not count as items.
- The cats and all of their belongings count as one item (Cali made me include this. I think she's afraid that I'm going to "declutter" her.)
- Groupings that occur naturally will be counted as one item. This means that school books/supplies and work/study stuff counts as one item each. This also helps with counting silverware, dishes, and undergarments.
- Non-fiction books are counted individually.
- Furniture is not a "countable" item.
I'll update our rules as we come up with more. Also, I think a future post will show our inventory and what we decided to part with. Until then, happy decluttering!
P.S. "Decluttering" is the best euphemism I've run across in a while. :)