100 Things and countingPosted: May 21, 2012 Filed under: Reducing waste 2 Comments
In college one of my favorite classes was a sociology class that I took my sophmore year and one of my favorite assignments was to take an inventory of all of our possessions. At the time I was renting an apartment that was filled with rented furniture, my possessions were few….or so I thought. After my inventory uncovered no less than 20 white t-shirts, I was hooked – how did I have 20 white t-shirts, where did they all come from, certainly I didn’t buy all of them, was I wearing them all, how many does a person need? BINGO, it was insightful and fun and it stuck with me.
So, here I am all grown up (kind of) and a friend recently sent a link about this guy and his 100 thing challenge. The concept (simplified) is slimming down your possessions to the magic number of 100 things. This guy’s written a whole book covering the topic and the how-to’s, which I have not read, BUT just for the sake of fun (and dorkiness) I picked up a pen and some paper and started a list. My list was more a stream of thought, I looked around and started writing and numbering what I saw. In less than 3 minutes, I had 100 things down on paper. Please understand this list is NOT comprehensive of my possessions, merely the first 100 that popped into my head. I have also assigned categories to only one number, for example “books” or “tops” – not accurate as this is far MORE than one thing!
However, it was enough to inspire me to re-live my college assignment and take inventory of the things in our house and garage. This is really perfectly timed as my husband and I continue working through our Simple Living Manifesto, I SHOULD be aware of the things I choose to keep in my life, these things cost money, I might spend time cleaning them, I’ve found a space for them in my home, if I still have 20 white t-shirts I want to know about it and rectify the problem!
For the fellow dorks, here is my inaccurate, incomplete list of the first 100:
1. Books 2. Computer 3. iPod 4. iPhone 5. Television 6. Apple TV 7. Bed 8. Dresser 9. Twin bed 10. Twin bed 11. Dresser 12. Toys 13. Bed 14. Dresser 15. Dresser 16. Tops 17. Pants 18. Art 19. Decor/Mirrors 20. Sofa 21. Rug 22. Rug 23. Rug 24. Dresser 25. Rug 26. Night stand 27. Night stand 28. Lamp 29. Light fixtures 30. Drapes 31. Dresses 32. Shoes 33. Exercise clothes 34. Towels 35. Toiletries 36. Plates/Bowls/Cups 37. Glasses 38. Silverware 39. Pots 40. Pans 41. Toaster 42. Juicer 43. Blender 44. Kitchen Utensils 45. Kitchen Storage containers 46. Refrigerator 47. Dishwasher 48. Stove 49. Knives 50. Kettle 51. Grocery bags 52. Chalk 53. Paper 54. Pens 55. Pencils 56. Printer 57. Desk 56. Chair 57. Washer 58. Dryer 59. Soap 60. Trash Can 61. Laundry bags 62. Winter Hats 63. Scarves 64. Boots 65. Rain Jackets 66. Winter coats 67. Mittens 68. Sun hats 69. Dog leash 70. Dining table 71. Dining chairs 72. Bar 73. China cabinet 74. Buffet 75. Champagne buckets 76. Sofa 77. Chair 78. Rain stick 79. Guitar 80. Water storage 81. Food 82. Make-up 83. First-aid 84. Medicine 85. Pictures 86. DVDs 87. CDs 88. Speakers/Docks 89. Place mats 90. Candle sticks 91. Candles 92. Candles 93. Toaster oven 94. Cake tins 95. Pop over pans 96. Baking sheets 97. Colored pencils 98. Markers 99. Crayons 100. Shelving
If you’ve made it this far in the post you can see I’m probably in possession of more like 1,500 things! I’ll let you know when I get my final number, for now more de-cluttering!
Isn’t 100 Things Guy a bachelor? I suggest amending the concept to allow 100 things per person living in the home. At least for me, this makes the idea much more achievable…at least in my head. In practice I know it would still be hard as fudge.
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