Some of you have already read about this 100 Thing Challenge. If you haven’t, it was created by a man named David Michael Bruno. He has written books on Consumerism and has a blog at http://guynameddave.typepad.com/david_michael_bruno/. He will also be writing a book about his experience with the 100 Thing Challenge.
Basically, the 100 Thing Challenge is a challenge that Mr. Bruno proposed to pare down your personal items to only 100 things. He gave his challenge a time period of one year. It started last November and ends this November. If you go to his blog and his post about this challenge http://www.guynameddave.com/100-thing-challenge.html, you can see the list of things he has now, and all of the things he gave away.
This challenge only applies to your personal items. Items that only you use. So, it doesn’t include furniture in the house, or garden tools, etc. Anything that the whole family uses does not count. Underwear and socks, can be counted as one category each…you don’t want to have to count out each pair because obviously we don’t want to have to get down to minimal undergarments. Also, books are counted as one category as well: library.
I have begun my own 100 Thing Challenge, but I’m not there yet. I think I may give myself a deadline of January 1, 2010. I will try to pare down all of my personal items to 100 things by January 2010 and try to keep it that way for one year. I’m getting there, I’ve cleaned out my closet a ton. I almost have it down to only those things I wear, love and feel good in.
I really find this type of stuff interesting. It really makes you realize how much “stuff” is out there and how so many stores are packed with things we don’t need.
I was in Target yesterday, and as I’m walking through the aisles I could feel my old self thinking…wow, that’s cool….I could use that. But then I stopped myself and thought…no, I don’t need any of it. I came for one item, and they didn’t have it…so I left empty handed. If you knew me well, you would know that it is extremely hard for me to leave Target without purchasing at least one thing. I love that store….well, I loved that store. I feel very convicted to challenge myself in this area. To open my eyes to consumerism and how it’s a store’s job and a commercial’s job to make me think I NEED something…when I truly don’t. There are few things I need, and I have all of them.
I will keep you updated on my progress…