10 Item Challenge

This weekend we had a garage sale.  It felt SO good to get rid of some of our “stuff” and get paid for it!  We are continuing to minimize our belongings everyday.  I took a bunch of our books yesterday to Half Price Books, and also added more items to Craigslist to try and sell.  We are realizing we don’t NEED much, and a lot of this “stuff” was just sitting around collecting dust.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m participating in the 100 Thing Challenge, and my goal is to have my personal belongings down to 100 items by January.  This is helping my overall goal to minimize and simplify my life. 

To help with all of this minimizing, I decided to create another smaller challenge of my own.  My goal is to only have 10 items in each of these areas.

  1. My purse
  2. My wallet
  3. My bathroom drawer
  4. My desk drawer
  5. My jewelry box
  6. My car

I figure by working on these areas, it will break down my overall goal of 100 things into smaller chunks.  So today I am going to start with my purse.  Here is a current list of what items are in my purse:

  1. Wallet (with 10+ items inside)
  2. Makeup bag (with 10+ items inside)
  3. Camera
  4. Sunglasses
  5. Reading glasses
  6. Wipes
  7. Kleenex
  8. Gum
  9. Cell Phone
  10. Pens
  11. Phone charger
  12. Camera charger
  13. Bottle of Advil
  14. Allergy medicine
  15. Hand lotion
  16. 2 bottles of hand sanitizer
  17. Mini umbrella
  18. Hair bands
  19. Glasses cleaning cloth
  20. Business cards

Needless to say, my purse is heavy!  And although a lot of this stuff comes in handy sometimes, I do not think I need to carry around so much stuff every single day!

So, for this week I’m going to put only these items back in my purse:

  1. Coin purse (with cash, license and debit card)
  2. One pen
  3. Chapstick
  4. Brush/Mirror combo
  5. Cell Phone
  6. Gum
  7. Sunglasses
  8. Hand lotion
  9. Cell phone charger
  10. Camera

And that is it.  I will work on my wallet and then put it back in my purse, but for now I’m going to work with just my coin purse with the essentials.  My wallet will need to be trimmed down quite a bit.  

My shoulder is going to thank me! 

See if there are any areas you want to minimize and try the 10 Item Challenge.  Let me know how it goes!

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4 thoughts on “10 Item Challenge

  1. Sounds good! One thing I think I’ll have to add to my purse not in your list is my coupon envelope. I’m always out and about and wishing I had the coupons I left at home! I’m also always glad I have my camera in my purse.

    But my purse is sitting next to me right now, a perfect time to clean it out. I can’t even get it zipped right now!

  2. Definitely! After I put the comment in I noticed I have hand sanitizer in my purse, too, and never use it!

    Confession — I was just getting ready to clean out my purse when Bri woke up from her nap. It got partially clean but the “coupon side” needs a lot of work!

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