Friday, February 19, 2016

   After completing my 100 Things Challenge, I did so well, I decided to repeat the process and get rid of 100 more things. This will make a total of 200 things that have left my house this week and it is only Tuesday. 
I just got back from a thrift store where I donated #1-12 pieces of clothing; #13 a lamp. and on to McKay's where I sold 9 books, #14-22 and gave away 10 3 rind binders-#23-32. I am donating 10 baby quilts to a local agency that gives them to families who have nothing for new babies being born--#33-42. I discarded 3 pieces of fabric I no longer need; #43-46, and found 2 more ink pens without ink-#47-48. I discarded 2 rolls of tubing I no longer can use-#49-50. While at the thrift store, I gave them a bag of plastic bags (I earned a 10% discount)-#51. I prepared a bag of 15 canned and boxed food I can no longer use to donate to a pal who works in the neighborhood--#52-66. I threw out 3 pasteboard boxes I was keeping to use for mailing books, but made the sacrifice since I have plenty--#67-68.
THIRTY-TWO to go and the day is not over.
I encourage you to take the 100 Things Challenge. See if you can get rid of 100 things from your house this week. Honestly, you will feel so much lighter and who needs all this crap?
Spring cleaning in February---better than Valentine's Day.

   Obsession can be a good thing.
This all began when I watched a TedTalk by a minimalist--a person who believes in using only 100 items. One pair of jeans, two pair of shoes, one bed, one sheet, one spoon, one fork---you get the idea.
He said that if we could not cut back that far to make up our own 100 Things Challenge. I decided to get rid of 100 things for my challenge. After that went so quickly, I decided to get rid of 100 more items. After doing that I am on my 3rd 100 Things Challenge and I feel great. Yes, I am obsessed with throwing things away. I marvel at how stuff/junk just creeps up on me.
Here is my 3rd 100 list of 100 Things Challenge:
301-308 old Cds
309-312- 3 cups
313- lid that does not match anything
314-broken photo frame
315-316- 2 magazines
317-large roll of wallpaper
318-1 random bowl
319-large packing envelope
320-tube of paint
321-shower curtain rod
322-Xmas wrapping paper
323-nearly empty bottle of dish liquid
324-nearly empty bottle of shampoo
325-book given to a friend
326-330-5 pieces of fabric sewn into a puppy pad
331-352-saved catalogues and magazines
353-1 newspaper
354-1 sock
355-357- 3 scraps of wood
358-362- 5 old underwear
363-chair cover
364-old tube of silicone
365-broken clock
366-bottle of dog meds outdated
367-371-old eyeglasses
372-373- 2 dry ink pens
374-1 nearly empty bottle of aspirin
375-1 tube dry cream
376- 1 package hand soap
377-380- 3 tubes skin ointment
381-383-2 hats
384-l large box
385-1 old coat
386-1 bottle eye drops
387-390- 3 eye cartons
391-400- 3 ring binders
Will I try for 400?
   When I began the 100 Things Challenge on February 14, liitle did I know that I would become motivated to keep challenging myself to rid my life of items I no longer need. I was able to toss 100 items quickly which led me to move on to 200. After seeing 200 items leave my house, I decided to try for 300. That went so well, I am working on getting rid of 400 items. Thankfully, the task is getting harder. I stand amazed that i thought I was doing a good job of keeping clutter out of my life, while in reality I have, at least, 435 items i did not need or want. Here are the latest 400 to 435.
Will I make it all the way to 500?
I challenge you to make your own 100 Things Challenge.
400-401-2 baking pans.
402-403-2 frig magnets
404-409- 4 random cassettes
410- 1 plastic case
411-1 box
412- 426- sewed 3 nap pads for dogs/puppies at animal shelter (required 5 pieces of fabric each)
427-428-2 dry ink pens
429- 1 Halloween decoration
430-1 Christmas apron
431- 1 plastic coat hanger
432-434-3 plastic bottles nearly empty of skin cream
435- 1 notebook with notes from 2014

436-437-two skirts
438-440--3 dresses
441- a cowboy hat
442-445 -3 scarves
446-448- 2 winter coats
449-450- 2 sets pjs
451-452-two old books given to a pal
453- 1 box files sold
454-457-3 pasteboard boxes
458-460-2 notebooks of files from 2013
461- calendar for 2004
452-453-2 broken photo frames
454-455-two belts
456-457-two empty bottles of body wash
458-463- nap pad for dog
464-466- 2 boxes
467-1 sock
468-470-2 empty bottles of detergent
471-475- 5 empty jars
477-1 broken clock
478-486-old Christmas cards
487-488-2 plastic bowls
489-494- old magazines
495-500--old catalogues
THAT's 500 items removed from my home this week. YAY

MORE TO GO TO REACH 500, but well on my way...YAY

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