A couple of months ago, Dave Bruno kicked off a personal challenge of reducing his personal belongings to 100 items. The project is called 100 Thing Challenge and it raises a lot of interesting questions like “what counts as personal stuff?”, “what about collections of stuff?” or more relevant to people like me, “are books counted individually or as one item?”

I know I own more than 100 books (probably more than 200, I haven’t counted in a while) , so that category of things is the first one I’ll take out of the equation.

Anyhoo, Leo Babauta of Zen Habits have also taken up the challenge. He gives a few suggestions on how to get started in this entry.

As I’ve slowly started decluttering myself, I find this challenge interesting, although I don’t know if I’ll be able to reduce my belongings down to 100! But it’s something to think about.

I have set aside my first batch of stuff that I’m planning to sell off – mostly oil burners, lanterns and things like that. I’m trying to talk a few people in to clearing out their unneeded stuff so we can put up a garage sale. Anyone interested?

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