throw out 100 things challenge
(Hint: I’ve got 7 tips at the end of the post to help you tackle your own home!)
Over the weekend I took a few hours to do another Throw Out 100 Things Challenge.
And man, does it feel good!
Going through our stuff and identifying what we don’t need, use, or love feels like I’m giving our home a facial.
Plus, these regular exfoliations control clutter and highlight what we don’t want to acquire in the future.
Though the term “throw out” is in the challenge title, I trash as little as possible. Most items are donated, recycled, and passed on to someone new.
I believe that each item as has its own “life cycle” independent of our lives. We are simply the stewards for our items as long as we need, use, or love them. After that time has passed, it is our responsibility to take the items someplace where they can be used and appreciated again.
That said, I’m also a big proponent of the ventilator test: If you suddenly died, and your loved ones had to deal with your stuff, would they toss it out?
If so, don’t keep clutter because you are sad to see it go in the trash. It will go there eventually. Don’t let it stress you out in the meantime. Simply bring more awareness to future purchases.