Take 100 things off your house’s waistline

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Project Organize Your ENTIRE Life | Will you join me in this New Years resolution?Are you being overrun by toys and papers too? I feel as if the kids’ toys are multiply in the night. This weekend we are kick-starting “Project Organize Your ENTIRE Life” with a “Get Rid of 100 Things Weekend.” I’m smitten with this new eBook from Modern Parents, Messy Kids. I love this headline:

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Get Rid of 100 Things Weekend *I am so doing thisShad sent a text saying, “Let’s do 100 things this weekend” I paused.  “Sure, 100 things, why not?” *Imagine this phrase in a sing-song, high pitch, and sarcastic voice.

Then he purposed a unique plan…
Over the course of this week let’s get rid of 100 things.

Join us.  Grab a garbage bag and make a donation box and hit the house hard.  Don’t mull over this or that, just grab the random useless items that have become a permanent fixture in your house.

Toss things out like old magazines, summer clothes that you never wore, fall clothes you still won’t fit in this year, kitchen gadgets that waste space, random keys & dead batteries from the junk drawer.  Liberate yourself from that ugly candle your mother gave you that you are never going to burn.  Give away that quilt your mother-in-law gave you guilt free to someone who needs it.

Don’t forget to include the kids in this adventure.

Toss things out like that truck with only three wheels, that McDonald’s Happy Meal toy (how do those things find their way in our homes anyhow?), that old National Geographic Kids magazine, and that half ripped art project. Donate things like Baby Einstein videos and any other infant toys your seven year old swears they still play with!  Consider anything that has dust on it from inactivity.

Still not sold on the idea?  Take a lesson on life from a five year old.  Read this insightful article from the blog Organizing Our Way.

In the end a simple home environment allows your child more room for mental growth and creativity. If you participate I’d love to hear about it or see photos on Facebook.

Happy Tossing!

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30 Comments

  1. Diana Goodman
    September 16, 2011

    I only have a couple days left and I am about half way there! I can’t believe how much even 50 things is when it is all in a pile together!

    Thanks for the motivation!!

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    • Zina
      September 16, 2011

      Diana, good for you!!! I am at about 60 items right now. It is liberating. I am so glad you left a reply. It is great to know I have people out there with me tackling the same quest!

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  2. Ella
    October 30, 2011

    The post you linked to is very inspiring and I love how you used that as inspiration to make a challenge to get rid of 100 things. I sometimes tell the children to choose 3 things each to give to goodwill or to throw out – somehow putting a figure on it makes it more achievable than telling them to throw out whatever they don’t want any more (which always seems to be nothing!).

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    • Anonymous
      October 30, 2011

      Thanks for the nice note Ella. It is wonderful to hear that you are involving your kids in the process of de-cluttering your house. I think you are right. The key is to give them a defined number and then all of the control. It is their stuff after all! We did this with stuffed animals. First I asked, “What is a reasonable amount of stuffed animals for one child to have?” After they decided then we went through them until we got down to that number. {Seriously?} How do children end up with SO MANY stuffed animals?!?! Thanks again!

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  3. Traumspindel
    January 1, 2012

    though truth to be told. If you have a candle….burn it. My in laws had that a bit kitschy but quite well crafted (beeswax) candle they had gotten from the most reviled aunt who they claimed all but ruined theri wedding. I don’t think it was a wedding gift, They told me all the way who this lady had mannaged to upset them (and the complaints were not unreasonable) and so they wanted to stick it back in to the abyss of the big closet, when I asked, them. Lock at this candle. It is an AGED beeswax candle with a molded surface which shows the streets of your hometown. Lets burn it. YOu don’t have to forgive her. you don’t even have to have charitable thoughts after all: You are BURNING her present. They did. The candle lasted for three evenings. and I have to tell you. I have not ever heard of Tante Gretchen ever again ;)

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    • Anonymous
      March 14, 2012

      We had a wedding candle that sat forever. Now it is in our camping bin. It is weird to burn this beautiful hand decorated candle, but it is also wonderful. Plus as we are out camping we are remembering that special day. :-) Loved your story, thanks for sharing.

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  4. Anonymous
    January 27, 2012

    I’ve just chucked SO much stuff but I guess I could find another hundred- old lighbulbs, Allen keys, old cereal, grey towels, odd socks, empty biscuit tins, faded baseball caps, old takeaway menus, hotel toiletry miniatures, blunt nail files, dried out glue sticks, wire coat hangers, baby food jars…

    The list is endless

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  5. Megan
    April 11, 2012

    Getting rid of 100 things sounds fun & easy (but I know it will be harder than I think). This may be a great warm up to packing and moving!

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  6. Pjc14524@hotmail.com
    May 7, 2012

    Don’t give away a hand made quilt!!!! Give it back to the maker- PLEASE!!

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  7. Susanwi2747
    August 17, 2012

    Never get rid of a quilt. Are you kidding do you know the work that went into making it?

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    • A.B.
      January 4, 2013

      As a crafter I do understand what goes into making one. But if you won’t use it why is it taking up space? Pay it forward to someone else who will use it and love it.

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  8. mary
    August 18, 2012

    You never give away a QUILT!!! What is wrong with you!!!

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  9. Roxy
    August 18, 2012

    I agree totally! The candle smell, well, it just smells….bad. The quilt, doesn’t go with any of ur bedding, send it to a good home! The too small or too big clothes would be welcomed and appreciated by someone else! When we purge, everyone feels better, even the kids! No one needs as much junk as the average American has! Trash on!!

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  10. LetsLassotheMoon
    September 28, 2012

    Our quilts are from Shad’s grandmother who has passed away. I checked-in with his mother and she did not want any of them back. You ladies crack me up. Are you suggesting I keep a closet full of bulky quilts simply because they were handmade?

    I am a quilter and I admit I would *never* want anyone to “return” a quilt to me. Never ever. I would much rather my quilt (or Shad’s grandmother’s quilts) move forward to other homes where they might actually be USED. I do have quilts I’ve picked up at rummage sales and I love knowing someone put their heart into making it. Just because I don’t know them doesn’t make it any less special. I hope the people enjoying our quilts feel the same!

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    • RaisingAlexis
      November 3, 2012

      you can send them to me! I’ll pay for postage! We love handmade quilts and use them all year long …

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  11. AM
    November 9, 2012

    100 items it totally doable. lol. Start with the fridge.

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  12. Susan Case
    November 10, 2012

    This is fantastic! Love it. Our church has Exchange Tables – or Bring and Take Tables whenever we have activities. We also are encouraged to clean out a certain area of the house once a month to bring. Keeps us motivated to get rid of the clutter!

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  13. A.B.
    January 4, 2013

    I like the idea but hate the term “toss out” because the majority should be donated or recycled.

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    • LetsLassotheMoon
      February 11, 2013

      In general I agree, but there comes a point where you are wasting someone else’s valuable time by donating a broken toy or a McD mini-item to Goodwill. I suppose I should say in our house “tossing” anything paper automatically = RECYCLE. :-) We’re on the same page friend!

      “Toss things out like that truck with only three wheels, that McDonald’s Happy Meal toy (how do those things find their way in our homes anyhow?), that old National Geographic Kids magazine, and that half ripped art project.”

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      • Jessica Ramirez
        March 6, 2013

        i hope that your recycling all the plastic and electronics. i might seem like a burden but if you donate it to most second hand store they properly depose of things including electronics, batteries, clothe, carpet, and plastics and metals. just to keep in mind

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  14. Dianejewell33
    February 4, 2013

    no dont throw out the magazines, find page by page and tape them together along the seams making this as large as needed to create a very cool looking unique wrapping paper. For mothers day i did this with pictures of little girls, daisys, tea cups, moms and daughters, and all sides of her gift was wrapped with something special that reminded me of my mom and I. Also keeping magazines are good for school projects, cutting out words or thing about yourself that can be made into the assigned project by your school aged childs teacher.

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    • Pickitupthrowitoutnow
      December 25, 2013

      No disrespect but only if you are really really organized or else those magazines will push you right out of your bedroom right down the hall and you will be featured on a TV show showcasing hoarders……and you won’t even be able to find the gifts you bought three years ago to give to mom on her seventieth birthday…..who does that? That would be me! lol

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  15. Erin
    February 11, 2013

    Ok…I skimmed this in January and decided to add it to my goals for the year…I have 100 donation items ready to be taken out!!! I want to keep going but here’s to a good start…thanks for posting!

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  16. mommy_magic
    March 21, 2013

    Last year for spring cleaning, we started spring elimination and we haven’t stopped yet, so I would love to Toss out 100 things to get rid of this weekend. The kids start spring break so it’s perfect timing. Thanks for the idea, I love it.

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  17. Just the way we want to
    May 19, 2013

    I am so doing this! I need to do it every weekend until I have this house decluttered!!

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  18. Amanda
    December 27, 2013

    Wow, people sure find a lot to criticize in one little blog post! I, on the other hand, love this article and think it turns a daunting task into a goal that isn’t overwhelming yet still helps in our never ending quest to de-clutter. Thanks for the idea!

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  19. Mischamama
    December 27, 2013

    We have done this in my house for years. We call it the hundred things rule. Put a box in each room of the house and just start filling them. 100 things show up quickly when you do it by room and anything not broken gets donated to a charity for resale. When eBay and amazon came on the scene we had to add a few boxes for that. We always find something we thought was lost forever looking for things we no longer need.

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  20. Kelli
    January 22, 2014

    Ran a cleaning business for years and many times I was hired to do nothing but clear the clutter because the owned had too much of a attachment to un-used items. Bless others with those treasures you no longer use. It is foolish to keep things just because someone gave them to you I think you’re doing a great job in these tips. They are right on the mark!

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  21. Dawn
    February 25, 2014

    Wonderful idea! I’m going to propose this to the family tonight :) Thanks!

    Reply

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