Monday, March 14, 2011


I remember being a kid, when 100 was a HUGE number.  I remember when 100 dollars felt rich.  When 100 dolls, or toy cars, or stuffed animals was absolutely unimaginable.  I wouldn't have known what to do with 100 outfits.  And I probably only knew about 100 people.

Well, now, $100 dollars doesn't even pay one bill.  My son probably has 100 toy cars, 100 train track pieces and hundreds of books.  I have way more than 100 outfits.  And I know hundreds of people.  It's amazing what 20 years will do!

You probably wonder what brought these thoughts about.  Well, I have been reading some minimalist blogs and articles.  I am not ready to jump in head first to the minimalistic lifestyle, but there is a lot about it that appeals to me!  It is amazing to me how much our perspective has changed in even the last 20 years or so!  We are so set on buying new things and collecting stuff, that we just don't realize how much STUFF we really have!

  Seven years ago, when we were newly weds, we moved with a halfway full 4 ft by 6 ft u-haul, and a Ranger pick-up.  And part of what was in the u-haul was a motorcycle, so you can tell how few possessions we had in that trailer!  But in the past 7 years, we have filled up a 3 bedroom house, plus a two car garage with STUFF!  And after moving all the stuff several times, we've just about had enough!

I have been realizing this more and more, because in the last few weeks, I have been sorting stuff to sell at a yard sale.  I have set a goal when it comes to sorting my clothing.  I want to get rid of all but 100 items of clothing.  I'm not talking about socks and shoes and underclothes, but shirts and skirts and jeans, etc.  I have read some blogs where they had 100 personal items, which included their clothes, shoes, toothbrushes and everything.  But I don't think I could handle that! 

I think my goal of 100 is attainable for me right now, but it is sure harder than it sounds!  I have spent today sorting through my dresser and closet, and so far I have over 100 items to get rid of and I'm still not down to my 100 to keep!  Just for perspective, here is a picture of about 50 items of clothing that I am getting rid of...

It is hard for me, because (my husband would be happy to tell you) as a woman, I have the memory of an elephant!  I remember where I was and who I was with when I bought a lot of these items.  I remember different occasions where I wore them.  So I am really having to keep sentiment out of it! 

Just remember, if you haven't worn something in a year, you probably won't wear it this year either!  If you are holding on to clothes that are too small for you, but not seriously doing anything about losing weight, get rid of them!  Half the fun of losing weight is shopping for new clothes!  And if you shop at thrift stores, it's not that expensive to replenish your wardrobe every once in a while.  When you buy something new, try to get rid of something old that you haven't worn in a while.

And think, if we get down to 100 items of clothing per person, the laundry pile is going to shrink!  I have a problem with that around here, because we have a REALLY small stacked washer and dryer set.  And you can only run one of them at a time.  So it takes a long time to do laundry around here!  If I don't have so many clothes to wear, I won't have as many to wash either! :)

The same goes for other aspects of your houshold.  I have gone through my kitchen and got rid of all my doubles.  Who needs two salad spinners anyway? :)  Keep only what you use on a monthly basis.  I read an article that said to throw all your kitchen gadgets into a box and when you use one, put it back in the drawer.  What's left in the box at the end of the month are specialty items that you use once a year or so, (like a turkey baster) and you can put them in the drawer.  But then what's left are things you just don't use anymore.  Get rid of them!

We all need a little moral support when it comes to getting rid of things, and changing the way we look at STUFF.  So I hope this helps!  I'd love to hear how you control the clutter and the amount of stuff in your house!

P.S. I was just sorting through an old purse so I could sell it, and found a fortune cookie slip that says
 "Do not desire what you do not need"
It's a good thought to keep in mind!


  1. If you don't know what you are doing with the clothes you are getting rid of yet, there is a group that I'm with where we share modest clothes with someone in need. But only if you don't have somewhere else for it...just let me know!

  2. Thanks Merissa! That is a good idea. We are going to be having a garage sale this weekend, and I will try to sell them then, but I know clothing doesn't always sell well, so I will keep that in mind for what is left!

  3. Ok ya. I want to have a rummage sale in May so we've been cleaning out too. My office has become a big mess of junk to get rid of.

  4. My husband had a great idea last fall for our clothes. At the beginning of the year we hung up everything (tops, bottom and jackets) but we put the hangers in the closet backwards (the open end of the hook facing out) and then as we wear them and put them away during the year we put the hanger in like normal. At the end of the anything with a backwards hanger goes, no matter what. We did get an early start on getting rid of some, since we ran out of hangers.
    For other clutter around the house I scoop everything on the shelf (or counter or whatever) it into a box and if I don't need to get it out and use it for a month it goes to good-will.

  5. Great ideas Erica! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Hi Rachel :o)
    It was great to read your entry here.
    At the moment, I was actually putting off sorting thru a wall full of rubbermaid containers we had stored under the stairs.
    Eric needed to do some work in there, so I pulled them all out. Now it's time to clear out the guest room and put back what we need to keep. I can honestly say I don't even remember what's in those totes! that you've
    re-energized my "throw it out" mindset, I'd better get busy!
    Greetings to your family!
    Take care,
    Kathy (Erica's Mom)