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October Challenge

Remember how I was going to try to get rid of 496 things in October?

Here's what it ended up looking like:

That, my friends, is a lot of stuff. Honestly, I can't tell you the exact number of things that are leaving my life. I got to somewhere around 425+ on my own, then stopped being able to keep track. Also, my friend Ruth told me that if I'd take her bags of old clothes to Goodwill, that I could count them to get through the last couple days of October. Does that count?

This actually doesn't even include everything. There was also stuff that I just threw away (broken glasses we'd held onto for some reason) or that lived outside (a bike).

During the challenge, I found myself wondering what I'd take with me if we were to move overseas. We're not right now (don't worry, parents), but it's always been something we've said we'd consider. How many pairs of boots would I take? Which books could I tearlessly leave behind? It's a good reality check of what really matters. I think that the "things" that truly make me happy are the photos and scrapbooks, the softest worn-in shirts, and the journals and letters.

That being said, we're still not sure where we're moving in a month (yes, in fact, I am stressed). More things may leave our life if we end up downsizing to a 500 square foot apartment, but I don't think I'll feel that bad about it. I'm looking forward to filling our new place with warm baguettes and friends.

(and dog hair too...because...let's be real)

What would you leave behind if you could?

Reader Comments (1)

I played the "we're moving abroad" game, too, during October, and also photographed the massive assortment of items I donated, recycled, or threw away. It's staggering how easily and quickly 496 items piled up, but what's most shocking is that I could probably do this challenge a few more times before I'd really see a difference in the way my house looks overall (I'm working on simplifying, but would never call myself a minimalist...at least not yet)!

LOVED the game and plan to repeat in March 2014.

November 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca | Seven2Seven8

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