The Cozy Home 100 Thing Challenge

The 100 Thing Challenge was instigated by author and professor Dave Bruno as a means to break away from the constraints of American-style consumerism. The idea behind the process is to go through everything that you own and attempt to get your personal items down to 100 things. The 100 Thing Challenge has further been influenced by people like Tammy of Rowdy Kittens, Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle, Leo Babauta of Zen Habits.

Most 100 Thing Challenge bloggers seem to concentrate and report mostly on their personal items, however what if you could get your household items in your small home down to 100 things? That would mean your furniture, blankets, pillows, plants, spoons, rugs, photos, or anything else that is in your home would only add up to 100.

During the process of the 100 Thing Challenge you would do the following:

Reduce (get rid of some of your stuff)
Refuse (to get more new stuff)
Rejigger (your priorities)

During the first step — getting rid of your stuff —you will most likely come to the conclusion that you don’t need these items back. The result is that you will spend more of your time with family and friends and on creative pursuits rather than on acquiring new stuff — while saving money in the process.

Don’t take the 100 number too seriously. Some people try to get their personal or home items down to 500 or maybe even 50. What really matters is that you look closely at all the things you own and how you might be able to reduce them down to only what you need or are in love with. Think of it as a fun game.

However, along with games comes rules. Set up your own list of rules for doing a 100 Thing Challenge for your small or Cozy Home. The list could include rules like:

• If I receive a house-warming gift, something I already own has to go
• Groups of items (CDs or DVDs, underwear, dishes, tools, collections) can be included as one item
• Every few months on the 15th of the month, reevaluate my possessions
• Items that are shared (bed, car, TV) do not count in the 100 items

These rules can be personal to you, the size of your home and your circumstances. For example, Courtney Carver of Project 333 (who lives with only 33 things) does this with her wardrobe:

•    When: Every three months
•    What: Get rid of 33 items including clothing, accessories, jewelry, outerwear and shoes.
•    What not: these items are not counted as part of the 33 items – wedding ring or another sentimental piece of jewelry that you never take off, underwear, sleep wear, in-home lounge wear,  and workout clothing (you can only wear your workout clothing to workout)
•    How: Choose your 33 items, box up the remainder of your fashion statement, seal it with tape and put it out of site.
•    What else: consider that you are creating a wardrobe that you can live, work and play in for three months. Remember that this is not a project in suffering. If your clothes don’t fit or are in poor condition, replace them.

Whatever your number is, attempt to stick to it and your Cozy Home will feel less cluttered and more serene.


PHOTO: It’s okay, your pets can be included in your 100 things.

Photo by KatinkaBille/Flickr


By Christina Nellemann for [Cozy Home Plans]

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