Daily Archives: February 8, 2011

500 Things Challenge: January 17th to 31st

In my journey to a more minimalistic lifestyle, I am embarking on a 500 Things Challenge.  This challenge may eventually become the 1,000 Things Challenge – depending on my de-cluttering itch.  Basically, this year, I will try to get rid of 500 items from my home.  I gift these items to friends, return them to their rightful owners, donate them to charity or trash.  I am keeping a list to be accountable and I will keep adding to this list throughout the year.  New items are not italicized.

500 Things Challenge Item List

  1. skinny, white scarf
  2. kitchen wall clock
  3. black top
  4. jeans
  5. jeans
  6. pajamas pants
  7. nail clippers
  8. “Start Late, Finish Rich” by David Bach
  9. Chinese cd
  10. Chinese cd
  11. Chinese cd
  12. Chinese cd
  13. Chinese cd
  14. Chinese cd
  15. Chinese cd
  16. Chinese cd
  17. Chinese cd
  18. Chinese cd
  19. body pillow
  20. picture frame
  21. green sweater
  22. poker chips set
  23. build-a-bear t-shirt
  24. white tank top
  25. blue flowery tank top
  26. blue cropped cardigan
  27. black & white flowered top
  28. old skinny jeans
  29. black backpack
  30. car
  31. Esprit long winter jacket
  32. frozen dumpling package
  33. frozen dumpling package
  34. frozen dumpling package
  35. frozen vegetable mix
  36. “Chicken Soup for the Cat and Dog Lover’s Soul”  by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Marty Becker and Carol Kline
  37. “Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul II” by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Kimberly Kirberger
  38. “Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul III” by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Kimberly Kirberger
  39. “Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul Letters” by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Kimberly Kirberger
  40. “Ashes to Ashes” by Tami Hoag
  41. “Emily of New Moon” by L.M. Mongomery
  42. “The Nanny Diaries” by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
  43. “Play Poker to Win” by Amarillo Slim Preston
  44. metal water bottle
  45. plastic water bottle
  46. 9″ white plate
  47. 9″ white plate
  48. 9″ white plate
  49. 9″ white plate
  50. 10″ white plate
  51. 10″ white plate
  52. 10″ white plate
  53. 10″ white plate
  54. 10″ white plate
  55. clear rectangular plate
  56. clear rectangular plate
  57. white sauce plate
  58. white sauce plate
  59. white sauce plate
  60. CHFI 98.1 mug
  61. CHFI 98.1 mug
  62. CHFI 98.1 mug
  63. Christmas mug
  64. red v-neck faux wrap top
  65. re-usable bag
  66. re-usable bag
  67. re-usable bag
  68. re-usable bag
  69. re-usable bag

This week, I slimmed down my kitchen dish cabinet, my freezer and one shelf of my book shelf.   Unfortunately, I had old dumplings that were the gross and severely freezer burned.  My home made dumplings are way tastier and less fatty.  I had old mixed veggies that were more freezer burnt than veggies.  Out those went!

I inherited a bunch of dishes and mugs from my old room mate.  Too many.  I also bought some dishes from IKEA which I use more often.  Out goes the ones that I don’t use on a regular basis.

I was a huge fan of Chicken Soup books in my teenager years.  I’ve decided to keep the first edition of my Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul, and my copy of Chicken Soup for the Romantic Soul, and donate the rest.  I also really enjoyed Lucy Maud Montgomery’s books, but I haven’t read my copy since my teenager years.  The other two books I haven’t read but have had on my book shelf for years.  Out they go.

Did you have a favourite series of books growing up?  Do you still read them?



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