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Tuesday, September 28

Clutter Round Up: 30 Things in 30 Days

Last December I had a goal of eliminating 100 possessions in 31 days. I didn't reach that milestone. After some reflection I realize it was too much for one month. I've decided to try again in October.

Why the obsession with clutter? My mom was (still is to an extent) a packrat. I remember her addiction very well because she usually brought my brother and me along on her shopping trips. Then, it was our responsibility to keep the house clean. All those purposeless knickknacks, loads of laundry, and "stuff" to work around were a pain. I had started to follow in her footsteps until I read a life changing book, one that changed my lifestyle forever.

In October I will eliminate 30 unneeded items from my house. I will follow the same rules I set for myself last December:
  • If I bring something new into the house, I have to eliminate an additional item above and beyond my goal of 30 things.
  • Regularly consumed items do not count. I can't eat my way out of 30 canned goods or scrub myself out of 30 bars of soap.
  • Similar items may be bundled. For example, if I throw away 4 dishes, I will count that as one item, not 4.
  • Items can be sold, trashed, donated or otherwise given away. In other words, as long as the item no longer belongs to me, it counts as disposed of.


  1. Sounds like a great goal....maybe I'll try it too since my decluttering has ground to a halt lately.

  2. Good luck. I have a similar goal for October. I don't have a lot of stuff but I'm going to get rid of the stuff I don't use.