Monday, December 9, 2013

52 weeks of reducing the stuff you own to clear space for more happiness in your life

Just choose one and get started! From a blog post I've listed before - 101 physical things that can be reduced in your home - here's the list. I'm going to pick one area a week and post a picture of what leaves the house. I will also remove the items from our home inventory.

I started December 1st and am sending these 6 Christmas napkins to my DIL who does entertain over the holidays and said she would like them. They will make good padding in the box of presents I need to mail LOL. My Mom made them many, many years ago and I am glad they are going to a family member.

Next week is to continue on to deciding what to do with placemats that aren't used. I think then I will be able to move the remaining tablecloths, placemats and napkins to an empty shelf in the linen closet in the bathroom rather than having them stuffed in a kitchen cabinet. That will enable me to move some other kitchen things around to make them easier to access.

What one thing would make a noticeable difference in your home if your reduced the amount you own?
  1. Glassware
  2. Cookbooks
  3. Kitchen gadgets
  4. Kitchen appliances
  5. Pots / pans
  6. Mixing bowls
  7. Tupperware
  8. Water pitchers
  9. Magazines
  10. Newspapers
  11. Books
  12. Over-the-counter medicine
  13. Make-up
  14. Barretts / hair clips / ponytail holders
  15. Cleaning supplies
  16. Personal beauty appliances (hair dryer/curlers, electric razors)
  17. Bottles of shampoo/conditioner
  18. Photos
  19. Photography supplies
  20. Sewing supplies
  21. Craft supplies
  22. Scrap-booking supplies
  23. CD’s
  24. DVD’s
  25. Decorative items
  26. Candles
  27. Figurines
  28. Crystal
  29. Vases
  30. Audio/visual components
  31. Audio/visual cables
  32. Computer equipment
  33. MP3 players
  34. Furniture
  35. Video game systems
  36. Video games
  37. Video game accessories
  38. Shirts / shorts
  39. Pants
  40. Coats
  41. Dresses
  42. Hats
  43. Clothes hangers
  44. Shoes
  45. Winter gear
  46. Jewelry
  47. Purses
  48. Coins
  49. Pillows
  50. Towels
  51. Linen sets
  52. Candle Holders
  53. Televisions
  54. Items on your bulletin board
  55. Magnets
  56. Artwork
  57. Mirrors
  58. Home office supplies
  59. Pens/pencils
  60. Old batteries
  61. Tools
  62. Hardware
  63. Rolls of duct tape
  64. Coolers
  65. Manuals
  66. Phone books
  67. Coupons
  68. Sporting good supplies
  69. Sports memorabilia
  70. Aluminum cans
  71. Glass bottles
  72. Automobile fluids
  73. Automobiles
  74. Scrap pieces of lumber
  75. Brooms
  76. Rakes
  77. Shovels
  78. Garden tools
  79. Plant containers
  80. Empty cardboard boxes
  81. Board games
  82. Puzzles
  83. Decks of cards
  84. Unused wedding gifts
  85. Baby clothes
  86. Baby supplies
  87. Old schoolbooks/papers
  88. Army men
  89. Bath toys
  90. Toy balls
  91. Toy cars/trucks
  92. Toy musical instruments
  93. Stuffed animals
  94. Plastic toys
  95. Childrens’ old school papers
  96. Suitcases
  97. Soda
  98. Alcohol
  99. Processed foods
  100. Christmas / seasonal decorations
  101. Cable channels


  1. I just did the minimalist game, which each day you decluttered an item. I got to day 25(twenty five items) and then couldn't go to much further. I got rid of a lot old pens etc. they just started a new one for December , if you're interested , check it out.

    1. I'd run into the same problem if I tried to do one a day! I'm liking this approach as I am trying to do some deep cleaning around the house slowly and this gets me looking for things we don't use. I still put away more cloth napkins than we will probably use but next time around they may go too.