Some light reading

Reader Peter brought the following Time magazine articles to our attention:

From the 100 Things article:

“Stuff starts to overwhelm you,” says Dave Bruno, 37, an online entrepreneur who looked around his San Diego home one day last summer and realized how much his family’s belongings were weighing him down. Thus began what he calls the 100 Thing Challenge. (Apparently, Bruno is so averse to excess he can’t refer to 100 things in the plural.) In a country where clutter has given rise not only to professional organizers but also to professional organizers with their own reality series (TLC’s Clean Sweep), Bruno’s online musings about his slow and steady purge have developed something of a cult following online, inspiring others to launch their own countdown to clutter-free living.

I also love Julie Morgenstern’s organizing advice, and I’m so happy to see her getting good press in Time. Have you seen any inspiring articles on organizing recently? Please feel welcome to share their links and your response to the above articles in the comments.

15 Comments for “Some light reading”

  1. posted by Shanel Yang on

    I’m going through a serious purging right now. On my dining table, I’ve placed things that at one time I just had to have but are now on their way to the Goodwill — even though they’re all in excellent condition, cost me over $1,000, and I hardly ever used any of them! I thought about selling them, but they’re not really worth the trouble (e.g. Muppet Theater chess set, Rollerblades and wrist guards, jewelry box, badmitten set, binoculars)

    I’ve moved some of this stuff around with me for 10 years, dreading to part with it, but not because I love the stuff, only b/c I feared if I did, I’d regret it when I finally did need this stuff someday.

    Well, I’m finally ready to let go. And, it feels great!

  2. posted by Michele on

    I love reading articles like this because they keep me motivated and moving forward with my own decluttering and organizing.

  3. posted by infmom on

    My husband the pack rat actually sent me a link to a story about Julie Morgenstern’s latest book. I am now #20 on the list to get it from the public library. If it seems like it fits our ways of doing things I’ll buy a copy.

    I loved her book Time Management from the Inside Out, but my husband (who is chronically time-challenged) didn’t. Hit too close to home, I expect. :)

  4. posted by Cynthia Friedlob, The Thoughtful Consumer on

    Coincidentally, I just wrote a post yesterday at The Thoughtful Consumer blog called, “Selling Everything.”

    Australian Ian Usher has put his entire life up for sale on eBay Australia — house, car, jet ski, even supportive friends. He intends to start a new life with even less than 100 things! Pretty bold move. And the auction ends at noon Sunday, June 29th.

    Post and links at http://thethoughtfulconsumer.b.....thing.html

  5. posted by verily on

    I like the idea of this challenge. I wouldn’t necessarily drop to 100 things, but the effort of ‘trying’ would be just as good. It makes sense if you’re endeavoring to move into a new career: having less means being able to pick up and leave when a job opportunity arises.

    I think the hardest thing for me to do would be attacking the DVD collection. Part of me recognizes that it would take up far less clutter if I used DVD organizers instead and shed the external casing. However, part of me likes to be able to scan a shelf and pick out what I like…like in a rental store.

  6. posted by jocelyn on

    Thanks for the link! Another person unloaded his whole life through E-bay and made a book out of it called All My Life For Sale, but I don’t know what he’s bought sense. I would love to see what Ian Usher’s 100 thing list is after the dust settles.

    The Time link made the 100 Thing Challenge sound more rigorous than it is. Books don’t count, hygiene doesn’t count, anything in the kitchen doesn’t count, underwear doesn’t count, memorabilia doesn’t count, anything he shares with his family such as the house and car don’t count. It sounds like he’s just trying to get his personal possessions under 100.

    I would say that I’m there right now except like Verily, the DVD collection (and books and CDs I had before iTunes) put me way over. I’d like an iPod type device for movies: just a little thing that holds all the movies I own sitting in a tiny dock on my entertainment center. That would be great.

  7. posted by jocelyn on

    *since.

    Also, rereading Cynthia’s comments I see you said LESS than 100 thing (i.e. his wallet and passport). THAT is awesome. The article made me remember that when I got married 7 years ago, everything I needed (except the bed) fit in the back of my ’91 mustang -including pots and pans! What the heck happened??

  8. posted by Suzanne on

    I was thrilled that our 365 Days of Decluttering Challenge was mentioned as well on the Ask the Experts: 5 Steps to Clutter-Free Living article. ;-)

    BTW, I *heart* the Unclutterer! You all do great work.

  9. posted by jocelyn on

    “It comes down to the product versus the promise. It’s not necessarily the new pots and pans but the idea of the cozy family meals they will provide. People are finding that their homes are full of stuff, but their lives are littered with empty promises.” -Peter Walsh

    The appeal of unclutterer to me is not that it panders to some latent OCD tendency, but that I was worn out and this has made it better. Modern consumerism would have me stuck in a Thomas Kincade landscape: some kind of latchkey-kid-nightmare in which I never reach the front door, never manage to get INTO the warm, lit-up house that is undoubtably full of loving people and hot food. William Sonoma and similar ilk are all too happy to peddle me various keys to try: “How about this Hot Chocolate Pot? No? Never mind then; how about this cute little cabin of maple syrup?”

    “Each day I long for home/ long for the sight of home.” -The Odyssey

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