The Day I Threw Away 100 Things

January 23
24 Comments

Last week my friend Meg tweeted about one of her favorite blogs, Make Under My Life. Jess (the blogger) states that it’s about designing a life of intention and I loved her post about throwing out 100 things. Obviously Jess’s blog soon became one of my favorites and I took on the challenge myself. I threw away 100 things (and as Jess points out…after you recycle, upcycle and donate…you’ll still have trash which is what some of this stuff was). Here’s what I threw out:

  • a pair of goggles
  • a pair of sunglasses
  • a lamp from IKEA
  • 4 unused journals
  • 13 PRINT magazines
  • 3 Whole Living magazines
  • an issue of The New Yorker
  • an issue of Dwell
  • an issue of Crave
  • 1 pair of sandals
  • 2 wallets
  • 1 thing of Clinique face powder (wrong shade)
  • 1 brutes bee’s travel set
  • 2 CDs
  • French manicure strips
  • a laptop sleeve
  • 3 books
  • a laptop bag
  • a purse
  • a pair of Christmas pants
  • a Christmas sweatshirt
  • a trench coat
  • 12 shirts
  • 6 cardigan sweaters
  • 3 dresses
  • 8 pairs of underwear
  • 3 bras
  • 4 random socks
  • a pair of old slippers
  • a necklace
  • a headband
  • a tube of lotion that i don’t like
  • a old bottle of Ralph Lauren perfume
  • 2 candlesticks
  • a bag of tea light candles
  • 4 unused Christmas themed paper plate sets
  • 4 coasters
  • a Christmas themed tin
  • 1 gross, broken dog toy (not pictured…Desh kept trying to take it back)

It feels really good to throw crap out. Especially clothes. I went through my dresser drawers and closet and asked myself, “Do I ever like the way this looks when I put it on?” or “Have I worn this in the past year?” If the answer was no then I decided to get rid of it. The cool thing is it’s fun to re-gift (without acting like you re-gifted) or donating old magazines to doctors’ offices. And so now I challenge you…get rid of 100 things!

P.S Sorry for the yellowy awful pictures. I got rid of my stuff Sunday evening and I’m hardly home with sunlight anymore!

  1. candace m.

    January 23

    i’m currently in the “get rid of 1000 things” mode as i move my studio from one room to another in my house! it feels so liberating!! :D

    throughout the switch, i have realized that i have a very serious addiction to notebooks, clipboards, and yellow mechanical pencils.

    • Allison

      January 23

      Yay for brand new studio! Make sure you blog about it once it’s finished.

      We very much simplified our lives when we downgraded from a 1200 sq ft to the little closest we live in now. I really enjoyed it. We literally have 2 small closets now so it was sort of difficult to find 100 things to get rid of.

  2. Ann

    January 23

    Aw I just discovered your blog, and I love it! Just read this post on Jess LC as well, I had massively cleaned my house the week between Christmas and NY’s, so it felt super good to know other people were doing the same :)

    • Allison

      January 23

      Ann! I’m so glad you commented. I absolutely adore your blog. Looking forward to reading and keeping up with you!

  3. nick

    January 23

    i can’t believe you threw those goggles away.

    • Allison

      January 23

      HAHA. Don’t worry…they were my brother’s. He bought them for $5 at Walgreens.

  4. hellolala

    January 24

    been de cluttering my home for the past 6 months now! its been a slow journey but at least its progess! yay!

    • Allison

      January 29

      It’s pretty therapeutic! But dang it takes a long time! And it always looks worse before it gets better.

  5. Thanks for sharing this! I did a MAJOR purge before moving overseas but now it’s time to do it again. It’s amazing how easy it is to accumulate *stuff*

    • Allison

      January 29

      Moving definitely motivates me to de-clutter. I usually think to myself, “Do I want to move this? Or throw it away?” Usually I get rid of it.

  6. Sarah Von

    January 27

    Awesome! I swear to God, getting rid of things is, like, my second favorite hobby ;)

    • Allison

      January 29

      Mine too! After ACCUMULATING the stuff :) haha

  7. Summer

    February 6

    I love this. The photographic evidence of de-cluttering is brilliant!

    • Allison

      February 6

      YES. Photo documentation proves that you got rid of it (even if it feels like you didn’t).

  8. This is such a brilliant idea and I’m now convinced I need to do this!!

    • Allison

      February 6

      Let me know if you do! Love your blog Colleen!

  9. eyeliah

    February 9

    Great work! Its about time I do this again.

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  11. Mia

    February 20

    Hi! I saw what you were doing on yes and yes and decided to do it too, and it’s kind of changing my life, so thanks! I’m only up to twenty (so’s my husband though, so that’s 40) but we’ve thrown out so much crap, as well as do related things like return borrowed books etc and replace lightbulbs (it’s so weird to be able to see again). Onward and upward!

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  13. dana

    August 20

    I am moving abroad to be with my fiance and I have to throw out more than half of what I own. My throw away pile is significantly larger than my take with me pile. I even thought I was going to have to leave my car behind but I found a great overseas car shipping company. I can’t wait to get over there to see him. It actually feels good to throw away a lot of stuff. Thanks for sharing!

    • Allison

      August 20

      Ohhh good luck with the move!! How amazing. Where are you headed?

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