A Student of History

June 10, 2008

100 Things

Filed under: Simple Living — John Maass @ 5:40 am

Could you get by with just owning 100 things?

Some folks are trying to do just that, as we learn from a TIME article.

Excess consumption is practically an American religion. But as anyone with a filled-to-the-gills closet knows, the things we accumulate can become oppressive. With all this stuff piling up and never quite getting put away, we’re no longer huddled masses yearning to breathe free; we’re huddled masses yearning to free up space on a countertop. Which is why people are so intrigued by the 100 Thing Challenge, a grass-roots movement in which otherwise seemingly normal folks are pledging to whittle down their possessions to a mere 100 items.

There is also a link to help “unclutter” stuff as well.  Here is a good point from that piece:  “If you think about it, the reasons why a lot of people buy stuff are exactly the same reasons why a lot of people run out and eat inappropriate food—to make themselves feel better.”

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