(Hint: I’ve got 7 tips at the end of the post to help you tackle your own home!)
Over the weekend I took a few hours to do another Throw Out 100 Things Challenge.
And man, does it feel good!
Going through our stuff and identifying what we don’t need, use, or love feels like I’m giving our home a facial.
Plus, these regular exfoliations control clutter and highlight what we don’t want to acquire in the future.
Though the term “throw out” is in the challenge title, I trash as little as possible. Most items are donated, recycled, and passed on to someone new.
I believe that each item as has its own “life cycle” independent of our lives. We are simply the stewards for our items as long as we need, use, or love them. After that time has passed, it is our responsibility to take the items someplace where they can be used and appreciated again.
That said, I’m also a big proponent of the ventilator test: If you suddenly died, and your loved ones had to deal with your stuff, would they toss it out?
If so, don’t keep clutter because you are sad to see it go in the trash. It will go there eventually. Don’t let it stress you out in the meantime. Simply bring more awareness to future purchases.
Another reason I love big exfoliations like this is because it makes me so happy to pass on stuff to new owners! Back in the days of Jess LC I felt giddy giving my team nice exfoliation items.
Since I don’t have a local team anymore, I stashed several new or “good-as-new” items I thought my friend might like into a little bag with a bow and a note on her doorstep.
She loved her surprise gift bag so much that I’ve now made her a second little bag of items that I was previously going to donate.
Which goes to show you never know how much joy your unwanted stuff might bring to those who could need, use, or love it.
Now, without further ado, here’s this year’s first 100 Things Challenge!
7 Throw Out 100 Things Tips
If you are thinking about doing your own 100 Things Challenge, here are a few things to keep in mind:
1. Set an intention. No surprise here, right? One great place to start is to create an intention for your wardrobe and home that can help guide your exfoliation choices and shape your environment according to your vision.
2. Try to “batch” items as much as possible. For example, I batched six nail polishes (#67) and seven tumblers (#12) as single items. Batching really helps you make significant progress.
3. Take photos of emotionally important items. Sometimes we keep items we don’t need, use, or love because they are tied to a memory we are afraid we might forget. Rather than save the item itself, take a photo (or make a video!) and create a memory book so the memory stays and the clutter goes.
4. Box it. If you are unsure about some items, put them in a box and mark it with a date 1-3 months out. If you haven’t thought about or needed the items in the box by the marked date, donate the unopened box.
5. Test travel size products first. When trying new products use samples or purchase mini-sizes first. I did this with some hair products (#86-88) which I ended up hating. Because I bought the little sizes first, I saved a bunch of money, product, and packaging.
6. Check your condiments. A great place to look for exfoliations is to go through your condiments and find expired items.
7. Observe trends. Once you have done one or two 100 Things Challenges, you’ll start to notice trends in the exfoliations. What brands are you consistently throwing away? Why? Let these observations educate your future purchases.
Exfoliations, whether they are challenges like this or smaller routines like The End of the Week Exfoliation, are a great way to control clutter, bring joy to others, and optimize the use and lifespan of the items in our lives.
If you do this challenge and blog about it, please send me a link so I can check it out!