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Could You Be Happy With Just 100 Things?
Posted By Ginny Figlar Colón On October 26, 2010 @ 1:34 pm In Green Living | 1 Comment
Right now, I am living with 4 plates, 1 mug, 7 spoons, 2 books , 1 sofa, 4 folding chairs and a folding table, a mattress  on the floor and the rest of the basics to get me, my husband and our almost-3-year-old through January in our temporary apartment.
All the rest of our stuff is on a ship crossing the Atlantic from Sweden.
This unintentional exercise in simplicity  comes at a time when purging and living with less are making headlines. Like the one in The New York Times recently about consumers spending less to find happiness . In the article, a couple from Portland, Oregon — our new home — parsed their belongings down to just 100 objects. 100! They were inspired by the 100 Thing Challenge . And, while this is a bit extreme for most, I must admit that all the talk of zero debt, extra money for vacation  and less stress  inspired me to be a little more ruthless with my pre-move purging.
“A lot of people around the world feel ‘stuck in stuff,’” says Annie Leonard, author of The Story of Stuff . “They feel like their closets and garages are too full of things that don’t really make their lives much better.” Her advice is to “Reduce, Refuse and Rejigger”: reduce the stuff you have, refuse new stuff  and rejigger your priorities.
I am far from following all these tips to a T — I just ordered a pair of Simple boots for fall and have been making many trips to Target and IKEA for necessities. But what I’ve realized in the process of moving is that what makes a house a home is not the stuff in it … it’s the stuff that happens there.
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 Image: http://blog.gaiam.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/100ThingsBlog.jpg
 books: http://www.gaiam.com/category/media-library/books.do?SID=WG107SPRTAPEMACS
 mattress: http://www.gaiam.com/category/eco-home-outdoor/bedroom/mattress-toppers.do?SID=WG107SPRTAPEMACS
 exercise in simplicity: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Learn-to-Live-Simply.html
 consumers spending less to find happiness: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/08/business/08consume.html?pagewanted=all
 100 Thing Challenge: http://www.guynameddave.com/100-thing-challenge.html
 extra money for vacation: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Eco-Travel-Transportation.html
 less stress: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Stress-Relief-Tips-from-Mayo-Clinic.html
 The Story of Stuff: http://www.storyofstuff.com/
 refuse new stuff: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/To-Consume-or-Not-to-Consume.html
 trying a new recipe: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/category/healthandwellness/healthy-eating-healthandwellness/
 consumption rush: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/How-Virtuous-Is-Your-Shopping.html
 kids: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/HealthMindedParenting.html
 Portland’s Sunnyside Swap Shop Co-op: http://www.sunnysideswapshop.org
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