A 100 Pound Diet

We’re not hoarders by any means, but I still periodically look around the house for ways to reduce clutter.  This urge intensifies just prior to a move to a new home, which we are considering later this year.  Earlier this week, I wondered if it would be possible to get rid of 100 pounds of stuff before the end of the month.  After thinking about it for a few seconds, I decided to take on the challenge.  The number and time frame are completely arbitrary; I picked 100 lbs because I’d be happy to have that much less to move in a few months.

The rules:

  • I’m not counting things that would ordinarily be considered garbage.  Things like greeting cards, magazines, etc.
  • Also not counting things that will get replenished.  Converting coins into dollars or eating all the food in the cupboards isn’t really in the spirit.
  • I’m considering only disposal and conveniently ignoring the massive intake of new items we’ve experienced in the past year, thanks to Ava and Emilie.  And also the 15 pounds of books I bought at the library the other day.

A few ideas I have so far: downsizing the number of textbooks in boxes in the garage and moving pictures from photo albums to a photo box I started a few months ago.  More to come as we get closer to the end of the month.