Friday, December 3, 2010


Yeah, so no posts for the last month. I haven't been backsliding on the de-cluttering project; no, I'm just getting tired of taking the pictures and posting them. I've caught myself saving up piles of things until I can document them, and that's definitely counterproductive.


I promise I'll keep getting rid of things. The cleaning we did for my mother-in-law's recent visit made it very clear how nice it is to have less stuff. For the first time, we found that we actually had a place for everything--no piles on top of bookcases, no stuff shoved into a corner. It was an excellent demonstration of how valuable this project has been.

I'll do a dump of all the photos I've taken, but don't count on much more. Thanks for tuning in.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Week 12

Home: 10 t-shirts

Office: 10 more pieces of junk

Tiffany: 10 more books

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Week 11

Home: 10 things I don't want pictures of on the internet

Office: 10 pieces of junk

Tiffany: 10 books

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Week 10

Home: 10 books

Office: 10 (expired) Atkins-diet bars

Tiffany: 10 books

Friday, October 15, 2010

Week 9

Home: 10 more books

Office: 10 plastic bags

Tiffany: 9 books and a trash can

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Week 8

Home: 8 books, a water bottle, and a gargoyle (which may or may not end up as a New Years Day door prize)

Office: a 10-centimeter stack of junk mail from from a desk drawer

Tiffany: 10 more books

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Week 7

Home: nasty-ass freezer stuff

Office: 10, yes 10, Diet Peach Snapple bottles

eviltiff: 10 books

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Week 6

It's used book sale time at work, so you'll be seeing lots of stacks over the next few weeks...




Monday, September 13, 2010

Week 5

Home: 10 children's books

Office: 10 (more) pieces of trash from my desk

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Week 4

OK, took me until Friday, but I got it done.

Home: 10 books

Office: Ten pieces of unopened mail, from as far back as 2004

Friday, September 3, 2010

Week 3

Home: Ten pairs of pants--how many pairs of "painting pants" do I need?

Office: Ten bottle caps. Most of them had some sort of "Collect and Win!" contest associated with them, but, really, trash!

Week 2

Home: Just junk

Office: That's a stack of 32 expired credit cards on the right

Week 1

Home: 27 Family Handymans, a dozen or so Cook's Illustrateds, and a few others. I'm never going to look at these!

Office: I ended up saving the wedding picture on the center, but I did throw away the attached card.


Based on a post on Metafilter about minimalism, I decided to get rid of 10 things a week for a year. We'll see how long I last.

Each week, I'll post pictures of what I get rid of, both at home and at work.

"Get rid of" can mean trashed, recycled, FreeCycled, given away, or donated.

"Things" can mean whatever I decide it means. It can mean a single issue of a magazine or a stack of them. It can mean a single paperclip or all the stuff sliding in the bottom of a drawer. A lot of the things will be trash, but I'm not going to count all the stuff I'd be throwing away anyway, like milk cartons and such--only if it's trash that I wasn't, you know, going to throw away anytime soon will it be counted. Distinctions may be arbitrary.

The office items will likely be less impressive than the home ones, since my office isn't nearly as cluttered. I'm guessing most office stuff will be things that should be in the trash.

Oh, and I've been doing this a few weeks already, so the first couple of posts will all be on the same day. I hope to start weekly posting now.

Let's go!