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Casa Quickie: Live Simply

Dave Bruno is a dude who gave himself a huge personal challenge when he penned the 100 Thing Challenge, which limits him to owning only 100 personal effects by November 12, 2008, and live with only 100 personal things from that date for one full year. Although there are some exceptions, such as his prized collection of Marklin Trains and memorabilia, the challenge is a noble attempt to develop consumer discipline. Some might argue that restraining from frivolous spending is a threat to our economy, but what it does do is tame that environmentally un-friendly beast called waste. Living simply, with only true necessities, is the most eco chic thing a person can do.

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bingkaycoy bingkaycoy 9 years
I do purging almost every season. I'm not attached to things except for photographs and personal journals of mine which I have started since 4th grade. My husband has a tiny jewelry box which contains his memorabilia collected from childhood, and of course his "music gear" (coz he's a musician). I think I have been successful in teaching him to be "an educated consumer" and that "stuff" can't be taken with us when we die. Joy is not from acquisition of stuff or achievements but being in content with what you have and taking pleasure with all that you are giving your time and love to others.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I'd love to do this. I always say I wish I could sell ALL of my stuff and start over. I'd just need a bed and my computer some clothes and makeup/hair products. I'd be much happier that way.
mazdagirluk mazdagirluk 9 years
For my bday this year, I have asked for no "new" items. Only items friends have but don't use anymore, or just a smile :) I am interested to see what people share!
stephley stephley 9 years
I think it's an interesting idea - just figuring out how many things we own would probably make many of us cringe. As I've gotten older, I've developed a natural 'enough' feeling with a lot of things like shoes and handbags. I've even started donating some of my books and going to the library instead of the bookstore.
Home Home 9 years
Hi Rice a Roni, As I said, the challenge is his attempt to "develop consumer discipline," not to avoid waste. Although his possessions aren't literally limited to 100 (there are some exceptions), it's a noble effort. I don't know anyone who owns only 1 pen and 1 pencil (I own dozens!). But rather, I used the example to point out that this kind of discipline can really contribute to cutting back on waste. Glad you checked it out! Cheers, Casa
emalove emalove 9 years
rice-a-roni rice-a-roni 9 years
The post mentions "environmentally un-friendly beast called waste." I'm not sure avoiding waste is this guys real motive. He uses disposable rasors!! That seems rather wasteful to me. Just something I noted in reading his list of "100" items (which in reality is soooooo much more)
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