Is Minimalism the Answer to Sustainability?

Now that September has come to an end and I have participated in my own version of the 100 Thing Challenge, I feel some weight lifted with fewer craft projects, books, and toiletries, and I look forward to cutting down on my wardrobe over the coming year. Reducing what I own has definitely made me think differently about what I own and why I continue to keep it year after year. I’m beginning to see that not everything in my life needs to be perfect and that acquiring more things does not make my life better. I see how minimalism means I consume less and leads to a more sustainable life. But, is minimalism the best choice to live a more sustainable life? Is minimalism the answer and most effective way to reach sustainability? Continue Reading ›

My Wardrobe Inventory

The time has come for the inventory I’m least looking forward to: my wardrobe. Why exactly am I dreading it? Because I love clothes. I love fashion. I love style. I also have many items I hold onto, thinking I’ll have the opportunity to wear them. But it’s time to face the music, or my closet, rather. Although I do my best to purchase used and make sure I wear all of my items by rotating through them, I know that this will be the area that needs the most work. Plus, it doesn’t help that I like to make my own clothing and accessories and made a few items over the summer in order to complete my craft and sewing projects. But, nevertheless, I must persist. Continue Reading ›

My Bathroom Inventory

As someone who rarely wears makeup and strives to make their own beauty products, you might wonder why I decided to go through my toiletries for the 100 Thing Challenge. My reason for looking through my toiletries is simply because my bathroom is something I use every day, but I hardly ever think to inventory it to see what I have. Surely, I must not have that much if I see my toiletries every day and know what I have, right? I decided rather than assume I might as well use this opportunity to see what I don’t use and what I can give up on. As Dave Bruno points out, one of the hardest things he had eliminating was his woodworking tools. He held onto them, fantasizing about the woodworking artisan he might be, but never actually became. Looking around my bathroom, I wondered if there might be anything I was holding onto in hopes of becoming a persona I idealized. Continue Reading ›

My Book Inventory

Making my way through The 100 Thing Challenge, I find there is one thing I love to purchase no matter where I go: Books. When I visited family in San Francisco, I didn’t buy tons of clothes or souvenirs, I bought books. My cousin even apologized for taking me to a bookstore where I spent most of my vacation money. I’m not sure what it is about books, but they’ve always been something I’m eager to dive into. I think this stems from my childhood of being a bookworm, and admiring Belle from Beauty in the Beast. Unfortunately, what this has led to is too many books and no library to store them in. My bookshelves are full and it seems whenever I relocate, I always find boxes dedicated to my book collection. Since taking on The 100 Thing Challenge, I decided this had to come to an end, not only for future moves but also for my back after carrying boxes of books. Continue Reading ›

My Crafts Inventory

After finishing Chapter 4 of The 100 Thing Challenge, I realized there was one aspect I had not covered: my guidelines for taking on this challenge. I wasn’t sure cutting everything down to 100 things would be possible for me, but looking through my belongings, I also gathered I couldn’t keep everything I owned. As I started digging through books, craft projects, and more, I began putting everything in boxes to give away. My dad observed, “Are you giving all of these books away? Looks like you have a library.” His comments made me realize that although I may not be able to handle cutting everything down to 100 things, I can definitely cut back on what I own. This led me to set a few of my own guidelines, similar to what Dave Bruno establishes in his book: Continue Reading ›