In an effort to reduce a consumerist-based lifestyle, Nicolas and I (Kara) are attemping to get rid of two-thousand ten things in the year 2010.  This all began for us by a challenge that someone else proposed to live on just 100 things.  Even if we do not succeed, we will have succeeded by learning to live on so much less so that we can generously give to others.

You may say that eliminating 2010 things is hard to do, and you are right, it is hard.  So we are counting everything individually – for example, instead of “old pictures” being one thing, we will count each picture.  Or if we get rid of a framed picture, the photo, matte, and frame will count as 3 items.  However, basic necessities do not count, like using up a roll of toilet paper or eating a can of soup.   Additionally, replacing items do not count, like replacing a pair of shoes that have worn out.

Hopefully this is an encouragement to those of you who have thought of doing something like this but feel that it is daunting or impossible or that everything is somehow necessary.

You can watch our progress on a webpage we created specfically for this task.  We are already over 200 items so far!