Open Your Eyes
How much stuff do you have? How much stuff do you really need?
Lately I have been really intrigued by the 100 thing challenge, where people commit to whittling down their total posessions (including apparel, books, electronics, vehicles, cooking & eating utensils – virtually everything) down to just 100 things.
After watching The Story of Stuff, I took a quick inventory of my things. I have at least 100 books alone. I have a dream one day of having a home with reading room filled with an entire wall of books. But then I began to think, is it better to continually haul around these books year after year, or should I donate them to someone who doesn’t have access to books?
Today, I’m wearing eleven things on my body and have six things in my purse. This one day would represent 16% of my total allowance of things on the 100 thing plan. I live in a pretty small space, where only about 2 people can eat dinner comfortably, but I have glasswear and plates for 20. Why? All this stuff thought reminded me of a Mass Consumption exhibit I saw in Boston earlier this year. The artist name is Chris Jordan – check out his photos and be sure to read the captions.
At the end of The Story of Stuff, they offer some ideas for breaking the cycle. They include recycling, detoxifying your home, and not driving as much. Pretty simple, small things! I’m going to try to only use what I need, and not stockpile stuff.
What do you think you can do without?