NOTE: Everyone can do this challenge differently, but the point is to “destash” your home of 50 items. You can donate 50 old shirts, throw away 50 broken electronics, whatever works for you.

What works for me, is being accountable for my items — however you may not want to make a public list for personal reasons. Perhaps you just want to do a summary at the end: “23 items of clothing, 4 chipped dishes, etc.” Anyway, here we go again:

6. A purse I got at a secondhand shop for $2 and have used once. Donated.

7. A hobo purse/bag that I’ve used a lot of times, but is so dirty and the white parts just won’t come clean… Donated.

8. A clay bust of Ofuna Kannon. This was an art project, but my teacher never put it in the kiln and it cracked over the summer. It was modeled after a shrine I visited in Japan, but it really doesn’t look good with a big crack down the front. The clay can’t be salvaged so this has to go in the trash.

9. Another art project. This is one of those single desk/chairs from high school classrooms. We had a couple extra donated to our school, but we never had them for the classrooms, so they became art projects. This one I decorated with tree branches and yellow leaves and poetry. Unfortunately I don’t have room in my bedroom for it anymore. I’m putting it for FREE on CraigsList.

The next few items are all secondhand books I’ve collected over the years. I love visiting the basement of the local Value Vintage and walking through the shelves. Why are these books counted as one item each, and I counted the other 7 as one item total? My thought process is that these books are actually on my TBR list, but I really don’t need to own them until I get around to reading them. I can always borrow it from the library — I don’t have to own it.

10. Ulysses by James Joyce.
11. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens.
12. Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand.
13. Lady Chatterly’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence.
14. The Horse Whisper by Nicholas Evans.
15. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner.
16. Tender is the Night by F. Scott. Fitzgerald.
17. Don Quixote by Cervantes.