Monday, September 27, 2010

80/20 Rule or Less is More

Recently I was reading about the 80/20 rule. How we only use 20% of our things 80% of the time. Now I have always believed this to be true about clothes and I have at least one child who I know it is true for. They seem to wear the same jeans/shorts every day to school. This particular article implied that this rule fits our entire lives and houses. It seems that we only use 20% of our belongings 80% of the time. Most of us live in houses filled to the gills with things we are not using. Grandma Pebble's china handed down to us, the ruby red Depression glassware collected by our mother and our one vice, books, books, books.

After reading this article I came to a decsion. I have decided to reduce our belongings and acquisitions by 20% in the upcoming month. I hope you will follow me on this journey, and if you feel drawn too, to join me on this journey. I will be selling and donating "excess inventory" as I go along. As an interesting observation I have decided to weigh and track the total that I reduce by. For me reducing the bulk of the items in our house wil be the easy part. I always seem to have a bag going for donations. The challenge will be to purchase less to bring into the house. I am not a big shopper but never the less, the odd thing seems to make it into my carriage at the store. So for October I will try to delay purchasing these so called non neccesities.

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