500 things challenge – done!

One of my resolutions this year was to get rid of 500 things.  I completed the first half of the challenge in February – and that was fairly easy.  The second half was hard!  The obvious stuff had gone, so I had to really search.

508 things gone in 6 months
508 things gone in 6 months

Mr D was a star.  He had a major wardrobe clear-out so that was 52 things in one go.  Most of my clothing contribution were winter things that had worn out.

I gave away 48 sewing and knitting patterns during the 6 months.  Some of them were gifts and I held a blog giveaway, so those didn’t linger in the house too long.  But I bought most of them, and the majority were unused.   I definitely had ‘want to join in and sew all the things’ madness when I first started sewing and blogging!

It’s been a lesson to me to think a bit harder about the clothes I want to make and wear.  Maybe learn to adapt the patterns I have as well – there are still plenty in the drawer…

My resolutions now are to be more thoughtful about what I buy, and keep on top of giving away things we don’t need.  I find pausing for a day or two before clicking the buy button helps.  Pinterest is great for keeping wish lists, and not-so-subtle birthday present hints.

The main benefit I’ve found is I feel lighter, less distracted, and more focussed.  It’s quite addictive!


The second 250 –

Mr D – 52 items of clothing

Me – 35 items of clothing
1 pair of wellies (failed to mend)
1 pair shoes
1 bag
33 sewing and knitting patterns
3 Burda magazines
25 books
Two 2014 guidebooks
2 bags of ribbons
15 pieces of fabric
1 bag fabric scraps
2 bags of yarn
2 bags of buttons
1 pair bag handles
1 bag purse making things
1 wire basket
1 pot glue
4 food items
2 plant pots
5 ornaments
1 bottle perfume
3 dog toys (Hetty strikes again!)
3 pieces of jewellery
1 watch
3 badges
6 storage jars/ boxes
Set of Project Life cards
4 unused beauty products
12 miscellaneous things from the kitchen drawer
3 pet food covers
soap dish
Photographic film splicer (we have no idea where this came from)
5 CDs
1 notebook
6 cleaning materials
7 bedding/towels
2 cameras
8 pieces of stash fabric used

You can see the first 250 here.


  1. Emma Jayne

    It’s funny reading this. We had family over for roast dinner at the weekend and my husband’s Aunt and cousin commented on our few possessions. I think the question was “where do you keep your things?” We just keep a low level of essentials, not much on show and under capacity cupboards. I feel I need space to grow my life and build my possessions slowly. We car boot at least once a year and I’m sad to say that mostly our car boot items are gifts from other people. We just don’t accumulate. I bet you’re feeling the benefit of the 500+ items that you released from your house!

  2. stitchedupsam

    I’m so impressed with you doing this. It’s something I seriously need to do… I definitely do NOT have any under capacity cupboards, when I can get myself in gear to start!

  3. PendleStitches

    Congratulations. You must feel so much lighter. I really wish we’d tallied all the stuff we’ve unloaded this year. I know that it’s a lot. Possibly even around the 500 mark. I wouldn’t feel too bad about the 2 cameras….I’m embarrassed about just how much tech we have in our house.

    1. dottiedoodle

      I think at the time you just want to get rid of it, but it is interesting to keep a list. I know what you you mean about the tech. It’s so easy to keep the old stuff when we get something new and shiny!

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