Throw Away 50 Things
Right Now.

Before I get to today’s post, I have a favour to ask of you.  The chicken debacle continues.  It’s a long story which I plan to get into later.  But for now … if you live in Hamilton or any of its surrounding communities that make up the amalgamated Hamilton, please sign this petition.  It was started by a woman who, like me, feels backyard chickens should be allowed in urban settings.  Signing it will not guarantee backyard chickens will be allowed in Hamilton, but it will start the ball rolling.

Click here to sign the petition 




I got an email a few days ago from a friend.   She wanted to share something she’d found on the Internet with me.  She isn’t the kind of friend that would normally send me random stuff  from the Internet, but she explained when she read this piece of information she immediately thought of me.

Normally I politely thank the person who forwards me stuff from the Internet then promptly ignore it.  I can really only read so many Maxine cartoons.

But I took a chance and gave the post she forwarded a look.  It was a post on a theory, a challenge, started by motivational speaker Gail Blanke.  You might be familiar with her.  Since I have never been one for motivational speakers, self help or any help for that matter … I was not familiar with her.  In a nutshell, Gail has a book and a website that revolve around one sentiment.  Throw out 50 things.  Right now.  Immediately.  It can be anything.  And it will change your life.

I scoffed.  As I often do.  I’m a scoffer, I can’t really help it.  Just this morning I scoffed at a kitchen chair.  I didn’t have anything to throw out.  Just a few years ago I sold/threw out pretty much everything I owned and replaced it with more streamlined stuff.  I just plain didn’t have 50 things to throw away.  Yes.  I am *that* good.

Then I looked directly under my wrists.  My wrists were resting on the edge of the antique pine desk I keep my laptop on.  That desk is in my kitchen.  And in that desk is a drawer.  It is “that” drawer.  The dreaded junk drawer was a mere 2 inches from the fingers that were currently replying to my friend’s email with a great, big, “Thanks, but I DON’T HAVE 50 THINGS TO THROW AWAY!  I’m better than everyone else.”.

This is “that” drawer.

drawer before


This is what was in that drawer.

drawer floor before


This is what was left after I threw out and otherwise relocated the stuff in it.

drawer floor after


This is “that” drawer now.

drawer after


And yes.  I feel better.  Lighter.  Healthier.   It was actually harder than I  thought it was going to be.  Safety pins?  But I might need those.  What if I need those?  They’re great for … pinning things.  Then I got over it and started chucking.   Next I’ll move onto the BOXES of 15 year old makeup in my bathroom, and then like my friend, my refrigerator door.

And I’m very, very excited about it.  Which I suppose is what my friend figured I’d be.  And she was right.  When I cleared out my house a few years ago I felt GREAT.  And that feeling has lasted for years.  I just got rid of crap that I thought I needed, but truly didn’t.  You really do feel lighter and better and for some strange reason, incredibly accomplished when you chuck things.  You feel in control and organized and superior to all other beings.  I don’t know about you, but I like that feeling.


So that is why I’m telling you about this challenge to Throw Away 50 Things.  Because I think you will like it too.  In one week we’re all going to meet back here again and I am going to post some of your pictures.  Yes.  You are going to be famous.  And so is your junk and crap.

Each item equals one thing.  One scrap of paper … 1 thing.  One safety pin … 1 thing.  See?  It’ll be easy.

Pick an area to focus on  … take a before picture, and then an after picture.  They don’t have to be magazine worthy shots.  Just a picture.  And then send the 2 pictures to me at with a little information on what you did and how it went.  I’ll post some of the pictures and stories next Monday and report on how it all went.

Now if you’ll excuse me I have a powder blue, sparkle infused, thick tip, eyeliner somewhere that I’m pretty sure I’m ready to let go of.


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  2. Shannon V. says:

    What a great idea Karen. I am going to challenge my teenagers to do this in their rooms (maybe more than once!) as well as do it myself!

  3. Marlene says:

    I need help when I was younger every boy band I fell in love with I collected posters and a lot of memorabilia and now I can’t find myself to throw them away so I’m putting everything into one box and I’m giving it to my boyfriend to throw I’m just gonna close my eyes and tell him to do it quick!

  4. Rori says:

    I just came across your blog and fell in love (with your chickens first). Then read your this post and thought I could do this. So since the weather here dictates mainly staying in doors I take the challenge on. The only difference I’m going to make it throw 50 things in every room. My daughter doesn’t know it yet but she will playing too!

  5. Allison says:

    Am I the only person that said “Why does Karen have my car keys??” and then realized that there is more than one Volvo owner in the world?

    Also, I’m a chuck-aholic. I get in trouble for throwing things away :( I mean, I’m kinda crunchy and love to repurpose, but it’s like getting a runner’s high without having to do an real form of exercise. Swish!

  6. Terrific idea. First I’ll tackle a drawer… then a bookcase… then the “storage” area in our basement! And of course the Big challenge is not to throw useful stuff out — but to find new homes for it (e.g. Freecycle).

  7. Christina says:

    I just came across this via Pinterest and I’m SO glad I clicked on that curious comment about throwing 50 things away! I am getting married in May, and We bought a house, so will shortly be moving over there. There is NO better time to get that junk I’ve been “saving” JUST IN CASE out into the trash bins/to the good will. Thanks for the encouragement, I’ll definitely be sharing my pictures with you! (And probably linking back to this idea on my blog too!)

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