See My 100 things List (+ things I got rid of)

Published On October 5, 2013 | By Morten Storgaard | Challenges

NOTE: This is a follow-up post of the 100 things post. You can also read the “One year later update“, to see what I decided to buy after the 12 months.

So I finally got the list done.

I landed a little below 100 but on the other hand I couldn’t really count kitchenware, as I share that with my wife and out tenant.

Here is the list of my 100 things.


Some of the sentimental stuff from my 100 things list

My 100 things list

2 Pairs of jeans
2 Sport shorts
3 Shorts
1 Skiing pants
4 Shirts
6 T-shirts
1 Tank top
4 Sweaters
1 Suit (counts as 3 items)
2 Winter sweater
3 Jackets (summer, winter + leather jacket)
1 Cap
1 Beanie
4 Shoes (running-, converse-, leather- and winter boots)
1 Scarf
1 pair of flip flops
1 pair of gloves
1 set of socks*
1 set of boxers*
1 Belt
*See note about socks / boxers in the text below the list

Music stuff
4 Guitars
Guitar Amp
3 Guitar Cables
Trumpet mute cup
Trumpet mic

Out door stuff
Diving goggles
Skiing goggles
Sun glasses
2 Hand protection gear
2 Knee protection gear

Sentimental stuff
Embroided picture (from mom)
Folder with model plane plans (from childhood)
Box with Legos
Wooden Lego car (inherited)
Small porcelain dog (inherited)
Old chest with bible verses (inherited)
Park meter (A funny lamp I’ve built)
Family album
Super Nintendo SNES (Supermario ’92)
Card game
Wedding picture

Bathroom stuff
Tooth brush
Nose hair trimmer
Hair trimmer
2 Towels

Everything else
2 Bags
2 Retro speakers
External screen
Alarm clock (don’t always want to sleep with my phone)

….That makes a total of 96 things.


*My wife talked me into counting boxers and socks  as one item each, because it would be gross to try and cut these down to an absolute minimum. We don’t like washing clothes too often, so I have kept app. 10 pairs of boxers and socks.

Another thing I have counted as one item is my wallet. I use a tiny wallet which also holds my 3 keys.

The hardest things to get rid of

Of course some things are harder to let go than others. For me it was very tough to let go of my CDs. I have collected 100s of very unique underground metal cds, and after a little ceremonial moment, I chose to only digitalise the ones I could not find on e.g. Spotify.

I have given my CDs to my band mates and friends, so they remain “in the family”.

Some of the last stuff I got rid of was some old wooden indoor model planes, which I build as a child. I have so many good memories with these, so I ended up saving some good photos on Dropbox instead.

I decided to keep the building plans, so I can build new ones, if I ever get a kid who is interested in building them with me.

I thought a lot about whether to keep my ’92 Super Nintendo or let it go, and ended up keeping it. It holds so many good memories, and when I really need to relax, I love to get in a comfy chair and play this awesome simple game.

Keeping some stock under the bed

As you can read in my first 100 thing challenge post, I have sold what I could and donated a lot of stuff. But some shoes and clothes (like old half worn-out band shirts) I have kept in a box under our bed.

This way I can use them whenever something else gets worn out. I think it would be a waste to throw it out in order to land on 100 possessions, so I decided to keep these, but I don’t count them as part of my 100 thing list.

Most of my clothes

Most of my clothes

What’s next?

I have decided to stick to only owning a maximum of 100 things for a year, and then evaluate whether I want to continue this way. I am excited to see how if affects me.

I already feel like I have more energy to focus on changing habits and learning new stuff. I have started to learn Japanese, and I have almost quit biting my nails – which I contribute to the fact that my head feels clearer and more focused with all the clutter being removed.

When you think about it 100 things is actually a lot of stuff. In some countries owning 100 things would be considered being wealthy.

E.g. I still own 4 guitars – which is pretty crazy. I think the 100 thing challenge is a very good challenge for everybody in rich countries.

Don’t be too focused on the number

It’s all about rethinking what you need to happy. Don’t focus too much on number “100”. Maybe your ideal number is higher or lower? What you should consider is:

Do your things make you happier – or would you actually feel happier without?

You might alto like:

One year later (after the challenge)

The rules of the 100 Thing Challenge

Clever furniture for tiny spaces (multifunction)

I want weekly inspiration:

  • great to see you keep the super nintendo! it’s a bit bulky and adds a few items to the list (the deck, power supply, the av cord, carts, and then a tv) but a great luxury :D

    • Yes I really enjoy playing old TV games like Mario :) simple and fun!

  • Yes i love playing these old games like Super Mario. A nice and feel-good world where everything is simple :)

  • Tm Finn

    Interesting…I’m wanting to simplify my life…do away with those items I don’t use. The hardest are the china and crystal that belonged to my grandmother…so, I’ll keep one cup and saucer for my tea.

    • Yes stuff with sentimental value. I kept a couple of things from my grandparents home. But it’s a good idea to keep a few, and maybe you can give the rest to a family member :)

  • Tm Finn

    I like your idea of storing serviceable clothes for future use.
    Back in the 50s my dad thought every one should pack as though moving, drive aroun

    • yes it’s a good idea to aviod throwing out the good stuff (that only has value to yourself)

  • Tm Finn

    D the block, and unpack. We’d get rid of the excess.

  • Hi Tm Finn, thanks for stopping by. Thinking about what you would bring (and not bring) when moving – or travelling – helps a lot :)

  • Alan Chintis

    I don’t know how you did it. I guess I don’t know what to include and not include. I have a wife and kids that I can’t force to take part in this challenge, so it gets very difficult. Do I include household furniture? my household and landscaping tools? toiletries? materials I keep for work around my house? my books?

    I really would love to cut down and simplify my life, but I’m having a really hard time envisioning my life post-challenge. Would it be cheating to get rid of what I can and box everything else up to test the waters?

    • Hi Alan, I think that’s a great idea – to put some stuff in boxes and test it out. I downsized piece by piece over 2 years, and then finally made the last cut from app. 2000 things to 100… I did’nt include furniture for the same reason (I am married and we also have a tenant), and stuff like food, tooth paste etc. I didn’t count, but I did count a lot of other stuff – I boxed some clothes, because I wanted to use it later, so when I trash a t-shirt I just grab a new one from the box :) Don’t rush the process, just take it a step at a time would be my advise – worked for me :)

    • I didn’t count furniture and kitchen stuff, as we share this with a tenant, but books, CD’s and DVD’s are on my computer and ipad now. I did count toiletries like toothbrush, shaver, trimmers but not toothpaste, and other supplies.
      I think it’s a great idea to put some stuff away in boxes, to see if you will miss it. I find that the difficult part is the “letting go” part, because most of us don’t really use that much stuff on a daily basis :)

  • Maxpromed

    Wow, congratulations on your achievements. Don’t think I could have made it. But very impressive