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13 Steps to Picture Perfect Nails

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Durring my girly project, I was surprised at the realization I didn’t know how to paint my nails.

I had borrowed a friend’s nail kit, picked a color and went to town. It ended up looking streaky, messy and lumpy. Nail Fail. I will admit that I was doing it in low light while watching The Shining, so I wasn’t exactly focused.

I had thought that doing my nails was a one step process, add polish, nope. After a couple hours of denial, I asked Google and called friends and patched together this 13 step process to nails you can be proud of.

13 Steps To Picture Perfect Nails

  1. Remove Old Polish
    Start by taking off any old polish with nail polish remover and a cotton ball. I tried using toilet paper and it just fell apart, not recommended.
  2. Trim Your Nails
    Cut and file your nails. Don’t cut past the white of your nail. When filing, file gently in one long stroke from one side to the center of the nail. Nails can weaken if you file too low into the corners and sides. Try and get your nails to about the same length and shape.
  3. Soak Your Fingers – Optional
    Rest your hands in a bowl of warm water for five minutes. Add two tablespoons of a bath salt or some liquid soap to soften the nails. Don’t make the water too hot or it will dry out your hands and nails.
  4. Soften Cuticles
    Apply cuticle oil or cuticle lotion on dry hands. It you don’t have cuticle oil, and who does, you can always use olive oil.
  5. Push Back Your Cuticles
    Use a cuticle or Popsicle stick to press cuticles back so they don’t get in the way of the polish.
  6. Scrub & Moisturize Your Hands
    Exfoliate hands with a body scrub or homemade mixture of olive oil and kosher salt or raw sugar. Scrub for a couple minutes, then wash thoroughly. Dry hands and apply a rich moisturizer.
  7. Pick a Polish
    Lighter colours are easier to maintain than darker ones, since chips will be less noticeable.
  8. Warm the Polish
    Roll the bottle between your hands to warm the nail polish for about 25-30 seconds. Open it, and scrape some of the excess nail polish off on the side of the bottle. Don’t shake it. Rolling the bottle keeps bubbles out of the polish and keeps your nails smooth.
  9. Base Coat
    Apply one coat of clear nail polish (base polish works best!). Allow it to fully dry to the touch before proceeding. It’s okay if some of the color gets on your skin. Nobody will be able to tell since there’s no color.
  10. Paint On the Right Way
    Paint one stripe of color in the middle of your thumb or pinky nail. Then, paint a stripe on the left, continuing to the right. This subtly focuses the color in the middle of the nail. Remember to keep your hand steady. Don’t worry if it looks too thin — it’s supposed to. Re-dip your brush into the bottle before starting the nail so the color is evenly distributed throughout your nails. Let it dry completely before adding you last coat. You may have to wait 10-20 minutes, so you may want to turn on your television or some music.
  11. Second Coat – Optional
    Add another coat of color if desired, depending on the shade of color you want. Bear in mind that if you want a color very similar to the bottle you should paint two coats, but if you want a lighter shade then skip to the next step. Let this dry. Remember the top coat is the one everyone will see, and the one that you’ll feel. Keep that coat smooth!
  12. Clear Coat – Optional
    Paint a last coat of clear polish to keep the color lasting for at least one more week! This seals and protects the color.
  13. Let Your Nails Dry
    Wait for your nails to dry completely before doing anything else. You can watch TV while you wait. Try not to wave your arms or shake your wrists frantically in an attempt to dry your nails. This can tone down the shine in your nails. Enjoy your freshly done nails!

Resources:
http://just-for-mom.kaboose.com/your-gorgeous-manicure.html
http://www.wikihow.com/Paint-Your-Nails


I co-host on The Good Atheist: talking about the fall of men & the rise of women, eventually

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When exploring my girly project I came across some interesting information about men and women and what people are calling the fall of men & the rise of women.

Click here to listen.


Easy Caramel Macchiatos at Home with an AeroPress

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I was the only big coffee drinker in the house. Since I’d rather not make an entire pot every morning, I usually went without.

I kept hearing buzz about this cute little AeroPress unit that made rich coffee with less bitterness and acidity, one cup at a time. I was skeptical. It was a press system and I had a bad experience using my friend’s French Press and getting a mouth full of grit in my last few sips, yuck.

I was on the fence until Lifehacker got on board. Suddenly I needed one now, express shipping please!

Now 2 months later, I am glad to say there are no signs of buyer’s remorse. I have found a few little hacks that allow me to make myself fantastic frothy lattes every morning in under 4 minutes. The coffee is as good as the hype and pleasantly grit free.

If you want one for yourself the AeroPress is usually sold for less than $35. I’ve seen them at high end coffee shop but you can also just grab it online.

Here’s a video I put together showing how to make a 4 minute Caramel Macchiato. Enjoy 🙂


Jason Lee Creatively Captures His Children

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Check out these adorable family photos. Jason Lee makes keepsakes an art form.

Jason Lee ] VIA [ My Modern Met ]


5 Great Cord Management Systems for your Gadgets

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I can’t wait till everything goes wireless, since I am awful to my cords. They get stuffed into luggage or left to tangle in a drawer and now I have to pay the price, literally. Recently I lost a couple cords to my negligence and found out it’s gonna cost me $80 to replace my iPhone earbuds and another $35 to replace a charger cable. Time to invests in an ounce of prevention.

These are the best cord management systems (CMS) that I found or were recommended to me, in no particular order.

Enjoy!

1. The Cable Clip by Blue Lounge

Blue Lounge makes a lot of really cool gadget helpers, one of which is the cable clip. This cord solution doesn’t add a lot a bulk, making it great for travel. Cooler still, the shape allows you to stack unused cords or line them up neatly in a drawer. Comes in 4 colours: light grey, dark grey orange and green.

They come in 3 sizes:

Small (25 x 26 x 11 mm): Ideal for thin cords such as earbud cords, small data cables and charger cords. Sold in packs of 6.

Medium (39 x 36 x 16 mm): Ideal for USB & data cords, small power cords, audio cords and phone cables. Sold in packs of 4.

Large (61 x 51 x 29 mm): Ideal for thick or long power cords and ethernet network cables. Sold in packs of 2.

Cost: $9.95 for a pack

2. The AppleCore by AppleCore International

The Applecore is basically a spool for your cords, you can’t get more simple than that. This fun, simple design makes me think ‘playful minimalist’. It comes in a bunch of colours and holds cords securely, very well designed.

Cool Fact: The AppleCore won the 2010 DaVinci Institute Consumer Product of the Year Award

Also comes in 3 sizes:

Small: Ideal for thiner cords, like earbuds, small data cables and charger cords. $1.99

Medium: Ideal for shortening or storing small appliance and household item cords, such as hair dryers, kitchen mixers and AV cords. $2.99

Large: Ideal for shortening or storing thick or long power cords such as power tools. $4.99

Cost: $1.99 – 4.99

3. The Bobino Cord Wrap

The Bobino cord wrap is designed by the same folks that did the ultra clever Driinn Phone Holder. This CMS is tiny, thin, and simple to use. Six colours to choose from, all really nice.

Small (L 6.3″ x W 3.15″ x H 0.2″): Ideal for thiner cords, like earbuds, small data cables and charger cords. $2.95

Medium (L 6.3″ x W 3.15″ x H 0.2″): Ideal for shortening or storing USB & data cords, small power cords, audio cords and phone cables. $3.95

Large (L 6.69″ x W 3.15″ x H 0.2″): Ideal for shortening or storing thick or long data cords and phone cables. $4.95

Cost: $2.95 – 4.95

 

4. The Sumajin SmartWrap

The soft silicone has a great feel in your hand, it’s durable, tiny and comes in a ton of colors. The cords snap in at each end for extra security so no worry about it unraveling in your bag.

Cool Fact: The SmartWrap won ID magazine’s Design Distinction award
Cost: $5.00

 

5. Cableyoyo by Blue Lounge

The Cableyoyo is shiny, super thin and a bit more high tech than the other systems. Two small inbuilt clasps hold the cord at the right length when you have finished coiling. To unravel it, you squeeze in the center hole and just pull the end of the cord, brilliant and easy on the eyes.

Cost: $4.95

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One Drawer Fashion, The 333 Challenge

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image of my meticulously organized Single drawer of clothing

The Challenge

Originally proposed by Courtney Carver of the Be More With Less book and blog, the 333 challenge is an effort to live for 3 months with only 33 items in your wardrobe, including jewellery, shoes and other accessories.

With the 100 items challenge having already whittled down my clothing collection substantially, reducing it even further is a significant challenge. A tangential issue is that I’m not actually doing all that well at keeping my possessions to 100 items, at the moment I’m sitting at around 110 since indulging in a retail therapy experiment for my “30 days to find my zen” challenge.

The Rules

  1. When: October 1 – December 31
  2. What: 33 items including clothing, accessories, jewelry, outerwear and shoes.
  3. What’s not included: these items are not counted as part of the 33 items – socks, underwear, sleep wear, in-home lounge wear, and workout clothing
    How: over the next two months, outline your 33 items, by the 1st of October, box up the remainder of your fashion statement, seal it with tape and put it out of sight.
  4. What else: consider that you are creating a wardrobe you can live, work, and play in for three months. If you purchase items for project 333, stick with the one in, two out, approach. Consider the essentials and stick to 33.

In July, I began the initial part of the 333 challenge by sorting through clothing and considering something I rarely had before, fashion. Actually making the 333 list exposed my deep fashion naivety when it occurred to me that I didn’t know the names for the types of clothing I owned, such as the shrug, the knit top or finding out that it’s a button down top not a button up. I still have a few weeks to finalize my list of the wearable items that will get me through work, play, and travel for three months, but this is my preliminary list:

My 333 List

Shirts

  1. Shirt – Spaghetti Strap Top
  2. Shirt – Tank Top
  3. Shirt – Long Sleeve Knit Top
  4. Shirt – Red T-shirt
  5. Shirt – Yellow T-shirt
  6. Shirt – Patterned T-shirt
  7. Shirt – Star Trek T-shirt
  8. Shirt – White Buttoned Down Top

Pants

  1. Pants – Jeans
  2. Pants – Red
  3. Pants – Black & Red
  4. Pants – Black

Skirts

  1. Skirt – Long / Black
  2. Skirt – Short / Red Striped
  3. Skirt – Short / Grey

Dresses

  1. Dress – Sun
  2. Dress – LBD

Shoes

  1. Shoes – Flats
  2. Shoes – Walking
  3. Shoes – Heeled Boots

Coats & Sweaters

  1. Long Coat
  2. Long Grey Sweater

Accessories

  1. Sun Glasses
  2. Hat – Fedora
  3. Belt – Black
  4. Hip Sack – Blue
  5. Shell – White Lace
  6. Shrug – Black Ballet
  7. Vest – Leather
  8. Jewelry – Earrings
  9. Jewelry – Necklace

The challenge officially starts October 1st and I’m excited to use the limitations of the 333 challenge to spark my fashion creativity and passion.

Wish me luck 🙂


10 Great Travel Gear & Gadget Essentials

Posted on by Carisa Hendrix in Gismos & Gadgets, Top Ten, Travel & Adventure 2 Comments

I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent pouring over the inventories of online travel shops, ‘best of’ gadget lists and, I hate to say it but, Sky Mall.

Since beginning my travel lifestyle, travel gadget and gear have become a passion. Here’s a list of the gadgets I love the best.

Enjoy 🙂

1. Cocoon Innovation’s Grid-It Organizer

Cocoon Innovation has created a simple little unit that will clean up and organize your luggage while keeping all your gagets and loose items easy to find and grab at a moments notice.

We initially pack our bags with organization in mind, but what happens when you get to your destination and have to churn up the bag to find your camera? Grid-It, get it organized and stay that way.

Cost: $19.95 – $25.95

2. Portable Purse Hanger

Slip this great little gadget into your bag and use it when sipping espresso on the boardwalk or enjoying a beer on the patio during your travels. Portable Purse Hanger will keep your bag from getting dirty or wet on the floor at your feet and you won’t be leaving purses out of sight on the back of your chair where is may get bumped off or worse, stolen.

This item is one I never knew I needed till I had one, now I can’t do with out it.

Cost: $5.95 – $19.95

3. ChicoBag Messenger Bag 

This bag is among my favorite possessions and not just because is created with 80% recycled materials, although that’s pretty cool.

The ChicoBag is a great, fashionable and convenient option. It expands from a little pack into a full-size messenger bag. It features two separate zipper pockets, flexible lycra bottle pockets, an adjustable strap, and a sleek magnetized closure system.

Cost: $19.95 – $29.95

4. OHSO Pocket Toothbrush

The OHSO travel toothbrush is the first really sexy looking oral care gadget to catch my eye. The best feature is the automatic toothpaste application. All you need to do is turn the bottom knob and toothpaste, stored in the handle, is dispensed. How cool is that??? It even has a gauge to tell you how much paste is left.

Cost: $19.95

5. Victorinox Hanging Toiletry Kit

Toiletry kits, like this one, help you keep all your make up, shower and bathroom items organized. The real advantage to having a kit where everything has it’s place is how much easier it is to remember all your little items when it’s time to go home. I have a bad habit for leaving tooth brushes and perfume bottles behind when on the road. Before zipping up your kit it’s easy to see at a glance whether or not something is missing.

Any toiletry case big enough for your essentials will work for you. The Victorinox Hanging Toiletry Kit is something special though. The antibacterial inner lining prevents the growth of odor, mildew and mold-causing bacteria. The large main compartment has a mesh divider, coated water resistent side pocket with loops for toothbrush, toothpaste, razors, and other little items. The top hook allows you to hang the kit from the shower or towel rack and tucks away when not in use.

Cost: $54.94 – $58.00

6. Diva Cup, for that time of the month 

A friend of mine, who travels extensively suggested I try the Diva Cup. The cup is an alternative to tampons and pads which is comfortable, reusable and more eco-friendly. I had no idea how great this would be for travel. No more running around looking for a pharmacy in an unfamiliar city and way more comfortable than the alternatives for long flights.

It takes a while to get used to it, but once you have you’re unlikely to go back.

Cost: $24.95 – $39.95 

7. Over the Door Hook

When traveling in hotels you get used to having ample hooks and hangers for all your storage needs. When your staying with friends or billets however you’ll notice that guest rooms are not so well equipped. Having a little door hook tucked away in your luggage is well worth the tiny space and weight it adds.

Cost: $4.95 – $9.95

8. Solio Classic Hybrid Solar Charger 

This award-winning, compact and versatile solar charger is the bomb. The Solio Classic collects power from the sun, a USB, or wall socket; you can recharge almost any of your travel gagets super conveniently. One hour of sun = 15 minutes talk time or 40 minutes of MP3 music. Free and clean energy immediately, awesome.

Cost: $75.95 – $95.95

9. iPhone Mobile Tail by Studiooo Factory

One of the newest iPhone stand designs. With the suction cup back, you can easily attached it to most mobile devices. The mobile tail is made of high quality liquid silicon rubber. It packs small and allows you to use your iphone as a bedside clock with the addition of one funky little app called “Alarm Clock Free“. Also it’s makes your phone look adorable.

Cost: $5.95 – $9.95

10. Carzor Credit Card Razor

The travel razor comes with its own mirror and will fit in your wallet, since it folds flat into a credit card shape. The blades can be removed and stashed in the card so it won’t cut up your wallet. Seriously Cool!

Cost: $12.95 – $17.95

= Eco friendly product


Tim Ferriss Talks about Dealing with Haters

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Great video about dealing with negative comments online. I have had my fair share of haters since releasing the fire eating DVD and co-hosting on The Good Atheist. Every hurtful comment or email hit me hard and this video was the ointment I needed to cool the sting.

Tim Ferriss keynote The Next Web Conference 2010 – Love the Haters from The Next Web on Vimeo.

Also make sure to check out Tim’s article Tim Ferriss Scam! Practical Tactics for Dealing with Haters.


Too Much Stuff Fail, 100 Thing Challenge Part 3

Posted on by Carisa Hendrix in 30 Day Challenges, Minimalism & Zero Waste 1 Comment

Edited by Patricia Taylor

After two months of doing the 100 Thing Challenge, I’ve run into some…well…challenges. My initial 97 items have ballooned into 112. It wasn’t even until I went through my things in preparation for this article that I noticed how many new items I had actually acquired.

How does this happen? How do we accumulate so much stuff without even noticing? I asked around and did some research and discovered that we are all susceptible to a few common traps.

The Trap of Justification

Whenever we think about making a purchase, there are little justifications we use to convince ourselves the item we want is really and truly the item we need. If you are anything like me the internal monolog of retail rationalizing sounds a little bit like this:

“Do I need it? It’s a bit pricey, is it really worth it? Can I get it cheaper? Well, I’m here now and I have that money coming in next week from X, Y, and Z. I deserve a little treat anyway, and I think I’d use it. Imagine all the stuff I could do with it. Yeah, I should get it.”

Next thing you know you’re bouncing home, purchase in hand, confident you made the right decision and have enriched your life with this new trinket. Fast forward a week or two later, where is that item you were so sure you couldn’t live without?? In a closet? In a drawer? Or in the trash?

The Trap of “I Deserve It”

At the beginning of May, around my birthday, two interesting ‘stuff’ related things were happening. First, I was feeling very grateful that most of my friends were giving me digital gifts, or taking me to dinner or a show for my birthday. Nearly no one bought me physical items that would count towards my list. I felt warm and fuzzy when I thought of how this reflected the support of my friends and family, though part of me suspected it may have actually more to do with convenience since I am notoriously hard to buy for.

I also found myself unable to resist a few birthday purchases. It was so easy to tell myself “well it’s my birthday, I deserve it” and buy a new iPhone and other gadgets guilt free.

I suspect this trap of rewarding ourselves with new stuff is a huge contributor to our mass consumption, crippling credit card debts and overstuffed houses and minds. There is nothing wrong with celebrating your successes, in fact doing so can contribute to the overall better quality of life; but what about taking a nice bike ride, having a lazy afternoon or curling up at your favorite coffee shop with a good book from the library. Why not start a habit of rewarding ourselves with experiences rather than things, it’s at least as satisfying, usually cheaper and better for the planet.

The Trap of Things as Crutches

Whether it’s retail therapy issues, buying things to reinforce identity or being unable to resist a sale, it helps to know the ‘why’ behind the things you buy. Take some time to do a little soul searching and ask yourself why you keep buying all that unnecessary flotsam and jetsam.

In the last couple months, I have fallen prey to many of these traps and I realize now that I’ll have to try a lot harder if I want to keep to 100 items.

My Too Many Items

    Clothing

  1. Sun Glasses – Clic Googles
  2. Hat – Fedora
  3. Hat – Fox Tuque
  4. ***New*** Hat – Ball Cap
  5. Belt – For Pants
  6. Belt – For Dresses
  7. Shirt – Warm Weather / Spaghetti Strap
  8. Shirt – Warm Weather / Spaghetti Strap
  9. Shirt – Warm Weather / Spaghetti Strap
  10. Shirt – Warm Weather / Tank Top
  11. Shirt – Warm Weather / Tank Top
  12. Shirt – Warm Weather / Tank Top
  13. Shirt – Warm Weather / T-shirt (Fightlinker)
  14. ***New*** Shirt – Warm Weather / T-shirt (Firepedia)
  15. Shirt – Warm Weather / Red Jacob T-shirt
  16. Shirt – Warm Weather
  17. Shirt – Warm Weather
  18. Shirt – Warm Weather
  19. Shirt – Button up
  20. Shirt – Cold Weather / Invader Zim
  21. Shirt – Cold Weather / Black
  22. Shirt – Cold Weather / Black
  23. Shirt – Cold Weather / Black and Grey Striped long
  24. Shirt – Cold Weather
  25. Shirt – Cold Weather
  26. Sweater – Lulu Lemon
  27. Sweater – Long & Grey
  28. Sweater – Work Out
  29. Vest – Leather
  30. Pants – Jeans
  31. Pants – Pin Strip Black Formal
  32. Pants – Lulu Lemon
  33. Pants – Lulu Lemon
  34. Pants – Work Out
  35. Pants – Work Out
  36. Pants
  37. Pants
  38. Pants
  39. Shorts
  40. Leggings
  41. Leggings
  42. Skirt – Long / Red
  43. Skirt – Long / Blue
  44. Skirt – Long / Partnered
  45. Skirt – Long / Black
  46. Skirt – Short / Black
  47. Skirt – Short / Grey
  48. Dress – Evening
  49. Dress – Sun
  50. Dress – Cocktail
  51. Suit – Grey Pinstripe
  52. House Coat – Kimono
  53. Socks – 10 Pair
  54. Bathing Suit – Pokka dot one piece
  55. Bathing Suit – Bikini
  56. Bathing Suit – Bikini
  57. Underwear – 10 pairs
  58. Shoes – Flats
  59. Shoes – Converse
  60. Shoes – Heels
  61. Long Coat
  62. ***New*** Black Jacket
  63. ***New*** Hip Sack – Blue

Grooming

  1. Small Jewelry and Costume Pieces (12 items)
  2. Make Up Palette – Mac Palette
  3. Make Up Brush / Grooming Kit
  4. Hair Straightener
  5. Hair Brush
  6. Hair Clip
  7. Hair Clip
  8. Comb
  9. Toothbrush – Electric
  10. Face Cloth
  11. First Aid Kit

Office and Electronics

  1. Laptop – Macbook
  2. Video Camera – Flip
  3. ***Replaced*** Camera – Point and Shoot / Olympus Water Proof Digital
  4. Old Camera Broken- Point and Shoot
  5. ***Replaced*** Phone – iPhone
  6. Old Broken Phone – iPhone
  7. Hard Drive – 500 GB
  8. Hard Drive – 100 GB
  9. Thumb Drive 10 GB
  10. Headphone – Roots
  11. ***New*** Headphone – Ear Buds
  12. ***New*** Headphone Splitter
  13. Podcast Microphone
  14. Battery Charger
  15. ***New*** Solar Powered Battery Charger
  16. Label Maker
  17. Notebook – MoleSkine
  18. Filing Portfolio

Hobbies

  1. Book – Non-fiction
  2. Book – Fiction
  3. Bike – Hampton Cruiser

Every Day Items

  1. Keys
  2. Money Clip (Bulldog clip)
  3. ***New*** Business Card Holder
  4. Water Bottle – Nalgene
  5. ***New*** Reusable Coffee Mug
  6. ***New*** Aeropress Coffee Maker

Travel and Repair

  1. Passport
  2. Suit Case – Carry On
  3. Suit Case – Blue, Air Canada, Medium Sized
  4. Suit Case – Day Pack / Hydro pack
  5. ***New*** Flight Case -Blue
  6. Sewing Kit

Home Decor

  1. Comforter and Sheet Set
  2. Art – Water Color Painting
  3. Art – Waterhouse Print
  4. ***New*** Art – Print
  5. ***New*** Art – Print

Resources for this article:
Dave’s original post that inspired his later book
The Times’ Article About the 100 Thing Challenge
The Zen Habits’ blog article


The Game Begins, The 100 Thing Challenge Part 2

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A few weeks ago I posted an article about the “100 Thing Challenge” (a yearlong experiment to live with only 100 personal items) and my desire to try it out for myself.

Just in time for spring cleaning the ‘100 thing challenge’ was exactly the kind of personal experiment I needed. The challenge would allow me to shrink my suitcase down to the essentials for the sake of my new travel lifestyle; as well as explore my interest in larger issues related to stuff, such as minimalism, hoarding, and environmental impact. I buckled down and meticulously sorted through my various possessions, making detailed lists, hard decisions and giving a lot away. Going through and questioning the nature and uses of every possession was eye opening. I never realized how many things I kept for sentimental or odd reasons. For example, I found it difficult to give away things I had never used (and likely never would) because I felt I hadn’t gotten the value of them yet. It was a hard process but my lighter suitcase and mind are more than worth it.

The following are my rules and guidelines for the challenge.

Rules and Guidelines

  1. The number 100 is arbitrary; you might pick 200, or 50 items. It’s entirely up to you. Just make sure the number is realistic but still challenging. The goal is not to lower your quality of life. If you can’t make it to 100 items without making your life more difficult, then change your number.
  2. You may wish to count some groups of items as ‘one set’ if they are important for you to keep and would otherwise take over your list. Dave Bruno, the author of the 100 Thing Challenge book, uses the idea to count his huge library as ‘one library’ since reading is very important to him.
  3. This challenge is a personal one. Resist the urge to pressure friends or family into throwing away their junk, it’s not nice.

My Exceptions and Item Sets

  1. Show Biz Items: Props, AV equipment and costumes will not be counted since they are for work.
  2. Underwear: A pack of 12 will be counted as one set.
  3. Socks: A pack of 12 will be counted as one set.
  4. Consumables: Items such as toothpaste, shampoo and food will not be counted.
  5. Items with accessories (ie cords, covers, plugs) will be counted as a single item.
  6. First Aid & Repair Items: Anything from a needle and thread to duct tape will be put into one kit along with Tylenol and bandaids and considered as a single item. (The First Aid & Repair kit)
  7. Records and Files: Each file box or portfolio will be counted as one item. Digital files do not count.

After ample tossing and sorting I have finally arrived at 97 items, which means I have 3 items of wiggle room. Success!

My 100 Items

    Clothing

  1. Sun Glasses – Clic Googles
  2. Hat – Fedora
  3. Hat – Fox Tuque
  4. Belt – For Pants
  5. Belt – For Dresses
  6. Shirt – Warm Weather / Spaghetti Strap
  7. Shirt – Warm Weather / Spaghetti Strap
  8. Shirt – Warm Weather / Spaghetti Strap
  9. Shirt – Warm Weather / Tank Top
  10. Shirt – Warm Weather / Tank Top
  11. Shirt – Warm Weather / Tank Top
  12. Shirt – Warm Weather / T-shirt (Fightlinker)
  13. Shirt – Warm Weather / Red Jacob T-shirt
  14. Shirt – Warm Weather
  15. Shirt – Warm Weather
  16. Shirt – Warm Weather
  17. Shirt – Button down
  18. Shirt – Cold Weather / Invader Zim
  19. Shirt – Cold Weather / Black
  20. Shirt – Cold Weather / Black
  21. Shirt – Cold Weather / Black and Grey Striped long
  22. Shirt – Cold Weather
  23. Shirt – Cold Weather
  24. Sweater – Lulu Lemon
  25. Sweater – Long & Grey
  26. Sweater – Work Out
  27. Vest – Leather
  28. Pants – Jeans
  29. Pants – Pin Strip Black Formal
  30. Pants – Lulu Lemon
  31. Pants – Lulu Lemon
  32. Pants – Work Out
  33. Pants – Work Out
  34. Pants
  35. Pants
  36. Pants
  37. Shorts
  38. Leggings
  39. Leggings
  40. Skirt – Long / Red
  41. Skirt – Long / Blue
  42. Skirt – Long / Partnered
  43. Skirt – Long / Black
  44. Skirt – Short / Black
  45. Skirt – Short / Grey
  46. Dress – Evening
  47. Dress – Sun
  48. Dress – Cocktail
  49. Suit – Grey Pinstripe
  50. House Coat – Kimono
  51. Socks – 12 Pair
  52. Bathing Suit – Polka dot one piece
  53. Bathing Suit – Bikini
  54. Bathing Suit – Bikini
  55. Underwear – 12 pairs
  56. Shoes – Flats
  57. Shoes — Converse
  58. Shoes – Heels
  59. Long Coat

Grooming

  1. Small Jewelry and Costume Pieces (12 items)
  2. Make Up Palette – Mac Palette
  3. Make Up Brush / Grooming Kit
  4. Hair Straightener
  5. Hair Brush
  6. Hair Clip
  7. Hair Clip
  8. Comb
  9. Toothbrush – Electric
  10. Face Cloth
  11. First Aid & Repair kit

Office and Electronics

  1. Laptop – Macbook
  2. Video Camera – Flip
  3. Camera – Point and Shoot / Canon Cybershot
  4. Phone – iPhone
  5. Hard Drive – 500 GB
  6. Hard Drive – 100 GB
  7. Thumb Drive – 10 GB
  8. Headphone – Roots
  9. Podcast Microphone
  10. Battery Charger
  11. Label Maker
  12. Notebook – MoleSkine
  13. Filing Portfolio

Hobbies

  1. Book – Non-fiction
  2. Book – Fiction
  3. Bike – Hampton Cruiser

Every Day Carry

  1. Keys
  2. Money Clip (Bulldog clip)
  3. Water Bottle – Nalegeen

Travel and Repair

  1. Passport
  2. Suit Case – Carry On
  3. Suit Case – Blue, Air Canada, Medium Sized
  4. Suit Case – Day Pack / Hydro pack
  5. Sewing Kit

Home Decor

  1. Comforter and Sheet Set
  2. Painting – Original
  3. Painting – Waterhouse Print

Resources for this article:
Dave’s original post that inspired his later book
The Times’ Article About the 100 Thing Challenge
The Zen Habits’ blog article