Self-Imposed Rules of My Challenge

1. Each day, I must de-clutter an area in the house (drawer, cupboard etc.) and/or find a permanent zero-waste solution.

2. I post it on my blog each day so I have a record of what I have achieved.


  1. Trish O'Donnell says:

    I think what you are doing is great. I am a hoarder and hate throwing stuff away. I keep thinking I must do what you are doing as family have left home and if I die suddenly I ‘m sure everything would go into the bin anyway! I have a bookcase full of recipe books that I rarely look at, clothing I don’t wear, not to mention serving plates, vases and bathroom cupboards full of potions and creams. I am inspired by you to de-clutter our home. Tomorrow I ‘m going to start with the bookcases of which there are four!

    • pathtominimalism_iohifu says:

      I am excited for you to start this with me. I have worked on reducing my books and will post on that soon. I have done it in small bites so I didn’t get overwhelmed by it. The interior design and cookbooks are the hardest to let go of. Let me know how you get on.

  2. Phyllis LeMay says:

    Looks great! My husband and I downsized our house from a 6 bedroom, 4 bathroom (unfortunately not on the Pacific ocean) to a 3 bedroom, 2 bath. I love it. Once a year I go though closets, kitchen cabinets, etc and have a garage sale and/or donate what I haven’t used. It feels great!

    • pathtominimalism_iohifu says:

      That was a big change for you. I am sure I am going to love it too. I am going to have the one-in-one-out policy once I get things right down so I never have to de-clutter again. At least, that is the theory.

  3. Susan Lussier says:

    Your home is lovely, and your before photos are already less cluttered than my own home! Well done!!

    • pathtominimalism_iohifu says:

      Then you will see a lovely difference once you have attacked the job. It’s amazing how much stuff accumulates on all surfaces over time and we start to not notice it, even though it clutters our brains.

  4. pathtominimalism_iohifu says:

    Jan, I am glad you have enjoyed what I have posted so far. I thought I might have been talking to myself, which would have been okay but I have had a flood of people to the new blog today. Thanks for commenting. Knowing people are visiting and actually communicating with them like this are two different feelings.

  5. Perfect!!! Thank you for showing us your treasures to be discarded. It’s fun to see your lovely home and charming dresser/decor in New Zealand.

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