by Luke Warner
Categories: People
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I’m getting ready to move back to LA in the fall and have been trimming my life down to the necessities lately so I was interested to come across the efforts of one man to live for a year with only (roughly) 100 possessions.

The Times Online, from the UK, posted a piece about David Michael Bruno’s 100 Things Challenge and talks (somewhat blindly) about the recent push by a few celebrities to declutter and curb their consumerism too.

From the article by John Harlow:

“Some strong-minded personalities have always set their own limits. Leonardo DiCaprio, the actor and environmental campaigner, has become the latest convert to smaller cars and owns a relatively modest home in the Hollywood Hills. He has told friends he may stick at about 150 personal objects, including comic books illustrated by his father.

Other wealthy Hollywood stars, such as Reese Witherspoon and DiCaprio’s friend Tobey Maguire, say that children have complicated their desire to declutter.

The Spider-Man actor “is fighting a battle against the stuff which materialises in the house. He does not want it or need it unless it’s related to basketball”, said a friend last week. “That is like his sweet tooth, and we all have that.”

Could you pare your life down to 100 things, or even 150? Or maybe you already have!

(P.S. The first comment on the article by one ‘Steve Ward;; gets an honorary mention: “100 items? Even my smallest Lego kit has more than this.” Well played, Steve, well played.)

  • http://kishorjagirdar/ kishor Jagirdar

    This is a change management issue.Like drug addicts we have taken to so many habits that are similair to DRUG addiction.We know our actions are causing a direct impact on our lives and all those around us.But still we refuse to give up.

    I have seen the 11th Hour documentary by Dicaprio and found that he has has handled well the issues and has been very timely.

    Now the most important part is to lead from the front than be labeled as a talker.

    declutter our lives and our habits and simplify by going back to basics……..

    This is the most difficult part but the pain is worth it….

  • Dorian

    Well, simply, I don’t see any need to “declutter”. I love my clutter. I want to keep it. I don’t see what this has to do with environmental problems – unless someone lets the clutter on the street.
    And besides: WHO is going to decide what is “clutter” and what isn’t? LOL

  • TRU

    Hey Dorian,
    Clutter has a lot to do with environmental problems: clutter=unecessary consumption=wasted resources=pollution (without taking into account child labor, etc)
    just a thought :)

  • Get Technical

    Well, TRU

    I could be a hoarder of recycled, sustainable, made in the USA by workers with great benefits materials.

    hahahaha :)

    But in reality, when things get cluttered around me, it’s because I need to do something like a.)take my papers to the recycle bin in the neighborhood
    b.)sign up for more paperless billing

    so, yes, you are absolutely right! :)

  • Caprice Manos

    Dear Leonardo,

    I have lived out of a tent in the Everglades awhile back, and look forward to doing that again. If that doesn’t say living without clutter; I don’t know what does! Life is free and happier without alot of “stuff.”

  • Caprice Manos

    Some times a person doesn’t miss what they don’t have if they’ve never had it in the first place.