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Results of the Get Rid of 50 Things Challenge

We've reached the end of the 2009 Get Rid of 50 Things Challenge. Congratulations to all who participated, and an extra round of applause to those of you who were able to weed 50 things (or more!) from your space and your life.

This week, I want to share some of the results of the Challenge and offer a few tips to help you carry the spirit of the 50 Things Challenge with you throughout the year.

What Went
One of my favorite parts of the Challenge is hearing about the stuff people decided to part with over the past several weeks. Some of what went, according to those who shared their lists with me, was easy to decide to say goodbye to; other things were harder to let go. Here's a sampling of what has left your fellow readers' lives over the course of the challenge:

I could go on, but you get the idea! By deciding to part with these items, the Challenge participants who contributed to the list above also made the decision to let go of unneeded obligations, emotions, intentions, guilt, and so on. More power to them.

Continuing the Challenge
While the 50 Things Challenge is officially over for this year, I encourage you to keep up your decluttering efforts. Everything that gets space (emotional or physical) in your life should truly deserve a spot there. Regularly check in with yourself to see if there are items or beliefs that have crept into your world that shouldn't be there: things you're keeping out of obligation, guilt, or the belief that you might need them someday; misguided and limiting thoughts about what you are and aren't capable of; and, above all, absolutely anything that makes you feel bad, inadequate, annoyed, or depressed.

Take time throughout the year to do a mini version of the Challenge--perhaps getting rid of 5 or 10 things a month. You'll keep your space (and possibly your head) free of clutter and will set yourself up to live your best life.

Congratulations to everyone who participated in this year's Challenge. Here's to a less cluttered, more enjoyable life!

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