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Hello there,

first of all, I have to apologize for not keeping my promises in writing more often.

The cold I was referring to, the one with no voice, it was actually way more than that and believe it or not, I just recently recovered from it. A side effect, i just had started a new job and lost if a few weeks later, I guess, being sick in your probation period doesn’t look to good with your new employer…

Anyways, one door closes another one opens…

During those weeks of being ordered to do NOTHING, I had a lot of free time on my hands to move forward getting rid of more stuff.

This time my VHS collection, tapes, scarfs and other accessories and some DVD´s had to bite the dust: Want proof, here you go:




So here are the results of the past weeks:

VHS       35

DVD        6

Tapes    25

Scarfs    36

Total:   102

Old number: 2857 minus 102, that brings us down to a new number:        2. 7 5 5  

Slowly but steady people, slowly but steady.

I leave you with a quote of my favourite Tv series of all times FIREFLY:             “I’ll be in my bunk”  🙂

Till next time


PS. Of course my favourite DVD-Box-Sets of TV Series survived the mayhem !


Hello everyone,

first of all, apologies, its been a while, I KNOW… mea culpa.

A nasty cold finally caught up with me, I thought I had made it trough the season, but no, finally the superfluous critter got me. Tiny side effect, no voice at all. Since three days, not one word out of my mouth, which is kinda hilarious knowing my ever so distinct need to babble, äh, communicate.

For example, yesterday my soccer team (Eintracht Frankfurt) won 6:1 (!!!), which is kind of a BIG deal and I couldn’t even scream. Hello ??? Even more stupid, I couldn’t call my friends to discuss our glorious victory in full lengths. NO, – this whole “no voice thing” is a big pile of crap.

So I decided to use my unwanted speechlessness to write my next post; it’s about a girls best friend, diamonds ? –  no,  SHOES !

Some of you asked me already, how the heck do you wanna get rid of your beloved shoes Miss B ? You recognize the subject and can identify it by name, well done. For years and years, I collected shoes. Piles of them, many, plenty, a lot, mucho, hundreds, loads, tons, all shapes, colours, types. At one point I think I owned around 400 pairs of shoes. Did I mention that my second name was Imelda Marcos, without the famous shoe-closet of course…

I downsized my shoes to around 200 pairs when I moved to Berlin and now its time to say good-bye once more, and oh wonder, again, no tears, seriously, no tears.

You want proof ? Here we go:

The big blue plastic bag in pic 3 holds the ones that had to go, wanna guess how many got the BOOT?

150 (!), that means yours truly owns as of today only 50  (!) pairs of shoes, how about that ?

I have to say, I am pretty proud of myself, I never imagined me ending up with “only” 50 pairs of shoes …

Guess I left some of you speechless now, haha, Raffaela knows what I am talking about.

Project my1000things is moving on, looking forward to the new number end of february.

I want to leave you with a band I truly admire, The BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB – Restless Sinner:

Take good care and mind the chill, it’s here to stay 😉



frostbite anyone ?

Walking trough Berlin today felt like being inside a fridge. My teeth hurt while breathing, my face looks like a pack of frozen vegetables, dress code makes me feel like a whale – winter is most definitely not my cup of tea. I am a summer gal !

The first month of project my1000things is over and as promised, keeping you in touch with my progress.

A good start I think.

Letting go of belongings is a liberating experience, not only because of less stuff; it feels like uncluttering your life in one sweep.

Since I like Imogen Heap and this song is called “Let go”, enjoy everyone.

Enjoy your day, brave the elements, spring is not far away, just hang in there.



Aloha everyone,

hope all is well wherever you are.

Looks like the winter, so far an unknown species this year in Germany, is making an appearance. Its bloody freezing over here in Berlin. Next week they promised us  -15 degrees celsius. Boys & Girls, back to the closets and out with the spring clothes back to sweaters, scarfs, wool socks, gloves and bonnets that make us all look like the Marshmallow Man.

Okay, back to some serious business.  HANDBAGS !

We all love them ´cause they are always by our side, never talk back, don’t need to be replaced if we gain weight, they carry our best kept secrets, they make an outfit pop.

To sum it all up, it’s a big love, like shoes, but that´s a story for another post.

My collection got the big “my1000things-axe” and here is the result:


and after 

I pulled the stop on 25 bags that will be sold, given to Oxfam or to friends “in need”. And frankly, I didnt cry.

Alons-y my friends, for those noticing the Doctor Who reference, for the earthlings thinking, what the heck is she talking about:

Take care people´s and I´ll keep you posted



how are you all ?

Since some of you told me, they have started their own unclutter session, I would love to hear about your progress, the little successes but also about the little set backs.

Today I want to give you Ilona Royce. It’s a woman, that is 90 years old and so very inspiring. My friend Sneschi, posted that video on my FB page and I thought, this is perfect for the blog.

This woman is so full of life and ideas, its impressive. One thing she said stuck with me:

“You know, these days advertising has taken over. And I see people on the streets, they want all those new things. And they must have it, but if you don’t have it, your are not going to die. It’s a wonderful thing, not to need to have something”.

I think this beautiful old lady simply nailed it.

Here is the full video:

Enjoy and you know the drill, feedback is very welcome.



PS: In the next days, I show you more progress in sizing down, selling stuff and turn them into presents, behold people 😉

Hello everyone,

hope you are all well and happy campers.

I wanna talk a bit about the way how and what we buy affects other people around the globe, the workers, the environment, social systems and economics.

The way we consume, defines the world we live in.

I am not a hypocrite, due to low-income, sometimes I have to by cheap, when it comes to food for example. What I mean is, I want to think more, before I buy and consume. Just to create awareness for myself, how much my actions affect others.

For example, we buy a cheap t-shirt in one of the big fashion chains, we can be sure, that often it’s produced under bad circumstances for their workers, the ground where they plant the cotton has often been destroyed cause of monocultures and some of the countries that produce the cotton are linked to corruption.

Every time, we go to an electronic store to buy a cheap radio, if it costs like 10 €, we can be certain, to achieve such a low price, others have suffered for it.

Germany is, despite the fact that the country is considered “rich”, on the end of the price range when it comes to food. We are the country that shows the biggest growth in income in all of Europe for food discounters like Lidl and Aldi.

I got inspired by a great and very informative short film called “THE STORY OF STUFF”, It explains in simply pictures, how the whole chain of consumerism works. From the farms, to the workers in the factories, the distributors, the shops, us and the recyclers.
You can find the film here:


Here is their website, if you need any further information:

Would be happy to pick your brains and feedback is, as always, very welcome.

Thanx for your time and for those of you that have already begun to un-clutter their life’s, good for you. Keep me updated on your progress, Would be great to exchange experiences.

In the meantime shiny greetings from Berlin

Beate 😉

Hello everyone,

hope all is well with you.
Yesterday I sold 90 pieces, (Books, DVD´s). When the currier came to pick up the big package, couldn’t stop smiling. The guy must have thought I am nuts 😉

To give you an idea, how much “book” we are talking about:

This is how my bookcase looked like before:

This is what I got rid of:

and after the big axe:

All in all I got rid of around 130 pieces incl. household materials in the past 2 days. Not too shabby.

So I decided to test myself and went for a stroll in a shopping mall, to see if I can resist further consume terrorism.

For the first time in a long while, I got bored after 1 hour. There was nothing in the shops I wanted. It was surprising to see, that I ended up with some groceries and as a treat to myself I bought this instead:

It’s a start.

Keep you updated and thanx again for showing interest in my little adventure.

Beate 🙂

Hello everyone,

first of all thanx so very much, for your quick and sweet feedback,

its much appreciated 🙂

Okay, here it is, the official number of the things I own:

Let the games beginn…



This is me, Beate sitting in my flat in Berlin Germany, listening to a heavy storm outside, rolling a fag, sipping a glass of wine, writing my first post on my very first blog, so please be patient with me, on how the heck I am gonna get rid of almost things in the next 12 months.

A short roundup of WHY…

I recently read an article in a newspaper that the average European owns around 10.000 things. This number was shockingly high for me, sounded almost obscene and I thought, how many things do I own myself? I estimated around 3.500. So I decided, first I will sit down and count all my belongings and then I´ll try to bring this number down to 1.000 pieces until the end of 2012. I was thinking about doing a blog for a while and some friends of mine, Andrea and Ralf encouraged me to write about the 1000 things.

But the whole shebang already started around 1998 when I read Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk for the first time. The novel impressed me a lot. I remember myself, reading it over and over again, marking some of its most memorable lines, it was an eye opener.

The whole story stuck in my head for the next few months and when the movie came out, the story started to affect me again and even more deeply.

I remember me thinking, okay Miss Geibel, what the frak are you doing with all this stuff ? Tons of shoes, perfumes, books, DVD´s, CD´s, jewelry. A preposterous amount of things, a lot of them just laying there, not even used once.

And those lines from the book/movie wouldn´t stop banging on the doors of my head again:

You’re not your job.

You’re not how much money you have in the bank.

You’re not the car you drive.

You’re not the contents of your wallet.

You’re not your fucking khakis.

And so it began.
During that time I got a job offer that required me moving from Frankfurt to Berlin – the timing could not have been better to divide my belongings in half. Over the next 7 years, I sold my vinyl collection, my CD collection, half of my shoes, during this time I had around 400 pairs (yep, you heard right, 400), I gave away lots of clothes, furniture and household belongings.

And it felt good.

During that time, my job quickly became more and more intense, required a lot of travelling, late office hours, not much time for myself. And I started buying again. From my travels, I brought back the most beautiful pillows, statues, paintings, shoes (of course), perfumes and loads of other goodies. But since I had a new apartment to decorate I didn’t mind.

In 2006 I left my job, almost burned out and travelled for 6 months to clear my head. And I started reading again, Chuck Palahniuk´s Fight Club, Ayn Rands Atlas Shrugged and Fountainhead, Prentice Mulford´s Thoughts are things, Katherine Gibsons´s Un-clutter your life .

When I came back refreshed, not only physically but more importantly mentally, I started to rethink my consumer behaviour and started getting rid of things again. And since 2006 I havent stopped.

So, when I read the article in december of 2011, that the average European owns 10.000 things, I smirked and thought, that number doesn’t work for me anymore and I estimated I own around 3.500 things, which I still thought was a lot.

And now I wanna see if I can bring this number down to 1.000 till the end of 2012.

I will update this blog every other day to show you some of my victories, falling back to old habits, my thoughts, share my experiences, reactions and feedback are very welcome.

Wish me luck 😉



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