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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 !



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,

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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