Welcome to the victor’s circle! I’m pleased and proud to announce the “winners” of the first Jump Off the Ladder challenge!
Alyssa of myminimalistwedding.wordpress.com:
Challenge: To stop eating out for 20 days.
Updates: “I lost two pounds… I paid off my credit card… Grocery shopping became less stressful… I learned new recipes and taught Tristan my favorite recipes so we can cook as a team… Eating in has now become a habit.” (Read her full recap here.)
Carrie from littleblogoflettinggo.com:
Challenge: To clean out the pantry and refrigerator, and to only buy what will be used on a regular basis.
Updates: “Everything in my pantry now is actually ON my grocery list. It all has a purpose, and WILL be eaten within two weeks… haven’t bought anything not on my list! we have stuck diligently to our meal plans as well! “
Lynne of justlynne.wordpress.com:
Challenge: No Lucky Charms cereal, (later added clean out dresser and pantry)
Updates: “My lucky charms was pretty easy (ok not really) But I kept busy got a lot done so I would not miss the sweet marshmallows!… I know this was not a part of my challenge, But I went back to my closet and purged a lot more stuff. Carrie, you have inspired to clean out my pantry.”
Challenge: To donate 20 items a day.
Updates: “I packed up at least 8 bags of 20 things to donate… With each bag I gave away, I felt lighter. I am definitely going to continue going through things and lightening our load.”
Challenge: No unsustainable consumables.
Updates: “So far we haven’t used even one item on our banned list. It’s not too hard once you’ve organized to make it possible!”
Abby of forceofhappiness.wordpress.com:
Challenge: Get house up for sale and ready for viewing.
Updates: “We got our house on the market a week before the May 1st deadline! We gave up our microwave, the iffy junk we had been considering donating, lots of clothes, and the ability to dirty up our house. The great thing is that somehow or another we have actually managed to keep the house impeccably clean!”
Challenge: Clean out and sell majority of basket collection (later added cleaning out library.)
Updates: “32 baskets / pottery pieces purged so far. Plus a ton of accessories (lids, liners, etc.) that I haven’t even counted. Yay me!… Originally, I had 186 linear inches of books. (Probably more, since some of my books were double deep.) I now have 69″ linear inches of books. That’s a 63% decrease in linear book ‘inchage’!”
Taylor of incenseandsounds.wordpress.com:
Challenge: Living on a minimal kitchen.
Updates: “I feel so Green because I’ve using a lot less water in cleaning dishes on this challenge. And its been GLORIOUS. I cannot stand washing dishes, but when I only have one fork and a plate to wash at a time, it’s not bad at all!”
Amanda of the Live Simply Blog 😉 :
Challenge: Living on 17 kitchen tools.
Updates: “I missed my blender and my Tinkerbell mug, but living on so little proved to me that I can! I’ve loved having a clean, empty sink every day.”
Congrats to all who participated! If you succeeded in the entire challenge, here’s a badge for you to save and add to your blog (no hard feelings if you decide to not use it 😉 )
If I haven’t gotten your updates, feel free to add them below! And remember to “sign up” for our next Jump Off the Ladder challenge (starting May 12th) by adding your challenge in the comments.