Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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fieldsofclover 5 months ago


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28-29. Two pairs of pants. Barely worn. One fit me but was unflattering, the other was too small. Donated to Sally Ann. 5 months ago


j 7 months ago


sandalphon 4 years ago


writingchemistry 4 years ago


kathybaconMore Donating, etc.

17. Big Bang Theory, Season 1 (donated to Sally Ann)

18. Bag full of plastic coat hangers (donated)

19-23. 4 Pairs of trousers (donated)

23-27. 3 Dresses. These were hard bc I’d kept them from back in the day when I was slim and fit and they are GORGEOUS and EXPENSIVE. I’ve already donated 95% of my clothes from that size but I held onto 4 dresses that I loved most of all bc maybe I WILL get back to that weight/shape again. However, a friend who’s a bit tight for money and who has the figure I USED to have was over yesterday. I asked her to try on all 4 of my dresses and each one looked better on her than the last. So I told her I had to keep one, but I gave her the other 3. It kinda broke my heart but It’s better to have someone wear and look fabulous in them than have them just sitting in my closet, right? sigh I hate being fat. 17 months ago


kathybaconWent to the consignment shop with 5 skirts

They accepted to try to sell 3 of them and those they didn’t want, I had them donate to their charity box. If the 3 they accepted don’t sell, I’ll have them donate ‘em to their charity box. So, 5 more down brings me to a total of 16.

Oh, and while at the consignment shop, I received $45 for a sweater of mine I’d dropped off last month and which they’d managed to sell. Granted, it’d cost a lot more than that, new, and I’d never worn it even once, but I was thrilled to a. get it out of my house… no need to have it clutter my space! b. recoup at least a wee bit of money for it. Yay! 18 months ago


kathybaconDonated a little portable radio

My brother got it for me at the Dollar Store so I felt a bit bad giving away a gift. But a friend gave me a second-hand ipod recently which is much better-suited to my purposes. So, I donated it to a charity thrift store. Besides, I remind myself that loved ones don’t want to burden us with their gifts; they only wish us to keep things that make us happy. And I have so much clutter that it’s starting to make me unhappy.

Since I’ve given away a lot of things since I started this goal, I want to get some credit for getting rid of some items. But since I didn’t bother to document them, I’m going to have to guess at a number and I want to err on the low side. So, let’s count this radio donation as #11 out of 100 items. 18 months ago


kathybaconHahah. Well, I forgot about this.

For a while. But, I HAVE been giving things away. A lot of things.

Just last week, donated a pair of shoes and a pair of pants that were in good condition but too small for me (shoes) and totally unflattering on my body (pants). I sincerely hope that they both find good homes with folks who love ‘em.

A dear pal came over to my house several times in March and I tried on clothes for her, one by one, and we decided what I could keep, what had to be tossed in the trash and what should be donated. For someone like me, it’s REALLY helpful to have a second-opinion, especially a friend who is non-critical and who keeps the process fun. I can only do it for an hour or so at a time bc then I become exhausted ~ making so many decisions wipes me out! ~ but that works just fine. 19 months ago


tronquixote 19 months ago


kathybaconOkay, let's get this party started

I live in a large house and while I’m definitely not a hoarder, I do have hoarding tendencies bc I just live to save things and “make do” and buy things at thrift stores that I don’t believe anyone else will take. This means that I have WAAAAY too many items.

I’m going to try to get rid of at least 10 things/ week. If I can remember, even photograph them and put the photos here, to encourage the decluttering, divesting process. 20 months ago


kathybacon 20 months ago


knives 21 months ago


KeelanRosa 2 years ago


Celtic Christianan interesting observation about clothes

Over the past few weeks I threw out a few articles of clothing that had worn out that I wore often. What I noticed was that it caused me to wear other articles of clothing more often a few of which after a long dormant period. Yet another argument of why I do not believe in purging for the sake of purging as simply because I was not wearing those perfectly good shirts that fit me because there were others that I was wearing a lot more often I would not have them to wear. Which shows why in the end more gradual purging is rooted in long term limiting of what you bring into your life as normal wear and tear will take care of one’s clothing for the most part. Especially since I previously went through my closet and purged a lot but used the criteria of the condition of if I would reasonably see myself wearing it if I were able to fit into it given my weight loss goals. 3 years ago


Celtic Christiandry run idea

Even though I am taking the baby steps toward minimalism route I think there would be value in making a dry run list of what I would view as my 100 or so most important things. As it would force me to look at my things from the opposite perspective of what is most worth keeping as compared to what I should be letting go of. Not to mention there is a pretty good chance that a list of most important things would make it easier to get rid of other things once it is clear that they do not make the list of things most worth keeping. 3 years ago


zaci1 3 years ago


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