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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Simplify, Declutter, and Clean


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KarenThe major areas for 2011. (And how they should look)

  • Closet
  • Bathroom

    (From here but I also like this )
  • Paperwork/filing

3 years ago

KarenOne area... Done!

I cleaned out my bathroom entirely, and it feels so good. It was kind of difficult, but I achieved that minimalist, clean and organized area that I have always wanted. One area down. lots more to go….

I actually wrote a guest blog post about my attempt to minimize the clutter here5 years ago

KarenToo much is never enough.

I’m finding that I have so much stuff and don’t really utilize it all or appreciate it. I know I need to simplify for peace of mind above all… and it seems that when I have less, it feels like more. I just found this box of pens and markers today, and there must be 100 of them in organized bundles. And then I have three different containers of pens as well… constantly moving around my room. And I can never find the one or two that I like and use most. It’s amazing that by having so many, the opposite happens- they are all under used. As well in my book collection… I love them and can’t get enough, but there are so many on my to be read list… and so many stacked up on top of each other, I rarely can find the ones I want to read. 5 years ago

KarenNeed to simplify

my goals. I keep looking at them, and think they are all essential. But, I haven’t been making as much progress as I would have liked. And then I have goals about making steps for goals, and more goals about goals and it seems to be a little spiraling black hole of redundancy. I keep trying to create systems, and then don’t stick to them, and then create new systems thinking that it’ll work this time. Arrrrrgh. 5 years ago


Where I can begin:

  • clean out email/ folders
  • Pictures on comp
  • Bookmark/ favorites 5 years ago

KarenNot sure where to begin with this goal.

I keep seeing it on my list, as the noble goal that I want to achieve, but don’t exactly believe it is possible. I guess “Simplify” means to me… clean, organized, and only having the basic, useful things in life. Last year I gave away so many books, and a ton of clothes that I didn’t need and I felt so much lighter. Now that I have moved, again, it is time to do this purge all over again. And, I want to have all of my belongings simplified, and very organized in preparation for moving to my next new place. I’m not sure when that will be… months, or a year, but I know that my next move will be to my first place, all to myself without roommates. I want to have everything prepared and organized, as opposed to the hurried, clusterfuck that seems to be characteristic of every other move previously. 5 years ago

KarenI want...

to simplify every aspect of my life. This year (with the help of a friend), I gave away about half of what I own. I had so much stuff I just didn’t use or needed. But, I still feel like I have a lot to do. I also want to help my mom to simplify, now that I am living with her for a little while. The problem is that we are so damn alike that we both get inspired and start a huge project and then don’t finish, or get overwhelmed or not focused and start one room and then jump to another. I want to clean, declutter, GIVE AWAY, and organize everything I own, while helping my mom in the common areas.
These areas off the top of my head are:
  • My bedroom
  • closet
  • bathroom, and under sink area
  • kitchen (fridge, cupboards)
  • Dining room area
  • Garage (biiig one) 6 years ago

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