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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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Amy AFinally...I unpacked the last box!

So, for now, that’s it!! Hooray!! 7 months ago

Amy A 17 months ago

Amy AI plan on

going through the last few boxes this weekend and culling some items. We seen to keep adding things to the house…but not getting rid of a similar number of items. I feel a bit overwhelmed by how much my household had grown in possessions since both my kids moved here. I want to keep it down and need to take care of some of that this weekend. :-) 14 months ago

JenEm95 14 months ago

healinggraces 15 months ago

Megan 21 months ago


This is basically done. There is still a lot of stuff in the garage, but it doesn’t really need to be unpacked, just organized. 15 months ago

writing to reach you 16 months ago

writing to reach youIn the

end this didn’t even take as long as I’d feared it might. I simply had to focus on the job at hand. I’m really relieved this is done. 16 months ago

Amy AOk...we have been here nearlya month

and we are only going to live in this place for a year. A friend of mine owns it, she moved into a house (her golden girls house with another friend of ours) and the market value of her condo is still to low for her to make a profit on the sale (or not “enough” profit for her to feel it’s the right time to sell currently). So, we are living here for one year, and no option to renew, she’s going to sell when we move out next summer (June).

I still haven’t finished unpacking. Part of the reason is that I need two more bookcases, but don’t have the funds currently to purchase them.

So, this goal is to put a focus on finishing unpacking and packing up the items that can’t be unpacked or get rid of some of the items if they are no longer needed.

This will help facilitate the get rid of another 43 things goal that I have on the list as well.

I do have to admit, I doubled the number of items I had when my daughter moved in with me last summer…and now that I have gotten custody of my son, I have probably doubled it again…I don’t get how one person doubles (or more) the amount of items one owns…it’s crazy!

Anyway…the goal is to get the rest of the stuff packed (and condensed where possible), until bookshelves are an obtainable.

I also want to do a thorough cull (even though we purged a LOT of stuff when we moved, I feel it can be culled a bit more) and really reduce the amount of stuff we own. :-)

Once that is done, then I will make a goal of only owning stuff that is comfortable and necessary…no more accepting items from friends because it’ll do “for now” until I can afford what I want. I have a condo full of furniture right now that I don’t really like or want because it’s what I received from well meaning friends out of their personal items that they either didn’t want anymore (and a lot of it isn’t in great shape) or felt obligated to offer knowing we were in need. 17 months ago

idahodebra 19 months ago


This has been a rough one for us. We are having a storage issue. Just not enough room for all our stuff. So its just staying in boxes. We are slowing making progress though. Here are the sub projects to this one.

-boxes sitting in kitchen
-desk area
-empty boxes in garage
-Alexis’ closet
-boxes in garage 19 months ago

The Hermit 2 years ago

aubreyandjosh 23 months ago

_FloatingPoint 2 years ago

_FloatingPointthe books, the books....

but the books aren’t the worst of it. What is all this… matter? Why do we own this stuff?

At one point, I counted 124 boxes left to unpack. Then we brought over some more. Time for a new count, if only to assure myself that there are a finite, countable number of boxes.

I see 52. There is one more in my car, so 53. That’s still a lot! 2 years ago

Gearhead_Shem_Tov 7 years ago

Gearhead_Shem_TovDone ... mostly

I am chagrined to see how long ago I set this goal. Well, it was as achieved as it’s ever going to get three or four years ago. In fact, we’ll probably have to move sometime in the middle of next year, so I’ll have to pack things back up. 2 years ago

Emily Benson 2 years ago

Nicole F

The HermitMoved a month ago, still so much to do...

No more excuses.

1 – Put books on bookshelf
2 – organize wardrobe
3 – stuff to go can be gathered into one or two boxes 2 years ago

Ruth Verner 2 years ago

AOK 3 years ago

viobio 3 years ago

cdeal 4 years ago

viobiodragging on

Hmm, I unpacked from my most recent trip but not the two before. I really think the key is having an hour or two set aside right when you get home to do it first. Also, my last trip was camping, and I didn’t want to bring home any bugs. :) 3 years ago

Hmax 3 years ago


Ugh, if I don’t do this right after I get back from a trip, it seems to become a giant headache. Yet the stuff is in my way. 3 years ago


maribear 4 years ago

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