A lil bit retro, a lil bit enviro, a lotta sass!

Use it up, Wear it out, Make it do, or Do without!

We all have things around the house just taking up space.  Odd canned goods in the pantry {water chestnuts anyone?}, old beauty products in the bathroom {some day I will find a natural deodorant that actually works!}, random bits set aside for a rainy day craft project {funny how it never rains}, clothes going out of fashion in the closet {or in my case out of fashion before ever entering my closet}.  Clutter.

Then there is the newest-latest-and-greatest-gotta-have-it, until next season when the next newest-latest-and-greatest comes out.  So you toss aside your perfectly good last-year-latest-and-greatest for this year’s exact-same-latest-and-greatest.  Yeah, but it’s pink! Pretty soon you have a not-so-great drawer full.  Clutter.

Button pops off your shirt.  Toss it.

Commercial says this product will improve your life.  Buy it.

Everyone is doing it.  You are too.

Sound familiar?

I find myself falling into this trap every now and again.  That’s why I am challenging myself and you to Use it up, Wear it Out, Make it do, or Do without in 2011.

This challenge will run the duration of 2011.  I will post bi-weekly updates on my progress and offer a linky for you to do the same.  There aren’t many rules.  You can make your own to suit your needs.  Join anytime and post whenever.

My goals for this challenge are:

Along the way I’ll issue mini challenges, post tips on conquering clutter and maximizing storage in a house with none, offer creative ways to use up junk by showing you mine, inspire you to fall in love with the clothes you already own, and yes, even learn to do without.


Use it up, Wear it out, Make it do, or Do without Challenge UWMD-2011UWMD

Click here for the latest UWMD Challenge update and linky.

Current mini-challenges:


Rebecca Jean


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  • Kellie@Greenhab
    Feb 9, 2011 at 4:55 pm Reply

    Sound like fun – I’m in! We’re presenting “compacting” (through June) so this will go right along with not buying new. Looking forward to the tips & mini challenges!
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    1. Rebecca Jean
      Feb 10, 2011 at 10:05 am Reply

      Welcome aboard Kellie! I’m thinking of doing a “Do without” mini challenge for Lent/March-April. We usually do without meat for Lent and probably will this year too, but I need to ramp it up a bit. For me it will be doing without clothes shopping. No new clothes {or shoes!} for Lent. Now there’s a challenge! In my case that will have to include no new old clothes for Lent. 😉

      ♥ Rebecca Jean

  • Lisa @Granola Catholic
    May 16, 2011 at 11:58 pm Reply

    I feel like I have found a new home. I am on board with the use it up and the decluttering

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