This year I have had a series of challenges that have driven me to reevaluate my relationship to things. I am determined to par down and have been making a focused effort to reduce some of my collected paraphernalia. One of the strategies that I have started to use is to take pictures of the item and record the story so I can let go of the things. I have been referring to this as my 'keep the stories' project. Several friends have encouraged me to blog about the journey, something that I have resisted thinking nobody else would really care. I have decided now is a perfect time to take the plunge and jump in with both feet during the Ultimate Blog Challenge for October. Not only is a blog a great way to keep on track and be accountable, it could also be a chance to challenge others to keep their stories -- while reducing the accumulated collections.