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Jettison. It sounds like a hollywood baby name or a household disinfectant but the roots of the word actually go back to a time when practicality was key and cleanliness was more or less unsophisticated. The term can be traced back to the 1400′s, and it refers to the act of throwing goods or other materials overboard in order to lighten and stabilize a vessel.

This year, I declare my year to jettison. For every day in 2011 I will discard one item, paying it homage by sharing a photo, perhaps a story about it and my reason and method for getting rid of it. And hopefully by 2012, my vessel will be 365 items lighter and better equipped to navigate through the world.

 

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