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Introduction I am the full-time caregiver for my Dutch grandfather (Opa), who recently turned 97. The 'Downsize Challenge' was born in the middle of a very long night in 2009, while I was sitting on his living room floor after the recent death of my grandmother, staring at 68 years of possessions they had accumulated during their marriage. With as much mutual respect for their belongings and the environment as I could muster, I spent the next three months finding new homes for nearly everything they owned. Then I cleaned out my own apartment and office and relocated with Opa to start a new chapter of our lives together. The experience of dismantling a place that had always existed in my heart radically changed my relationship with material belongings. 'The Downsize Challenge' is an ongoing effort to live with less, in order to have more time for the things that matter so much more than things.