Minimalism is gaining popularity on the internet. There are blogs dedicated to living with as few items as possible, and a trend of narrowing down your possessions to 100 things. This is an achievable reality thanks to a few things (books, plates) not being counted as “things.”
I will never be a minimalist. I come from a strong pack rat heritage (though my mother has made leaps and bounds in the past 5 years at unearthing the basement). But reading these lists has made me think perhaps I could stand to pare it down a little.
Rather than cut down to 100 things, I have decided to get rid of 100 things. Given the amount of stuff I have crammed into our 1000 square foot condo it’s unlikely that ditching 100 items would actually make a noticeable dent. But I feel it’s a worthy challenge.
I found the following items in my immediate vicinity which I really don’t need to hang on to:
- A stuffed kiwi key chain (my keys are on a bottle opener that says “die in a fire” on it)
- A miniature plastic “book” containing a notepad and tiny pen
- A stuffed GIR key chain (don’t panic, I have another one)
- A board game I have played only once
- Three VHS cassettes (I contend these each count as one item) which are readily available on DVD. I haven’t owned a VHS player in years.
- A bread machine
- An extra kitchen timer
- A TV-B-Gone (fun as it is, I don’t really go places with TVs I wish to turn off)
- An envelope moistener I have never used
- A pair of Chuck Taylors I bought in 2000. They are full of holes and uncomfortable to wear.
- A pair of pants I have never worn which don’t fit. I lost the receipt, but they were only $5 so it’s not a big loss.
- A pair of pants which have never fit me well. Also $5
- A size 6 pair of jeans. I caved and rescued them. They’re expensive jeans!
- Six books (four paperback, two hardcover). I thought about listing them on PaperBackSwap, but with my Nook I really have no desire for printed books. The books are Freakonomics, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Stranger in a Strange Land, Job: A Comedy of Justice, Anansi Boys and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.
With the exception of the chucks, which I threw in the trash with just a bit of a dramatic pout, everything else is headed to Goodwill (or NYC Resistor where appropriate).
20 items down, 80 to go.
7 thoughts on “100 Things”
I’m totally about to buy a kitchen timer.
I also come from a long line of packrattery. After the house flooded & 6 complete strangers came in & boxed up almost everything I own (all rooms but my room & my son’s room were flooded out), it made me realize the sheer amount of things that we have. And after the house dried out & repairs had been made, it came time to put it all back.
So now I think I have at least $200 worth of garage-sale things ready to go. I’d much rather have $200 in the form of money than in the form of stuff I don’t want.
(And just wait until you breed…dude. those little buggers make you keep everything)
Anyway. Yay for purging!
If the kitchen timer I was liberating was a high quality one, I would mail it to you. Sadly, it takes up 4x as much space as my other one and is not nearly as functional.
As a fellow packrat i am impressed and inspired, I hope I can give up more things to goodwill as I pack up my apartment!
The TV-b-gone would might be fun where I work. They thought we needed a big-brother vibe and put TVs by the elevators on every floor. They only display “party line” stuff and trivial announcements, so no one would probably notice if they were off.
getting rid of stuff feels awesome, right?
but… if you rescued the nice jeans, aren’t you only down 19, 81 to go? 😉
I didn’t count them in my total, I was good!
I have so much stuff. I saving it all until I move to a bigger place hopefully soon! Movin is a great time to purge as well.