In a previous post (Could You Live With Only 100 items?) I committed to coming up a list of only 100 things I would own if I were to attempt this method of minimalism.
An arbitrary number presents a challenge, and some have handled the challenge with semantics, counting hundreds of books as “one library”, or by not counting things also used by others (like furniture).
I admit to having a hard time with this list. Rationalization did occur.
Some of my belongings are contingent upon my living space or financial situation. For example, I did not count my lamps, or storage bins, because if I lived in a house with more overhead lighting, closet space or built-in shelves I would not need them. I did not count appliances because they often come with the house.
Some of my belongings are necessary for health or hygiene. For example, I elected not to count my toothbrush, shampoo, eye drops, or sunscreen. Also, some belongings are very small, like my library card, and I did not count them for that reason.
I ultimately decided to count items that I choose to own based on my values, lifestyle, and individual needs. I also counted sets as one item, within reason, for example “bed” refers to the bed with the pillows, sheets and blankets included.
#(1) Car with GPS
#(3) Digital camera
#(4-5) Music systems for bedroom and living room
#(10-19) Art hanging from the walls and ceiling
#(21) Pine needle basket made by my late grandmother
#(22-26) Purses and wallet
#(27) Leatherman tool
#(31-34) Art supplies
#(35-38) Board games and deck of cards
#(39) Drawer of jewelry
#(45-51) Pots, pans, dishes, flatware
#(52) Towels and bathmats
#(53-57) Organizational file binders
#(59-63) Bed, chair, table, shelves, dresser
#(64-100) Clothes and shoes
I think you can tell a lot about me from this list. Some might question why I used up three numbers on houseplants but didn’t include a television…but I stand by that choice.
If I actually had to put this into practice, I am sure I would have to change some numbers, or even sacrifice some things, but I tried to be as realistic as possible and I am happy with my list.