Owning stuff will not make you a non-minimalist!
Being able to declutter your life from the things you don’t need, will make you a good minimalist.
Speaking for me, I don’t consider myself a minimalist, but just a simple person that doesn’t like the mess and superfluous things.
For me is very easy to declutter myself and I am proud of the things I own. Some of them are very expensive, for the kind of object that they are, and here I am going to reveal all I own.
What Other Minimalists On Planet Earth Own
In this first paragraph, I am going to list some of the most famous minimalist’s possessions articles, so that we can compare them with mines.
As a sneak peek I am going to tell you that for me it’s pretty different, I own what I own because I want to own it and I don’t want to get rid of stuff I need.
So here are some articles you can read:
- Everything I Own: My 288 Things | The Minimalists.
- All My 111 Possession | Rob Greenfield
- Radical Minimalism: My 43 Possessions | Wake Up Cloud
- My 97 things | Impossible HQ
- All 51 Things I Own | Exile Lifestyle
All of these famous minimalists list items and things they own. I am not sure that this is for real all they have, but for me, the things I own have a close relationship with me.
I need them, and I have spent time with myself trying to understand what the word ‘need’ really means for me.
I don’t like a lot to count the things I own because counting them, will imply too much weight to the situation and this is not part of a simple living.
I am living alone at the moment and I am moving away from here soon. What I have here where I am now are items I really need, and probably, I will keep them for me until they work. So I am going to talk about the few most important things I own.
My Few Necessary And Expensive Things I Own.
I have a 10 years old car with a lot of miles, I might need to get a new one soon, but until it works I will keep it. I need to own a car because I need to explore any corner of this world to feel good. It is fueled with LPG, it is cheaper and ecologic.
My Mac Computers And Time Capsule
I have two Mac laptops, I like to have them both on and work on both on my desk. I have got my MacBook PRO 2016 for free, it was broken and I fixed it.
There was a period of my life where I was putting ads all over classifieds websites saying ‘I buy broken apple stuff’. I have fixed and resold many iPhones and computers.
I always upgrade my computers RAM with crucial.com, you can get the best fit for your computer for cheap.
I have 16GB of Ram on my MacBook PRO and 8 GB on the old one. The other MacBook is from 2009 and still, I can use it for a lot of things.
I have also a 3TB Time Capsule to backup and store all my stuff. I like it because it never breaks and it works wirelessly.
I have an iPhone SE 64 GB, I like that is small and so powerful and takes great pictures. I have it for 3 years and it’s still new.
I am struggling with sleep, and what helps me a lot is having a nice pillow. I have a visco-vegetal polyurethane foam with memory based on castor oil 45cmx70cm pillow. I have paid $180 for it but it’s worth it. I can not sleep with anything else.
I have custom fit earplugs, they only fit my ears and I had to go make the molds to make them. I can’t sleep with any noise and these things are absolutely amazing. It’s like not having earplugs and they are blocking any sound. They last usually 7-8 years, depending on how fast you grow. I have paid $160 for them.
I have a very expensive toothbrush, I think that teeth are very important, and I want to take care of them. I bought this kind of toothbrush because with the hand brushing I was seriously damaging my gums. I was pushing too hard. This toothbrush stops if I push too hard. I have saved a lot of money with dentists with this investment. I have no cavities for probably 10 years.
I have a rather good hair trimmer, probably 7 years old. I cut my hair my own since more than 15 years. If you put an average cut cost of $20 once a month (20*12Months)*15years = $3600 saved.
I have basically bought my 10 years old second hand car with the money saved from haircuts.
Samsonite Rigid Luggage
I have two samsonite oyster rigid luggage. I love them because are small, indestructible and they fit a lot of stuff. I can press all of my clothes and blankets in them.
I did not do it on purpose but the ones above are exactly 10 things. So I could have called it the 10 most important things I own.
Other Things I Own But Less Necessary Than The Ones Above
So the ones above are the material things I really need. Together with my survivals, I need these things. Let’s go forward with my minimalist possessions list.
Here is a more compact list of other things I own. I use them all the time but I would be able to live without them or with another version of them. Except for food.
I love not having stuff around me because like this I can experience complete freedom. I can pack all my crap and go somewhere else within a few hours. Also, I don’t need to clean all these items and space around me looks very tidy.
I have clothes that are like 10 years old and still working well. I don’t buy some clothes probably since 8 years.
I bought 10 pairs of shoes like 8 years ago because I have found a deal. Usually, I am consuming 1 pair of shoes a year.
So now I still have:
- 3 pairs of shoes I guess, still, new waiting to be worn.
- I have 20 pairs of underwear and 20 pairs of socks.
- 5 jeans and 5 sweaters and 1 winter jacket.
Items total count: 3 +20 + 20 + 5 + 5 + 1 = 54 items
- 1 king size bed. (I am gonna sell it if I move)
- 1 pair of bed sheets.
- 1 heavy winter blanket
- 1 sleeping bag.
Items total count: 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 = 4 items.
The pillow and the earplugs are counted in the list of necessary things above.
Food, this is varying all the time, I always have the fridge full of food. I will group food as one single item, but in reality, it is a lot of items. I eat a lot.
Items total count: 1 = 1 item (a lot of food)
- 4 pans for cooking. (expensive ones)
- 4 plates, 2 cups, 2 forks, 2 knives, 2 spoons.
- 1 fridge.(I will sell it if I move).
Items total count:: 4 + 4 + 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 +1 = 17 items
- Razor. ( a good one ).
- Hair dryer. (I get sick if I don’t dry my hair).
- Scissors. (To cut my hair and nails.)
- 2 towels.
Items total count: 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 2 = 6 items.
- 1 office desk. (I will sell it if I move)
- 1 wallet. (I have a nice Italian leather wallet to keep my credit cards and cash, 20 years old)
- 1 apple watch (it helps me with my workouts and to see how much I sleep at night.)
- 1 set of keys (car, house, lock).
- 2 locks. (to lock my stuff when I travel and many other uses)
- 1 cool backpack with laptop case in it.
- 1 Toolbox full of DIY tools. (I like to fix everything, there are many tools in it, I will group it into one item).
- 2 kneeling chairs. (I can sit only on these things, I recommend to get some too. I will sell them if I move)
- 2 lamps. (I will sell them if I move)
- 1 acoustic guitar.
- 4 wifi controlled wall plugs. (I can turn off the wifi and my devices with my phone)
- 2 power sockets.
- 2 travel adaptors.
- 1 special grocery bag. (It is a bag that holds over 250 pounds and it stretches a lot)
- 1 food scale. (to measure the food I put in my body).
- 1 eye mask for sleeping where the room is not completely dark.
- 1 mirror. ( I will sell it when I move)
- 1 car phone holder.
- 1 car with 2 holes phone charger.
- (1) internet connection. (I pay for it. but I don’t technically own it),
- (1) house I rent (so I don’t own it).
total count: 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 2 + 1 + 1 +2 +2 +1 + 4 + 2 + 2 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1+ (1) + (1) = 27 (29) items
I have 2 chairs and 2 plates and 2 cups because I was living with my girlfriend for the past 4 years. We have just broken up a month ago, I might get rid of the secondary things I have soon.
I love the wifi controlled wall plugs because I can turn off all my devices on my phone.
I have connected my lamps and computers and wifi box and the time capsule to the sockets. When I turn off the wifi plugs all is off. I don’t like to sleep with wifi on and flashing lights.
TOTAL SUM OF THE FIRST MINIMALIST LIST AND THE SECOND MINIMALIST LIST.
So my total number of things I own at the moment from the totally necessary ones and the other ones is:
TOTAL THINGS I OWN SUM: 10 + 54 + 4 + 1 + 17 + 6 + 27 = 119 Items.
I might sell a lot of them when I move and it’s written between the parenthesis.
Things That I Might Or Will Sell When I Am Moving Away.
There are things I own that can be cumbersome to move, like the kneeling chairs, plates, bed, pans, desk, lamps.
What I usually do is to buy these things second hand and then resell them when it’s time to leave. I don’t want to pay money to move a chair or a bed. I know I need these things but I don’t waste any money because I sell them and buy again wherever I go.
I always travel by my car, so I have plenty of space to fit all the rest I have there. Even though it is not a lot, it takes all my car space.
Luggage, guitar, computers, blankets, etc.. take space! I have no idea how regular people do it with all the stuff they own.
It is already hard for me with few the things I own.
Learn to say no, read my article here.
I am not keeping a list of things I own, I just look around me and try to figure out what I really need and what I don’t. After a little of work, I came out with a minimalist possessions list of 119 items.
As you could see with my items list, I struggle with sleep. So for me is important to have a good pillow and custom earplugs. I also own an Apple watch to monitor my sleep and keep track of my calisthenics activities.
I try to do calisthenics 3 times a week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at least for a few hours.
I have separated the item list into two main parts, the first part is the stuff I really need and if will break or I will not have it anymore, I will need to buy.
The second part of the list is stuff I need in order to survive, like clothes and food and some furniture etc..
I can probably find a way to live without these things except for food. But to live in a civilized world I might need them and I do have them.
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