I ran into a minimalism blog about how to become one. I had looked at it for ideas. I really like the idea, but. . . I am a recovering hoarder AND I have no intention of doing some of the things they talk about: i.e., not having a car or mortgage, just to start with.
But given the “have 100 things or less” idea? I decided that I could use that as a guide to help me pare things down.
Realistically, it will NOT apply here to these things: books or beads. Otherwise? I think I can probably pare my stuff down or won’t need it.
Classes of “stuff” where I might use this: clothes, shelf-stable foods, frozen foods, cleaning products, tools, decorative geegaws, items for future rennovation. (There’s probably more I’ve missed!) [Yep — office supplies!]
Clothes: includes shoes, socks, winter wear, etc. I’m not willing to freeze for this, but I haven’t really kept up with the pared-down capsule clothes idea I had with the French Dressing post, so a cull is not a bad idea at all. Recently, I’ve been playing with the idea of buying some cheap cotton dresses for everyday spring/summer/early fall, but I haven’t actually done that yet. I know what I want and where to get it, but I haven’t done it — yet, if I do it at all. I’m wearing: 2, remainder available = 98.
I realize this may have to be 100 per season because I’m not going to freeze to be a minimalist!
- Pens & pencils: I expected this to be around 40, nope! Just counting the pieces which are “put away,” that is, in a drawer, cup or whatever where they should be, the total is 120! This obviously doesn’t count all the pieces littered through the house, in boxes, etc. Guess? We’ve got 100 or more in various places I didn’t count. I counted what was in the office and in the kitchen’s pencil cup. In all fairness, this does include things like technical pens, colored pencils, the sharpie used to mark frozen foods, etc. Those I consider either special use (and therefore really can’t be purged) or things which are frequently used. The obvious cull here is markers which don’t work, but we do purge those fairly often. I’ll check them later today, so the 120 total should be reduced. But I don’t expect that I’ll cull 20 — or more!
We’ll see how this goes later today! Exactly what I expected, I got rid of one dead marker!
New total = 119.
Found 2 in the bedroom.
New total = 121
Twelve more in one of the art spaces.
New total = 133.
Five found a new home, out of the day to day storage. New total = 128.
Thirty-one colored pencils put in special pages into binder. New total = 99.
And that’s that, until I locate more!
One pen ran out of ink while I was using it (disposable type) New total = 98. (9/21)
Found a working pen in a box. New total = 99.(9/22)