I Own 74 Things
Two of my favorite pieces of content are the movie Fight Club, and comedian George Carlin’s bit on Stuff. If you haven’t exposed yourself to either, stop what you’re doing and watch them both. That’s your homework.
I haven’t always been a minimalist, but I have always had a need to make sure everything was in its place. The problem; I never had enough places for everything to go. That is until I started focusing on what I needed.
For a long time I wanted to purge a lot of things, but never had the guts to pull the trigger. One day though I had a bad break up and packed everything in my car that I could grab in fifteen minutes. I moved away and never looked back. Since then I’ve paired down even more. As of today I’ve paired everything down to 74 things.
I’ve always been a technology nerd so it’s surprising that I don’t have more gadgets and gizmos. Each piece of tech I do have serves a purpose.
I have an iPhone 6s that acts as my main computer, media player, and connection to the people who matter most.
I have an iPad Mini 2 that I use for reading books. It’s my main computer when I’m at home.
I have a MacBook Pro that’s all beat up and old but it’s what I write on. Someday I’ll get one of those big iPads and merge my laptop and tablet into one thing.
I also have my apple earbuds which fold up in their little case and travel in my pocket everyday. Aside from these all my electronics have their own chargers.
This is the biggest category so I’ll try to speed through it.
Two pair of shoes, one for everyday use and one that’s more formal.
Two hoodies, I don’t know if I need two but for now I don’t see what it hurts.
I also have one black Henley, one blue polo, one button down shirt, eight v-necks. All that plus a black peacoat makes up all my upper body clothing.
As for my bottom half I have six pair of pants. Blue jeans, grey jeans, black slacks, grey slacks, khakis, and joggers. That and two belts.
In my underwear drawer I have six pair of boxers, and twenty pair of socks. Why do I have twenty pair of socks?
I also have my prescription glasses and a backpack that fits everything.
Most of these items are for hygienic purposes but I added in the oddities.
Half a box of condoms and a jar of change. Both of these I used to dip into on a daily bases, now not so much. I have mixed feelings.
The following should need no explanation so I’ll list them below.
My hair brush, tooth brush, and tooth paste. My electric shaver, razor + blades, and shave butter. My roll on deodorant, and spray on deodorant. I also have face wash, body wash, shampoo/conditioner, lotion, and a small grooming kit.
I also own a rarely used notebook and pen, a wallet, and a set of dumbbells that I should pick up from time to time.
I borrow all my furniture, including my bed. I own a car and for now that’s all I need
“A house is just a pile of stuff with a cover on it. You can see that when you’re taking off in an airplane. You look down, you see everybody’s got a little pile of stuff. All the little piles of stuff. And when you leave your house, you gotta lock it up. Wouldn’t want somebody to come by and take some of your stuff.”
“We’re consumers. We are the byproducts of a lifestyle obsession. Murder, crime, poverty — these things don’t concern me. What concerns me are celebrity magazines, television with 500 channels, some guy’s name on my underwear. Rogaine, Viagra, Olestra…fuck Martha Stewart. Martha’s polishing the brass on the Titanic. It’s all going down, man. So fuck off with your sofa units and strine green stripe patterns.”
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