All the wires I currently own!!! Do I really need this many wires?

In the world of wireless do we still need wires. Apparently we do and that too a plethora of different wires in many shapes, sizes and function. How many wires do I need to operate all the electronics which I currently own? 10, 20, …. Apparently it’s too much to count it was something close to 90. No that’s not a typo. Out of this I had already removed lot of the wires which were duplicates. Yet I still have duplicates don’t ask me why, as I am still new to minimalism I still don’t understand the concept of duplicates. You may find it funny or call me stupid, trust me if you go through your things in your room you will find at least two things are almost identical in function but differs in a very minor way due to which you decided to keep them both. Yep our human mind works in mysterious ways.

Before I even decided to start my whole clean up process here are the wires which I had already thrown out when I moved out of my previous apartment. At that time I was throwing these out I did not have much consideration about minimalism and why I was throwing these out in particular. I believe there are some 8 to 10 wires in this picture. So how much did that leave me with still over 50 not good.

Until someone invents some way to harness wireless power transfer which Nikola Tesla was working on we will not be able to get rid of wires. Here goes my attempt in removing excess and truly duplicate wires.

First Pass

In the first pass I’m hoping to identify wires which are truly unique and doesn’t have duplicates.

  1. LAN Cable
  2. VGA cable
  3. Laptop Charger
  4. Fitbit Charger
  5. Micro HDMI to VGA
  6. USB 2.0 to Ethernet
  7. Lightning Digital AV Adapter (Lightning to HDMI)
  8. Mini HDMI to HDMI
  9. Mini HDMI to VGA
  10. Micro HDMI to HDMI
  11. USB 3.0 to Micro B
  12. Braun Shaving Charger
  13. Braun Toothbrush Charger
  14. Sony Walkman Charger
  15. Cubox-i Charger
  16. Philips Grooming kit Charger
  17. Power adapter for Battery Charger
  18. HDMI Extender
  19. HDMI Cable
  20. Apple lightning Charger
  21. Nexus 6p USB-C Charger
  22. Blackberry Micro-USB Charger
  23. 2.5 to 2.5mm Aux Cable
  24. 3.5mm to 1/4inch Adapter
  25. 3.5mm to Audio/Microphone splitter
  26. 3.5mm to Coaxial Female
  27. 3.5mm to 3.5mm Aux Cable
  28. Fiio L5 Line Out Cable 3.5mm to Walkman
  29. Fiio L16 Line Out Cable 3.5mm to 3.5mm
  30. Fiio L17 Line Out Cable 3.5mm to 3.5mm right angle
  31. USB extender

Phew! that’s still a lot of cables. My first pass helped in two things first I was able to identify all the cable which are needed for one or another of the electronics I own. Second I was able to identify at least 16 duplicates which I was able to eliminate in my very first pass. After first pass I’m left with 31 unique cables and 5 duplicates which are part of my backup system which mainly consist of USB to Micro USB, USB to USB-C and USB to lightning cables.

Duplicate cables removed after the first pass

I think I’m too tired to continue with this today. Hopefully I can get rid of few more things in my second pass.