Jan 112012
 

After reading about the guy with just 15 Things yesterday I got a little jealous and decided to run a quick inventory of my current stock of possessions. Last count was 77 things last year. Here is my current list:

Backpack
iPad travel case
Dry bag
Heavy shirt
Flannel shirt
Fishing shirt
Fishing shirt
Fishing shirt
T-shirt
Long sleeve t-shirt
Long sleeve t-shirt
Long sleeve t-shirt
Long sleeve t-shirt
Long sleeve t-shirt
Long sleeve t-shirt
Long sleeve t-shirt
Jeans
Boxer shorts
Socks
Shorts
Shorts
Shorts
Shorts
Shorts
Shorts
Shorts
Shorts
Deck shoes
Rain jacket
Towel
iPad (includes charger, cable, earphones, square up dongle)
Tracfone (includes charger and earphone)
Digital camera (includes charger, iPad interface)
Wallet
Drivers license
Bank card
Passport wallet
Captain license
Divers card
Fishing license
Bandanna
Bandanna
Wide brim hat
Sunglasses
Eyeglasses
Eyeglasses
Reader glasses
Reader glasses
Bicycle
Bicycle lock
Bicycle tool kit
Hair trimmer
Beard trimmer
Blanket
Sheet
Pillow
Pillow case
Cat
Cat
Cat litter box
Cat feeder
Cat water dish
Verizon Mifi
Cat carrier
Cat carrier
Bungee cord
Bungee cord
Bungee cord
Bungee cord
Canvas grocery bag
Canvas grocery bag

71 total. Not counted, a few dishes, silverware, and consumables. Things like toothbrush, nail clippers, etc. as they are all replaced on a regular basis were not counted either. Hey, it’s my game, my rules.

So, a slight move to the downside. Not too bad. I could probably trim the fat a bit more if necessary but since I am sort of settled into my current home there is no need. Everything I have I use. At least I’m not adding to the pile.

I really admire Mr. um, Hyde, for being able to minimalize to the point he has. I can only imagine the pure freedom he has to be able to pick up and travel or do as he sees fit. No need to drag around a bunch of baggage, both literally and figuratively where ever he chooses to go. No worries about maintenance, repair, or losing something. All replaceable in a few hours or days. What is particularly funny is to read the reactions of the reporters who do the story. They cannot wrap their little heads around the fact that it is possible to function in today’s society without a bunch of crap. How does he wear the same stuff day day out? What about laundry? They look at him as an oddity. I look at him as a role model. Could I survive with just 15 things? Yeah, probably could. Don’t know if I ever will get down that far but I could envision it. Could you survive with just 15 things? Or 71? What’s your threshold for minimalism?

Capt. Fritter

  2 Responses to “My list, updated for Jan. 2012”

  1. Used to be I could not just survive, but do so with vigor, with roughly 20 things. It was a point of pride. But, as I got older I found that I wanted more things because they added comfort.

    Today I still have a “Minimalist” mindset, but I have found that the more money I accumulate, the more I “modify” my minimalist ideals.

    It all leads me to wonder… Does minimalism drive accumulation, or is it really driven by lack of funding.

    I think it’s a sliding scale, and easy to justify a lack of “good stuff” because of a lack of dough.

    Easy to have disdain for things if you can’t afford to have them anyway.

  2. i live in tornado country. (actually with the weather becoming so weird, that could be almost anywhere now) but when i see the aftermath usually, and though yes, it is traumatic, it seems to me that with the right mind set, it could almost be cathartic. i’ve been through one myself.
    boy… i know i’m treading on thin ice here. and believe me, i have only empathy for those who “lost everything.” but have they? unless they lost a beloved life, a person’s or pet’s… then no. they have not lost everything. they lost stuff. yes, sentimental stuff maybe, but stuff nevertheless.
    the brits in WWII who were bombed contstantly in the blitz that lasted days on end, lost everything… but they showed enormous courage, kept calm and carried on. in all i’ve read of the personal stories, nobody talked about the “stuff they lost.”
    in this country we seem to be all about the stuff. having more, spending more, hoarding more…
    and minimalists (yes, i’m one) are looked upon usually as someone ‘who is just weird.’ i’ve been laughed at and accused of having no sentimentality. i usually just say, my sentimental “things” are not things, they’re dear memories. nobody can take those away, not even a tornado. and if i lose my mind and can’t remember, i won’t know i’m not remembering!!!