Mar 192015
 

For those of you who are new at this minimalist way of living, welcome to the 100 Thing Challenge.

The 100 Thing Challenge: How I Got Rid of Almost Everything, Remade My Life, and Regained My Soul

The 100 Thing Challenge was put forth a few years back by Dave Bruno who wanted to take minimalism to a new level by owning 100 things or less.  I’ve done this challenge a few times over the past few years and now, with the boat gone and my meager possessions down to a single back pack, I figger it’s a good time to take a quick inventory to see what I got.  So, here is the current list:

  1. Backpack – currently just a cheap temp pack until I decide on what I will need for later.
  2. Serbag messenger bag.  I love this bag but it may be too small for what I need.
  3. Mac Air laptop
  4. iPhone 5S
  5. Otter box phone case with wallet
  6. Sprint wifi hotspot
  7. 1 Tb hard drive back up.
  8. Towel – A good hitchhiker always knows where their towel is.
  9. Fishing shirt
  10. Fishing shirt
  11. Fishing shirt
  12. Fishing shirt
  13. Long sleeve t shirt
  14. Long sleeve t shirt
  15. Fishing shorts
  16. Fishing shorts
  17. Fishing shorts
  18. Fishing shorts
  19. Pair of socks
  20. Pair of socks
  21. Hiking shoes
  22. Boat shoes
  23. Reading glasses
  24. Reading glasses
  25. Sunglasses
  26. Tilley hat
  27. Bank bag
  28. Drivers license
  29. Bank Card
  30. Insurance Card
  31. Beard trimmer
  32. Bandanna
  33. Square credit card reader
  34. Bank checks
  35. Captain License
  36. Boat safety license
  37. Divers certification
  38. TWIC Card
  39. Key to mail box
  40. Key to room
  41. Key chain

Not included:  toothbrush, tooth paste, consumables, laundry soap, things of that nature.

So there you have it.  I’m down to 40 or so things I have, use, and need at the moment.  That is it.  I have no need for anything else at the moment.  It all fits in the back pack, and I can carry it anywhere.   Conceivably, I could cut down a bit more if I were to be doing some sort of heavy travel and could pick up things which I need when I get to wherever I was going.  But for now, this will do.

While this list is minimal, portable, and replaceable, I think the best part is there is no maintenance involved other than a load of laundry.  I don’t have to keep tools nor cleaning supplies around to take care of this stuff.  I won’t be wasting hours every week cleaning, repairing, nor fixing anything.  No registrations to renew, at least nothing which can’t be done easily online.  No regulations to conform too.

It helps tremendously that I live someplace where I can wear the same clothes all year round.  I may have to add in a rain coat or poncho but at least I don’t have to keep winter clothes.  Disclaimer: I do keep some cold weather clothes up north for when I visit family.  But said clothes stay there and I have no need to drag them around with me.

Finally.  I have reached minimalist nirvana.  I am no longer bound by possessions which will prevent me from traveling, seeking adventure, doing knew things, nor costing me money.  This list is very fluid.  I can adjust and adapt depending on where I am and what I am doing at the time.  Not counting the computer and iPhone, a few hundred dollars will replace everything I need.  I can move at a moments notice.  Should a storm threaten the island and we have to evacuate, I can go and not have to worry about what I leave behind.

How about you?  Can you do the 100 thing challenge?  Have you done an inventory of what you currently own?  How much of your stuff do you actually use?  How much is just sitting there taking up space?  Can you get by with less?  Try the challenge and see where you stack up.  It may open your eyes to how much your possessions actually own you, and not the other way around.

If you have the idea you may want to travel, to go out and see and do new things.  Maybe move to someplace more better.  And you are wondering what is holding you back, try the challenge.  It may well answer your question.

Less is More.

Capt. Fritter

  8 Responses to “The 100 Thing Challenge: Spring Edition…”

  1. That’s an impressive list! Only what you need and nothing more.

    Right now, I’m lucky to be below 500 things. My G.F. Insists that I have a proper wardrobe. Maybe I need to get rid of her too?

  2. This is right on time. I’m going through stuff so I can list the house for sale hopefully within the next month. It seems I have thrown away/donated/sold 1/3 of the things around here and I still have 20x more stuff than I should. I’m going to be moving into a small 2-room apt that is about 1/6 the size of this house, so I have a lot of work ahead of me. Thanks for the push.

    • Sell it, donate it, give it away, throw it away. If you ain’t used it in a year, you don’t need it.
      C. F.

  3. I did this challenge once nearly four years ago. It was enlightening. My list would be different now but not very much so. If you want to see my list from then it is at: http://sandcastle.sandsys.org/2010/05/mnml-list/

  4. Julia, you are so right. Wish I had a woman just like you!

    I really admire how you completely changed your lifestyle.

    JG