It’s been a long time coming. There’s been much talk. I have ranted and raved about the benefits of minimalism and simplicity for far too long to not do something about it. Today, is Inventory Day.
During the past few years, I have dabbled in the minimalist lifestyle but only on the surface and not in a truly healthy way. In the past, simplicity was just another name for control. All it did was create negativity for myself and those around me. This time, it’s different. It is not about the physical possessions so much as about the philosophies of zen minimalism and the simple clarity it can bring. I need to dig deep into the depths and start the journey into true minimalism and, in turn, true awareness of surroundings and self.
Recently, I watched the popular film Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things by Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus. Watching the film and doing further research into their book Everything That Remains provided that slight little kick necessary to push me into the unknowns. Less talk, more action!
Minimalism has now become an obsession, something that makes my eyes widen and my voice to sound more wild. It’s time to get a little crazy and embrace the weird! Let’s count all our possessions shall we?
-Finish counting every item in a category before moving to another one
-Start small and live in the moment in order to not become overwhelmed
-Just do it…no excuses
-Count every single item except consumables (This was my own rule, as the awareness of diet requires a different approach). That means every pencil, every spoon, every sock, every toothbrush…
-Put on some totally rad road trip music and get started!
And now the results…
|Clothes - 105||Kitchen - 20||Food Storage - 1||Electronics - 25||Gear - 77*||Bedding - 10||Tolietries - 41*||Books - 26||Misc - 45|
|19 T-Shirts (4 Perform)||2 Spoon||1 - Food Bin||1 Laptop||2 Sleeping Bags||1 Comforter||3 Zip Bags of *Misc*||26 books and maps||1 5 Gallon Bucket|
|9 Pants (3 Baselayers)||1 Fork||1 A6000 Camera||3 Backpacks||1 Fitted Sheet||2 Tigerbalm||1 Hammer|
|3 Rain Jackets||2 Knives||1 Digital Camera||4 Sleeping Pads||1 Sheet||8 Carmex/Lip Balm||1 Screwdriver + Heads|
|4 Insulation Jackets||2 Plate||1 Garmin GPS||1 Tent||1 Wool Blanket||1 Eye Drop||1 Disposible Glove|
|20 Misc Shirts/Jackets||1 Bowl||1 Anker Solar Panel||1 Bug Shelter||2 Fleece Blanket||1 Axe Spray||1 Safety Glasses|
|10 Underwear||3 Cup||1 GoPro||1 Emergency Bivy||1 Falsa Blanket||1 Cologne||1 Transmission Oil|
|16 Socks (Pairs)||1 Spork||1 Garmin etrex 10||I Camp Towel||1 Pillow||1 Tweezer||2 Brushes|
|7 Shoes||1 Pot||2 Battery Charger||1 Propane Stove||2 Pillow Cover||1 Nail Clipper||1 Clamp|
|2 Gloves||1 Cast Iron Pan (Small)||1 GoPro Headstrap||3 Propane Fuel||2 Deoderant||2 35lb Dumbells|
|8 Hats (4 Beanies)||1 Non Stick Pan (Small)||1 Anker Battery||1 Alcohol Stove||1 Dapper Lyfe Pomade||5 Knives (Various Sizes)|
|5 Neck Gaiters||1 TNF Coaster||1 Xboom Speaker||1 Backpacking Stove||1 Scissor||1 Deck of Cards|
|1 Sunglasses||1 Manual Can Opener||1 Ipod||1 Backpacking Fuel||1 Hair Trimmer + Heads*||1 2oz Flask|
|1 Glasses||2 Bottle Opener||2 USB Wall Plug||3 Headlamps||1 Aqua Velva||1 Bee String Hang|
|1 Nalgene Bottle||4 Thumbdrives||1 Clothes Line||1 Mouth Wash||1 Tibetian Prayer Flag|
|1 Mouse||2 Paracord||3 Toothbrush||1 Hacky Sack|
|4 Cords||1 Lanteern||1 Sponge||1 Hanging Wing Cat|
|1 Phone||1 Fishing Pole||1 Toothpaste||8 Pens/Pencils|
|1 Tackle Box + *Gear*||1 Floss||1 Wallet|
|1 Black Diamond Ice Axe||3 Contact Solution||2 Key|
|5 Extra Compression/Stuff Sacks||1 Comb||1 Select Strain Vape Pen|
|1 Yeti Cooler||1 Hand Sanitizer||1 U of MN Folder|
|1 Kahtoola Microspikes||1 Adhesive Tape||5 Notepads|
|1 Sea to Summit Bowl||1 Travel Shampoo||3 Shoes Boxes|
|2 Campsuds||1 Bug Spray||2 TNF Duffel Bag|
|1 Sawyer Mini Filter||1 Small Petro Jelly|
|1 Sawyer Squeeze Pouch||1 Towel|
|1 Sawyer Syringe|
|1 Frontier Water Filter|
|2 Emergency Pancho|
|11 Hand Warmers|
|1 2L Hydraflask|
|1 Wet Wipe|
|6 Non Climbing Carbineer|
|2 Trekking Poles|
|2 Iodine Tablets|
|1 Storage Bin|
|Total: 350*||1 Chalk Bag|
Total Possessions: an even, cool 350
I am actually quite pleased with the number 350. During the whole process, I got rid of probably 40 items so it became a count and purge day as well. Super efficient use of the day! Tentatively, I would like to get down to around 200 items but the number really doesn’t matter. It’s only a loose guideline. A number is a number; it has no meaning. Meaning comes from the interpretation of the results.
This was only the beginning though. Each day, I will look over the chart and throw out, recycle, give away at least 1 item. The goal now is ultimate awareness of my possessions and my physical world. Once that awareness takes hold, mental clarity will soon follow.