Category Archives: 100 Things

Apartment Kitchen Count

As promised before the move–here is a kitchen count in the new place. This apartment is a place of transition. I have gotten rid of a lot, but will get rid of more when I move to the travel trailer (which I haven’t bought yet.)

It has been a summer of change. Youngest son moved out again. He will spend his senior year of high school living in a house with friends. This time, when he moved out, there was no conflict and we see each other regularly. The other big change to the house hold is that Max, the cat that would sneak into the photos, died a week ago. He did not suffer and was surrounded by the humans that loved him as he died. Daughter is back at school in St. Paul and middle son is in Ireland for the year. On with the count.

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There are 27 dishes in this cabinet.

5 pieces of cookware

5 pieces of cookware

coffeepot, coffee container, cutting board and salt & pepper shakers (#5 items)

coffeepot, coffee container, cutting board and salt & pepper shakers (#5 items)

bamboo divider and the utensils (#28 items)

bamboo divider and the utensils (#28 items)

4 utensils that did not fit in the other drawer

4 utensils that did not fit in the other drawer

There is a microwave also, which brings the count to #60. The oven and fridge are part of the rental.

 

you can see there is less food in the pantry as well.

With it being just me and one cat, I am not cooking very much. Breakfast is likely some yogurt and a banana. A mid-morning snack is a hardboiled egg and a piece of fruit. Lunch is usually on the road so it might be cheese and crackers or other finger food I can eat while driving. Dinner is a vegetable and a protein. Sometimes, I cook them. Sometimes I eat a frozen dinner. I do not need all the dishes and kitchen items in the house, but I’m not in a hurry to get rid of stuff yet. I will see how the next year goes, what I use…what I do not.

I have not lived alone since 1980. I’m letting the experience wash over me.

The Living Room (Space)

Since this apartment has an open floor plan between the living and dining spaces, we will just call this the “couch area.” How’s that?

My New Closet

I commandeered the coat closet in the living room for my own.

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This makes me happy! It is the perfect size for me.

And here is that mountain of boxes that belong to the kids in the bedroom closet.

Decluttering Before The Move

Here are a few of the things that have left my home this week–and where they have gone.

2016 Count: 79 Items

Woo Hoo! I’m feeling confident that as I transition from sharing a space with children into solo living in a travel trailer that I will be able to keep my count of items below 100. That has been my goal for years. It is so close, I can taste it. It has oaken/solid undertones with a hint of freedom and lots of aroma of affection.

Miscellaneous Items  (#14)

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Back to front: laundry basket, suitcase, coffee pot (with cup for staging) backpack (which gets used as an overnight bag, a lunch box, a purse and a shopping bag,) towel, glass case, sunglasses, glasses and wallet, Christmas stocking and lap top. Not pictured are the car (it looks that same) the cell phone (it is taking the photo) and the bed. Technically, I won’t have a bed after the move. I’ll be sleeping in my son’s while he is in Ireland. Hopefully my trailer will be done before he gets back.

Clothes (#53)

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outfits 1 & 2

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Outfits 3 & 4

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Outfits 5 & 6

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outfits 7 & 8

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watch, necklace and earrings

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swimsuit and sweat shirt

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Shoes–5 pair, trimmed down from last year’s 8 pair!

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4 (of 5 total) sets of exercise clothes

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Basket with 5 pair socks, 5 bras, 5 panties, and a pair of black tights. Gloves and ear warmer nearby.

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The all formal occasion black dress and sweater.

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Winter coat

And there are 9 wooden hangers in the photos.

Personal Care Items (#11)

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Hand made soap, razor, basket, grooming scissors, eyebrow pencil, toothpaste/toothbrush/floss, mascara, foundation, jar of coconut oil, shampoo, nail clippers.

The past year brought a revolution in my personal care products. In the fall, I developed a persistent and itchy rash. It continued through 2 rounds of steroids. I eventually went to an allergist, who’s testing revealed that I am allergic to many chemicals in personal care products. So, I have switched to products that have natural elements, that I am not allergic to. The soap is hand-made with olive oil. The coconut oil I use as a make-up remover, skin lotion, hair de-frizzer, and lip balm. If only I could brush my teeth with it……

I am so excited by my progress. I hope you all are as well.

 

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This is my hair clip. They come in a package of 2 and break easily–so sometimes I have 2 and sometimes I have 1.

I have edited the original post (both the number and added the last photo) as astute reader Elizabeth asked about my hair care routine, and I realized I had left something off the count. Other than the shampoo and coconut oil already mentioned, this is my only hair product. I finger comb my hair (though as it gets longer, I will likely buy a comb.) I let it air dry, and when it is dry, I use the above pictured thingie to clip it up.

 

 

House: SOLD!

These are exciting times for this minimalist.

I listed the house, and within 48 hours had a full price offer. The home inspection has occurred and now we wait for the closing next month. Moving day will be my birthday, the day I usually do my annual count. I’ll count my stuff a couple of weeks early and post the photos like I do each year.

Here’s a few things I’m not going to count because I’m not taking them with me when I move:

The tall ladder for cleaning the gutters. The lawn mower. The rakes, the snow shovel, the digging shovel. Two of the beds. A dresser. A bookshelf.

Moving is a perfect opportunity to consider the need for every single possession.

Living Room Remodel

The Living room remodel is done.  I count 9 summer items. In the fall, the fireplace screen and tools come up from the basement.

New couch and pillow

New couch and pillow

Newish red leather chairs and table. One table candle. (I don't count the books--they are consumables, i.e. I read them and pass them on. If I ever encountered a book I could not live without, I would add it to the count.)

Newish red leather chairs and table. On the table, a candle. (I don’t count the books–they are consumables, i.e. I read them and pass them on. If I ever encountered a book I could not live without, I would add it to the count.)

View of the fireplace with two fake plants and the horse head. I don't count the mirror anymore. It is wired to the house and will stay here when I move. Like the light fixtures. I don't count them either.

View of the fireplace with two fake plants and the horse head. I don’t count the mirror anymore. It is wired to the house and will stay here when I move. Like the light fixtures. I don’t count them either.

View of the living room facing  southwest.

View of the living room facing southwest.

2015 Count: 83 items

It is that time of year, my friends: The Annual Count.

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Person Care items #12: basket, toothbrush/paste/floss, conditioner, mascara, grooming scissors, nail clippers, face powder, lotion, lip balm, razor, hair paste, soap.

Misc. items #18: Back to front-shredder, laundry basket, suitcase, To-go cup, coffee pot, vase (with roses) towel, dryer, book, lap top, wallet, glasses, case and sunglasses, Christmas stocking.

Misc. items #18: Back to front-shredder, laundry basket, suitcase, To-go cup, coffee pot, vase (with roses) towel, dryer, book, lap top, wallet, glasses, case and sunglasses, Christmas stocking.

Miscellaneous items not in photo: bed, car and phone.

Clothing #53 items.

Outfits 1 & 2

Outfits 1 & 2

Outfits 3 & 4

Outfits 3 & 4

Outfits 4 & 5

Outfits 4 & 5

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Outfit 7 and the black dress/sweater outfit.

watch & earings

watch & earrings

“Holy soles, Batman! where did all these shoes come from?”

Here are three of the four sets of exercise clothes.

Here are three of the four sets of exercise clothes.

Gloves, ear warmer, basket with tights, 5 pair socks, 4 bras 5 panties

Gloves, ear warmer, basket with tights, 5 pair socks, 4 bras 5 panties

A et of painting/gardening clothes and the swimsuit.

A set of painting/gardening clothes and the swimsuit.

A fleece and a sweatshirt

A fleece and a sweatshirt

Winter coat, and there are 8 hangers in the photos as well.

Winter coat, and there are 8 hangers in the photos as well.

I need to do something about all those shoes!

Winter Count 2015: 84 items

I’m pretty excited about this count, as I have dropped 8 items since last summer. Six items are from the clothing category: I lost earrings, gave a bracelet away and learned how to live with five outfits, instead of the 4 work and 4 non-work outfits I had. In the miscellaneous category, I ditched the iron and ironing board (gave then to my daughter,) switched to bi-focals (ridding myself of the readers and a case for them.)

New/returning items: a got another wallet as it is a practical way to keep the change corralled. I bought a vase (0.99 cents at Goodwill) because by boyfriend has a habit of buying me roses. I de-cluttered my Christmas decorations so extensively (I had always counted the decorations as the kid’s stuff, as I really only decorate for their sake) that I discovered a Christmas decoration that is one of my “100 things.” It is a stocking that my mother knit with my first name on the front and my middle name on the back.

Interestingly, I still see excess in this list: Six shoes! Tights that I wear about three times a year. A scarf–which is a purely decorative item.

Readers tell me that they really enjoy these counting posts–so, Enjoy!

Miscellaneous items (#19)

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laundry basket, suitcase, vase (with roses) shredder, back pack, To-go cup, coffee pot, two books, towel and Christmas stocking, glasses, case and sunglasses, lap top and wallet.

Not pictured are the car and bed and cell phone. Same as previous posts.

Clothing (#54)

outfits #1 & #2

outfits #1 & #2

outfits # 3 & # 4

outfits # 3 & # 4

outfit #5 and the black dress

outfit #5 and the black dress

there are four sets, here are three of them

Exercise clothes: there are four sets, here are three of them

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winter coat and rain coat

winter coat and rain coat

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a fleece, a scarf and a sweatshirt

paint clothes and swim suit

paint clothes and swim suit

watch and earrings

watch and earrings

gloves, headband/ear warmer, basket with socks and other underthings: socks 5 pair, panties 5 pair, bras 4, tights x1.

gloves, headband/ear warmer, basket with socks and other underthings: socks 5 pair, panties 5 pair, bras 4, tights x1.

two summer outfits

two summer outfits

And then 8 hangers pictured in the clothing photos.

Personal care items #12

grooming scissors, deodorant, razor, hair paste, oil, face powder, lip balm and nail clippers, soap/shampoo, mascara, floss/toothpaste/toothbrush, basket to hold stuff in the cabinet

grooming scissors, deodorant, razor, hair paste, oil, face powder, lip balm and nail clippers, soap/shampoo,
mascara, floss/toothpaste/toothbrush, basket to hold stuff in the cabinet

84 things in total, and room to edit!

Simple Tools

I remember reading a story about how NASA researched for years to develop a pen that would work in the anti-gravity world of space. They spent a lot of time and money creating a workable writing instrument. At the same time, the Russian cosmonauts used a pencil.

When I was a teenager, my mom told me that I insisted on doing things the hard way. Which probably meant not her way. But there is some truth to the comment. At that time, we had an electric can-opener, which looked something like this:

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I thought it was ridiculous to use this energy-sucking device when we had a hand-held can opener that worked just fine.

I prefer walking to riding in a car (maybe because I have to drive so much for work.) I prefer raking the leaves rather than using a gas-powered leaf blower. Usually this preference saves me money and aggravation. The rake always works, doesn’t need repairs or fuel.

I don’t always prefer to do things “the hard way.” As mentioned before, I like my washing machine rather than beating the clothes on a rock. But I like to be mindful of the machines I invite into the house. Sometimes the simpler tool is the best one.

How about you all? What are some simple tools you prefer to more complex ones that do the same job?