Tuesday, July 10, 2018

all the things

I wish I were one of those minimalists who could count every single item they have quickly and easily and without having to group things - like paperclips, Q-tips, screws, drywall anchors, hair elastics, et cetera.

Even my keepsake items I end up grouping instead of counting: like 1 decorative letter box versus the box plus each of the items contained therein. Or one scrapbook, versus the book, the pages, and each item pasted on each page.

I can easily count things like dishes, clothes, furniture. electronics. But if I had to count every single photo, every paper, every app on my iPhone, every song, every video, every digital pic, I'd likely exceed the average amount of things in a home in the U.S.

But maybe they weren't taking into consideration digital clutter or keepsakes when they came up with that number? Maybe they didn't take into account a box of 50 screws as 50 actual items? Maybe they weren't counting consumable products - like food, toiletries, cleaning supplies?

I tried to go around my new space and list all the things I had, but it got too overwhelming and I hadn't even left the kitchen area.

But on my second attempt, excluding consumables (even those things that likely weren't going to be consumed very quickly) it became a little less daunting... well, until I tried to include the things belong solely to my non-minimalist husband or to my two non-minimalist felines. So I decided not to do that.

I also have in my possession a number of things that belong to the company I work for, but as they aren't mine I am not going to count them as such.

And as I'm also not going to count digital clutter, I found it much, much easier to itemize all the things.

So here is my attempt at tallying the things that belong just to me or are shared-use items that are non-consumable.

The entryway (5 items)

  • Clock
  • Stool
  • Coat rack (wall-mount)
  • Entry "table" (wall-mount)
  • Valet (aka small felt tray for husband's keys/wallet/phone)

The hall closet (31 items)

  • Wooden coat hangers (10)
  • Shoe rack
  • Shoes (5 pairs)
  • Plastic shoe bins (3)
  • Basket (2 - 1 unused)
  • Hats (2)
  • Tote bags (2)
  • Purse
  • Sunglasses
  • Wallet
  • iPhone + headphones (counting as 2)
  • Fleece

The guest bathroom (10 items)

  • Shower curtain
  • Shower curtain liner (counting, though somewhat of a consumable)
  • Soap dish
  • Hand towel
  • Bath towel
  • Storage bin for bath towel
  • Trash can
  • Bath mat
  • Command hook (to hold hand towel)
  • Toilet brush

The kitchen (234 items)

  • Counter stools (2)
  • Table
  • Chairs (2)
  • Placemats (2)
  • Pillar candle
  • Candle plinth (really a trivet but it looked so cool as a candle base)
  • Trash can
  • Area rug
  • Pots (3)
  • Pans (2)
  • Strainer
  • Baking sheets (2)
  • Pasta bowl
  • Salad bowl
  • Change bowl
  • Microwave egg cookers (2)
  • Glass lidded bowls (2)
  • Toolbox
  • Hammer
  • Screw drivers (2)
  • Awl
  • Measuring tape
  • Level
  • Tech screwdriver kit
  • Tech screwdriver all-in-one
  • Wrench
  • Allen wrenches (20 - I really should ditch a few)
  • Screw box
  • Paper tray
  • Ice pack thingie
  • Cutting board
  • Dish drainer
  • Mail crock
  • Electric kettle
  • Toaster
  • Salt grinder
  • Pepper grinder
  • Paper towel holder
  • Fruit bowl
  • Sugar shaker
  • Salt shaker
  • Dish brush scrubbers (2 - somewhat of a consumable but these are meant to last)
  • Pot holders (2)
  • Utensil tray
  • Forks (12)
  • Knives (6)
  • Spoons (12)
  • Paring knives (2)
  • Bottle opener
  • Chopsticks (1 pair)
  • Zero water filter
  • Zero water filter tester
  • Scissors
  • "Junk drawer" metal containers/holders (9)
  • Battery tester
  • Battery charger
  • Battery backup
  • Battery containers/holders (3)
  • iPhone charge cable
  • Kindle charge cable
  • Spare coasters (4)
  • Spatula
  • Pasta fork
  • Can opener
  • Cheese slicer
  • Ceramic knife
  • Ceramic knife sharpener
  • Spare placemats (2)
  • Wooden spoon
  • Ladle
  • Measuring spoon set
  • Measuring cup set
  • Tea ball
  • Ice cream scoop
  • Large plates (4)
  • Small plates (4)
  • Cereal bowls (4)
  • Berry bowls (2)
  • Pasta bowls (2)
  • Soup bowls (2)
  • Specialty bowls (4 - counting those used exclusively by my husband)
  • Mugs (11 - though 2 are technically not mine)
  • Glasses (6)
  • Decorative bowl (unused, to give away)
  • Chemex
  • Hario burr grinder
  • Weck jar w/wood lid
  • Large jar w/wood lid
  • Mason jar
  • Glass straw cleaner
  • Glass straws (7)
  • S'well bottles (3 - one was meant to be given as a gift, but I kept it...oops)
  • Yeti Rambler
  • Alternate Rambler lid
  • Yeti Tumbler (2)
  • Alternate Tumbler lids (2)
  • Hydroflask
  • Alternate Hydroflask lid
  • Thermos
  • Pet roller
  • Bamboo drawer dividers (4)
  • Ice trays (2)
  • Gifted champagne glasses (2)
  • Gifted soup cups (2)
  • Gifted candle stick holders (3)
  • Baskets (6)
  • Recycle bins (2)

The laundry closet (54)

  • Laundry basket on wheels
  • Small plastic bin of papers to sort
  • Mop + bucket (counting as 2)
  • Swiffer products (3)
  • Small broom + dustpan set (counting as 2)
  • Command hooks (4)
  • Vacuum + attachments (counting as 1)
  • Baskets (6)
  • Review books (18 - to be given away once read)
  • Plastic book box (1)
  • Kitchen towels (13)
  • Heating pad
  • Plastic shoe box for heating pad

The living room (34 items)

  • Lamp (2)
  • Clock
  • Pillows (4)
  • Recliner
  • Coffee table
  • Coasters (2)
  • Area rug
  • Sofa
  • Chair
  • Chair pad
  • Side table
  • Laptop w/cable (counting as 1)
  • Media cabinet
  • Apple TV
  • TV
  • Time machine
  • Wireless router
  • Photo boxes (2)
  • Card box
  • Home binder
  • DVD backup binder
  • Scrapbook
  • Decorative 9x12x3 letter boxes (6)

The patio (3 items)

  • Doormat
  • Lounge chair
  • Rocker

The office (33 items)

  • Area rug
  • Desk
  • Desk chair
  • Credenza
  • Lamp (2)
  • Coaster
  • Office supply caddy
  • Coat rack (wall-mount - currently unused)
  • Clock (2)
  • iPad
  • iPhone stand
  • Reading glasses
  • Journals (2)
  • Pen
  • Prism
  • Keepsake Tiffany heart
  • Spare phone cables (3)
  • Spare watch band
  • Necklace
  • Worry stone
  • Wristlet
  • Business cards (1 small box)
  • Extension cords (2)
  • Chair
  • Side table (2)
  • Bench

The bedroom (30 items)

  • Bookshelf
  • Picture frame
  • Portable hard drives (3)
  • TV
  • Nintendo
  • Super Nintendo
  • Basket (4 - just got a set of 3 tiny nesting baskets need just the biggest one so will give 2 away)
  • Media stand
  • Side table
  • Nightstand (though this is exclusively used by my husband
  • Surge protectors/extension cords (3)
  • Bed frame
  • Mattress
  • Duvet
  • Comforter
  • Pillow
  • Pillow case
  • Fitted sheet
  • Fan
  • Alarm clock
  • Lamp
  • Wall clock
  • Apple TV

The bedroom hallway closets/cabinets (203 items)

  • Dresser
  • T-shirts (8)
  • Pants/jeans (7)
  • Shirts (2)
  • Lounge pants/sweat pants (7)
  • Sleep shirt
  • Undergarments (20)
  • Socks (4 pair)
  • Rings (3)
  • Necklaces (3)
  • Protective bag
  • Hangers (20)
  • Chair (2)
  • File tote (2)
  • Important papers box
  • Keepsake memory box (3)
  • Lamp (1 - unused)
  • Backpack
  • Travel pouch
  • Sailing gear
    • Jackets (4)
    • Pants
    • PFDs (3)
    • Harness
    • Duffel
    • Small electronics bag
    • Tote
    • Boots
    • Flip flops
    • Plastic shoe bins (2)
    • Sunglasses (2)
    • VHF + charger
    • Bluetooth speaker
    • Compass
    • Medicine kit
    • Race watch
    • Basket
    • Binoculars
    • Whistle
    • Hand crank radio
    • Emergency light
    • Flashlight
    • Head lamp
    • Rigging knife
    • Small gear bag
    • Baseball hats (7)
    • Gloves (4 pairs - though one is my husband's)
    • Command hooks (2)
    • Hanging hooks (2)
    • Hangers (18 - 4 unused)
    • Reference books/materials (15)
    • Spare aluminum hangers (8)
  • Autographed book (to sell)
  • Spare duvet (4 - 1 to declutter)
  • Spare fitted sheet
  • Spare bath mats (2 - 1 to declutter)
  • Spare towels (4 - 2 to declutter)
  • Spare pillow cases (8)
  • Christmas stockings (2)
  • Spare shower curtain (to declutter)
  • Plastic linens storage bins (4)

The en suite (41 items)

  • Hand towel
  • Hair towel
  • Bath towel
  • Bath mats (3 - though one is used just by my husband)
  • Scale
  • Trash bins (2 - though one is used just by my husband)
  • Baskets (4)
  • Bamboo drawer-ganizers (3)
  • Hair brush
  • Toothbrush
  • Body brush
  • Nail clippers
  • Nail file
  • Razor
  • Tweezer
  • Hair elastics (7 - though these are quickly consumable)
  • Soap "dish"
  • Toothbrush holder
  • Hairbrush holder
  • Q-tips holder
  • Command hooks (5)
  • Plunger
  • Toilet brush

So that's it... just about. 678 items? Wow, that's a lot. And I didn't even count my cat's furniture, dishes, brushes, toiletries and toys.

I suppose that's what I get for counting each fork, each basket/container, my toothbrush, a plastic curtain liner, and those pesky command hooks.

Also, I really need to get rid of some of those Allen wrenches. Who needs 20? I think I've used maybe two in the past year.

I also suppose I shouldn't have swapped out almost all my plastic containers for more sustainable options as I may have gone basket-crazy in the process. I've already gotten rid of two that didn't work out. And I have four more on the way (one to replace a plastic bin, two I hope to use in my pantry, one to hold my portable hard drives on my bookshelf). And I would love to find one to hold/hide my laptop on my bookshelf.

But even though I have four baskets on the way, I still suppose I should have waited to do this tally until after my next declutter (this weekend) which will involve me getting rid of a few spare linens, a pair of shoes or two, some other unused items, and a couple other plastic bins as I'll be able to move the items into some of those baskets I have lying around.

Still. Wow. It's a lot of things. No wonder it took so very long to pack up my stuff from my last place. Because even though I didn't take any/many consumables, many of the things I now have were purchased in and delivered to this new space, and I got rid of even more stuff since the move, there were still at least 500 items that had to be cleaned, considered, cared for and ported just to find their way into our new space.

And if I were to dive into those keepsake boxes I'd have to add about 40 things to the tally - as the boxes contain journals, license plates, a signed baseball, and many, many scrapbooks.

Oh, and I haven't counted the car, though it's my husband's, and I don't keep anything in it aside from items slated for donation/recycling (wire hangers, a broken shelf, etc.). Still, as I use it, it's technically an additional "item' for the tally.

I am clearly a long, long way from minimal.

To be continued...

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