I read Leo Babauta’s “100 Things Challenge” post on Zen Habits a while ago, and in my 2015 effort to reduce my amount of “stuff”, thought this would be a good challenge and great help in determining just what I truly NEED. At least, ultimately that is. For now, it’s things I need and truly desire to keep above everything else.
I start this today, without the full complement of 100 items on the list. However, over time, I’m sure I’ll get to that number, or close to it. It is also very likely (I fully expect it actually) that items will be removed, others added or substituted.
Here are some simple base rules, but Leo’s post is so well written and detailed, I’ll refer you there for a fuller set of conditions and details.
Essentially, these should be your things/accessories only, that means you DO NOT include things such as:
- Stuff that’s shared between you and other family members.
- Non-personal stuff, like dishes, cleaning supplies, etc.
- Collections count as one item
Note that I’ve struck out “Books” from the list. That’s because I intend to include books in my list, given that the majority of books that I’d want to keep are available digitally. The few that actually will make the list will be present because they are either not available digitally, autographed/personalized somehow, or simply of personal or sentimental value.
For the time being, here is my current list, in no particular order
- My Macbook Pro
- Mobile Phone
- Laptop bag (current, still on the search for a good replacement backpack)
- Wallet (includes coin purse)
- Keys (House and Car)
- Wedding Ring
- Space Pen
- Bose Headphones/Earbuds
- AeroPress Coffee Maker
- Special/Signed Books
- The Cuckoo’s Egg by Cliff Stoll
- Shroedinger’s Gat [Signed] by Robert Kroese
- Mercury Revolts [Signed] by Robert Kroese
- City of Sand [Signed] by Robert Kroese
- Starship Grifters [Signed] by Robert Kroese
- Barry Vs. the Apocalypse [Signed, with fancy Dust Jacket] by Ross Cavins
- Misty the Proud Cloud [Signed] (Really for the kids) by Hugh Howey
- House of Leaves by (typographic effects would only work printed) Mark Z. Danielewski