So I’ve noticed a pattern in my minimalism.
Every time I say: THAT IS IT. I’ve cut it down to the bare minimum I CANNOT CUT any more! …
I always have a carryon-and-a-half of stuff I could reasonably live/do without.
This proclamation has been recycled for about 5 years now, but this time I think it’s for real.
THAT IS IT!
I’ve cut it down to the bare minimum and I cannot cut any more!
(And I am so happy)
I am not moving abroad over even overseas, but I am being (slightly) pressured by a boy (who doesn’t understand why I need 3 exact blouses in different colours) to pare down on my things.
(Boys just don’t understand. They really don’t.)
I also had a mini melt-down and I think BF realized we were at the bottom of cutting and what I had left, was really what I had left and wanted to keep.
MY TOTAL REDUCTION IN THINGS OVER THE PAST 6 YEARS
Anyway, I basically went from:
- 3 full suitcases
- 3.5 carry-ons
- 1 laptop bag
3 full suitcasesto 1 full suitcase
- 3 carry-ons
- 1 laptop bag
I can cut no more.
Between moving to the U.S. and back, I’ve been consigning items, donating, selling… LIKE CRAZY!
Living with 1 full suitcase, 3 carryons and 1 laptop bag is not an easy thing for any person, let alone a GIRL to do, but I’ve done it.
Even this pile has been chopped.
WHERE ALL MY THINGS GO IN THE SUITCASES
CLOTHES, PURSES & JEWELLERY
One large single suitcase holds my clothes which have been cut down from 2 large suitcases.
This does not include my winter coat or my autumn coat (I keep them in a coat bag).
Carry-on #1 carries all my shoes (boots, ballet flats), and my purses.
To put things into perspective, over the past 6 years, I’ve gone from about an estimated 1200 separate items in my wardrobe, down to about 150 items.
I had sold about 50% of my wardrobe in 2008 to get out of debt, and most recently, I sold about 3 carry-ons full of items. I either tossed or donated the rest.
I think 150 is the best I can do. It covers everything from clothes to shoes to purses.
TOILETRIES & MAKEUP
Carry-on #2 also holds all toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, contact lens solution), makeup and anything beauty-related including pills, and other health-related items.
ELECTRONICS AND OFFICE
Carry-on #3 and the 1 laptop bag holds all my office stuff and electronics including laptops (I have 4, don’t ask), and all my harddrives and other devices, including all of their chargers and cables.
MUSIC & MOVIES
Music and movies are all in iTunes, so I no longer have DVDs or CDs.
PAPERS AND BOOKS
As for papers and books, I’ve scanned anything that remotely feels like a piece of paper (except for money of course):
- Books = On my iPad. Hello Kobo and Kindle!
- Magazines = On my iPad. Hello Zinio!
- Piano Sheet Music = On my iPad. PDF Expert.
- Work notes = On my iPad. PDF Expert.
- Recipes = On my iPad. PDF Expert.
- Scanned documents of all kinds = On my Macbook 13″ and backed up 3 times
I have probably gotten rid of pounds and pounds of paper.
I’ve only run into a few problems with not having paper, but they’re really rare and not worth the hassle of carrying files around with me every time I move.
That iPad was expensive, but it’s a great device. I’m pleased I bought it, and am getting some serious use out of it.
The rest of the household stuff is ‘joint’ and I don’t count it in the above, but it’s mostly food, a Japanese futon and all the cookware we use which fits in about 3 boxes.
I am happy. Absolutely thrilled, and I feel … for lack of a better word: light.