via Google cachethis little article caused such a stir in the US that the author was forced to remove it. i retrieved it from Google cache. Minimalist Living: 100 Things I Don't Own
By miss minimalist
Since everyone else is counting the 100 things they do own, I thought I’d go the contrarian route and list 100 things I don’t own. I only counted things that would be found in a typical household, so there’s nothing crazy or exotic on the list.
Although my husband and I don’t have any children’s stuff or pet supplies, I didn’t include them on the list. I also left out specialty sports equipment and hobby equipment. Furthermore, I tried to keep the list as gender-neutral as possible, so skipped over makeup and other girly stuff.
My objective: to come up with the 100 most common household items we live without.
2. DVD player – We download movies and watch them on a laptop.
3. Stereo system – Our travel-size iPod speakers have been sufficient.
4. Remote control – We have nothing to remotely control.
5. Entertainment center or TV stand – No need for it when you don’t have a TV.
7. Ottoman – We don’t feel the need to put our feet up.
8. End table – I’ve never been sure what these are for.
9. Bookshelf – Our handful of books are sitting on the window sill.
10. Magazine rack – We don’t subscribe to any physical magazines.
11. Dining room table – We dine at our coffee table.
12. Dining chairs – We sit on the floor while we dine at our coffee table.
13. Buffet or sideboards – We don’t have any dining paraphernalia (china, linens, serving platters) to store or display.
14. Lamps – We have adequate overhead lighting in our flat.
15. Area rug – We like bare floors!
16. Clock – We have plenty of other ways to tell the time.
17. Throw pillows – We don’t like moving pillows out of the way to sit down.
18. Wall art – We love bare walls!
19. Frames – All of our photos are digital.
20. Photo albums – Ditto.
21. Candles or candleholders – We’ve simply never acquired any.
22. Bed – We sleep on a futon on the floor.
23. Dresser – We keep all of our clothes in the closet.
24. Nightstand – No need for it when you don’t have a bed.
25. Hamper – I use a small laundry bag (kept in my closet) instead.
26. Scale – I really don’t need to know the numbers. ;-)
27. Desk – I prefer to work at the coffee table.
28. Office chair – No need for it when you don’t have a desk.
29. Stapler – Been able to function perfectly well without one.
30. File cabinet – We digitize what we can, and store our few file folders in a box in the closet.
31. Calendar – No need for a paper one.
32. Printer stand – Our printer is sitting on the box in which it came.
33. Desktop computer – We prefer laptops for their portability.
34. Monitor – Our laptop screens are quite sufficient.
35. Fax machine – We scan and fax from our laptops.
36. Highlighter – I only know we don’t have one because my husband was looking for one the other day.
37. Glue – Haven’t had need for it.
38. Pencil sharpener – I only have a mechanical pencil.
39. Ruler – I’ve been guesstimating measurements using a sheet of paper.
40. Dictionary – I prefer to use an online one.
41. Phone book – This is what the internet is for.
42. Coffee maker – We use a small French press instead.
43. Butter dish – Our butter doesn’t need its own dish.
44. Gravy boat – We don’t regularly serve gravy.
45. Sugar bowl – We drink our coffee black.
46. Salt and pepper shakers – We use them straight from the containers.
47. Rolling pin – We do very little baking.
48. Wine or champagne glasses – We have simple tumblers we use for all beverages.
49. Apron – I’m not that messy in the kitchen.
50. Tablecloth – Would look rather odd on the coffee table.
51. Cookie jar – We rarely eat cookies; on the rare occasion we do, we’ll buy one from a bakery.
52. Serving platter – Haven’t had need for one.
53. Blender – Ditto.
54. Mixer – Ditto.
55. Food processor – Ditto.
56. Crock pot – Ditto.
57. Coffee grinder – We buy pre-ground coffee.
58. Cappuccino or espresso maker – We prefer to go out for a cup instead.
59. Ice cream maker – It’s more fun to go out for it.
60. Fondue set – I’m not sure anyone buys these for themselves. We eloped, so (fortunately) never received one for our wedding.
61. Watch – I use my cell phone to check the time.
62. Sneakers – I do yoga barefoot, and wear my hiking shoes for outdoor activities.
63. Jeans – Weird, I know, but I really don’t own a pair.
64. Sweatshirt – Just not my style.
65. Hat – I don’t really like to have anything on my head.
66. Belt – My pants stay up just fine on their own.
67. Fan – Haven’t had need of one.
68. Air conditioner – We’re hoping England isn’t too warm in the summer.
69. Humidifier – No need for one in this climate.
70. Treadmill – If I wanted to use one, I’d go to the gym.
71. Exercise bike – Same as above.
72. Hand weights – Same as above.
73. Video game system – We’re not into video games.
74. Board games – We’re not into board games.
75. Deck of cards – I can’t remember the last time I played a card game.
76. Video camera – Not sure we’d use it enough to justify owning it.
77. CDs – All of our music is digital.
78. Hairdryer – Letting my hair air-dry keeps it in better condition.
79. Shades or blinds – We like naked windows!
80. Holiday décor – We don’t have a Christmas tree, ornaments, or any other type of holiday décor. We prefer to go out and enjoy other people’s decorations. :-)
Now that we’re living in a flat with no yard or outdoor space, we don’t have need for the following (we do miss our garden, though!):
82. Patio furniture
87. Weed whacker
Now that we’re renting, we haven’t had need for the following home maintenance items:
91. Hand saw
93. Pry bar
96. Staple gun
100. Paint brushes
So that’s my own twist on the 100 Thing Challenge. Of course, if I included less-common items, my list would number in the thousands! I should also note — for new readers — that my husband and I sold most of our possessions when we moved from the US to the UK last summer. So, in the case of several items (like glue, a ruler, a drill, etc.) we simply haven’t had need to acquire them yet.
Still, I’d once regarded many of these things as “necessities” — and it’s pretty amazing to discover we can live just as well without them!
So, tell me: what common things do you live without?