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#111990 - 10 Aug 10 07:30 Minimalist Living: 100 Things I Don't Own By miss minimalist
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From www.missminimalist.com via Google cache

this little article caused such a stir in the US that the author was forced to remove it. i retrieved it from Google cache. smile


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.

1. Television
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.
6. Sofa
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!):
81. Grill
82. Patio furniture
83. Sprinklers
84. Hose
85. Lawnmower
86. Rake
87. Weed whacker
88. Shovel
89. Spade
90. Hoe

Now that we’re renting, we haven’t had need for the following home maintenance items:
91. Hand saw
92. Ladder
93. Pry bar
94. Level
95. Toolbox
96. Staple gun
97. Nails
98. Screws
99. Drill
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?

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#112018 - 12 Aug 10 04:14 Re: Minimalist Living: 100 Things I Don't Own By miss minimalist [Re: KuKuKaChu]
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That was the dullest five minutes of my life Ku.
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#112027 - 12 Aug 10 11:27 Re: Minimalist Living: 100 Things I Don't Own By miss minimalist [Re: Marmalade]
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Ohh, brutal marmz bitchslap.

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#112028 - 12 Aug 10 11:35 Re: Minimalist Living: 100 Things I Don't Own By miss minimalist [Re: Vulgarian]
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#112031 - 12 Aug 10 13:30 Re: Minimalist Living: 100 Things I Don't Own By miss minimalist [Re: KuKuKaChu]
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ohh..blender! for me this tool is the most important thing in my life. i can't live without blender.
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#112032 - 12 Aug 10 13:37 Re: Minimalist Living: 100 Things I Don't Own By miss minimalist [Re: juminten]
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for your protein shakes? i just use a plastic shaker. if you don't use fruit, then it's all you need.

it seems i only have 10 of the things on this list:

1. Television
2. DVD player
4. Remote control
18. Wall art
22. Bed
27. Desk
28. Office chair
33. Desktop computer
68. Air conditioner
78. Hairdryer

perhaps americans need more junk.

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#112033 - 12 Aug 10 13:44 Re: Minimalist Living: 100 Things I Don't Own By miss minimalist [Re: KuKuKaChu]
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kuk, i don't have "ulegan" to make bumbu nasi goreng ok! so..my blender is a multitasked hottie!
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#112041 - 12 Aug 10 19:35 Re: Minimalist Living: 100 Things I Don't Own By miss minimalist [Re: juminten]
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Loc: J-town
clearly, miss writer never cook. What a shame
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