In Minimalist Challenges I discuss the goals some have to own only 100 personal possessions and to downsize their wardrobe to 33 items including shoes and accessories. I’ve never considered myself an extreme minimalist, yet strive to continue downsizing everything that I own more and more. It began with decluttering my home overall to now getting more specific about every single item I personally own.
Being aware of everything that I own puts me in a mindset of abundance.
It is almost humbling to count all of my personal possessions. It keeps me away from even the possibility of unconscious collecting and consuming. Instead I am clear of exactly what I have and what I need. My needs also become less and less as well as more specific.
One of my goals was to complete counting my personal possessions. I am about 90% done, yet want to declutter once again before I decide on how many items I will keep.
I can honestly say that decluttering and minimalist living are completely two different things. One can have a decluttered, organized and beautiful home, and still own tons and tons of things.
I feel like I am currently somewhere in the middle: organized yet not as minimalist as I’d like. Once I complete my personal possessions list and decide on how many items I will keep, I will share what has become my middle ground.
I’ve been writing down everything that I own. My dance attire and equipment alone add up to 37 items not including a few dance costumes. I love the rewards of decluttering and paring down, yet I am not sure how this will all come together. With the 100 Thing Challenge I would only have 63 items to remain on my list of personal possessions. I’m not sure if the 100 Thing Challenge is even possible with my lifestyle, but I will still share my progress. These are my dance related items listed below.
3— dance warmers/cover-ups
1—black athletic shorts
1—YogaToes (helps with plantar fasciitis)
1—foam massage roller
1—5 lb ankle weights
6—dance shoes (ballroom heels, ballet, pointe etc.)
1—tennis ball (also for massage)
1—resistance exercise cords
1—portable ballet barre
Have you ever counted all of your personal possessions?
(Image by Dawn Michelle)