100 thing challenge – one year later..
As some of you know I decided to only own personal 100 belongings for 12 months.
The whole process has been so liberating to me in many ways.
E.g. I really enjoy not having to think about what to wear in the morning, because I don’t have a lot of clothes.
Another thing I enjoy is how easy it is to find stuff in our apartment. I know where everything is most of the time, because the clutter is gone.
But most days I don’t think about stuff, and thats probably the biggest win, and I don’t spend much time shopping either.
People keep asking me how much stuff I own today, and as you might have guessed, I didn’t rush out to buy all my stuff back, but these items are some things I did buy:
- A souvenir pillow and cup from a visit to Baidu (“Google” in China) in Beijing
- A new pair of glasses
- A sleeping mask
- Ski goggles
- A cap
- Boxers and socks
- A pair of shorts
I own approx. 130 items now, and I mostly bought new clothes and travel gear.
I believe most people don’t really use more than a couple of hundred things, but most of us own thousands of things …especially when it comes to clothes!
Other stuff I acquired after the 12 months
Here are some of the stuff I decided to add to my items after the 12 months, that really means something to me.
Noise canceling headphones
One of the best investments I have ever made, is noise canceling headphones.
We love to travel, and that means that I often have to work in odd places like airports, busses, hotels, co-working spaces etc.
The #1 annoying thing about intense traveling is, that you often end up working in places with a lot of background noise.
So being able to turn that off is just priceless.
They are quite pricey: $499 at Amazon, but I can recommend these to anyone who needs quiet time anywhere!
3D Actions figures
In Nov/Dec we stayed in California, and found this cool Terminator sculpture made from metal nuts and bolts.
We also came across a shop that would 3D scan and print an action figure, and we just couldn’t resist doing that, so I had to add these figures to my stuff!
Besides that, I might buy an electric cello. It has always been a dream for me to learn to play cello.
I have been playing trumpet since I was 5, but it’s very noisy, and not the ideal instrument to use in an apartment, and I have feared the same would the case with a cello.
But then I found out that you can buy an Electric cello for only $300 at amazon, so I hope it will be a good solution to be able to practice in the long run, without being too annoying (noisy) for Maria and our tenant.
I am currently testing out a cello i have borrowed from a friend, and if I still like to play it in a few months time I will probably buy the electric one.
I am a big fan of postponing the purchase of expensive stuff, to be sure I really like it or need it.