Minimum Possessions

A while ago, one of my friends mentioned a movement where participants limit themselves to 100 total possessions.  I thought it would be fun to see if I could fit the minimum requirements needed to sustain my current lifestyle into 100 items — without making significant changes to my daily routine.  Please note that the following list is in no particular order.  The numbers are just to help me count:

  1. A 1 bedroom, 1 bath apartment (high speed internet access, electrical power, heated, running water [$200 + $100 utilities]/month)
  2. A mirror
  3. A sink
  4. A toilet
  5. A shower
  6. A cupboard or bookshelf
  7. A refrigerator (includes a freezer)
  8. A microwave
  9. A stove
  10. A crock-pot
  11. A metal cooking pan with a lid
  12. A two-cup microwaveable measuring cup
  13. A george foreman grill
  14. A spatula
  15. A bed
  16. A mattress
  17. A mattress cover
  18. A sleeping bag
  19. A pillow
  20. A pillowcase
  21. An apartment key
  22. A toothbrush
  23. Toothpaste ($1 / month)
  24. A bar of hand soap
  25. Shampoo soap ($1 /month)
  26. A pair or scissors
  27. A pair of glasses
  28. A microwaveable bowl
  29. A second microwaveable bowl
  30. A microwaveable ceramic plate
  31. A metal plate
  32. A metal fork
  33. A plastic fork
  34. A metal spoon
  35. A plastic spoon
  36. A serrated knife
  37. A plastic knife
  38. A microwaveable ceramic cup
  39. A metal cup
  40. A desk
  41. An office chair
  42. A duffel bag
  43. A pair of white cotton socks
  44. A pair of black cotton socks
  45. A pair of underwear
  46. A second pair of underwear
  47. A pair of jeans
  48. A pair of black slacks
  49. A light colored T-shirt
  50. A dark colored T-shirt
  51. A long-sleeved flannel shirt
  52. A long-sleeved dress shirt
  53. A warm coat
  54. A waterproof jacket with a hood
  55. A stocking cap
  56. A pair of warm gloves
  57. A pair of warm hiking boots that can be worn with jeans
  58. A pair of dark walking shoes that can be worn with jeans and slacks
  59. An iMac (includes a computer, speakers, monitor, gigabit ethernet card, >=2 GHz, >=200GB disk, >=2GB ram)
  60. An ethernet cable
  61. A keyboard
  62. A mouse
  63. A computer power cable
  64. A 2GB thumb drive
  65. A pair of over-ear headphones
  66. An iPod touch (includes calendar and e-mail and internet over wifi capability)
  67. An iPod USB cable
  68. A pair of small headphones for use with iPod
  69. A cellular phone (includes a clock and provides alarm clock capability)
  70. A charging cable for the phone
  71. A floor lamp
  72. A mechanical pencil
  73. A backup mechanical pencil
  74. A mechanical eraser
  75. A backup mechanical eraser
  76. Pencil lead ($0.10 / month)
  77. Eraser replacements ($0.20 / month)
  78. Engineering grid paper ($1 / month)
  79. A stapler
  80. Staples ($0.10 / month)
  81. A multi-tool (includes pliers, flashlight, knife, screwdriver)
  82. A wallet
  83. A credit card
  84. A university ID card
  85. A driver’s license
  86. A social security card
  87. A birth certificate
  88. A car (includes heater, radio, and tape deck $100/month gas & maintenance)
  89. An ice-scraper tool
  90. A car key
  91. A parking space
  92. Cooking oil ($0.10 / month)
  93. Oatmeal ($1 / month)
  94. Ground beef ($10 / month)
  95. Chicken ($10 / month)
  96. Noodles ($10 / month)
  97. Canned Sauce ($10 / month)
  98. Chili Beans ($10 / month)
  99. Bran Flakes ($10 / month)
  100. Milk ($10 / month)

That comes to around $475 / month.  If you include $25 / month for Internet, that comes to $500 / month.  I’ll have to try it out sometime.

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