Counting Everything I Own as a Minimalist
I decided to count everything I owned in my house. In Japan, it is said that the average person living alone has about 1,500 items. I will reveal all the things I have as a minimalist to compare.
Bedroom furniture & décor
Inside my room are tatami floor mats. I have two small lamps, a Tenugui tapestry, three house plants, a YouTube symbol plaque, a ball chair, an ordinary chair, and a desk.
My bedding is a mattress and a sleeping bag. I also have an air conditioner and a space heater.
I have a monitor with power and HDMI cables. I also have a Canon printer under the desk and MacBook Air, a microphone, a Kindle, an iPhone, and an iPad. I also have a USB-C hub, USB. I have an external hard drive, a Mac Air charger, an iPhone charger, and an extension cord.
Inside the box under the desk is an Anker PowerPort 6, a CD Reader, an SSD hard disk, an Anker Nano Pro, a USB-C cable, and an iPhone cable. I also have an earphone, a stabilizer charger, and a charger for the camera.
I have a Sony camera and lens. I have two clamps and a camera tripod. I also have a GoPro HERO 6, a camera cleaning kit, a plastic prompter, a green cloth on the shelf, and a light for the video.
I have 18 books now. I realized that most of them are for studying English.
I have two kimonos for everyday wear and one kimono jacket plus the kimono I am wearing. I am also wearing undershirts and pants.
I own down pants and down jackets, a down vest, two pairs of long sweatpants, two long-sleeved heat tech shirts, three pairs of shorts for the summer, and three T-shirts.
I have two pairs of long pants, two pairs of heat tech pants, three pairs of UNIQLO pants, three pairs of black socks, a thin obi, a hat, gloves, a neck warmer, and a string for tying sleeves.
In the box on the shelf are swimming shorts and a hat, Japanese underwear, a rain jacket, and pants set. A square bag contains a formal kimono and a kimono hanger. Also in the box is a paper mat.
There are materials related to the tea ceremony, warranties, letters, and health-related documents—my village's gift certificate.
I have baking soda, citric acid, a melamine sponge, a toothbrush, a cleaning cloth, a lint roller, a mini broom, and a dustpan set.
I also have a mop, alkaline electrolyzed water, and a toilet brush for cleaning the bathroom.
I have a passport, headlamp, pocket pillow, luggage scale, and an external battery.
I have a medicine set, a thermometer, Vantelin, and Air Salonpas. I also have a disposable mask and a coronavirus test kit.
I have 12 credit cards.
I have essential oil and a wooden dish.
I have a Jetstream pen, tape and strings, clips, rulers, a To-do list, and a diary.
I own a hammer, a hatchet, and a Leatherman multi-purpose knife.
My toiletries consist of a razor, an eyebrow comb and scissors set, a toothbrush, floss, eye drops, nail clippers, deodorant, hair wax, cologne, oral spray, an electric shaver and charger set, body soap, bar soap, and a soap dish.
I use MOKU towels and Tenugui, and I have toilet paper.
Other small things
I have some small items like a sewing set, a miscellaneous bank item, a lucky charm, an ink pad, a stamp, a passbook, an HDMI conversion adapter, and a pin for a conversion adapter SIM card. I also have fertilizer for plants.
I also have a hot water bottle and heating pads for winter.
There are clothes to use as a rag and a Samurai wig prop. I have clips, a disc golf disc, a controller for a stapler, a fan, and a tin case that contains coins. Also, fake plants, sacred charm, ear plugs, iPhone, and laptop cases.
I have this laundry net and magnesium bags.
I have a combo backpack-shoulder bag and a small shoulder bag.
I also have a folding umbrella, a first aid kit, a mask, a wallet, Tenugui, a Furoshiki, and a backpack.
Next, the ukulele bag. I have a Kimono bag and a tripod bag as well.
For camping items, I have a tent, a pad, an alcohol burner set, a frying pan, a sleeping bag inner, a knife, and an outdoor hat.
I use a cushion for my back. I also have massage balls for lower back massages.
Here you'll find additional hangers and a spare roll of toilet paper.
I own Tasmanian leather boots, New Balance athletic shoes, two pairs of Montbell sandals, and tatami mat slippers.
I have a bamboo bicycle, an air pump, a multi-tool, a raincoat, a bicycle bag, a tire puncture repair kit, and a helmet.
I have one car. In the car, there is an iPhone cord and an iPhone holder.
I use very few things—first, an electric kettle.
Next, the iron kettle, a toaster, a blender, an oven, a microwave, a refrigerator, and a table and chairs.
I also have four wooden plates and bowls. I have a cast iron pan, a pot, a clay pot for cooking rice, a cup, and a cup that I'm repairing.
There are cups, for sake.
I have two chopsticks, a Kai knife, a wooden spoon and chopstick rest, and a Sarashi cloth.
I also have scissors, a peeler, a measuring cup, oven mitts, a cutting board, a chopper, a bowl, and a filter.
Other items are a rice paddle, spatula, mixer, ladle, strainer, food organizers, Mason jars, and round heat-resistant glass containers.
Other than that, I have a bento box, a wooden tray, a food thermometer., a timer, two water bottles, a timer, and a Fukien.
I have a Matcha set for outdoor use and a set for a tea party. I have three spare Chasen and one spare Chaikin. I also use a strainer and a spoon to sift the matcha.
Counting everything I own
So, as a result, after counting everything I own, how many things do I have? According to my list, I have 371 items.
Compared to 1500 things, one-fourth of the average, I'm quite a minimalist. Have you ever counted everything you own? Share the number in the comments!