This page contains an up-to-date list of all of my tangible worldly possessions. Last updated February 2014.

The Project

  1. Keep track of all my tangible possessions.
  2. Keep the total number as low as reasonably possible.

Current Count: 152 tangibles
Target: ~150 tangibles

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Why keep a list?

For starters, I like knowing what I own. I enjoy that general sense of awareness of my possessions. But there’s more to it than that. My general reasons for this project:

  • It forces me to reflect on why I own what I own.
  • To reduce mental/physical clutter.
  • I enjoy being aware of all my tangible possessions.
  • I want to be intentional about what I own.
  • Less possessions generally means less maintenance costs.
  • I enjoy being as “light” and mobile as possible.
  • Keeping the list small forces me to eliminate the unimportant and be smart about what I buy.
  • The more I own, the more complex my organizational system must be.
  • Keeping track of possessions can be a source of anxiety or stress; less things will hopefully reduce this.
  • I want to build a better appreciation of the things I do have.
  • (Note: the goal is not to eliminate my useful and valuable possessions.)

The Rules

  • Regular disposable/consumable items don’t count. Toilet paper, food, etc.
  • Shared items don’t count. Utensils, pots & pans, furniture, broom—unless they are explicitly mine, i.e., I would definitely take them with me if I moved.
  • Temporarily borrowed items don’t count.
  • Items in storage don’t count.
  • “Grouped” items count as one. A pair or socks, a med kit with various items, and my five bags of extra climbing chalk each count as one item.
  • Books don’t count.

Other Notes

  • I’m not counting items in storage, though I should still note that I have very few things in storage, and aim to keep it that way.
  • While maintaining this list, I also maintain an Evernote notebook with important information for certain items, such as the size of my climbing shoes, the serial number of my headphones, and receipts for expensive items.

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The Complete List

Climbing

  1. climbing pants
  2. orange hoodie
  3. green climbing t-shirt
  4. chalk bag
  5. helmet
  6. harness
  7. Scarpa Boostic climbing shoes
  8. Grigri 2
  9. ATC
  10. locking biner
  11. rope
  12. quickdraws

Photography

  1. Nikon D40x
  2. Nikon 55-200mm lense
  3. Nikon 18-55mm lense
  4. extras (charger, extra battery, TV cable, manuals)

Coffee

  1. Hario Skerton Hand Grinder
  2. Aeropress coffee maker + filters
  3. Bialetti Mooka Espresso Maker
  4. thermos
  5. coffee bean jar
  6. green coffee mug
  7. grey coffee mug
  8. green tea mug

Basic Clothing

  1. v-neck (dark grey)
  2. v-neck (light grey)
  3. v-neck (dark blue)
  4. v-neck (yellow)
  5. v-neck (white)
  6. v-neck (white)
  7. v-neck (black)
  8. v-neck (black)
  9. t-shirt (white)
  10. winter gloves
  11. winter scarf
  12. winter hat
  13. boxer briefs (black)
  14. boxer briefs (black)
  15. boxer briefs (black)
  16. boxer briefs (black)
  17. boxer briefs (black)
  18. boxer briefs (black)
  19. boxer briefs (black)
  20. boxer briefs (black)
  21. socks (black, long)
  22. socks (black, long)
  23. socks (black, long)
  24. socks (black, long)
  25. socks (black, long)
  26. socks (black, long)
  27. socks (black, long)
  28. socks (black, long)
  29. socks (black, long)
  30. socks (black, long)
  31. socks (black, long)
  32. henley (red)
  33. henley (blue)
  34. denim pants (regular)
  35. denim pants (black)
  36. denim pants (light blue)
  37. denim pants (tan)
  38. long-sleeve shirt (grey striped)
  39. long-johns (grey)
  40. under-armor thermal shirt
  41. long-sleeve thermal undershirt #1
  42. long-sleeve thermal undershirt #2
  43. swimming shorts
  44. jacket (black)
  45. hoodie (blue)
  46. hoodie (red)
  47. belt (brown/black)

Classier Clothing

  1. dress shirt (blue plaid)
  2. dress shirt (blue plaid #2)
  3. dress shirt (white plaid)
  4. dress shirt (ocean)
  5. dress shirt (red)
  6. dress shirt (tan)
  7. dress shirt (dark grey)
  8. dress shirt (black, short-sleeve)
  9. dress shirt (white)
  10. blazer (dark grey)
  11. dress pants (dark grey)
  12. cardigan (black)
  13. denim pants (dark)
  14. skinny tie (black)
  15. skinny tie (red)
  16. black suit jacket
  17. black suit pants
  18. dress shirt (green)
  19. belt (black)

Footwear

  1. brown shoes
  2. black dress shoes
  3. running shoes
  4. hiking shoes
  5. cleats

Office / Electronics

  1. MacBook Air
  2. MacBook Air Charger (wall mount + bigger cable + smaller cable)
  3. Logitech Anywhere Mouse MX
  4. Mini DisplayPort > DVI adapter
  5. Kindle
  6. Kindle USB cable
  7. Kindle stand
  8. iPhone
  9. iPhone charter (wall mount + USB cable)
  10. iPad Air
  11. iPad Air cover
  12. iPad Air charger (wall mount + USB cable)
  13. amPen iPad stylus
  14. Pencil for iPad
  15. 500 GB external hard drive
  16. 1/3rd of a 50 GH/s Bitcoin Miner
  17. big notebook
  18. small notebook
  19. passport
  20. paper organizer

Sleep, Energy, Health

  1. memory foam pillow
  2. light timer
  3. Philips goLITE BLUE Lite (+ travel case, + charger)
  4. Basis B1 (2014 edition) health tracker (+ charger)
  5. Sleep Master sleep mask

Visual and Auditory

  1. acoustic guitar (+ case, +picks, + stand, +tuner, +strap)
  2. Bose MIE2i in-ear headphones (+ case)
  3. Beats by Dr. Dre over-ear headphones (+ mic cable, + regular cable, +case)
  4. glasses
  5. computer glasses
  6. backup (old) glasses

Wallet

  1. broccoli elastic (i.e. the wallet)
  2. credit card
  3. health card
  4. drivers license
  5. keys

Culinary

  1. 6″ Henkel knife
  2. 2nd chef’s knife
  3. knife sharpener
  4. garlic press
  5. Bialetti ceramic frying pan
  6. whiskey glasses x6

Containers

  1. day backpack
  2. travel backpack
  3. Klean Kanteen stainless steel bottle
  4. Kinetic food storage set

Bathroom

  1. white towel
  2. white towel
  3. white face towel
  4. med kit (bandages, ibuprophen, etc.)
  5. electric shaver
  6. bathroom set (nail clippers, etc.)

Miscellany

  1. childhood stuffed animal
  2. bike helmet
  3. Singer Expert Finish clothes iron
  4. 1/2 1.2″ Shin Kaya go board
  5. 1/2 set of Yunzi 9.2 mm double convex go stones

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