This week I’ve started what I see as round 3 of becoming more minimalistic. The push to become more minimalistic in what I do with and have in my life seems to be constant. Part of it I think has been ever presence of lists and piles of things to take care of.

Gradually my views have changed from thinking that just as part of life you acquire more and more things naturally, to thinking that acquiring more things may happen, but it’s not required for life, and what is even more required is taking time to remove unnecessary things (people, furniture, papers, books, emails, etc…).

I’ve called this The Count because I’ve started counting the items I have. This has been an eye opener. The funniest moment was when I realized I’ve been holding on to more pairs of socks than I ever need. The count came to 33. 33!!! Who needs 33 pairs of socks? This is a pretty ridiculous amount of socks, considering 1. I only wear socks from Mid-November to mid-March because I wear Chaco Sandals nearly every day for the rest of the year. 2. I do laundry about once a week or a bit longer.

The count is still in progress. I’ve tried creating two lists: the first for my personal items, and a second for the items that would count toward a family’s items (kitchen, couch, table). I broke the lists in to two lists, because I want to know what is just mine, and what would be used by other people if I were in a family. My personal list is up to over 450 items, and the family list is up to over 40 (and I haven’t done the kitchen yet). I’m surprised by how much I have and I’m not even done yet! There are minimalists who try to live with 100 items or so. I was joking with my sister my first goal should be to get to 2000 items.

I’m hoping by counting, it will highlight areas that I can pair down and avoid buying more in.

The latest round of becoming more minimalistic I think will last through sometime in March. I’ll be moving apartments and will be doing a staggered moved as I have somewhere between a week and a month of overlap. I might try at first, moving just what I need, and then going through what is left after a week or two and get rid of a large portion of what sat.

It’s been funny because out of everything I’ve dejunked, I’ve only had two things I regretted dejunking: my ironing board which I could grab from my garage before it got donated or sold, and a sweater that I thought I left a security card in (which I found later.)

Dejunking has been the focus of my minimalistic journey so far, but I’m hoping that I can start focusing on what I can add and what’s really important to me.