It has been a while since I have thought about the 100 Thing Challenge. In some regards I have simplified my life over the past year. In other regards, I have become quite consumer driven. Over the past 3 months, I have picked up 30 personal items. All of which I could live without.
- Sports equipment: 10 items – 8 pieces of clothing, scuba boots and an Aqua Pulse
- Books/Media: 6 items – 4 books, 3 magazines and a CD
- Clothing: 7 items – 4 work shirts, 1 pair of shoes, 1 pair of socks, 1 pair of swim trunks
- Tools: 3 items – 2 of which have yet to be used
- Electronics: 2 items
- Home: 3 items – Waffle maker, salt grinder, set of Baux pens
- Coins: 1 item
None of these added significant clutter to my life or have become a complication. However, they do represent a departure from a more aesthetic way of life. About 1/3 of the items could be labeled consumables and I will be getting rid of clothing and shoes as the result of these purchases. Most of the purchases were well thought out and reviewed as to whether I could rent them.
A couple of the drivers are disposable time and income. I have been cooking a little more. I went scuba diving. I have been riding my bike(s) more often. I have taken up an interest in photography.
Not all of my interests have driven purchases. I dusted off the basketball and shot around with the kids at the park. We played tennis together this week. I haven’t bought a DVD in a very long time.
Thinking back over the past few months, I have not gotten rid of anything, but have utilized quite a few of my personal items. Unfortunately most are still used very infrequently. I only played softball once this past year. I have not done any climbing. I went skiing three times this past year. I do rotate CD’s in my car, but have only read 1 book that I own a second time. I can rattle off a half dozen titles that have yet been read, but were purchased based on the fact that they were out of print.