Almost two years ago, I finished a complete inventory of everything in my house, and I did an update 8 months later. That update was over a year ago, so I thought I would check in about the State of my Stuff.
I wanted to have an account of my possessions for insurance purposes, but really, I wanted to see everything in print in order to goad myself: knowing I had 66 unused picture frames and 88 candles (yes, really!) should have inspired me to action.
The usual path after such an exercise is to declutter, go minimal, and live a simple life forevermore. I knew that wouldn’t happen, but I thought I would start down that road.
Using the same categories as last time:
What has been repaired?
- The furnace again, even though it’s now only a backup for the heat pumps
- The lawn mower, but it will only just last the season and need to be replaced next May
- The kitchen faucet, that Rom is trying to keep going until we can do a little upgrade
- A door knob, which seized up and kept us out of our own house
- The deck, which Rom sands and repaints every year or two
- And my elliptical fitness machine, which was intolerably noisy and needed a service call
What did I bring back into service?
- The bird feeders, which had been stored for several years, are now all back in action
- Binoculars, for bird watching
- Looseleaf binders reused for recipes
- The turntable has been returned to a prominent position for playing old vinyl records at whim
What have I replaced?
- A new electric mixer (not a stand mixer) – motor conked out on old one
- A pair of heavy-duty work gloves for gardening and mowing the lawn
- 2 towels and 4 pillow cases to replace worn ones
What was bought used?
- Rom brought an old Power Mac computer home from work but it died after a couple of months
- I bought a set of coasters made of stone, and a pin (brooch) in the shape of a seahorse, from yard sales
- I have a list of music (albums) that are essential to my music collection. I am afraid that if streaming services ever lose the rights to carry these albums, I might never be able to listen to them again. So I have accumulated 17 more CDs. But all from my high-priority list, honest!
Now here are all the things that were brought into the house new:
- 8 placemats (set of 4 from each set of parents)
- Set of cute stacking egg cups
- Silicone spatulas
- Soap dish
- Oh She Glows cookbook (yes!)
- LEGO architecture Eiffel Tower
- ~ 20 LEGO mini-figures
- 2 packages of Moleskine notebooks
- 2 adult colouring books
- 2 wall calendars
- All-in-One computer (mine)
- Smart TV (shared)
- iPod Classic and iPod Nano (Rom)
- Handheld GPS (Rom)
- Fitbit (mine)
- 2 flash drives (mine)
- Task chair (office type)
- Garden cart (rugged plastic wheelbarrow)
- Garden tote
- Flower bulbs
- 2 hangers for bird feeders
- Enamelled cast iron deep-dish baking pan
- 6 tea towels (souvenirs from travel, now well-used)
- 2 dinner plates
- Bath mat
- Amber earrings
- 2 small toy robots (which I collect)
- 2 Christmas tree ornaments
- 9 books and 4 magazines
- Complete Beatles album collection on CD (13)
- 7 other new CDs
- 2 iTunes albums
- 1 app
- 5 movie DVDs
- 3 fitness DVDs
- Hand weights for workouts
- Large quantity of MTG cards (Rom)
Consumables Other than Grocery
- Watch battery
- Printer paper
- Printer ink
- Day planner (annual)
- File boxes
Depending on whether you count individual items or sets, that is well over 100 things since August 2014! No wonder our homes are all groaning under the weight of Stuff.
In upcoming posts, I will go over my clothes purchases in the same time frame, and talk about all the things I have decluttered/donated or otherwise not kept. We’ll see if it evens out!
Each year, do you think you have a net gain or net loss in the number of possessions in your home?