I’ve been a bit undedicated on my pursuit of less lately. What with the pretty clothes luring me in and all. But I’ve come a long way since I first embarked on this journey 1.5 years ago by reading The Joy of Less. I have many ways I can improve and much more clutter to get rid of, but I wanted to share a few things that we don’t have or use.
Here are some things we’ve learned to make do without:
1. Holiday decorations. Perhaps this makes me a Grinch (or a Scrouge?), but the only decorations we do for Christmas are the stockings I made last year and our hand-me-down Christmas tree. Ah, yes. And the bowl of lights. We don’t decorate for any other holiday (though I don’t think most 20-somethings do…?) Less decorations means less to store. And less to do. And I am nothing if not lazy.
2. A programmable coffee maker. We used to have a coffee maker that could have coffee ready and waiting for us in the morning. It was nice, but, man, that thing was a monstrosity. Now we just have a French press which takes up considerably less room. And makes considerably more delicious coffee.
3. Alarm clock. We don’t have any clocks in our house – our cell phones, oven, and microwave all tell the time. No need for an alarm clock between my iPod touch and cell phone.
4. Television. Our TV broke three years ago and we just never replaced it. We use our iMac with Netflix, Hulu, and DVDs instead. We’re exposed to fewer commercials as a result, which is a bonus.
5. A large wallet. I have a slim little card wallet that just holds a few cards, my driver’s license, and some business cards. It can fit in my pocket and forces me not to hold onto receipts and to deal with papers right away instead of hoarding post-it notes.
6. A bed frame. One day Mike took it upon himself to get rid of our bed frame. Our bed just sits on the floor. I was worried about lost storage space, then I realized I should probably just get rid of the stuff under my bed because I never use it.
7. End tables. We had end tables in our living room (as seen here), but they just ended up being magnets for clutter. So we got rid of them.
8. Uncomfortable shoes. I have exactly two pairs of heels: one for winter (booties) and one for summer (peep toe lace pumps). This covers my fancy clothes needs. I used to have half a dozen high heels that I never wore. I don’t keep uncomfortable flats, either. If they pinch my feet, keeping them in my closet isn’t going to make me feel less bad about spending the money on uncomfortable shoes, it’s just going to make it harder to find the shoes I do want to wear.
9. A toaster. Sort of like the TV thing, our toaster broke and we just never replaced it. A few minutes on broil in the oven does the trick.
10. A giant wardrobe. I’ve gotten rid of at least half of my wardrobe since I first embarked on the 33-Item Wardrobe. My wardrobe now is small, seasonal, and consists of stuff I love. I’ve shared extensively about this before, so I just want to say: I love having less clothes. I love the reduced pressure on myself to be trendy. I love the reduced stress that comes from less choices. I love how much less crowded my closet is.
11. Two cars. We have one.