Living with fewer belongings is liberating.

You’ll often see “100 items” referenced as some kind of magic number to hit on minimalist blogs—the truth is that the actual number is irrelevant. It’s just an imaginary goal to hit.

The point is that we don’t need much at all to make it through daily life. If you’ve got a roof over your head and food in your belly, most everything is padding on top.

I personally have little more than the following:

Hygiene and grooming
toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, nail clippers, shampoo, soap, moisturizer/sunscreen, razor, shaving foam, towel, condoms

Stationery and documents
passport, birth certificate, college diploma/transcript, notebook, pen, wallet

Clothing
underwear (5 pairs), socks (5 pairs), undershirts (2), t-shirts (2), dress shirts (2), jeans, charcoal suit, casual trousers, sweater/hoodie, rain jacket, swimming trunks, gym shorts

Shoes and accessories
sneakers, dress shoes for formal events, waterproof boots, leather belt

Electronics
laptop, smartphone, headphones, Kindle (or library card)

Extras
pocket knife, corkscrew, hobby items (e.g. camera, guitar, yoga mat), seasonal clothing, personal necessities (e.g. medicine, prescription glasses), sentimental items (e.g. wedding ring, high school yearbook).

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Most of this fits comfortably into one large suitcase.

Of course, living with so few items is unrealistic for anyone with their own apartment/house, or for anyone with a family.

Nevertheless, it can be done.

I hope the (very short) list puts things into perspective.

Once you start eliminating the unused and the unnecessary, you will start to see just how little you actually need. Once you start living with less, you will find yourself desiring less.

Learn to want what you already have.