Matt Marshall

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28 May 2018, 00:00

A List of Stuff I Own (May 2018)

I recently decided to do an inventory of all my things that I have in my flat. This list is meant to represent a snapshot of how things look when I'm at home on an average evening / day. I'm sure I've left stuff out. The goal is to post something like this every so often and reflect on the things I have.

This list is organised by location, and then sublocation. It's designed to help me make sense of where my clutter lives. I've left out wall decorations, house plants, and clothes; as I want to make a separate post about clothes and the others are carefully curated anyway.

A quick Ctrl+F of the source code for this post reveals I have 282 items. I want to be clear I don't think there is a magic number of items I'm trying to achieve, but this is a lot more than I expected. And I haven't even considered clothes.

Bedroom

Walls + Floor

  • hiking / day-wear boots
  • 'deck' shoes
  • training shoes
  • black washcloth
  • tenugui handtowel
  • black handtowel
  • 5x reusable carrier bags, assorted capacities
  • 2x black bandanas

Wardrobe

  • rope
  • bergen backpack
  • canvas satchel
  • travel compact clothes bag
  • laundry basket
  • day bag

Door hanger

  • thermal jacket
  • shemagh / keffiyeh: western-style (brown)
  • shemagh / keffiyeh: saudi style (red + white, dyed black)
  • shemagh / keffiyeh: palestine style (black + white, tassled)
  • polish
  • black hoodie

Shelf

  • dremel + bits
  • drill bits
  • sinew thread
  • leather awl
  • thick needle assortment
  • respirator
  • respirator
  • safety goggles
  • plant seeds
  • drill bit set
  • plant food
  • mess tins
  • large camping knife
  • corded drill
  • pyrography set
  • scrap leather (used as protection when carving)
  • stock leatger (10mm and 4mm thicknesses)
  • assorted sandpaper sheets
  • measuring jug
  • steel ruler
  • files x3
  • assorted plastic ring sizers
  • blowtorch head
  • IKEA furniture keys
  • coping saw
  • hacksaw
  • fancy dipping pen
  • yarn + naalbinding needle
  • tin camping mug
  • talc powder
  • waterproof poncho
  • store brand disinfectant
  • butane gas
  • silicon waterproofing spray
  • surface cleaner
Large tin used for storage
  • 13x assorted pieces of bone (cleaned, stock for carving)
  • vanilla fragrance Oil
  • mango fragrance oil
  • apple fragance oil
  • 100ml amber bottle with dropper
  • 3x 50ml amber bottle
  • 3x ingots of beeswax (~2g each)
  • screwdriver w/ wooden handle
  • 35 ml measuring cup
  • 2x steel hipflask fillers (for pouring oil)
  • 2x pencils
  • 2x rolls of electrical tape
  • ram's horn (cleaned)
  • lump of calcite (carving stock)
  • rough carved bone jewelry (mjolnir necklace)
  • hex key

Really useful box

  • leather cord
  • black paracord
  • electronic screwdriver set
  • craft knife
  • wood chisels x 5
  • binder clips x6
  • steel ring sizer
  • essential oil: lemon
  • essential oil: eucalyptus
  • essential oil: cedarwood
  • essential oil: bergamot
  • essential oil: wintergreen
  • essential oil: peppermint
  • essential oil: petitgrain
  • essential oil: lime
  • essential oil: tea tree
  • essential oil: birch
  • essential oil: orange

TV stand

  • laptop
  • laptop stand
  • ps4
  • hard drive
  • television
  • surge protector
  • V's blanket
  • Black blanket
  • floor cushion
  • floor cushion

Chest of Drawers

  • Bin

Drawer 0

  • clothes

Drawer 1

  • Current clothes
  • Bike pump

  • Suncream

  • Moisturiser
  • Dusters
  • Titanium Beard comb
  • steel beard comb
  • cartridge razor suspended in oil
  • Beard oil
Day Box
  • Runes
  • custom notebook
  • pocket notebook
  • Front door keys
  • Wallet
  • Opinel pocket knife
  • Glasses with case
  • mirror
  • boat keys
  • back door + marina keys
  • ditty bag (empty)
  • pencil case with pen, pencil, ruler
  • butane lighter
  • mystery key
  • compass + V's hair
  • beard beards x3
  • thread
  • box
Beard Box
  • Oil
  • Oil
  • Oil
  • Oil
  • Oil
  • Oil
  • Oil
  • Oil

Drawer 2

B's drawer. Wilderness

Drawer 3

  • Ps3
  • mini USB cable (for ps3 controller)
  • micro USB cable (for ps4 controller)

  • Bracers thick

  • bracers thin
  • black tie
  • red washcloth
  • red hand towel
  • jumper/sweater
  • swimming trunks
  • formal trousers
  • Grey hoodie
  • purple hand towel
  • white tee
  • black jogging trousers
Games
  • Ps4 Crash trilogy
  • Ps4 Fallout 4
  • Ps4 Skyrim
  • Ps4 Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Ps4 Borderlands Handsome Collection
  • Ps4 Lego Star Wars Ep 7

  • Ps3 God of War Collection

  • Ps3 Metal Gear HD collection
  • Ps3 MGS4
  • Ps3 MGS5 Ground Zeroes
  • Ps3 MGS5 Phantom Pain
  • Ps3 Assassin' Creed 2
  • Ps3 Assassin' Creed 3
  • Ps3 Assassin' Creed 4

  • Ps2 Soul Reaver 2

  • Ps2 MGS 2
Grooming Kit
  • beard trimmer
  • clippers
  • cleaning brush for clippers
  • clippers mains charger
  • beard trimmer mains charger
  • badger brush
  • dove soap
  • hair scissors
  • cartridge razor base
  • toenail clippers

Bedside Table

  • lamp
  • decorative statues
  • steel water bottle
  • Phone
  • nail clippers
  • tweezers

Drawer 0

  • ocarina
  • backup drive
  • spare earbud ends
  • hard drive + USB keys
  • medicine box
  • studio headphones
  • TV remote
  • ps4 controller
  • ps3 controller
  • kindle
  • USB cables w/ ditty bags
  • documents w/ wallet
Tin
  • Gopro w/ pouch
  • Sewing pins
  • backup phone
  • portable battery
  • measuring tape
  • spare usb charger
  • vapour rub
  • spare bike keys
  • black sewing thread
  • NA plug converter
  • EU plug converter
  • EU plug for USB charger
  • passport
  • sewing kit in tin
  • Barclaycard
  • Newcastle library card
  • Anthony Nolan card
  • ehic card
  • HSBC main account card
  • ucu membership card
  • CPB membership card
  • organ donor card

Drawer 1

  • bike lock
  • sex toys
  • lubricant
  • condoms
  • bike rear light

Under Bed

  • Steel bowl
  • USB mains charger
  • USB C cable
  • Micro USB csble

Books

  • Convict Conditioning (CC)
  • CC 2
  • CC 3
  • C-Mass
  • naked warrior
  • complete calisthenics
  • competent crew skills
  • sailing essentials
  • yachtmaster scheme
  • scrapbook

Day Bag

  • Cutlery
  • Lip balm
  • USB cables
  • Audio recorder
  • Spare keyring rings
  • Hi-vis jacket (for cycling)
  • Hi-vis arm band (for cycling)
  • Lunch Box
  • Water bottle
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof trousers

Bathroom

  • Dove soap
  • Black handtowel
  • Toothbrush + case
  • Toothpaste

Kitchen

  • decorative drinking horn
  • whiskey glass
  • pewter stein
  • ramikens x4
  • Chinese bowls x2
  • Chinese soup spoon x2
  • Chinese condiment bowl x2
  • mandolin
  • lunchbox
  • plastic food storage x10
  • bamboo reusable cloths x5
  • slow cooker
  • hand blender
  • food defrosting plate
  • sushi hangiri
  • sushi nigiri press
  • spider
  • bamboo rolling mat
  • silicon rolling mat
  • engraved spatula "sushi"
  • engraved wooden sushi board

Sitting Room

  • Camping chair
  • ab wheel
  • "Henchgripz" horizontal bar
  • resistance bands x4 (assorted strength)
  • wooden board game set
  • hnefatafl board
  • battleships set
  • carved walking stick
  • solstice tree (stored)
  • solstice tree decorations (stored)

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01 Dec 2018, 14:58

Another List of Stuff I Own (December 2018)

Back in May I posted a list of stuff that I own in reflection of what I found the most useful. I've just changed my living situation, shed a lot of clutter, and am also in a major period of reflection. I've since acquired a few new things as well here and there. As such I thought I'd do another list.

This one will be slightly different. In the previous list I didn't take into account clothes, and grouped some items together which compacted the numbers slightly. This time I've expanded them out, just to see what duplicates I have and take an absolute total overview of all of my things. In contrast where I've conceptually or physically reduced things into the same space I've collapsed these in this list too. A good example of that would be my list of video games; I've gotten rid of all of the boxes and collapsed the discs into a single disc holder; so they're physically and conceptually reduced to a single item of my collection of video games. Last time I also took an overview of where the items were stored in attempt to see what clusters of things I could reduce. This time I am presenting them in a table along with a high-level frequency of use and some high-level descriptors of how I use them.

This list doesn't acknowledge items in the kitchen that I technically own since, now that I've changed my living situation, I am sharing them with my flatmate R. These will likely come with me if/when I move out, and technically could count as my possessions; I've ommitted them because they've taken on a much more communal character since the last list.

The Stuff

Last time I counted 282 items, without clothes but including some kitchen equipment, and some items collapsed. This time with the clothes expanded but a few items collapsed here and there and including things like hard cases used to store other items, we're at 218 items. This is quite a marked improvement considering I counted each pair of socks and underwear individually!

Item Used For Frequency
Laptop Work, thesis, recreation, research Daily
Laptop Sleeve Protecting laptop Daily
Bluetooth keyboard Ergonomics at work Daily
Bluetooth Mouse Ergonomics at work Daily
Display Connector Conferences, Monitors, Watching Movies Monthly
Phone (OnePlus 5) Work, podcasts, communications, recreation, navigation, banking Daily
Bluetooth Headphone (Sony WH-H900n) Work,Podcasts, Watching movies Daily
Case for Bluetooth Headphones Protecting Headphones Daily
Lamp Reading at night Weekly
Goat Skull Sentiment, Decoration N/A
Gemstone Cat Sentiment, Decoration N/A
Gemstone Bottle Sentiment, Decoration N/A
Steel Water Bottle Drinking at home, drinking at work, drinking during travel Daily
Steel Tea Cup Drinking tea at home Daily
Beard comb (travel) Grooming Daily
Tweezers Grooming Weekly
Earplugs (repurposed) Sleeping Daily
Eyemask Sleeping Daily
Glass jar Storing beard comb, earplugs, twitter, tweezers Daily
Diary Writing, notes, planning Daily
Fountain pen Writing, notes, planning Daily
Bottled Ink Writing Monthly
E-Reader Reading Daily
Bluetooth Earphones Training, travel, back-up Weekly
Earphones Case Protecting Earphones Weekly
Bone and wooden necklace Sentiment, Decoration Daily
Glasses Seeing, work Daily
Glasses case Protecting glasses Daily
Plastic Bag Protecting Phone (waterproofing) Weekly
Runes Mediation, Reflection Weekly
Lip Balm Healthcare Monthly
Card Reader Banking Monthly
Wallet Daily carry Daily
Card – daily banking Banking, daily carry Daily
Card – Co-op membership Community, daily carry Weekly
Card – Bills account Banking, daily carry Monthly
Card – driver’s license ID Monthly
Card – National Insurance N/A Occasional
Key lanyard Daily carry Daily
Key – Bike Daily carry Daily
Key – House Daily carry Daily
Victorinox penknife Daily carry, grooming, opening packages Weekly
Key lanyard Holds boat keys Monthly
Key – Marina For marina Monthly
Key – Boat For boat Monthly
Key – Bike (backup) Back-up N/A
Key – Unknown N/A N/A
Key – Unknown N/A N/A
USB Charger Charging everything Daily
USB-C Cable Charging phone Daily
USB-Micro Cable Charging kindle, phone, headphones, lights Daily
Letter Sentiment N/A
Letter Sentiment N/A
Scrapbook Sentiment N/A
Book – Yachmaster Logbook Sailing training Occasional
Book – Competent Crew Skillbook Sailing training Occasional
Book – Sailing Essentials Sailing training Occasional
Traditional Board Game Set Recreation, Social bonding Occasional
Important Documents Record Keeping N/A
Electronic Extension Chord N/A N/A
Medical Box Healthcare Occasional
USB Hard Drive Back-up Weekly
Plant Food Feeding plants Occasional
Laptop Charger Charging laptop Daily
Steel Cutlery Set Eating at work, travel, zero waste Daily
Steel Lunch Box Eating at work, travel, zero waste Daily
USB Power Bank Travel, daily carry Occasional
Pouch Storing USB Power Bank Daily
Mechanical Pencil Drawing, notetaking, sketching Weekly
Plastic Ruler 12cm Drawing, sketching Weekly
Plastic Pencil case Storing Mechanical Pencil and Plastic Ruler Daily
USB Hard Drive Back-up Weekly
USB Pen – 2GB Media transfer Occasional
USB Pen – 8GB Installing Ubuntu Occasional
USB Pen – 2GB Media transfer Occasional
USB Pen – 128GB Back-up, Media Storage Occasional
USB Pen – 32GB Back-up, Media Storage Occasional
SD Card – 16GB N/A N/A
SD Card Adapter (Micro to full) N/A N/A
Hardcase – USB Drive Protects USB Drive Daily
Carabiner Daily carry, utility Occasional
Card – Travel Money Travel Occasional
Card – Organ Donor N/A N/A
Card – Madrid Metro Pass Travel Yearly
Card – EHIC Travel, healthcare N/A
Card – Library Membership Community Occasional
USB Charger Back-up, travel Occasional
Adapter – US Travel Occasional
Adapter – EU Travel Occasional
Sewing Kit Repair, zero waste Monthly
Passport Travel Occasional
Penknife – Opinel Crafting, Utility Occasional
Steel Pins Grooming, Repair Occasional
Sewing thread Repair, zero waste Monthly
USB-C Cable Phone, Back-up Occasional
USB-C Cable Phone, Back-up Occasional
USB-C Cable Phone, Back-up Occasional
USB-Micro Cable Charging, Back-up Occasional
USB-Micro Cable Charging, Back-up Occasional
Camera – GoPro Travel, Vlog Occasional
USB-MicroSD Converter Data transfer Occasional
Pouch Storing GoPro + USB converter Daily
Really Useful Box Storing Spare cards, travel gear, gopro, organisational Daily
Studio Headphones (Audio Technica) N/A N/A
Hardcase – Studio Headphones Storing Studio Headphones N/A
Phone (Moto G) Back-up phone Occasional
Towel – Tenugui Washing, cleaning Weekly
Towel – Red Washing Daily
Shoes – Daily Driver Daily Driver Daily
Shoes – Training Training shoes Weekly
Trousers – Cargo Clothing, everyday Weekly
Trousers – Jeans Clothing, everyday Weekly
Hoodie – Black Daily Driver Daily
Hoodie – Grey Training Hoodie Weekly
Bandanna Clothing, everyday Daily
Cloth Cleaning Weekly
Washcloth – Black Washing Weekly
Washcloth – Black Washing Weekly
Underwear Clothing, everyday Weekly
Socks – Black/Grey Clothing, everyday Weekly
Socks – Black/Grey Clothing, everyday Weekly
Socks – Black/Grey Clothing, everyday Weekly
Socks – Black/Grey Clothing, everyday Weekly
Socks – Black/Grey Clothing, everyday Weekly
Socks – Thermal Clothing, everyday, travel Weekly
Socks – Thermal Clothing, everyday, travel Weekly
Cloth Cleaning Weekly
Vest – Grey Clothing, everyday Weekly
Underwear Clothing, everyday Weekly
Underwear Clothing, everyday Weekly
Socks – Sports Clothing, everyday Weekly
Socks – Black/Grey Clothing, everyday Weekly
Tee – White Clothing, everyday Weekly
Tee – White Clothing, everyday Weekly
Tee – Light Grey Clothing, everyday Weekly
Tee – Light Grey Clothing, everyday Weekly
Tee – Black Clothing, everyday Weekly
Tee – Black Clothing, everyday Weekly
Henley Tee – White Clothing, everyday N/A
Henley Tee – Black Clothing, everyday Weekly
Underwear Clothing, everyday Weekly
Socks – Black/Grey Clothing, everyday Weekly
Underwear Clothing, everyday Weekly
Socks – Black/Grey Clothing, everyday Weekly
Socks – Black/Grey Clothing, everyday Weekly
Underwear Clothing, everyday Weekly
Vest – Grey Clothing, everyday Weekly
Underwear Clothing, everyday Weekly
Underwear Clothing, everyday Weekly
Underwear Clothing, everyday Weekly
Underwear Clothing, everyday Weekly
Socks – Black/Grey Clothing, everyday Weekly
Socks – Black/Grey Clothing, everyday Weekly
Handkerchief Hygiene Weekly
Towel – Blue Hygiene, washing Weekly
Shorts – Grey Clothing, Sleeping Daily
Shorts – Black Clothing, Sleeping Daily
Tee – Blue Clothing, Sleeping Daily
Socks – Black/Grey Clothing, everyday Weekly
Underwear Clothing, everyday Weekly
Shirt – Flannel Clothing, everyday Weekly
Shirt – Loose Clothing, everyday Weekly
Towel – Purple Training Weekly
Waterproof Trousers Daily carry, training, commuting Daily
Tee – White (poor quality) training Weekly
Trousers – Jogging – Black Training Weekly
Tee – Thermal Training Weekly
Shorts – Swimming Travel, social, recreation Occasional
Toiletry Bag Travel Occasional
Party Flag Activism Occasional
Training Band – Orange Training Occasional
Training Band – Green Training Occasional
Training Band – Purple Training Occasional
Dremel Kit Crafting, Utility Occasional
Extension Chord Work, Utility Occasional
Waterproof Poncho Travel, daily carry, back-up Occasional
Steel Water Bottle Back-up, travel Occasional
Electronics ScrewDrivers Set Utility Occasional
Mess Tins Travel, camping Occasional
USB-Mini Cable Charging PS3 Controller Occasional
Bamboo Cloth Cleaning Weekly
Bamboo Cloth Cleaning Weekly
Re-usable Bag Shopping, zero waste Occasional
Re-usable Bag Shopping, zero waste Occasional
Re-usable Bag Shopping, zero waste Occasional
Re-usable Bag Shopping, zero waste Occasional
Re-usable Bag Shopping, zero waste Occasional
Re-usable Bag Shopping, zero waste Occasional
Re-usable Bag Shopping, zero waste Occasional
Re-usable Bag Shopping, zero waste Occasional
Travel Bag – Clothes Travel, Storing clothes Occasional
Tie – Black Formal Events Occasional
Bedsheets – Blue Utility Daily
Bedsheets – Black/Grey Utility Daily
Blanket – Black Relaxing Weekly
Blanket – Leopard Sentiment, Relaxing Weekly
Backpack – Canvas Daily carry Daily
Backpack – Nylon Training bag Weekly
Playstation 4 Entertainment Weekly
Playstation 3 Entertainment Occasional
Beard Trimmer Grooming Weekly
Clippers Grooming Weekly
Hair Scissors Grooming Weekly
Nail Clippers – Hands Grooming Weekly
Nail Clippers – Toes Grooming Weekly
Safety Razor Grooming Weekly
Razor Blades Grooming Weekly
Bike Transport, commute, recreation, exercise Daily
Vest – Hi-Viz Transport, Safety Daily
Bike Lights Transport, Safety Daily
Bike Lock Transport, Safety Daily
Dressing Gown Clothing, relaxatiom Daily
Fleece Clothing, warmth, daily Daily
Shemagh – Palestine Clothing, everyday, solidarity Daily
Waterproof Jacket Daily carry, training, commuting Daily
Washcloth – Red Washing Daily
Games Collection Entertainment Weekly

Summary

I'll be reflecting on this properly over the coming weeks when I have some down time. Initially, my thoughts are that there were a lot more items marked as "Occasional" than I would have liked. I've also noted some surplus in some areas, such as the re-usable bags. Having a few is good, but I think I've got a bit many to just consider as "back-up". I think I can bin several of my USB pens as well, especially the ones used for "media transfer" which basically just means "watching movies on the PS4".

There are a few things I want to repurpose for general use as well; my grey hoodie is nice as a bit of training uniform to get me in the mindset but rotating it into use as a daily driver when my black hoodie is being washed would be useful as well. I've thought about this with my towels as well, having a rotation of three where one is in use, one is being used for training after it's been used for washing, and one is in the wash ready for the next cycle.

For now I'll be keeping track of my stuff in a spreadsheet, and I'm sure I'll find some way of accurately tracking how often I use it or where it fits into my life.

Last Modified: 01 Dec 2018, 14:59

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12 Sep 2017, 09:04

Essentialism

Last night I just finished a book on 'Essentialism'. I came across it throughout my travels on the net, as it came up in comments sections of a lot of Minimalism stuff I've been reading. Essentialism basically sells itself as the work-life balance counterpart to Minimalism. That is, where Minimalism is concerned with the cognitive and emotional drain caused by physical clutter; Essentialism is concerned with the job or todo list clutter that permeates your work, and can creep into your personal life. The basic mantras of Essentialism are: "Do one thing, well"; and, perhaps more pertinently "If you don't priotise your life, someone else will".

To be honest, there was nothing particularly groundbreaking in the book for me. I've done a lot of reading around lifestyle and happiness things and they all basically boil down to one thing, which is balancing hedonistic pleasure with purposeful and mindful activities. Essentialism did reinforce my personal work practice of not half-arseing two things but whole-arseing one thing, and why it's a lot more productive to work this way in both employed labour and personal activities. The only thing which stood out to me really was the explanation of the word Priority and its place in everyday parlance.

According to the book (and I didn't check its sources yet; though it did list them), the word Priority entered the English language in the 16th century and means literally "the thing that comes first". Pretty straightforward. The interesting thing is that it didn't have a plural form until the turn of the 20th century, when the Industrial Revolution had propelled modern Capitalism to grand heights. I realised then that I've only ever really heard people ask me what my "Priorities" are, never the one thing that's most important to me. So I guess I want to talk about that.

I could list the things most important to me, and they'd sound a lot like the list everyone else would give: enough money so that I can not worry about a roof and food, plus a little extra for treats now and then; the flexibility to make sure that I can enjoy my training regularly; keeping good company, both romantic, sexual, and friendly; access to good food and water.

They're all way too generic really, but I think they all boil down to one simple theme which I will be taking up as my single priority from now on: Strength. All of the above listed things make me a stronger human being in some way shape or form; they provide means to strengthen my body, mind, and emotional core (spirit?). I guess that means I could theoretically fit everything into that mould, but what I really want is to start asking myself "How does this make me stronger?" for everything I do. It'll help me discern what play-time is required for recharging batteries and stimulating creativity vs what is a habit formed by addiction (ie Netflix). It'll make me reflect on how and when I 'treat' myself to snack food, when actually I need to balance the emotional gratification with the nutrients my body needs to thrive.

Anyway, it was nice to know that other people have the practice of shutting out the clutter, and it reinforced my fortitude for continuing to do so.

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