Essentialist: A list of everything I own

2 Dec 2020

Having a list of all of our belongings makes us more aware of the things we own.

Somehow being able to look at a list and say “yup, that’s pretty much it”, is an interesting feeling. You can somehow visualise your stuff in lines of plain text. I made this list initially to be more conscious of the things I own, but realised it might be valuable to share publicly as I’m always interested in what other essentialists own and how they live simple lives.

Before we start, one caveat: I haven’t included things that I co-own, for example kitchen utensils I share with my girlfriend or flatmate. I’ve also not counted consumables such as food, cleaning and hygiene products. With that out of the way, here we go!


I go for neutral colours that go with most other items of clothing. Therefore, 99% of my clothing is either black, white or a shade of grey.

  • everyday shoes
  • sports shoes
  • winter boots
  • dress shoes
  • suit
  • tie
  • dress shirt
  • short sleeve shirts x2
  • white t-shirts x10
  • thick white t-shirts x3
  • black t-shirt
  • grey t-shirt
  • black jeans
  • blue jeans
  • sweater x3
  • hoodie
  • autumn jacket
  • winter jacket
  • scarf
  • winter hat
  • gloves
  • shorts x2
  • swim-shorts
  • sweat shorts x2
  • sports t-shirts x2
  • cycling shorts
  • cycling jersey
  • sweatpants
  • underwear x10
  • socks x10
  • handkerchiefs x10
  • belt x2

Total: 77


I currently don’t technically “own” a laptop. I use a company-provided one for personal stuff too.

  • iPhone (+ charger)
  • laptop stand
  • Kindle (+ charger)
  • earphones
  • Nokia brick phone (+ charger)
  • USB drive
  • portable charger (+ cable)
  • plug adapter x2

Total: 9


Here I go for reusable and durable tools as much as possible. For example, my steel razor is “buy it for life”.

  • steel safety razor (+ blades)
  • dental night guard (+ case)
  • towels x2
  • hair clippers (+ charger and guards)
  • toothbrush
  • lip balm
  • hair product
  • dental floss
  • scissors

Total: 9


I send friends and family birthday cards and “thank you” cards when they’ve done something nice for me, so I bought cards in bulk. I’m counting each set of cards as one.

  • Moleskine pro notebook
  • Moleskine pocket notebook
  • birthday cards
  • thank you cards
  • pen x2

Total: 6


  • photo album
  • letters from loved ones

Total: 2


  • wristwatch
  • wallet
  • keys
  • Swiss army knife
  • backpack
  • sports bag
  • suitcase
  • water bottle
  • important documents (passport, ID, etc)
  • padlock
  • cable organiser pouch
  • travel pillow

Total: 11


I’ve recently bought a Kindle. It makes so much sense: it’s lighter than most books, e-books are cheaper and better for the environment, and it doesn’t take as much space as physical books. But I’ve kept a few books I like. Everything else was donated or sold.

  • The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt
  • Deep Work
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People
  • The Daily Stoic
  • Radical Candor
  • The World Coffee Atlas

Total: 6

Board games

We don’t have a TV, so these are a big form of entertainment for my girlfriend and I or when we have guests.

  • backgammon board
  • chess board
  • poker set
  • Scrawl
  • Monopoly

Total: 5


Most things in our kitchen are shared, so here I only list my personal belongings (i.e. mainly coffee gear).

  • Aeropress
  • Hario scales
  • Wilfa coffee grinder
  • mugs x2

Total: 5


  • road bike
  • bike lights x2
  • bike D-lock
  • bike cable lock
  • tennis racket
  • table tennis bats

Total: 7

I think that’s it. 138 things. I’ve most likely missed some items, and this list will invariably change, but as it stands it’s a good snapshot of my belongings in the current time and situation.

If you have any questions, I’d love to hear from you.