I’ve heard a lot of discussion on this topic lately, and thought I would throw in my two cents. I personally have never counted the number of possessions that I own, and I never will. I do not see the point in it, unless you are a very goal oriented person and have a reason for wanting only 100 items, etc.
For me, minimalism is about having just what I need, or brings me joy, that is it. I cut the excess, and am left with what I truly use and love.
There is no magic number of items to have to qualify as a minimalist. You also don’t have to have white walls and furniture to qualify either….I have bedroom walls that are a bold bright turquoise, and I love them.
I think that people get hung up on the numbers, when it is all about the journey to finding the amount that is “just right” for you. Your “just right” isn’t going to look like mine, or anyone elses. It will be just right for YOU.
My “just right” includes a food processor, a bookshelf full of books, and a Tom & Jerry VHS. Yours might include a comic book collection, old radio equipment, and a shoe-box of photographs, and that is Okay.
There is no right or wrong way to do minimalism, it is about finding YOUR balance, and letting go of the distractions.
So if you find joy in counting every last thing you own, go for it. I know doing that would drive me nuts, so it is not in the cards for me.
Find your “just right” Goldilocks, and have fun along the way 🙂