I know the basics of food, water and shelter but then there is all of the other stuff. Now I know that some will say all of the other stuff is non-essential and while yes that is true, I daresay that most of us will not cut out everything. I am finding it quite hard to come up with an essential list.
Like personal toiletries. The usual suspects are soap, deodorant, lotion, toothpaste, floss, shampoo. However I also wear makeup. Not a lot but I am so pale that I feel I look much better not the least, to say I look alive with some coverage. I wear foundation, eye shadow, mascara and a tinted lip balm. I have tons of make up sitting around. I am toying with the idea of chunking it. Yep, you read that right! Chunk it all out except for what I use. It will take up less space and I won't have to decided what colors to use. My concern is I will buy again to replace what I've thrown out.
Do you wear makeup? If so, what do you wear? Are you willing to go without to simplify?
Then we can go to clothes and shoes and the list goes on and on. I really need work clothes and I need good shoes since I had a major surgery a few years back. Most of my shoes are black Clarks. Expensive yes but I can't wear the cheapos you get at some of the well known stores.
Sheets and towels. I know you CAN have too many but where is that line? I live to have at least 3 sets of sheets. One on the bed and the other two waiting for rotation. I guess I could narrow it down to 2. Towels? I use washcloths pretty much every day so I have to quite a few of those on hand. I do not put my towel in the dirty bin after only one use. I will dry off a few times before I put in the bin. Do you use a new towel each time?
So.................right now I am really taking a good long look at what we use, what can I throw away or take to a thrift store. I want it out!
What are your essentials?