Everything I Own Now

 

My goal in purchasing and organizing items is to have stuff I never want to hide, things I'd be happy for people to see and proud to own. That means less plastics and more high quality stainless steel, glass, handmade, and vintage items.


Clothing

Black Dior dress (in another color here)
Louis Vuitton rain coat (similar)
Grey Dior dress
Boots (similar)
Navy Dior dress
White Nike Air Force 1 Flyknit sneakers
Black Louis Vuitton wool skirt
Green Nike Dunk Sky Hi sneakers (similar)
Ferragamo Vara Pumps
J Brand Maria high waist jeans
Louboutin Simple Heels
J Brand Photo Ready 811 jeans
Black American Apparel ponte foil dress
Blue American Apparel Ryder midi dress
Scarf I knit myself, it looks terrible
Cotton moto jacket
Grey American Apparel dress (for bed)
Cotton linen plaid button-down (similar)
Stella McCartney Isabel floating
Black H&M lace front ribbed shirt, short sleeve
Stella McCartney Clara whispering
Black Reformation Edison dress I cut into a tunic*
Three pairs wool socks from my grandpa
Petit Bateau black t-shirt
Four pairs ankle socks (cotton)
Black American Apparel bodysuit
Black H&M tank top
Umbrella
Two Madewell white t-shirts
White American Apparel ribbed tank top
Infinity ring
Handknit Alisa Design sweater
TranquiliT slip dress and bandeau
*As a maxi it made me look like Stevie Nicks

All thrifted except stockings, lingerie, espadrilles, knits, and sneakers (I'll do a proper post with outfit pictures soon). I got the jean shorts and black shirts at a thrift shop on my last trip to Cleveland because it was so suffocatingly hot and I lost a little weight anyway. I like black again due in part to my brownness and partly because of the new closet, which keeps cat hair at bay. Longchamp ran out of thread to repair my old Pliage (they discontinued the color) so I reluctantly recycled- knowing much of it will go to waste- and got a black one instead. This time I'm not having trouble with H&M shirts, despite putting them through the ringer in Oman.

I had to sell the winter coats and consolidate to one wool coat in a different size, since I shrank a bit and tailoring would be cost prohibitive- I'm at that part of the Korean aging process where I get shorter every year. Not sure why I got the coat because A) it's purple and if I wear it with green sneakers I look like Baby Bop B) I thought it would be like Carla Bruni but then The Real Real got Carla Bruni's actual Dior coat and now, for all my talk about overconsumption and materialism, all I want to wear is Dior! I had to tailor my jeans, plaid shirt, skirt, and two dresses to make them smaller at a cost of 60 euro. Not included: Boxes, dustbags, or belts included with garments.

Bathroom / Toiletries

  1. Four Brush With Bamboo toothbrushes
  2. Stone toothbrush holder
  3. Two wooden soap dishes, one from La Tresorerie
  4. Razor
  5. Blades
  6. Cup and carrying bag
  7. EcoTools bamboo makeup brushes: Concealer brush, eyeliner brush, blush brush, powder brush (for cornstarch, you can use rice flour), stippling brush (for foundation), bronzer brush (cocoa)
  8. Two bottles Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation. I was using two because my skin changes color in the summer: Tan sand (which matches my skin tone) as foundation, Medium Sand as concealer. Right now I'm not using either
  9. Eyeliner / mascara / eyebrow gel
  10. Eyelash curler
  11. Tweezers
  12. Four bars soap (we use two at a time in the bathroom, plus one for dishes, one for laundry)
  13. Not listed: My husband's leather carrying case, glass shampoo bottle, toiletries, and electric razor. People give me their cosmetic mistake purchases lately, like blush and Burt's Bees lip balm, so I'll use those instead of letting them go to waste. I give away or sell the makeup I won't use.

Electronics

  1. One Macbook
  2. Two chargers
  3. One adapter
  4. One phone
  5. Speaker
Not included: The owner's TV, modem, phone; my husband's stuff

Appliances

  1. Metal fan (has some plastic knobs)
  2. Stainless steel cat fountain (has some plastic parts)
  3. Kitchenaid mixer
The refrigerator, dishwasher, tea kettle, iron, washing machine, and stove are our landlord's :) 

Furnishings

  1. Componibili
  2. Chair
Not included: Bed, three tabourets, two woven stools, table and two chairs, butterfly chair, coffee table, two side tables, and couch, furnished by the landlord

Linens

  1. Four bath sheets
  2. One hand towel
  3. Seven washcloths
  4. One blanket (a Turkish towel)
  5. 10 dish towels
  6. 10 napkins
  7. flour sack towels, for cleaning, I don't know what happened to the rest
The sheets (there are two sets, all cotton), mattress, duvet, and pillows belong to the landlord.

Kitchen / Garden

  1. Twelve pieces steel cutlery with box
  2. Salad serving set (fork and spoon) with box
  3. long handled saucepan
  4. long handled pan
  5. stock pot
  6. One glass baking dish, whatever happened to the other one, I don't know, but I can't bake much anymore because people exploded gluten all over the oven and I'd have to replace the fan or buy aluminum foil to use it for myself
  7. 1 set measuring cups
  8. 1 peeler
  9. 1 metal ladle
  10. 1 metal spatula
  11. 1 metal spoon
  12. garlic press
  13. 2 Zwilling Henckels knives
  14. 1 pizza / cake server
  15. Pepper mill
  16. Corkscrew
  17. 1 stoneware bowl
  18. Wooden cutting board
  19. Bamboo cutting board for gluten-free things
  20. 15 glass jars with rubber fittings and fasteners
  21. 4 wine glasses (the landlord had so many, we only kept a few)
  22. 8 drinking glasses
  23. 1 carafe
  24. 4 glass bottles
  25. 8 each stoneware plates and bowls
  26. 4 teacups with saucers (in addition the landlord left four glass teacups)
  27. mortar and pestle
  28. copper mugs
  29. Redecker dish brush
  30. Glass sprayer bottle
  31. Glass pump bottle (empty)
  32. Stainless steel Ecolunchbox bento
  33. Stone planter, from Basque country
The landlords left bowls, glasses, flatware, and some stoneware dishes so we'll never need disposables.

Other

  1. Wicker shopping cart
  2. Four small linen produce bags
  3. Two knitted produce bags
  4. Two reusable shopping bags
  5. Six handkerchiefs
  6. One camera with case and charger
  7. One cat carrier
  8. One wooden and metal cat brush
  9. Cat fountain (listed above)
  10. Cat passports and leashes
  11. One litterbox and stainless scoop
  12. Bamboo cat feeder with two stainless steel bowls
  13. One rubber and wood lint brush
  14. One bag of baking soda
  15. Four repurposed shoeboxes, used for storage
  16. Seven frames with photos / posters on walls
  17. One passport with holder, two bank cards, one driver's license, one frequent flyer miles card
  18. 30 books and magazines (includes my husband's books)
  19. One notebook
  20. One folder
  21. One Caran d'Ache refillable pen
  22. Three Rimowa suitcases
  23. Two luggage tags
  24. Two wall hangings
  25. A dozen needles and two vintage spools of cotton thread
  26. Nails, hammer, and small tool set with mini drill
  27. Personal set of keys and spares
All my things and the cats' things fit into two suitcases and the wicker shopping cart. Consumables included where requested. Counting multiples as one, and not including my husband's belongings, it's about 140-200 items, but looks like much more in the smaller place! We sold and gave away our old things so they didn't go to waste. Everything sold in a matter of a few days, too. To see how I organize everything, click here.

Having less to care for, clean up, and maintain leaves me freer to enjoy Paris, socialize with friends, and, weirdly enough, host guests and keep up with household chores. In our big place in the 7eme, sometimes I'd be so tired after scrubbing all those windows and floors, I just couldn't have friends over for tea or meet them for lunch (clearly I am not cut out for having children). Now the place is always presentable. They can come over anytime, and I'll always be ready to go out. Also I just love having more money to eat at gluten free / vegan / zero waste places and not having to cook all the time. I guess what I'm trying to say here is, living in the 7eme was like buying a cashmere sweater from Old Navy. It seemed like a smart idea at the time, but was ultimately boring and disappointing.

Paris to Go

26 comments:

  1. "living in the 7eme was like buying a cashmere sweater from Old Navy. It seemed like a smart idea at the time, but was ultimately boring and disappointing."

    That's exactly how I now feel about Miami :)

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    1. We understand each other :) You stuck it out in Miami a long time though and did great things there! We just never left our apartment haha it was too remote

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  2. I missed something, move "from Paris?" Last I read, you just moved to a new apartment in Paris.

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    1. Yes, we did, to simplify and save money so we could move away from Paris, I love it but four years is a good amount of time in a city- like college- and I want to live in lots of different places on most continents :)

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  3. Yes, I checked your archive to figure this out myself. Where are you guys living mostly now?

    Side note: I just binge-re-read all your posts and am so inspired. Whenever people think I'm a minimalist, I'm like, you have no idea. Haha. I have so far to go.

    Also, if you are willing to share, I would like to hear about your decision on having children - I feel the same way you do about my energy levels and what matters to me (or from what I can tell, I do, reading into your casual comment) but would be interested in a longer reflection on your part.

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    1. Hi Amy! I'm curious, what do the people in your life categorize as minimalist? I'm trying to find out what most people's definition is because a lot of people seem to think zero waste is not compatible with minimalism. Not sure what city yet, I'll keep the details off social media for the most part until I'm positive :) as for children, I don't have much to say, I like them but not for me. I enjoy being the aunt to my friends' kids, the one that spoils them, but I also like our lifestyle without them... Being able to go out without having to find a sitter first, traveling without a baby, etc. I haven't had the desire yet to have kids, even when I worked with them regularly. It's a lot of responsibility I just don't want.

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    2. Thanks for your reply! I think the idea of wanting an apartment/townhouse rather than a single family home is minimalist (I live in Iowa); not keeping books, memorabilia (I work in special collections, basically the rare and unique section of the library so this is very counter-culture to my profession); and while people are very eco-aware here, we're a long way from zero waste (I've just begun this path myself). I agree on the children part especially as I am worried about my career, but that too feels very counter-cultural. I read a lot of blogs, like yours, to remind myself a substantial portion of people do live this way.

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    3. Your career sounds so interesting! I do keep special books and don't think they run counter to my goals of minimalism and zero waste but I guess it's true I don't have shelves of them... if you have any blog recommendations I'd love some! Thanks!

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  4. Oh thank goodness. Our place is small by Australian standards, and probably a little bit larger than your old place in the 7eme, and I get exhausted tidying what is essentially a town house. Then I feel guilty for having such little energy, but at least I'm not the only one who feels this way!

    I regularly window shop the real estate guides and dream about a new place, but then give myself a gigantic reality check when I look at how large the rooms are, all the floor space to maintain, and all the lovely places the pet birds will perch, poo and eventually destroy (window sills, skirting boards, picture frames, the TV et al).

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    1. Aw haha actually the first thing we did when looking for a new place was consider what the cats would like haha! It's funny how pets come into play even when we're just window shopping. And oh girl I thought at first the 70m2 would be a breeze after downsizing from a two story house on an acre of land... Nope. It gets old fast. I can understand why you'd be exhausted!

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  5. I looked around my office as I read your post and realized I probably have more stuff there than you do in your whole apartment! However, I am inspired every day by reading this blog.

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    1. Thank you so much! That's ok, you need stuff at work haha

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  6. How inspiring as usual. Reading this felt like my going through someone's home being nosey. Was it easy to share ?

    Purple coat huh ? I will wait for you to write your thoughts on it come winter. May I admit that I am a little shocked in a good way.

    Is it possible to have mover's envy. I move around a lot and its been a pain every single time. We have needed a U-haul the last time around.

    So white sneakers made it into your closet huh ? Was curious. How do you condition your shoes ? Do you own shoe trees, clothing brushes or other maintenance things for the closet ? Sorry for being nosey.

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    1. This time was a lot easier to count than the first time around... I tried the coat on again today and was really pleased. I used to use purple and bright green and leopard as neutrals. I don't know why I went so far in the opposite direction. In my new neighborhood lots of girls wear bright vintage-inspired coats and dress like Jess from New Girl. So I feel it's appropriate. For shoes, I don't have any trees, although my husband does. The only clothing brush is the rubber one, and I have a garment bag but that's about it. I use Aleppo soap and candelilla wax for my shoes. Sometimes I rub olive oil on them- if you buff it out well, it won't spoil. I put them in the sun sometimes to air them out and always wear socks with them. This is my method for treating all our shoes: http://www.paris-to-go.com/2014/12/how-to-care-for-and-break-in-shoes-naturally-the-zero-waste-way.html

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  7. Oh and PS: your beautiful Michelin man coat had to be sold?? Waah! I loved that thing on you :) But no matter how beautiful, if something is ill fitting then it's always a chore; I understand :p

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    1. Yea the tailoring was too hard with how intricate the sleeves and the waist were- it was cheaper to buy a different coat. Thank you so much! But yea you know the issues I had haha

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  8. I find myself hoping you move to a totally different climate/environment, just so I can see how you'd adapt your wardrobe....

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    1. Lol! If you look under the travel section you can see my wardrobe for other climates :)

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  9. I am tempted to do this. I have sooo much stuff.
    On a different topic, I love the TranquiliT clothing!

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  10. I'm going to ask a stupid question but... what do you need to clean/ brush/ scrub your bathroom etc??? I can't find sponges or brushes of anykind into your list except for the cats or linen or dishes. How do you manage? I have quite some trouble cleaning up since water is very hard in southern France (+ soap and it becomes really sticky!), even with hot vinegar (gonna try washing soda). What would you advise to take off really dirty stuff? Thanks in advance. :)

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    1. I just use flour sack towels- I have one I use for the toilet, one for the bathroom, one for the kitchen, etc. Washing soda is great for softening water as is citric acid, lemon juice, and Aleppo soap (or savon de marseille since you're in the south!)

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    2. Well it isn't enough for everything, it was way too dirty unfortunately. I ended up using my dish copper sponge to scrub the dirt away but the combo of warm vinegar + washing soda and baking soda that I used before did a part of the job though ^^. You don't have a broom either for the floors? How I wish cleaning was as easy for me as for you, it takes ages to clean a house! (but I'm working on it) Thank you so much! :)

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    3. That is a great tip, the copper sponge sounds pretty :) Yes a house takes much longer unfortunately. I don't use a broom, it's small enough for me to hand wipe the floors, and I vacuum in this apartment as well but it doesn't need it very often- maybe once a week.

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    4. Wow handwiping the floors, looks perfect for fitness! ^^ Thank you again for your advices, you're an inspiration! :)

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