Things, things, things—you can never have enough things. Don’t let classic expressions and the Marie Kondo-craze fool you; things can make you happier (at least in part). You just have to pick the right ones.
Here are the top five things everyone needs in their life (documentary-induced minimalist lifestyle notwithstanding).
#1 A Capsule Wardrobe
A capsule wardrobe is a must for anyone wanting to stay stylish, even when they’re trying to own fewer things. The key is to only keep (or buy) items that can fit into several outfits in hopes of owning about 35 pieces or less (while maximizing your unique style and confidence).
Start by strategically building your capsule wardrobe around these pieces:
- Flat dress shoes that are as comfy as they are chic
- Fashionable, high-quality basics like slacks and blouses (or dress shirts)
- A small set of casualwear like two pairs of jeans, five t-shirts, and one pair of go-to sneakers
- A timeless trench coat to stay warm (but look cool as ice) on a chilly day
- Classic accessories like a hat, jewelry, hip sunnies, and a handkerchief to spruce up each outfit
#2 Basic Exercise Equipment
Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it. – Plato
Unlike what you read on the Internet, whatever Plato says can definitely be trusted. Well, whether you choose to believe in the importance of physical exercise or not, take a look at these exercise must-haves for anyone looking to get physical (at home or otherwise):
- Workout shoes
- Exercise mat
- Foam roller
- Jump rope
- Dumbbell set
- Resistance band
#3 Tools for the Kitchen
Anyone who wants to impress the in-laws or send a date’s heart aflutter should equip themselves with some basic cooking skills, which, inherently, must begin with basic cooking tools, including these essentials:
- Set of high-quality knives
- Cast-iron skillet
- Pots and pans
- Slow cooker
- Mesh strainer
- Toaster oven
- Blender or food processor
- Cooking utensils
- Mixing bowls
Invite life into your home by becoming a plant parent as soon as you can. Not only does greenery create a soothing, beautiful atmosphere in your space, but it also teaches responsibility and care while encouraging better time management (because those plants won’t water themselves.
#5 An Espresso Machine (and Accessories)
Grab your calculator and do some math real quick: how much do you think you spend per month on your daily dose of caffeine?
The answer: probably too much.
But, because we’re nerds, we’ll do the math anyway: if you get a medium latte every day from everyone’s “favorite” coffee place, at $4.75, that’s almost $100 per month on coffee alone. And that’s not counting the extra busy day when you grab an emergency afternoon mocha at the McDonald’s drive-thru (it’s okay; we’ve all been there).
With high-end espresso machines currently going for about $115 (and espresso pods costing less than a dollar each), you’re looking at a purchase that pays for itself in no more than a month or so.
Now, if that’s not worth it, we don’t know what is. Plus, now you’ll finally have your name spelled correctly on the cup (although we don’t recommend writing on ceramics with a Sharpie).
It’s Not About Excess; It’s About Quality
Owning things isn’t about accumulating a garage-full of knick-knacks and as-seen-on-TV products. While material objects can’t buy you happiness, strategically owning a select set of functional items will boost your confidence and productivity. By getting your hands on just a few of the above essentials, you can achieve a holistic and healthy life (with the help of good habits and a positive mindset, of course). Happy shopping!