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post #76 of 126
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Physical pictures are one of the few categories I won't likely ever dispose. I'm going to scan what I have this summer, but those will be more of a backup than anything else. Music, movies, etc. are replaceable. Old family pictures and the like aren't. I wouldn't trust my own copies of them to be digital.

Definately, I would never get rid of the originals for the photos (hell, I still have all the CDs I bought before I went to college...they are just at my parents so don't count toward my minimalism score)

Only thing is...I have about one roll's worth of film photos to worry about. I'm 23 and my dad is a photographer so while I have certainly taken my fair share of photos on film, all of the photos that really mean something to me were taken after we had acquired several digital cameras.
post #77 of 126
I have a friend who has a marvelously minimalist house ... in the style of Richard Meier.

Seems to me it's easy to live a minimalist life in such a house ... especially as it's not her only house.
post #78 of 126
I feel like discovering this forum helped cue me onto the "better quality vs. quantity" sort of argument, and that, coupled with living in a dorm, has drastically cut down on what I own. Granted, I still have way too much crap, but over the past few months, I've really tried to cut down on it.

Except for books. I, for some reason, love books.
post #79 of 126
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Originally Posted by Strombollii View Post
I feel like discovering this forum helped cue me onto the "better quality vs. quantity" sort of argument, and that, coupled with living in a dorm, has drastically cut down on what I own. Granted, I still have way too much crap, but over the past few months, I've really tried to cut down on it.

Except for books. I, for some reason, love books.

I still have trouble getting rid of things, but I have basically stopped buying MORE....

e.g. I got my RRLs and have supplemented them with some khaki STFs and some raw gap denim (that I am not actively trying to fade...just wear when I want something dark) and basically stopped with the reasonably frequent denim purchases I used to have. When I moved, everything went to goodwill except a pair for stuff like painting.

Other stuff is less easy to completely replace and get rid of...but looking at quality pieces has basically curbed my buying in those categories so at least its not *growing*
post #80 of 126
I bought a tennis racket. Uh oh.
post #81 of 126
Tennis rackets are well worth the amount of space they take up
post #82 of 126
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Sad thing is that no, I'm not married. I have this strange ability to attract women in a substantially higher SE bracket than I am in. My dad calls it a "birth defect" but one of my friends calls it "enough charisma to actually marry into money". I seem horribly unsuccessful at finding the down to earth, honest woman that appreciates hard work, is satisfied with the simple things in life, etc that I would prefer to have. So, over the years, I've accumulated a lot of stuff that just amazes me, given my taste for nomadic life. Do I really need crystal wine glasses? I like wine, but seriously, I can't tell the difference between the same wine served in a 5 cent styrofoam coffee cup or fancy crystal glass.
Hmm, I think this is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Are you being a bit of a hypocrite in saying 1 thing, and doing another??? You now "live large" with things like stemware, and play the "game" Of course, expensive crap like this signals wealth, and will appease a hotter/wealthier woman. And men date the hottest/richest women they can. As Freud said, "There are no accidents"
post #83 of 126
Awesome thread.

I've been trying harder and harder to narrow down the unnecessary stuff that I own. I let go of about 5 giant rubbermaid containers of junk/old things just the other week. Shoes, old toys, clothes, etc.

I hate to say it, but I'm planning on cutting down the watch collection too. I just don't need 5 watches--even if they aren't all Rolex.

The only things I can't justify getting rid of are my hobbies. I guess it's a no brainer. I own 5 guitars, but haven't even considered selling any of them.

I ran across this whole minimalism thing 6 months ago. Apparently, some people are almost completely nomadic. That seems a little over the top to me, but more power to you if you can pull it off.
post #84 of 126
There is a duo of young guys that have a blog called the Life Nomadic. They live as travelers with nothing but one bag. All of their life possessions fit into 28L Deuter hiking packs. It's definitely insane but interesting. They even have personal solar panels for energy generation. Here's their packing list.. http://tynan.net/the-2009-nomad-packing-list
post #85 of 126
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Originally Posted by Reevolving View Post
Hmm, I think this is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Are you being a bit of a hypocrite in saying 1 thing, and doing another???
You now "live large" with things like stemware, and play the "game"
Of course, expensive crap like this signals wealth, and will appease a hotter/wealthier woman.
And men date the hottest/richest women they can.
As Freud said, "There are no accidents"

I'm not sure I'd call it a self fulfilling prophecy so much as a downward spiral. Spend time with a girl that grew up with money. . . get fancy presents from her and her family. Break up, repeat with a different girl.

Now, clearly I am a bit hypocritical. I could easily enough sell the shit they've given me, donate it, whatever. Instead I keep it.
post #86 of 126
I am all for this thread. Can anybody beat this? 17 long sleeve button downs 3 polos 5 T shirts 3 light jackets 1 heavy jacket 2 shorts 6 pants 2 jeans I am preally proud because I use to house over triple that ammount.
post #87 of 126
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I can. At last count, I have seven button-downs, five blank t-shirts of various colors, four graphic t-shirts, three pairs of jeans (including a beater pair), two non-denim pants, two pairs of boots, two winter coats, leather jacket, waxed cotton jacket, and five pairs of sneakers.

I've still got quite a few shirts and shoes that I'm in the process of weeding out. But as for stuff that I plan to keep, the above is the extent of it.
post #88 of 126
The only things I accumulate are books and DVDs. Starting to think I need to get rid of a lot of them. I'll donate them to a library or something.
post #89 of 126
I've been browsing NY apartment sublease listings on Craigslist this morning and I'm horrified at the cluttered domesticity people apparently manage to function through.
post #90 of 126
Personally, I wouldn't worry so much about the proposed rules of minimalism. I would work on the cessation of expansion, followed by simplification and reduction, and an optimization of routine in daily living. In my case, I stopped purchasing and participating in unnecessary activities. I then began to reduce clutter by storing all of my documents digitally, decreasing my reliance on excessive communication and information overload, cleaning up my wardrobe, and doing a few other things. I then streamlined and optimized after I had reached a point where the old habits and clutter would not interfere. I streamlined my finances and set routines. I batched my laundry and set specific hours to complete tasks. Optimization after wiping the slate has proven to be refreshing. I'm sure there's much more I could do to be more "minimalist." Do I need more than one pair of cufflinks? Certainly not. Could I go vegan/raw food or cook meals in bulk (I enjoy a good meal, therefore I refuse to make the same meal for 5 straight days?) Sure, but that's not the right balance for me. The key is to find the proper balance in your life.
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