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post #91 of 126
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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.

Have you considered Netflix?
post #92 of 126
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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
There's still the people that make the bags and panels. Also, what are they really contributing towards other than pointlessness I think the whole western take on minimalism is fundamentally flawed. It seems like most ideological support tends to come from people with some economic security present (of course with exceptions, and hermits). Also I think buying better quality over quantity and claiming a minimalist pride in it is ignorance, it is still a consumerism in a slightly shifted guise. I'll admit I lust after many things, but I tend to give alot away to charity. I guess it won't matter when I'm dead though. Nice Ikiru avatar btw, really underappreciated movie
post #93 of 126
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post #94 of 126
I just went through my closet and found 8 pairs of cheap mall jeans I haven't worn in well over a year and will never wear again. Thrift store, here I come. By bicycle. Since I just sold my car 3 hours ago. Oddly enough, my minimalist urge came from working retail (especially in the housewares and textiles departments). I can't believe how many customers are slaves to their stuff.
post #95 of 126
I've been through a similar journey as some of you. My wife and I used to live in West Africa and I started working towards minimalism almost out of necessity. Well, we're back in the States now, and I'm trying to figure out how and what to do with it all here. It's a fun journey. I don't have time to go into it here, but I started a blog on simplicity around the basic idea of being able to fit everything necessary into one backpack.
Take a look if you have time. Thanks.
www.one-backpack.com
post #96 of 126
The coolness of minimalism is almost completely wiped out by the need of those who practice it to proclaim they do so... repeatedly Esp on a fashion forum lol Doesn't seem very difficult... get rid of all the stuff you don't need and adapt (Just my opinion)
post #97 of 126
I'm fairly minimalist but not very conscious of it. I was talking to a designer who is helping me furnish my condo and he keeps talking about adding more storage. He doesn't seem to realize that I don't have anything to store. If I don't need it I throw it out. I guess I'm not very sentimental so I don't hang onto things.
post #98 of 126
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The coolness of minimalism is almost completely wiped out by the need of those who practice it to proclaim they do so... repeatedly

Esp on a fashion forum lol

Doesn't seem very difficult... get rid of all the stuff you don't need and adapt

(Just my opinion)

Are you a minimalist? Are you a part of the Voluntary Simplicity Movement?
post #99 of 126
Like some others on this thread, I moved across the country which necessitated ditching a lot of my material possessions. You end up accumulating so much junk without even noticing it, but I'm now definitely in the fewer items / higher quality mindset.
post #100 of 126
I move about once a year so I'm really getting sick of hauling shit around, I just want a few basics and then be able to carry everything else in one go.
post #101 of 126
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Have you considered Netflix?
Netflix is great. I joined, and then sold all but about 10 DVDs. Ripped all of my CDs and then sold them, too.

My goal by the time I retire, is to be able to fit all of my belongings into two suitcases.
post #102 of 126
What an interesting thread. I really didn't think so many people here think this way.

I've always been a minimalist at heart. The less stuff I have around the better I feel. That reminds me. It's getting cold so it's time to go through the house and get rid of stuff again. I collect a few things and I'm going to look at that too. Oh and I'm also of the mindset that whatever you buy get the highest quality you can afford. You might not have a lot of things but what you have is worth keeping around a while.
post #103 of 126
Ignoring clothing and accessories I strive for minimalism. Though a real minimalist would probably call me a phony for the fact that I have a big LCD tv. My long term goal is to fit everything I can in a bag or two and be able to pick up and leave at any time.
post #104 of 126
Great thread! It inspired me to declutter my place a bit yesterday . I like the idea of minimalism. But at the same time I am big time materialist. I feel really really good owning high-quality products where you can see there has been a high degree of craftsmanship in producing them. Like a Filson bag, handmade shoes etc. It comes down to quality over quantity really. And get rid off all "stuff" I dont use on a daily basis.
post #105 of 126
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Great thread!
It inspired me to declutter my place a bit yesterday .

I like the idea of minimalism. But at the same time I am big time materialist. I feel really really good owning high-quality products where you can see there has been a high degree of craftsmanship in producing them. Like a Filson bag, handmade shoes etc. It comes down to quality over quantity really. And get rid off all "stuff" I dont use on a daily basis.


I agree, this is a great thread. I try an be minimalist but find myself with so many things I bought with the best intentions but probably shouldn't have.

The sense of satisfaction from having a clear out is great, it's just very difficult to train yourself not to buy the stuff in the first place.
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