Are you a minimalist?

Question of the Day ^^
May 8, 2016 9:38am CST
I am really interested in the minimalist-lifestyle because I would love to declutter my room and just feel a little bit more "free". I started with my box of memories, which was probably not a good idea because I can hardly throw anything away from it :D So: Are there minimalists here and how did you find out, that this is the lifestyle you want to have? And how did you start? I feel like that is the hardest part of it...
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@quantum2020 (9228)
• Ciudad De Mexico, Mexico
8 May 16
I think ihave been a minimalist since I was achild. I have all my life been obsessed with the simplest of lifestyles; however, it´s been around 10 years since I started to really to clean and simplify my lifestyle. First, I got rid of all the stuff that I had stored in the closet; pants, shirts, shoes, socks; then, old books and notebooks from school. After that, two cars that I had. In the present, I own three changes of clothes, and one pair of socks that I throw away and replace for a new pair every time. All the documents and books and everything that used to be paper, it´s now stored in the computer in less than one GB. My personal documents are also stored on the hard disk of the pc. If I need to move to another apt or travel, I´ll just need to grab my back pack, which is light and throw most of my clothes, then, when arriving to a new place, I buy what´s needed copmplete brand new and start from there.
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8 May 16
That's so nice... I wish I only had like one backpack of clothing... I have way too much! But I want to cut down ^^ Do you also own items which are multifunctional?
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• Ciudad De Mexico, Mexico
8 May 16
@MsHydrolove I own a laptop and a smartphone, a telescope and a guitar. A camping tent which I use when I go to one of my places in the open country. Besides these items: I don´t own any other thing. When I buy new clothing, I usually throw the old one.
@andriaperry (50476)
• United States
8 May 16
WOW! Now that is bare bones. I couldn`t afford to throw away my socks with only one use.
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@rusty2rusty (6769)
• Defiance, Ohio
8 May 16
I am some what of a minimalist. I think @andriaperry is much better at it. As i have read posts of hers where she explains the life style and how to achieve it.
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8 May 16
Thank you very much for mentioning her! I will check her out :) Thank you!
@andriaperry (50476)
• United States
8 May 16
I try my best.
@kiran8 (15360)
• Mangalore, India
8 May 16
I am one of those who likes to have space around me and I keep either giving away or selling of things that I have not used for more than 3 years..I feel that it becomes so much easier to maintain and clean your house when you have fewer things around you. Dont buy anything on impulse because most of the stuff that is lying around, unused are the ones that you bought on impulse.
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8 May 16
Very true... My goal is to have a clean desk because clean desk = more space for my creativity ^^ I don't like having it all messed up and stuff... Do you have any tipp on how to NOT buy things on impulse? ._. I usually find that very hard ^^
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@andriaperry (50476)
• United States
8 May 16
@MsHydrolove Wait a day, if you have to have it go back and buy it.
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@kiran8 (15360)
• Mangalore, India
9 May 16
@MsHydrolove In my case I never use my debit/credit card and carry just enough money because I too buy at times on impulse and regret later..
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@rina110383 (24135)
8 May 16
Me! I won't buy anything unless it's a need (food & toiletries). I only maintain one pair of shoes, one bag, few clothes, etc. No accessories. I only buy once they don't serve their purpose anymore. Same is true inside my room. What's inside are just essentials. When I travel, I only bring with me one backpack even if the vacation is good for a week.
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8 May 16
Fascinating ^^ If you only have one pair of shoes for example, what is it that you're looking for in them? Or: How much money do you spend on them and stuff ^^ Did you have any strange or unpleasant comments either from family members or friends regarding the subject of minimalism?
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@rina110383 (24135)
8 May 16
@MsHydrolove It's a durable semi-casual pair. I'm not after the brand. As long as it serves the purpose, sold at an affordable price and can last for years, I buy it. They often comment that I work a lot, earn more than what is expected but I don't spend on things. What I do is just keep them in the bank. Sometimes, I'm mistaken as a pauper. Though I can afford to buy things, I refuse so unless my thing is completely unusable. I just ignore them. I rely on myself for my needs so their comments will mean nothing to me and will not even pass through one of my ears.
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8 May 16
@rina110383 That's interesting and a very nice attitude :) I wish I could always see it the way you do, regarding those comments of others ^^ I really do not like to spend on things, unless I am sure, that it will be a bonus for my life ^^ I am looking to travel light and without clutter and... just with less stuff ^^ AND carry-on only... I just want to own less because I feel like drowning in all my stuff o.O
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@miniam (9241)
• Bern, Switzerland
8 May 16
I could not be a minimalist, l have way too much stuff and dont see myself getting rid of anything
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8 May 16
That is exactly what I thought for a long time as well! ^^ I really like all my stuff, but it is just way too much, which is of course my personal feeling about it, and so I want to get rid of some things. I have way too many clothes, some of which I haven't worn in ages!
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@miniam (9241)
• Bern, Switzerland
8 May 16
@MsHydrolove Minimalists almost have nothing,bare rooms,bare bathrooms etc, just not for me
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@andriaperry (50476)
• United States
8 May 16
@miniam Not true! I have stuff, My rooms are not bare but they are not cluttered either.
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• Preston, England
9 May 16
given all my clutter I see myself as a maximumalist
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9 May 16
Haha, that's also the case with me when I look at all my craft-supplies... 4 big boxes full of... PAPER.
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@andriaperry (50476)
• United States
8 May 16
Yes I try my best. But minimalism is not about getting rid of your life, its about getting rid of things you no longer need, or have outgrown. I always start with clothing. Take time and try on EVERYTHING. If you don`t love it, toss it. Take the clothing you no longer want straight to the donation box, don`t wait. I have written a blog of struggles and introduction at blogspot, I can mention this because I do not make any money from this blog. I call it my minimal hoarding life.
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@marlina (73887)
• Canada
8 May 16
I am not there yet, but working towards simplifying our lives here.
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@Jenny2 (21)
• Beijing, China
9 May 16
it is a good topic. i think i might be a minimalist. as a girl, i dont want to buy extra clothes which are hard to put in my limited trunk. it is different from other girls, isnt it? anyway i dont want to own extra things. if i dont need it, i will not buy it.