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Old 12-28-2015, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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I’m somewhat minimalist by choice, and expect to become more minimalist as I age. I live in a 1B/1B apartment and drive an old car that I expect will last another decade. Part of the reason I’m minimalist is so I can reach financial security for my old age (I didn’t save when young). I also just prefer simple living. I would rather spend my spare time reading, bicycling, and being outside than cleaning a house and taking care of stuff. I grew up in a large house that contained three houses worth of stuff and a lot of maintenance that required most of my time after school. I’ll never go back to that. An excess of stuff smothers and depresses me. If I didn’t require a permanent home for my critters, I could easily get rid of all my stuff and slow-travel for the next decade.
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Old 12-28-2015, 08:21 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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I am continually working on being more minimalistic. I like the idea of having just what you need and living the simple lifestyle. We do not have many luxuries, no new cars, try to always re purpose or buy used. However, we live well. We go out, enjoy walks and being outdoors and to travel. We plan to move next year and will be downsizing. We have wasted space now and I like the idea of conserving utility costs. Minimalism is something I have been learning about for awhile and read several blogs about it. Its not something our close family embraces which makes it tough sometimes.
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Old 12-28-2015, 09:06 PM
 
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"Minimalism is a lifestyle that helps people question what things add value to their lives. By clearing the clutter from life’s path, we can all make room for the most important aspects of life: health, relationships, passion, growth, and contribution."

Living With Less - The Atlantic
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Old 01-14-2016, 06:36 PM
 
Location: Whereever we have our RV parked
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I hear all the time people say they don't try to keep up with the Jones's, yet in reality, that is what most people do. They want the newer house, new cars, lots of toys etc. It really hit me the other day how much people spend and buy to "keep up appearances. I'm done with it. I'm going to work even harder to pare down my lifestyle. It should make a huge difference in being able to afford to retire.
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Old 01-17-2016, 11:50 AM
 
Location: USA
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I earn less than 30,000 a year so minimalism for me is required but something I also enjoy. I live in a small room that has nothing in it but a desk, a mini-fridge and a japanese style futon folded up in the corner. Very much avoid buying anything that I won't use immediately.
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Old 01-24-2016, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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Yes. I am. In fact, I have actually thought about living in a van for some time. But then again, living at home with my parents is actually cheaper and I get free food. I only spend what I need to in this world because the economy is SO bad.
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Old 01-27-2016, 04:56 PM
 
Location: On the Edge of the Fringe
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I am moving towards minimalism by choice.
We earned over $200,000 last year.
I wonder how much of the minimalism comes from Sundays spent at the Buddhist temple?
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Old 01-29-2016, 01:21 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Default Step or two away from a minimalist

Some of my friends think of me as minimalist, but I say no. A true min would have four coffee mugs and I have eight! I try to keep just the basics, no extra this or that, and have a thrift store bag available all the time to toss things in.


Nothing wrong with liking clothes, accessories as there's so much out there available second hand that one can change over things regularly and not have much invested. I've always lived in small spaces and practice what I call reverse shopping - when something new comes in, something else has to go. No storing volumes of extras in boxes, or filling up shed or garage with unused items. They GO. If awareness and effort isn't made not to collect, a box load will turn into a basement or shed full. By then, the volume of junk is overwhelming and no one wants to tackle it. I have friends dealing with that. Therefore, be mindful of those extra un-needed items one at a time. Throw them in the goodwill bag, give away, sell at the flea mkt., whatever.
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Old 02-04-2016, 12:58 PM
 
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I have a friend who will not allow himself more than 100 items.

Example - dishes are 1 item / drinking glasses are 1 item / books are 1 item / clothes are 1 item, etc.
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Old 02-04-2016, 01:01 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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I have a friend who will not allow himself more than 100 items.

Example - dishes are 1 item / drinking glasses are 1 item / books are 1 item / clothes are 1 item, etc.
The people I know who do that count every individual item, not every category of item.
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