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Old 01-17-2019, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Phoenix-Valley of the Sun
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I live a minimalist lifestyle. For me, its more about autonomy. When you have huge bills, which today's consumer lifestyle encourages (buy more, put it on a credit card) you become a slave to your employer. Bosses will manipulate you if they know you are in over your head. My co-worker is always scrounging for overtime, extra work, and is generally desperate for raises because he owns too much, he brags about living extravagantly. Has a $10k monthly nut. My monthly nut is about $2k, if that. My employer knows she can't treat me like chit. If she does, I'll go elsewhere. So I basically come and go as I please. I could be unemployed for months and look for a really good-fit job if I needed to.

That is the best ownership of things- owning yourself, being a workhorse to no one.
You and I love freedom and flexibility.
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Old 01-18-2019, 10:45 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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I inherited some serious hoarder genes and was verging on being one myself but I got rid of most of it and moved into a van, by choice. Yea it’s about the freedom.

I still have too much stuff lol, but I’m proud that I don’t have to rearrange things to move around or go to bed.
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Old 01-18-2019, 10:56 PM
 
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I get rid of paper and other stuff, but make do with older TV sets and run electronics into the ground. DVD player is from 2000.
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Old 01-21-2019, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Phoenix-Valley of the Sun
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I moved to my apt about a year ago and I have a lot of stuff to get rid of. It's amazing how much stuff I accumulated over the years
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Old 01-21-2019, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Tucson, AZ
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I retired just over a year ago, and moved from Southern California to Tucson. Before I moved, I cleared out a lot of stuff from my 1 BR apartment where I lived for 18+ years. I have spent the past year thinning out even more, to the essential things that I use on a regular basis. I have a few boxes of old photo albums and books, but aside from those, everything else I own is in active use.

I have decided to move out of my cheap apartment and go to Europe for a year or so. I rented a 5' x 5' storage unit, which is the smallest one available. If all of my material possessions including bed and few items of furniture can disassemble and fit into a 5' x 5' storage locker, that is pretty low on the minimalism scale.
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Old 01-22-2019, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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I like your philosophy, recycled. I too, moved to Arizona a year ago September. I thought I'd pared down my belongings but still have boxes I haven't unpacked. Slowly but surely I will go through them and get rid of what I don't use.

My goal is to live a more minimalist life.
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Old Today, 07:00 AM
 
Location: Outside US
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I like your philosophy, recycled. I too, moved to Arizona a year ago September. I thought I'd pared down my belongings but still have boxes I haven't unpacked. Slowly but surely I will go through them and get rid of what I don't use.

My goal is to live a more minimalist life.
Everything I own can be fit into 3 large suitcases.

(Except for my bank account and investments.)

I don't Like stuff / things.
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Old Today, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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In my experience, minimalists are those who ask to borrow my stuff because they don't want to buy, maintain, or keep more stuff.
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