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I have been slowly getting rid of stuff since I moved into my home a year ago. It feels great. I have gotten rid of most of my posessions including furniture. I'm now thinking of getting rid of all my books and music cds. I may eventually get rid of all my DVDs too. Does anyone else live a very minimal life? When did it start for you? What motivated you to live that way? Do you like it? Has anyone become a minimalist and then gone back to owning lots of useless crap because they couldnt live without it?
 

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I started getting rid of a lot of my possessions too. I'll probably never part with my books and furniture, but I really like not having a lot of stuff. It's nice. Less to clean and not much clutter. I don't know why I decided to do it, it just seemed to make sense. Fewer things to worry about, I suppose.
 

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I wish I was, I have so much stuff :/ . When I was backpacking years ago, it was awesome to just live out of a backpack. So liberating.
 

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I try to. I try to keep the stuff we use in a constant rotation, and to get rid of things we don't use. However, I live with a Junk Collector. About once a year, I make him go through a closet or two and create a box for good will. I'd love to live in a house where everything has a place and everything has a use and we aren't scared of death by avalanche anytime we open a closet door.
 

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I am in the process of seriously downsizing, in part because my child (and her friends who lived with us) have moved out and in part because I just want all this crap gone! That's not to say my child or the other kids here were a major contributor to the clutter; they weren't. It's simply in having them move out that I am reviewing all that needs to GO! I love books and have so many. I have many movies on VHS even though I haven't watched one in ages. I need to let so many things GO!<br><br>
The next 2 weeks are actually dedicated to doing this, a few hours a day. I'm hoping life doesn't get in the way as it often does when I set aside time for such projects.
 

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I am trying to. At one point in my life I lived in the back of a van and later in a dark room. I had very minimal possessions.<br><br>
I'm trying to downsize in general. I don't have much in the way of furniture, recently got a kitchen table (I had a small folding one that was about a foot off the floor. I sit on cushions. I live in a ~360 sq ft house, so it's nice to have a small space so I'm not tempted to fill it up. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
I mostly have books and houseplants and kitchen stuff.
 

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I love the concept but really don't live it. I did get rid of a lot when I sold my house. Giving it to our wonderful PAWS thrift made it a lot easier. I'm much more selective about buying anything.<br><br>
I'm a homebody so I like my home to feel cozy. Right now it looks really bare with two kittens in the apartment though. Everything is put away.
 

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I'm working on it. It's difficult with a toddler because everyone keeps giving us bags of toys and clothes, so I have to keep on top of it. I've found that keeping a minimalist approach to buying new stuff (not just dealing with the old stuff) has helped a lot - when I do buy something, it's quality and it will last.<br>
We try to keep entertainment digital to cut down on that clutter. We don't own any CDs, and only one series on DVD (<i>Firefly</i>). We have some special books, but mostly we get books from the library or the used bookstore so that we can sell them back when we're done.
 

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Yes, I'm a minimalist. Earlier I was more influenced by Steve Reich but at present my work is more similar to the more sparse recordings by Philip Glass.
 

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I can't wait till the weekend. I will be uploading all my cds onto my computer and then throwing them out. I would sell or donate them but I dont have covers for any of them and apparently people get funny about cds without covers (people are so strange).<br><br>
I'm on track for getting rid of 99% of my records as I know have a scanner/printer I can use to store them on. I am also thinking about getting rid of my books and using the public library and also getting rid of dvds in the same fashion as my cds but im not sure about that at this stage because the data storage capacity on my computer is limited and I have a few hundred dvds.
 

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I have tried to empty a lot of stuff from my home. My husband tends to hoard though.<br><br>
I was watching a show the other day and the person was saying that once you get your house clutter-free that you should make sure that when you buy anything new (like a new outfit) that you donate one item to charity or give it to a friend so you can keep your place the way you want it.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I need to do this. When we moved into our place about a year and a half ago we got rid of anything we were'nt using. When we moved in everyone commented on how spartan our place looked. So they gave us furniture... and blankets... and clothes... and more furniture. Now I have more couches and chairs then room and more blankets then I'll ever need. Maybe in Octover when it's my turn to spend our money lol I'll hire a friend with a truck to take our extra furniture to the dump. It's not donatable stuff as our cat has killed most of it but maybe somone wants a ratty couch for their garage or something... now you've all got me thinking.
 

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I'm working on it. I went through my wardrobe yesterday, and ending up sending 2/3rds of it to charity. (I still think I have too much, but as I am losing weight at the moment, I have to keep clothes in a variety of sizes).<br><br>
I have got rid of all my CD's and DVD's. I can't see the point of owning music anymore when it is so freely available to listen to or buy digitally. Same for books - I had a kindle at Christmas, and so most of my books went to charity.<br><br>
The problem I have is my husband who is a horder. Our garage and loft is stuffed with items that he insisted that we keep 'just in case'. So I am constantly fighting a losing battle. He has eventually decided that we need to clear the loft out - but only because it is now so full there isn't any more room up there! At the moment we have a fishtank sitting in our bedroom - his last fish died 4 months ago, and he has no intention of getting any more, but we can't throw it out - 'just in case' Grrr!<br><br>
I used to have lots of ornaments and candles around the house - they are all either gone or in a display cabinet - and instead of candles I have one electric fragrancer in the main room.<br><br>
Next on my list to sort out is make up, toiletries, and underwear. I am trying and minimilize one area of the house or my lifestyle every week. It's a work in progress: I hope to have a minimal household by the end of the year. And then - guess what? Everyone will buy me clothes and ornaments for christmas!!
 
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