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    Is Anyone Here into Minimalism in Any Way?

    Are there any members on Skadi Forum who are into Minimalism, such as it is being propagated by Zen Habits, Mnmlist.com, Minimal Student, Becoming Minimalist and such.

    I myself have been dabling in it for some time now. To a certain extent I feel that I have always been minimalistic towards material possesions and have only gotten a system and a name for it by reading these blogs.
    Some of their views are a bit too touchy-feely hippiesque for my liking, but who can disagree with the notion of staying out of debt, having time and ressources to do what you love in life and not causing destruction to the environment?

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    Yes, I am interested in it. But maybe more in being frugal.

    I dont have a car, I have only 1 PC, no TV. I own alot of music and books though.

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    At this point, I'm not able to live such a lifestyle, but it's how I plan to live in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oslaf View Post
    At this point, I'm not able to live such a lifestyle, but it's how I plan to live in the future.
    One can always live frugal, frugality does not being cheap. For example it's better to invest in a good, expensive drill because it will last for a long time than just buying the cheaping one that will break quickly. Taking your own food to school and not buying lunch there is frugal. So is using the can openers from soda and beer cans for hanging up frames (this works really well).

    I read you can use baking soda for almost all your washing needs, but I havnt tried this myself yet.

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    Yes, this sums me up perfectly!

    I'm always being told I should buy a bigger car or a wide-screen TV etc. but I don't see the point. My car works perfectly well and I can see all I want on my modest-sized TV. I'm afraid people often purchase things they don't need and, in some cases, do so just to flaunt their "wealth" - often on credit

    This has been my lifestyle for years but I've only just realised via this thread that it's called "Minimalist"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Godwinson View Post
    Yes, this sums me up perfectly!

    I'm always being told I should buy a bigger car or a wide-screen TV etc. but I don't see the point. My car works perfectly well and I can see all I want on my modest-sized TV. I'm afraid people often purchase things they don't need and, in some cases, do so just to flaunt their "wealth" - often on credit

    This has been my lifestyle for years but I've only just realised via this thread that it's called "Minimalist"
    Yea, many people think they will be lucky if they just get this and that. But people will always want more, it is never enough.
    And then they need a bigger house to house all their items, or (same with buying a new car, tv etc) to try to impress people.

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    Yes, I know all about snobs because my area is full of them and my neighbour, who drives a gaz-guzzling sports car, told me "you really should upgrade, a car says so much about you as a person".

    I just replied enigmatically "Hmm, yes, it does, doesn't it?" and I'm not sure he's worked out yet quite what I meant

    ... He's definitely a Maximalist!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hersir View Post
    One can always live frugal, frugality does not being cheap. For example it's better to invest in a good, expensive drill because it will last for a long time than just buying the cheaping one that will break quickly. Taking your own food to school and not buying lunch there is frugal. So is using the can openers from soda and beer cans for hanging up frames (this works really well).

    I read you can use baking soda for almost all your washing needs, but I havnt tried this myself yet.
    That's not what I meant. I meant that it's hard to be like that when absolutely everyone around you is doing the exact opposite and that the environment around is not exactly conducive to it. It's damn near forced.

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    I am not a minimalist, but I really don't understand the logic behind this geeky obsession with the latest cell phone and whatnot. I get attached to things, I don't think I would like changing cars/cell phones/computers etc. more than once every 3-5 years.

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    My computer cost me 43 quid on eBay a couple of years ago and it’s the best one I’ve had so far I’ve learned through this (and many other experiences) that dearer doesn’t always mean better and I only ever replace things that are broken or worn out, as opposed to when I get bored with them – unless they're so out of fashion that I risk becoming a laughing stock

    Like I said before, I’d never previously considered myself a Minimalist but yes; the description does fit! I could just as easily use the term pre-consumerist as I’ve never been at ease with the “consumer society” ethos and all its inherent excesses. I'd probably stop short of saying I was anti-materialistic though as I do like material things, but just strive to avoid superfluousness.

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