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User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3808 posts, RR: 51
Posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1911 times:

I’m in the middle of moving to a new appartment right now, after finishing university and beginning to work. I’ve moved about 5 times since high school, mostly across town, and each move gives me a good insight into just how much stuff I have. Also, each move made me think about what I need and what I don’t, and I threw out a good amount of stuff each time. Generally I’d say I don’t have a lot of things right now, but I wish it was less. I always think: do I really need all of this? Will I use all of this in the future, or just drag it around as ballast, reducing the amount of space I have for myself?

Books for example. I kind of hate classic books on paper, even though I have studies literature in college. The weight of books is just so out of proportion, and you read them once and I’d say more than 90% of the books on the shelves are never read again. Problem: You can’t really sell books again, as the market is flooded with sellers on Amazon selling the books for 1 cent (I guess they are making a profit out of the flat shipping cost).

The same goes for CDs. I have about 1 meter worth of albums, that is not too much, but still, I have them all on my computer and / or iPod by now, so I really don’t need the CDs any more. Again, except for rarities, you just can’t sell CDs at a reasonable price.

Then there are clothes. While I tend to spend less money than others on clothes and shoes, I still purchase more I tems than I throw out (always think I could still wear this while doing dirty outdoor work and so on). So the amount of clothes and shoes I own is slowly increasing.

Uni and high school material. Do people throw that away or keep it as a souvenir? I’m not referring to text books, but your own notes and material, including exams and compositions and homework and such. It amounts to a lot of paper and weight in my case.

I love all the digital stuff I have. It weighs nothing and moves with me wherever I am. For example I never owned physical photos, have them all digitally. Of course I have all my stuff backed up in several places, and encrypted, just in case of fire, theft, loss and such.

So now I’m thinking about scanning (or actually photographing) all my uni stuff. It will take me a weekend or two, but then I can throw out so much ballast. For all other things I own, I have decided to minimize as much as I can when I move into the new place. Yeah I should have done that BEFORE the move, but I simply had no time because of my exams.

How about you? Do you feel you are collecting too much unwanted ballast? How many things does a person really need? Or do you have a house / garage where you can just dump all the stuff and it doesn’t matter?

Soren  santahat 


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User currently offlineCharles79 From Puerto Rico, joined Mar 2007, 1330 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1902 times:



Quoting Birdwatching (Thread starter):

How about you? Do you feel you are collecting too much unwanted ballast? How many things does a person really need? Or do you have a house / garage where you can just dump all the stuff and it doesn’t matter?

I tend to be minimalist, the only big collection being car magazines (I have collected the UK CAR magazine since Nov 1999, Top Gear since Sep 1999, and Auto Motor und Sport since Dec 2008). Other than that I have gotten into the habit of throwing away/giving away old clothes whenever I come home with new ones from H & M, have very few DVDs/CDs (and they are all neatly collected in a large binder, all the original hard plastic cases are gone recycling), and only keep the kitchenware that's really needed. As for university papers and such, even after an MBA, I only kept a select few papers I wrote; the rest is history.

Of course, none of this matters anymore as I met a partner who likes to keep things out of "sentimental" reasons!  Big grin

Quoting Birdwatching (Thread starter):
I’m in the middle of moving to a new appartment right now

I have moved 10 times in my life so far (I'm only 30!) but to give you an idea of how minimal stuff I keep back in 2004 I moved from Connecticut to California (with a 3-month stop-over in Alabama) with EVERYTHING I owned at the time inside a VW Golf!


User currently offlineCanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3389 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1896 times:

I tend to keep everything. I just hate the idea of getting rid of something if theres nothing wrong with it. Even if I have no need for it now, if there's nothing wrong with it and I can find a spot to put it might as well keep it for future ideas. It's saved me before when I need to do something and I happen to have a part sitting in one of my junk piles that'l work instead of having to go out and buy a new one...


CanadianNorth



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User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5970 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1863 times:

When your place starts to look like this:



That's when you know you have too much stuff.



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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11611 posts, RR: 60
Reply 4, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1808 times:



Quoting Birdwatching (Thread starter):
Books for example. I kind of hate classic books on paper, even though I have studies literature in college. The weight of books is just so out of proportion, and you read them once and I’d say more than 90% of the books on the shelves are never read again. Problem: You can’t really sell books again, as the market is flooded with sellers on Amazon selling the books for 1 cent (I guess they are making a profit out of the flat shipping cost).

I love books, but then 90% of the ones I have are reference books which I will look at again and again whist studying and afterwards whilst working. I never sell any, or chuck them out.

Quoting Birdwatching (Thread starter):
The same goes for CDs. I have about 1 meter worth of albums, that is not too much, but still, I have them all on my computer and / or iPod by now, so I really don’t need the CDs any more. Again, except for rarities, you just can’t sell CDs at a reasonable price.

I like collecting them too. I have dozens stacked up in my desk, no CDs in them as they all live in cases, but I like the album art.

Quoting Birdwatching (Thread starter):
Then there are clothes. While I tend to spend less money than others on clothes and shoes, I still purchase more I tems than I throw out (always think I could still wear this while doing dirty outdoor work and so on). So the amount of clothes and shoes I own is slowly increasing.

Mine go from good going out type evening wear, to knocking about the house working in, then on to working outside in, then get torn up for rags when washing windows, then get used for wiping down excess cement pr plaster when doing repairs and finally get doused in petrol and used for starting fires. I'm a keen believer in reusing and recycling.  yes 

Quoting Birdwatching (Thread starter):
Uni and high school material. Do people throw that away or keep it as a souvenir? I’m not referring to text books, but your own notes and material, including exams and compositions and homework and such. It amounts to a lot of paper and weight in my case.

I have to keep all of mine to put in my portfolio. I never know what job I may be applying for in the future where I need concept drawings or sketches on a thought process associated with one particular type of design, so it doesn't get chucked out. I wouldn't want to anyway to be honest, too much work goes into the stuff to just throw it away, and most of it's too big to scan.

Quoting Birdwatching (Thread starter):
How about you? Do you feel you are collecting too much unwanted ballast? How many things does a person really need? Or do you have a house / garage where you can just dump all the stuff and it doesn’t matter?

I have far too much stuff everywhere, I've basically compacted two bedrooms into one as I went from having a University digs and a room back home to just living back home for now. Lots of stuff, lots of boxes!


Dan  Smile

P.S. How long did it take to move all the Legos?  Wink



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10882 posts, RR: 37
Reply 5, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1797 times:



Quoting Birdwatching (Thread starter):
I’m in the middle of moving to a new appartment right now

Welcome to the club! I am in the exact same situation you are!
I am ferrying a lot of things myself, and seeing all the boxes (not an exagerated number of them but still too many) I am wondering if I should really separate myself from many things I am not using.

I think if I ever wanted to settle in a different land, how would I take all these things with me there? This is what makes me think of not keeping too many things, except for the things I like the most, all of my aviation collection and all my cooking/pastry equipment and documents.

Anyway, I hope you will like your new location. I am just going a few hundred meters up the street. Some day in a not too distant future I will leave this area altogether.



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User currently offlineSunshine79 From UK - England, joined Jan 2006, 1759 posts, RR: 31
Reply 6, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1791 times:

Considering I've moved more times than you can shake a stick at over the past 4 years, I still have loads of 'stuff' which i'll have to condense again in the very near future. I have gained quite a bit of household things I use on a regular basis, mostly bought by my parents and don't want to get rid of, but can't take abroad with me, and feel awful packing it all up and finding a good home for it. My folks have given me quite a bit of money over the years for homely goods only for me to move and sell it on a few months later as I couldn't take it with me. This time, they spent a hell of a lot on me for my flat in the UK and feel terrible to pack it up or sell it on but I would give them the money for it as I'm wanting to go back abroad. There's no point putting it into storage as in total the storage would be more than what the items are worth and I'm never going to live in the UK again either. I have a big box of CD's and video's which I want to sell but don't think i would get much for them. I'll stick them on ebay and see what I get.


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