Minimalist survey

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Re: Minimalist survey

Post by champ0608 » Tue Dec 17, 2013 12:45 pm

My wife and I could move cross country with a few hours notice if we had access to a truck with a large bed (live a Silverado or an F-150.) We would be leaving behind our couch, but everything else would go. We don't have any other large furniture outside of our coffee table and our twin bed. Only a few dishes, not many clothes, not many towels/blankets/sheets, no large personal library. My largest personal possession is my guitar. Everything else could be packed in a few boxes on short notice.

So to answer, our combined household possessions would fit in a van. If it were just me, a car trunk would likely be enough.

To add to the equation, I believe we could calmly and cohesively get boxes, pack, and clean our place before leaving in a 12 hour window.

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Post by 7Wannabe5 » Tue Dec 17, 2013 1:51 pm

Me: 3.3 including my business equipment
Stuff owned by other members of my household: 7.5

Less than ten years ago I had a fully loaded 2700 square foot house/basement/attics and a barn full of 10,000 books. Now the possessions I personally own could fit into the trunk and back seat of my car. Just last week I bequeathed all of my remaining Xmas decorations except for my ugly Santa candy dish to my DD22.

OTOH, if it was currently gardening season, I would likely be tied to the land by the roots of my Pink Elephant Heirloom Tomatoes etc. and would not be able to leave at all. So....

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Post by steveo73 » Tue Dec 17, 2013 3:25 pm

Furniture, TV. stereo, 3 kids, wife etc. Our house is not exactly full of stuff and might be considered minimalist however there is still a tonne of stuff.

How much could I leave - all of it in the right situation. Would I just pack up and go without a really good reason - no.

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Post by slimicy » Tue Dec 17, 2013 4:04 pm

During the process of my last move I managed to get down from a 6 to a 5. The main thing keeping me at 5 instead of 4 is my king-size mattress (although I keep it on the floor, so there's no associated furniture). I could get down to a 4 with 1 day to pack --maybe even a 3, but that'd be stretching it. I'm currently at a cross-roads in deciding my goals: do I want to be a nomadic 3, or get a small place to call home and be more of a 5/6 with some hobby equipment (tools/shop/shed/etc.).

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Post by CelticTiger » Tue Dec 17, 2013 5:36 pm

I'd be 7-8. I do think if i packed it all neatly it could fit into the biggest room in my house. I'm in the process of organising my junk. (sort into to boxes with similar stuff and piling around the edges of rooms - e.g. 4th bedroom and garage). I'm going through a box every so often and ebaying/freecycling/donating to charity and that takes time. It fits in my house and some stuff is occasionally useful so getting rid and being a minimalist for the sake of minimalism doesn't suit me.

I guess my main problem is I had a load of junk bough prior to the "lightbulb" moment of FI/ERE. My junk still has some value. My time is valuable so therefore I have to allocate my time effectively to extracting the most value from my junk in cash or social capital. I've gone through some life stages in the past 10 years since being a teenager so as I adapt and add more layers to my metaphysical onion that is me I can free myself of more junk and buy less but higher quality items "buy for life". and eventually "downsize"

I think if I won the lottery tomorrow (it's a rollover in the uk tomorrow) I could easily leave the house at level 1 but for two reasons that wouldn't happen

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Post by pooablo » Tue Dec 17, 2013 7:20 pm

This is a fun survey.

4-5 is my happy spot. :)

5 right now but 4 if need be.

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Post by Jean » Wed Dec 18, 2013 2:06 am

I always moved with 3 and a bed on the car roof.
But for some reason, I seem to attract furnitures, and I'll need a truck to bring them all to salvation army.
My goal is to live from a carry-on backpack, because it can be worn on a bike, and even if you have to carry your bike for any reason, it's not to heavy.

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Post by Thegoblinchief » Wed Dec 18, 2013 9:43 am

Too many books! If we *had to* we could certainly live out of our minivan. In fact, we're hoping to get some camping experience this summer with the kids. Neither my wife or I grew up camping, so that will get interesting!

My ideal situation would be a house similar to our current one (700 sqft, or 140 per person) but with actual land on it to farm/garden. Plus a workshop big enough for some large tools (welder, table saw, miter saw, etc).

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Post by riparian » Wed Dec 18, 2013 2:32 pm

Well I've been living out of the back of my truck for a few months and regularly do.

At my home I have a lot of things that are mostly associated with my home, like a generator, saws, boat, etc.

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Post by Pedal2Petal » Wed Dec 18, 2013 4:19 pm

We moved recently and fit everything BARELY into the bed and cab of 1 pickup truck. We did not have room for a single 5 gallon bucket left over. Furniture (like bed and desk) was sold and rebought at our destination.

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Post by Ozymandias » Thu Dec 19, 2013 10:17 pm

I'm between 3 and 4. Everything fit into my sedan during my last move :)

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Post by leeholsen » Fri Dec 20, 2013 4:24 pm

2 suitcase for a one day buyout. Since I've started the ere thinking I have found I can really go with the same stuff and clothes regularly

7 for a real move of everything. I lightened up a lot on closests and cabinets of stuff I used once but I still have rooms of furniture that was bought before ere and nearly 3 bookcases of books. I know Jacob advocates selling them but I like being able to fill up a shelf every year and seeding a tangible accomplishment

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Post by Ego » Fri Dec 20, 2013 5:58 pm

We're a 4.

We've noticed our tendency to become like a hermit crab and grow to the size of our shell. For that reason we like to limit the size of our dwelling so that we cannot accumulate too much.

Yesterday we wandered into this guy's exhibition and it reminded us of the importance of striving for #3.

The exhibition was based on Shelley's ode to minimalism, Ozymandias...

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

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Post by UrbanHermit » Mon Dec 23, 2013 12:40 pm

Currently: 4

But several times in my life I've made a (semi-premanent) move with just a suitcase, and I'm confident that if I needed to move again I would dump my 3 peices of ikea furniture on the curb and do it again.

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Post by cimorene12 » Thu Jan 02, 2014 2:36 am

#4 minivan, since I moved in a day in May using my dad's

If I didn't move my bed, box spring, dresser, table, and barstools, then I'd probably be ok putting everything in my Taurus - if there were no other people.

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Post by Angelpie » Sun Jan 05, 2014 8:03 pm

I moved here in a 16-foot truck and I've gotten rid of some stuff, so I'll have to say still a 5.

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Post by henrik » Mon Jan 06, 2014 3:16 pm

Bringing furniture along needn't be a problem for #3

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Post by Dairy Dog » Mon Jan 06, 2014 3:37 pm

OH YES, 4 for sure. After down sizing from a five bed room house to a 37' motorhome this Spring. And I might add proud of it. I didn't need all that stuff and never will again. Minimalistic is my modo and way-of-life.

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Post by wolf » Fri Dec 21, 2018 4:33 am

7, if I had to move everything within my apartment.

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Post by classical_Liberal » Fri Dec 21, 2018 5:42 am

4, It happens every few months.

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