Minimalism...a better way of life?

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1 hour ago, SpiderPig said:

But what does "mínimalistic"  actually mean?         1 spoon,? one cup?, one chair ? one pair of shoes ?

 

Basically, yes. But you have to be a millionaire to afford this:

 

He spends a lot of time traveling and living in hotels, so does not need to own a lot of things.

 

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19 minutes ago, Wherearewegoingto said:

Called charoties first and found out that at least here the charities expect you to bring your furniture to them. No picking up.

In that case a house clearance firm. Some of them reduce their fee if you let them take away stuff they can sell on.

It varies so much by who you speak to and where you are really.

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45 minutes ago, lunaCH said:

In that case a house clearance firm. Some of them reduce their fee if you let them take away stuff they can sell on.

It varies so much by who you speak to and where you are really.

 

Erm, I have never heard of that... 

 

Usually the property is put up for tender by the new owner... then they accept the firm they find to be "fair"...

 

The conition is that the house must be "broom clean" when handed back... the Auflösung firm is responsible for all disposal cost...

 

I regularly help one of my friends and not long ago, he found over 10 grand is cash hidden all over the place, it was his to keep...As for any tax implication... I dont know,,,

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1 minute ago, SpiderPig said:

he found over 10 grand is cash hidden all over the place, it was his to keep...As for any tax implication... I dont know,,,

None if it was in cash. ;)

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We have used a house clearing firm when Opa downsized. They won't come for just one settee. They were good, though, and we will used them again if he ever has the decency to go to the other side.

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3 hours ago, SpiderPig said:

Even in the Barn conversion, I am using old materials...   Wooden beams from old demolished barns /houses etc...  Tiles that have sat in someones celler for decades... I even made door frames from reclaimed timber

 

But what does "mínimalistic"  actually mean?         1 spoon,? one cup?, one chair ? one pair of shoes ?


Great to use old building materials...often far better quality than new products and, sustainable. My daughter and her boyfriend are studying environmental engineering. They are looking forward to building projects using reclaimed materials.  I loved helping my architect friend in the UK scour architectural antique yards for materials for her conversion projects.  I haven’t seen so many here.
 

I don’t think there’s a real definition of ‘minimalistic’. Different for everyone. To me, it was just undoing the programmed consumerism of the 80’s and 90’s and being happy with ‘enough’ of what matters. We can all buy crap but you can’t buy back time.  One of everything might be enough though maybe, a bit more is practical. Each to their own.  

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4 hours ago, emkay said:


Great to use old building materials...often far better quality than new products and, sustainable. My daughter and her boyfriend are studying environmental engineering. They are looking forward to building projects using reclaimed materials.  I loved helping my architect friend in the UK scour architectural antique yards for materials for her conversion projects.  I haven’t seen so many here.
 

 

Thats because the Germans dont like Re-use  things.. Re-cyle yes... Free-cycle, not so much... 

 

My neighbour is a scrap handle and has a re-cycling depot too...  https://aer-gmbh.de/entsorgung/   but I am the only one that he allows to rummage in the containers for stuff thats re-useable ... He knows that it will be used for my own gain and not for re-sell ( expept for stuff that is taken with the purpose of renavation and re-sale ( he gets 50% of the proffit.)

 

Old wooden beams and joists tend to get sold by the owner privately...   Just check out ebay for example... 

 

one of my buddies who helps in the barn occasionally always used to ask when I was going to baumarkt to get more wood as he needs xyz for abc...    He now knows not to ask, but to go and rummage in the other part of the barn and look for a piece of wood we can clean up and re-use...   just like they used to do in the olden days... 

 

If you/ Daughter wish to take a 75 min drive to where I am, there will be tea and biccies awaiting...     It really is a project worth looking at... 

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1 hour ago, SpiderPig said:

Thats because the Germans dont like Re-use  things.. Re-cyle yes... Free-cycle, not so much... 

 

My neighbour is a scrap handle and has a re-cycling depot too...  https://aer-gmbh.de/entsorgung/   but I am the only one that he allows to rummage in the containers for stuff thats re-useable ... He knows that it will be used for my own gain and not for re-sell ( expept for stuff that is taken with the purpose of renavation and re-sale ( he gets 50% of the proffit.)

 

Old wooden beams and joists tend to get sold by the owner privately...   Just check out ebay for example... 

 

one of my buddies who helps in the barn occasionally always used to ask when I was going to baumarkt to get more wood as he needs xyz for abc...    He now knows not to ask, but to go and rummage in the other part of the barn and look for a piece of wood we can clean up and re-use...   just like they used to do in the olden days... 

 

If you/ Daughter wish to take a 75 min drive to where I am, there will be tea and biccies awaiting...     It really is a project worth looking at... 

My mum had big problems trying to dispose of lots of 100+ year old timber from her old Werkstatt.  No idea why she let herself be persuaded to trash lovely old wooden doors that could have been renovated with a bit of effort.  
 

Thanks for the tea and biscuit offer...hope it would be builder’s tea!? Kids are in the far flung south of Germany. Uni is all a bit weird this year...they started their course 2 weeks ago though have had to study in their flat most of the time with online lectures. I feel so sorry for students stuck alone in student accommodation.  Hope they will really be able to do all the practical projects that are on the curriculum.  Strange times ahead...

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There are few things I cling on to.  My father's watch.  My mother's inspirational note from my grade school days, My departed brother's oak book-ends he hand-made when he was in middle school. A few photos and art pieces that summon powerful memories at a glance.  Everything else I own is practical and has a purpose or function.  If I were to move, I could sell or donate everything in my house, except for my clingy things, which would fit in a large box.

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Lovely post, Techsmex!

When I left Hamburg some moons ago, I had an orange sofa which I loved but what the hell to do with it? I found a neighbour on the same floor whom I I had never met- I rang their bell. Turned out he and his wife were Indian with a small child.

I offered the sofa and he and his wife were happy. But the guy had to help me carry the bloody thing!

And to the little boy.. “ I have a wooden oar from the Amazon. Do you know where the Amazon is? It is a river a long way from your flat. Would you like it?”

” Ja.”

So he got it. Maybe one day he will google the Amazon and stuff and ab dafuer.

You can’t take everything with you - whether dying or moving.

No Ebay stuff in my mind. Would someone be happy?

Besser so.

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On 10/17/2020, 10:37:24, yourkeau said:

 

Basically, yes. But you have to be a millionaire to afford this:

 

He spends a lot of time traveling and living in hotels, so does not need to own a lot of things.

 

I am very curious about their experience with 7 onesies only for a baby to be washed only once weekly once the baby is born... (from 5.47 on). 

 

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@emkay

the video is twice as long as it should be.  if nothing else, the characters are not minimal when it comes to sanctimony and self-righteousness.

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On 10/17/2020, 10:20:37, Wherearewegoingto said:

Just recently I helped an elderly couple to get rid of settee because it was making their manoevering with walking frame tricky since placed quite in the middle of the room. Had been expensive. Full leather, including back.. Spotless kept. Not too old. Called charities first and found out that at least here the charities expect you to bring your furniture. No picking up.

We brought a new couch a couple of years ago and the old one was only 18 months old and in really good condition.We decided to donate it to Also who sent a bloke round to look at it and said they weren`t interested because they`d have to get someone to pick it up.Wife put it on Facebook as a giveaway and about 2 hours later some young couple came and picked it up and were as happy as pigs in shit.

It seems to be that with charities or doing someone a favour you have to do it 100% and go above and beyond.

We used to put our old paper out for the local verein pick up rather than use the blue bins until the verein asked us to take out the staples from the magazines etc.

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I only have a 2-room apartment, so I can't keep much stuff anyway, but if I buy e.g. new clothes, then old clothes have to go. KISS-principle (keep it simple and stupid).

 

Last year, I dissolved my parental home completely. Only 3-4 boxes remained. My parents lived there for almost 50 years, so there was lots of stuff to sell/give away/get rid off (4 bedrooms, big attic, shed, basement). I lived there temporarily for some months, so I took my time to do this once in a lifetime task. I went through all the items. We took some 40 boxes to a recycling shop. 10 boxes of X-Mas stuff was sold. Clothes and toys were donated. Family and friends took furniture. We completely furnished my nephew's new room since he started to study. Neighbours took stuff as well: saves transport. An old lady was very happy with an old sewing machine. Old records were sold. WWII ammunition box was sold. The list goes on. I found my old teddy bear which I keep, of course. Glad it's over. 

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According to a (rich) Portuguese friend of mine, there are 4 levels of rich people, and you can observe that during traveling.

1- The not so rich. Brings lots of Louis Vuitton suitcases. Has to carry them at the airport up to the hotel.

2- The typical rich. Brings lots of Louis Vuitton suitcases and an escort to carry them

3- The very rich. Brings nothing but the wallet (minimalistic). Buys cloths when arrives at site. Leaves them at the hotel when returning home

4- The richest. Brings nothing except his cloths. No money! He enters the hotel, the manager recognizes him from magazines and offers him the stay. He goes into a shop, the owner offers the cloths in exchange of a photo with him. And that, ladies and gentleman, is the ultimate minimalist! 

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7 minutes ago, MikeMelga said:

According to a (rich) Portuguese friend of mine, there are 4 levels of rich people, and you can observe that during traveling.

1- The not so rich. Brings lots of Louis Vuitton suitcases. Has to carry them at the airport up to the hotel.

2- The typical rich. Brings lots of Louis Vuitton suitcases and an escort to carry them

3- The very rich. Brings nothing but the wallet (minimalistic). Buys cloths when arrives at site. Leaves them at the hotel when returning home

4- The richest. Brings nothing except his cloths. No money! He enters the hotel, the manager recognizes him from magazines and offers him the stay. He goes into a shop, the owner offers the cloths in exchange of a photo with him. And that, ladies and gentleman, is the ultimate minimalist! 

But I love "pot noodle"...   I dont have an "E" car...   How do I fit in your world?

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Just now, SpiderPig said:

But I love "pot noodle"...   I dont have an "E" car...   How do I fit in your world?

Hey, we are in the same world! I'm the idiot waiting for self driving, a problem rich people solved in the 19th century with chauffeurs!

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