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11. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1384 posts) 7y

I moved three months ago from my appartment in the Netherlands to a shared appartment in Madrid. I did get rid of a lot. Here we have a TV, which is used maybe for 20 minutes a day to watch the news, or one every week to watch a movie. The one thing that struck me was, that I had managed to pile up all that stuff that you never use. Here everything is small, and nice, and I have a great overview of all my stuff.

All the things that have to do with music, I still have, and I am using them. My bassguitar is now in Madrid, and I am rehearsing with a band for the first time in a long while. A small portion of my CD's are here, and I tried to get the most that I thought I would miss, to my harddrive. I need music, and that's the one thing I can't miss. (including the ipod) I do regret that I still have hundreds of CD's at my parents attic. But the rest of the stuff that is there, I hardly miss at all, and I am planning to sell it at a carbootsale when i go back for a few days in summer.

I have learned that when you buy stuff, there comes a day that you have to move it again. So whenever I think: "Hey, that's cute, I want to have it", I am thinking along the lines, of do it really need it? and most of the times the answer is no.

12. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 7y

Quoting Sander

(formerly Jane Siberry) might resonate with you. Back in 2006, she sold her house, her clothes, everything that didn't fit into a knapsack, and has been making her way around the world ever since. Of course, it helps that she's a moderately successful artist (one of the most original ones out there, constantly reinventing herself, with a small but devoted fanbase), but she's the genuine article all the same.

I know her music. Huh...that's what happened to her. Good for her !

My best buddy used to go through periods when he'd sell everything and change. Somehow, I always felt he was never content. Not that there's anything wrong with that. What struck me was that he always kept some of his past. It's a form of personal refinement I think.

We've got kitchen stuff that needs to go at the moment. I see it like that. The old cheap pots are being replaced by nice cast iron ones that we've been searching out and buy on sale. It's just simply better stuff. I don't think we'll be giving them up for quite a while if ever. As we learn more about food and cooking, we've refined our needs.

I don't think we'll ever give up "everything" and start again. We have too many ties to the things we own, and like Sander we find comfort in some of the things we own. But I can understand the desire to get rid of "junk".

13. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 7y

yeah it's definitely the "junk," I would consider pots and pans an absolute necessity.

my new thing I kind of want to get rid of is the internet but I kind of have to keep that around until I get settled with a steady job. It's another distraction holding me back. right now I could be getting more enjoyment out of drawing or messing around in photoshop but I'm on here because it's easier. But before I had the internet I didn't know any better so I would just draw or create something that would give me enjoyment. Sure if I had a more will power I wouldn't let these things distract me but I don't so... :p

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