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So I'm watching this documentary and I just wanted to see if anyone else has seen it and if so what are your thoughts? Or thoughts on minimalism in general.

The lifestyle they're speaking about seems extreme, however, how much more extreme is it than me buying two pairs of space jams for myself a couple weekends ago? Not a humblebrag, but the documentary does have me considering more balance in lifestyle.

It's on Netflix. Anyone seen it? Thoughts?
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What size are your space jams ?
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I wish I can live super frugal. Would be better for me and my family in the long run.
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post #4 of 102

minimalism is cool 

 

when i was younger i was more materialistic buying the gucci/louis etc trying to dress like kanye

 as i grew older i realized half the time i wear the same shoes/jeans/shirt when i go out when i got a closet full of designer and 100s of shoes

slowly started tapering off and getting rid of lot of stuff i dont wear/use  but i still buy stuff which i might not use/wear its like some weird never ending cycle

 

for example back in the day when every rapper had designer belts i copped a bunch of designer belts that i ended up rocking once or twice tbh i dont even wear belts

almost feels like some kind of strange mental illness i look back at it like i coulda spent 300+ on some kind of experience or improving myself instead

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Watched this last week. I've been trying to cut a lot of the extra unnecessary stuff out for the past few years, but the whole sneakers thing is still lingering. Getting better at it, though. Also, it seems like people associate the word "minimalism" with a whole bunch of rules, when I think you can shape your life the way you want it to be. I'd imagine people get bent out of shape about what makes a "real minimalist", which is just dumb to me. It's not for everybody, but I appreciate the philosophy.

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Gave most of my shoes away before graduating.

In the process of donating most of my clothes.

Will be giving my car to my little brother soon.

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post #7 of 102
this looks interesting. i think as you mature you naturally pick up some minimalist concepts... i know i have. there is still work for me to do tho but i also know that i will always like nice things.

20 bucks to watch this tho??.... i found that funny
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Minimalism =/= Frugality, initially...

you need to spend the money upfront on what you deem as essentials so those things will supposedly last...

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Watched this last week. I've been trying to cut a lot of the extra unnecessary stuff out for the past few years, but the whole sneakers thing is still lingering. Getting better at it, though. Also, it seems like people associate the word "minimalism" with a whole bunch of rules, when I think you can shape your life the way you want it to be. I'd imagine people get bent out of shape about what makes a "real minimalist", which is just dumb to me. It's not for everybody, but I appreciate the philosophy.

I agree, like one part dude was saying a true minimalist would be a recluse or monk... but what I'm getting from this is just maintaining balance and not getting consumed in the idea that mass consumption equates to happiness or pressures from society/social media to do so.I agree though I appreciate the philosophy
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this looks interesting. i think as you mature you naturally pick up some minimalist concepts... i know i have. there is still work for me to do tho but i also know that i will always like nice things.

20 bucks to watch this tho??.... i found that funny

that is a bit ironic huh? The entire documentary is centered around their book tour as well. I don't think they hide that though, they seem to be just mission based.
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post #10 of 102
trailer feels like one of those Cialis ads...

as far da actual minimalism? its advocacy for post consumerism...which i gotta hunch its got a seedy underbelly in Anti-capitalism as a political narrative...

However, on paper alot of what its professing has noble intentions, albeit extreme when you go down da Rabbit hole.

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post #11 of 102
"there's only so much that a man needs on life, the rest is for showing off".
One of my favorite lines from my favorite movie, Forrest Gump.

One of the main problems in America is that we've got it so good that we necessities are taken for granted. The fact that you have shoes/clothes/home/transportation isn't good enough... Mass media is going to make what you have seem inadequate because it's not Jordans/Gucci/mansions/Lambo. Basically what you have is generic if it's not the newest luxury item.

Material products and advertising are almost too good/too effective these days. To the point that is exploiting glaring voids in society. People are insecure and hurt so they want expensive items to make them look important.
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post #12 of 102
I just watched this yesterday on Netflix.


I've actually been down-sizing on stuff and some points are very valid.

When I went backpacking Europe for 6 months, I realized I only needed my essential clothes and wear the same stuff.

I now look at my closet, and I have so much clothes that I don't even wear, and I continue to buy for no reason.

One of my goals for 2017, is to continue to downsize and get rid of things I don't need.

I went from having like 100+ kicks, to a rotation of my favorite 10.

My primary goal in life is to travel and see other parts of the world, and so far I think I'm on point.
post #13 of 102
I work in a hospital so I wear the same thing 5x a week, makes it really easy to be minimalistic
post #14 of 102
I been on this. Still got hella shoes in the garage but that's the exception
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I'll watch later..
post #16 of 102
watched it liked the concept and have been slowly doing this, especially with the clothes because I really don't require much for everyday wear.
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post #17 of 102

materialism is an illness 

 

 

 

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post #18 of 102
i wear dress clothes to work everyday and i wouldnt want to wear the same thing all the time... just my preference though
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post #20 of 102
I'm not about that minimalism life, but I do practice financial responsibility.
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Just finished watching after seeing this thread.  It was dope.

 

I try to be as minimalist as I can with clothing, but more for financial responsibility

 

I work hard and I deserve to treat myself like many here do, but lately I've been more interested in traveling and gaining experiences than by purchasing random things.

 

All of the clothing I own can fit into one regular sized luggage bag (shoes not included though :lol)

post #23 of 102
Just watched myself. I also try to be a minimalist but to sn extent.. IDK about having 1 paid of jeans for a 2 week trip, like really? One thing is being a minimalist and another is being a dirty *** person.
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Da **** is the point of minimalism if you're getting it and have your finances and other investments and retirement planning on point.

If you're spending money without a plan in place and those funds can be going elsewhere like your future, then it isn't really minimalism you need to practice, but financial responsibility like AZ said.

Nobody is saying to be excessive either. I'm just trying to enjoy what this world has to offer me b. Natural and man-made.
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Da **** is the point of minimalism if you're getting it and have your finances and other investments and retirement planning on point.

If you're spending money without a plan in place and those funds can be going elsewhere like your future, then it isn't really minimalism you need to practice, but financial responsibility like AZ said.

Nobody is saying to be excessive either. I'm just trying to enjoy what this world has to offer me b. Natural and man-made.

 

In the doc it seems like those guys had A LOT of **** before they did away with it, it was more for personal happiness than it was for financial reasons.

post #26 of 102

Looks interesting. Will watch.

 

I also downsized in the sneaker department a while ago too. Have like 10 pairs total now. Feels good. I rock desert boots like 5x per week.

 

I've never been into upgrading my technology like a lot of people do annually. I still have a Galaxy S4 and Mac Air that I've had for 5+ years and don't plan on upgrading anytime soon. I drive a 2003 Pathfinder with 188K miles. Basically focused on buying some property or a condo in the near future and can't afford to impulsively buy stuff like when I was younger.

 
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Looks interesting. Will watch.

 

I also downsized in the sneaker department a while ago too. Have like 10 pairs total now. Feels good. I rock desert boots like 5x per week.

 

I've never been into upgrading my technology like a lot of people do annually. I still have a Galaxy S4 and Mac Air that I've had for 5+ years and don't plan on upgrading anytime soon. I drive a 2003 Pathfinder with 188K miles. Basically focused on buying some property or a condo in the near future and can't afford to impulsively buy stuff like when I was younger.

 I drive a 04 Camry with 140k on it, no plans on upgrading anytime soon

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post #28 of 102
The documentary was cool, some people definitely took it to the extreme but i get the point for the most part.

I moved to Chicago in April and my good friend's told me to live with them for a year and save up. I have my own bedroom but had to leave the majority of my clothing and sneakers at my parents house since I don't have my own place. It was hard not having my stuff for the first month or so but now I am pretty much used to it and have little desire for a lot of it. I even started giving some some stuff to my cousins.

Minimalism is a lifestyle that I am practicing to some extent, will focus on it more.
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post #29 of 102
I've always lived a pretty minimal life outside of shoes and clothes

but I've scaled back on those too

haven't watched the doc but don't really need to

I know it's just a more severe version of what I'm currently doing
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My dad was a hoarder, so I knew first-hand which direction buying tons of BS could go.

After I sold most of my shoe collection, I started to embrace minimalism. 

 

Now electronics/digital purchases....I'm not as minimalististic about that as physical purchases.

Those purchases are slightly outta sight, outta mind.

 

I'll check out the doc on netflix.

 

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Also of course Fight Club helped as well.


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