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It looks like a fabric store..
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There are e-books, ya know..

But I also prefer real paper books. I am not too attached to them, though, once I finish with them. Nor photos, memorabilia, knick-knakcs.. Yarn, on the other hand.. Cookbooks. Blue dishes. Board games.

There is a wonderful movement, though, a philosophical trend, of my dear friends from the 1st world, to minimize your property to 1000 most necessary items. Then 500. Then, finally, to 100. I am very fond of it and have started to de-clutter. I don't like to attach myself to material stuff, I prefer thoughts, tunes and words. I can't remember who started this movement, will look for it when I get a min.
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There are e-books, ya know..

But I also prefer real paper books. I am not too attached to them, though, once I finish with them. Nor photos, memorabilia, knick-knakcs.. Yarn, on the other hand..
e-books are for chuckaways, paper books for keeps. If I like an e-book enough, I'll order the paper version for the collection.

... and don't mention yarn! Did I mention the other reason we don't have enough room for books?
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How on earth can you find anything?
Make a list

Barbie on ice: first shelf, second row
Life is a rainbow: third shelf, fourth row
The first World Problem resolution: last shelf, bottom row

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... and don't mention yarn! Did I mention the other reason we don't have enough room for books?
It's simples. She just needs more time to knit. Are the dishes done?

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How on earth can you find anything?
I have more than 500 books, all arranged totally haphazardly. But somehow I have a mental picture of where each of them are, and I can find any title in a few seconds!
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Oh I do dislike e-books.
Books aren't supposed to be in alphabetical order..
This is far better


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Hmm... Books aside -

I think the biggest 1st world problem is the fact people tend to be owned by their possessions when they get older.

And tend to want to possess other human beings. An uncanny paradox.

If one minimimizes one's stuff, one has more control over oneself, and wants less control over others.
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I have more than 500 books, all arranged totally haphazardly. But somehow I have a mental picture of where each of them are, and I can find any title in a few seconds!
It really depends on the number of books you have.

When we moved, we had more than 100... boxes. There is no way I could find anything if they are not in alphabetical order

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its pretty but i'd be afraid of people judging me..
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Hmm... Books aside -

I think the biggest 1st world problem is the fact people tend to be owned by their possessions when they get older.

And tend to want to possess other human beings. An uncanny paradox.

If one minimimizes one's stuff, one has more control over oneself, and wants less control over others.
its strangely liberating having nothing, i found it surprisingly hard to get there, i sold the contents of a 4 bedroom house and i had to drink my way through it. thanks amareto

i don't think controlling people change whatever their circumstances, if only having nothing were the cure!
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its pretty but i'd be afraid of people judging me..
For what? The colors?
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It is not strange, it is liberating. I think possessing objects, collecting them and focusing on them, takes mind of thoughts people don't want to process. That's how people get owned by things..Needing stuff is pointless. Even perishables. I don't like craving something, either, although yesterday I cave in to a half kilo of fab tomatoes. How very 1st world of me.

I actually really like dropping by my sweet neighbors who are Asian and own almost zero furniture. Not sure if it has anything to do with culture, but the space, the light everywhere makes me want to chuck whatever I have. They are not attached to clothes, image, either. For having little kids and pretty charged careers both of them, they own almost nothing, I think it makes their lives easier. Modesty is cool.

I'd do the same as you did, sans the drinking. Amaretto , hahahhah. Apples are cool, too.

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I do think owning nothing and seeing the purpose, is a cure to many things. People get neurotic about what they own, constantly talk about it and compare, desire. It gets really boring. I like keeping old things work, repairing, so I don't have to go look for a replacement. Makes me thing of needlework classes long time ago, the teacher who patiently taught us how to mend.
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The wife is making too much noise while ironing and I'm trying to watch the Voice!
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For what? The colors?
hehe its like ordering the numbers 1 to 9 according to shape, it not entirely logical
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Re: decluttering.

I spent three years of my life possessing nothing more than the contents of a rucksack.

I never, ever want to return to such a miserable existence.

I'm keeping my coupla thousand books if it's all the same to you hippies...
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I spent three years of my life possessing nothing more than the contents of a rucksack.

I never, ever want to return to such a miserable existence.

I'm keeping my coupla thousand books if it's all the same to you hippies...
Hahahah, me too! Been there. And miss it a little bit, tbh, not being poor, just not having stuff, to organize, dust, clean up, move when moving, having rooms so busy..I think I need to be visually stimulated less at home, so I go through a phases of tossing ton. It's gradual, I like the process. Maybe I just have been having a spring cleaning itch.

It's not hippie thing, it's not pitch your bras ladies and get liberated kind of thing, really. My nothing owning neighbors are actually h/c advanced career people and do so much that owning very little makes their life simple enough in order to focus on kids,activities,work, family life, better. But I know what you mean, most people hog stuff that is dear to them.
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They always are.

Genuinely hard-up people are usually quite fond of their possessions.
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Genuinely hard-up people are usually quite fond of their possessions.
Hmm...I think in their case it's cultural. Modesty. They never buy stuff they absolutely can't live without. They are also so polite and pay attention to every word one says, instead of making comments about what I wear or own, I need to go to Asia to see.

I know what you mean about poor folks not pitching stuff, even if they get well off some tend to hoard..for what if. I never been rich, yet still would like to not let my current situation, nor those from before, to condition me to have stuff cling to me and me to stuff. It's deliberate, makes life easer. Need to work on it more, since children tend to copy their parents and I want my child be not stuff clingy.

We should organize a yarn swap, by the way, I used to do that with stitch bitchers, instead of holding onto left over something that can come handy to somebody else, it's cool to swap or donate. (it could be dangerous for some serious yarn hoarders, though)
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I'm making patchwork quilts for my grand daughters with Liberty lawn dresses I made for their mothers.
My daughters are 50 and 48 and I'm so glad I didn't throw those dresses out, as the little girls seem to love them, and it brings back many happy memories for me too.
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