Has anyone heard of these guys?  Has anyone watched the documentary about them on Netflix? What do you think of their idea that less makes us more happy?  And has anyone heard of or tried Project 333?  Let me know how minimizing has helped you.

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They're great! I actually have been minimalizing my bedroom and it's amazing how having a clear living space actually has helped clear my mind in a lot of ways. I realized I didn't necessarily need all of the things that I had. Next, I'm going to attempt to tackle my closet haha. 

I haven't seen this documentary nor heard of Project 333 but you have me interested in checking it out.

At heart, I like to think I am a "minimalist" though you wouldn't think that if you saw my living room at the moment. But my relationship with stuff/things is a little different than most.

As a re-seller, I look at things based on what their value is to someone else and how much less than that I can pay for it, thus generating a profit. That being said, I do tend to "over-buy" in hopes of re-selling and that is how I ended up with my living room looking the way it does.

My wife and I are preparing for a trip around the 50 States, and will be living out of our car for at least 4 months starting in September. Because of this, we are downsizing and getting rid of nearly everything.

I have had people coming to my apartment and purchasing things from my living room that I had "over-bought" in the past.

For me, it makes me happier when someone takes even one item, not so much because I am making money (most of it I am losing money on) but because that is one less item to clutter up my life.

My personal goal is to end up with the basic life essentials and maybe have one or two boxes of "non-essential" items.

But I have learned my lesson and in the future I will be keeping all my resale stuff separate from my home and personal stuff.

I love stuff, just not owning it... rather I love reselling stuff!

Briana posted:

They're great! I actually have been minimalizing my bedroom and it's amazing how having a clear living space actually has helped clear my mind in a lot of ways. I realized I didn't necessarily need all of the things that I had. Next, I'm going to attempt to tackle my closet haha. 

How has that been helping you money wise? Are you noticing less spending on unnecessary things once you’re purged your space?

Moore Income posted:

I haven't seen this documentary nor heard of Project 333 but you have me interested in checking it out.

At heart, I like to think I am a "minimalist" though you wouldn't think that if you saw my living room at the moment. But my relationship with stuff/things is a little different than most.

As a re-seller, I look at things based on what their value is to someone else and how much less than that I can pay for it, thus generating a profit. That being said, I do tend to "over-buy" in hopes of re-selling and that is how I ended up with my living room looking the way it does.

My wife and I are preparing for a trip around the 50 States, and will be living out of our car for at least 4 months starting in September. Because of this, we are downsizing and getting rid of nearly everything.

I have had people coming to my apartment and purchasing things from my living room that I had "over-bought" in the past.

For me, it makes me happier when someone takes even one item, not so much because I am making money (most of it I am losing money on) but because that is one less item to clutter up my life.

My personal goal is to end up with the basic life essentials and maybe have one or two boxes of "non-essential" items.

But I have learned my lesson and in the future I will be keeping all my resale stuff separate from my home and personal stuff.

I love stuff, just not owning it... rather I love reselling stuff!

That's amazing that you and your wife are going to tour the 50 states and live out of your car!  That's a huge dream of mine (after retirement) so I'm inspired that you are taking the time to do that now.  I too, am a great fan of my "stuff" I have lots of collections that I hold very dear but tend to take over my home. I'm trying to figure out where people find the ultimate motivation to learn to let go and start living a less cluttered/less unnecessary stuff lifestyle.  Was your motivation having the goal of going on your trip?  What made got you started?

@TheHannaLee Going on this trip has definitely provided some much needed motivation to downsize.

It's crazy how much stuff you can accumulate just living in one place for any period of time.

My parents are missionaries so when I was younger, we were traveling all the time and generally had to travel pretty light and were constantly downsizing. This helped me develop a good mindset about the true value of things.

Besides that, just seeing stuff laying around not being used is sort of a motivator in and of itself.

When I think of all the time, energy and money that people have put into a specific item (invention, manufacturing, selling, shipping, etc) it seems like such a waste of good resources to just accumulate things that will never be put to good use.

Also, a lot of people tend to not really think about how much certain things are really costing them to own.

When you factor in insurance, warranties, cost of repair, storage, and the money tied up in an item that could be put to better use elsewhere... it starts to get really expensive to have a lot of stuff.

For me personally, experiences are much more memorable than stuff. For this reason I would much rather decrease the amount of stuff I have to give myself the freedom to travel and experience the world.

Because of this, on special occasions, my wife and I rarely exchange gifts, instead, we go somewhere and do something memorable together. Even last Christmas, we didn't really exchange much in the way of gifts... but we got to go to Disney World and had a wonderful experience!

When you own less stuff, you pack less stuff when you travel saving you money on extra luggage fees too so its a win win all around.

So far my best achievement with minimalist travel was a 10 day trip to Bulgaria with only an average size backpack!

I read their book years ago and met them in person on a book tour in Baltimore! They were very inspiring and their story and message resonated with me. Helped me to pare down many of my belongings and I’ve been much more conscious of mindless shopping and what I bring into my life since then! Def recommend the book. Easy reading. 

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