Mittwoch, 30. Juli 2014

#Minsgame day 27 to 30... CDs... my limit as minimalist and values

Okay - there they go. I've never been a collector of music or something like that, but I'm really into music and when I'm at home usually some music is filling my house. CDs or songs and memories are deeply connected ... but only when you listen to that songs. Therefore I don't need them physically as cd as I've got them as mp3 and as I'm using streaming services.
My need is to listen to music - to satisfy this, I need some kind of device and a source of music. If I would be a real Minimalist, my cellphone would be enough to do so. But I'm not: I've got speakers in every room and I would never ever throw them out of here! There's a limit for me being a Minimalist.

What I've to think about is the value of these cds: my personal value, the value a second hand cd has for it's new user, the value that is lost for the band as no new cd is sold, the value that is earned for the band as I pay for streaming every song, the value of the recylable plastic as a resource, the value of resources that are free for other stuff as no new cd has to be produced.... wages in production...

They: "Hi Jan"... me: "Hi vegetables" ....

Luckily only one beer left, when I realized that my vegetables started speaking to me.

Sonntag, 27. Juli 2014

Paparazzi @ Schirn

Had a look at some Paparazzi pictures at the Schirn art gallery today and can recommend it if you're interested in Brigitte Bardot, spy cameras and the garbage of celebrities ;-)
For more information on that one follow the link:

Samstag, 26. Juli 2014

Total amount of things until today 351 ... 145 to go

I've three hundred and fifty one things less than at the beginning of July and I would say that nobody but me would realize it. I thought it would be easier from day to day to find stuff to throw out, but it is not. The lampshades for instance: I've them here since 2007 and always thought about building a lamp out of them or use them as spare parts. But I didn't and even then I had to think about throwing them out three or four times today.

Donnerstag, 24. Juli 2014

Day 24: workshop parts

As I was much too long at the office again I had to make a quick sorting of my stuff and came out with these: actually more than 24 parts, but mostly very small ones, so that I think this day counts in 

Mittwoch, 23. Juli 2014

MinsGame again

So as I didn't have that much time to think, I found some small things to give.
But what about those things. They rested here in my place as resouces that were useless for me, but might not be for others. So if someone would like to buy one of those, my unused stuff is something like a dead resource. That's a gigantic wasting of resources if you imagine the stuff that's unused in every household. 

Montag, 21. Juli 2014

MinsGame Day 21

Books and caps and stuff... Most of it is easy to throw out of my life but again: I've a bad conscience because I think there might be someone to find those things useful: but how to find those

Sonntag, 20. Juli 2014

Concert: Turbostaat

Turbostaat at Schlachthof!!! Best German band ever! ;-)
I really liked the Räucherkammer here in Wiesbaden. Haven't been there before, but unfortunately it'll be closed soon.

Day 20 ... Small things

Found a bunch of small things that I don't need anymore. Some thrown away and some to give away. If I had a garage I could make a garage sale...

Samstag, 19. Juli 2014

Day 19 of the MinsGame

Now I'm going to rethink my collection of treasures: stuff I could not throw out yet because I thought I would build something new out of it. That won't be easy 'cause there's often the possibility to make something ...

Freitag, 18. Juli 2014

Concert: Love A at Elfer

Was a good start into my Punk weekend: Love A

Day 18... Stuff...

Things that were here to remember... Not necessary as you don't see them when they are there everyday.
But there is mostly... junk... On day 18
An unused bag that I've won years ago. And an old watch ... One Pilsener Beer  - over for four years and Lemon Soda which I'm usually importing from Italy - I opened it and it was nearly orange (two years over)

Donnerstag, 17. Juli 2014

Day 17 of #MinsGame... Easy!... but...

Lightbulbs: easy to throw them out as there are LED's nowadays
These are stuff of another category: things you really don't need anymore and you can't imagine any reason why you might want to use them in the future. As any energy saving bulb would be replaced by a led, it's easy to get rid of them.
... thought about keeping one classic bulb to make thomething new out of it ... but... they come as a set of 17 so they had to go all...

Mittwoch, 16. Juli 2014

16 things out of my kitchen

It's still my kitchen, but a bit different.
It looks different because of some missing decorations. I think this is one category of things that I have: stuff that is in my home and makes my home look like mine.
So there seems to be stuff laying and standing around that's got a function in just being there and helping to define a home as ones home. Making it cozy. Throwing too many of those things out might be minimizing but that would not be helpful at all.
... If I'm not defined through the stuff I've got, at least my home is somehow marked as mine with my things in it when I come home.  

Dienstag, 15. Juli 2014

Day 15... Glasses again

Me: 'What if you are going to give a party?'
Myself: 'No problem at all. We could take platic stuff. And the last party here was new years eve.'
And I: 'But plastic is bad and ...  and I'd like to...'

14 things on day 14... sums up to 105 things

Today was not that easy: out of my life are now one pair of pants, two hoodies, two cd racks, these white two table cloth things, a frother, a rubber cockroach, a lighter, a not very decorative tin, a rubber band, an inflatable island and a set of cappuccino templates for decorating your cup of coffee.

Sonntag, 13. Juli 2014

MinsGame Day 13: more clothes

 Old jogging pants, t-shirts, a jeans (which might burst next time I would wear it).

These are ties (ashamed that I've worn them) and cord trousers:

Concert: Phonopop 2014

I really liked the PhonoPop Festival: good music, nice people everywhere and even delicious food.
I think this is my ranking for the bands I've seen there:


The Afghan Whigs

The Notwist


Ry X

The Robocop Kraus

Mozes And The Firstborn

Parquet Courts



I didn't make it to:

Here's what I found on Spotify

Samstag, 12. Juli 2014

Day 12: decorative bottles and vases

Some were souvenirs others were presents some once had flowers in them and others were just there. Now they aren't anymore... I've read somewhere that our memories are not in those things, but in our minds.

Freitag, 11. Juli 2014

MinsGame: 11 beer cans

I've collected them on holidays and put them onto the kitchen cabinet. Now they are gone

Bikeride Hohe Straße

Went on a little bikeride before taking up work on a friday (I know this is kind of silly):
63 km of kind and friendly summer landscape

Donnerstag, 10. Juli 2014

Day 10: clothes...

Bad picture of some clothes I put into the collection box for clothes (you know what I'm talking about). Had these in my closet for years without wearing them, some are like new and I hope they'll be worn again.

Mittwoch, 9. Juli 2014

Day nine: more books

This time the books went into the give box for books - I haven't read one of those I think - no not true I did read The Client and I started to read Focaults Pendulum

Dienstag, 8. Juli 2014

Day 8 books out

Gave one book to a couchsurfer who stayed at my house tonight and threw 7 others away... Because I think nobody would need 10 year old lawbooks.

Montag, 7. Juli 2014

7 Things on day 7... is this why minimizing makes you happy

Today was easy: gave away one vacuum cleaner and 4 paper trays and the two folders went into the dustbin:

Is this why minimizing makes you happy:
I got some Toblerone in change for the trays:

"What's the point?"

He's got it I think

Sonntag, 6. Juli 2014

Day 6: shredded notes

On day 6 of the MinsGame I shredded three old notebooks. I've taken notes on jobs, stuff I've read, things I've done - these were no diaries, but somehow shredding them was strange.
Also I gave a chocolate machine to a girl who came to get her some plush sheep that I found in a box. The sixth thing was a clipboard that could be thrown away.

The problem of the #MinsGame is that there are lot's of things in my house that I myself didn't use for a long time. So they are useless resources that could be useful for others, but how to find these new users? So we decided that it's okay to put some stuff into the cellar until a new user could be found within this month.

Yesterday I made my own givebox and put the glasses in them on the street in front of my house at 11pm: they were gone (including the box) early this morning.

Milestone finished: Tinkershelf

I consider this project as nearly finished now. In fact it's a series of projects which began with the painting of the TinkerTable which led to a renovation of the whole room including painting the bed and closet in grey as you might have read. Back to the shelf: what's missing is some kind of lighting above the working surface to replace the desk lamp. But there is still some work to be done on the table itself.

Samstag, 5. Juli 2014

Freitag, 4. Juli 2014

#MinsGame Day 4

Three tubes that had or have herbs in them and a little sheep money bank are gone. No worries about whether someone might have to find one of those useful.

Donnerstag, 3. Juli 2014

Third day of throwing things out of my life

On the third day of the #MinsGame I'm throwing away these three tins hoping they will be recycled. 
I thought, I didn't have tea in them for the last year or even longer but on the other hand I could use them to put screws in or stuff like that. At least someone, somewhere on the planet could do so. Will they really have a new life as soda cans or cheap jewelery produced by small hands on the other side of this planet...

Mittwoch, 2. Juli 2014

Second Day of #MinsGame

So it's July the second and two things I don't need anymore have to go. How many things do I have that I really don't need now and in the future. I just thought about building something like a clock out of the metal plate... But now it's going to be recycled into a new life as soda can ... 

Dienstag, 1. Juli 2014

#MinsGame is the name of the fight

A friend told me of this morning and now we've something like a challenge.
This month we'll get rid of things: first day one thing, on the second two, on the third day three ...

Here's day one: a candle