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English: About the amount of things and communism

I returned this week to my parents home. Since 12 years now I am spending most of my time in Munich. But I return often to east Germany. After these 12 years, the houses furniture are still almost unchanged. Many furniture are actually no longer needed. Because of this, I started the process of requesting the local community to fetch furniture 3 months ago. A postcard listed the pieces I plan to dispose. Furniture disposal is part of the normal trash collection fee, but the company decides about the day the pieces are fetched.

So for this, I travelled 5 hours via train from Munich. Father came around, together we lined up the furniture in front of the house. Now the pieces are gone, I feel relieved. Of course, throwing away pieces which were in use so many years is not easy. Grandma asked “These are actually still quite good! Do you really want to throw them away?”. But at the same time she was not interested in taking the furniture.

Isn't it interesting? Many people are happy when they own many things. Also grandma, having lived in the WWII time, has a habit of collecting. Maybe a tendency of humans in general, who knows.

When I moved to Munich, I thought about furniture for quite some time. One time I would move out, then things would be in the way for sure. Also now, when buying things, I already think about options of throwing them away later. I have no car, so this is an important question.

When I was a child, I heard for the first time about communism. I still remember as if it was yesterday. “When a TV does not cost money, everybody would get 10 of them, of course?” - so I thought. But actually, you just need one.

Addition from 10/17/2016: Good that I did throw away, three months later when I moved out in Munich I used the freed up room for the furniture from Munich.

  • Jan 14th, 2016
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