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Smallest space my belongings could fit (unbroken):

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Less than 1 cubic meter
  521 votes / 2%
Less than 5 cubic meters
  3982 votes / 21%
Less than 50 cubic meters
  7033 votes / 37%
Less than 500 cubic meters
  2573 votes / 13%
Less than 5000 cubic meters
  778 votes / 4%
My empire cannot be bound by such restrictions.
  4031 votes / 21%
18918 total votes.
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Smallest space my belongings could fit (unbroken):

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  • by fph il quozientatore (971015) on Sunday December 18, 2011 @09:17AM (#38415678) Homepage
    see title...
  • a lot of dirt! (Score:4, Interesting)

    by MikeyO (99577) on Sunday December 18, 2011 @09:44AM (#38415814) Homepage

    So if I own the land my house sits on, how much dirt and rock should I figure if the surface area is 1000 square meters? :P

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 18, 2011 @09:56AM (#38415890)
    As you say, 50m^3 is 3.6 m on a side. In English units, a room 13' on each side, stacked to its 12' ceiling with stuff. Considering that most furniture is less than 1m high, that's 4 rooms packed so full of furniture you can't walk. I'd expect the contents of an average 3 BR house to pack pretty well into 50 m^3. And boot/trunk space is completely irrelevant at that scale.
  • by cbhacking (979169) <been_out_cruisin ...> on Sunday December 18, 2011 @10:43AM (#38416160) Homepage Journal

    My car is around 20 cubic meters, and that's if I leave it empty for some reason. If I can use the internal space and strap stuff to the hood, it's probably about 12 for itself. It's by far my biggest posession. My mattress plus frame is less than 2/3 of a cubic meter. My beanbag chair is about 1.5. My desk is probably also 1.5, and that's again assuming I'm not using its internal space. My various computers (laptops and a gaming console) probably fit into one cubic meter. My books fit into about the same space, maybe a bit more. My clothes take up perhaps as much as two, when you factor in things like ski boots (a full laundry hamper is about 1/4 of a cubic meter). Other outdoor gear (camping/skiing/diving) is probably another cubic meter. Random boxes of "stuff" (kitchen things, games, toiletries, non-computer electronics, physical documents, and so forth) add up to possibly 5 m3, and that's being generous.

    All together, I might hit 30 m3. Moving took three car-loads, and I've acquired a little bit of stuff since then, but not terribly much. I live in an apartment, and have relatively little furniture. I'm not a university student anymore (and could probably afford to live a lot better than I do) but this is comfortable and I don't really need more. I suspect there's quite a few people who live similarly here, although until the options were laid out in front of me I couldn't have given you a number of fthe top of my head.

  • Re:Furniture (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Psychofreak (17440) on Sunday December 18, 2011 @01:55PM (#38417640) Journal

    If you own land, even a little, you have over 5000 cubic meters, unless your deed specifically denies mineral rights, then you need about 1/4 acre to have your "empire" not fit in 5000 cubic meters.


  • Re:some perspective (Score:4, Interesting)

    by dargaud (518470) <slashdot2 AT gdargaud DOT net> on Sunday December 18, 2011 @02:03PM (#38417718) Homepage
    I moved 19 times in the last 20 years. For over a decade everything I owned could fit into my (small) car. Then I got a wife and a more stable job and at the last move the 16 cubic meter rental truck didn't quite fit. That was a big jump.
  • Re:a lot of dirt! (Score:5, Interesting)

    by evanbd (210358) on Sunday December 18, 2011 @02:50PM (#38418014)
    I suggest you start digging, and see how deep you get before the authorities complain. That should provide an approximate answer.
  • Re:bah (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Zadaz (950521) on Monday December 19, 2011 @02:15AM (#38421794)

    Or one could say that living in such climates where one has to amass these extra belongings is irresponsible. You have to consume (in the environmental sense) much more simply to stay alive than someone who lives in a more mild climate.

    The same is true for rural living vs city living. I have an apartment in San Francisco and a farm in Iowa. My SF belongings are probably 1/10th my IA belongings (land aside) yet I live much better in SF than IA. I have one set of clothes in SF where I have three in IA (Winter, summer, and other). I don't own a car in SF because I can take transit or ZipCar. In IA I have a car. And a snow blower. And an off-road vehicle. In IA I also have air conditioning and a huge furnace. In SF I don't have or need AC and I haven't run the tiny heater in 2 years. In IA I have a generator because power can (and does) go out for days when weather gets bad. In SF they make it a priority to keep power to hundreds of thousands of people so the power rarely goes out and is repaired quickly. In IA I own a well for water. Two, actually. And a septic tank and a leach field. In SF I'm happy to outsource that to the city for a few dollars a month. In IA have a big freezer because we're miles from the grocery store and in the winter it can take a few days for the roads to be drivable after a storm, so we fill it with food. In SF there are a dozen places to buy fresh food within a 5 minute walk of my place, so I don't need the freezer. (Or to burn the gas to buy food.)

    So, yes, you're right, you do have to have those things if you live there. The question is: Why live there?

An egghead is one who stands firmly on both feet, in mid-air, on both sides of an issue. -- Homer Ferguson


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