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Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus write about living a meaningful life with less stuff for 4 million readers. As featured on: ABC, CBS, NBC, BBC, TODAY, NPR, TIME, Forbes, The Atlantic, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and National Post. They live in Missoula, Montana.

Day 17: Minimalist Car

Car Interior

Minimalist Car

Today is another day where you have a couple of options:

1. Get Rid of Your Car. That’s the more radical option, but it’s very, very doable if you live in a city in which you don’t need a car (e.g., New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Portland ,etc.). Tammy Strobel did this, she even wrote a book about living car-free.

2. Minimize Your Car(s). If you must have a car, then today is about doing two things: a) get rid of any extra cars (i.e., if you can get by with one or two cars, then your family doesn’t need two or three, respectively), and b) make your car a minimalist car.

Making your car a minimalist car is easy. In fact it’s very much like your packing party, except here you are going to do it all in one day.

Grab some empty boxes, and then take everything out of your car. We literally mean everything. Take out all that spare change and the owner’s manual and those extra napkins and junk you keep in the glove compartment and that stuff that’s been in your trunk for months. Everything.

Then, once everything is out of your car (and your trunk), hold each item in your hand and ask yourself some questions:

  1. Why was this in my car?
  2. When did I use this last?
  3. Does this need to go back into my car?
  4. If so, why?
  5. If I didn’t put this back into my car, what might be the consequence?

These five questions should allow you to reduce about 90% of the things that were in your car. It’s a painful exercise to go through, but it’s worth it.

When all is said and done you will have a much cleaner, less cluttered car. It feels good.

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