Meet The Minimalists during the Everything That Remains Tour

The Minimalists

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus write about living a meaningful life with less stuff for 2 million readers. They live in Montana by way of Dayton, Ohio. As featured on: CBS, BBC, NPR, USA Today, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, and Toronto Star.

Getting Rid of Just In Case: 20 Dollars, 20 Minutes

Just In Case Items

Just In Case

People often hold on to things just in case they need them. They don’t let go because they might need something in the future. And they pack too much stuff for trips and vacations just in case they might need it.

But we needn’t hold on to these things just in case. The truth is, we rarely use these just in case items, and thus they sit there, take up space, get in the way, and weigh us down. Most of the time they aren’t items we need at all.

Instead, if we remove the just in case items from our lives, we can get them out of the way, we can free up the space they consume.

Over the last year, the two of us let go of the vast majority of our just in case items. And during our 33 City Meetup Tour, we made sure we didn’t pack any just in case items.

And then we tested our theory…

20/20 Theory

Anything we get rid of that we truly need, we can replace for less than $20, in less than 20 minutes from our current location. Thus far, this theory has held true 100% of the time. Although we’ve rarely had to replace a just in case item (less than five times this year for the two of us combined), we’ve never had to pay more than $20 or go more than 20 minutes out of our way to replace the item. This theory likely works 99% of the time for 99% of all items and 99% of all people. Including you.

More importantly, we haven’t missed the hundreds of just in case items we got rid of, and we didn’t need to replace most of them at all.

Getting rid of these items clears one’s mind, frees up their space, and takes the weight off their shoulders.

What are you holding on to just in case?