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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.

A Month of Minimalism

Throughout October 2015, we shared one practical minimalism tip each day on Instagram. The reaction was overwhelmingly positive: between Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, more than 100,000 people shared, liked, and commented on these photos.

It’s not too late to join the conversation: collected below are all 31 days, including daily photos that give you, the reader, a peek into The Minimalists’ homes and personal lives. We encourage you to share and comment and, most important, apply these tips to your own life this month.


Day 1: If your destination is happiness, consumerism is not a through street.

#MinimalismTips Day 1: If your destination is happiness, consumerism is not a through street. To begin our 31 days of minimalism tips, we must first look inside ourselves before we focus on our material possessions. If you want to understand the purpose of simplifying, you must first start with a question: How might your life be better with less stuff? By asking this question, you can understand the benefits of minimalism before focusing on the decluttering aspects. Understanding the individual benefits is important because the benefits are different for everyone, and they give you the leverage you need to continue your journey beyond the initial burst of excitement. So, how might your life be better with less stuff? What are your benefits? Improved finances? Better health? More time with your family? Higher-quality relationships? An aesthetically pleasing home? Less stress? Pursuing your passion? What else? A photo posted by The Minimalists (@theminimalists) on

Day 2: Every possession should serve a purpose or bring joy to your life.

#MinimalismTips Day 2: Every possession should serve a purpose or bring joy to your life. Whether you’re in the process of letting go or considering bringing new things into your home, one question will help you on your journey: Does this thing add value to my life? If something doesn’t add value, then we must be willing to let go. And just because something added value yesterday, that doesn’t mean it will add value tomorrow. So we must continue to ask this question until it becomes habitual. What are you holding on to that no longer adds value to your life? By letting go, someone else can use the possessions that are merely taking up space in your home, your office, your life. We must let go to move on.

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Day 3: Experience a calmer kitchen by stowing inactive appliances in cabinets and drawers.

Day 4: Start your day with one small victory: make your bed.

Day 5: Establish a simple morning ritual.

Day 6: Enjoy your clothes more by paring down your wardrobe.

#MinimalismTips Day 6: Enjoy your clothes more by paring down your wardrobe. What does a minimalist wear? A minimalist wears his or her favorite clothes every day: teeshirts, jeans, skirts, suits, and anything else they enjoy wearing. Do you want wardrobe you love? Then get rid of the clothes you hate, the clothes that no longer fit, the clothes you no longer wear, leaving only your favorites. How? Try our 90/90 Rule: Have you worn that piece of clothing in the last 90 days? If you haven’t, will you use it in the next 90? If not, then it’s okay to let go. Maybe your rule isn’t 90 days. Maybe it’s 120. Maybe it’s six months. Whatever your rule, be honest with yourself. If your material possessions don’t serve a purpose or bring you joy, then they are likely in the way of a more meaningful life—and a more enjoyable wardrobe. What clothes are you holding on to that you don’t enjoy wearing?

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Day 7: Get that damn TV out of your bedroom!

#MinimalismTips Day 7: Get that damn TV out of your bedroom! As far as we’re concerned, a bed has two purposes, neither of which include watching latenight reruns. Look around: we are in the throes of a torrent of multitasking. Everyone is attempting to “increase productivity” in their business and personal lives with their iPhones and iPads and iMacs and iWhatevers. Multitasking is endemic to our culture. But we must accept that no matter how much we multitask, no matter how many concurrent emails and texts and status updates we respond to, we’ll never get everything done. That’s because there’s an infinite amount of tasks to undertake once you’ve “completed everything.” We are constantly bombarded by contemporaneous inputs, and thus it’s more important than ever to find sanctuary in interstitial zones: waiting rooms, the grocery store, and especially the bedroom. Ergo, take back your bedroom. What if you refused to watch TV or surf the web or text message when in bed. Can’t you do those things elsewhere, another time? Instead, find refuge in knowing that when your head hits the pillow, you’ll either be sleeping or intimate with someone else, but nothing else. There’s comfort in singletasking. Do you have a television in your bedroom? If so, what would your life look like without it?

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Day 8: Make letting go easy for your entire household—place a donation box in a closet or garage.

Day 9: Slow the fuck down.

#MinimalismTips Day 9: Slow the fuck down. Take a look around: everyone is “busy.” We’re doing more than we’ve ever done, attempting to fill every interstitial zone with more work. Every downtown scene is the same: heads tilted downward, faces lost in glowing screens, technology turning people into zombies. We live in a busy world, one in which our value is often measured in productivity, efficiency, work rate, output, yield, GTD, the rat race. We are inundated with meetings and spreadsheets and status updates and rush-hour traffic and tweets and conference calls and travel time and text messages and reports and voicemails and multitasking and all the trappings of a busy life. Go, go, go. Busy, busy, busy. Americans are working more hours than ever, but we are actually earning less. Busy has become the new norm. If you’re not busy, especially in today’s workplace, you’re often thought of as lazy, unproductive, inefficient, a waste of space. For us, however, “busy” is a curse word. Henry David Thoreau once said, “It is not enough to be busy. The question is: what are we busy about?” And if we were to append his quandary, we’d say, “It is not enough to be busy. The question is: what are we focused on?” There is a vast difference between being busy and being focused. The former involves the typical tropes of productivity—anything to keep our hands moving, to keep going, to keep the conveyer belt in motion. It is no coincidence we refer to mundane tasks as “busywork.” Busywork works well for factories, robots, and fascism, but not so great for anyone who’s attempting to do something worthwhile with their waking hours. Being focused, on the other hand, involves attention, awareness, and intentionality. Today is Friday—the weekend is upon us. Can we agree to slow down, at least for a while, and focus on what’s truly important?

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Day 10: Reuse, recycle, relocate: instead of trashing your unused clothes, furniture, and household items, find them a new home—donate your excess stuff!

#MinimalismTips Day 10: Reuse, recycle, relocate: instead of trashing your unused clothes, furniture, and household items, find them a new home—donate your excess stuff! If an item no longer adds value to your life, it can still be useful to someone else. How do you know whether something adds value? Does it serve a purpose or bring you joy? If not, it’s okay to let go. In fact, by letting go, we are able to contribute to other people instead of selfishly clinging to our hoard. The items that used to add value to our lives may not always add value, so it’s important to keep questioning our possessions—and keep letting go accordingly. If you’re looking for a charity to pick up your donations, check out to find one in your area.

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Day 11: Eliminate paper clutter and organize old photos by throwing a Scanning Party.

#MinimalismTips Day 11: Eliminate paper clutter and organize old photos by throwing a Scanning Party. The weekend is a great time to invite a few friends over, order takeout, and sort through years of memories by way of old photographs and papers. If you’re anything like most people, you’ve probably let your overstuffed file cabinets and piles of photo albums go unchecked over the years, and now they’re collecting dust in your basement or closet—just sitting there, unused, waiting for “one day” to come (one day: two of the most dangerous words in the English language). Fear not: we, too, held on to heaps of meaningful photos and paperwork that added absolutely no value to our lives because they were hidden away, and the prospect of dealing with them seemed daunting, overwhelming, not worth the hassle. So we let them sit in the attic, the cupboard, the garage. Then, during a weekend of inspiration, we decided to throw a #ScanningParty (if you put “party” at the end of anything, @RyanNicodemus will show up). First, we found a high-quality scanner we could rapidly feed photos and immediately save to a memory card, which we could then use in a few high-res digital picture frames so we could actually display our important photos. Plus, if anything were to happen to our homes—flood, fire, robbery—all those photos are saved and secured online; thus, we’ll never worry about losing those memories. Of course, the memories aren’t in our material possessions, but we discovered a well-curated photo collection triggers all the wonderful memories of yesteryear—without all the physical baggage. Next, to make the “party” a little more fun—and less lonely—we invited a few friends over, ordered food and drinks, and together we thumbed through the photographs of our childhoods in all its double-chinned grandeur, scanning our favorites to display. (You can find the scanner and digital photo frames we used at How about you—do you have any photos or paperwork that you’d like to get out of the way?

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Day 12: Make decluttering more fun and endurable with an Accountability Partner.

#MinimalismTips Day 12: Make decluttering more fun and endurable with an Accountability Partner. We all know that clearing out our closets, garages, and basements can be daunting—not to mention boring—when done alone; but we’ve found that embracing the simple life is much more exciting and sustainable when you simplify with someone else. Your Accountability Partner needn’t be in your household, either: ask a friend, family member, or a couple coworkers to help you simplify. Then, together, devise a plan to remove the excess from your lives, checking in with each other daily or weekly via phone, email, or in person to report your progress, share your successes and failures, offer advice, and provide support for the journey ahead. If you’re looking for a good place to start, consider playing our 30-Day #MinsGame (; or, if you’d like something more challenging, then throw a #PackingParty for one room or your entire house ( Who is going to help keep you accountable?

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Day 13: The easiest way to organize your stuff is to get rid of most of it.

#MinimalismTips Day 13: The easiest way to organize your stuff is to get rid of most of it. We need to start thinking of “organizing” as a dirty word—a sneaky little profanity that keeps us from simplifying our lives. Ultimately, “organizing” is nothing more than well-planned hoarding. However, when we stop “organizing” our superfluous stuff and simply get rid of the excess, we can focus on life’s more important aspects: we can spend the day focusing on our health, on our relationships, on pursuing our passions—or we can reorganize the basement again. The decision is ours. Once the excess stuff is out of the way, staying organized is much easier. Would organizing your home be easier if you had less stuff to organize?

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Day 14: The price of our material possessions extends well beyond the price tag.

Day 15: Let go of just-in-case items with our 20/20 Rule.

#MinimalismTips Day 15: Let go of just-in-case items with our 20/20 Rule. We often hold on to things just in case we need them. We don’t let go because we might need something in some far-off, nonexistent, hypothetical future. We pack too much stuff in the remotest chance we might need something for trips and vacations. But we needn’t hold on to these things just in case: we rarely use our just-in-case items—they sit there, take up space, get in the way, 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 get them out of the way and free up the space they consume. Over the last few years, the two of us let go of the vast majority of our just-in-case possessions. And during our last book tour, we made sure we didn’t pack anything just in case. Then we tested our hypothesis, which we call the 20/20 Rule: 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 hypothesis has become a theory that has held true 100% of the time. Although we’ve rarely had to replace a just-in-case item (fewer than five times 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 important, we haven’t missed the hundreds of just-in-case items we’ve gotten rid of, and we didn’t need to replace most of them. Getting rid of these items clears our minds, frees up our space, and takes the weight off our shoulders. What are you holding on to just in case?

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Day 16: Let go of sentimental items that no longer bring you joy.

#MinimalismTips Day 16: Let go of sentimental items that no longer bring you joy. Letting go of sentimental possessions is often the most difficult thing to do, so keep in mind these three thoughts when you are getting ready to let go: 1. Our memories are not in our things—our memories are inside us. 2. By letting go of sentimental items that no longer add value to our lives, we are able to contribute to the world around us, giving our unused possessions a new home, and thus a new purpose. 3. By having fewer sentimental items, we are able to enjoy them much more: we get far more value from the few sentimental items we keep than by watering them down with dozens or even hundreds of unloved trinkets. Are you holding onto any sentimental items that no longer serve a purpose or bring you joy? Are they weighing you down? Could someone else benefit if you donated them? Would you benefit if you let go?

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Day 17: A clutterfree vehicle helps us focus on the road ahead.

#MinimalismTips Day 17: A clutterfree vehicle helps us focus on the road ahead. Much like our homes, the clutter in our cars is a physical manifestation of what’s going on inside us: mental clutter, emotional clutter, internal clutter. A car strewn with excess is a reflection of a chaotic life. But, by removing that which is superfluous, and retaining only the essentials (child seats, car registration, etc.), we are able to better enjoy our time on the road instead of worrying about the mess around us. Here’s a tip: remove EVERYTHING from your car this weekend, and then reintroduce only that which serves a purpose over the next week. At the end of the week, you’ll have a decluttered car, and a calmer commute. How would that make you feel?

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Day 18: Let’s use our technology more intentionally—as tools rather than pacifiers.

#MinimalismTips Day 18: Let’s use our technology more intentionally—as tools rather than pacifiers. Our tools are only as good (or bad) as the person using them. A chainsaw can cut down a rotting backyard tree, preventing it from impaling a neighbor’s house. Or, that same chainsaw can be used to hurt our neighbor, to chop him up into tiny pieces. The same goes for technology. We can use Twitter and Pinterest and Google+ to enrich our lives and the lives of others, to communicate and share in ways we’ve never been able to communicate before. Or we can get stuck in social media’s Bermuda Triangle, careening from Facebook to Instagram to YouTube, lost in the meaningless glow of our screens. We can use our smartphones to photograph gorgeous landscapes, message loved ones, or map out directions to a distant national park (or—gasp!—to make phone calls). Or, we can use that same device to Twitch: to incessantly check email, thumb through an endless stream of status updates, post vapid selfies, or partake in any other number of non-value-adding activities, all while ignoring the beautiful world around us. Bottom line: It is up to us to determine how we use our chainsaws—and our technology. Our tools are just tools, and it is our responsibility to ask important questions about how and why we use them. Because to become a Luddite is to avoid an entire world of possibilities, a better world that’s enriched by the tools of technology. If used intentionally, we can change the world with these tools. Or, we can do a lot of harm. It’s an individual choice, the world is at our fingertips, and it’s up to us to act accordingly. How might you improve your relationship with the technological tools at your fingertips?

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Day 19: Digital clutter is different from physical clutter.

#MinimalismTips Day 19: Digital clutter is different from physical clutter. As a follow-up to yesterday’s technology tip, it’s important to remember that digital clutter actually isn’t as troublesome as physical clutter. For example: Have you ever tried to carry a thousand books up a flight of stairs? How about a dozen photo albums? Or maybe a library of DVDs? If you have, then you know it’s much easier to move those possessions when they’re digital: a thousand books fit easily onto an e-reader; photo albums display nicely in digital frames; and nearly every movie ever made streams effortlessly from the cloud. That said, digital clutter can still be problematic. You see, unlike the physical world, you’ll never be able to eliminate digital clutter completely, so it’s best to organize our digital world to make it easier to navigate. Just think of the Internet as an example: the World Wide Web is infinite, and thus impossible to “declutter.” It is, however, organized with precision (URLs, IP addresses, etc.). We can do something similar with our personal computers, smartphones, and other devices. Here’s a tip: once a month, organize the folders on your computer, delete excess photos on your phones, clear unused bookmarks from your web browsers, and archive any files you haven’t accessed in the past 30 days. With a backed-up archive, you’ll have searchable access to all your files should you need them, but they’ll be out of the way until you do. Personally, we save everything to @Dropbox, and then once a month we move unused files and folders into an “Archive” folder. This type of ordinal systems keeps our hard drives, desktops, devices, and browsers clear and easy to access. How might you feel with a cleaner digital world?

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Day 20: We don’t need to own a thing to enjoy it.

#MinimalismTips Day 20: We don’t need to own a thing to enjoy it. Most of us never owned private basketball courts, bowling alleys, or swimming pools as children. And yet we had access to these activities by way of our local communities (YMCA, public schools, parks). And now in today’s culture, access trumps ownership more than ever. With the rapid expansion of our sharing economy (Uber, Airbnb, Freecycle) we’re living in a world that’s completely different from our Industrial Age predecessors’. Today, we needn’t own a single DVD or CD or print book to have access to essentially unlimited options: with the click of a button, we can view any movie ever made, listen to any song ever produced, or read any page that’s ever been printed. And it doesn’t stop at the walls of our digital world, either: your personal art collection is massive (at your nearby museum); your individual book selection is never-ending (at your local library); your evergreen backyard is expansive (at the neighborhood park). That’s not to say that there’s anything inherently wrong with the physical artifacts themselves. It’s just that, like the record albums of yesteryear, we are able to own less in the deliberate pursuit of experiencing more. Much like a hipster’s impressive vinyl collection, a well-curated bookshelf holds significantly more meaning than, say, clinging to a random collection of paperbacks just in case we might read them someday in some nonexistent future. The same can be said for DVDs and CDs … and what’s next? (Let’s not even mention all those forgotten VHS and cassette tapes collecting dust in the basement.) These relics (movies, music, books) are just the beginning. Imagine all the possibilities we will unveil as we shift from a culture of ownership—a culture obsessed with personally owning every object we can get our hands on—to a culture of access, in which every citizen has unlimited access to virtually everything virtually. What do you have access to?

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Day 21: A clean desk is the foundation of a calm workspace.

#MinimalismTips Day 21: A clean desk is the foundation of a calm workspace. We often lie to our selves, pretending we need endless office accoutrements to be “productive.” So we clutter our desks with binders, staplers, Post-it notes, paperclips, thumbtacks, pens, pencils, highlighters, markers, calendars, and dozens of unused office supplies, not to mention the endless stacks of paper we accumulate, all of which leads to a cluttered—and anxiety-producing—workspace. But what if we jettisoned everything unessential? As a experiment, why not give this a shot: get rid of everything today (box it up or simply get it out of the way), and then slowly reintroduce items to your workspace as needed over the next few days. Then get rid of anything you didn’t reintroduce—anything you don’t use this week. It’s like having a miniature #PackingParty for your workspace. With less stuff, it’s so much easier to stay calm, organized, focused. Are you willing to experiment?

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Day 22: Avoid Sale Price (Fool’s Price).

#MinimalismTips Day 22: Avoid Sale Price (Fool’s Price). I had to purchase a new pair of bluejeans recently—and I paid Full Price. My previous pair, tattered after two years of literal wear and tear, were beyond repair. You see, I avoid Sale Price whenever I can, and opt instead to pay Full Price: even though I don’t spend a lot of money overall, I tend to purchase higher quality items—not for their brand names, but because I’m willing to pay more for things that look good, work well, and last long. Because I’m responsible with money, the higher priced, higher quality items actually cost less over time. The reason I avoid Sale Price, though, has less to do with quality or money, and more to do with my impulses. I prefer to pay Full Price because it forces me to question the purchase: when I discover something I want to buy, I must think it over and spend time budgeting for it—all the while questioning if the new possession will add real value to my life. Conversely, Sale Price is the compulsory price—a Fool’s Price. Not long ago, I played the fool. Repeatedly. I fell for all the tropes of Sale Price: Act now! Limited time only! While supplies last! Like Pavlov’s bell, these clever stratagems incite a false sense of scarcity that clouds our perception of reality, and thus prod us to act on impulse: sure, you might save 70% off the clearance-rack dress you sort of like, but you’ll save 100% if you just leave the store without it. —@joshuafieldsmillburn

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Day 23: Gift experiences, not stuff.

#MinimalismTips Day 23: Gift experiences, not stuff. The holiday (shopping) season is right around the corner, so here’s an idea: what if you decide to gift only experiences this year? How much more memorable will your holidays be? Experiences worth considering: concert tickets, a home-cooked meal, tickets to a play or musical, breakfast in bed, a back rub, a foot rub, a full-body massage, a holiday parade, walking or driving somewhere without a plan, spending an evening talking with no distractions, making-out under the mistletoe, visiting a festival of lights, cutting down a Christmas tree, watching a sunrise, skiing, snowboarding, sledding, dancing, taking your children to a petting zoo, making snow angels, making a batch of hot apple cider, taking a vacation together, watching a wintertime sunset. What other experiences can you give to someone you care about? Your experiences build and strengthen the bond between you and the people you care about. Don’t you think you’d find more value in these experiences than material gifts? Don’t you think your loved ones will find more value, too? There’s only one way to find out. P.S. Today is @RyanNicodemus’s 34th birthday, and he’d like one gift from you: help him build a family-style orphanage in Honduras. Would you be willing to chip in a few bucks to help a group of needy orphans? If so, read Ryan’s birthday essay:

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Day 24: Embrace the junk drawer.

Day 25: Simplicity is for (almost) anyone, not just a narrow group of ascetics or monks.

#MinimalismTips Day 25: Simplicity is for (almost) anyone, not just a narrow group of ascetics or monks. We’ve learned more than we ever dreamed throughout our journey into minimalism—and we’re still learning. But the most important lesson we’ve learned is that minimalism appeals to only one group of people: people with an open mind. During our coast-to-coast travels, we’ve experienced a diversity textbook of people from every walk of life. Thousands of folks have attended our meetups, from factory workers to former CEOs, from attorneys to stand-up comics, from eleven-year-old boys to 83-year-old great-grandmothers, from every ethnicity to every socioeconomic background, from high school dropouts to college professors, from marathon runners to people struggling to lose weight, from single moms to parents bringing their teenagers to hear us speak. Ergo, minimalism is applicable to anyone. Anyone with an open mind, that is. We’re all searching for more meaningful lives. You are not alone.

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Day 26: A life with less is an inherently tidy life.

Day 27: A simple life is a healthier life.

#MinimalismTips Day 27: A simple life is a healthier life. Minimalism typically starts with our material possessions, and then, as the clutter is cleared, it extends to all other areas of life, including diet and exercise. Improving one’s health isn’t easy, but it can be simple. Although both words seem similar, “easy” and “simple” are not synonyms. In fact, if anything, they are antonyms. Something is “easy” when it’s achieved without great effort. “Simplicity” on the other hand involves plenty of deliberate effort, intention, rigor, attention to detail. A disastrous forest fire is easy; elegant fireworks are simple. You see, “easy” just happens, but “simple” is planned, carefully curated, well executed. Us? We’re simple men: we a live simple life, not an easy one. (Read about @joshuafieldsmillburn’s simple 18-minute daily exercise routine at and his simple diet, on which he lost 80 pounds, at

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Day 28: Unfilled space is fulfilling.

#MinimalismTips Day 28: Unfilled space is fulfilling. Sometimes a nook is just a nook, a cranny just a cranny—we needn’t succumb to the pressure to fill them with decorative trinkets. Sure, if that painting or photo or potted plant speaks to you—if it truly brings you joy—then, by all means, display it proudly. But you don’t have to pepper your hallways with artwork “just because” everyone else is doing it. Same goes for closets, cupboards, basements, attics, and spare bedrooms: just because there’s extra space that doesn’t mean it needs to be occupied by stuff. No, we shouldn’t deprive ourselves of objects we enjoy, but we mustn’t feel obligated to decorate for the sake of “sprucing up the decor,” either. There is an aesthetic elegance in minimalism, because erasing that which is superfluous allows us to see the beauty in the essential. Ultimately, though, real value comes only from inside us—not the room, not the stuff. Of course this is much easier to notice if there’s less junk cluttering our lives.

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Day 29: More is less: the more stuff we have, the less we have.

Day 30: Declutter your social media feeds.

#MinimalsmTips Day 30: Declutter your social media feeds: unfollow any account that doesn't add value to your life. We started The Minimalists five years ago with the hope that we could contribute to the greater good. Because of the power of sharing, our website has grown to more than 4 million readers—and hundreds of thousands of people subscribe via email and follow our inspirational messages on Twitter and Facebook and this newfangled thing called Instagram. We’re grateful for every person who reads our content, finds worth in our words, and shares our message. We appreciate you; we want you here. We don’t, however, want anyone to feel obligated to stick around if they don’t continue to find value in our work. We understand that our message will not resonate with everyone. So if you stop finding value in our message, please feel free to unsubscribe or unfollow. You won’t hurt our feelings. Scout's honor. We’d rather you spend your time and attention on something that adds value to your life. We want you to be happy, and so the last thing we want to do is add to the clutter. This rule shouldn’t apply only to The Minimalists, though: we must be willing to unfollow anyone; and when someone unfollows us, we must be willing to let go. No one needs to be offended when someone unfriends them on Facebook or stops following them on Instagram. But unfortunately, many people feel hurt, disrespected, or disregarded when someone leaves their online social circle. Instead of feeling offended—instead of questioning the other person’s intentions—we need to realize that we can’t add value to everyone all the time, and that even though someone found value in us previously, that doesn’t mean they will necessarily find value now or in the future. People often grow in different directions; that’s the beauty of life. It's okay to move on. That said, if you do find merit in our words, please continue to share our essays via email and social media. Help us spread the word. We appreciate the love. Thank you for being part of a movement that is bigger than any one (or two) person(s).

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Day 31: Once you’ve simplified, keep simplifying.

#MinimalsmTips Day 31: Once you've simplified, keep simplifying. This may be our last day of the month, which means it's the last day of our daily #MinimalsmTips, but that doesn't mean we've reached our endpoint. Minimalism itself is not a destination; it is a path toward a more meaningful life. Once we've simplified, we must continue questioning everything, from our material possessions and our careers, to our relationships and our daily activities. A new month is right around the corner, and so if you'd like to keep your momentum, this is the perfect time to play our 30-Day Minimalism Game. Here's how it works: find a friend or coworker, and agree to donate or sell some of your excess possessions over the next month. On day one, get rid of one item each. Day two, two items. Day three, three items. So forth and so on. Whoever goes the longest wins. If you both make it to the end of the month, you both win, because you have jettisoned nearly 500 items that no longer clutter your life. Share your progress with thousands of other people using the #MinsGame hashtag. A simple life is a well-curated life. Keep letting go.

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