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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.

Minimalist New Year Resolution

Next year, 2011, I resolve to purchase no physical items other than consumables (hygiene products and food). That’s right: no new clothes, no new shoes, no new books, no new electronics, no new gadgets, no new stuff.

Why? Because I want to prove that I already have everything I need.

Don’t get me wrong, I will still spend money on experiences—concerts, movies, meals—just not on stuff. Now, I’m not conducting this experiment because I can’t afford to purchase new things; I’m doing it because I’m certain I can do it: I don’t need more stuff to be happy.

This resolution will help me focus my precious time on things that are more important to me: health, relationships, writing, reading, and other priorities.

If I fail, I will tell you about my failures—but I don’t plan on failing. Plus, telling the world about my resolution is a public reminder that people are counting on me to resolve. Stay tuned—I’ll link to my updates below.

A year without buying stuff is a long time (and I will certainly buy stuff after 2011), dnd thus I realize this type of resolution is not for most people, at least not for a full year. So why not try it for a week or a month or a quarter? I’m certain you can do it, too. Or there are a lot over other good resolutions out there this time of year:

Maybe you want to lose weight.
Maybe want to live with 100 things.
Maybe you want to get rid of your television.
Maybe you want to travel and get in better shape and create more.
Maybe you want to quit your job.
Maybe you’d rather start a revolution than have a resolution.

So, what do you want to do next year?


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Final Update

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