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The Minimalists

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus write about living a meaningful life with less stuff for 3 million readers. As featured on: ABC, CBS, NBC, BBC, TODAY Show, NPR, Forbes, The Atlantic, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and National Post. They live in Missoula, Montana.

Questioning Stuff

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Have you ever looked around your home and wondered why you have so much stuff? Or do you, like most people, simply accept the stuff that’s there because it’s your stuff?

Instead of question why you have the stuff, do you just spend hours organizing it, cleaning it, and occasionally replacing it if it “needs” to be replaced?

We did that too. For many, many years. And like us, you too can break the cycle.

Look around. Pick up something you haven’t used in a while. Hold it in your hands. Feel it. Look it over. Think about it. When was the last time you really needed this thing?

If you haven’t used it in a while, why do you still have it? Are you holding on to it just in case?

Questioning the meaning we give to our stuff is the basis of minimalism. By paring down and getting rid of life’s excess, we can focus on what’s important.

There isn’t anything wrong with owning stuff. The problem is when we give too much meaning to the stuff we own without questioning why we own it.

Over the last couple years, the two of us have questioned everything, from our clothes and our furniture, to our homes and our cars.

Question something today. Question something tomorrow. Discover a meaningful life. Lather, rinse, repeat.