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The Minimalists

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus write about living a meaningful life with less stuff for 2 million readers. As featured on: CBS, BBC, NPR, Forbes, The Atlantic, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, and National Post. They live in Missoula, Montana.

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Starting Line

New to minimalism? New to our website? Welcome aboard. There’s a lot of content here, and you certainly don’t have to read it all at once, but here’s the order we suggest for beginners. Start below, find topics that add the most value to your life. Take your time. There’s nothing wrong with moving slowly.

 

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Connect via Social Media. Follow us on your preferred social network: Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Instagram. We say a lot of insightful and funny things we don’t say here.

Meet The Minimalists on Tour. Throughout 2014, we will embark on a 100-city tour across the United States, Canada, the UK, Ireland, & Australia to share our story of living with less. Admission is free to every event.

Everything That RemainsNew Book. What if everything you ever wanted isn’t what you actually want? Not a how-to book but a why-to book, Everything That Remains is the touching, surprising story of what happened when JFM decided to let go of everything and begin living more deliberately (“Like Thoreau, but with Wi-Fi” —Boston Globe). Heartrending, uplifting, and deeply personal, this engrossing book is peppered with insightful (and often hilarious) interruptions by Ryan Nicodemus, JFM’s best friend of twenty years.

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Audiobook: Audible · iTunes · Amazon

 

And then…

 

And then let us answer your questions by way of our essays…

Excess Stuff

Having trouble getting rid of stuff? Read these essays: The Short Guide to Getting Rid of Your Crap, 10/10 Material Possessions Theory, Getting Rid of Just In Case Items, When Everything Is Your Favorite Thing, What Would Happen If You Just Let Go?, and The Consumption Continuum.

 

Clutter

Tired of clutter? Read: Packing Party, Decluttering Doesn’t Work Like That, Organizing Is Often Well-Planned HoardingCollecting Is Dangerous, What Things Can You Get Rid Of?, and The 30-Day Minimalism Game.

 

Sentimental Items

Having trouble getting rid of sentimental items? Read these essays: Letting Go of Sentimental ItemsThe High Price of Pursuing My Dreams, and I Don’t Love You Anymore.

 

Relationships

What about relationships? Read: Letting Go of Shitty Relationships, It’s ComplicatedA Minimalist’s Thoughts on Meaningful Relationships, and The Things We Are Prepared to Walk Away From.

 

Gifts

Tired of buying and receiving so many stupid gifts? Read these essays: Getting Rid of Gifts, The Blackest of Fridays, and The Commodification of Love, Five Steps Toward a More Meaningful Holiday Season, and 40 Reasons to Avoid Shopping on Black Friday.

 

Counting Possessions

Is minimalism just about counting your stuff? (Hint: nope.) Read this essay: I Counted All My Stuff then I Threw Away the List Because I Didn’t Want It to Count as One Item and then take a Tour of Joshua’s Minimalist Apartment. Also: Less, Less, Less, Less, Less, Less, and Love People, Use Things.

 

Explaining Minimalism

Having trouble explaining minimalism to your friends and family? Read these essays: Minimalism for Families with Children and Minimalist Family: Start With Yourself, followed by Minimalist Family: 12 Useful LinksMinimalism Is Not a Radical LifestyleI Was Not a Minimalist, Until I WasLife Is an Acquired Taste, Gospel of Minimalism, and Take It Simple.

 

Career

Sick and tired of your soul-crushing corporate job? Read these three essays: Why I Quit My 6-Figure Corporate Job, Being Laid Off From My 6-Figure Job Was the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me, UnTeachersThe UnAmerican Dream, Life’s Most Dangerous Question: What Do You Do?, and Quitting Is Easy.

 

Money

Wondering how minimalism can help you with your finances and help solve your money problems? Read these essays: Debt FreeA Minimalist’s Thoughts on MoneyWhat it Feels Like to No Longer Worry About Money, Money Doesn’t Buy Happiness, Neither Does PovertyMoney Does Not Buy Better Habits, and Minimalist Finances and Budgeting.

 

Productivity

Want to stop wasting your time? Thinking about getting rid of your TV or your phone maybe even getting rid of the internet at home? That’s great! Read these essays: Why I Don’t Own a TV, Killing the Internet at Home Is the Most Productive Thing I’ve Ever Done, Why I’m Getting Rid of My Phone, Reprogramming The Twitch, and How to Check Email Like a Minimalist.

 

Clothes

What kind of clothes does a minimalist wear? Read these essays: Favorite Clothes of a MinimalistWhat If You Accidentally Spilled Bleach on Half Your Wardrobe?, Fool Price, Logos, Less Clothes, More Routines, and A Rolex Won’t Give You More Time.

 

Workspace

Want to clean up your office, desk, or workspace? Read these two essays: My Minimalist Workspace and My Minimalist Desktop.

 

Goals

Ever thought about living with no goals and just enjoying your life? Read these essays: Living with No Goals, Moving Beyond Goals, When Goals Are Important and When They Are NotWhat is Your Outcome?, and Accomplishments Without Goals.

 

Decisions

Having trouble making a hard decision? Read: How to Make a Damn Decision and Right Path, Wrong Path, Left Path, No Path.

 

Mindfulness

Wish you could live in the moment more often? Read these essays: Right Here, Right Now, Fighting the Voice in Your Head, Waking UpBe on The Mountain, and Clear Your Damn Plate.

 

Time

Wish you had more time for yourself? Read: Alone Time5 Ways to Create Solitude Using Minimalism, and Taking Back the Morning.

 

Focus

Feel too busy all the time? Read: Not Busy, Focused and The Details.

 

Health

Wish you were in better shape? Wish you exercised more? Wish your diet was better? Wish you were just healthier? Read these essays: A Minimalist’s Thoughts on Diet, Minimalism is Healthy: How I Lost 70 Pounds18-Minute Daily Minimalist Exercises, and 6-Minute On-the-Road Minimalist Workout (with Videos). Also: The Costs and Benefits of Awareness.

 

Past

Having trouble letting go of the past? Read this essay: Your Past Does Not Equal Your FutureLetting Go of Control, and Worthy.

 

Perfection

Are you a perfectionist? Read these essays: Nightmares of a Perfectionist and The Pressure We Put on Ourselves.

 

Contribution

Want to know the meaning of life? Read these essays: Ask Not What You Can Get, Ask What You Can GiveGiving Is Living, and Adding Value. Also: Imagine Everything.

 

Freedom

Want to know what freedom really means? Read our three part essay series: Conscious Freedom Essay Series.

 

Life Lessons

Want a bunch of life lessons from 30 years of living (complete with a ton of great links)? Read this essay: 30 Life Lessons From 30 Years by Joshua, followed by Ryan’s 30 More Life Lessons From 30 Years. Also worth reading: A Minimalist, a Japanese Cowboy, and an Arrogant American Walk into a Museum.

 

Explaining Yourself

Tired of always explaining yourself? Read these essays: You Don’t Have to Explain Yourself and Preaching to the Congregation.

 

Results

Feel like you’ve tried everything but can’t get results? Read this essay: Stop Trying, followed by The Discomfort Zone.

 

Barriers

Want to know who’s holding you back? Read this short essay: Who Is Preventing You from Being Completely and Totally Free?

 

Links

Want to see 10 links that changed our lives? Read this essay: 10 Life-Changing Links.

 

Blogging

Interested in starting your own website or blog? Read: How to Start a Successful Blog Today.

More

Once you’re done with all that, check out our TV, radio, and print interviews, as well as our archives page, which contains all of the essays on this site as well as our guest essays on other sites throughout the web.

If you’re interested, we offer an online writing class and private mentoring.

Finally, you can check out some of our favorite websites about minimalism.

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