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.
Start Here: Essays, Connect, New Book
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Meet The Minimalists on Tour. Throughout 2014, we embarked on an eight-country, 100-city international tour to share our story of living with less. Check our tour page to see where we’ll be next.
New 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.
- Read more about us on our About Joshua & Ryan page
- Read some of our most popular essays of all time
- Read about our 21-day journey into minimalism
- Read our definition of minimalism
- Check out our bestselling books
- Watch our TEDx Talk
- Watch one of our meetups
- Watch us on television
- Laugh at our silly photos
And then let us answer your questions by way of our essays…
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.
Tired of clutter? Read: Packing Party: Unpack a Simpler Life, Decluttering Doesn’t Work Like That, Organizing Is Often Well-Planned Hoarding, Collecting Is Dangerous, What Things Can You Get Rid Of?, and The 30-Day Minimalism Game.
What about relationships? Read: Letting Go of Shitty Relationships, It’s Complicated, A Minimalist’s Thoughts on Meaningful Relationships, and The Things We Are Prepared to Walk Away From.
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.
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.
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 Links, Minimalism Is Not a Radical Lifestyle, I Was Not a Minimalist, Until I Was, Life Is an Acquired Taste, Gospel of Minimalism, and Take It Simple.
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, UnTeachers, The UnAmerican Dream, Life’s Most Dangerous Question: What Do You Do?, and Quitting Is Easy.
Wondering how minimalism can help you with your finances and help solve your money problems? Read these essays: Debt Free, A Minimalist’s Thoughts on Money, What it Feels Like to No Longer Worry About Money, Money Doesn’t Buy Happiness, Neither Does Poverty, Money Does Not Buy Better Habits, and Minimalist Finances and Budgeting.
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.
What kind of clothes does a minimalist wear? Read these essays: Favorite Clothes of a Minimalist, What 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.
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 Not, What is Your Outcome?, and Accomplishments Without Goals.
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 Pounds, 18-Minute Daily Minimalist Exercises, and 6-Minute On-the-Road Minimalist Workout (with Videos). Also: The Costs and Benefits of Awareness.
Want to know what freedom really means? Read our three part essay series: Conscious Freedom Essay Series.
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.
Want to know who’s holding you back? Read this short essay: Who Is Preventing You from Being Completely and Totally Free?
Want to see 10 links that changed our lives? Read this essay: 10 Life-Changing Links.
Interested in starting your own website or blog? Read: How to Start a Successful Blog Today.
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.
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