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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 Tool Kit

white empty opened cardboard box

What do you need to become a minimalist? What tools do you need to start your journey? If you could purchase a minimalist tool kit today what would it have in it? What would it look like?

Here’s a quick exercise for you. Grab an empty box today—one that’s about the size of an empty Xerox paper box (or even something bigger if you see a bigger box laying around). Tonight, before you go to bed (or a day or so before you are ready to start your journey into minimalism), tape the box shut (make sure it’s completely empty first). Grab a bold marker and write “Minimalist Tool Kit” on the outside of the box.

On the third morning of your journey into minimalism—when your friends (and/or family) come over for your packing party—break out the box. Gather around with your friends and tell them you got this special Minimalist Tool Kit that is going to help you with your journey. Slowly, dramatically cut open the box to reveal the contents to your crowd.

Explain to them that you don’t need anything to become a minimalist. Minimalism is about getting rid of unncessary stuff in your life so you can enjoy life, so you can be free. You don’t need a box of stuff to accomplish this.