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The Minimalists

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 Toolkit

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 toolkit 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 bigger. Tonight, before you go to bed, make sure the box is completely empty, and then tape it shut. Then, grab a bold marker and write “Minimalist Toolkit” on the side of the box.

On the third morning of your journey into minimalism—when your friends and family come over for your packing party—break out the box. Gather around with your friends and tell them you got this special Minimalist Toolkit 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 unnecessary stuff so you can enjoy life. You don’t need a box of stuff to accomplish this.

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