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Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus help over 20 million people live meaningful lives with less through their website, books, podcast, and Netflix films. The Minimalists have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Forbes, TIME, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, BBC, and NPR.

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New to minimalism? New to our website? Welcome aboard! Where do we even begin? Well, you’re about to experience a lot of less, and you certainly don’t have to contend with it all at once. Simply start below, find topics that pique your interest, and take your time. Nothing wrong with moving slowly.

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Listen to Less. Each week, we discuss living a meaningful life with less on The Minimalists Podcast, which is often the #1 Health podcast on Apple Podcasts.

Films. Our documentaries, Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things and The Minimalists: Less Is Now are both available on Netflix.

Meet The Minimalists on Tour. We’ve spoken about minimalism in more than 200 cities in eight countries. Check our tour page to see where we’ll be next.

Connect via Social Media. Follow us on your preferred social network: FacebookTwitter, Instagram, and YouTube. We share a lot of insightful and funny things we don’t say here. You can also text us at 937-202-4654 (yes, that’s really our phone number).

Everything That RemainsBestselling Book. What if everything you ever wanted isn’t what you actually want? Everything That Remains is the touching, surprising story of what happened when Joshua Fields Millburn decided to let go of everything and begin living more deliberately. Heartrending, uplifting, and deeply personal, this engrossing book is peppered with insightful (and often hilarious) interruptions by Ryan Nicodemus, Joshua’s best friend of 20 years.

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

Excess Stuff

Having trouble getting rid of stuff? Read these essays: When Everything Is Your Favorite Thing, What Would Happen If You Just Let Go?, The Consumption Continuum, How to Let Go of Possessions, More Complete, The Surface Rules: Two Ways to Avoid Household Clutter, Let Go the Best You Can, Questions to Ask Before Purchasing, and Minimalist Rulebook. And listen to this podcast: Overstuffed.

Clutter

Tired of clutter? Read: Decluttering Doesn’t Work, Organizing Is Well-Planned Hoarding, Collecting Is Dangerous, What Things Can You Get Rid Of?, Play the 30-Day Minimalism Game, Letting Go Is Not Something You Do, What Is Clutter?, Existential Clutter, and The Actual Cost of Owning a Thing. And listen to this podcast: Hidden Clutter.

Sentimental Items

Having trouble getting rid of sentimental items? Read these essays: Letting Go of Sentimental Items, Photo-Scanning Party, Dealing with the Death of a Loved One, The High Price of Pursuing My Dream, I Don’t Love You Anymore, Diminishing Value, Nostalgia Is Dangerous, and Obsolete Things. And listen to this podcast: Memories.

Relationships

What about relationships? Read: Letting Go of Shitty Relationships, It’s Complicated, A Minimalist’s Thoughts on Meaningful Relationships, Prepared to Walk Away, Less Stuff More Sex, and Too Weak to Say Sorry. And listen to this podcast: Toxic People.

Gifts

Tired of buying and receiving so many stupid gifts? Read these essays: Letting Go of Physical Gifts, The Blackest of Fridays, The Commodification of Love, Five Steps Toward a More Meaningful Holiday Season, and 40 Reasons to Avoid Shopping on Black Friday. And listen to this podcast: Minimalist Christmas.

Technology

Too much time looking at screens? Read these essays: Most Emergencies Aren’t, Reasons 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, Check Email Like a Minimalist, Too Many Screens, Techochamber, Delete 1,000 Photos in 11 Days, A Minimalist Approach to Technology, and Turn Down the Volume. And listen to this podcast: Social Dilemma.

Explaining Minimalism

Having trouble explaining minimalism to your friends and family? Read these essays: Minimalism for Families with Children, Minimalist Family: Start With Yourself, Minimalism Is Not a Radical Lifestyle, I Was Not a Minimalist Until I Was, Life Is an Acquired Taste, Gospel of Minimalism, Minimalism Is Not, and Subtraction. And listen to this podcast: Neo-Minimalism.

Career

Sick and tired of your soul-crushing job? Read these three essays: Why I Walked Away from My Six-Figure Career, Getting Laid Off from My Six-Figure Job Was Exactly What I Needed, UnTeachers, The UnAmerican Dream, and Life’s Most Dangerous Question. And listen to this podcast: Career Advice.

Money

Wondering how minimalism can help you with your finances? Read these essays: Financial Freedom, Debt-Free, A Minimalist’s Thoughts on Money, Money Does Not Buy Better Habits, Your Five Most Precious Resources, 5 Questions to Ask Before Buying, and A Bunch of Things I Did to Get out of Debt. And listen to this podcast: Budgeting Mistakes.

Clothes

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, A Rolex Won’t Give You More Time, and How to Go Clothes Shopping. And listen to this podcast: Minimalist Fashion

Goals

Ever thought about living with no goals and just enjoying your life? Read these essays: 100 Days with No Goals, Moving Beyond Goals, When Goals Are Important and When They Are Not, What is My Outcome?, Accomplishments Without Goals, and Success Does Not Exist. And listen to this podcast: Direction.

Mindfulness

Wish you could live in the moment? Read these essays: Right Here Right Now, Be on The Mountain, Clear Your Damn Plate, You Are Here, How to Be Anxious, Tangled Sounds, and The Falling Thing. And listen to this podcast: Mindful.

Time

Wish you had more time for yourself? Read: Alone Time, 5 Ways to Create Solitude, Someday, Taking Back the Morning and Not Busy—Focused. And listen to this podcast: Obligations

Health

Wish you were healthier? Read these essays: A Minimalist’s Thoughts on Diet, Minimalism Is Healthy, 18-Minute Daily Minimalist Exercises, and 6-Minute On-the-Road Minimalist Workout (with Videos). And listen to this podcast: Genius Life.

Blogging

Interested in starting your own website or blog? Read: How to Start a Successful Blog Today. And listen to this podcast: Writing.

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 the essays on this site. Finally, you can check out some of our favorite websites about minimalism.

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