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The Minimalists
The Minimalists are Emmy-nominated Netflix stars and New York Times–bestselling authors Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. Alongside their podcast cohost, T.K. Coleman, this simple-living trio helps millions of people eliminate clutter and live meaningfully with less. Learn More.

12 Years of Minimalism

The above photo was taken on December 4, 2010, in Dayton, Ohio, just ten days before we launched (in fact, it was the original header photo on this site for several years).

In the twelve years since, everything has changed (including our hairstyles). What started as a simple blog transformed into an international movement that would eventually include:

  • 700+ media interviews
  • 600+ blog posts
  • 360+ podcast episodes
  • 25+ team members
  • 10 national book tours
  • 4 bestselling books
  • 2 Netflix documentaries
  • 1 Emmy nomination
  • Hundreds of millions of downloads
  • Tens of millions of readers and viewers
  • Millions of followers on social media
  • Thousands of writing students
  • Countless lives simplified
  • All the memories
  • Zero advertisements

Since today is our twelfth birthday, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on these milestones—not boastfully, but to show you that it’s possible to accomplish the seemingly impossible when you simplify your life. Minimizing is so freeing because it makes room for your dreams.

While The Minimalists began with our blog (read about how we started our blog here), we slowly branched out to films, podcasts, and tours as the years ticked by—finding different vehicles to add value, and simplicity, to the lives of people who desire to heal their relationship with stuff.

Thank you for being a part of this healing journey. If you’d like to help us keep our creative endeavors 100% advertisement-free, consider subscribing to The Minimalists Private Podcast (featuring our new cohost, T.K. Coleman). Give it a month—we’re confident you’ll be glad you did.

–Joshua & Ryan

P.S. It’s that time of year again: JFM reviews his favorite albums and lyrics from the past twelve months—you can check out his 2022 list today.