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The One Thought That Drives Minimalism    

Minimalism in one sentence: Get rid of anything and everything that no longer contributes to the life you want to live. I recently had a helpful online conversation with a person I’ve never met. I had posted about minimalism on social media (as I tend to do) and she replied with a relatively common response, “I’m just afraid I’ll get rid...

Why a Good Death Requires a Good Life

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from John P. Weiss. My wife Nicole knows a great deal about death. She’s a hospice nurse who provides care and comfort for those nearing the end of life’s journey. She also helps loved ones navigate a constellation of mixed feelings, from fear and confusion to acceptance and even...

Five Reasons to Retire Often

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Jillian Johnsrud. When my husband and I were married 20 years ago, things didn’t look very bright for our financial future. Between us, we had $55,000 of debt and low-earning career paths. But despite the circumstances, I knew I wanted more financial freedom.  Then seven years ago, we started...

Encouraging Simplicity. Weekend Reads.

Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of anything that distracts us from it. It requires a conscious decision because it is a countercultural lifestyle that stands against the culture of overconsumption that surrounds us. The world we live in is not friendly to the pursuit of minimalism. Its tendencies...

15 Little Changes You Can Make in Your Home to Help It Serve You Better

“Your home should be the antidote to stress, not the cause of it.” —Peter Walsh. Does your home serve you—or do you serve your home? That’s not a question most of us ask ourselves, but we should. After all, our homes are meant to serve a distinct purpose in our lives—to be both the place we come back to, and the place we go out from each...

Clutterfree in ’23

“I have significantly less stress in my life and more self-control. Most importantly, I’m becoming more like the mom and wife I want to be.”— Caryn Seney Becoming Minimalist is a website that reaches people from every walk of life—those who are living a minimalist life, those who are just discovering it, and those who are in the process of achieving...

72-Hour New Year New You Ebook Bundle

For the next 72 hours, the New Year New You Bundle is available. What is the New Year New You Bundle? For the next three days, 21 authors have come together to offer 21 of the most helpful ebooks & courses on living an intentional life for $49. If bought separately, the products would total a retail value of $350. But for...

Becoming Minimalist’s Top Posts of 2022

A special thanks to each of you for making 2022 such an enjoyable year here at Becoming Minimalist. It was my fourteenth year of writing on this blog, and I have loved every moment of it! Whether you have been reading all 14 years, the last 14 months, or just the last 14 seconds, I’m glad you’re here. Becoming Minimalist continues to reach...

Lily’s Gift

Once upon a time, in a small village nestled in the heart of the mountains, there lived a young girl named Lily. She was kind, gentle, and always willing to help others. She particularly loved helping her mom bake cookies for Christmas. As Christmas Eve approached, Lily was getting ready to celebrate with her family. She was so looking forward...

Minimalism Introduces Us to Intentionality

When Kim and I (+ two kids) began minimizing our possessions, I was just looking for a little relief. I was weary of living paycheck to paycheck. I was weary of spending so much money on myself while knowing there were others that needed it more. And I was weary of the time and energy being wasted on cleaning, organizing, repairing, and maintaining...

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