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Of Course Minimalism is For Everyone

Occasionally, I hear chatter around the topic of minimalism that sounds something like this, “Minimalism isn’t for everyone. It’s only for _______.” Well, that’s hogwash. Of course minimalism is for everyone. And I’d like to share some thoughts about that today. There are any number of versions to that sentence above, but here are some of the most...

Designed for Significance

“Our souls are not hungry for fame, comfort, wealth, or power. Our souls are hungry for meaning, for the sense that we have figured out how to live so that our lives matter, so that the world will be at least a little bit different for our having passed through it.” —Harold Kushner Deep down, we’re not all that different. We strive for...

10 Common Life Assumptions I Don’t Presume to be True

Beliefs have a powerful impact on the lives we live. They can limit our potential or expand it. The more we believe something to be true, the more likely it is to become so. That’s why the stories we tell ourselves are so important as well as the words we speak into others. There are a number of incorrect life assumptions in this world....

An “Only the Best” Approach to The Things You Keep

In March 2008, my wife’s grandmother passed away. In many ways, Irene was a hero to her. Kim respected her zest for life, her love for family, and her faith. When she died, Kim joined the rest of her family in taking home some memories from her apartment—two cardboard boxes full of memories. When my wife returned home from the funeral,...

Inspiring Simplicity. Weekend Reads.

Fill your life with stories to tell, not stuff to show. The simplicity/minimalism movement is a beautiful community. And I enjoy any opportunity to promote writing that encourages people to live more by owning less. I invite you to fix yourself a nice warm cup of coffee or tea. Find a quiet moment this weekend. And enjoy some encouraging...

The Becoming Minimalist Business Model

Becoming Minimalist exists for one purpose: to inspire and equip people to own less and live more. That has been the driving force behind this blog for the last 13 years and will not change.We are a culture fixated on the pursuit of physical possessions, even though there are more meaningful pursuits available to us. Being a voice in the world calling...

9 Ways to Improve Your Life Through Subtraction and the Science Behind It

“When things aren’t adding up in your life, start subtracting.” —Anonymous I first heard that quote, cited anonymously, roughly 12 years ago, just about the time I first got into minimalism. I saw it pop up somewhere on social media and immediately took note of it. It’s interesting how often that happens. We are introduced to a new idea...

Just Because It Makes the World Go Round Doesn’t Mean It Needs to Make Your World Go Round

There is a criticism that I sometimes hear when talking about the benefits of owning less. And it goes something like this:“But if everybody did that, the economy would collapse.” I have three responses to that concern: 1. Just because somebody stops buying unneeded physical possessions doesn’t mean they stop spending money. Minimalists...

It is Better to Donate than Resell

The journey to become minimalist can be hard work. It requires significant physical effort, personal reflection, and unexpected emotional obstacles. Several times along the way, in fact, I wanted to quit. But then, inspiration would strike: a work appointment was scheduled near Goodwill, an inspiring article or blog post provided motivation,...

Inspiring Simplicity. Weekend Reads.

For the last eight years, I have been compiling and publishing curated articles that inspire simplicity. At first, it was an exercise in communicating to Becoming Minimalist readers the most popular articles I sent out on Twitter. But over the years, it has become more than that. It has become a place where people (every other week) come for...

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