The Willingness to Think Differently

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I can summarize the most successful people I’ve ever known with one trait: the willingness to challenge mainstream ideas. This has been the key to everything good in my life too: I changed my health and drastically reduced my carbon footprint when I stopped eating like everyone else around me and became vegetarian (and eventually […]

Reprogramming the Twitch: Lessons Learned from Two Months Without a Phone

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Must one unplug from reality to properly observe reality? Going without a phone for any extended period of time seems to be the modern day equivalent of a vow of silence. Two months ago I decided to 86 my phone for sixty days as an experiment, just to see what would happen, just to see […]

Looking Ahead With Lauren: Are You a Hoarder?

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Every once in a while, I find myself wanting to get rid of things. I tend to collect way too much makeup, clothes and accessories and sometimes I just wish I could have a minimalist wardrobe. Yet, when I should actually be paring down such collections, I pause. You know… that foundation I haven’t used […]

The Commodification of Love

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There’s another holiday lurking somewhere around the corner. Valentine’s Day. Mother’s Day. Sweetest Day. Birthdays. Christmas. We’ve programed ourselves to give and receive gifts on these and many other holidays to show our love for one another. We’ve even been told that gift-giving is one of our “love languages.” This idea is utterly ridiculous, and […]

The Man Who Dies with the Most Stuff

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This is a guest essay by Kristin Glenn of Revolution Apparel. Follow her on Twitter. If I know anything about being an American, it’s that the man who dies with the most stuff wins. At 13, I was well on my way to winning. Somehow, I had developed a love for bargains. Off-season prom dresses. […]

Live a Meaningful Life Book

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The Wait Is Over Our first full-length non-fiction book is being published today. Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life is our finest, most important creation to date. It’s also the best thing we’ve ever written about Minimalism and will likely serve as the cornerstone to our work for years to come. It took us a year to […]

The Rats in the Tunnel

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There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Intuitively, we all know this. Even when it’s hard to find, we know it’s there somewhere–somewhere just beyond the bend, somewhere within reach. Finding the light isn’t the hardest part of life’s journey. It’s dealing with what’s hiding in the tunnel that’s incredibly difficult. What […]

Imperfect Is the New Perfect

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The Nightmares of a Perfectionist Perfectionism is a futile endeavor. As a perfectionist, I speak from experience. And this essay is my confessionary hymn. At times my perfectionism haunts me: all the pleasure of “getting it right” can be immediately wiped out by small, debilitating imperfections: the sharp, stabbing pain of a negative criticism; the […]

How Do I Get Him to Stop Watching that Damn TV?

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A reader, Michelle, wrote us the other day seeking our advice: I am working on creating a minimalist lifestyle for my family, but I have hit a roadblock and hope you can help, especially from the male perspective. In our house we watch TV, always have. I despise the TV because my husband spends so […]

The Blackest of Fridays

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Black (adj.): characterized by tragic or disastrous events; causing despair. –New Oxford American Dictionary This Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year: Black Friday. Retailers prepare months in advance for this day–preparation that’s meant to stimulate your insatiable desire to consume. Doorbuster sales. New products. Gigantic newspaper ads. TV, radio, print, billboards. Sale, […]