Blogs for minimalists in the making
Thinking about clearing out the clutter? Here are some sites to help you get started.
Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus spearhead the movement to pare down our possessions. They both left overworked, stuff-filled corporate lives to reduce their belongings to almost nothing and become writers. They consistently post thoughtful pieces on simple living, as well as specific minimalism challenges, like getting rid of books or explaining your views to family who love buying you useless things.
Colin Wright was one of people who inspired Millburn (half of The Minimalists) in his early phases of simplifying. Wright left a high-end and successful lifestyle, hosted a breakup party with his girlfriend, and freed himself to a life of full-time travel and various creative entrepreneurship endeavors. His readers vote which country he moves to next (so far including Iceland, New Zealand, and Thailand).
Becoming Minimalist founder Josh Becker started his journey to minimalism after a conversation he had with a neighbor while cleaning out a packed garage instead of spending time with his kids. He writes about his family’s journey and his most popular posts have great tips for getting started, like lists of the 10 most important things to simplify.
One of the cleanest and most popular simplicity blogs, Zen Habits examines simple living from all angles: health, creativity, family, entrepreneurship, spirituality, and more. Writer Leo Baubato practices what he preaches — everything from going vegan and quitting smoking to getting rid of his car, and has written books and a more specific minimalism blog at www.mnmlist.com.
Project 333 challenges participants to dress with 33 items or fewer for three months, including accessories. Although I never did the project, it made me go home and count how many things I actually had. These seemingly extreme experiments kick-start a minimalist wardrobe by reducing to the absolute basics.