Moving twice in just a few years has given me a great deal of perspective on what kind of relationship I want to have with stuff. As Millburn & Nicodemus so rightly put it: “the true cost of a thing goes well beyond the price on the pricetag.” I applaud my wife for starting us on this journey towards getting rid of anything that doesn’t “spark joy” and add value to our lives—and the more we are intentional about keeping or buying only that which is truly essential, useful, and aesthetically pleasing, the more I feel an overwhelming sense of contented satisfaction. #minimalism
Living daily as if everything around you is representative of constant warfare is a recipe for emotional and mental disaster. Trust me, I've been there.
In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan chat with Derek Sivers about simplicity, complexity, parenting, creativity, and saying “no” to almost everything, and they answer the following questions:
- How do I prioritize the most important things in my life once I’ve eliminated the clutter?
- How do I say ‘no’ to gifts and donations from my loved ones for my newborn without looking like an unappreciative jerk?
- How do I stay present with my loved ones when there are so many pressing demands on my time from my professional life?
- How do I ensure I stay committed to my minimalism journey?
That is an excellent question. It's a lifestyle, a philosophy, built around a simple idea: less is more.
A new documentary, now on Netflix, is a great introduction to the world of minimalism preached by, well, the Minimalists themselves.
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