We caught up with the Minimalists this week, as they stopped at a local book store on their “Everything that Remains” tour. They’re hitting 100 cities to promote their new book and talk to folks about living with less.
These two guys ditched their corporate lifestyles, downsized and started a blog about it. Their story: They were working insane hours, weren’t happy and came to realize that acquiring more stuff wasn’t the answer. They embraced minimalism to make way for their true passions to shine.
Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus both mentioned downsizing their possessions, and their homes, during their journey towards minimalism. So the two buddies from elementary school fit in just fine with the TinyLiving crowd. Ryan recalled having had a three-bedroom condo “with two living rooms.” And Joshua noted how his house had more bedrooms than inhabitants.
“It used to take eight hours to clean my house,” Joshua said. “And now it takes 47-and-a-half minutes. Approximately.”
So how do they describe minimalism? They call it a lifestyle that helps people question what things add value to their lives. Itallows people to clear clutter and make room for the most important aspects of life: health, relationships, passion, growth and contribution.
“So many of us try to pacify ourselves with things, and it takes getting rid of those pacifiers to see that life is about more than those things. It’s about what’s going on inside of us,” Joshua said.
These are two cool dudes who are bucking the conventions of society and trying to add value to other people’s lives. If you’re interested in checking out their book, here it is: Everything That Remains: A Memoir by The Minimalists.
And for those who participated in our Declutter Challenge last month, Joshua and Ryan have good advice on declutterer’s regret. Don’t worry about getting rid of everyday items you might need later: When it comes to that kind of stuff, most of it can be replaced within 20 minutes for less than $20 if you ever need it later.
To see if the Minimalists are visiting a city near you, check out their 2014 schedule.