Last night Dan and I went to The Barking Spider to hear writers/speakers Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, the two guys behind the popular site The Minimalists.
Joshua, the one speaking above, is often told he looks like Christopher Walken. I agree, but I also think there's a dash of Davie Bowie and even a sprinkle of William Fichtner. Am I right?
Joshua & Ryan are on a 100 city tour promoting their new book, Everything That Remains. Their main goal is to encourage people to live a more meaningful life with less stuff! If ever on an elevator with them, they'll likely hug you (they're big on free hugs!), and this is what they'll tell you about Minimalism:
Minimalism is a lifestyle that helps people question what things add value to their lives. By clearing the clutter from life’s path, we can all make room for the most important aspects of life: health, relationships, passion, growth, and contribution.
There are many flavors of minimalism: a 20-year-old single guy’s minimalist lifestyle looks different from a 45-year-old mother’s minimalist life. Even though everyone embraces minimalism differently, each path leads to the same place: a life with more time, more money, and more freedom to live a more meaningful life.
Getting started is as simple as asking yourself one question: How might your life be better if you owned fewer material possessions?
Dan has been embracing this minimalist idea for the past few years and he's really really good at getting rid of stuff he doesn't need. His closet, his drawers, his car, his bedside table -- ALL clutter free! He even willingly (and somewhat excitedly) cleans out the kid's toy bins every few months! I on the other hand could still use some work! I never have enough hangers in my closet because they're all being used by clothes I haven't worn in three years! I don't even know what's in my fully stocked, exploding dresser drawers because I only ever take out the stuff that's neatly folded on top. I have an entire kitchen cabinet dedicated to 40+ reusable plastic containers and lids, when all I really need is half a shelf for the five containers we actually use. And my bathroom cabinet is FULL of hair products, lotions, hairbands, makeup, brushes, and travel-sized toiletries that haven't traveled outside of that cabinet for over 10 years!
I could go on... but I won't. This week my goal is to tackle some of this clutter and see how my life might be better if I owned fewer material possessions.
I recently finished reading reading a book by Cristin Frank called Living Simple, Free & Happy. Like The Minimalists, she encourages decluttering your home to reduce stress, debt and waste. Later this week I'll share some insights from her book along with the results of my decluttering rampage! Stay tuned!