Becoming Minimalist: Start Here.

Welcome to Becoming Minimalist. If you are new, welcome! We are honored to have hundreds of thousands of regular readers, and brand new readers every day. If that’s you, welcome. I’d love to make your experience here as comfortable as possible.

Most importantly, Becoming Minimalist is designed to inspire others to pursue their greatest passions by owning fewer possessions.

Our Story

Our story begins in suburban Vermont while I was cleaning the garage, my wife was cleaning the bathrooms, and my 5-year old son was playing alone in the backyard. I struck up a regular conversation with my neighbor who commented, “Maybe you don’t need to own all this stuff.”

The juxtaposition was striking. My possessions piled up in the driveway… my son in the backyard… my day slipping away… I immediately recognized something needed to change. My belongings were not adding value to my life. Instead, they were subtracting from it.

We began donating, recycling, and removing our unnecessary personal possessions. We embarked on an intentional journey to own less stuff.

As a result, we discovered more money, more time, more energy, more freedom, less stress, and more opportunity to pursue our greatest passions: faith, family, friends. And we decided to write about it.

Becoming Minimalist quickly became a place to encourage others to embrace minimalism. It does not boldly require anyone to become minimalist overnight—nor does it specifically define the word for you. Instead, it encourages each reader to discover their own journey and the far-reaching benefits that come from owning less.

We are dedicated to rational minimalism and discovering what that uniquely means for us. And the more who are introduced to this life-changing message, the better! Because we’re all just trying to make the most of this journey called life.

Our Writing

Get introduced to our simple message by reading some of our most popular posts:

Or, to discover the importance of owning less, try one of these posts:

We learned quickly that our journey to live with less on the outside would force our attention inward:

And would be entirely unique because of our life’s values:

Our story has been seen on the CBS Evening News, the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, The Guardian, The Boston Globe, and countless interviews/reviews you can find all over the Internet.

Over the course of the last five years, we’ve written four books. And they tend to sell pretty well.

And if you really can’t get enough, browse our archives. But be warned, there’s a bunch of information there.

Our Community

If you would like to receive new posts via e-mail, sign up here. We send out a newsletter that unites, motivates, and equips simple living advocates. We are also connected to our community through social media. Find us here:

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  • Google+: Interaction and conversation.
  • Tumblr: Interesting stuff found on-line during research.
  • Pinterest: Promoting simplicity in home and life.
If you’ve heard enough and are convinced to try it out yourself, you’ll find some good suggestions here: 7 Ways to Sample Living With Less.

Joshua Becker

About Joshua Becker

Writer. Inspiring others to live more by owning less.
Bestselling author of Simplify & Clutterfree with Kids.

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Comments

  1. Prudence Dagg says

    Will, my question would be whether those people would like you better if you had more stuff. Is that what you are questioning?

    I’m sorry you are having such a rough time. Everyone goes through rejection at some point. I know I have. I also know that seeking acceptance among those who weren’t going to give it to me was very painful. As I’ve determined to let go of those who don’t care, life has gotten better. Often others come into your life whom you wouldn’t expect to connect with due to the age difference, difference in situation, etc. –yet you do. I would encourage you to be open to those you meet along the way…and also, never get too afraid to reach out.

    I can be nervous to even reach out because I don’t want to be patronized by those who don’t care. But you may never know who would love to be friends with you if you don’t try.

    Relationships: A Mess Worth Making by Tripp & 1 other author may encourage you. Perhaps some on here have some other sources too.

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  3. says

    The minimalist movement is really incredible. It’s amazing what happens when you can dismiss what others want you to do for them and start doing the things you are naturally good at and passionate about.

  4. says

    Hi! This is a great concept! I’ve been living by it for a while now. I once sold my condo and left all the furniture and dishes inside! I love to travel light and I take pride in living with the minimum. I even believe that there is a strong correlation between the moment I cleared my life of all its junk and the moment I met my soulmate!

  5. says

    I would think that Henry David Thoreau would be mentioned somewhere as the original founder of this movement.

    It struck me that a sight on doing with less doesn’t need to be on four social media sites. Wouldn’t one, well done, work?

    • joshua becker says

      I think it would be incorrect to assume a lifestyle that has been promoted for thousands of years by spiritual leaders from every respected world religion should be attributed to Henry David Thoreau—even as helpful as he was promoting the movement during his generation. You can find Thoreau mentioned here.

      We build on their foundation to further promote the concepts of simplicity and minimalism in the language spoken by our generation.

  6. kristen says

    Hi, i’m new to your site and wondering if you have any house pictures of your journey from start to after minimizing. Would be encouraging I guess to me to see a minimalist house and how much you reduced in your own home by pictures. I am more of a picture person then reading step by step instructions.

  7. Mike says

    I’m so glad to come across this site. I love all the helpful advice! I never knew other like-minded folks existed. I thought I was the only one who wanted this type of life. I actually thought I might be crazy. Now, please help. Do you have any advice that might help me convince my wife to become a little more aggressive in this. She is sympathetic to my ideas, but not as “determined” as myself to completely sell-out to this lifestyle. I confess I am extreme and a little too impatient. Thanks for the advice and for this wonderful information.

  8. Marc says

    Are there any blogger site that don’t require cell phone number, a while back I use to create a blog with just my email. My concern is I been getting calls from companies which I never gave my number to. Looking to post some images to share with family and friends and Facebook is to confusing and doesn’t have the security or privacy I would like. So if you can shed some light.

  9. says

    Family and friends who know me know that I’ve always been an organized person, dating as far back as high school. I was the one who kept my locker neatly organized, my desk neat and tidy, and even my bedroom at home was immaculate. Over the years, I’ve purged many items from my life, but it wasn’t until recently that the idea of minimalism truly resonated with me. There were so many things that I hung on to for no apparent reason other than they were quality items that seemed a shame to let go. After reading many inspiring articles from the “Becoming Minimalist” website, I decided that it was time for me to let go: let go of the “stuff” that was cluttering my life; let go of the emotions that were a barrier to healthy relationships; and even going so far as to let go of some toxic friendships that no longer had a place in my life. It was as if Joshua Becker had come into my home (figuratively speaking) and had given me permission to just LET GO. I find that the more I let go, the happier I become.In the past two months, I’ve cleaned out every closet, every drawer, and every nook and cranny of my modest 952 square foot home. I’ve donated clothes, pots, pans, glasses, silverware, books, knick-knacks and so much more to the local goodwill. I’ve traded in my SUV (which was bought new in 2006) for a small previously-owned economy car. I’ve de-cluttered my purse, my wallet and even my sewing and first aid kits. Last night, I donated “points” from one of my department store customer cards to a local charity and then cut up the card. As for credit cards, I now keep my two credit cards at home (instead of in my wallet) and even decreased the spending limit on one of the cards. I’ve gotten a minimalist hair style that takes less than one minute each morning to style. I wear no make-up but do continue my twice-daily routine of cleansing, toning and moisturizing my face.With all the extra “stuff” gone from my life, I now have time to concentrate on what’s important to me: quality time by myself, with friends and with my family. Thanks to Joshua for giving me the permission to let go.

  10. Robert says

    Several years ago I experimented with this concept by giving 10% of my possessions away. It brought a “lightness of being” that was unexpected, and started a trend toward decluttering. During the past couple of years my experience as the executor of an estate brought the whole world of possessions to the forefront once again.

    I’m convinced that at a certain point one’s possessions do begin to “own you”. The need to cover, protect, display, move, reassess their value for this current time in your life; takes time and energy.

    Late last year I adopted the term “Simplify” to describe what was going to take place in 2014. Becoming Minimialist is providing the encouragement to move forward with simplifying all aspects of my life, which include decluttering possesstions.

    This year my goal is to sell, donate, or giveaway 20% (or more) of my possessions. I’m not sure how I’ll keep score but I’ve already started by selling or giving away 1/2 of my cameras and equipment. The hardest inventory to slice down will be my books but the encouragement by Joshua Becker and the many many commenters on this site is very encouraging!

  11. Jules says

    I love this site and the ideas on it have inspired me to reduce my possessions by 35% this year (I’m was already a minimalist to some extent, but I love the challenge of getting rid of more).

    One area I’m stuck on and hoping that other readers or Becoming Minimalist can offer ideas for is: old jewelry. I’m not exactly sure where to donate quality, used silver and gold jewelry that isn’t really valuable enough to sell, but also not cheap enough to discard. Does anyone know of charities or other organizations that might benefit from a donation, and who have a clear cut process on how to donate. I’ve found little direction online so hoping others on the site have some ideas to share.

    Thank you!

    • says

      That is a really good question I had to deal with some time ago and found the following solution . Our church hold an annual basar/flea market, the proceeds go to charitable causes. Three goals, so to speak, in one: 1. my jewellery case is decluttered and the niche things have the room they deserve 2. Someone enjoys a piece of jewellery they might not have been able to afford before 3. A charity gets funds for their good deeds , actually they are four : my church gets the good feeling of having contributed…

    • Anne says

      Another good option is to deliver it to your local woman’s shelter. The women who seek out those types often have nothing other than the clothes they are wearing, they always appreciate nice things even if they are gently used.

  12. lukas says

    Beautifull template. Do you offer your template for free to share? I would really appreciate that… Thank you

  13. RL says

    It occurred to me this morning that minimalism, to me, is partly about authenticity in that it empowers me to say “I made a mistake, an error in judgement. I shouldn’t have bought this. I shouldn’t be living like this. I shouldn’t be involved with this thing or this person. I don’t really like it that much. It’s not me. It has to go.” The feeling of relief at freely admitting that and then letting the thing go must be what weightlessness is like.

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