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:

  • Facebook: Inspirational quotes and links.
  • Twitter: Quotes, thoughts, links.
  • 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. Rebecca Brunstad says

    Wow, I’m so happy I found this. Josh was the youth pastor at my church , but that was before I was old enough to be his student, and I got to see him a few years ago at the Life conference in St. Louis. I went to his seminar on minimalism and he gave me a copy of his book and it changed my life. Thank you so much, Josh! Oh, and Katie says hi

  2. Annie Link says

    Hey, Joshua! I loved meeting you yesterday and your talk at Covenant Presbyterian was extremely inspiring. It struck me today that visiting the National Whitewater Center with you and Laurie was a great reminder that the best things in life are not only NOT things, but are often free (like out visit) and/or experiences (like rafting and kayaking). I don’t know who wrote the words below, but I loved reading them: “In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.” Thanks so much for your challenge to live more gently and intentionally by releasing the things we don’t need.

  3. Emily says

    Hi Joshua,
    I was wondering if you offer any courses regarding minimalist living?
    Many Thanks,
    Emily :)

  4. Marina says

    My name is Marina and I’m a tango teacher. I have had my own tango school for more than 20 years. In the beginning, this was my absolute dream job: a job full of creativity and freedom – exactly how I wanted it. With the expansion of the school came moving to bigger cities and hiring people. I invested a lot both personally and financially. The school started to become a huge administrative machinery. Financially the situation was getting worse and I was worrying day in day out, struggling to make enough money to pay my bills.

    Than I found a company who helped me through this tough time and I want to share my story now. Hope you can write about my great journey so far. I am a reader of your blog and I would love to share my story with your audience.

    Sincerely

    Marina

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