A special thanks to each of you for making 2022 such an enjoyable year here at Becoming Minimalist. It was my fourteenth year of writing on this blog, and I have loved every moment of it!
Whether you have been reading all 14 years, the last 14 months, or just the last 14 seconds, I’m glad you’re here.
Becoming Minimalist continues to reach people beyond my wildest dreams as we grow every year in new ways. As before, this growth has occurred because of the support from readers like you—thank you for helping to spread the inspiration.
Thank you for sharing this website on social media and with your friends and family. This website exists only because of your support all these years.
Here are some numeric representations of our growth:
- Becoming Minimalist was read by over 6 million people last year.
- Our Facebook page grew to over 2,600,000 followers.
- In total, we reached 150,000,000 people last year on Facebook—that is 2% of the world’s population!
- 190,000 people currently receive Becoming Minimalist posts via email. Sign-up here to do the same.
- 200,000 people subscribe to our quarterly magazine, Simplify Magazine.
- 7,599 new people went through the Uncluttered Course last year.
- 65 new videos were posted to YouTube last year and subscribers grew from 217,000 to 260,000.
- Over 30,000 people have now used the Clutterfree App to declutter their homes.
- And our Instagram following is now just short of 100k people.
But some of our most significant successes this past year are not found in the numbers above:
- My book, Things That Matter: Overcoming Distraction to Pursue a More Meaningful Life, released in April and became a #1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller.
- The Hope Effect, our non-profit continues to change how the world cares for orphans. Your continued support allowed us to expand into a new location this year: Cambodia. More than 2,881 generous people have donated and become part of the solution.
In case you missed any, here are the top posts on Becoming Minimalist from 2022.
Most Popular Posts from 2022 (as determined by readers):
How to Have More Time and Money. What if there was a way to have more time and money available in your life? There is a solution. And it is available right now, without spending a penny (literally).
14 Reasons I’ve Been Able to Sustain Minimalism for 14 Years. Minimalism is a lifestyle I was attracted to immediately and it is an approach to life that I continue to pursue—even 14 years later.
How I Became an Early Riser. Not everyone wants to be an early riser, but I always did. Here are the exact steps I took.
The Greatest Conversation Advice I Ever Received. Everyone wants a friend who cares about them (selfless), who pays attention to them (good listener), and can understand the world and their point of view (learner). Asking questions provides that opportunity.
Ten Steps to Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck. According to a recent study, 7 in 10 Americans live paycheck to paycheck. If that is you, you are not alone. But it is also probably not a place where you want to remain.
My Personal Favorite Posts from the past year:
The Compliment I Most Want Said at My Funeral. There are any number of compliments I would like said at my funeral. But there is one compliment, maybe more than any of the others, I hope will be said of me.
The Difference Between Busy and Non-Busy People. Busy has become the default state for many of us. But is the state improving our lives? Certainly not.
Owning Less is Better than Thinking About Owning Less. You will never experience the benefits of owning less by thinking about minimalism. You can only experience them by putting the principles into practice and actually owning less.
Most Popular Guest Posts in 2022:
Why Minimalism is Especially Good for Introverts by Erica Layne. An introvert’s brain chemistry is uniquely suited for minimalism.
Here’s What It’s Like to Own Just 134 Items in the World by Charlie Brown. The average American household owns 300,000 possessions. I own 0.05% of that number.
Six Things I’ve Learned from the Amish About Living Intentionally by Vannetta Chapman. What can we learn about the Amish that can help our quest to embrace minimalism? Here are six things.
100 Things I’d Say to My 18-Year-Old Self About Minimalism. There is wonderful truth contained here for all of us to hear—whether for the first time or the hundredth time.
Most Popular Outgoing Links from the past year:
The Swedish Philosophy of Lagom: How “Just Enough” is All You Need | Big Think by Jonny Thomson. “It’s not simply learning to ‘enjoy the simple things,’ but also appreciating that sometimes less really is more.”
Everything Must Be Paid for Twice | Raptitude by David Cain. One financial lesson they should teach in school is that most of the things we buy have to be paid for twice.
Minimalist Living: 14 Simple Ways To Easily Improve Your Life | The Savvy Couple by Brittany Kline. “If you can identify even just a few areas of your life where simplifying would give you noticeable benefits, then I’d say it’s time you just dive in and get started!”
10 Choices You Will Regret in 10 Years | Marc and Angel Hack Life by Marc Chernoff. “If only…” These two words paired together create one of the saddest phrases in the English language.
Most Popular YouTube Videos of 2022:
8 Reasons Successful People Wear the Same Thing Every Day. If you have ever wondered why some successful people choose to wear the same outfit everyday, or better yet, if you are considering adopting a more streamlined wardrobe yourself, here are 8 convincing reasons.
The Three Most Essential Habits for Living Well. There are countless healthy habits that improve our lives. But I have found that when I practice just three effectively, most of the others take care of themselves.
7 Lies That Lead to a Cluttered Home. Nobody, when asked what they most want to accomplish in life, responds by saying, “I just want to own as much clutter as possible.” Owning more stuff than we need isn’t something people purposefully set out to do. But somehow, it happens—despite being a great source of stress in our lives.
Whether you have been reading Becoming Minimalist for one week, one month, one year or longer, thank you. This blog owes its success to the support of its readers. Thank you for reading. And thank you for sharing these posts with others.
I look forward to an exciting 2023.
I am excited to offer the Uncluttered Course again next year (registration will open on January 4th for the New Year’s Edition). I’ll also remain active creating videos for YouTube and Facebook and will continue publishing Simplify Magazine and Simple Money Magazine.
In addition to continuing to offer those valuable resources, I look forward to offering some new resources this coming year—including something just for Professional Declutterers/Organizers and a new project that will be more faith-based than anything else I’ve created before.
No doubt, Becoming Minimalist will continue to evolve and be redefined.
But this website will always stay true to its core message that there is more joy to be found in owning less than can ever be found in pursuing more. We will continue to invite as many as possible to discover this truth in their lives. And I hope you will join us.
Lisa-Jane Rogers says
Congratulations on these achievements, and I hope your work continues to flourish in all of these directions, old and new. The exciting thing is more and more people are hearing these important, life-changing messages about living with less. You’re helping people unhinge from addictions to buying, attachment to material things, and in many cases, treadmills of increasing debt and crippling financial pressure. You are also helping people find more meaningful ways to form and affirm their identities and worth – through true purpose and sound values that truly count for humans – rather than through the fictional ideas of status or identity symbolism brought about through purchasing inanimate things. Consumerism is a very powerful modern-day idolatry, with a strong grip on the minds of so many. The narrative is pumped out in mass communications every nano-second. However – it’s amazing how your writing and other tools can change the mental mindset and stories we tell ourselves, consciously or subconsciously, with immense influence against this tsunami of materialistic narrative. The level of shift your work can create to the storyline of our lives is seriously transformative. I’m very thankful for your work and those of writers similar to you who make up a strong, sound and authentic community of influencers sitting in behind the movement. I appreciate your work along with those in your circle (like Courtney C, Leo B, Joshua and Ryan, Cait F and a growing number of others). It’s been great having you influence my personal journey. Thank you. 😊
Wow, those are some impressive numbers! Imagine the environmental impact you’ve had and continue to have. Grateful for the guidance, even though my immediate family are like “are you at it again” , thank you
Beth Cruz says
Thank you so much. I started following you I think last year. Made me realize tons of wasteful time and money we spent on clutter. I really do appreciate your FB page. I am now 70% done with my goal to live cluttered free. It was not easy.. a lot of tears..you get emotional when you let go of things -but I focus on freeing myself of clutter and owning less.
Becoming Munimalist -I appreciate you and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. -Beth Cruz