Fill your life with stories to tell, not stuff to show.
The simplicity/minimalism movement is a beautiful community. And I enjoy any opportunity to promote writing that encourages people to live more by owning less.
So fix yourself a nice warm cup of coffee or tea. Find a quiet moment this weekend. And enjoy some encouraging words to inspire more simplicity in your life today.
Too Nice for the Likes of Us: Why Buying Fancy Stuff Makes Us Miserable | The Guardian by Adrienne Matei. Luxury purchases should make us feel like a million bucks but impostor syndrome is at work even while we’re shopping
Enough | pjrvs by Paul Jarvis. Exterior mindfulness (some call it minimalism) only works when we solve for enough.
Most of Your Stuff Is Worthless :: 3 Things You Should Be Doing NOW to Reduce What You Own | Dallas Moms Collective by Siobhan Kratovil. Most of the stuff in your house is worthless. Yes, even the stuff you worry the most about, the stuff you think is so good you don’t use it for fear of breaking it, has little to no resale value.
Minimalist Fashion | The Minimalists. Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus chat with Courtney Carver about her new book: Project 333.
Simple Living. The Earlier, the Better. | Joshua Becker on YouTube
I have just read the “enough” article. This hits the spot for me. My enough will be different to another persons enough. I have 4 elementary school aged children so we have some things in quadruplicate! That said, everything has a home and if it doesn’t, we have to consider “is it required?”
KAY KALDA says
Not savvy on all this digital stuff. I have been looking for a way to comment for a long time so please be patient with me. I watched one of your post about negative comments and feel the need to respond. First, you and your wife have helped me and encouraged me to the point that typing this makes me tear up. So I appreciate how slow you speak for several reasons, 1, my husband can hear and understand you. 2, it really gives me the opportunity to take in what your saying and 3, it sets the tone for the reality of what your saying. Next, your hair is your hair and how you wear it should make you feel comfortable, seriously, people…get a life. I so appreciate it when you bring your wife on the videos. Let’s us know it works for us women folk also. Love what your doing, thank you K
I am decluttering my home and enjoy it more. I have a ways to go. I am retired so don’t need to figure out what to wear to work. My closet is fairly full but it does not stress me. I buy most of my clothes at resale shops and get compliments on them. If it is a new item it was on sale. I find enjoyment in the variety and fun to mix and match and assesorise. I find fun in dressing for less. Even though I may not wear an item often that does not mean I’m ready to cast it off. My things are organized and easy accessible. Some items are seasonable. I find I use mostly leggings a top and skirt or long top during the week and more dressy for Sunday church. I always keep a bag going for donation to charity. I love sending something out of the house and knowing I will not see or handle it again. Joshua your books have been very helpful. I find the more I give away the easier it is to let go.
Melodie Hood says
The first article was so off the mark for me. I buy quality items because they last so much longer! Yes, they are more expensive, but that doesn’t make me feel entitled. I feel thankful that I can save and buy these things and I take care of them. I liked the article about clearing out all the parents’ stuff. I’m very thankful that my mom has a good start on this, and I do as well. Thanks for the weekend reads! They inspire me and make me think.
joshua becker says
Thanks for the comment Melodie. But “luxury goods” and “quality goods” are very different things. This article was about the former.
Melodie Hood says
Thank you for pointing this out to me! I reread the article and it makes more sense. Love and appreciate your efforts!
Amber Hoskins says
Don’t really care for the drama The Guardian brings
I used to read these whenever, but now as suggested, I take the time to make a cup of coffee and mindfully enjoy. It’s a very different experience!
joshua becker says
This site makes me feel uncomfortable, the opposite of what I should be feeling. Being bombarded with being asked to purchase books, etc seems wrong. If you truly, want to help people you wouldn’t be charging them for your advice. By the way, a million people can be wrong.
So sorry but the first article I deemed too political. The second article is “rat infested” (? just couldn’t resist). I did think the third was right on and might inspire a lot of us to “clean out” at the very least. I have not read the remainder of the articles but plan to. I enjoy you videos. Thanks.
Thank you for nice contents! Happy weekend!
Excellent collection this Saturday!