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What is 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.”
If you’re new to minimalism, we invite you to check out our dedicated page ‘What is minimalism?’ and to share it with your friends or family who might be interested in learning more about this guiding principle.
Asking yourself questions helps you to become more self-aware, but it depends on the particular area of your life that you’re looking to address. If, for instance, it's your physical or digital possessions, you might want to ask:
Do I need this?
Do I want this?
Can I optimize this?
Can I do without it?
Are there alternatives?
Does it add value to my life?
You can make a deliberate decision to be a minimalist, or it can be a byproduct of the life you live, and it can evolve over a lifetime.
01 – Book
To learn more about minimalism, we invite you to read our two volumes of Inside Minimalism, which discuss minimalism as a tool and covers many topics such as slow and quiet living, curation, consumerism, and family. Give it a read.
02 – Podcast
On the latest episode of the Minimalism Life Podcast, New York Times–bestselling author Joshua Fields Millburn reads and discusses his essay "Imagine a Life with Less."
03 – Netflix's Minimalism is now on YouTube
04 – Community experiences
Read the latest entries of the Minimalism Life journal:
05 – Share your stories
06 – Brands anchored by simplicity and sustainability
Minimalism can be about frugality and owning less, but it can also be about supporting ethical brands with sustainability at their core (less but better). Here’s several that you might be interested learning more about.
Vinovest: simple, modern wine investing
LYMA: the ultimate supplement formula
Senreve: leather and vegan handbags handcrafted in Europe
Abode: sustainable design collections for the modern home
Stiksen: premium minimal baseball caps from Sweden
North-89: shoemakers designing for Scandinavian weather conditions
ASKET: ending fast fashion by making covetable everyday essentials
Nordic Knots: rugs inspired by the beauty of the Nordic light, colors and landscape
Oliver Cabell: minimalist Italian footwear and accessories
Plainandsimple: circular t-shirts that are certified organic and ethically made
OM-SE: natural active skincare made freshly in Sweden