Meet The Minimalists: Joshua Fields Millburn, Ryan Nicodemus – A More Meaningful Life with Less Stuff

This entry is part 14 of 31 in the series Exploring Minimalism

Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus are a couple of guys in their early 30’s who had everything they thought they wanted, including great jobs, only to realize they still weren’t happy. Through a series of events, Joshua decided to do something about it that some might consider drastic.

He put all of his stuff in boxes, only to be unpacked as he needed it, and the “Packing Party” was born. After 3 weeks, he got rid of whatever he hadn’t used, and enjoyed his new-found clarity and freedom.

It wasn’t long until his best friend, Ryan, joined the “party”, and before long, The Minimalists was born.

Fast forward several years, and they’re writing books (their latest, which I had the chance to help proofread Everything That Remains: A Memoir by The Minimalists), traveling and speaking, and making a documentary – all with the goal of spreading the freedom and meaning that minimalism enables.

Although the flavor of minimalist living that Joshua and Ryan subscribe to is more hardcore than some might initially be comfortable with, they are quick to reassure people that there is no one right way to do things.

We discussed some of their thoughts on our latest Twitter Tuesday:

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  • L. A. McDonough

    One really good way to become minimalist is not to raise a family. Then less stuff, less furniture, no kids stuff and their toys,etc

    • While true, it also means a lot less of the blessings that come from it 🙂