Mini Mission Monday ~ When your clutter is a bother to others

Mini Mission Monday is about finding ten minutes a day to declutter. To make it easy for you, each Monday I set seven declutter missions, one for each day of the week for you to follow. It takes the guess work out of decluttering and makes it easy … [Continue reading]

Tahini Chocolate Banana Soft Serve

I’m sure by now you’ve tried the 1-ingredient magic that is banana “soft serve” ice cream? If not, you must. It’s just frozen, ripe bananas whirled into creamy soft serve. In other words, it’s what a healthy … [Continue reading]

11 Secrets You Need to Tell Your Financial Adviser

So you've made an appointment to sit down with a financial adviser and formulate a plan for your future. Are you prepared to talk about your full money situation? In order to truly help you, your financial adviser needs to look at the big picture. … [Continue reading]

Softening into Problems

When we are trying a new habit and it doesn’t work or doing a project that gets stuck or regretting a binge session with potato chips in front of the TV, we tend to harden. We berate ourselves with, “I could do this if I had more … [Continue reading]

How I Travel for the Tiny Wardrobe Tour (and other trips)

I’ve always enjoyed traveling, but used to be a chronic over-packer. I brought everything I needed plus everything I thought I might need “just in case.” I’d wait at the luggage carousel, drag my heavy suitcases everywhere (if … [Continue reading]

Slow Home: Minimising Cleaning Waste

One of the biggest changes I’ve made in cleaning our house over the past few years (aside from my love of vinegar and citric acid!) is to really think about the materials we use, and to start looking at ways of reducing waste. I’d simply never … [Continue reading]

7 Pieces of Financial Advice That Forever Changed My Life

Motivational speaker Jim Rohn famously said we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with. One significant reason this happens is because of their example and model. As we recognize their positive aspects, we seek to emulate those … [Continue reading]

Podcast 068 | Overwhelm

By Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus · Follow: Facebook, Twitter, InstagramIn this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan discuss how they deal with being overwhelmed, and they answer the following questions: How do I … [Continue reading]

The Main Reason Changing Your Life is Tough

By Leo Babauta Many of us have things we’d like to change: our exercise and diet habits, procrastination and productivity habits, patience and mindfulness habits, quitting bad habits, decluttering and finances, reading and learning and doing … [Continue reading]

Mini Mission Monday ~ Destress

Mini Mission Monday is about finding ten minutes a day to declutter. To make it easy for you, each Monday I set seven declutter missions, one for each day of the week for you to follow. It takes the guess work out of decluttering and makes it easy … [Continue reading]

Vegan 7-Layer Salad

Raise your hand if you A) are from the Midwest, B) have ever been to a church or community potluck, or C) have eaten at your grandmother’s table. Hand raised on all three. If you answered yes on any one of these, you’ve likely experienced … [Continue reading]

23 Recipes for Slime Your Kids Can Make — and Even Sell!

At a Girl Scout retreat last weekend, I watched a middle school girl knead and roll a cerulean ball of pliable, shiny, stretchy … stuff … as she chatted with friends. The other girls at the table couldn't take their eyes off it. … [Continue reading]

Wait

We are a society of action. Action is necessary and helpful. But, so is waiting. Often as soon as we get the uncomfortable feeling of not knowing, we plow ahead in action. Let’s say a request was made to head up the school bake sale. There is … [Continue reading]

How to Under-Calendar Your Life

Bill Gates said, “Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.” Additionally, we overestimate what we can do in a day and underestimate what we can accomplish in a year. This likely stems from … [Continue reading]

100 Essentials: The Convertible Dress

This series is based on my latest book, 100 Essentials: Simple Kitchen + Capsule Wardrobe + Minimalist Home. In it, you’ll find the full list of my personal possessions, with detailed explanations and 100 color photos—including my 35-item … [Continue reading]

Slow Home: Green Cleaning Tips

Just quickly, I want to say a big thank you to everyone who has given such great feedback on our new Monday episode format. It’s been fun to make a shift after the experiments last year, and we’re really enjoying it, but to hear that you lovely folk … [Continue reading]

How Our Need For Perfection May Be Literally Killing Us

Recently, I read an important article in The Washington Post. The title reveals the content: Americans Use Far More Opioids Than Anyone Else in the World. The title describes accurately the premise of the article but the specifics tell the deeper … [Continue reading]

Podcast 067 | Happiness

By Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus · Follow: Facebook, Twitter, InstagramIn this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan discuss happiness, meaning, discontent, and despair, and they answer the following questions: … [Continue reading]

4 Step Guide to Letting Go of the Past

By Leo Babauta We’re constantly struggling with the past, in so many ways: Mistakes we’ve made that we regret or that make us feel bad about ourselves Anger about something someone did to us Frustration about how things have progressed up … [Continue reading]

Mini Mission Monday ~ Dust bunnies

Mini Mission Monday is about finding ten minutes a day to declutter. To make it easy for you, each Monday I set seven declutter missions, one for each day of the week for you to follow. It takes the guess work out of decluttering and makes it easy … [Continue reading]

Healthy Vegan Fudge (30 minutes!)

This recipe tested my patience. I almost threw in the towel. Aren’t you glad I didn’t? This fudge started as avocado truffles, which then morphed into avocado fudge, which inevitably ended up being a flop because, as hard as I tried to … [Continue reading]

6 Millennial Money Habits Every Retiree Should Learn

When it comes to money matters, Millennials don't always get a good rap. These young adults are likely to view themselves in good financial health so long as they make the bills at the end of the month, let alone stow a little extra away for … [Continue reading]

Emergency Box

Over the weekend we got a new fire safe box. The old one got too full and the lock broke. So I spend some time in “preparing for emergency” mode. As I was putting files and documents into the new box I realized the “in case of … [Continue reading]

The Worry Trap: 10 simple ways to break free

The worry trap has had a hold on each of us at one time or another. Worry is the worst when it comes to emotional clutter. Like so many of the thoughts and emotions we experience, worry becomes a habit and then a trap. The worry trap keeps us in an … [Continue reading]

Slow Home: Cleaning with Vinegar

OK. Let me get this out in the open before we move ahead… The next few Monday shows are about cleaning your home BUT BEFORE YOU GO AWAY BECAUSE THAT SOUNDS INSANELY BORING I want you to know that the info we’re going to share is actually … [Continue reading]