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Diving into Minimalism

By Thomas Offinga

Introduction

Follow along as I find out what it takes to be a minimalist. Let's declutter our lives and minds together!

Thomas Offinga — Designer / Front-end Developer at Present Plus.

Added by Thomas Offinga: “You can't talk about minimalism without at least mentioning The Minimalists. Joshua and Ryan are truly inspiring people and this elevator pitch on what minimalism is should be a great place to start. I hope you enjoy this beginner course on minimalism!

1 Minimalism: An Elevator Pitch

While on the road, many folks have been asking us for a simple answer to a complex question: What is minimalism? It might seem surprising, but we're not fans of oversimplifying things. Unfortunately, when we're appearing on dozens of five-minute media slots, we're often forced to give a condensed version of what minimalism is. Many people have asked us: What

Added by Thomas Offinga: “Once upon a time Joshua Fields Millburn was working a great, six-figure earning corporate job. While that may sound great at first, Joshua ultimately decided that it wasn’t making him as happy as it should.

2 Point of No Return: I Quit My Six-Figure Corporate Job To Pursue My Passions

Point of No ReturnMarch 1st 2011 was my point of no return. I quit my six-figure day job. It feels great to say those six words. And it is incredibly liberating to write those six words. It is also terrifying and exhilarating and scary and exciting and surreal and unbelievable and, in many ways, indescribable. A New DayIt's a new

Added by Thomas Offinga: “Graham Hill perfectly explains his reasoning to move into a much smaller home

3 Living With Less. A Lot Less.

I LIVE in a 420-square-foot studio. I sleep in a bed that folds down from the wall. I have six dress shirts. I have 10 shallow bowls that I use for salads and main dishes. When people come over for dinner, I pull out my extendable dining room table. I don't have a single CD or DVD and I have

Added by Thomas Offinga: “One of my favourite blog posts of all time, ‘Breathe.’, is all about the power of breathing. Give it a shot!

4 Breathe.

Breathe. Breathing can transform your life. If you feel stressed out and overwhelmed, breathe. It will calm you and release the tensions. If you are worried about something coming up, or caught up in something that already happened, breathe. It will bring you back to the present. If you are discouraged and have forgotten your purpose in life, breathe. It

Added by Thomas Offinga: “Now that it's time to start getting rid of your stuff.. Where to start? The Minimalists have a good idea.

6 What Things Can You Get Rid Of? | The Minimalists

We're overrun by stuff. Our homes are crowded with unused items-things that aren't adding value to our lives. Overwhelmed, many of us want to simplify, but we don't even know where to start. Here's an idea: Start in the easiest places. Identify some things that you're certain are not adding value to your life. What unnecessary things are you holding

Added by Thomas Offinga: “My favorite talk about Minimalism. Graham Hill explains why you could just as easily live in a smaller home if you would just get rid of your useless stuff.

7 Graham Hill: Less stuff, more happiness

http://www.ted.com Writer and designer Graham Hill asks: Can having less stuff, in less room, lead to more happiness? He makes the case for taking up less space, and lays out three rules for editing your life.

Added by Thomas Offinga: “What if the best goal in life.. is to have no goal?

8 the best goal is no goal

"With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson The idea of having concrete, achievable goals seem to be deeply ingrained in our culture. I know I lived with goals for many years, and in fact a big part of my writings here on Zen Habits are about how to set

Added by Thomas Offinga: “Still hungry for more? Check out this great book which goes very in-depth on the subject matter.

9 Additional reading: The Joy of Minimalism

Minimalist Lifestyle: The Joy Of Minimalism - How To Simplify Your Life With Less

Minimalist Lifestyle: The Joy Of Minimalism - How To Simplify Your Life With Less - Kindle edition by Vincent Miles. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Minimalist Lifestyle: The Joy Of Minimalism - How To Simplify Your Life With Less.

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