The Minimalists are currently on their ‘less is now’ tour spreading the idea of minimalism across the country. Luckily for me, one of their tour stops was in Madison, Wi.
I have been following the minimalists for some time now. I have read all three of their books, watched all of their TED talks, listen to their podcast weekly, and most recently enjoyed their documentary: Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things.
See links below to give it a watch! (You won’t be disappointed)
The minimalists are great. They get it. They understand what it means to be a minimalist. The speak directly to the common misunderstandings associated with the idea of minimalism. They do not preach, rather, they inspire through their own actions (as all great leaders do).
There are two common ‘pithy quotes’ that the minimalists repeat throughout all of their tour stops / podcasts. First is their definition of minimalism:
Minimalism is the thing that gets us past the things so we can make room for life’s important things—which actually aren’t things at all.
-Joshua Fields Millburn
This quote summarizes why I made the choice to become a minimalist / essentialist. It wasn’t to get rid of everything. It wasn’t to show people I could live a life with only the essentials. It was a way to shift my focus away from the things. Away from worrying if I had enough stuff. Away from the cyclical grind of making money to acquire more things. Breaking through the mold of consumerism and choosing the life I wanted to live.
The second is just a beautiful quote:
Love People. Use Things. The opposite never works.
So simplistic, yet it says so much. I guess that’s why they call themselves the minimalists.
If you would like to hear what they had to say while they were in Madison you’re in luck! During the talk they recorded a live podcast. The podcast was not posted on the day I finished this post, but you can check their podcast page or subscribe to them on
They have tons of great content. If you’re interested in joining the minimalist lifestyle, you should definitely dig in!