This Guy Left His Six-Figure Job and Sold His House To Live With Nothing. Here’s Why
1. Ask yourself how your life might be better if you owned fewer material possessions. “A lot of people might want to declutter their closets,” says Millburn, “but without understanding the purpose behind it, they will just get cluttered again.”
2. Get rid of one thing each day for a month. “This will help you build momentum,” he says. At the end of the 30 days, you’ll likely end up tossing a lot more than 30 items since you’ve devoted that time to really looking.
3. Recruit a friend to help. “The act of decluttering is fairly boring,” Millburn says. “If you can have an accountability buddy that’s helping you, it can make it fun.” Plus, if you motivate each other, ultimately you both win.
Tell us the most expensive item you guys own right now.
“Minimalism allowed me to recapture a priceless asset: my own time.”
You guys talk a lot about living a life that is more “meaningful.” What is meaningful to you right now?
“My health and my relationships are the most meaningful areas of my life.”
Are their any luxuries about the “non-minimalist” life that you miss?
Say you guys got filthy rich from your books and speaking engagements. What would you guys do with all that money?
“Invest in people instead of accumulating material possessions. Our success thus far has allowed us to invest our time in millions of readers, as well as several part and full-time employees.”
What is it about money that you think younger generations often get wrong?
“Thinking that there is a direct link between money and happiness. Truth be told, money doesn’t buy happiness. Neither does poverty. Happiness is a result of aligning your actions with your beliefs. Ergo, money can only accentuate your bad or good decisions.”
If we’re not suppose to be chasing the money, what should we be chasing?
“We needn’t chase anything. Life’s easier to enjoy when we slow down, look at everything around us with an intentional eye.”
How can we learn to value the more meaningful things in a society that constantly pushes for success and financial security?
“By constantly asking ourselves this important question: Does this thing add value to my life?”
What’s the greatest lesson that minimalism has taught you?
“Everything I own adds real value to my life. Each of my belongings—my kitchenware, my furniture, my clothes, my car—has a function. As a minimalist, every possession serves a purpose or brings me joy. With three decades of clutter receding farther into my rearview each day, I think it’s safe to say that I’m no longer possessed by my possessions.”