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EP09: You watched the Minimalism Documentary. Now what?

“Love people and use things because the opposite never works.”

In this episode, we discuss the recent documentary Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things. The Minimalists: Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus present us with a beautiful documentary but what steps do we take moving forward? How do I pursue minimalism that works for me?

Tips for Minimalism Newbies

Diane:

  • TURN IT OFF 
  • Consider your home. How much space are you utilizing? (They say we only use 40% – could you do to downsize?)
  • What’s one small step you can take today? This month? This year? = PROGRESS
  • Who can you share the minimalist movement with?

Megan:

  • Not gonna happen overnight
  • Start with your own possessions
  • Closet is usually most cluttered place in house
  • Or, what’s cluttering your mind?
  • “Not consuming is not about taking away. It’s about living deliberately”
  • Won’t look the same for everyone.
  • Minimalism is more of a mindset. Changes the values by which you make your decisions.
  • It looks like small decisions made everyday:
    • Downloading another app
    • denying the receipt at the register
    • using your reusable grocery bags
    • buying another T-shirt
    • Should I say yes to that volunteer opportunity

Links discussed in the episode:

The Minimalists Website
List of individuals included in documentary

Book: Everything that Remains by The Minimalists
Book: Essential by The Minimalists
Book: Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life by The Minimalists

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6 Comments

  1. Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) Kelli H (Made in Sonoma)

    Dying to watch this documentary now. Thanks for sharing your comments on it.

    • Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) Kelli H (Made in Sonoma)

      I watched the documentary and loved it! It had so many points that during the doc. my husband and I had to pause it and have a discussion right then. I’m recommending it to all my friends and family!

  2. I’m so glad that I’ve stumbled upon your podcast. I’m also a midwestern mom (3 little girls) and I feel like you ladies get what I have been striving for in minimalism. My own brand of mom minimalism!! Though I had considered minimalism before this documentary, watching it with my husband really helped him get on board and get what I was talking about (especially since I had already sent him most of the websites for the people the Minimalists featured in their documentary). Thanks for putting your voices out there and letting the world know that mom minimalism is an awesome lifestyle.
    PS- I totally wanted a tiny house after this too!! My husband- not so much 😂

    • megan.ericson@gmail.com megan.ericson@gmail.com

      Thanks for the comment Jen 🙂 I want my husband to watch it, too. He is on board with minimalism (as I’ve said on the show, he kind of pushed me into it when we first got together) but sometimes I can be extreme. And YES to tiny houses! How cool would our society look with a ton of tiny houses and people living more in community with one another (as opposed to so spaced out and disconnected!) – Diane

  3. So I recently started listening to you all. Found you after listening to the minimalists and seeing the documentary. Went back and found this episode. For Diane (I think) considering small house living with children, Bertha TV on YouTube is pretty extraordinary. Again I found them recently. It is a family of five living in a converted school bus. I really enjoy their videos and think you may too. Keep up the good work, and thanks for looking at this from a different angle, with a lot of honesty about your own homes and personal views.

    • Megan Ericson Megan Ericson

      Thanks so much for listening and commenting! We’ll definitely have to check out Bertha TV!

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