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The Minimalists

The Minimalists
The Minimalists
Web address
Type of site Essays/Blog
Available in English
Launched 14 December 2010

The Minimalists are two authors and public speakers, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, who began pursuing the minimalist lifestyle in 2010. The pair launched their website and began publishing essays about minimalism, living a more meaningful life with less, and adding value to the world around them. In late 2012 the pair moved to a cabin in Montana so they could focus on their writing. After four months in the cabin they moved to Missoula, Montana, co-founded Asymmetrical Press and still live and work there today.[1]


The website, which covers topics including simple living, health, relationships, and personal growth,[2] was created on 14 December 2010. The site now has a monthly audience of more than 100,000 readers [3] and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal,[4] NBC, FOX, NPR, CBC, CBS This Morning[5] and Zen Habits. The content is presented in essay format with a simplified layout.

Asymmetrical Press

In 2012, Millburn and Nicodemus together with author and traveler Colin Wright co-founded Asymmetrical Press, an independent publishing company and author community.[6]

Joshua Fields Millburn

Author Joshua Fields Millburn

Joshua Fields Millburn (born 29 June 1981 in Dayton, Ohio)[7] is an American author,[8] writing instructor,[9] and minimalist.[10] Joshua lived in Dayton until 2012 and spent nearly three decades chasing the American dream. "Blindsided by the loss of his mother and his marriage in the same month, Millburn started questioning every aspect of the life he had built for himself. Then, he accidentally discovered a lifestyle known as minimalism…and everything started to change."[11]

Ryan Nicodemus

Author Ryan Nicodemus

Ryan Nicodemus (born 23 October 1981 in Knoxville, Tennessee)[12] is an American author, personal mentor,[13] and minimalist.[10] Ryan's family moved several times but eventually settled in Ohio, after upstate New York, when Ryan was eight years old. Ryan began pursuing minimalism after he was laid off from his job in Corporate America, where, up until that point, he was very successful.

Peer criticism

  • "Like Henry David Thoreau, but with Wi-Fi."—Boston Globe[14]
  • "Paring down, branching out."—Chicago Tribune[15]
  • "A better life, by having fewer possessions."—Seattle Times[16]
  • "Perhaps it's a good time to sit back and look at how we can all live with less."—USA Today[17]
  • "The path to a richer, if less cluttered, life."—Globe & Mail[18]
  • "Helping us end our obsession with stuff."—LA Weekly[19]



  • As A Decade Fades[20]
  • Falling While Sitting Down: Stories[21]
  • Days After the Crash[22]


  • Everything That Remains: A Memoir by The Minimalists[11]
  • Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life[23]

Essay Collections

  • A Day in the Life of a Minimalist[24]
  • Simplicity: Essays[25]
  • The Minimalists: Essential Essays[26]


Coming in 2015, Minimalism: A Documentary by The Minimalists is a feature-length film directed by Matt D’Avella, presented by Catalyst Media, in association with Asymmetrical and SPYR Media.


The Minimalists began touring the United States and Canada in 2012 to both promote their books, and speak to groups on the topics of living with less, adding value to the world around you, and finding your mission in life.

  • The Minimalists are scheduled to visit 100 cities in 2014 to publicize their newest book Everything That Remains. The tour will include cities in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, & Australia.[27]
  • In 2012/13 The Minimalists toured to 51 cities in the United States and Canada.[28]


  1. ^ Nicodemus, Joshua Fields & Ryan. "About Joshua & Ryan". Spyr Media. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Bowers, Annie (2011-12-20). "Do As The Minimalists Do". Dayton City Paper. Retrieved 2012-07-24. 
  3. ^ Christenson, Stephanie Taylor. "Could You Be a Minimalist?". Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Beck, Melinda (12/06/2011). "Shop 'Til you Stop: How to Treat Compulsive Spending". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "De-cluttering your way to happiness", CBS This Morning, Retrieved 25 July 2013
  6. ^ Vince Devlin, "Minimalists start unique publishing company in Missoula", Missoulian, 24 February 2013
  7. ^ "Amazon Author Page". Amazon. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  8. ^ Millburn, Joshua Fields. "Joshua Fields Millburn - Author". Spyr Media. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "General Writing Class". The Minimalists. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  10. ^ a b Nicodemus, Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan. "The Minimalists". Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  11. ^ a b Nicodemus, Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan (1 January 2014). Everything That Remains: A Memoir by The Minimalists. Asymmetrical Press. p. 232.  
  12. ^ Nicodemus, Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan. "About Joshua & Ryan". Spyr Media. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  13. ^ Nicodemus, Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan. "Private Mentoring Sessions with Ryan Nicodemus". Spyr Media. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  14. ^ Plumb, Taryn (19 December 2012). "Like Henry David Thoreau, but with Wi-Fi". Boston Globe. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  15. ^ Elejalde-Ruiz, Alexia (1 January 2013). "Paring down, branching out". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  16. ^ Brodeur, Nicole (16 December 2012). "Ryan Nicodemus: ‘We’re not soulless; we’re not against having fun’". Seattle Times. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  17. ^ Wilson, Craig (20 November 2012). "Pull up a box, have a minimalist holiday". USA Today. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  18. ^ Posner, Michael (13 December 2012). "Does a less-is-more life bring happiness?". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  19. ^ Friedlander, Whitney (17 December 2012). "How Two Guys Known as 'The Minimalists' Are Helping Us End Our Obsession With Stuff". LA Weekly. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  20. ^ Millburn, Joshua Fields (2013). As a Decade Fades. Columbia, Mo.: Asymmetrical Press. p. 284.  
  21. ^ Millburn, Joshua Fields (28 July 2012). Falling While Sitting Down: Stories. Asymmetrical Press. p. 122.  
  22. ^ Millburn, Joshua Fields (12 June 2012). Days After the Crash. Asymmetrical Press. p. 58.  
  23. ^ Nicodemus, Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan (2011). Minimalism : live a meaningful life. Columbia, Mo.: Asymmetrical Press. p. 138.  
  24. ^ Milburn, Joshua Fields (7 November 2012). A Day in the Life of a Minimalist. Columbia, MO: Asymmetrical Press. p. 210.  
  25. ^ Nicodemus, Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan (2012). Simplicity: Essays. Missoula, Mont.: Asymmetrical Press. p. 154.  
  26. ^ Nicodemus, Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan (27 July 2012). The Minimalists: Essential Essays. Columbia, MO: Asymmetrical Press. p. 160.  
  27. ^ "The Minimalists". Eventbrite. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  28. ^ "Previous Tours". Retrieved 5 March 2014. 

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