The Minimalists

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The Minimalists
Web address
Type of site
Available in English
Launched December 14, 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 December 14, 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[edit]

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[edit]

Author Joshua Fields Millburn

Joshua Fields Millburn (born June 29, 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[edit]

Author Ryan Nicodemus

Ryan Nicodemus (born October 23, 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[edit]

  • "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[edit]

  • 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 March 5, 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 July 24, 2012. 
  4. ^ Beck, Melinda (June 12, 2011). "Shop 'Til you Stop: How to Treat Compulsive Spending". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved July 24, 2012. 
  5. ^ "De-cluttering your way to happiness", CBS This Morning, Retrieved July 25, 2013
  6. ^ Vince Devlin, "Minimalists start unique publishing company in Missoula", Missoulian, February 24, 2013
  7. ^ "Amazon Author Page". Amazon. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  8. ^ Millburn, Joshua Fields. "Joshua Fields Millburn - Author". Spyr Media. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  9. ^ "General Writing Class". The Minimalists. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b Nicodemus, Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan. "The Minimalists". Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b Nicodemus, Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan (January 1, 2014). Everything That Remains: A Memoir by The Minimalists. Asymmetrical Press. p. 232. ISBN 978-1938793189. 
  12. ^ Nicodemus, Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan. "About Joshua & Ryan". Spyr Media. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  13. ^ Nicodemus, Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan. "Private Mentoring Sessions with Ryan Nicodemus". Spyr Media. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  14. ^ Plumb, Taryn (December 19, 2012). "Like Henry David Thoreau, but with Wi-Fi". Boston Globe. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  15. ^ Elejalde-Ruiz, Alexia (January 1, 2013). "Paring down, branching out". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  16. ^ Brodeur, Nicole (December 16, 2012). "Ryan Nicodemus: ‘We’re not soulless; we’re not against having fun’". Seattle Times. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  17. ^ Wilson, Craig (November 20, 2012). "Pull up a box, have a minimalist holiday". USA Today. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  18. ^ Posner, Michael (December 13, 2012). "Does a less-is-more life bring happiness?". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  19. ^ Friedlander, Whitney (December 17, 2012). "How Two Guys Known as 'The Minimalists' Are Helping Us End Our Obsession With Stuff". LA Weekly. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  20. ^ Millburn, Joshua Fields (2013). As a Decade Fades. Columbia, Mo.: Asymmetrical Press. p. 284. ISBN 978-1938793028. 
  21. ^ Millburn, Joshua Fields (July 28, 2012). Falling While Sitting Down: Stories. Asymmetrical Press. p. 122. ISBN 978-1938793004. 
  22. ^ Millburn, Joshua Fields (June 12, 2012). Days After the Crash. Asymmetrical Press. p. 58. ISBN 978-0982797372. 
  23. ^ Nicodemus, Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan (2011). Minimalism : live a meaningful life. Columbia, Mo.: Asymmetrical Press. p. 138. ISBN 978-0615648224. 
  24. ^ Milburn, Joshua Fields (November 7, 2012). A Day in the Life of a Minimalist. Columbia, MO: Asymmetrical Press. p. 210. ISBN 978-1938793066. 
  25. ^ Nicodemus, Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan (2012). Simplicity: Essays. Missoula, Mont.: Asymmetrical Press. p. 154. ISBN 978-1938793042. 
  26. ^ Nicodemus, Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan (July 27, 2012). The Minimalists: Essential Essays. Columbia, MO: Asymmetrical Press. p. 160. ISBN 978-1938793011. 
  27. ^ "The Minimalists". Eventbrite. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  28. ^ "Previous Tours". Retrieved March 5, 2014. 

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