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It remains to be seen whether downsizing and minimalism are going to be a cultural shift or just a cultural fad, but these ideas are certainly in the air and on a lot of minds. If you’re feeling a tug toward simplicity and paring down, here are some excellent TED Talks to watch on these topics from people who are already “walking the walk.”

With one exception, these TED Talks come from Tedx events – TED-sanctioned but independently run events. If you’re not familiar with TED Talks, they are short (under 18 minutes) talks to present and share big ideas.

And if you don’t have time to watch, I’ve pulled out a few sentences from each that gives you a sense of the talk:

A Rich Life with Less Stuff

The Minimalists at TEDxWhitefish

I was living paycheck-to-paycheck. Living for a paycheck. Living for stuff. Living for a career that I didn’t love. But I wasn’t really living at all…All those things that were supposed to make me happy — they weren’t doing their job. So I decided to donate and sell all of it. And you know what, I started to feel rich for the first time. I started to feel rich once I got everything out of the way and made room for everything that remains.

See more TEDTalks about living with less here at ApartmentTherapy!