About Gone Minimal

Gone Minimal is an online reference resource that teaches people about minimalists and minimalism. It provides researched and first-hand experience posts about how to focus and enjoying fewer, more fulfilling objects and experiences.

Background Story – About Author Julia Swann

Hello, welcome to my nook of the internet and adventure into minimalism. I’m Julia, a minimalist explorer. I got inspired to explore living a way of life where less time was spent chasing and more time was spent enjoying. Minimalism allows for so much to be experienced fully, and I thought it would be fun to share the journey with others that are interested too. Maybe my research and experiences will help save you time, open you to refreshing ideas, or provide entertainment along the way

I’m a bit of a design fan; creating day-to-day living experiences and ways we interact has been happening for generations and centuries; as long as humans have been existing and innovating.

Minimalism shares a lot of these same values, and led to the name of this blog, Gone Minimal. I’ve gone minimal in my lifestyle and am excited to learn about and design a minimalist way of living to enjoy more fully the experiences we have each day.


I have always enjoyed creating, taking classes in school to learn more about making and building things. My university college experience included earning a Bachelors of Arts in design. A lot of what I learned there helps inspire my interest in minimalism. This includes aesthetic, organization, simplicity, efficiency, and empathy.


My career has involved several positions working with both visual and physical design, including human experience design. Minimalism is a natural extension of that, allowing visions for understanding the things we use, how we use them, why we use them, and what is truly essential and valuable. It is a new area that I really enjoy exploring.

Professional Organizations I Follow

  • National Association of Productivity and Organizing (NAPO)
  • American Society of Professional Organizers (ASPO)
  • American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)

Groups and Publications of Interest

I try to keep up with the latest developments and groups in minimalism, and recommend these:

I’m always excited to learn, and glad that you’re here. Thanks for stopping by.