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The Minimalists Podcast

English, Health / Medicine, 1 seasons, 407 episodes, 1 day 6 hours 9 minutes
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Emmy-nominated Netflix stars and New York Times–bestselling authors Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, known collectively as The Minimalists, help millions of people live meaningful lives with less.
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432 | Throw Everything Away

The Minimalists talk about throwing everything away after an infestation and the hypocrisy of minimalism. Watch all 2 hours of episode 432  on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: Should I throw away everything after my bed bug infestation? (01:48) How is it minimalist to encourage people to download seven different wallpapers? (13:47) How can I learn to let go of clutter when I grew up poor? (22:48) How do I know whether I should let go of a relationship? (27:57) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists Private Podcast: minimalists.com/support
26/02/202434 minutes 37 seconds
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431 | Minimizing Narcissism

The Minimalists speak with Dr. Ramani Durvasula about recognizing narcissists; whether the term “narcissist” is overused; the roles of self-righteousness, complaining, and comparison in narcissism; and how to walk away. Watch all 2 hours of episode 431  on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How do you know someone is a narcissist, and is the term overused? (01:11) How can I tell a narcissist that they’re the problem? (21:55) How do you let go of your feelings if your emotions are tied to your ego? (37:02) How can you mentally let go of an item you’re keeping just for when? (41:33) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists Private Podcast: minimalists.com/support
19/02/202448 minutes 41 seconds
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430 | No Junk Rule

The Minimalists  talk about their minimalist kitchen essentials, the No Junk Rule, and letting go of embarrassment. Watch all 2 hours of episode 430 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: What are The Minimalist’s kitchen essentials? (02:39) How can we get better at asking for help? (15:40) Why did I spend more money when I tried minimalism? (31:22) How can I connect with others when I feel like they’re judging me? (43:35) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists Private Podcast: minimalists.com/support
12/02/202451 minutes 50 seconds
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429 | Filling Empty Rooms

The Minimalists talk about the human desire to fill empty rooms, how they spend their downtime, the value of a quiet life, and why people desire fancy things. Watch all 2 hours of episode 429 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How do minimalists spend their downtime? (01:56) Why do I struggle with wanting nice things as a minimalists? (22:18) How can we let go of the emotions tied to things? (30:30) Can owning things deprive us of the joy of sharing them? (40:39) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists Private Podcast: minimalists.com/support
05/02/202451 minutes 56 seconds
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428 | Invisible Clutter

The Minimalists speak with Ryan Blaser, founder of TestMyHome.com, about the best tests to uncover in-home toxins, including mold, EMFs, WiFi, Bluetooth, blue light, chemicals in water, and other invisible clutter in our homes. Watch all 3 hours of episode 428 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: What are the most surprising sources of indoor toxins? (02:29) Are cell phones toxic? (31:30) What’s the best way to filter my water? (44:05) Are claims about indoor toxins backed by science? (49:27) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists Private Podcast: minimalists.com/support
29/01/20241 hour 17 minutes 47 seconds
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427 | Declutter Your Emotions

The Minimalists talk about emotional clutter, the dangers of being a “helper,” and whether hoarding is a form of procrastination. Watch all 2 hours of episode 427 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: Did I accidentally steal a bicycle? (01:52) Is hoarding just another form of procrastination? (15:59) How can I teach my boyfriend to minimize? (25:09) Where are The Minimalists touring in 2024? (32:22) How can you maintain control of your space while moving an elderly parent or in-law into your home? (38:45) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists Private Podcast: minimalists.com/support
22/01/202449 minutes
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426 | Breaking Free from Broke

The Minimalists speak with author George Kamel about letting go of past financial mistakes, frugality vs. minimalism, and how much money The Minimalists have. Watch all 2 hours of episode 426 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How can I let go of my past financial mistakes? (02:15) What’s the relationship between frugality and minimalism? (15:25) Are The Minimalists millionaires? (22:29) How can I let go of my LEGO collection? (35:54) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists Private Podcast: minimalists.com/support
15/01/202457 minutes 14 seconds
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425 | Behind What We Buy

The Minimalists speak with Marcus Collins, author of For the Culture, about the pernicious forces of corporate marketing. Watch all 2 hours of episode 425 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How can I reconcile being a minimalist with my corporate marketing job? (02:15) Have we become superficial because everyone is trying to sell us something?  (30:09) What do The Minimalists think about “buy nothing” challenges? (40:58) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists Private Podcast: minimalists.com/support
08/01/202448 minutes 38 seconds
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424 | One Day or Day One

The Minimalists how to start decluttering and letting go of stories about things. Watch all 2 hours of episode 424 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: What’s the best method to start decluttering? (02:00) How do you get rid of things that are brand new? (12:36) How can I live my life without constantly feeling disappointed by the world around me? (25:58) How can I stop feeling defeated by my clutter? (37:40) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists Private Podcast: minimalists.com/support
01/01/202447 minutes 30 seconds
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423 | Letting Go of Seasonal Decorations

The Minimalists talk about decluttering seasonal decorations, opting out of the consumer culture of Los Angeles, and whether hoarding is a choice. Watch all 2 hours of episode 423 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: Should I declutter my seasonal decorations? (01:55) Is it difficult to be a minimalist in Los Angeles? (12:49) Is hoarding a choice? (26:29) How are Joshua and T.K. so good at having conversations with differing opinions? (39:23) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists Private Podcast: minimalists.com/support
25/12/202347 minutes 6 seconds
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422 | The Comfort Crisis

The Minimalists speak with Michael Easter, author of The Comfort Crisis and Scarcity Brain, about embracing boredom and starting from scratch after losing everything. Watch all 2 hours of episode 422 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How do we start from scratch after losing everything? (02:29) Why can’t humans embrace boredom? (22:30) How can we achieve work-life balance with a constantly changing schedule? (35:20) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists Private Podcast: minimalists.com/support
18/12/202349 minutes 19 seconds
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421 | Eco-Friendly Products

The Minimalists speak with Dr. Zach Bush and Alex Woodard about environmentally friendly products, issues caused by food companies, and more. Watch all 2 hours of episode 421 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How can I find affordable environmentally friendly products? (02:06) How can we opt out of the madness of manufactured foods? (27:13) Are we addicted to water? (49:45) How can we develop an alternative to retail therapy that isn’t just another form of consumption? (01:08:39) How can I maintain my home while in a season of healing? (01:16:20) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists Private Podcast: minimalists.com/support
04/12/20231 hour 28 minutes 28 seconds
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420 | Possession Reduction

The Minimalists speak with Leo Babauta from Zen Habits about bringing meaning to our everyday lives and getting back on track with minimalism. Watch all 2 hours of episode 420 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How can I bring meaning to my everyday life? (02:33) How do I get back on track after falling off the minimalism wagon? (16:03) Are smartphones a minimalist tool or a maximalist device? (30:40) Is being a minimalist just another form of identity clutter? (37:40) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists Private Podcast: minimalists.com/support
27/11/202347 minutes 30 seconds
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419 | Unhappy Billionaires

The Minimalists speak with Rey Flemings, “concierge to the 1%,” about the problem with luxury goods, finding happiness in what we already have, and why people care too much about the size of their homes. Watch all 2 hours of episode 419 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How do I find happiness in what I already have? (02:20) Why do we obsess over the square footage of our homes? (30:08) Can luxury goods and high fashion be a form of artistic expression? (43:13) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists Private Podcast: minimalists.com/support
20/11/202358 minutes 15 seconds
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418 | Mind Shift

The Minimalists speak with Erwin Raphael McManus about the upsides and downsides of changing your mind, finding the motivation to pursue your dreams, and more. Watch all 2 hours of episode 418 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: Why is it difficult for us to change our minds? (02:01) How can I rekindle the motivation to pursue my dreams? (12:30) How can I enjoy downtime without needing to be productive? (21:51) How does this experiment demonstrate why The Minimalists don’t run ads on our podcast? (26:30) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists Private Podcast: minimalists.com/support
13/11/202343 minutes 47 seconds
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417 | Useless Things

The Minimalists talk about what makes a possession useless and why it’s not your responsibility to manage the material expectations of others. Watch all 2 hours of episode 417 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: What can I do with my old school lesson plans? (01:49) How can I manage my father’s expectations without causing conflict? (11:48) Why do people pay to keep things in storage lockers? (23:51) What do The Minimalists’ think about Feng Shui? (34:03) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists Private Podcast: minimalists.com/support
06/11/202340 minutes 38 seconds
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416 | Frustrating Downsides of Minimizing

The Minimalists talk about the frustrating effects of decluttering, and then they interview Adrienne Jezick from Morozko Forge about the benefits of ice baths. Watch all 2 hours of episode 416 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How does minimalism affect one’s daily routine? (02:50) What can Morozko Forge founder Adrienne Jezick tell us about the benefits of cold exposure? (13:05) How do we address the emotional loneliness that comes after indulging in retail therapy? (38:05) How do we deal with the chaos of too much stuff when we’re our home’s primary caretaker? (47:15) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists Private Podcast: minimalists.com/support
30/10/202353 minutes 38 seconds
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415 | Freebies

The Minimalists talk about saying no to free stuff. Watch all 3 hours of episode 415 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How can I say no to all the freebies my employer keeps trying to give me? (02:00) How can I overcome my all-or-nothing mentality? (13:55) What can I do to stay out of the stuff rat race? (26:55) How can I stop holding on to just-in-case items? (44:00) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists Private Podcast: minimalists.com/support
23/10/202351 minutes 24 seconds
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414 | Emotional Baggage

The Minimalists speak with Dr. Bradley Nelson about identifying and letting go of emotional baggage. Watch all 2 hours of episode 414 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How can I let go of the idealized mother figure I conceptualized to cope with my childhood trauma? (02:00) How does The Body Code apply to physical pain? (14:30) How can we let go of the things that evoke painful emotions for us? (34:18) How can I eliminate the emotional clutter that stops me from minimizing? (42:13) Why does our culture seem to discourage stillness as a valid state of being? (47:30) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists Private Podcast: minimalists.com/support<
16/10/202359 minutes 27 seconds
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413 | Harm Caused by Decluttering

The Minimalists talk about the balance between holding on and letting go. Watch all 2 hours of episode 413 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How can I let go of possessions my daughter doesn’t want me to let go of? (02:39) Can digital music become clutter? (14:06) Is each successive generation getting better at decluttering? (25:43) How can we let go of the belief that we need to be perfect to do something? (32:24) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists Private Podcast: minimalists.com/support
09/10/202341 minutes 2 seconds
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412 | Building a Non-Anxious Life

The Minimalists speak with psychologist Dr. John Delony about finding peace in difficult times. Watch all 2 hours of episode 412 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How can I learn to be at peace with myself? (02:27) How can I get back custody of my children? (12:29) Why do The Minimalists post to social media? (22:50) What if peace isn’t our natural state? (29:30) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists Private Podcast: minimalists.com/support
02/10/202338 minutes 7 seconds
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411 | House Full of Junk

The Minimalists talk about getting rid of things even if you think they won’t add value to others. Watch all 2 hours of episode 411 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: What can I do with my items that I think won’t add value to others? (03:18) How can I opt-out of my workplace’s themed dress-up days? (16:14) Why do The Minimalists put out so much content? (26:13) Where can I learn more about minimalist meetup groups? (31:30) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists Private Podcast: minimalists.com/support
25/09/202336 minutes 14 seconds
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410 | Declutter Slowly

The Minimalists peak  talk about clutter as an anxiety crutch and letting go of coupons. Watch all 2 hours of episode 410 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: Can clutter be an anxiety crutch? (02:19) How can I let go of all the coupons I’m clinging to? (11:54) Do lower-income folks tend to spend more frivolously than higher-income folks on luxury goods? (26:31) How can I keep my space minimal but still warm and inviting? (38:51) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists Private Podcast: minimalists.com/support
18/09/202345 minutes 38 seconds
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409 | A Controversial Episode

The Minimalists peak with YouTuber Destiny about a host of controversial topics, including extreme hoarding, opinions, objective morality, taxation, God, dating, and whether we should discuss controversial topics in the first place. Watch all 3 hours of episode 409 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How can we set boundaries with the hoarders in our lives? (02:49) What’s the point of having controversial debates? (13:34) Is morality objective or relative? (21:25) Is taxation theft? (28:58) Does Destiny have any controversial dating advice? (47:30) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists Private Podcast: minimalists.com/support
11/09/20231 hour 3 minutes 20 seconds
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408 | Minimize Fat

The Minimalists speak with Dr. Sean O’Mara about the connection between minimalism and weight loss. Watch all 2 hours of episode 408 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: What is the connection between minimalism and weight loss? And how does clinging affect the body? (01:53) How can I minimize the excess fat around my face and belly? (09:20) How can I lose my last bit of fat? And how unhealthy would it be to not lose it? (34:50) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists Private Podcast: minimalists.com/support
04/09/202353 minutes 38 seconds
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407 | The Scarcity Problem

The Minimalists speak talk about cultivating an abundance mindset and letting go of the residue of the past. Watch all 2 hours of episode 407 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How do I let go of my scarcity mindset so I can enjoy the fruits of my years of hard work and saving? (02:02) What should I do with my parents’ ashes? (17:18) If luxury goods are a scam, what’s the point of making money? (30:22) Where does the mean voice in my head come from? (41:58) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists Private Podcast: minimalists.com/support
28/08/202350 minutes 20 seconds
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406 | Travel Light

The Minimalists speak with author and traveler Light Watkins about traveling with less and letting go of distractions while traveling. Watch all 2 hours of episode 406 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How can I let go of my assumptions, prejudices, and expectations while traveling? (02:20) How can I pack lightly with two young children? (20:03) Should I give my kids the choice about what they do with their stuff? (33:09) How do you manage anxiety that you have despite knowing worrying isn’t necessary? (41:59) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists Private Podcast: minimalists.com/support
21/08/202346 minutes 37 seconds
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405 | Buy Nothing

 The Minimalists talk about the buy nothing movement and the dangers of binary thinking. Watch all 2 hours of episode 405 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: What are The Minimalists’ thoughts on the “buy nothing” movement? (02:53) How can I let go of the items my husband left behind after his death? (18:10) Why do we feel resistant to making end-of-life plans? (30:22) How can I help my adult daughter become independent? (37:53) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists Private Podcast: minimalists.com/support
14/08/202347 minutes 28 seconds
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404 | Souvenir Clutter

The Minimalists talk about avoiding souvenirs, resisting impulse, and minimizing tattoos. Watch all 2 hours of episode 404 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How can I control the fear of missing out when on vacation? (01:54) How can I address the fear of the unknown as I contemplate removing my tattoos? (16:25) How can we resist impulse purchases when presented with the attitude that “life is short, so why not just buy it?” (26:20) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists Private Podcast: minimalists.com/support
07/08/202346 minutes 16 seconds
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403 | Selling Unwanted Clothes

The Minimalists talk about whether to sell, consign, or donate unwanted clothes, furniture, and art. Watch all 2 hours of episode 403 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: What are my options for getting rid of unwanted clothes? (02:20) Should I get rid of my smartphone? (21:08) Is minimalism “all or nothing,” or are there areas in my life where I can allow space for more? (32:10) What is the 30-Day Minimalism Game? (38:36) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists Private Podcast: minimalists.com/support
31/07/202349 minutes 9 seconds
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402 | Social Media Clutter

The Minimalists talk about social media overwhelm. Watch all 2 hours of episode 402 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How do The Minimalists maintain a healthy relationship with social media? (01:53) How can I avoid the burden of inherited family heirlooms? (17:50) How can I get more meaningful connections out of social media? (28:30) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists Private Podcast: minimalists.com/support
24/07/202338 minutes 29 seconds
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401 | Bulk Purchases

The Minimalists talk about buying in bulk, avoiding clickbait, and letting go of family heirlooms. Watch all 2 hours of episode 401 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: What are The Minimalists’ thoughts on buying items in bulk? (02:04) Should we ignore click-bait headlines and hit pieces about Minimalism and other topics we enjoy? (11:54) How do I tell my mom I don’t want her family heirlooms? (19:33) Why isn’t The Minimalists’ second documentary, Less Is Now, on YouTube? (34:50) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists Private Podcast: minimalists.com/support
17/07/202339 minutes 59 seconds
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400 | Necessary Endings

For this very special episode, The Minimalists talk about Ryan Nicodemus’s new chapter. Watch all 4 hours of episode 400 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How has Joshua and Ryan’s friendship evolved over the last 32 years? And how will it evolve going forward? (01:40) What is Ryan most excited about with respect to moving back to Montana? (10:06) What is Ryan going to miss about being a full-time LA resident? (13:45) What was the hardest thing Ryan has had to do in the last 13 years? (16:20) What is Ryan’s favorite thing The Minimalists have done in the last 13 years? (22:20) What material possessions is Ryan letting go of during his move? (30:40) What’s one thing Ryan has changed his mind about over the last 13 years? (39:00) As The Mini
10/07/20231 hour 35 minutes 53 seconds
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399 | Hobby Clutter

The Minimalists talk about hobby clutter and the diminishing returns of owning too much. Watch all 2 hours of episode 399 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: Should we make checklists of items we need to support our hobbies? (01:54)  How do let go of things when you’re afraid of having to buy them again? (17:30)  Is an unwillingness to go all-in on something a sign that it isn’t important to you? (16:54)  How do we redirect negative thoughts that come up when we look at possessions that are holding us back? (22:40) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists Private Podcast: minimalists.com/support
03/07/202332 minutes 48 seconds
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398 | Decluttering the Gut

The Minimalists speak with Dr. Zach Bush about his minimalist approach to gut health. Watch all 3 hours of episode 398 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: What steps can I take to optimize my gut microbiome? (02:12) What is Joshua’s personal gut-health protocol? (22:27) Are there any foods I should avoid or prioritize for optimal hormone balance? (35:16) What big news does Dr. Bush have to share with the podcast? (40:01) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists Private Podcast: minimalists.com/support
26/06/20231 hour 14 minutes 1 second
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397 | Renewed Minimalism

The Minimalists talk about healing from shopping addiction, being used by family, getting bothered by others, and more. Watch all 2 hours of episode 397 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How can I heal from shopping addiction and emotional abuse?(02:47) What are The Minimalists’ views on the ethics of using sharing-economy services like Uber and AirBnB? (16:49) What makes a supportive partner? (35:47) Now that Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things is available for free on YouTube, will the bonus content still be available for purchase? (49:08) How does the death of a parent affect one’s identity? (51:09) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists Private Podcast: <a href= "http://theminimalists.com/su
19/06/202359 minutes 49 seconds
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396 | The False Self

The Minimalists talk about identity clutter and what to do when your family won’t try minimalism. Watch all 2 hours of episode 396 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How can I decouple my identity from my career? (2:39) How do you declutter emotional resentment? (19:06) How can I get my family to try minimalism? (25:52) How can we balance authenticity with "faking it until we make it"? (36:25) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists Private Podcast: minimalists.com/support
12/06/202344 minutes 34 seconds
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395 | The Pain of Clinging

The Minimalists talk about leaving a home that’s weighing you down and why no one can make you happy. Watch all 2 hours of episode 395 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How do you let go of a home that's weighing you down? (01:50) Why don’t you consider the plugging of your own private podcast advertising? (14:47) How does the Maxim “No one can make you happy” help people who are already lonely? (27:41) Why am I anxious despite having everything I need? (42:56) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists Private Podcast: minimalists.com/support
05/06/202348 minutes 57 seconds
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394 | Simplify Everything

The Minimalists talk about reducing digital clutter and whether “the cloud” is damaging the planet. Listen to all 2 hours of episode 394 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How detrimental to the planet is our use of “cloud” storage? (02:00) What do you consider “adding value”? (07:36) How do we create environmental awareness without “doom and gloom”? (11:25) Why do we get so attached to things, and how can we stop? (16:18) What can we do with old clothes that aren’t suitable for donation? (23:08) Why do we participate in so many pursuits that don’t truly matter to us, and why do we feel compelled to do so? (35:30) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists Private Podcast: <a
29/05/202343 minutes 33 seconds
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393 | Psychological Clutter

The Minimalists speak with psychologist Dr. John Delony about psychological clutter, the anatomy of hope, and more. Listen to all 2 hours of episode 393 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: What are your views regarding hope? (01:17) What are the two kinds of hope? (03:54) What do you consider the differences between wishing and hoping? (05:49) How do you define “faith”? (09:07) Isn’t compromise an integral part of a romantic relationship? (32:36) What are the three C’s of compromise? (35:24) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists Private Podcast: minimalists.com/support
22/05/202348 minutes 9 seconds
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392 | The Flinch

The Minimalists speak with author Julien Smith about perpetual dissatisfaction and the flinch that prevents us from freeing ourselves from the weight of possessions. Listen to all 2 hours of episode 392 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How do we appropriately reuse, repurpose, or recycle items to ensure they don’t simply become a problem for someone else? (02:06) What are your perspectives regarding pride? (10:01) How do we deal with our daily fears? (15:34) What are the two types of fears? (18:00) How do we ensure our focus on personal development doesn’t become an obsession? (24:23) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists Private Podcast: <a href=
15/05/202334 minutes 35 seconds
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391 | Wanting to Let Go

The Minimalists talk about abandoning impulse to get what you want. Listen to all 2 hours of episode 391 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How do I let go of my pet accouterments? (01:51) Are there negative consequences to dark therapy? (16:40) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists Private Podcast: minimalists.com/support
08/05/202331 minutes 6 seconds
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390 | Organized Home

The Minimalists speak with professional organizer Kristen Ziegler about adding style to one’s home without adding clutter. Watch all 2 hours of episode 390 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How do we decorate our homes without adding more? (01:51) What do you consider “authentic style”? (03:00) How do we appropriately enhance empty rooms? (04:57) What can we do with cherished items that don’t fit our current design aesthetic? (09:09) How do you determine a space’s design potential? (11:13) What questions do you ask clients to discover their design needs and wants? (17:14) How do you decide on the best containers for your storage needs? (19:50) Detailed show notes: <a href= "http
01/05/202331 minutes 18 seconds
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389 | Attached to Clothing

The Minimalists talk about feeling overwhelmed by clothing. Listen to all 2 hours of episode 389 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How do we ensure we have only the clothing we actually need? (01:45) What are your takes on clothing styles? (13:43) How do I appropriately appreciate the red dress my boyfriend bought me when I prefer all black clothing? (14:47) When will I finally feel I’ve minimized all I can? (27:15) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists Private Podcast: minimalists.com/support
24/04/202331 minutes 44 seconds
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388 | Money Clutter

The Minimalists speak with financial expert Ramit Sethi about wealth, money clutter, and investing with a minimalist mindset. Listen to all 3 hours of episode 388 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: Why do minimalists invest if they already have what they need? (01:47) How do we determine our rich life? (05:22) If the opposite of love and hate is indifference, but I’m still mad, does that mean I’m still in love? (17:41) Do we need whole life insurance as an investment because of our high net worth? (28:32) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists Private Podcast: minimalists.com/support
17/04/202333 minutes 2 seconds
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387 | Desirelessness

The Minimalists talk about messy living, desirelessness, and attachments at their final Sunday Symposium. Listen to the Maximal edition of episode 387 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: Introduction (00:11) What are the different kinds of desires? (23:23) How do consumption and creativity differ? (24:18) Why are we so confused regarding what we actually want? (27:30) How does social media incentivize discontent? (38:41) What are the differences between stated preference and revealed preference? (46:27) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists Private Podcast: minimalists.com/support
10/04/202354 minutes 49 seconds
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386 | Not Minimalism

The Minimalists talk about what minimalism has to do with normal, everyday subjects like friendship, pets, history, meteorology, and entertainment. Listen to all 2 hours of episode 386 on The Minimalists Private Podcast: patreon.com/theminimalists Discussed in this episode: How can minimalism apply to most everyday topics? (01:54) Why do most people believe minimalism only applies to physical items? (05:41) What is epistemology? (08:51) How do we help loved ones move on from fruitless pursuits? (16:54) What is the difference between helping and supporting? (22:42) Why do you have an issue with those that can afford expensive things? (25:31) What does tire rubber have to do with minimalism? (32:02) How is brainstorming related to minimalism? (33:32) <p dir="ltr"
03/04/202339 minutes 17 seconds
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385 | Monogamy and Nonmonogamy

The Minimalists speak with Aubrey Marcus about relationship structures, commitment, marriage, open relationships, and more! Watch all 3 hours of episode 385 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How is nonmonogamy related to minimalism? (02:12) What challenges have people experienced in nonmonogamous relationships? (12:29) How do people thrive in nonmonogamous relationships? (16:19) How do we create a healthy balance between giving and receiving love? (19:31) What is “compersion”? (21:34) What is “kitchen-table polyamory”? (22:55) How is suffering contagious? (28:11) What is “tantric technology”? (31:57) How do we open ourselves up more for love? (34:58) Do defin
27/03/202358 minutes 51 seconds
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384 | Food Clutter

The Minimalists speak with Dr. Paul Saladino about foods to subtract from one’s diet—and foods to add—to live more healthfully. Listen to all 3 hours of episode 384 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: What should we remove from our diet to improve our health? (02:18) What are your perspectives regarding dairy and dairy alternatives? (12:02) Are nuts and seeds healthy snacks? (19:37) What should we add to our diet to improve our health? (22:39) Should we limit our consumption of carbohydrates? (33:53) Why isn’t the vegan diet sufficient for most humans? (45:58) What one meal could you eat for the rest of your life? (47:10) What’s wrong with tap water, and what kind of water do you drink? (49:43) <p di
20/03/20231 hour 5 minutes 27 seconds
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383 | Heartbreak

The Minimalists talk with Dr. Cortney Warren about heartbreak and letting go of your ex. Listen to all 2 hours of episode 383 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How do we break our emotional and physical attachments to our exes? (02:08) What faulty beliefs do we harbor regarding our exes? (03:47) Why do we undervalue what we bring to relationships? (07:32) How do we ensure our own happiness instead of expecting it from our significant others? (16:47) What are the three essentials of all relationships? (19:48) What are the differences between standards and expectations? (22:53) Is there an appropriate time to move on from a partner who is struggling with seemingly insurmountable challenges? (25:53) Detailed sho
13/03/202336 minutes 46 seconds
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382 | Three Kinds of Fear

The Minimalists talk with Lewis Howes, author of The Greatness Mindset, about the fear of success, self-doubt, and how to let go of one’s fantasy self. Listen to all 3 hours of episode 382 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How do I encourage my loved ones to be more supportive? (01:50) What does the TARA acronym represent? (08:08) How do we effectively address our fears of failure, judgment, and success? (16:27) Does ambition also create worry similar to the need for things? (23:27) How do I overcome the nagging fear of failure in my business pursuits? (29:44) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists Private Podcast: <a h
06/03/202340 minutes 2 seconds
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381 | Perfectionism

The Minimalists talk with psychotherapist Katherine Morgan Schafler about perfectionism, self-sabotage, and cohabiting with someone who isn’t a minimalist. Listen to all 2 hours of episode 381 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How do I overcome my perfectionist tendencies so I can get my work done? (01:40) What are your perspectives regarding power? (03:42) How do we address an unhealthy obsession with perfectionism? (12:16) How do I live peacefully with a non-minimalist? (16:57) What are the five types of perfectionists? (26:19) How do The Minimalists make money without ad revenue? (31:09) What is the difference between procrastination and resistance? (39:02) Detailed show notes: <a href= "http
27/02/202345 minutes 38 seconds
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380 | Career Clutter

The Minimalists speak with an aspiring minimalist about reducing career clutter. Listen to all 2 hours of episode 380 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How do I determine the most ideal career path to pursue of my many passions? (02:00) Is an obsession with letting go considered a mental illness? (20:37) Why are we so preoccupied with mental illnesses? (20:48) Is it cheating to play the Minimalism Game in February? (27:05) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists Private Podcast: minimalists.com/support
20/02/202333 minutes 30 seconds
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379 | Unhealthy Family Relationships

The Minimalists speak with therapist relationship expert Nedra Tewwab about letting go of expectations for family members. Listen to all 2 hours of episode 379 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How do we appropriately manage our expectations of loved ones, especially regarding help with parenting our children? (02:08) How do we respectfully and tactfully discuss inheritance with family members? (18:53) What is problematic regarding an obsession with political correctness? (21:57) How do I appropriately support loved ones who don’t recognize their hypocrisy in their treatment of others? (28:59) When are labels useful? (30:20) What is the difference between boundaries and bluffs? (31:18) How do we encourage our parents to
13/02/202338 minutes 37 seconds
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378 | Difficulty Letting Go

The Minimalists talk about why it’s so difficult to let go. Listen to all 2.5 hours of episode 378 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How do I push myself out of my long-term comfort zones? (02:08) How do we learn to better trust our intuition? (16:37) What is most concerning about the desire for nice things? (21:01) How do we ensure we purchase items with weighted consideration for utility, durability, environmental cost, and fair trade manufacturing? (30:39) Detailed show notes: <a href= "http://theminimalist
06/02/202337 minutes 59 seconds
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377 | Disrespectful Family

The Minimalists speak with therapist and author Lori Gottlieb about family members who don’t respect boundaries. Listen to all 2 hours of episode 377 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How do we create a detente with loved ones who are completely intractable? (02:04) How do we bring meaningful change to our relationships? (05:01) What is “the parentified child”? (11:28) What do you consider the ‘cost of admission’ for relationships? (14:21) What are your views regarding nonnegotiables? (14:38) <span style
30/01/202329 minutes 50 seconds
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376 | Cluttercore

The Minimalists discuss the new “cluttercore” design trend. Listen to all 2 hours of episode 376 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How do we stay focused and motivated when we’re going through a lengthy process of decluttering? (01:50) What is “cluttercore”? (05:02) Is there any value in simply embracing clutter? (09:00) What is “costly signaling”? (10:34) How do we determine what to actually hold on to? (14:09) Which of the objects mentioned in past “Added Value” segment
23/01/202338 minutes
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375 | Clinging to Books

The Minimalists talk about why people cling to books they’ll never read, advice for aspiring writers, and more. Listen to all 2.5 hours of episode 375 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: Why do some people hold on to books they’ll likely never read again? (01:48) What is the most effective process for getting a book published? (15:30) What are your perspectives regarding self-promotion? (21:24) What do you consider ideal writing habits? (26:07) How do we intentionally let go of our books? (33:04) <span sty
16/01/202340 minutes 26 seconds
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374 | Boxes of Stuff

The Minimalists talk about holding on to boxes of sentimental items. Listen to all 2 hours of episode 374 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How do we find the strength to let go of significantly sentimental items or find the peace to keep them? (01:47) Isn’t our reliance on the ‘rules’ of others simply a lack of our own discipline? (15:02) What is your perspective regarding discipline? (18:10) How do you record podcasts when much of your staff works and lives remotely? (20:16) How do we convince loved ones that we tr
09/01/202332 minutes 42 seconds
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373 | No Prescriptions (Kapil Gupta)

The Minimalists speak with Kapil Gupta, MD, about prescriptions, discontent, fear, suffering, misery, lies, truth, and more. Listen to all 2 hours of episode 373 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: What are your perspectives regarding conflict? (10:41) Why are we so concerned with the opinions of others? (11:46) Why is trying to convince others so problematic? (20:13) What do you mean by “the ultimate possibility of a human being”? (34:48)</s
02/01/202335 minutes 58 seconds
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372 | How to Let Go

The Minimalists talk about letting go, dealing with regrets, New Year’s resolutions, broken family relationships, and the dangers of hope. Listen to all 2 hours of episode 372 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How do we let go of our shame regarding our shortcomings? (04:42) How do we continuously refine our minimalist practices without becoming compulsive? (11:52) What is the “No-Stories Policy”? (15:54) How do we mend a broken relationship when the other person isn’t interested in fixing it? (18:59) Detailed show n
25/12/202233 minutes 31 seconds
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371 | The Best Gift

The Minimalists talk about the gift of a clean slate. Listen to all 3 hours of episode 371 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How do you manage the debilitating anxiety associated with a potentially terminal illness? (01:54) How is a clean slate the best gift? (03:00) How do we still love family and friends that don’t support us? (16:25) How do we let go of excess when circumstances put us in a survival mentality? (20:33) Detailed show notes: <span style= "font-weig
19/12/202235 minutes 26 seconds
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370 | Guilt

The Minimalists speak with Dr. Nicole LePera about letting go of guilt. Listen to all 3 hours of episode 370 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How do we manage the guilt we feel when we’re dependent on loved ones? (01:52) Why did Dr. LePera write How to Meet Your Self? (15:49) How do we determine when it’s appropriate to help others? (17:31) How do we explain to our loved ones when the negatives far outweigh the positives at ou
12/12/202236 minutes 52 seconds
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369 | Intentional Travel

The Minimalists talk about traveling with less. Listen to all 2.5 hours of episode 369 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How do you travel intentionally as a minimalist? (02:01) What is the “Go-Without-It Rule”? (15:54) How do I overcome the fear of possibly wasting time and effort on new experiences I might not enjoy? (19:10) How do we budget appropriately for vacations? (24:42) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast</
05/12/202229 minutes 8 seconds
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368 | Chronic Illness

The Minimalists speak with Dr. Jerry Tennant about preventing and treating chronic illness. Listen to all 2 hours of episode 368 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: When will medicine shift its focus to prevention instead of just treating symptoms? (02:15) Why did Dr. Tennant write Healing Is Voltage? (12:15) How does low voltage contribute to illness? (17:29) <span style="font-weight: 40
28/11/202243 minutes 41 seconds
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367 | Storage

The Minimalists talk about the problems with in-home storage. Listen to all 2 hours of episode 367 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How do we reason with loved ones regarding their clutter intruding our shared spaces? (02:21) How do we manage stress during moves? (17:22) How much clothing should we keep on hand for weight fluctuations? (21:13) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists Private Podcast: </
21/11/202233 minutes 59 seconds
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366 | News Media Clutter

The Minimalists talk about news addiction and the anxiety it produces. Listen to all 2.5 hours of episode 366 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How do we stay informed without becoming overwhelmed? (01:53) What is the primary purpose of news outlets? (03:29) Why are most ideas worthless? (08:44) How do we become more psychologically flexible? (16:08) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast <span style="font-we
14/11/202226 minutes 34 seconds
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365 | Minimalist Budgeting Tips

The Minimalists talk about avoiding lifestyle inflation. Listen to all three hours of episode 365 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How do I better manage my impulses and my budget as my income increases? (01:46) What is “lifestyle inflation”? (02:29) What is the “casino technique”? (12:04) How will refunding dissatisfied customers and allowing them to keep items affect consumerism? (19:36) How do we determine what luxuries to let go of when we can comfortably afford them? (24:38) <span style="font-weig
07/11/202237 minutes 56 seconds
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364 | Inner Conflict

The Minimalists speak with Wendy Smith, author of Both/And Thinking, about shortening cycles of inner conflict. Listen to all two hours of episode 364 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How do we better analyze and accept our shortcomings and failures? (01:57) What is “emotional ambivalence”? (10:38) How do we tactfully manage rocky relationships with family and
31/10/202234 minutes 8 seconds
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363 | Stuffitis

The Minimalists talk about how to decide what to get rid of. Listen to all two hours of episode 363 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How do we determine what to let go of when we’re attached to everything we have? (01:38) What is “one-day-itis”? (07:17) How do I best manage my anxiety regarding decluttering? (11:14) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists Private Podcast: <a href= "http://themin
24/10/202223 minutes 38 seconds
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362 | Simplifying Death

The Minimalists speak with hospice physician Zach Bush, MD, about accepting death. Listen to all three hours of episode 362 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How does it seem that we effortlessly let go of everything when we die? (01:48) How do we detox the memory bank of the human body? (11:13) Since palliative care is generally only available to those who are terminally ill, is there another legal and ethical option for me when I’m ready to pass on? (18:54) <span style="font-we
17/10/202244 minutes 27 seconds
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361 | Stop Saying Yes

The Minimalists talk about managing guilt and disappointment when saying “no.” Listen to all two hours of episode 361 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How do I manage the guilt I feel when I must refuse the requests of others for my assistance? (01:46) Why is it so difficult to say “no” in the moment? (05:08) Is it selfish to expect adequate compensation for my time and expertise? (11:32) How do I appropriately manage the anger I feel toward the transgressions of others? (14:05) Detailed show notes: <a href=
10/10/202226 minutes 44 seconds
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360 | Sleep Problems

The Minimalists speak with sleep expert Jack Dell’Accio about best practices for sleep. Listen to all two hours of episode 360 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How do couples tactfully address their sleep issues that affect one another? (01:43) Is it more beneficial for couples to sleep together or to sleep apart? (04:56) What approaches have you found effective as a couple in improving your sleep? (07:06) How do I effectively
03/10/202228 minutes 1 second
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359 | Decluttering Facebook Friends

The Minimalists talk about getting rid of excess “friends” on social media. Listen to all two hours of episode 359 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How do we appropriately curate our ‘friends’ lists in our social media accounts? (01:40) Why do we act on social media in ways we would never act in real life? (06:48) How do we tactfully encourage our partners to embrace minimalist practices? (14:05) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast <span style="font-
26/09/202223 minutes 43 seconds
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358 | Relationship Clutter

The Minimalists are joined by licensed therapists Vanessa Bennett and John Kim to discuss relationship clutter. Listen to all two hours of episode 358 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How do I search intentionally for a life partner without becoming consumed by that pursuit? (01:45) Does a need for relationships inevitably cause relationship clutter? (03:31) <span style="font-weight
19/09/202230 minutes 21 seconds
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357 | Angry

Ryan Nicodemus returns and the trio talks about what makes them angry. Listen to all three hours of episode 357 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: Is anger most commonly triggered by fear and sadness? (01:30) What is your perspective regarding acceptance? (04:46) How do I tactfully address a significant difference in our decor preferences with my partner? (15:41) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists P
12/09/202233 minutes 57 seconds
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356 | Judgment

The Minimalists are joined by musician and YouTuber Ruslan to talk about judgment as emotional clutter. Watch all three hours of episode 356 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How do we help our children control their emotions? (01:51)   How do we best manage the judgment of loved ones? (16:23)   Where do Ruslan and The Minimalists disagree on judgment? (17:39)   What is the difference between description and prescription? (19:01) Detailed show notes:
05/09/202228 minutes 13 seconds
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355 | Kids' Stuff

The Minimalists are joined by Joshua’s wife, Becca Shern, host of How to Love, to talk about unconventional relationships and parenting. Listen to all three hours of episode 355 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How do I discuss creating appropriate boundaries with our children with my spouse and grandparents? (01:40) How do we incorporate specificity to better manage difficult conversations? (09:15) <span style="fon
29/08/202240 minutes 59 seconds
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354 | Misery

The Minimalists are joined by philosopher Peter Rollins to talk about misery, trauma, and letting go of souvenirs. Listen to all three hours of episode 354 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: What drives The Minimalists to help others? (01:41) What inspires Peter Rollins to create? (05:57) Why is work meaningful to us? (07:14) How do we let go of the guilt of a poorly chosen present? (10:33) What is yo
22/08/202234 minutes 7 seconds
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353 | Quitting Minimalism

The Minimalists are joined by comedian Jamie Kilstein to talk about quitting minimalism, saying “no” to birthday gifts, and more. Listen to all three hours of episode 353 on The Minimalists Private Podcast: patreon.com/theminimalists Discussed in this episode: What is your perspective regarding people quitting minimalism? (01:50) Why do we often blame our problems on everything but ourselves? (05:53) What is “new-convert syndrome”? (10:31) How do we tactfully refuse gifts? (12:33) <span style="font-w
15/08/202226 minutes 57 seconds
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352 | The Expectations

The Minimalists are joined by musician Matt Nathanson to talk about the problem with expectations and assumptions. Watch all three hours of episode 352 on The Minimalists Private Podcast: patreon.com/theminimalists Discussed in this episode: How do I lower or eliminate expectations? (01:44) What is the distinction between an expectation and an assumption? (10:26) What do you consider your most meaningful accomplishment? (12:22) What can attendees of the Sunday Symposium event expect? (24:46) Detailed show notes: 
08/08/202229 minutes 39 seconds
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351 | Funeral for Things

The Minimalists are joined by their new cohost, T.K. Coleman, to talk about dead things, dead relationships, and more. Listen to all three hours of episode 351 on The Minimalists Private Podcast: patreon.com/theminimalists Discussed in this episode: Why did T.K. Coleman join The Minimalists Podcast as the new cohost? (00:19) Are we obligated to always attend the funerals of loved ones? (03:43) How do I accept my mother dating after the death of my father? (15:46) <span style="font-weight: 40
01/08/202237 minutes 51 seconds
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You Are Probably a Stage 1 Hoarder

The Minimalists discuss with professional organizer Dr. Julia Raz the likelihood that nearly all of us are at least stage 1 hoarders. Listen to full episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast: patreon.com/theminimalists FOLLOW THE MINIMALISTS: Instagram TikTok Twitter Facebook
28/07/20227 minutes 56 seconds
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350 | Professional Organizers

The Minimalists discuss organizing, hoarding, and decluttering with professional organizer Dr. Julia Raz, and they answer the following questions: When should you hire a professional organizer, and what should you look for in one? (01:36) What is a professional organizer? (02:13) How do I create a new space with a minimalist aesthetic when I move? (10:27) What is the crux of most couples’ disagreements? (19:09) How do I find the system of organization that works for me? (21:47) What questions help us get to the ‘why’ of decluttering? (26:43)
26/07/202238 minutes 51 seconds
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The Perfect Amount of Clothes

The Minimalists discuss how many articles of clothing are sufficient for a minimalist. Listen to full episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast: patreon.com/theminimalists FOLLOW THE MINIMALISTS: Instagram TikTok Twitter Facebook
21/07/20224 minutes 24 seconds
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349 | Outgrowing Things

The Minimalists discuss outgrowing possessions, careers, cities, routines, habits, traditions, and relationships, they release a major announcement, and they answer the following questions: How can you tell you’ve outgrown something? (01:48)  What is the common denominator of outgrown things? (04:39) How do I move on from my past traumas so they have the least negative impact on my present self? (10:35) What is your perspective regarding trauma? (16:58) How do I move on from something without feeling I’m losing part of my identity? (21:12) Who is the new cohost of The Minimalists Podcast? (37:21
19/07/202248 minutes 26 seconds
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Emotions from Childhood Are Holding You Back

The Minimalists discuss coping with childhood trauma with psychologist Dr. Susan David. Listen to full episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast: patreon.com/theminimalists FOLLOW THE MINIMALISTS: Instagram TikTok Twitter Facebook
14/07/202210 minutes 16 seconds
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348 | Decluttering Emotions

The Minimalists discuss emotional clutter with psychologist Dr. Susan David, and they answer the following questions: What is optimum emotional health, and how do we achieve it? (01:39) How does acceptance help us manage our emotional state? (04:31) Can anger be productive? (05:59) How are emotions actually data? (07:04) How do emotions and values work together? (07:25) What is the ideal relationship between stimulus and response? (10:29) What is “fusion”? (11:18) What is
12/07/202233 minutes 9 seconds
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All of Humanity's Problems Stem from This

The Minimalists discuss a common issue that plagues much of modern humanity, as well as a few simple solutions. Listen to full episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast: patreon.com/theminimalists FOLLOW THE MINIMALISTS: Instagram TikTok Twitter Facebook
07/07/20227 minutes
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347 | The Minimalist Checklist

The Minimalists discuss ten ideal ways to simplify our lives, and they answer the following questions: Where do we best start our decluttering odyssey? (02:01) What is “setting the stage”? (13:23) What is the “true cost” of an item? (21:06) What two ways do you recommend to save money on every purchase? (24:53) What platforms have you found reliable for selling unwanted items? (33:58) How do we effect positive change in our city’s policies regarding architectural aesthetics? (42:33) What is “wabi-sabi”? (42:58) Detailed show notes: <span s
05/07/20221 hour 4 minutes 41 seconds
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Creativity for Uncreative People

The Minimalists discuss with writer Jeff Goins how people who believe they're naturally uncreative can discover their creative side. Listen to full episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast: patreon.com/theminimalists FOLLOW THE MINIMALISTS: Instagram TikTok Twitter Facebook
30/06/202212 minutes 46 seconds
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346 | Starving Artists

The Minimalists talk about earning a living from creative pursuits with writer Jeff Goins, and they answer the following questions: Why do even the most talented artists often struggle financially? (02:43) What is the premise of Jeff’s book? (03:35) How does stubbornness help artists? (04:31) How does a hyper focus on details harm artists? (07:43) What is the importance of patrons for artists? (12:55) How do artists best actualize their dreams? (24:22) What is the best use of our creations that no longer hold any meanin
28/06/202256 minutes 36 seconds
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I Don't Have Home Internet

The Minimalists discuss why Joshua decided not to install an Internet connection in his new home. Listen to full episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast: patreon.com/theminimalists FOLLOW THE MINIMALISTS: Instagram TikTok Twitter Facebook
23/06/20225 minutes 7 seconds
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345 | Homeownership vs. Renting

The Minimalists discuss the pros and cons of owning versus renting homes from a minimalist perspective, and they answer the following questions: What are your respective opinions regarding owning versus renting homes? (01:48) Is there an age deadline for homeownership? (10:57) How do we determine which is more financially feasible for us between renting and buying? (14:44) What are “Zoomtowns”? (25:07) Do you consider tiny homes a viable homeownership option, particularly regarding resale value? (32:54) What should we look for in a community when we’re ready to plant roots? (38:08) Detailed show notes: <a href= "http://theminima
21/06/202255 minutes 47 seconds
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This Is Why People Think You're Awkward

The Minimalists discuss why people might perceive us as being awkward with Vanessa Van Edwards. Listen to full episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast: patreon.com/theminimalists FOLLOW THE MINIMALISTS: Instagram TikTok Twitter Facebook
16/06/20227 minutes 16 seconds
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344 | Communication Problems

The Minimalists speak with Vanessa Van Edwards about communication problems and the signals we send to others through our body language, facial expressions, word choices, and vocal inflections, and they answer the following questions: How do I overcome the feeling of being chronically misunderstood? (02:38) What are the four channels for cues? (03:18) What is the importance of congruence in our communication? (04:10) How are we most commonly misunderstood? (07:09) What are warm and confident words? (07:50) How do we organically incorporate mirroring into o
14/06/202248 minutes 45 seconds
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Clothing Companies That Treat Workers Fairly

The Minimalists discuss clothing companies that provide employees with safe working conditions and appropriate compensation for their work. Listen to full episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast: patreon.com/theminimalists FOLLOW THE MINIMALISTS: Instagram TikTok Twitter Facebook
09/06/20226 minutes 20 seconds
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343 | The Good Goods

The Minimalists talk about practical, reliable, and durable goods and the social, moral, and environmental responsibilities of the companies that produce them, and they answer the following questions: Where did you get the idea for the title, “The Good Goods”? (01:50) Is there a curated list somewhere on the Internet of companies that sell high-quality, durable goods that also take responsibility for their social and environmental impact? (05:23) What is “impact anxiety”? (16:45) What is “corporate social responsibility”? (22:55) Do dollar stores sell any high-quality items? (25:23) How has planned obsolescence changed our shopping habits? (36:31) <span style="font-w
07/06/20221 hour 2 minutes 26 seconds
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Are We Happy or Upset About Elon Musk Buying Twitter?

The Minimalists and T.K. Coleman discuss the implications of Elon Musk's purchase of Twitter. Listen to full episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast: patreon.com/theminimalists FOLLOW THE MINIMALISTS: Instagram TikTok Twitter Facebook
02/06/202216 minutes 21 seconds
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342 | Near-Death Experiences

The Minimalists discuss the benefits of near-death experiences with their friend T.K. Coleman a month after his brush with death, and they answer the following questions: How has having your film nominated for an Emmy affected you? (02:06) How many times has T.K. appeared on the podcast? (03:39) What near-death experience did T.K. experience recently, and what lessons did he take from it? (05:52) What mattered the most to you in your moment of crisis? (11:43) What effect did T.K.’s near-death experience have on his relationships? (18:13) What insights or enlightenment do ne
31/05/20221 hour 2 minutes 48 seconds
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Dead People's Things

The Minimalists discuss the ideal destinations for inherited items. Listen to full episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast: patreon.com/theminimalists FOLLOW THE MINIMALISTS: Instagram TikTok Twitter Facebook
26/05/20226 minutes 37 seconds
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341 | The Dumpster Method

The Minimalists discuss our shared clean-slate fantasy of renting a giant dumpster and tossing everything in it, as well as more prudent and responsible decluttering methods, including selling, donating, and recycling, and they answer the following questions: Why did you renovate The Minimalists podcast studio after its first year? (03:51) How do we tactfully approach a loved one regarding their maximalist lifestyle encroaching on our shared minimalist space? (07:05) What are the three reasons that we cling? (09:11) Why is striving for perfection such a fruitless pursuit? (17:21) How do we appropriately pass on personalized items? (19:11) How do I help loved ones let go of their a
24/05/202244 minutes 19 seconds
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I Never Really Owned Any of This Stuff

The Minimalists discuss with earthing expert Clint Ober the health benefits he found in grounding, as well as how he became a foremost authority in the field. Listen to full episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast: patreon.com/theminimalists FOLLOW THE MINIMALISTS: Instagram TikTok Twitter Facebook
19/05/202213 minutes 13 seconds
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340 | Grounding

The Minimalists are joined by earthing expert Clint Ober to discuss pain reduction, the science behind grounding, and “the most important health discovery ever,” and they answer the following questions: What is the science behind grounding, and how do I explain it to loved ones who perceive it as metaphysical woo-woo? (03:19) How can grounding relieve much of our discomfort? (09:16) What are the most significant benefits of grounding, and what individuals would realize the most benefit from it? (13:26) What grounding tips do you have for individuals that use wheelchairs? (16:56) How di
17/05/202249 minutes 30 seconds
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6 Ways to Avoid Digital Clutter

The Minimalists discuss the optimal methods for dodging digital clutter. Listen to full episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast: patreon.com/theminimalists FOLLOW THE MINIMALISTS: Instagram TikTok Twitter Facebook
12/05/20227 minutes 13 seconds
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339 | Escaping the Excess

The Minimalists talk about the many shapes and sizes of excess, including stuff, debt, screen time, commitments, and emotional clutter, and they answer the following questions: When is something considered excessive? (03:32) What are the three ways to gain acceptance? (11:52) How do we encourage others to break away from the excessive pursuits that are causing them to feel perpetually overwhelmed? (14:40) What is “POMO”? (15:07) How do I ensure my daily schedule doesn’t become excessive, and how do I best organize my time management tools to achieve that goal? (18:46) How do I stay focused on my obligations and responsibilities when my emotional clutter is constantly distracting m
10/05/202258 minutes 47 seconds
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The Cure for Crippling Anxiety

The Minimalists discuss the ideal approach to address debilitating anxiety with Dr. John Delony, author of Own Your Past, Change Your Future. Listen to full episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast: patreon.com/theminimalists FOLLOW THE MINIMALISTS: Instagram TikTok Twitter Facebook
05/05/20229 minutes 48 seconds
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338 | The Loneliness Epidemic

The Minimalists speak with Dr. John Delony, author of Own Your Past, Change Your Future, about loneliness, friendship, love, lust, and jobs that make people miserable, and they answer the following questions: How do I ensure I don’t fall back into crippling codependency as I explore building relationships again? (01:42) How do we intentionally practice solitude? (05:33) What is the difference between solitude and hiding? (06:43) How do we make friends as adults? (06:51) <span styl
03/05/202252 minutes 41 seconds
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20 Decluttering Ideas

The Minimalists discuss 20 decluttering ideas to give our minimizing efforts focus and momentum. Listen to full episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast: patreon.com/theminimalists FOLLOW THE MINIMALISTS: Instagram TikTok Twitter Facebook
28/04/202215 minutes 41 seconds
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337 | Generational Junk

The Minimalists discuss what to do with family heirlooms and “generational junk,” and they answer the following questions: How do we tactfully tell our relatives we don’t want their “generational junk”? (09:17) How do I help my parents minimize their hoard to live more simply when they’re resistant to do so? (14:10) How do we support our family members without accepting their donations of their possessions? (26:35) How do I appropriately rehome a family heirloom that is a historical artifact? (31:44) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists Private Podcast: <a h
26/04/202247 minutes 56 seconds
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The Definition of Minimalism

The Minimalists and author Joshua Becker discuss how to best define minimalism. Listen to full episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast: patreon.com/theminimalists FOLLOW THE MINIMALISTS: Instagram TikTok Twitter Facebook
21/04/20223 minutes
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336 | Things That Matter

The Minimalists speak with Joshua Becker about Things That Matter, becoming minimalist, and finding purpose, and they answer the following questions: How do I discover what truly matters when I’m already struggling to find meaning in my daily life? (02:11) How do we discover our purposes? (02:34) Would you change your minimalist journeys based on what you know now? (08:07) How do we recoup and regroup from the past purchase of a luxury item, especially when we’re trying to recover from the financial repercussions of
19/04/202244 minutes 3 seconds
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The Minimalists’ Top 3 Regrettable Purchases

The Minimalists discuss the consumer purchases they most regret. Listen to full episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast: patreon.com/theminimalists FOLLOW THE MINIMALISTS: Instagram TikTok Twitter Facebook
14/04/202212 minutes 44 seconds
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335 | Consumer Regrets

The Minimalists talk about purchases that lead to buyer’s remorse, and they answer the following questions: Does regret serve us in any way? (01:57) How do we overcome the loss and regret we feel after donating items so we don’t end up simply replacing them and repeating the cycle? (06:03) How do we recognize when we’re senselessly justifying a purchase that holds little to no actual benefit for us? (16:08) Do your children have any regrets? (23:45) What do we do when we experience buyer’s remorse with every purchase? (27:52) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast <span sty
12/04/202248 minutes 21 seconds
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Why Do I Feel Crappy All the Time?

The Minimalists and nutrition expert Max Lugavere discuss why so many of us feel listless and exhausted much of the time. Listen to full episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast: patreon.com/theminimalists FOLLOW THE MINIMALISTS: Instagram TikTok Twitter Facebook
07/04/20224 minutes 43 seconds
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334 | Kitchen Clutter

The Minimalists talk about the clutter that invades our counters, cabinets, and refrigerators with Max Lugavere, author of Genius Kitchen, and they answer the following questions: What is essential to prepare healthy meals? (02:39) What is a Thermapen? (04:31) Why are glass containers better for storage than plastic containers? (04:56) What is the value of the cast-iron skillet in the kitchen? (06:17) What are the pros and cons of the microwave? (11:08) <span style=
05/04/202247 minutes 23 seconds
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Simple Movements for Aging Bodies

The Minimalists discuss what exercises keep aging bodies strong with functional-movement expert Aaron Alexander. Listen to full episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast: patreon.com/theminimalists FOLLOW THE MINIMALISTS: Instagram TikTok Twitter Facebook
31/03/20227 minutes 3 seconds
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333 | Movement

The Minimalists talk about functional movement with Aaron Alexander, author of The Align Method, and they answer the following questions: What daily exercises will help us move with the most freedom and the least pain? (02:18) How do our postural patterns affect our overall health? (06:33) What is the “55-38-7 Principle”? (07:47) Is sitting for long periods unhealthy? (09:52)  What movements during daily office work are beneficial? (17:03) <span style="font-weight:
29/03/202258 minutes 37 seconds
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‘Trendy’ Means It Will Soon Be Out of Style

The Minimalists discuss the folly of mindlessly pursuing trends. Listen to full episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast: patreon.com/theminimalists FOLLOW THE MINIMALISTS: Instagram TikTok Twitter Facebook
24/03/20223 minutes 58 seconds
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332 | Clutter Coffins

The Minimalists discuss why far too many of us spend far too much on storage containers, “clutter coffins,” of all sizes, yet the best way to organize our stuff isn’t to store it in a basement mausoleum—the best way to organize is to get rid of the excess stuff—and they answer the following questions: What has contributed to the rise of the storage business? (01:40) What do you consider “clutter coffins”? (05:19) When are storage units useful? (07:22) What is the average profit margin of the storage industry? (14:26) What does the phrase “Be present” mean to you? (16:27) How do I reconcile my love of scrapbooking and its requisite accoutrements with my striving to live a minimalis
22/03/202244 minutes 47 seconds
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3 Things Every Minimalist Must Consider to Create a More Sustainable Life

The Minimalists and environmentalist Claire Potter discuss the most important considerations for a minimalist when creating a more sustainable life. Listen to full episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast: patreon.com/theminimalists FOLLOW THE MINIMALISTS: Instagram TikTok Twitter Facebook
17/03/20223 minutes 58 seconds
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331 | Sustainable Living

The Minimalists talk about sustainable living with environmentalist Claire Potter, and they answer the following questions: What impact did the pandemic have on our environment with all of the disposable items designed to protect us from infection, and how can we move forward safely with less waste? (01:39) How biodegradable are biodegradable plastics? (06:25) What are the pros and cons of plastic? (07:29) How do we stay motivated and inspire others to live a sustainable, minimalist lifestyle when those around us do not; that is, if we live sustainably but more people live unsustainably, aren’t all of our efforts meaningless? (09:25) <span
15/03/202241 minutes 6 seconds
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Tips for a Minimalist Schedule

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10/03/20229 minutes 3 seconds
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330 | Too Much Stuff

The Minimalists talk about how much stuff is enough stuff, and how much stuff is too much stuff, and they answer the following questions: How do we avoid apathy when we’re sorting generations of stuff? (02:25) What does “letting go” mean to you? (04:51) When you have too much stuff, how do you determine what to let go and where to send it—yard sale, online consignment, donation center, or, very worst-case scenario, landfill? (08:54) What is The Minimalists’ process for letting go? (10:17) How do we appropriately address a loved one’s consumerism that causes us discomfort? (16:45) Detailed show notes: <span style= "font-weight: 40
08/03/202231 minutes 37 seconds
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Can Minimalists Own Pets Without Regret?

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03/03/202210 minutes 14 seconds
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329 | Simple Pets

The Minimalists talk about simple pets with Dr. Karen Shaw Becker and Rodney Habib, authors of The Forever Dog, and they answer the following questions: Do humans actually need pets? (02:30) What does the acronym “DOGS” represent? (10:37) How many pets are too many? (13:03) What is a puppy scam? (16:32) What is genetic deletion? (18:02) <span style="font-weight: 400
01/03/202244 minutes 59 seconds
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Money Rules for Any Relationship

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24/02/202218 minutes 34 seconds
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328 | Annoying Purchases

The Minimalists talk about different kinds of surprise purchases, impulse purchases, and annoying purchases, and they answer the following questions: What’s the difference between surprise purchases and impulse purchases? (01:39) Why do sales seem particularly pernicious now? (04:06) What are the two kinds of surprise purchases? (07:44) Do manufacturers bear any burden for creating superfluous products that exist as little more than items to be purchased as surprise gifts for others based on their novelty rather than their practicality? (11:33) Are we being too dismissive of new technology that seems to promote sedentary lifestyles but could be incredibly helpful to the physically challenged? (19:34) <span style="font-weight:
22/02/202250 minutes 13 seconds
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Make Decluttering Less Emotionally Draining

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17/02/20227 minutes 43 seconds
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327 | THIS

The Minimalists question the beliefs, opinions, and worldviews that have shaped all of us with Michael Gungor, author of THIS, and they answer the following questions: Why did Michael write THIS? (03:30) Why does getting everything we want often bring misery instead of joy? (06:07) How do we determine if a belief no longer serves us? (11:48) What does “belief” mean to you? (13:26) How do our belie
15/02/20221 hour 2 minutes 6 seconds
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The Minimalists on Bulk Purchases at Costco and Sam’s Club

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10/02/20223 minutes 48 seconds
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326 | Panic Buying

The Minimalists talk about the psychology behind panic buying, and they answer the following questions: What causes panic buying? (01:46) What are the causes of supply-chain shortages? (08:09) What have you seen purchased in recent panic-buying frenzies? (12:42) When might it be appropriate to panic? (14:26) Is it ever advisable to simply save money for medical emergencies rather than spending that money monthly on health insurance? (15:13) Can everything be negotiated? (22:18) Do other countries respond to crises with panic buying similar to the United States? (25:08) Where is the line between pr
08/02/202244 minutes 35 seconds
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She Wants to Stop Doom Scrolling and Reduce the Distractions of Social Media

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03/02/202210 minutes 13 seconds
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325 | The Cluttered Mind

The Minimalists discuss the physical clutter that is created by mental clutter with Dr. Amishi Jha, and they answer the following questions: What are the ideal steps to reduce mental clutter? (01:46) How do we refine our attention? (07:40) What is the “Find Your Flashlight Practice”? (12:51) How do we let go of sentimental stuff that has continuously piled up for decades and is physically and mentally holding us back? (13:49) How do we wind up emotionally attached to stuff? (17:41) How do we appropriately develop new habits? (21:22) <span style="font-weight: 400;"
01/02/202244 minutes 28 seconds
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She Struggles with Minimizing Expensive Sentimental Items

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27/01/20225 minutes 26 seconds
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324 | Just in Case

The Minimalists discuss the three most dangerous words in the world—Just. In. Case.—and they answer the following questions: Should I hold on to collectibles so I can pass them on to my children if they become valuable? (01:40) How do I address a hoard of just-in-case items I’ve stashed for use at work? (10:22) How can boundaries help with just-in-case items? (14:28) How do you address the ‘I-told-you-so’ crowd regarding just-in-case items you purged that you must purchase again? (27:31) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists Private Podcast: <a href= "http://themini
25/01/202242 minutes 11 seconds
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He Can’t Figure Out What’s Making Him Depressed

The Minimalists are joined by philosopher Peter Rollins to discuss how people can identify the sources of their depression. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists
20/01/202210 minutes 14 seconds
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323 | Nihilism

The Minimalists are joined by philosopher Peter Rollins to discuss nihilism, despair, anger, and depression, and they answer the following questions: How are nihilism and minimalism related? (02:57) Is Fight Club’s Tyler Durden an example of nihilism? (05:33) What did Nietzsche mean by the “death of God”? (07:11) What started the recent rise in nihilism? (10:58) Is anger merely unrealized expectations? (12:21) What is the “belief through the other”? (17:22) <span style
18/01/202256 minutes 24 seconds
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Help Me Convince My Spouse to Minimize!

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13/01/20222 minutes 44 seconds
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322 | Paper Clutter

Joshua and The Minimalists’ team talk about dealing with paper clutter, including bills, mail, receipts, taxes, photos, books, pamphlets, files, contracts, letters, and other random paperwork, and they answer the following questions: What documents are essential to keep? (02:11) What companies do you recommend for scanning physical photos and storing them in the cloud? (06:45) What are the most effective methods for organizing important paper documents in the office? (18:22) What resources do you use to keep paper clutter from ever entering your homes? (22:02) Where do I begin tackling a monster of paper clutter that threatens to eat up an inordinate amount of time? (25:19) Detailed show
11/01/202239 minutes 1 second
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The Abundance of Minimalism

The Minimalists are joined by T.K. Coleman to discuss the difference between wealth and abundance. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists
06/01/202217 minutes 37 seconds
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321 | An Evening of Less

The Minimalists are joined by T.K. Coleman in Atlanta to discuss minimalism with purpose, resolving conflict, and creating a “social budget,” and they answer the following questions: When have you found telling the truth problematic? (03:04) Is minimalism a Western solution for overconsumption? (07:20) Why are so many so consumed with consumption? (08:54) What is the “American Dream”? (10:03) What makes us singularly human? (11:51) What is minimalism to you? (13:15) How do you appropriately resolve conflict with loved ones in a
04/01/202232 minutes 48 seconds
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How Do I Overcome a Toxic Relationship with a Parent?

Joshua and Ryan are joined by counselor, podcaster, and author Ian Morgan Cron to talk about setting boundaries with toxic family members. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists
30/12/20217 minutes 14 seconds
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320 | Identity Clutter

Joshua and Ryan are joined by counselor, podcaster, and author Ian Morgan Cron to discuss identity clutter and the outdated stories people tell themselves, and they answer the following questions: How do you start rewriting your story when you feel overwhelmed and insecure about who you are and who you want to be? (02:23) What does the acronym “SOAR” represent? (06:27) What is “act as-if”? (07:38) How do you discover your true identity after traumatically losing your societal identities? (10:20) What is the difference between a role and an identity? (11:41) How can the
28/12/202140 minutes 45 seconds
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How to Have Uncomfortable Conversations

Joshua and Ryan talk about the best ways to approach uncomfortable conversations. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists
23/12/20214 minutes
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319 | Toxic Hustle Culture

Joshua and Ryan discuss the pros and cons of hustle culture, and they answer the following questions: Do some people claim they’re busy to be envied for being in demand? (01:01) What is the difference between “hurry” and “hustle”? (05:46) How do you define “productive”? (06:45) What is the fatal flaw of hustle culture? (08:51) How can we break free of hustle culture? (13:31) How do you appropriately address burnout with yourself or an employer before it reaches the point of no return? (17:07) How do I set appropriate boundaries in my profession? (19:45) After leaving an extraordinarily stre
21/12/202140 minutes 39 seconds
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Beyond Stuff, What Have The Minimalists Learned About Minimizing Internal Clutter?

Joshua and Ryan talk about minimizing stress, depression, and worry. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists
16/12/20215 minutes 7 seconds
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318 | Eleven Simple Years

Joshua and Ryan talk about what they’ve learned, how they’ve grown, and in what ways they’ve subtracted since they started The Minimalists eleven years ago, and they answer the following questions: How has your understanding of, and approach toward, minimalism developed over the last eleven years? (00:00) Why does minimalism seem radical? (05:34) How do we address our issue with clinging? (06:44) What is the most important lesson you’ve learned about consumerism? (10:13) What is the “god-shaped hole”? (12:04) Based on your eleven years of experience in minimalism, what advice do you have for those of us starting on our minimalism journey at an older age? (16:38) <spa
14/12/202141 minutes 21 seconds
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What Would Make Minimalism a Cult?

Joshua and Ryan talk about what would make minimalism a cult with Amanda Montell, author of Cultish. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists
09/12/20218 minutes 9 seconds
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317 | The Consumer Cult

Joshua and Ryan speak with Amanda Montell, author of Cultish, about what makes a cult a cult, and they answer the following questions: Who decides whether a cult is a cult? (00:00) Are cults strictly negative? (02:08) Is CrossFit a cult? (04:33) How do otherwise reasonable people fall susceptible to cults? (11:58) What are the characteristics of a cult? (13:55) What is the “thought-terminating cliche”? (15:47) What are the “exit c
07/12/202150 minutes 11 seconds
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How to Say "No" to Gifts from Family Members

Joshua and Ryan discuss how to say "no" to Christmas gifts without sounding snobby or standoffish. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists
02/12/20216 minutes 5 seconds
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316 | Christmas Gifts

Joshua and Ryan talk about giving gifts, getting gifts, and sometimes refusing gifts as a minimalist during Christmastime, and they answer the following questions: How do I address the guilt I feel when I don’t get a Christmas gift for someone that expected one? (01:13) Can gift-giving be a love language? (21:49) What are some clutter-free gift ideas? (25:46) What are the three types of fun? (28:02) What is the minimalist approach to Christmas stockings? (32:51) What are some good charities for children? (36:50) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/pod
30/11/202142 minutes 20 seconds
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Do Old Clothes Have an Expiration Date?

Joshua and Ryan talk about putting an expiration date on old clothes. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists
25/11/20215 minutes 13 seconds
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315 | Expired Things

Joshua and Ryan talk about expired food, expired medications, expired possessions, and expired daily habits, and they answer the following questions: How can we appropriately manage the expiration dates of everything in our lives? (00:00) Is the expiration date listed on food the last day it can be used? (06:57) How do I appropriately let go of perishable items that no longer serve me, especially when there was a degree of expense involved? (13:45) What do you consider clutter? (15:21) What can we do about expired sources of content, such as a blog with dated viewpoints, narratives, and opinions? (17:42) How do we determine when we’ve entered a new season in life and it’s time to
23/11/202129 minutes 57 seconds
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What Would The Minimalists Buy with Unlimited Money?

Joshua and Ryan discuss what they might purchase if they had unlimited funds. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists
18/11/20219 minutes 56 seconds
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314 | Luxury Items

Joshua and Ryan talk about so-called luxury items—desiring them, purchasing them, clinging to them, understanding them, and letting go of them—and they answer the following questions: How do you define “luxury item”? (01:10) How do we differentiate between luxury, elegance, and trendy? (06:04) As my fiance and I are creating our wedding registry, how do we ensure we don’t fall into the trap of exploiting the kindness of others for luxury items that will just fill the areas we just decluttered? (11:09) What is “expensive pain”? (13:23) What is an “alternative registry”? (15:44) Is crowdsourcing a reasonable way to fund a honeymoon? (17:07) <span style="font-weight: 40
16/11/202142 minutes 43 seconds
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How Do I Leave My Job Now?

Joshua and Ryan discuss the folly of contemplating the "perfect" time to leave a job with career expert, author, and Ramsey personality Ken Coleman. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists
11/11/20217 minutes 31 seconds
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313 | Paycheck to Purpose

Joshua and Ryan talk about earning a living doing work that matters with career expert, author, and Ramsey personality Ken Coleman, and they answer the following questions: Does one have to have a “purpose” at work? (02:16) What three elements make up one’s purpose? (03:13) Must a purpose be a lofty pursuit? (09:33) What do you recommend as the best options for making money on the road for those of us that want to travel and see the world? (16:00) How do I balance pursuing a purpose with the responsibilities and obligations of being a parent and a spouse? (24:01) <span style=
09/11/202138 minutes 48 seconds
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How Do I Make My Boss Spontaneously Combust?

Joshua and Ryan talk about the worst boss they ever had and how they stopped tolerating his nonsense. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists
04/11/20215 minutes 56 seconds
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312 | Spontaneous Combustion

Joshua and Ryan discuss The Minimalists’ Spontaneous Combustion Rule as it applies to material possessions, relationships, and homes, and they answer the following questions: What is the Spontaneous Combustion Rule? (01:00) How do we determine when it’s appropriate to let go of friendships, and how do we address the aftermath of loneliness when there are no new friendships to fill the void? (04:12) What are the three types of relationships? (07:39) How do we address the overwhelm we feel from others’ stuff when we’re living in an environment that’s not our own? (13:42) How do we know if the desire to move to a new place that may “fit us better” is a genuine feeling and not just escapism? (24:30) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast <span s
02/11/202143 minutes 27 seconds
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Why Do People Cling to Toxic Jobs?

Joshua and Ryan are joined by Ryan’s wife, Mariah, to discuss the reasons we stay in toxic work environments. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists
28/10/202111 minutes 33 seconds
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311 | Wisdom

Joshua and Ryan are joined by Ryan’s wife, Mariah, on the occasion of his 40th birthday, and they talk about the wisdom that accompanies midlife maturity, as well as answer the following questions: When do maturity, wisdom, and knowledge best align? (00:00) What is Ryan’s favorite dinner? (11:50) How have your needs in a romantic partnership changed as you move toward your 40s? (13:05) What is “whataboutism”? (17:15) How has responding instead of reacting helped your relationship? (18:21) Are Ryan and Mariah always in agreement regarding their minimalist practices; and, if not, how do they find compromise with one another? (22:58) How do you find equilibrium in your relationship when an individual is on their minimalist journey but their partner is not? (32:13) What is the “hedonic treadmill”? (46:13) What guests have you had at your t
26/10/202155 minutes 29 seconds
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Balancing Acceptance and Self-Improvement

Joshua and Ryan talk with author, speaker, and attorney Mel Robbins about creating a balance between loving and accepting yourself for who you are, while also striving to better yourself. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists
21/10/20214 minutes 40 seconds
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310 | Self-Doubt

Joshua and Ryan talk about inner conflict, self-doubt, and self-hatred with author, speaker, and attorney Mel Robbins, and they answer the following questions: How do I rebuild my relationship with myself? (02:06) What is the most important relationship in our life? (02:59) What moment led to the High Five Habit? (08:42) Why do most mantras not work? (15:22) How did you keep from blaming yourselves and beating yourselves up for the failure of your marriages, and how did you restore your confidence in starting new relationships afterward? (16:54) What does a high fi
19/10/202143 minutes 30 seconds
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Reevaluate Everything with Minimalism

Joshua and Ryan talk about when it makes sense to reevaluate everything, as well as the best time to simplify. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists
14/10/20217 minutes 3 seconds
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309 | Something More

Joshua and Ryan talk about finding something more compelling than material possessions, and they answer the following questions: Why is Salt Lake City one of Joshua’s favorite cities? (00:00) How do I explain to my children the importance of curating their toys in terms they’ll understand? (03:14) How do I let go of a relationship I didn’t end? (09:59) Why am I relentlessly searching for the next thing that will improve my life, and how do I better channel that energy? (17:56) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: min
12/10/202127 minutes 29 seconds
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Why Do We Stay in Unhappy Relationships?

Joshua and Ryan discuss how to let go of toxic relationships that decrease our happiness with comedian Lisa Lampanelli. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists
07/10/20216 minutes 35 seconds
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308 | Clinging to Things

Joshua and Ryan talk about trading in our materialistic clinging for transcendent freedom with author, podcaster, and comedian Lisa Lampanelli, and they answer the following questions: How do you define “humor”? (00:00) What is the “United States of Avoidance”? (08:26) When life changes your path, how do you stop clinging to the hope you once had? (14:20) How do we accept the death of a dream? (15:33) What do you mean by “daring to suck”? (17:45) Is it helpful to simply treat our passions as hobbies until they pay the bills? (18:25) How did Lisa get her s
05/10/202142 minutes 40 seconds
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Are Vacations an Escape from a Meaningful Life?

Joshua and Ryan talk about the two types of vacations with musician Andrew Belle. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists
30/09/20217 minutes 15 seconds
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307 | Sound of Simplicity

Joshua and Ryan talk about calm, serenity, and the sound of simplicity with musician Andrew Belle, and they answer the following questions: How do we find serenity in the echoes of our decluttered spaces? (00:00) If you’re living a life that aligns with your values, why would it be necessary to take a vacation from it to find solace and silence? (13:39) Is there any evidence that overconsumption of podcasts or other informative audio is linked to anxiety? (21:08) How do we move closer to access and further from excess? (24:18) Detailed show notes: <span
28/09/202135 minutes 18 seconds
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How Can I Stop the Urge to Compulsively Shop?

Joshua and Ryan discuss how we can appropriately address the root cause of a shopping addiction. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists
23/09/20215 minutes 44 seconds
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306 | Shopping Addiction

Joshua and Ryan talk about resisting the incessant tug of consumerism while striving to simplify, and they answer the following questions: How do we overcome our shopping addiction? (00:00) What are the three prime indicators of compulsive buying? (04:00) What is consumerism? (06:45) When does something become an addiction? (09:39) Why do people have shopping addictions? (19:17) When creating a capsule wardrobe and running up against challenges regarding durability, should we buy more clothes at once or purchase clothes more often? (19:35) What is Project 333? (21:33) How do I adjust my sho
21/09/202140 minutes 14 seconds
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The Minimalists' Gift Getting Rule

Joshua and Ryan discuss the ideal approach to receiving gifts as a minimalist with author, podcaster, and pastor Erwin Raphael McManus. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists
16/09/20213 minutes 38 seconds
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305 | Beauty Is Essential

Joshua and Ryan talk about removing the excess to expose the everyday beauty that’s all around us with author, podcaster, and pastor Erwin Raphael McManus, and they answer the following questions: What exactly is “beauty”? (00:00) Can beauty help us find peace? (05:01) How do we discover and incorporate singular beautiful accents and items throughout our homes while maintaining a simple, minimalist style? (11:55) What is the value of negative space? (14:21) How do we find the beauty inside ourselves, and then be content with it? (18:42) Detailed show notes:
14/09/202131 minutes 17 seconds
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Our Goals Lead to Disappointment

Joshua and Ryan discuss how an obsessive focus on goal attainment can actually steer us away from the the values we’re driving toward with author, podcaster, and professor Kate Bowler. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists
09/09/202113 minutes 54 seconds
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304 | Toxic Positivity

Joshua and Ryan talk about the folly of the self-help industry’s focus on exhausting positivity—on trying to convince us that we can out-eat, out-learn, and out-perform our humanness—with author, podcaster, and professor Kate Bowler, and they answer the following questions: What is the “gospel of hustle”? (00:00) What are the signs that positivity has become toxic for us as individuals, and what are the signs that our well-intentioned positive vibes are becoming toxic to others? (06:58) Where did the ‘good vibes only’ orthodoxy originate? (07:21) Why does complaining seem to encourage camaraderie? (10:03) What
07/09/202142 minutes 34 seconds
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What Is the Root Cause of Clutter?

Joshua and Ryan discuss our ‘why’ of cluttering. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists
02/09/20216 minutes 32 seconds
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303 | Recluttering

Joshua and Ryan talk about how to avoid recluttering our lives with new possessions, burdens, and obligations once we’ve excised our excess, and they answer the following questions: What is “recluttering”? (00:00) How do we address recluttering with loved ones and roommates who seem to see our clean spaces as places to dump their stuff that doesn’t have a home? (07:55) How do we ensure the items we bring back into our homes after decluttering don’t become recluttering? (18:11) How do I figure out my ‘why’ for recluttering? (32:15) What’s problematic about having options? (35:02) How do you define “consumerism”? (35:39) Detailed show no
31/08/202150 minutes 44 seconds
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Stop Fixing Yourself

Joshua and Ryan discuss how an obsession with self-improvement can cause more harm than good. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists
26/08/20214 minutes 46 seconds
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302 | The Advice Epidemic

Joshua and Ryan discuss our escalating advice epidemic as our society swells with scores of well-meaning people advising other people on what they are supposed to do, and they answer the following questions: What are ‘shoulds’? (00:00) What possesses some people to insist on giving others unsolicited advice? (03:13) How can we provide appropriate advice and/or guidance to loved ones to alter behaviors that are impacting us negatively? (17:46) How do our expectations complicate things? (21:14) How do we critically evaluate all the ‘shoulds’ out there and take what works for each of us? (23:34) Detailed show notes: <span style= "fo
24/08/202143 minutes 11 seconds
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How Do We Unsubscribe from Junk Email Permanently?

Joshua and Ryan describe how to protect our email inboxes from unwanted solicitations. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists
19/08/202110 minutes 20 seconds
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301 | Computer Clutter

Joshua and Ryan talk about all the digital clutter on our computers, phones, tablets, and other devices taking up space on our hard drives and in our minds, and they answer the following questions: What are the benefits of not having digital clutter taking up space in your mind? (00:00) What is the Diderot effect? (04:48) What do you define as ‘digital clutter’? (10:41) Where do we start in addressing digital clutter to ensure we stay focused and motivated and not get overwhelmed with all of it? (13:31) As an avid gamer, how do I ensure I don’t let my enthusiasm and passion for gaming turn into clutter with all of the games and consoles available, and how do I ensure it doesn’t consume me to the detriment of my relationships?
17/08/202144 minutes 40 seconds
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Can a minimalist live with a hoarder?

Joshua and Ryan discuss checking ourselves for compatibility and compassion in our relationships. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists
12/08/20218 minutes 14 seconds
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300 | Compulsive Decluttering

Joshua and Ryan talk about the perniciousness of compulsive decluttering (aka obsessive-compulsive spartanism) on the occasion of their 300th episode, and they answer the following questions: What is spartanism? (00:00) Hoarding, spartanism, ad nauseum—must we diagnose everything? (06:06) How do we recognize and respect the challenges of others? (06:59) How could letting go of everything be a bad thing? (11:16) How do we ensure our decluttering doesn’t trigger other compulsive behaviors; for instance, the compulsion to constantly check our phones for notifications when we’re trying to sell what we decluttered? (11:46) What is the “art of noticing”? (17:38) <span styl
10/08/202136 minutes 41 seconds
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How do you maintain minimalism in your kitchen?

Joshua and Ryan discuss how to keep things simple in the kitchen. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists
05/08/20217 minutes 43 seconds
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299 | Minimizers

Joshua and Ryan talk about “summer simplifying,” and they answer the following questions: Which moniker won in your audience poll—“simpletons” or “minimizers”? (00:00) Where do you start when your entire home needs decluttering? (06:04) What is the most important thing to do to get started? (10:04) How do we get our children to participate in decluttering? (13:27) How do I break my emotional and sentimental attachment to my collection of books, and how do I appropriately curate my collection and recycle the books I don’t keep? (14:07) What is the Enneagram? (22:19) What do we do with items that have a sentimental attachment? (25:51)</s
03/08/202142 minutes 54 seconds
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Are you a narcissist?

Joshua and Ryan discuss the tell-tale signs of narcissism with author, podcaster, and psychotherapist Lori Gottlieb. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists
29/07/202110 minutes 2 seconds
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298 | Talk to Someone

Joshua and Ryan talk about the best options for therapy when you’re feeling sad, grieving, depressed, anxious, or overwhelmed with author, podcaster, and psychotherapist Lori Gottlieb, and they answer the following questions: When is the appropriate time to talk to a therapist? (00:00) What is “idiot compassion” compared to “wise compassion”? (02:53) What is self-sabotage, and how can we identify and address its manifestation in us? (04:03) What is the most important phase of change? (05:45) What is the most challenging part of change? (07:09) Why should someone s
27/07/202144 minutes 44 seconds
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Six Questions to Ask Before Buying

Joshua and Ryan discuss the six questions they ask themselves before they purchase anything. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists
22/07/202110 minutes 22 seconds
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297 | Minimalism Rules

Joshua and Ryan talk about the minimalism rules that have helped simplify their lives, and they answer the following questions: How valuable are rules? (00:00) How important are boundaries? (04:56) Once I only have my essential items, how do I keep them from wearing out quickly? (18:48) How is minimalism not a destination? (19:47) What is our language problem? (20:19) How effective is it to reverse clothes hangers to minimize a wardrobe? (27:17) Is it helpful to restrict the amount of clothes hangers to create an appropriate wardrobe? (28:20) How do you develop and maintain the discipline n
20/07/202147 minutes 13 seconds
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Loyalty Is Overrated

Joshua and Ryan discuss how we often give loyalty more weight than it truly deserves with podcaster and Director of Entrepreneurial Education for FEE, T.K. Coleman. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists
15/07/20219 minutes 8 seconds
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296 | Use Things

Joshua and Ryan talk about healing our relationships with stuff, truth, self, values, money, creativity, and people with podcaster and Director of Entrepreneurial Education for FEE, T.K. Coleman, and they answer the following questions: What gave you the inspiration for Love People, Use Things? (00:00) Do we learn more from those that have been redeemed, or from those that have led “perfect” lives? (08:51) How did the line blur so much between private lives and public lives? (10:31) How do I reconcile with my minimalist values when I must trash items I no longer use that c
13/07/202151 minutes 48 seconds
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Aligning Our Online and Offline Selves

Joshua and Ryan discuss how we must strive to treat one another appropriately both online and off with director Nick Bilton and artist Chris Bailey of HBO’s Fake Famous. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists
08/07/20213 minutes 18 seconds
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295 | Fake Famous

Joshua and Ryan discuss the perils of pursuing fame, clout, and attention in today's insta-world with director Nick Bilton and artist Chris Bailey of HBO’s Fake Famous, and they answer the following questions: Why did Nick make a film about fake fame? (00:00) What constitutes actual fame? (07:01) What impact is social media having on our children? (09:24) <span style="font-weight: 400;
06/07/202146 minutes 12 seconds
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You Don't Have to Teach Your Children Anything

Joshua and Ryan discuss a fresh approach to parenting with podcaster and Registered Dietitian Rebecca Shern. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists
01/07/20216 minutes 47 seconds
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294 | Birthday Gifts

Joshua and Ryan talk about gift-getting, gift-giving, and birthday celebrations for adults and kids alike with podcaster and Registered Dietitian Rebecca Shern, and they answer the following questions: What does Joshua want for his birthday? (00:00) Why do we never seem to know what we truly want? (04:06) Instead of spending lots of money and giving expensive gifts, what are some meaningful ways to celebrate birthdays? (06:22) How do you celebrate your child’s birthday? (07:27) What if gift-giving is one of my love languages? (11:14) How do you celebrate your
29/06/202152 minutes 12 seconds
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What essentials should we keep?

Joshua and Ryan discuss a few reliable methods for determining what items are essential for each of us. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists
25/06/20214 minutes 10 seconds
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293 | Starting Over

Joshua and Ryan talk about how minimalism, in more ways than one, is about starting over with less, and they answer the following questions: How do we start over? (00:00) As I’m letting everything go and starting over, how do I explain it to my friends and family who think I am crazy or terminally ill? (05:25) What advice do you have for those of us dealing with the stress and anxiety of being forced to start over professionally after being let go from our jobs? (09:06)  What is absolutely essential? (11:51) What two questions should we ask ourselves when we’re considering a fresh start? (14:43) How important is an emergency fund when you’re starting over? (15:46) <s
22/06/202139 minutes 10 seconds
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What is the most minimalist diet?

Joshua and Ryan discuss what foods meet the criteria of a minimalist diet with author, podcaster, and fitness expert Ben Greenfield and podcaster and Registered Dietitian Rebecca Shern. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists
18/06/202114 minutes 15 seconds
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292 | Fit Soul

Joshua and Ryan talk about what we must refine to ensure our spiritual and material lives align with author, podcaster, and fitness expert Ben Greenfield and podcaster and Registered Dietitian Rebecca Shern, and they answer the following questions: What is a “fit soul”? (00:00) What are the dangers of transactional relationships? (08:47) What are the four pillars of the spiritual journey? (13:35) What is the practice of self-examination? (18:02) How do we determine
15/06/202150 minutes 19 seconds
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How can you declutter family relationships?

Joshua and Ryan discuss how to appropriately curate family relationships so we can focus on those that are mutually beneficial. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists
11/06/20218 minutes 51 seconds
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291 | How to Barter

Joshua and Ryan talk about how we all seem to find ourselves having the things we don’t need, and needing the things we don’t have—and how we’re so disconnected from our communities that bartering for those things is nearly impossible—with the founder of HaveNeed, Josh Kline, and they answer the following questions: What is HaveNeed? (00:00) How has the pandemic affected bartering? (04:01) What is your distinction between items that are essential, nonessential, and junk? (06:16) What would the world look like if there was no such thing as money, which has a vice-like grip on the mater
08/06/202142 minutes 34 seconds
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Obtaining New Possessions Creates a Spiral of Consumption

Joshua and Ryan discuss the perniciousness of the Diderot effect and the reflexivity of desire with author and professor Luke Burgis. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists
04/06/20217 minutes 25 seconds
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290 | Wanting

Joshua and Ryan talk about our want for things, why we want what we want, and how we can free ourselves from chasing unfulfilling desires with author and professor Luke Burgis, and they answer the following questions: What is mimetic desire? (00:00) Does it help to identify the origins of our desires? (05:05) Should we strive to be immune from desires? (06:54) What is negative imitation? (08:22) How do we find fulfilling desires? (08:48) Can a relentless desire to be debt-free actually cause adverse unintended consequences? (12:39) <span style="font-w
01/06/202143 minutes 35 seconds
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The Minimalists' Thoughts on Health Insurance

Joshua and Ryan discuss the issue of health insurance for independent business owners with the CEO of Patreon, Jack Conte. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists
28/05/202111 minutes 7 seconds
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289 | Working for Self

Joshua and Ryan talk about how to take back control of our income and our creative outcomes by making a living on our own as an aspiring creator, small business owner, artist, or entrepreneur with the CEO of Patreon, Jack Conte, and they answer the following questions: Why did Jack start Patreon? (04:40) Where do you find the most practical feedback from your audience? (13:25) How do I best prepare myself to make the jump from working full-time for others to working full-time as a small business owner with as much tranquility as possible? (15:46) What should be my primary focus as a budding entrepreneur? (18:20) <span style="font-weight: 400;
25/05/202146 minutes
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How do you make new friends?

Joshua and Ryan discuss the myriad of methods for making new friends throughout our lives. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists
21/05/20219 minutes 15 seconds
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288 | Decluttering Friendships

Joshua and Ryan talk about our desire for friendship that leads us to accumulate scores of friends, acquaintances, coworkers, partners, lovers, companions, contacts, colleagues, and associates; our realization that relationship clutter is getting in the way of loving, meaningful connections; and they answer the following questions: Is it loving to let go? (00:00) How can I stop feeling pressured to keep up with so many connections? (03:57) I’ve never struggled to declutter my “friends” on social media when they no longer have a meaningful place in my life, but how do I explain their removal when they ask me about it without hurting their feelings? (13:53) What does a truly healthy friendship look like? (20:56) How do we ensur
18/05/202149 minutes 21 seconds
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Jennette McCurdy Was Jealous Of Other Actors

Joshua and Ryan discuss the senselessness of jealousy with podcaster, writer, and director Jennette McCurdy. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists
14/05/20212 minutes 32 seconds
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287 | Empty Inside

Joshua and Ryan talk about that empty feeling we all experience from time to time—and the things we do when we attempt to fill the void—with podcaster, writer, and director Jennette McCurdy, and they answer the following questions: Why did Jennette start her podcast? (00:00) What is the disconnect between our higher quality of life in this modern age and our happiness? (04:26) How does society and culture influence disorders? (06:21) Why do others often insist we not give up our “successful” careers? (10:59) What are the three different types of relationships? (14:06) <span style="font-
11/05/202146 minutes 42 seconds
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When Your Partner Owns Too Much

Joshua and Ryan discuss how to best address a partner's tendency to hoard. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists
07/05/20219 minutes 15 seconds
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286 | Enoughism

Joshua and Ryan discuss identifying how much is enough so we can subtract the excess to get there, and they answer the following questions: What is “enoughism”? (00:00) How is enoughism different from minimalism? (03:04) Given that the key to transformation is understanding our ‘whys,’ why does anyone truly want more, and, conversely, why does anyone truly want less? (12:20) When it comes to a small business, how much record-keeping is enough and what is the ideal way to store it? (24:57) How does renouncing something create an attachment to it? (30:09) How do we learn to recognize the difference between enough and a false sense of security and comfort from unnecessary consumerism? (39:35) <span style="fo
04/05/202151 minutes 21 seconds
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What are death practices?

Joshua and Ryan discuss what death practices are and how they can help us live with more purpose and intention with author Jamie Wheal. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists
30/04/20213 minutes 5 seconds
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285 | Finding Meaning

Joshua and Ryan talk about our constant search for meaning, purpose, and significance; they discuss ways we can rethink spirituality, sex, and death with author Jamie Wheal; and they answer the following questions: What is “meaning”? (01:04) Why do we always seem to look for shortcuts? (03:57) What are heuristics? (05:30) What constitutes a true nihilist? (13:39) Is awareness a curse? (16:55) Once we find meaning in life, do we have a duty to help others find meaning as well? (18:25) What is the differ
27/04/202155 minutes 15 seconds
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What's the worst advice?

Joshua and Ryan discuss why some of the very worst advice is the advice we didn't ask for. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists
23/04/20213 minutes 17 seconds
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284 | Think the Opposite

Joshua and Ryan discuss how we’re too often led astray by the status quo and how we can benefit from doing the opposite, and they answer the following questions: What does it mean to be authentic? (00:00) What is so problematic about trends? (04:58) Can we find meaning in suffering? (10:56) Why are opinions so inconsequential? (20:48) When have you benefited from thinking the opposite? (22:21) I’m being advised by my ethics class in college that retirement is detrimental to our growth and development as human beings—do you think that is true? (29:20) What is the best kind of growth? (34:31) <span style="font-weight: 400;"
20/04/20211 hour 2 minutes 57 seconds
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Why didn't minimizing make me feel good?

Joshua and Ryan discuss addressing the complexity of our emotions tied up in our possessions. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists
16/04/20214 minutes 55 seconds
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283 | Sentimental Stuff

Joshua and Ryan discuss minimizing and letting go of sentimental stuff, and they answer the following questions: How do we tactfully and appropriately address loved ones regarding stuff they’ve given us that we’re giving away—especially those things they consider of significant sentimental value? (08:37) How do we avoid arguments with loved ones regarding possessions? (14:40)  Why does our brain try so hard to hold us back from releasing sentimental possessions? (18:03) What do we do with all of the things associated with a loved one when we’ve lost them in a particularly tragic, traumatic way? (21:01) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/pod
13/04/202135 minutes
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How to Stop Self-Sabotage

Joshua and Ryan discuss how we can often be our own worst enemies with holistic psychologist Dr. Nicole LePera. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists
09/04/20216 minutes 17 seconds
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282 | Healing

Joshua and Ryan discuss trauma, the ego, and setting boundaries with holistic psychologist Dr. Nicole LePera, and they answer the following questions: Why did Dr. LePera write her latest book? (02:31) How do you start on a path to healing and commit to it when your motivation is almost nil? (04:34) Why is it so difficult to break our patterns? (05:04) How do we reframe failure? (07:38) How important is the caloric intake of the brain? (08:35) How do we recognize if a goal is empowering or disempowering? (13:09) <span style="font-weight:
06/04/202148 minutes 30 seconds
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What should I do with useless sentimental items?

Joshua and Ryan discuss what to do with items we no longer find useful that we believe will be of no use to anyone else. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists
02/04/20212 minutes 50 seconds
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281 | Emergency Items

Joshua and Ryan discuss emergency items, preparing for emergencies, and when it’s appropriate to hold on to certain just-in-case items, and they answer the following questions: How do we prepare for chaos? (04:33) What are the three types of emergencies? (05:49) What do you keep in your car? (08:02) How do we reconcile what we actually need with what we want? (12:12) What is the most important thing in an emergency? (14:36) What essentials should we keep in a first aid kit for both home and travel? (19:18) What is the difference between an emergency item and a just-in-case item? (25:50) How
30/03/202155 minutes 59 seconds
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What's the last thing you apologized for?

Joshua and Ryan discuss the grace of forgiveness. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists
26/03/20213 minutes 8 seconds
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280 | Environmental Minimalism

Joshua and Ryan discuss the relationship between minimalism and environmentalism with author and environmental lawyer Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and they answer the following questions: What is our biggest environmental problem, and is it too late to fix it? (01:38) Since environmentalism is an idea that I cannot back down from, compromise on, or see from both sides, at what point is it dangerous to keep saying there are no ‘shoulds’? (04:33) Why are landfills more prominent in the United States compared to Europe? (09:28) How can we make individuals and companies more environmentally conscious? (11:47) What is yo
23/03/202143 minutes 3 seconds
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Why are we uncomfortable with stillness?

Joshua and Ryan discuss why we find it so difficult to simply stop and be present. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists
19/03/20216 minutes 52 seconds
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279 | Too Busy

Joshua and Ryan talk about the problem of busyness and how we can better manage our time, and they answer the following questions: Why can’t we ever seem to get ahead of our to-do lists? (01:43) What lists do you find helpful? (02:13) What is “busyness”? (06:42) How do we gain more discretionary time despite the onslaught of modern obligations and responsibilities? (11:25) Is striving for work-life balance a fruitless endeavor? (13:58) Are there any tools that can help with our overwhelm? (16:06) What is the fear related to busyness? (17:24) What can someone do if they feel they’re too busy
16/03/202144 minutes 43 seconds
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Not Everything Is Sentimental

Joshua and Ryan discuss how to break our sentimental ties with things so we can let them go. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists
12/03/20217 minutes 52 seconds
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278 | Hoarders

Joshua and Ryan talk about hoarding—the clinical definition, the statistics, the causes, the symptoms, the common types, the risks, the recovery—and they answer the following questions: What is the clinical definition of “hoarding”? (03:00) What is “spartanism”? (03:35) What are the common types of hoarding? (05:43) What is the difference between hoarding and collecting? (09:30) What is the “sunk-cost fallacy”? (11:02) What are the symptoms of hoarding? (21:56) What are the causes of hoarding? (23:30) How is hoarding diagnosed? (27:51) Do childr
09/03/20211 hour 13 minutes 9 seconds
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The Upsides of Communal Living

Joshua and Ryan discuss the benefits of communal living with the CEO and cofounder of Nourish Balance Thrive, Christopher Kelly. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists
05/03/202110 minutes 49 seconds
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277 | Unusual Living Arrangements

Joshua and Ryan talk about alternative living options—communal living, throuples, combined families, long-term singlehood, nomadic living—with the CEO and cofounder of Nourish Balance Thrive, Christopher Kelly, and they answer the following questions: What is ancestral health? (03:20) What has likely caused our overall decline in health? (05:08)  Is our current status quo of living arrangements in detrimental conflict with the natural order? (07:28) How do people continue to help the paradigm of the nuclear family wor
02/03/202155 minutes 49 seconds
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The Minimalists on Tranquility

Joshua and Ryan discuss how to determine what tranquility is by determining what it is not. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists
26/02/20219 minutes 28 seconds
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276 | The Unfollowing

Joshua and Ryan talk about unsubscribing and unfollowing anything that doesn’t bring tranquility or increase well-being, and they answer the following questions: How has unsubscribing and unfollowing helped your tranquility? (08:36) Should we attempt to explain ourselves to others when they question our minimalist lifestyle, or simply invite them to ‘unfollow’ us? (12:37) Can minimalism help us bring order back to our chaotic lives? (14:44) How do we determine the appropriate ‘path’? (18:50) We can’t impose tranquility on the world around us, so how do we adjust our internal settings to maintain inner tranquility? (23:10) Why do insults irritate us so intensely? (29:09)
23/02/202146 minutes 9 seconds
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The Impulse to Buy Multiples of Things

Joshua and Ryan discuss the search for durable items. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists
19/02/20217 minutes 10 seconds
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275 | Let It Go

Joshua and Ryan talk about letting go—letting go of sentimental items, letting go of junk, letting go of anxiety and stress—letting go of anything that harms our well-being or interrupts our peace, and they answer the following questions: How do our things own us? (02:53) Given that I’m under a deadline to move, how can I increase my decluttering pace without becoming overwhelmed and stressed? (08:44) Are there circumstances where a storage unit makes sense? (11:04) When the amount of your belongings is completely overwhelming, how—and where—do you even start? (18:06) Why are we so obsessed with prescriptiveness? (18:54) Detailed show notes: <span style= "font-weight:
16/02/202136 minutes 22 seconds
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Helping Messy Kids Get Organized

Joshua, Ryan, and their guest, behavioral and developmental pediatrician Dr. Damon Korb, discuss how to help children develop habits to become tidy and organized. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists
12/02/20217 minutes 49 seconds
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274 | Organized Kids

Joshua and Ryan talk about raising organized children with behavioral and developmental pediatrician Dr. Damon Korb, and they answer the following questions: What are executive functions? (01:34) What is behavioral pediatrics? (02:18) What do you mean by “organized children”? (02:47) How has the pandemic affected children’s health? (03:24) How do we set appropriate boundaries with our children? (04:58) How do we help our children adopt minimalist practices that stick at an early age so they don’t lose them and suffer the consequences in adulthood? (05:38)<
09/02/202136 minutes 49 seconds
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How to Find Work-Life Balance

Joshua and Ryan discuss the folly of searching for work-life balance. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists
05/02/20214 minutes 33 seconds
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273 | Successfool

Joshua and Ryan talk about success, failure, fulfillment, and satisfaction—and how incessantly chasing those things can lead to foolness rather than fullness—and they answer the following questions: What does success mean to you? (03:06) What are your beliefs regarding spirituality? (07:38) How do value judgments affect success? (13:08) What is nihilism? (14:39) How do I overcome my addiction to procrastination so I can focus on doing meaningful work? (17:00) What are the two kinds of ‘haves’? (19:53) What is the “thing you can’t not do”? (20:21)  What is the best way to address distraction
02/02/202151 minutes 12 seconds
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Cleaning Out Your Junk Drawers

Joshua and Ryan discuss identifying and eliminating items that are truly ‘junk’ that necessitate the existence of junk drawers. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists
29/01/20214 minutes 10 seconds
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272 | Hidden Clutter

Joshua and Ryan talk about the mental, emotional, digital, and other clutter that reveals itself after we minimize our stuff, and they answer the following questions: When are how-to’s helpful? (02:23) How do we appropriately curate scanned photos so we’re not trading physical clutter for digital clutter? (13:57) What advice do you have for young people who are embarking on their minimalist journeys so they have solid practices in place to prevent clutter? (25:43) What one piece of advice would you give your younger self? (26:28) How do we appropriately curate our many digital subscriptions and still satisfy ourselves since each service has programs exclusive to its platform? (31:56) <span style="font-weight: 40
26/01/202148 minutes 17 seconds
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The Minimalists' Thoughts on Monogamy

Joshua and Ryan discuss monogamy with blogger, podcaster, and Registered Dietitian Becca Shern. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists
22/01/20216 minutes 38 seconds
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271 | How to Love

Joshua and Ryan talk about love, relationships, sex, and parenting with blogger, podcaster, and Registered Dietitian Becca Shern, and they answer the following questions: What is our language problem? (02:11) What is the difference between loving someone and being in love with someone? (03:45) What does commitment mean to you? (05:30) What is your definition of “love”? (09:55) How do you view unconditional love? (13:25) How do you recognize when it’s time to end a relationship? (16:11) What are the three components o
19/01/202149 minutes 21 seconds
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Saying "No" to Work Obligations

Joshua and Ryan discuss how to tactfully decline work obligations. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists
15/01/20213 minutes 39 seconds
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270 | Obligations

Joshua and Ryan talk about reducing—or maybe even eliminating—obligations, and they answer the following questions: What is your ‘context’? (02:23) When is an obligation an actual obligation and not a perceived obligation? (04:31) Is there a difference between commitment and obligation? (05:28) What is the difference between want and desire? (07:04) Do we truly want to be happy? (12:27) What do you mean by ‘commitment’? (13:46) How do I appropriately address societal obligations, such as charitable giving, when I don’t have the means to meet those obligations? (17:36) What does ‘virtue’ mea
12/01/20211 hour 6 minutes 2 seconds
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Difference Between Decluttering and Minimalism

Joshua and Ryan discuss the relationship between decluttering and minimalism. Watch the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists  
08/01/20214 minutes 51 seconds
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269 | New Year's Cleanup

Joshua and Ryan talk about starting over and kicking off the New Year with some friendly decluttering, and they answer the following questions: How do I start decluttering? (04:02) What is the difference between decluttering and organizing? (07:05) How do I conduct an effective Packing Party? (07:38) How do I get my kids involved in decluttering? (13:01) How do I determine whether or not to keep a car that’s functional, but not ideal? (14:49) Once you declutter, how do you keep the clutter from coming back? (21:52) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/
05/01/202145 minutes 12 seconds
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Why did The Minimalists and Matt D'Avella choose Netflix for LESS IS NOW?

Joshua and Ryan discuss why they chose Netflix for their newest documentary, Less Is Now, with filmmaker Matt D'Avella. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists
01/01/20215 minutes 45 seconds
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268 | Less Is Now

Joshua and Ryan talk about habit change, letting go of stuff, and the creative process that went into making their new film, Less Is Now, with filmmaker Matt D’Avella, and they answer the following questions: How long have you been working on Less Is Now? (01:50) How did the Less Is Now project start? (05:51) How did the Less Is Now <span style="font-we
29/12/202059 minutes 46 seconds
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Staying Focused in a Noisy World

Joshua and Ryan discuss how they address all the modern-day distractions to stay focused with writer Leo Babauta. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists
25/12/20205 minutes 14 seconds
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267 | Zen Living

Joshua and Ryan discuss finding peace within and without with writer Leo Babauta, and they answer the following questions: How can you be a minimalist with a large family? (03:34) How did you start on your minimalist journey? (05:39) Who inspired you to adopt minimalism? (09:06) How do you convert other family members to minimalism to ensure peace when you’re living in close quarters? (11:32) How important is it to recognize what you’ve accomplished? (12:46) Is leading by example the best approach to helping others adopt minimalist practices? (15:50) <sp
22/12/202049 minutes 42 seconds
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How the Corporate World Prepared Joshua and Ryan to Become The Minimalists

Joshua and Ryan discuss how their corporate responsibilities prepared them for The Minimalists. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists
18/12/20208 minutes 37 seconds
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266 | Ten Years

Joshua treats The Minimalists’ audience to three exclusive conversations with Glennon Doyle (04:48), Dave Ramsey (18:13), and Derek Sivers (33:09) in celebration of the ten-year anniversary of The Minimalists, and they answer the following questions: Has quarantining been a blessing in disguise for some people? (04:48) Why do we have so much difficulty addressing our discontent? (07:46) What is our ‘braver, bolder self’? (09:27) <span style="font-weight:
15/12/20201 hour 23 minutes 9 seconds
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265 | Decade of Less

Joshua and Ryan discuss their evolution as The Minimalists over the last decade, and they answer the following questions: Does it feel like ten years since you started The Minimalists? (03:44) What did you believe about minimalism that you no longer do? (04:52) How have we been lied to as a society? (07:41) How is the word ‘hope’ problematic? (09:03) Is there an issue with forming habits? (10:21) What is the difference between the ‘how’ and the ‘why’? (12:33) How might ‘help’ be a bad thing? (15:41) How could ba
13/12/202052 minutes 16 seconds
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The Minimalists on Strengthening the Immune System

Joshua and Rebecca discuss refining the immune system and tips for optimum health with author and VEEP Nutrition CEO Joel Green. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists
11/12/202015 minutes 29 seconds
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264 | Immunity

Joshua and Rebecca Shern talk about what it really means to eat in a balanced way, how to improve our immune systems, and why our overall health is related to our gut health with author and VEEP Nutrition CEO Joel Greene, and they answer the following questions: Why are the most common-sense health practices not obvious? (01:35) What is the immune system, and why is it so important? (02:57) (03:25) What is making us more susceptible to COVID-19? (05:10) How crucial is it to control inflammation? (08:43) <span sty
08/12/202045 minutes 41 seconds
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Let Go of Unused Gifts

Joshua and Ryan discuss how to tactfully let go of unused gifts with author Meg Nordmann. Listed to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists
04/12/20208 minutes 23 seconds
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263 | Minimalist Christmas

Joshua and Ryan talk about celebrating the holiday season with purpose and intention with author Meg Nordmann, and they answer the following questions: Why is gift-giving problematic? (01:59) What do you think of when you think of the holiday season? (03:35) What is the most common question you get about the holiday season? (04:27) How do you handle someone who insists on giving gifts? (04:45) How do I mentally manage the holiday season when I work in an industry dependent on consumerism? (10:25) How do I make the holiday season wholly enjoyable and thrilling for m
01/12/202048 minutes 4 seconds
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Do you need to upgrade, or do you want to upgrade?

Joshua and Ryan discuss whether it makes sense to replace cheap items with more expensive, more durable items. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists
27/11/20208 minutes 45 seconds
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262 | Materialism

Joshua and Ryan talk about the high price of materialism, and they answer the following questions: What is a ‘curative’? (02:43) Why is it important to recognize our discontent? (06:52) Is money entirely problematic? (07:38) Why does it seem most of us continue to make terrible financial decisions when we’re poor? (16:18) Do celebrities influence society with their bad habits? (17:22) How do I strengthen my focus on minimalism to avoid materialism? (19:18) How do I get my family’s buy-in regarding minimalism? (22:55) Is it reasonable to be expected to pay to avoid materialistic ads? (26:03)
24/11/202042 minutes 23 seconds
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Do we ever truly heal from grief?

Joshua and Ryan discuss if one can ever truly heal emotionally with author and holistic psychologist Dr. Nicole LePera. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists
20/11/20203 minutes 24 seconds
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261 | Mental Health

Joshua and Ryan talk about mental health, the psychology of healing, and consciously creating a healthy relationship with yourself and others with author and holistic psychologist Dr. Nicole LePera, and they answer the following questions: What is a ‘holistic psychologist’? (01:05) What do you focus on in your new book? (03:02) How do you define ‘trauma’? (05:06) How do I stay positive and focused on the days when maintaining my mental balance is particularly challenging? (08:22) What is ‘bypassing’? (15:24) How do I tactfully address my extended fam
17/11/202044 minutes 43 seconds
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The Minimalists on Forgiveness

Joshua and Ryan discuss forgiveness with author and former con artist Matthew Cox. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists
13/11/202016 minutes 39 seconds
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260 | Redemption

Joshua and Ryan talk about how to find redemption within ourselves and with others with author and former con artist Matthew Cox, and they answer the following questions: When did your journey as a con artist start? (04:52) What incident stands out above all others in your journey as a con artist? (11:42) What are ‘enhancements’? (12:39) How did you create fake individuals? (14:15) When did your scams start falling apart? (18:14) Did you ever squeeze out of a scam? (22:32) How do you define ‘redemption’? (37:45)</
10/11/20201 hour 7 minutes 55 seconds
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When NOT to Vote

Joshua and Ryan discuss when abstaining from voting could be an appropriate option with returning guests T.K. Coleman, Kim Iversen, and Jamie Kilstein. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists
06/11/202011 minutes 36 seconds
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259 | Political Fallout

Joshua and Ryan talk about the 2020 election, our current political divide, and how we can find unity even when we disagree with returning guests T.K. Coleman, Kim Iversen, and Jamie Kilstein, and they answer the following questions: If your values aren’t aligned with either of the major party candidates, is voting for a third-party candidate really a wasted vote? (06:36) How do we incentivize the system to improve? (11:33) Is it okay to minimize politics in my life
02/11/202041 minutes 19 seconds
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Adult Film Star Lisa Ann Discusses the Porn Problem

Joshua and Ryan discuss the crux of the issues with porn with director, media personality, and adult film star Lisa Ann. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists
30/10/20206 minutes 49 seconds
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258 | Porn Addiction

Joshua and Ryan talk about sex and porn addiction—how to recognize it, how to break it—and, conversely, even the possible positive attributes of porn with director, media personality, and adult film star Lisa Ann, and they answer the following questions: Is porn addiction a recognized addiction? (03:40) How do we better restrict our children’s access to porn? (06:40) Do we overmoralize porn? (09:20) Is porn addiction just a matter of self control? (11:00) Why is Gen Z statistically having the least sex of any generation? (11:40) What are the pros and cons of por
27/10/202054 minutes 6 seconds
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Where can I find a supportive community?

Joshua discusses finding strong, supportive, nonreligious communities with author, podcaster, and pastor Erwin McManus and his son, film producer Aaron McManus. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists  
23/10/20203 minutes 26 seconds
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257 | Battle Ready

Joshua discusses our constant craving for spirituality with author, podcaster, and pastor Erwin McManus and his son, film producer Aaron McManus, and they answer the following questions: How do I responsibly let go of expensive items that can't be reused by others? (06:17) Is anything actually ‘free’? (08:14) How compatible are minimalist and Buddhist practices? (12:25) I recently let go of religion, but I don’t know what to cling to next. (24:16) What is the d
20/10/202039 minutes 19 seconds
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How to Minimize the Temptation of Social Media

Joshua and Ryan discuss the viability of switching to a flip phone to further minimize the temptations of social media with social media specialist Jess Williams. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists
16/10/20209 minutes 22 seconds
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256 | Social Dilemma

Joshua and Ryan talk about how The Minimalists apply minimalism to social media, how they’ve changed their opinion about social media over the years, and they review the new Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma with social media specialist Jess Williams, and they answer the following questions: Is social media the original social distancing? (02:06) How do we do a better job of using social media as a tool? (07:17) What are the problems with social media? (16:16) Has the smartphone become more of a distraction than the TV? (20:57) <span
13/10/202055 minutes 49 seconds
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How to Respect an Introvert's Space

Joshua and Ryan discuss introverts' boundaries with comedian Josh Wolf. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists
09/10/20209 minutes 6 seconds
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255 | Relationship Rescue

Joshua and Ryan talk about repairing and strengthening relationships during difficult times with comedian Josh Wolf, and they answer the following questions: Is it possible that the global pandemic actually helped save some relationships? (01:20) What are some good habits to adopt to save a relationship? (06:36) What is ‘Object A’? (09:59) How much is enough? (10:37) What does it feel like to be satisfied? (13:13) What is the difference between pleasure and joy? (15:32) What is the ‘price of admission’? (19:5
06/10/202059 minutes 43 seconds
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Physical Books vs. Kindle Books

Joshua talks about the pros and cons of digital books and physical books. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists
02/10/20205 minutes 35 seconds
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254 | Book Clutter

Joshua discusses books and how to best ensure they enhance our lives, and he answers the following questions: What is the true value of books? (04:42) How do I determine whether to keep or purge books I own that I haven’t yet read? (06:10) What do I do with books to which I’m attached but my partner insists I let go? (12:33) Why do writers choose that profession? (16:10) How do I let go of books I inherited from a loved one that have sentimental value? (21:03) How do I start trimming my book collection? (23:22) Why do some items have sentimental value? (24:12) How do I break my sentimental
29/09/202049 minutes 42 seconds
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Do paper straws and sip-cup lids actually help the environment?

Joshua discusses whether paper straws and paper sip-cup lids actually help the environment with Sheila Morovati, Founder and President of the Crayon Collective and Habits of Waste. Watch the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists
25/09/202015 minutes 54 seconds
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253 | Waste

Joshua talks about waste and all the ways in which we are wasteful with Sheila Morovati, Founder and President of Crayon Collection and Habits of Waste, and they answer the following questions: Why do we rarely consider how we’re being wasteful? (03:44) How can I reasonably ensure my donated items don’t become a burden to anyone else? (04:57) How do I ensure I don’t receive unwanted correspondence? (11:47) How do I responsibly repurpose or recycle outdated technology at work? (17:06) What are my recycling options if I live in a city without a robust recycling program? (22:34) <span styl
22/09/202043 minutes 18 seconds
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Does Rob Bell believe in an afterlife?

Joshua and Ryan discuss the possibility of life after death with author, podcaster, and theologian Rob Bell. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists
18/09/20209 minutes 28 seconds
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252 | Everything's Spiritual

Joshua and Ryan discuss spirituality, evolving beliefs, and the impermanence of everything with author, podcaster, and theologian Rob Bell, and they answer the following questions: What does it mean to ‘own your story’? (02:10) How has Rob’s faith evolved? (04:40) What is the origin of the book title, Everything Is Spiritual? (07:09) What is the ‘wordlessness of grace’? (09:02) What does it mean to ‘hold a place for God’? (10:31) Do you believe in a higher power that can provide comf
15/09/202052 minutes 50 seconds
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Declutter Your Kitchen

Joshua and Ryan discuss how to streamline our kitchens. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists
11/09/20205 minutes 57 seconds
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251 | Stuffocated

Joshua and Ryan discuss the many ways we’ve stuffed our lives to the breaking point, how we can relieve that pressure, and they answer the following questions: How do I determine what is essential to pack for a move? (06:08) How do I incorporate some friction into my decision making? (09:22) What should I do with scrapbooks and mementos that I’m clinging to? (10:10) Is it inconveniencing others to ask them for help in storing items? (11:23) Is it helpful to limit storage space when decluttering? (12:00) How do I ensure I maintain a minimalist mindset throughout my day? (14:26) What is the difference between joy and pleasure? (17:14)</s
08/09/202053 minutes 47 seconds
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How to Prioritize What Matters Most

Joshua and Ryan discuss dedicating our time to what matters most with author and fitness expert Ben Greenfield. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists
04/09/20204 minutes 37 seconds
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250 | Lifestyle Clutter

Joshua and Ryan talk about all the extra things we do, and the extraneous activities, obligations, and tasks we commit to that make our lives more complicated with author and fitness expert Ben Greenfield, and they answer the following questions: How do I let go of limiting beliefs? (06:38) How do I reconcile my creativity and my desire for profit? (07:04) How important are mission statements? (07:35) How important is the skill of delegation for creatives? (11:33) How do I appropriately delegate responsibilities and obligations? (14:02) What are some opp
01/09/202047 minutes 12 seconds
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$2,500 Minimalist Wedding Budget

Joshua and Ryan discuss appropriate wedding budgets with blogger, author, and matrimonial expert Jessica Bishop. Watch the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists
28/08/202010 minutes 29 seconds
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249 | Minimalist Weddings

Joshua and Ryan discuss all things weddings—debt, expenses, expectations, responsibilities, ceremonies, outfits, wedding guests, and more—with blogger, author, and matrimonial expert Jessica Bishop, and they answer the following questions: What are the most common questions regarding weddings? (04:17) How do I appropriately manage my family’s expectations regarding the wedding? (08:50) Where do most couples go wrong regarding their wedding planning? (09:37) Is there any scenario where it would be appropriate to take on debt for a wedding? (12:46) How do I maintain a minimalist wedding despite a large
25/08/202053 minutes 59 seconds
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Will Millennials Still Shop at Malls?

Joshua and Ryan discuss what value younger generations will find in shopping malls. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists
21/08/20205 minutes 31 seconds
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248 | Shopping Malls

Joshua and Ryan discuss the death of shopping malls and the shopping mall culture, and they answer the following questions: What are the different kinds of dying malls? (03:50) What is the history behind malls? (10:51) How do we encourage retailers to use environmentally responsible packaging? (16:48) How effective is recycling? (18:44) Where do fashion and intentionality align? (24:58) How do we transform vacant malls into a community commodity? (35:06) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: <a href="ht
18/08/202053 minutes 42 seconds
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Why is fashion associated with social status?

Joshua and Ryan discuss the misconception that fashion equates wealth with YouTube minimalist Ronald L. Banks. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists
14/08/202011 minutes 29 seconds
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247 | Owning Less

Joshua and Ryan talk about owning less, wanting less, decluttering physical and digital spaces, and more (about less) with YouTube minimalist Ronald L. Banks, and they answer the following questions: How do I ensure I purchase new items intentionally? (02:01) How do I appropriately address my constant yearning for upgrades? (05:15) Why do we try to use possessions to validate ourselves? (06:18) How do I appropriately manage my bloated digital storage? (10:53) What is the best method for organizing photos? (13:47) Are there instances that warrant more rather t
11/08/202036 minutes 18 seconds
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Dealing with Guilt

Joshua and Ryan discuss how to appropriately address guilt with author, theologian, and philosopher Peter Rollins. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
07/08/20209 minutes 30 seconds
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246 | The Lacking

Joshua and Ryan discuss the fear of missing out (FOMO), the joy of missing out (JOMO), and how to be content in the midst of uncertainty with author, theologian, and philosopher Peter Rollins, and they answer the following questions: What is ‘the lack’? (03:51) What is the difference between freedom and determinism? (04:58) What are hypothetical and categorical imperatives? (06:27) Can too much freedom cause anxiety? (11:52) How do I find satisfaction with my current situation rather than constantly searching for something new? (13:40) What is the difference betw
04/08/202050 minutes 34 seconds
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How to Let Go When Overwhelmed by Decluttering

Joshua and Ryan discuss overcoming overwhelm. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
31/07/20205 minutes 13 seconds
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245 | Overstuffed

Joshua and Ryan talk about stuff and why many of us still have too much, and they answer the following questions: How can pressure help me become a better minimalist? (02:21) How do I manage my children’s belongings? (03:52) How do I help my loved ones simplify their lives? (06:30) How do I address my compulsion to build collections? (11:39) What is the difference between joy and happiness? (12:28) What creates true joy? (14:40) How much is enough? (15:42) How can friction help me on my minimalist journey? (17:21) What is the value of ‘why’? (22:25) <span style="font-we
28/07/202048 minutes 7 seconds
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Trendy or timeless?

Joshua and Ryan discuss the elegance of simple, timeless style with the founder of PreachersNSneakers, Tyler Jones. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
24/07/20207 minutes 22 seconds
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244 | Fashion Obsession

Joshua and Ryan talk about our obsessions with trends and fashion, as well as dissect our infatuation with clothing, style, and shoes with the founder of PreachersNSneakers, Tyler Jones, and they answer the following questions: How did PreachersNSneakers start? (02:11) Is the current hip wardrobe of many modern religious leaders simply the new version of wearing the ‘Sunday best’? (11:10) Is it problematic for modern religious leaders to promote and sell church-branded swag? (13:44) Is it acceptable for religious leaders to wear expensive clothing that was gifted or donated to them? (14:40) Can functi
21/07/20201 hour 13 minutes 18 seconds
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Is negativity contagious?

Joshua and Ryan discuss how to avoid the virus of negativity. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
17/07/20206 minutes 20 seconds
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243 | Negative People

Joshua and Ryan talk about why we are addicted to negativity, gossip, and other disempowering emotions and behaviors; what we can do to improve or walk away from negative situations; and they answer the following questions: How do I tactfully address disrespectful family members? (01:59) How do I handle welcome and unwelcome teasing from others? (03:56) How do I manage the offensive behavior of others? (05:12) How do I stand up for myself with loved ones? (08:40) How do I address a toxic relationship with a superior at work when using HR is not an option? (13:53) What is the difference between immoral and illegal? (15:21) How do I reco
14/07/202040 minutes 9 seconds
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The Toxic Relationship That Almost Ended The Minimalists

Joshua and Ryan discuss when relationships become untenable with podcaster and comedian Jamie Kilstein. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
10/07/20207 minutes 53 seconds
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242 | Toxic People

Joshua and Ryan talk about dealing with toxic people, as well as defining, reassessing, repairing, and letting go of toxic relationships with podcaster and comedian Jamie Kilstein, and they answer the following questions: What’s your definition of a ‘toxic person’? (06:02) What’s your definition of ‘relationship’? (07:35) Is it possible to be toxic to some people but not toxic to others? (13:05) Can jealousy be helpful? (16:27) Is there a difference between empathy and compassion? (17:13) Is it realistic to expect to find a partner that’
07/07/202053 minutes 50 seconds
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Becca Shern on Getting Better Sleep

Joshua discusses the best practices for getting ideal sleep with registered dietitian Becca Shern and regenerative medicine expert Adam Lamb. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
03/07/20204 minutes 31 seconds
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241 | Hormones

Joshua talks about hormones—both female and male hormones—and how they change in our 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond; what we can do to optimize our hormones to get the best out of life; how our hormones affect our sleep, stress, mood, energy, and sex drive; and how diet, sleep, sunlight, and exercise affect our hormones with registered dietitian Becca Shern and regenerative medicine expert Adam Lamb, and they answer the following questions: What are hormones? (02:46) Do hormones work in conjunction with one another? (04:17) Is ‘normal’ actually ‘optimal’ or ‘good’? (05:52
30/06/202037 minutes 8 seconds
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The Most Minimal Exercise

Joshua and Ryan discuss effective exercises that require minimal equipment with podcaster, journalist, and author Max Lugavere. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
26/06/20205 minutes 57 seconds
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240 | Genius Life

Joshua and Ryan talk about creating a healthy lifestyle, managing stress, healing your mind, strengthening your body, and becoming extraordinary with podcaster, journalist, and author Max Lugavere, and they answer the following questions: How do I best relieve stress? (02:23) How do I best mitigate chronic pain? (12:46) Can you expand on your stance that ‘food isn’t entertainment’? (28:19) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/
23/06/202052 minutes 12 seconds
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Rich Roll on Working at Home

Joshua and Ryan discuss appropriate practices for working at home with author, podcaster, and health expert Rich Roll. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
19/06/20203 minutes 59 seconds
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239 | New Abnormal

Joshua and Ryan discuss how to find balance, contentment, and tranquility in our new normal with author, podcaster, and health expert Rich Roll, and they answer the following questions: What are the best methods for envisioning our new normal? (08:47) How have your health practices evolved as a result of the recent crises? (15:49) How do you find the strength to keep pushing when it all starts breaking down? (25:36) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: <a href="http://theminimalists.com/su
16/06/202041 minutes 45 seconds
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Is Poverty the New Minimalism?

Joshua and Ryan discuss how the principles of minimalism are effective no matter a person's financial means. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
12/06/202010 minutes 2 seconds
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238 | Neo-Minimalism

Joshua and Ryan discuss what minimalism will look like after this moment of uncertainty, whether a movement of Neo-Minimalism will form in the wake of the reset, and they answer the following questions: How do I better control my online purchasing after relying on it so heavily during these recent crises? (16:04) Given our current crises, what emergency items are reasonable to keep on hand as a minimalist? (22:07) How has your definition and perspective of the word “essential” changed? (26:43) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support<
10/06/202040 minutes 59 seconds
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T.K. Coleman Responds to “You Ain’t Black”

Joshua and Ryan discuss Joe Biden's "You ain't black" comment with T.K. Coleman. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
05/06/20206 minutes 37 seconds
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237 | Race Relations

Joshua and Ryan are joined by T.K. Coleman to discuss race in America, racial justice, colorblindness, protests, riots, indifference, systemic oppression, and what we can do to help. Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support
02/06/20201 hour 17 minutes 6 seconds
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The Minimalists Tested Positive for COVID

Joshua and Ryan discuss Joshua’s family’s experience with COVID-19. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
31/05/20207 minutes 12 seconds
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236 | Memories

Joshua and Ryan talk about why we hold on to material possessions in an attempt to hold on to our memories, what we can do to hold on to our memories without holding on to the stuff, and they answer the following questions: Should I hold on to sentimental mementos, like a wedding dress, in case my children may want them someday? (05:25) How do I find the strength to let go of my deceased parent’s belongings? (18:24) How do I determine what sentimental items are appropriate to keep? (29:55) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support</
26/05/202046 minutes 3 seconds
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Kim Iversen on Minimalism in Politics

Joshua and Ryan discuss incorporating minimalism into politics with journalist and podcaster Kim Iversen. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
22/05/20207 minutes 14 seconds
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235 | Politics

Joshua and Ryan discuss local, national, and international politics; outrage and divisiveness in the current political climate; and the quagmire of disarray and turmoil created by tribalism and partisan politics with journalist and podcaster Kim Iversen, and they answer the following questions: How can we help our government officials adopt more minimalist practices, especially with respect to budgets? (02:54) Which political party is most closely aligned with the principles of minimalism? (15:29) How do we all maintain balance in this heated political climate? (25:25) Detailed show notes: <span style
19/05/202042 minutes 14 seconds
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The Minimalists on Living Within Your Means

Joshua and Ryan reiterate the importance of avoiding debt within and without crises. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
15/05/20204 minutes 13 seconds
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234 | Ask The Minimalists

Joshua and Ryan field a flurry of questions from their podcast supporters, including: What system do you use to organize your personal and professional lives? (01:14) How do I determine which habits are helping me and which habits are not? (04:52) How do I ensure I carry forward the lessons I learned from the pandemic regarding appropriate scheduling? (11:04) How do I tactfully say ‘no’ to bosses and coworkers when I’m not on the clock? (20:50) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support</
12/05/202043 minutes 4 seconds
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Andrew McAfee on Misconceptions About Recycling

Joshua discusses the efficacy of recycling with author and MIT scientist and professor Andrew McAfee. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
08/05/20205 minutes 17 seconds
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233 | More/Less

Joshua talks about whether reducing our consumption is enough to save the planet, or whether we need to do more than recycle, share stuff, and consume less; the upsides and downsides of capitalism; potential necessary changes to environmental policy; and some misconceptions about human progress with author and MIT scientist and professor Andrew McAfee, and they answer the following questions: How can we use minimalist practices to help the environment? (05:21) How do we train ourselves to purchase more intentionally and less impulsively? (23:37) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast <span st
05/05/202044 minutes 44 seconds
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Dr. Joanne Cacciatore on Preparing for Tragedies

Joshua and Ryan discuss appropriate preparation for the loss of loved ones with Dr. Joanne Cacciatore. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
01/05/20206 minutes 6 seconds
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232 | Qonversations

Joshua Fields Millburn talks about The Minimalists’ “No Junk Rule,” followed by three “Qonversations” with Dan Savage about sex and dating apps during a pandemic; the artist Colleen McCulla about using art to make sense of a post-coronavirus world; and a controversial chat with T.K. Coleman about whether we should give up our freedoms to stay safe. Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The
28/04/202059 minutes 14 seconds
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William B. Irvine on Stoicism within Families

Joshua discusses practicing stoicism within families with author and professor William B. Irvine. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
24/04/20203 minutes 51 seconds
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231 | Stoicism

Joshua talks about stoicism, what it means to live a good life, and different philosophies for living with author and professor William B. Irvine, and they answer the following questions: Is stoicism applicable to all cultures? (10:05) How do I explain the benefits of stoicism to my loved ones? (18:38) How do I practice stoicism without sacrificing human emotion? (26:20) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimali
21/04/202039 minutes 31 seconds
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Chris Guillebeau on His Financial Influences

Joshua and Ryan discuss the positive forces that helped shape their financial philosophies with author, podcaster, and entrepreneur Chris Guillebeau. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
17/04/20207 minutes 9 seconds
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230 | Money Tree

Joshua and Ryan talk about earning a living, being responsible with money, and choosing a new career path during times of financial uncertainty with author, podcaster, and entrepreneur Chris Guillebeau, and they answer the following questions: How do I break out of the cycle of office jobs? (04:12) If I’ve grown tired of my current career but I’m overqualified for many other jobs, are there any other options open to me aside from completely starting over? (15:14) What is the best financial advice you’ve ever received? (23:40) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/pod
14/04/202037 minutes 53 seconds
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Ramesh Srinivasan on Smartphone Addiction

Joshua and Ryan discuss app designers' motives with author and professor Ramesh Srinivasan. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
10/04/20206 minutes 21 seconds
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229 | Tech Problems

Joshua and Ryan discuss the disconnection between designers and users, producers and consumers, and tech elites and the rest of us with author and professor Ramesh Srinivasan, and they answer the following questions: How do I narrow down what tech is most appropriate for me from the plethora of tech that’s available? (10:21) How do we deal with the constant intrusion of advertising in our lives that hitchhikes on our tech? (15:47) What are the ramifications of tech companies selling user information? (25:05) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast
07/04/202040 minutes 23 seconds
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Youheum on the Pros and Cons of Extreme Minimalism

Joshua and Ryan contemplate the pros and cons of living a life of extreme minimalism with YouTuber Youheum Son. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
03/04/20204 minutes
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228 | Extreme Minimalism

Joshua and Ryan talk about what minimalism looks like when it’s taken to its extremes with YouTuber Youheum Son, and they answer the following questions: Once it seems like you’ve minimized everything, where do you go from there? (05:12) What foods and utensils are in an extreme minimalist’s kitchen? (10:54) What is the minimum number of physical items you need to survive? (17:53) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: <a href="http://theminimalists.com/suppor
31/03/202032 minutes 56 seconds
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T.K. Coleman Explains How to Prepare for Early Retirement

Joshua and Ryan discuss appropriate preparations for those seeking early retirement with the Director of Entrepreneurial Education for the Foundation for Economic Education, T.K. Coleman. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
27/03/20207 minutes 10 seconds
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227 | Economic Hardship

Joshua and Ryan discuss how to maximize wealth, how to minimize financial stress, and the wisest economic actions to take with the Director of Entrepreneurial Education for the Foundation for Economic Education, T.K. Coleman, and they answer the following questions: How do I maximize my wealth while minimizing my stress in accumulating it? (01:12) What are the wisest economic actions to take on a modest income? (12:02) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support
24/03/202055 minutes 4 seconds
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226 | How to Live Through This

Joshua and Ryan expand on how to live—not just survive, but thrive—through these unsettling times. They discuss societal panic, fundamental habit shifts, and the appropriate actions we should take in the midst of a pandemic, and they answer the following questions: How should we address the societal panic during the pandemic? (06:16) What things that we’ve taken for granted will now fundamentally change as a result of the pandemic? (16:00) What actions should we take right now? (29:26) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support
22/03/202032 minutes 59 seconds
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225 | Coronavirus

Joshua and Ryan discuss the appropriate preparation and response to societal crises with the Director of Entrepreneurial Education for the Foundation for Economic Education, T.K. Coleman, and they answer the following questions: Are we preparing needlessly for problems that won’t exist? (07:11) How does the free market respond to a crisis? (09:56) Why aren’t there sufficient tests for COVID-19? (21:11) Are there some countries that are handling the pandemic better than the United States? (23:09) Why does tribalism often take precedence over community? (35:22) Is gover
20/03/20201 hour 15 minutes
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224 | Pandemic Preparation

Joshua and Ryan discuss the appropriate preparation and response to societal crises with the Director of Entrepreneurial Education for the Foundation for Economic Education, T.K. Coleman, and they answer the following questions: How likely is a minimalist to survive in a catastrophe? (23:07) How do I quarantine for 2-6 weeks as a minimalist? (39:15) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support
17/03/202050 minutes 49 seconds
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Dr. Joanne Cacciatore on the Effects of Past Trauma

Joshua and Ryan discuss the importance of recognizing how our past can affect our present and future with professor, trauma/grief counselor, and researcher Dr. Joanne Cacciatore. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
13/03/20205 minutes 22 seconds
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223 | Trauma

Joshua and Ryan discuss particularly difficult topics, including trauma, bereavement, traumatic stress, sorrow, and even traumatic death with professor, trauma/grief counselor, and researcher Dr. Joanne Cacciatore, and they answer the following questions: How do I overcome the trauma of my past to address the challenges of the present? (07:54) How do I overcome the negative feelings attached to items so I don’t needlessly replace them? (19:10) Is it helpful to remove mementos of a lost loved one to overcome trauma and grief? (33:20) Detailed show notes: m
10/03/202047 minutes 4 seconds
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Bobby Berk Talks Timeless Style

Joshua and Ryan discuss elements of timeless style with designer, entrepreneur, and Queer Eye star Bobby Berk. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
06/03/20204 minutes 9 seconds
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222 | Interior Design

Joshua and Ryan talk about interior design, feng shui, the calmness of clutter-free spaces, and how to have a minimalist home that’s not boring with designer, entrepreneur, and Queer Eye star Bobby Berk, and they answer the following questions: When I have more space than I have belongings to fill it, how do I appropriately address that empty space? (02:09) Is there a way to effectively stage a home for sale in a minimalist fashion? (12:08) How do I make a room feel cozy while maintaining a minimalist aesthetic? (20:26) Detailed show notes: <a href="http://themini
03/03/202033 minutes 39 seconds
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Laura McKowen on When Drinking Becomes a Problem

Joshua and Ryan discuss how to determine when bad habits are becoming addictions with author and blogger Laura McKowen. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
28/02/20202 minutes 38 seconds
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221 | Dependency

Joshua and Ryan discuss dependency, sobriety, and different types of addiction, including our addiction to stuff, alcohol, food, drugs, cigarettes, money, status, social media, attention, television, breaking news, smartphones, and porn with author and blogger Laura McKowen, and they answer the following questions: How do I help my mother overcome her addiction to shopping and hoarding that is negatively affecting me? (03:52) How do I address my addiction to online shopping? (12:35) Is there a correlation between a minimal life and a sober life? (23:21) Detailed show notes: <span style= "font-weig
25/02/202040 minutes 32 seconds
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Dr. Paul Saladino Explains How to Lose Weight Healthfully

Joshua and Ryan discuss how to lose weight healthfully with Dr. Paul Saladino MD. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
21/02/20206 minutes 57 seconds
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220 | That's Unhealthy?

Joshua and Ryan argue about what’s healthy and what isn’t healthy with author, podcaster, and health expert Dr. Paul Saladino, MD. They also discuss fiber, fruits, vegetables, meat, vitamins, nutrients, cholesterol, fat, ketosis, toxins, and the gut microbiome, and they answer the following questions: Why is it so difficult to determine what’s healthy? (52:40) What is inflammation? (52:40) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support
18/02/20201 hour 6 minutes 27 seconds
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Joshua and Ryan Discuss How to Prevent Clutter

Joshua and Ryan discuss one of the crucial tools they use to prevent clutter. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
14/02/20202 minutes 23 seconds
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219 | Spring Clutter

Joshua and Ryan get back to basics for spring cleaning and discuss decluttering, organizing, and letting go of excess stuff, and they answer the following questions: How can I help my parents embrace decluttering? (01:01) How do I tactfully tell my family I don’t want to inherit their belongings? (10:57) How can I save mementos and still be clutter-free? (20:48) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support
11/02/202035 minutes 18 seconds
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Courtney Carver Cuts Boring out of Her Wardrobe

Joshua and Ryan discuss how to keep a minimal wardrobe interesting with author, blogger, and podcaster Courtney Carver. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
07/02/20203 minutes 54 seconds
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218 | Minimalist Fashion

Joshua and Ryan talk about minimalist fashion, capsule wardrobes, cleaning out your closet, and the pros and cons of trendy clothing with author, blogger, and podcaster Courtney Carver, and they answer the following questions: How can I be a minimalist and still keep up with the current fashions? (08:01) How do I find sustained satisfaction with my current wardrobe despite the onslaught of new stylish temptations? (15:10) How do I ensure my clothes last longer? (24:28) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Suppo
04/02/202043 minutes 44 seconds
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Peter Rollins Conquers Fear with Desire

Joshua and Ryan discuss the relationship of fear and desire with author, theologian, and philosopher Peter Rollins. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
31/01/20203 minutes 54 seconds
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217 | Desire

Joshua and Ryan talk about desire, yearning, craving and impulse and lust and longing and aspiration with author, theologian, and philosopher Peter Rollins, and they answer the following questions: How do I commit to a desire? (11:27) How do we make time for our desires? (19:36) Is it unhealthy for someone to lust and yearn for others outside their marriage? (34:10) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support
28/01/202047 minutes 13 seconds
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Jennette McCurdy Opens up About Her Eating Disorders

Joshua and Ryan discuss how the stress of striving for success can lead to eating disorders with actor, writer, and director Jennette McCurdy. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
24/01/20206 minutes 30 seconds
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216 | Toxic Fame

Joshua and Ryan discuss fame, notoriety, the difference between being famous and being well-known, and the upsides and downsides of stardom with actor, writer, and director Jennette McCurdy, and they answer the following questions: Why do we seem to get more satisfaction from celebrities losing fame than gaining it? (03:13) What can we do about celebrities that use their fame to spread ill will? (17:46) Will the general public ever finally realize that fame is hollow? (30:01)  Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast <span style="font-weigh
21/01/202053 minutes 23 seconds
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Jason Fried on Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

Joshua and Ryan discuss lowering our expectations and raising our standards to overcome imposter syndrome with author and entrepreneur Jason Fried. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
17/01/20203 minutes 56 seconds
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215 | Busyness

Joshua and Ryan talk about 80-hour work weeks, packed schedules, endless meetings, overflowing inboxes, unrealistic deadlines, and bringing our work home with us with author and entrepreneur Jason Fried, and they answer the following questions: How do I balance my professional life and my personal life so it doesn’t feel like I’m just living to work? (02:34) What can I do to help temper the intensity of my company’s culture? (22:08) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.co
14/01/202034 minutes 28 seconds
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The Minimalists Debate Whether Creativity Is Learnable

Joshua and Ryan discuss whether creativity is inherited, learned, or both. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
10/01/20203 minutes 24 seconds
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214 | Podcasting

Joshua and Ryan discuss the lessons they’ve learned from their years of blogging and podcasting, and they answer the following questions: What is the most effective medium for sharing my expertise to build an audience? (22:09) How do I determine what I should select for my next entrepreneurial pursuit? (30:38) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support
07/01/202042 minutes 16 seconds
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Are AirPods bad for your health?

Joshua and Ryan discuss the possible harmful effects of wireless devices on the human body with author, podcaster, and fitness expert Ben Greenfield. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
03/01/20204 minutes 31 seconds
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213 | Resolutions

Joshua and Ryan talk about starting New Year’s resolutions, when it’s appropriate to give up on a resolution, and what actions to take when you’re feeling stuck with author, podcaster, and fitness expert Ben Greenfield, and they answer the following questions: How do I improve my sleep hygiene in the new year? (02:13) How do I apply minimalism to voluntary pursuits in the new year to ensure I’m being highly effective and not overextending myself? (18:40) After several false starts, how can I ensure I stick with minimalism the next time I attempt to adopt it? (23:13) Detailed show notes: <span
31/12/201936 minutes 6 seconds
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Can universal morality exist?

Joshua and Ryan discuss if it's possible to achieve universal morality with mathematical physicist, economist, and podcaster Eric Weinstein. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
27/12/20194 minutes 28 seconds
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212 | Community

Joshua and Ryan discuss the internal conflicts many people experience when it comes to community and individualism, reason and spirituality, and religion and atheism with mathematical physicist, economist, and podcaster Eric Weinstein, and they answer the following questions: How do I move on from my current community and find a new community since our values no longer align? (19:26) Are minimalism and religion working toward resolving the same human conflicts? (31:54) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: <a href="ht
24/12/201958 minutes 51 seconds
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Keeping Holidays with Family Minimal

Joshua and Ryan discuss the value of simplifying the holidays with our families with author and entrepreneur Melissa Maker. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
20/12/20198 minutes 33 seconds
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211 | Clean Spaces

Joshua and Ryan talk about organizing, tidying up, and cleaning your home with author and entrepreneur Melissa Maker, and they answer the following questions: How do I attain and maintain a clean and orderly home when my partner persists in being a packrat? (02:05) How do I appropriately store a plethora of important documents? (10:38) How do I overcome the overwhelm I feel whenever I try to address the clutter in my home? (21:56) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: <a href="http://themini
17/12/201935 minutes 46 seconds
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Should college be "free"?

Joshua and Ryan discuss the irresponsibility of college educations without obligations with author and podcaster Anthony ONeal. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
13/12/20194 minutes 52 seconds
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210 | Student Debt

Joshua and Ryan talk about student debt, graduating from a university without any debt, and tips for avoiding college debt altogether with author and podcaster Anthony ONeal, and they answer the following questions: How do I determine if it makes sense to take on student debt for an advanced degree? (03:04) How do I find someone that has managed a debt-free college education pursuing what I want to pursue? (08:38) What is a reasonable amount of money to invest in a college education? (15:35) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast <span style
10/12/201931 minutes 43 seconds
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Chemistry Is Complicated

Joshua and Ryan discuss the the value of empathy, experience, and maturity regarding sexual attraction with author and podcaster Dr. Christopher Ryan. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
08/12/20194 minutes 41 seconds
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Less Coast Tour

Join The Minimalists for a night of less. For our first tour in two years, we’re simplifying the west coast of the United States and Canada: Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego. At each event, we’ll present a talk about the benefits of living with less, followed by a live edition of The Minimalists Podcast with a special guest. Together we’ll discuss consumerism, decluttering, personal values, and minimalism, and we’ll answer audience questions. Tickets: LessCoast.com
06/12/20194 minutes 46 seconds
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209 | Uncivilized

Joshua and Ryan talk about consumerism, the successes and failures of modern society, the price of progress, and whether civilization has actually made us less civilized with author and podcaster Dr. Christopher Ryan, and they answer the following questions: Are technological advances primarily benefiting or degrading our society? (04:04) How do I survive and thrive in traditional mating rituals in a world that is becoming increasingly digital? (17:53) How much sacrifice is too much sacrifice? (30:46) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast <span s
03/12/201945 minutes 52 seconds
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Better Goals Than Happiness

Joshua and Ryan discuss the prime objective of life. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
29/11/20195 minutes 41 seconds
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208 | Best Life

Joshua and Ryan discuss the elements of a best life, and they answer the following questions: How do I live what I believe is my best life despite the criticism of others? (02:45) If I alter my blueprint for life because my plan isn’t working out, isn’t that giving up on my dreams? (10:45) How do I address the stress associated with society dictating to me how to live my life? (21:56) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support
26/11/201937 minutes 54 seconds
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Let's Talk About Black Friday

Joshua Fields Millburn discusses the pitfalls of the holiday (shopping) season.
25/11/20193 minutes 27 seconds
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What do The Minimalists fear?

Joshua and Ryan discuss recognizing and addressing their greatest fears with singer-songwriter Lee DeWyze. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
22/11/20195 minutes 47 seconds
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207 | Paranoia

Joshua and Ryan discuss fear, anxiety, worry, discomfort, and paranoia with singer-songwriter Lee DeWyze, and they answer the following questions: How do I overcome contentment and the fear of failure and purposely put myself in my discomfort zone to challenge myself? (02:45) How do I address my fear of the judgment of others and make a career move that many see as a step backward? (15:11) How do I address my fear of being alone? (28:19) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: <a href="ht
19/11/201945 minutes 8 seconds
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Managing Screen Time for Kids

Joshua and Ryan discuss how to ensure children are not adversely influenced by technology with author and professor Emily Oster. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
15/11/20195 minutes 14 seconds
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206 | Raising Kids

Joshua and Ryan talk about raising kids, the data behind good parenting, and how parents can be more confident in their parenting decisions with professor and author Emily Oster, and they answer the following questions: How do I determine with my partner who will sacrifice their career to take care of our children? (02:09) How do I ensure my hoarder relatives don’t negatively impact the minimalist values I’m instilling in my child? (11:10) What’s the best way to educate children in a world dominated by consumerism? (23:53) Detailed show notes: mini
12/11/201938 minutes 6 seconds
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How do I discover my passion?

Joshua and Ryan discuss how to discover and develop a passion with author and radio personality Ken Coleman. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
08/11/201911 minutes 17 seconds
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205 | Career Advice

Joshua and Ryan discuss career advice, pursuing your passion, mentors, and the stepping stones to success with author and radio personality Ken Coleman, and they answer the following questions: How do I find a job that adequately fulfills my professional and economic needs? (07:27) How do I secure my dream job despite fierce competition in the field? (20:19) How do I ask someone to be a mentor? (26:45) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: mini
05/11/201942 minutes 10 seconds
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The Difference Between Minimalism and KonMari

Joshua and Ryan compare and contrast minimalism and the KonMari method with lifestyle entrepreneur MJ Gordon. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
01/11/20193 minutes 57 seconds
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204 | Starting Minimalism

Joshua and Ryan discuss how to start simplifying, how to become a minimalist, and some practical tips and rules for decluttering with lifestyle entrepreneur MJ Gordon, and they answer the following questions: How do I motivate myself to minimize? (01:49) What is one unexpected result you realized after adopting minimalism? (10:30) How do I overcome analysis paralysis and wholly embrace minimalism? (35:32) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: <
29/10/201943 minutes 3 seconds
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The Connection Between Stuff and Depression

Joshua and Ryan discuss how the things in our lives can contribute to depression with author Johann Hari. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
25/10/20197 minutes 27 seconds
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203 | Connection

Joshua and Ryan talk about several modern crises—depression, loneliness, addiction, connection, belonging, and meaning—with author Johann Hari, and they answer the following questions: How do I increase my happiness and live a more fulfilled, meaningful life in spite of the daily barrage of negativity from social media and the Internet? (01:33) Are the allegedly high rates of depression accurate? (26:27) As an introvert, how do I develop connections with others? (29:38) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast</s
22/10/201942 minutes 8 seconds
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Avoid the Fast-Fashion Trap

Joshua and Ryan discuss how to avoid the devious seduction of fast fashion with author and business owner Tara Button. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
18/10/20193 minutes 29 seconds
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202 | Buy Once

Joshua and Ryan talk about buying new and used material possessions with intention, purchasing products that last a lifetime, and being responsible with time and money when shopping for necessities with author and business owner Tara Button, and they answer the following questions: How do I find satisfaction with what I already own rather than seeking out ‘perfect’ replacements? (01:51) How do I control my urge to shop? (09:55) How do I know that what I really want is what I really need? (22:00) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast<span style= "font-wei
15/10/201939 minutes 14 seconds
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How to Stay Motivated When Writing

Joshua discusses how to maintain motivation during a writing project with author Ryan Holiday. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
11/10/20195 minutes 59 seconds
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201 | Slowing Down

Joshua talks about stillness, quietude, combating distractions, and slowing down with author Ryan Holiday, and they answer the following questions: What skills should I learn to lead a more peaceful, purposeful life? (01:21) How can I make my long commute less stressful? (09:51) How do I combat the societal pressure to hustle tirelessly, no matter the cost? (19:03) How do I appropriately balance personal and professional obligations as a business owner? (20:36) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast<span style
08/10/201938 minutes 3 seconds
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Mayor Pete Reads Online Headlines About Mayor Pete

Joshua and Ryan ask presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg to read headlines about him from The Onion. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
04/10/20194 minutes 25 seconds
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How to Declutter Your Smartphone

Joshua and Ryan discuss how they ensure their smartphones add value rather than distraction. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
27/09/20198 minutes 33 seconds
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How do I improve my sleep?

Joshua and Ryan discuss appropriate sleep hygiene with Dr. Ryan Greene from Monarch Athletic Club. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
20/09/20196 minutes 58 seconds
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How do I transition out of a dead-end career?

Joshua and Ryan discuss how to move on from a dead-end career with author Alex Banayan. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
13/09/20193 minutes 18 seconds
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Give Value to Get Value

Joshua and Ryan discuss finding the communities most appropriate for us with author, podcaster, and entrepreneur Jason Zook. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
06/09/20194 minutes 46 seconds
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48,000 Negative Thoughts a Day

Joshua and Ryan discuss the crucial balance of faith and doubt with Mosaic pastor Erwin McManus. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
30/08/20192 minutes 43 seconds
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How much art is unoriginal?

Joshua discusses the existence of art without the "prerequisite of originality" with singer-songwriter Jay Nash. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
23/08/20194 minutes 10 seconds
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How to Discuss Debt with Your Partner

Joshua and Ryan discuss how to address debt in a relationship with filmmaker Travis Shakespeare. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
16/08/20195 minutes 36 seconds
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How Consciousness Affects Your Priorities

Joshua and Ryan discuss how consciousness affects our priorities with New York Times bestselling author Annaka Harris. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
09/08/20199 minutes 58 seconds
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Conflicting Beliefs with Loved Ones

Joshua and Ryan discuss how to reconcile conflicting beliefs with loved ones with comedian and podcaster Jamie Kilstein. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
02/08/20195 minutes 7 seconds
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How Positive Thinking Is Like Prayer

Joshua and Ryan discuss how positive thinking is similar to prayer with educator and podcaster T.K. Coleman. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
26/07/201916 minutes 9 seconds
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The Appropriate Storefront

Joshua discusses how to decide whether a virtual storefront or a physical storefront is the most appropriate choice for a business with author and podcaster Paul Jarvis. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
19/07/20198 minutes 5 seconds
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Advice on Leaving the Corporate World

Joshua discusses planning appropriately for leaving a well-paying job with author Ramit Sethi. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
12/07/20196 minutes 24 seconds
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How to Keep Growing as a Creative

Joshua and Ryan discuss how to continuously grow as a creative with singer-songwriter Griffin House. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
05/07/20197 minutes 26 seconds
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Minimalists' Preferences for Gifts

Joshua and Ryan discuss preferences regarding giving gifts compared to preferences regarding receiving gifts. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
28/06/20193 minutes 12 seconds
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How Small Changes Make Big Progress

Joshua and Ryan discuss how small changes in our daily habits will lead to big progress over the course of our lives with co-founder and CEO of TheGoodTrade.com, AmyAnn Cadwell. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
21/06/20194 minutes 58 seconds
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Healthy Eating Habits for Travel

Joshua discusses healthy eating habits for travel with author and podcaster Rich Roll, Dr. Paul Saladino, and Dr. Tommy Wood. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
14/06/20194 minutes 6 seconds
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Knowing When to Say Yes or No

Joshua and Ryan discuss how to determine whether to say "yes" or "no" to professional obligations with filmmaker and YouTuber Matt D'Avella. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
07/06/20194 minutes 24 seconds
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Addressing Pressure from Family Members

Joshua and Ryan discuss how to handle pressure from family members with author and podcaster Denaye Barahona. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
31/05/20195 minutes 32 seconds
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The Impact of Excessive Phone Use

Joshua & Ryan discuss the impact that cell phones have on our lives with their friend Cal Newport, author of the new book Digital Minimalism. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
26/05/20193 minutes 23 seconds
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How to Separate Personal and Professional Values

Joshua and Ryan delineate personal and professional values with neuroscientist, author, and podcaster Sam Harris. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
24/05/20196 minutes 57 seconds
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Letting Go of the Love of Things

Joshua and Ryan discuss letting go of our love of things with YouTuber Shelbizleee. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
17/05/20195 minutes 5 seconds
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Short-Term Sacrifices to Achieve Long-Term Gains

Joshua & Ryan join author Rachel Cruze to discuss establishing financial responsibilities. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
12/05/20193 minutes 3 seconds
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When do you stop comparing yourself to your idols?

Joshua and Ryan discuss comparing yourself to others, especially your idols, with singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
10/05/20198 minutes 12 seconds
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How do you determine the value of things?

Joshua & Ryan discuss how to determine what items truly add value to our lives. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
03/05/20192 minutes 56 seconds
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Tidying Up

Joshua & Ryan discuss their thoughts on "Tidying Up." Listen to "Maximal" episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists
12/02/20193 minutes 3 seconds
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001 | Declutter

Joshua & Ryan discuss best practices for decluttering, and they attempt to answer the following questions: What is one thing you always thought you wanted, but then, once you got it, you no longer wanted it? How do you gradually declutter your home? How do you explain greed in our society? What do you do with old photos after you scan them? How do you deal with the natural pulling away from friends with different values? When is The Minimalists’ documentary coming out? What charities do The Minimalists support? Do The Minimalists gain any money from their website? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast  
03/01/20161 hour 7 minutes 18 seconds