The Minimalists Podcast

The Minimalists Podcast

United States

Minimalism is the thing that gets us past the things so we can make room for life’s most important things—which actually aren’t things at all. At age 30, best friends Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus walked away from their six­-figure corporate careers, jettisoned most of their material possessions, and started focusing on what’s truly important. In this podcast Joshua & Ryan, known to their millions of readers as "The Minimalists," discuss living a meaningful life with less stuff.

Episodes

091 | Nostalgia  

Joshua & Ryan discuss whether nostalgia is useful or dangerous, and they answer the following questions: How do you determine which sentimental items to keep, and how do you ensure that you don’t apply that sentimentality to everything else? Is it okay for an aspiring minimalist to keep a small container of sentimental items as a time capsule? How did you let go of yearbooks? Is there a healthy form of nostalgia, or is it inherently useless to hold onto the past? How does nostalgia impact historical awareness, and how will minimalism change that in the future? Does nostalgia have a place in today’s world? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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090 | Alignment  

Joshua & Ryan visit Grand Rapids, and they answer the following questions: What is the best way to get rid of items that are still useful, but are of no value to me? How do I let go of the stress I feel when I witness my loved ones not aligning their short-term actions with their long-term values? How do you address all the stress that comes with inheriting all the stuff that comes with the passing of a loved one? Before you quit your corporate jobs, did you have your financial houses in order regarding retirement? How often should a minimalist do laundry? How do you continue to practice self-control as you become more successful and gain a greater capability to get more stuff? How do you deal with the stress of purging sentimental items, and how do you explain to those that gifted them to you that you have no need for their gifts anymore? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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089 | Reconcile  

Joshua & Ryan visit Cleveland, and they answer the following questions: What advice do you have for minimalists who have loved ones that prefer to receive physical gifts? What is the best way to explain to a potential partner that you’re a minimalist? What advice do you have for those that want to adopt minimalism into their lives, but fear the changes? How do you manage the negative feedback that inevitably comes with failure? What is your advice to minimalists struggling to reconcile their personal values and beliefs that conflict with their professional values and beliefs? As minimalists, what are you saving your money for now? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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088 | Respond  

Joshua & Ryan visit Columbus, and they answer the following questions: How do you respond to people who resign themselves to situations by saying, “That’s just the way it is”? How do you manage to continue to grow and to cultivate open minds and soft hearts? What advice do you have for saying ‘no’ to people and to activities you like to avoid becoming overly committed and stressed? What struggles and expectations have you had to address since becoming ‘The Minimalists’? What do you recommend to a minimalist who is living among a group of people who have no interest in minimalism? What are you really excited about right now? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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087 | Balance  

Joshua & Ryan visit Cincinnati, and they answer the following questions: What questions have your audience members posed that have made you reevaluate your values and beliefs? What questions did you ask yourself when you were younger to help you determine that happiness was more important to you than material success? What advice do you have for people who seem to take minimalism to an extreme, or for those who offend others with their obsession with minimalism? What suggestions do you have for those who want to quit their corporate jobs but need to maintain their level of corporate benefits for the welfare of their family members? How do you maintain balance between your five core values? Is there a question you wish audience members would ask that they have not yet asked? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.


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086 | Rich  

Joshua & Ryan speak with Rich Roll live on the Less Is Now tour, and they answer the following questions: What questions did you ask yourselves, and what resources did you consult, to determine your five foundational values? What has helped you 'drudge through the drudgery' and stay focused on your projects? How do you let go of the fear that you don't have enough? What films do you find most relatable to the journey of becoming a minimalist? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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085 | Shopping  

Joshua & Ryan talk about shopping, and they answer the following questions: Do you ever splurge on anything? How do I justify purchasing something new to replace something that is still functional, but has lost its luster? How do I quell my feelings of guilt after purchasing new items? How do I reconcile my need to sell merchandise for my livelihood with my need to hold true to my minimalism values? How can I create a profitable minimalist store? What are good questions to ask myself before I go shopping? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.

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084 | Nonline  

Joshua & Ryan speak with Patrick Rhone, author of Enough, in Minneapolis, and they answer the following questions: Is America’s consumerism more nefarious than that of other countries that therefore makes practicing minimalism even more crucial in the United States? Is it better to use up what you have, or is it better to sell it, donate it, or give it away? Should I hang onto the things I purchased for the person I want to become? Are there similarities between the principles of living discussed in Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning and the principles of minimalism? Where should I draw the line with memorabilia? Is it possible for me to live a minimalist lifestyle while making a living selling other people things they don’t need? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast.


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083 | Rob  

Joshua & Ryan speak with Rob Bell in Los Angeles, and they answer the following questions: What is the best way to tell people you’re a minimalist that is easiest for most people to understand and accept? Is it possible to have a better life with ‘more,’ and, if so, what would that ‘more’ be? How do you find a deep-rooted, lasting happiness in everything? How do you find the flow that makes your work effortless? Why does minimalism seem to be more popular with females than males? Can minimalism help you improve your financial situation? Do you ever secretly buy things and hide them from one another? How do you handle a toxic relationship with a parent? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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082 | Hoarding  

Joshua & Ryan discussing hoarding and collecting, and they answer the following questions: What are your thoughts on emergency preparedness? How can a minimalist coexist with their hoarder partner? How can I help an older family member adopt minimalist practices? How do you broach the subject of minimalism with a family member that is a dedicated hoarder? Do most hoarders actually find the things they were saving for one day, or do they simply purchase replacements? As a hoarder, where do you start when you’re completely overwhelmed by stuff? Once you’ve decluttered, how do you ensure the cycle doesn’t start again? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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081 | Bloodchocolate  

Joshua injures himself at a rest stop & Ryan eats chocolate in front of a crowd, and they answer the following questions: What tips and tricks do you have regarding moving? How can you grow side hustles without increasing mental clutter and losing focus? How much chocolate is too much chocolate for a minimalist? What do you do when you’re a minimalist, but your partner has no interest in minimalism? How do you become successful without becoming obsessed with goal achievement? How does minimalism apply to kids? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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080 | Family  

Joshua & Ryan talk about their families, and they answer the following family-related questions: How does caring for others fit into minimalism? How do you pitch minimalism to folks that are resistant to getting rid of their stuff? How do I part with gifts from family and friends without offending the gift-givers? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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079 | Collisions  

Joshua & Ryan visit Chicago, and they answer the following questions: How do you deal with the collisions with the values and beliefs of the non-minimalists in your life? How do I donate items to different charities when I don’t have a car to haul the items to those charities? What questions did you ask yourself to determine your passions, and what actions did you take to pursue those passions? What have you learned about yourself that you weren’t able to recognize before adopting minimalism? How can I meet my daily personal and professional obligations without a smartphone? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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078 | Q&A  

Joshua & Ryan are joined by Minimalism director Matt D'Avella, and they answer the following questions: Was it hard to invest so much money and time into your film project without assurance it was going to succeed? How do I further minimize the essentials in my life when I feel like I’m always overbooked and I can’t catch my breath? How have your lives changed since you made the film? What can we do as a community to further promote the message of living more intentionally and simply? What was the most challenging thing about making the film? If you were to make the film again, what would you do differently? What is your next project? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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077 | Seattle  

Joshua & Ryan visit Seattle, and they answer the following questions: After you found success, what changed in your lives? Can you be in a committed relationship with someone who doesn’t share the same core values as you? If I must use social media for my job, how do I regulate my usage of it effectively? How can I ensure my family has access to all of my digital archives when I pass away? What is the most significant obstacle most people encounter when they’re trying to minimize? How can I be a minimalist and still enjoy a hobby that requires a significant amount of accoutrements? How can I be a minimalist with multiple dogs without getting rid of the dogs? Is the ease or difficulty of adopting and maintaining minimalism tied to geography? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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076 | LiveWire  

Joshua & Ryan stop by Live Wire Radio in Portland, Oregon, to record a live radio show in which they must convince the audience to keep or let go of certain possessions. Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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075 | Maine  

Joshua & Ryan visit the great state of Maine, and they answer the following questions: How do I help my children minimize their stuff without doing it for them? How do you deal with gift-giving from others around birthdays and Christmas? How do you discover your identity and your passions? As an artist, how do I minimize many of the tools that are requisite for my art? How do you stay focused on maintaining minimalist practices despite the temptations of the surrounding consumerist world? Is minimalism more difficult to practice with a family than as a single person? What has been your favorite part of your minimalist journey? Do you feel kinship with religious and spiritual practitioners? What books are you reading right now? How do you determine the career path that will work best with your life? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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074 | Boston  

Joshua & Ryan bring their Less Is Now Tour to Boston, and they answer the following questions: Once your needs are met for the month, what do you do with your remaining money? How can minimalism help with significant transitions in your life? As an artist who creates physical artifacts, how do I reconcile that with being a minimalist? Have there been moments when you’ve struggled when considering purchasing an item or letting go of an item? How do explain your recent adoption of minimalism to your maximalist friends and family members, especially when it pertains to gifts? How do you find the willpower to let go of sentimental items and family heirlooms? How did you overcome the adversity of being disadvantaged in your youth to achieve the success you enjoy today? Can you quantify the ideal minimalist wardrobe for a child? How do you assess the value of relationships? Once you’ve downsized, minimized, and eliminated everything, where do you go from there? How do I get my family members to adopt minimalism? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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073 | Vermont  

Joshua & Ryan visit Vermont for the first time, and they answer the following questions: Once you decluttered your home, how did you fill the empty space appropriately without falling back into old habits? If you could give minimalism a more appropriate name, what would you call it? How do you deal with all the paperwork in life that seems important and necessary? What do your daily lives look like now that you’ve wholly adopted minimalism? What baby steps can someone take if they’re having trouble adopting minimalism? Can minimalism be applied to other areas of life besides our living and working spaces? When you tell people you’re minimalists, what’s the difference in their reactions between now and when you started six years ago? Is there anything you simply had to have, something you couldn’t let go of? Did you have to teach yourself to say ‘no’ to things? How can the poor and destitute benefit from minimalism? How do you deal with unwanted and unneeded gifts you receive from loved ones? As a minimalist, how do you reconcile minimalist practices with all the non-minimalist things that come with having children? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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072 | Pittsburgh  

Joshua & Ryan kick off their Less Is Now Tour in Pittsburgh, and they answer the following questions: How do I keep a minimal wardrobe when I have a career that depends on appearance? Who influenced you to adopt minimalism? What are your passions? How do you stay focused on your minimalism practices and resist falling off the wagon? How do I appropriately minimize a sentimental item that was made specifically for me? How do I find my mission in life? When I’m moving, how do I best determine what to keep? How does minimalism help the grieving and coping process? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

You can support The Minimalists Podcast at minimalists.com/support.

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