The Minimalists Podcast

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus discuss living a meaningful life with less.
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Mar 21, 2017

Joshua & Ryan discuss happiness, meaning, discontent, and despair, and they answer the following questions: How do I make friends that share the same values and beliefs as me? What are some best practices to stay motivated while minimizing? How do you deal with things that you love that you believe might be holding you back? Detailed show notes:

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Mar 14, 2017

Joshua & Ryan discuss the things people hold on to, the things people let go of, and the things that may or may not add value to our lives, and they answer the following questions: If my family and I are moving into a fully furnished house for the next year, should we sell everything or should we place it in storage? As a divorce lawyer, how can I help clients realign their values so they don’t fight over the division of their things? How do I minimize the paper clutter that results from all the documentation that my job requires? Detailed show notes:

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Mar 9, 2017

Joshua & Ryan discuss lessons from touring, on-the-road routines, and their favorite cities. Detailed show notes:

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Mar 7, 2017

Joshua & Ryan talk about dealing with unpleasant experiences, and they answer the following questions: Is there anything you removed from your life that you now regret that you removed? What do you do when you’ve gotten rid of something that was of value to a family member? Does becoming a minimalist help you better cope with unpleasant situations that arise in your life? How can I get over the regret of bad decisions I’ve made that have led to bad experiences? How do you answer the critics that claim minimalism is just for rich white people? Detailed show notes:

Feb 28, 2017

Joshua & Ryan discuss jobs, careers, missions, passions, side hustles, and earning income, and they answer the following questions: How can I keep the job I love, yet still alleviate the financial stress of being underemployed? Do I need to keep my diplomas? How can I tell if an employment opportunity is actually a pyramid scheme instead? Detailed show notes:

Feb 21, 2017

Joshua & Ryan discuss friends, family, acquaintances, and coworkers, and they answer the following questions: How do you reconcile your relationships with friends that have values and beliefs that starkly contrast with your own? How do you minimize the chaos caused by certain people in your life? How do you use breakups as catalysts for positive change? Detailed show notes:

Feb 17, 2017

Joshua jumped on Instagram Live to answer a bunch of questions about minimalism, including: How can I live with a non-minimalist who likes to keep everything? What has been the most valuable thing you have learned on your minimalist journey? Was your partner a minimalist before you met? How do you manage stress when you feel mentally tired or overwhelmed? In regards to people, how do you go about saying “no”? Should I move to improve my life? Do you do laundry every day? Do you see a link between minimalism and spirituality? Do you have some tips for dealing with people in your life who don’t get minimalism? If I have debt, should I invest first or pay off the debt first? What do you think of Dave Ramsey? Your film is not available on Netflix in my country—is there another option to watch your film worldwide? When is your next tour date? What are our thoughts on nutrition? What is your favorite recipe on the Minimal Wellness website? How do you retrain a young child’s materialistic mindset when your family is becoming more minimalist? Detailed show notes:

Feb 14, 2017

Joshua & Ryan talk about finances, debt, economics, and they answer the following questions: Should I invest my earnings when I have school loan debt and credit card debt, or should I focus on paying down the debt? My family’s medical debt seems the most pernicious of any of our debt—how do I best address it? What financial advice do you have for recent college graduates? Detailed show notes:

Feb 10, 2017

Joshua & Ryan present three audiobook chapters from their most popular book, Everything That Remains. Detailed show notes:

Feb 7, 2017

Joshua & Ryan talk about different types of minimalist dwellings and simple-living situations, and they answer the following questions: I’d like to move to a much smaller home, but how do I get my partner and my children on board? I have a lot of extra room in my home—how do I ensure I don’t fill it all with new stuff? What are your views on microhomes? Detailed show notes:

Feb 3, 2017

Joshua & Ryan answer a bunch of questions about minimalism, including: When will The Minimalists have a tour stop in my city? Can I gradually adopt minimalist practices, or do I have to adopt them all at once? How do I get my family members to become practicing minimalists like me? What are the best options for financially sound end-of-life planning? How did you let go of items that you spent a lot of money on? If everyone adopted minimalism and stopped buying stuff, wouldn’t that cause an economic crisis? Detailed show notes:

Jan 31, 2017

Joshua & Ryan talk about clothing brands, simple wardrobes, and minimalist accessories, and they answer the following questions: How do I balance being a minimalist with my desire to own a lot of nice clothing? What are the most responsible clothing manufacturers that produce the highest quality clothing? I have purged most of my clothes, and I need to acquire well-made replacements that will last—where do I start? Detailed show notes:

Jan 27, 2017

Joshua & Ryan read mean tweets from their critics, and they talk about the best ways to respond to criticism. Detailed show notes:

Jan 24, 2017

Joshua & Ryan discuss the brief but inspirational life of one of their closest friends, Stanley Dukes. Detailed show notes:

Jan 21, 2017

Joshua & Ryan talk about organizing material possessions, and they answer the following questions: Once you’ve decluttered, how do you maintain your new minimal living space? What are some good alternatives to paper planners for keeping your schedule organized? What do you think of Marie Kondo’s method? How do you declutter your digital collections? Detailed show notes:

Jan 17, 2017

Joshua & Ryan talk about how they handle stress, tension, and anxiety, and they answer the following questions: What have you found most challenging about maintaining a minimalist lifestyle, and how have you overcome those challenges? What can I do to feel more comfortable around non-minimalists? Do you think you both would have continued to be long-term minimalists without having one another along for the journey for support and encouragement? The workload at my current job consistently flows over into my personal time on my evenings and weekends, and it causes me a great deal of stress and anxiety in doing so—should I stick it out, and if so, how do I manage the stress and anxiety? How do I deal with the stress and anxiety of commuting daily in my car so I don’t have to give up access to the things I love like my job, my partner, and my recreational activities? Detailed show notes:

Jan 10, 2017

Joshua & Ryan talk about dealing with material possessions while moving, and they answer the following questions: In preparing to move to a more spacious place, how can I prepare appropriately to ensure I hold to my minimalist practices and not fill it with unnecessary items? How can I help my children purge much of their superfluous belongings during a move, yet still make it fun for them? How do I ensure I pack only what I need when moving? How do I politely refuse family heirlooms and other donations from family when they’re moving? Detailed show notes:

Jan 5, 2017

Joshua & Ryan discuss our addiction to possessions, shopping, social media, entertainment, and more, and they answer the following questions: When I go to a store to return a purchase thanks to buyer’s remorse, how do I ensure I don’t succumb to my inner compulsive shopper where I wind up exchanging an item instead of returning it? I recognize my binge watching of Netflix and YouTube makes me unproductive, antisocial, and unfulfilled, but how do I stop doing it? As a small business owner, how do I help my customers avoid compulsory consumption without damaging the very source of my income? Detailed show notes:

Jan 3, 2017

Joshua & Ryan talk about getting back to basics for the new year, and they answer the following questions: What should I do when I love my job, but my company’s values and beliefs don’t align with my own? How do you start working toward a goal, and how do you ensure you remain accountable to achieving that goal? How do you measure your success throughout the year? How do I get back to basics emotionally after a particularly tumultuous year? Detailed show notes:

Jan 1, 2017

Joshua & Ryan answer a bunch of questions about minimalism, including: Can adopting minimalist practices improve my mental state? What are The Minimalists’ plans for 2017? When are The Minimalists coming to my city? After I adopt minimalist practices and declutter, how do I maintain my new neat and orderly life? How do I address the nagging worry that everything will fall apart? When you have to purchase items, do you ensure the companies you purchase from use ethical, sustainable, and environmentally responsible practices? What did you do to grow your website and spread your message? What tools do you use to write? How do I stay present while traveling and stop viewing much of my trips through the camera viewfinder? Detailed show notes:

Dec 30, 2016

Joshua & Ryan present some of their best answers from 2016, and they answer the following questions: How do you minimize social media feeds and not miss important info? What are some alternative education options besides college? How do you commit to a career choice? How can you best express the benefits of minimalism to others? How do you find your passion? How do you form a financial team with your partner who thinks some debt is okay? How do you differentiate between good criticism and bad criticism? Detailed show notes:

Dec 28, 2016

Joshua & Ryan talk about the different influences that helped them let go, and they answer the following questions: When did you realize minimalism was the right path for you, and what brought you to that realization? How do we help budding adults struggling with the overwhelm of consumption, and how do we do a better job helping our children adopt minimalist practices early so they don’t find themselves struggling through similar situations later in life? Do you believe you still would have adopted minimalism even if you had not “had it all”? Detailed show notes:

Dec 24, 2016

Joshua answers questions about parenting as a minimalist, including: How do you minimize the accoutrements that seem requisite when you have young children? How do you initiate a minimalist lifestyle with family members, and how do you maintain and measure the results of such a lifestyle? How do you help children adopt and maintain minimalist practices on their own? What are the best gifts for children? How do I let go of sentimental items? Should I hold onto my children’s items for future children I may or may not have? When co-parenting in divided households, how do I explain to the children how to reconcile the different values and beliefs of each household? Detailed show notes:

Dec 21, 2016

Joshua answers a bunch of questions about simple living, including: Do you plan on making another movie? What do you think of veganism and its effects on the environment? What do I tell family members who are upset that I don’t want to participate in a gift exchange during the holiday season? How can I be a minimalist as a teacher or a student when I have so many physical items—books, papers, etc.—to deal with? What are your thoughts on tiny houses? What are your thoughts on renting versus buying? What is the simplest way to explain minimalism to others? How do I get started with minimalism? How do I convince family members to adopt minimalism? Detailed show notes:

Dec 19, 2016

Joshua & Ryan present two audiobook chapters from Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life. Detailed show notes:

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