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The Minimalists Podcast

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus discuss living a meaningful life with less.
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May 19, 2017

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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May 16, 2017

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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May 9, 2017

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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May 2, 2017

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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Apr 25, 2017

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

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Apr 18, 2017

Joshua & Ryan discuss their evolving approach toward social media and news media, and they delete many of their smartphone apps live on the air. They also answer the following questions: How do minimalists cope with the daily deluge of media? Which social media platform do you find the most effective? Is there an ideal newsfeed for minimalists? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Apr 11, 2017

Joshua & Ryan discuss the best ways to handle clutter, and they answer the following questions: I’ve minimized my possessions to only those things that add value to my life and bring me joy, but my space still feels cluttered—what do I do next? What should I do with all the books and papers I accumulated as I was earning my college degree? How do I deal with the clutter of my partner? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Apr 4, 2017

Joshua & Ryan discuss their values, principles, and beliefs, and they answer the following questions: What does the phrase “add value” mean? When you quit a job you’ve held for a long time, how do you find your new identity separate from the identity you created through your job? When you experience major life events, do you find your values change, and, if so, what do you do about it? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Mar 28, 2017

Joshua & Ryan discuss how they deal with being overwhelmed, and they answer the following questions: How do I encourage and support someone who wants to adopt the best practices of minimalism, but can’t seem to find and keep the motivation to do so? How do I declutter, de-stress, and live a more meaningful life as a 12 year-old, especially at school? How do I deal with setbacks and failure when I’m challenged by a mental illness? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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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: minimalists.com/podcast

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: minimalists.com/podcast

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

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: minimalists.com/podcast

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Mar 9, 2017

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

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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: minimalists.com/podcast

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: minimalists.com/podcast

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: minimalists.com/podcast

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: minimalists.com/podcast

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: minimalists.com/podcast

Feb 10, 2017

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

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: minimalists.com/podcast

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: minimalists.com/podcast

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: minimalists.com/podcast

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: minimalists.com/podcast

Jan 24, 2017

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

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: minimalists.com/podcast

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