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The Minimalists Podcast

The Minimalists are Emmy-nominated Netflix stars and New York Times–bestselling authors Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. Alongside cohost T.K. Coleman, they help millions of people live meaningful lives with less.
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Dec 25, 2023

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

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Dec 18, 2023

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

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Dec 4, 2023

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

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Nov 27, 2023

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

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Nov 20, 2023

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

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Nov 13, 2023

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)

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Nov 6, 2023

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)

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Oct 30, 2023

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

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Oct 23, 2023

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

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Oct 16, 2023

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

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Oct 9, 2023

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

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Oct 2, 2023

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

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Sep 25, 2023

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

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Sep 18, 2023

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

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Sep 11, 2023

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)

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Sep 4, 2023

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)

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Aug 28, 2023

The Minimalists 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

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Aug 21, 2023

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

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Aug 14, 2023

 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)

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Aug 7, 2023

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)

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Jul 31, 2023

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

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Jul 24, 2023

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

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Jul 17, 2023

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

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Jul 10, 2023

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 Minimalist’s work takes them in different directions, what upcoming projects is Ryan most excited for? (46:40)

What are The Minimalists’ thoughts on identity and transitioning through life’s phases? (57:59)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Jul 3, 2023

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

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