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The Minimalists Podcast

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus discuss living a meaningful life with less.
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Mar 26, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss the grace of forgiveness. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Mar 23, 2021

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 your opinion regarding the policy of the United States to ‘leap-first, look-later’ regarding environmental chemicals? (23:29)

What is the Toxic Substance Control Act? (27:36)

What are PFAs? (29:46)

Why have we seen such an increase in chronic diseases among children? (30:53)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Mar 19, 2021

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

Mar 16, 2021

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 to figure out how to become less busy? (25:30)

Would you be doing what you’re doing today if you only had six months left to live? (28:28)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Mar 12, 2021

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

Mar 9, 2021

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 children hoard? (29:41)

When do obsessions become unhealthy? (31:38)

What are the five levels of hoarding? (32:04)

Are there affluent hoarders? (43:17)

How does one become a hoarder? (45:16)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Mar 5, 2021

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

Mar 2, 2021

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 work? (10:40)

How do we set appropriate boundaries with roommates and ensure those boundaries are not crossed to prevent theft, property damage, and tense co-living environments? (11:59)

What is Christopher’s communal living arrangement? (12:38)

Why did Christopher adopt his communal living arrangement? (13:53)

How does Christopher manage living with several different families? (15:34)

What is ‘helicopter parenting’? (20:53)

What is your definition of “commune”? (22:59)

What are the pros and cons of unusual living arrangements in cultures that wholly embrace them? (28:36)

What does the “WEIRD” acronym represent? (30:56)

How do you define “solitude”? (32:40)

What is Joshua’s living arrangement? (33:51)

What is the ‘sweet spot’ regarding how many people you can live with? (35:25)

Who created the monogamous nuclear family? (38:40)

At what point does a group become a cult? (48:50)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Feb 26, 2021

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

Feb 23, 2021

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)

How do we adjust relationships that are predicated on conflict? (31:20)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

Feb 19, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss the search for durable items. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Feb 16, 2021

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: minimalists.com/podcast

Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

Feb 12, 2021

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

Feb 9, 2021

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)

How can we be minimalist parents? (06:50)

How can we teach our children to be problem-solvers? (09:51)

How can we help our children deal with boredom? (10:35)

What advice do you have for first-time parents? (14:43)

How do you balance setting boundaries with a child while still allowing them room to explore and learn about who they are? (19:16)

How do we appropriately handle our expectations regarding our children? (21:54)

What are the “5 H’s” regarding kids? (27:30)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

Feb 5, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss the folly of searching for work-life balance. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Feb 2, 2021

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 distractions? (29:25)

What do you mean by “the costs we must pay”? (32:08)

How do you rebuild yourself and restructure your idea of success after a failure? (36:09) 

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

Jan 29, 2021

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

Jan 26, 2021

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)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

Jan 22, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss monogamy with blogger, podcaster, and Registered Dietitian Becca Shern. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Jan 19, 2021

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 of a relationship? (24:16)

Why is compatibility the most difficult component of most relationships? (26:38)

Do you ever passionately disagree about important decisions that affect the entire family, and, if so, how do you handle compromise and conflict resolution? (31:44)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

Jan 15, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss how to tactfully decline work obligations. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Jan 12, 2021

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’ mean? (25:47)

What is the difference between a community and a tribe? (26:38)

How do I prioritize financial obligations, such as debt? (29:24)

How do I step back from obligations I’ve accepted in the past? (41:47)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

Jan 8, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss the relationship between decluttering and minimalism. Watch the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

 

Jan 5, 2021

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/podcast

Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

Jan 1, 2021

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

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