How do I determine the line between too much and just enough when I use social media for promotion? 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? How do we help our kids adopt minimalist practices when they’re so entrenched in a compulsory consumption society? How do I live as a minimalist without my spouse’s support? How do I determine whether or not to keep a car that’s functional, but not ideal? How have your social interactions during your travels enriched your worldview? How can I be a minimalist and still keep up with the current fashions? Ryan on gift limits: “Try to compromise—can you ask your family to give consumables or experiences?”, Joshua on gift limits: “Don’t set expectations without first attempting to understand why someone is upset.”, Ryan on gifts for fathers: “Gift him an experience. What does the ideal minimalist birthday party entail? What advice do you have for recent college graduates who are graduating with mountains of debt and molehills of prospects? How can I live with a non-minimalist who likes to keep everything? With the infinite possibilities of places to travel to and to live in, how do I minimize those options and focus on one place? How do you explain to people why it took you so long to finish college? If not, delete before sending.”, Ryan on multitasking: “There’s no such thing as multitasking.”, Joshua on multitasking: “There’s only single-tasking. What films do you find most relatable to the journey of becoming a minimalist? Joshua on providing guidance: “For more meaningful interactions, I avoid questioning other people’s intentions.”, Ryan on providing guidance: “Being a role model for others is one of the biggest honors.”, Joshua on the influence of ambient clutter on stress levels: “Material clutter is a physical manifestation of what’s going on inside us.”, Ryan on the influence of ambient clutter on stress levels: “A visually overstimulating room can be just as distracting as a noisy room.”, Joshua on striving to become a stress-free minimalist: “Minimalism helps us feel less stressed by letting go of our vapid problems like consumerism, and replacing them with more empowering problems.”, Ryan on striving to become a stress-free minimalist: “Removing physical clutter can help free up mental space.”, Joshua on tools and tips to minimize stress and anxiety: “Just breathe.”, Ryan on tools and tips to minimize stress and anxiety: “Daily incantations affirm who we are and how we feel.”. The podcast explores this question by interviewing some of the greatest people on the planet: from game-changing business minds, to world-class athletes, to some of the most influential thought leaders out there. Is our culture influencing our possession obsession? How do I address the unsightliness of my child’s collections? How do you ensure you’re adding the appropriate amount of value to a relationship? How do I minimize my friends to the few that actually add value to my life without offending anyone? How do you find the flow that makes your work effortless? How do I build the confidence necessary to undertake a new beginning in my life? Can a minimalist approach to viewing porn enhance a relationship? “The most sustainable purchase is the one that’s left on the shelf.” —Joshua Fields Millburn, “The less we consume, the less waste we produce.” —Ryan Nicodemus. How do I break the strong attachment to my stuff? How do I determine if I’m adequately prepared to quit my day job to pursue my passion full-time? What resources do you recommend for those interested in incorporating spirituality into their minimalist practices? How do I break out of the cycle of office jobs? How can I meet my daily personal and professional obligations without a smartphone? How do you differentiate between good criticism and bad criticism? How can I help my children adopt minimalism while respecting their attachment to their things? The Minimalist Moms Podcast is a weekly podcast hosted by simple-living and minimalism-loving mom, Diane Boden. Are there age limits for adult film stars? No Spam. How do I responsibly let go of expensive items that can’t be reused by others? Do we unfairly judge others in assuming that they’re simply wasting time on their smartphones rather than being productive? How do I minimize my worry and indecisiveness to minimize my anxiety? How do you minimize your belongings when traveling abroad? Find a friend, family member, or coworker who's willing to minimize their stuff with you next month. Minimalism Today. Coleman, “Adult problems are youth problems left unresolved.” —T.K. What should I do with everyday use items that are in storage—such as spoons and forks, pots and pans, cups and bowls—while I’m temporarily living with a roommate? How do I avoid getting mired in the materialism of city life when I move there from my rural residence? How do you deal with things that you love that you believe might be holding you back? Is there a relationship between nutrition and mental health? How do I appropriately store a plethora of important documents? How do I get back to basics emotionally after a tumultuous year? Or stick around if you benefit from our words. Christopher Ryan, “We must be content with what we currently have in order to appreciate something better.” —Joshua Fields Millburn. Sign Up. What has been your favorite part of your minimalist journey? How do you use breakups as catalysts for positive change? Coleman, “Don’t ask what the world needs—ask what makes you come alive, and go do it; what the world needs is people who have come alive.” —Howard Thurman, “Seek multiple opposing opinions and points-of-view to make fully informed decisions.” —Ryan Nicodemus. What tips do you have for traveling light? How do I forgive myself for a breakup that was my fault? Resources Mentioned in this Episode Gusto [Get 3 Months Free!] How do you ensure work duties don’t interfere with minimalist values? How did you transition from your corporate jobs to what you do today? How important do you believe the history of minimalism is to the current minimalism movement? In regards to people, how do you go about saying “no”? How do I create a company while remaining true to my minimalist values? How do you ensure you’re addressing any emotional baggage attached to items as you’re getting rid of them? How do I introduce sustainability practices into our relationship without offending my partner? Keep it simple: hygiene and reading are plenty.”. How do I part with favorite items that no longer add value and now function as distractions? Quickie: Adult Film Star Lisa Ann Discusses the Porn Problem. “Sometimes you must give up to move up.” —Ken Coleman, “No one is sitting around just contemplating how they can help you find your dream job.” —Ken Coleman, “If you truly want to succeed, stop competing and start contributing.” —Ken Coleman, “Aspire to be the best version of yourself.” —Joshua Fields Millburn, “Adding value begets value.” —Ryan Nicodemus, “Practice doesn’t pay well, but it always ages well.” —Ken Coleman, “Ask not what you can get—ask what you can give.” —Joshua Fields Millburn, “Contributing to someone’s life is the best way to get their attention.” —Ryan Nicodemus. How do we appropriately curate scanned photos so we’re not trading physical clutter for digital clutter? Do you believe in a higher power that can provide comfort and guidance? What are some tricks and tips for getting rid of heirlooms? How do I manage the multitude of emotions prompted by my minimalism journey? Joshua on laundry and retirement planning: “I agree with Ryan.”, Ryan on laundry and retirement planning: “I do my laundry once a week, and once a month I contribute to my retirement—both are non-negotiable.”, Joshua on self-control: “Contribution is key.”, Ryan on self-control: “Every day I try to be the best version of myself that I plan to be five years from now.”, Joshua on letting go of receiving and storing physical gifts: “Before you let go, set the proper expectations with yourself and your loved ones.”, JFM bonus maxim on letting go of receiving and storing physical gifts: “Don’t be burdened by other people’s burdens.”, Ryan on letting go of receiving and storing physical gifts: “As an adult, you get to choose what to do with your things.”. What’s the value of having acquaintances who are responsible with their money? How do I stick to my budget without restricting experiences with loved ones? “A well-curated exterior is an indication of a well-curated interior.” —Ryan Nicodemus, “The advice you most often give is the advice you need to take.” —Nate Green, “I try to only speak when I have something more valuable to say than silence.” —Michael DeSanti, “Before you can forgive you must understand who you are forgiving and who the forgiving is actually for.” —Joshua Fields Millburn, “The best way to forgive yourself is to consistently be honest and freely forgive no matter how uncomfortable it is.” —Ryan Nicodemus, “Even if you can’t make amends to the person that you feel that you’ve wronged, you can start living differently right now.” —Nate Green, “The view in the rearview mirror is not the horizon.” —Joshua Fields Millburn, “You must be willing to let go of anything to regain everything.” —Joshua Fields Millburn, “If you can’t handle the shit you’re buried in, hire a professional shit cleaner.” —Ryan Nicodemus, “The important things are rarely actual things.” —Joshua Fields Millburn, “If you let life keep on lifing, it’ll just take care of itself.” —Nate Green. How do I retire and still ensure I can leave a legacy? What is a reasonable amount of money to invest in a college education? How do I help my family members become more organized? How do I resolve my feelings of guilt regarding all the items that I purge that must wind up in a landfill? Our sincere thanks to all the folks at the Koubek Center Theater (@KoubekCenterMDC) in Miami for graciously hosting us and for helping us capture this podcast episode. How can we help businesses adopt minimalist practices? How do I dial back my proclivity to be a workaholic and learn to enjoy life again? be it a TV show, magazine, newsletter, or “influencer” account— As minimalists, what are you saving your money for now? “Labels are useful, but not as powerful as our everyday actions.” —Joshua Fields Millburn, “Actions speak louder than labels.” —Ryan Nicodemus. Is there any scenario where it would be appropriate to take on debt for a wedding? How do I overcome analysis paralysis and wholly embrace minimalism? How do you maintain minimalist practices in the whirlwind of college? Is it better to donate items or to sell them? How do I navigate holidays with loved ones who aren’t aspiring minimalists like me? When co-parenting, how do I explain to the children how to reconcile the different values and beliefs of each household? How should we address the societal panic during the pandemic? Pause, and then choose wisely.”, Ryan on addressing anything that distracts from long-term values: “Take it simple: one step at a time.”, Joshua on determining the line between fully engaged and overwhelmed: “Engagement is an action; overwhelm is an emotion. How do I maintain a balance between taking care of debt too much and not enough? What are some celebration event options for couples? How do I find the strength to let go of my deceased parent’s belongings? Is it better to get a new car or a used car for transportation? How do I minimize without offending those who gave me the things I’m purging? Joshua and Ryan discuss how to tactfully decline work obligations. How do you start working toward a goal, and how do you ensure you remain accountable to achieving that goal? When I have more space than I have belongings to fill it, how do I appropriately address that empty space? Are some government regulations appropriate and helpful? How did you let go of items that you spent a lot of money on? “Find your audience’s greatest need and fulfill that need.”, “If you’re just getting started, say ‘yes’ until you have to say ‘no,’ and then say ‘no’ until you have to say ‘yes.’”, “We’re not born to do one specific thing.”, “Every boulder you picked up, you can put down.”, “If we let ourselves become consumed by the world’s problems, we don’t take time to identify our own personal problems—which is a problem.”. Each week Rich delves deep into all things wellness with some of the brightest and most forward thinking, paradigm busting minds in health, fitness, nutrition, art, entertainment, entrepreneurship & spirituality. “The best way to declutter is to avoid new clutter before it enters your home.”, “Holding on to something incomplete will make you feel exactly that—incomplete.”, “You will be more complete without the incomplete objects in your life.”, “When getting rid of old possessions, sell whenever it makes sense. Download our 16 rules for living with less in this beautifully designed ebook. “Don’t let your amateur crastination turn pro.”, “A planned respite isn’t procrastination anymore than a planned car crash is an accident.”, “One can differentiate taking a break from procrastination by considering the guilt they feel during downtime.”, “Find your breaking point before you are broken.”, “You can be in a relationship with a brick wall if you love and accept it enough, but the question to ask is this: How do our relationships align with a meaningful life?”, “You can fix broken things even if you’re missing pieces.”, “People don’t hate change—they hate being changed.”, “Meaningful tasks rarely reside on our to-do list.”, “You’ll know you’ve found your passion when it’s something you’re willing to bust your ass for.”. Is it okay for an aspiring minimalist to keep a small container of sentimental items as a time capsule? Can I safely detox from heavy metals on my own? Los Angeles. Is it always better to rent something instead of buying it? Thanks for posting, guys! “Synthetic solutions lead to unnatural results.” —Joshua Fields Millburn. How do I best use my newfound free time after a digital detox? How can we effectively use incentives instead of regulations? Feel free to unsubscribe from The Minimalists. How do I choose a more affordable location for my family without sacrificing neighborhood amenities? “Minimalism is the thing that gets us past the things, so we can focus on life’s most important things—which, actually, aren’t things at all.”, “Sometimes we must slow down to avoid going too far.”, “You can’t change the people around you, but you can change the people around you.”, “Strive to live the life your future self will be proud of.”, “Our beliefs must be anchored in our values.”, “A schedule will help you plan your future so you don’t worry about it.”, “Start with the easiest things so you gain momentum and confidence to tackle the most difficult things later.”, “Don’t bring stuff into your life that you know you’ll become attached to.”, “Minimalism isn’t easy—but it is simple.”, “As the chaos grows, so does the need to simplify.”, “In order to stay focused with a full plate, we must learn the art of saying ‘no’.”, “The fewer things we own, the fewer things we must clean.”. How did you connect with all of the minimalists featured in your film? How do I help my children adopt minimalism in spite of the societal pressure encouraging them to acquire all of the latest and greatest things? How do I strike a balance between paying off my student loan debt and building my dreams? The Millennial Minimalists share Kelly’s guest appearance on the Feel Free Podcast where she speaks about the minimalist lifestyle and how it's the perfect opportunity to reset your life for the better. Sometimes a crowded place can feel the most alone.”, Ryan on holiday decorating without clutter: “Whether to have a bunch of decorations or not is the wrong question—the right question is ‘What adds the most meaning to my holiday season?’”, Joshua on holiday decorating without clutter: “A simply decorated home is the most elegant home.”, Ryan on juggling the festivities of the holiday season: “Party invitations are just that—an invite. How did your move to Montana relate to your minimalist journey? If you could give minimalism a more appropriate name, what would you call it? What do you do when the experiences you enjoy involve a lot of stuff? It’s not the noise, though—it’s the movement of the people I enjoy.”, Joshua on noise while writing: “Silence reigns supreme.”. How do I minimize the paper clutter that results from all the documentation that my job requires? Values are inherently meaningful. “Ensure collecting doesn’t interfere with living.”, “Trophies look back; champions look forward.”, “Better questions lead to better solutions.”, “Asking loved ones for support is the best help you can ask for.”, “We often collect things to mask our hoarding.”, “Completing the collection will not make you complete.”. Do my partner and I have to hold the same beliefs to be compatible? How has your perspective of popularity changed? “The most sustainable purchase is left on the shelf.” —Joshua Fields Millburn, “It’s hard to be joyful in a home that mimics a landfill.” —Ryan Nicodemus. How do I responsibly dispose of items that no longer serve their function? How do I deal with the clutter of my partner? How do we help our children adopt minimalism when everything they own is the most important thing in the world to them? Has the ubiquitousness of social media contributed to creating an overly judgmental society? Do we compound our problems by focusing on solutions? As a minimalist, how do you reconcile minimalist practices with all the non-minimalist things that come with having children? Can you be in a committed relationship with someone who doesn’t share the same core values as you? I was always told as a kid that "conversation runs the nation", and The Urban Minimalist Podcast is my attempt to create a utopian society one conversation at a time. And it certainly doesn’t always equate to adding value.”, Joshua on acquiescing to the stress of the holiday season: “Busyness has become a status symbol, but it has become a vacuous endeavor. How do I establish appropriate boundaries with others? Quickie: Cleaning Out Your Junk Drawers 01/29/2021. What are some warning signs of hormone imbalance? If I’ve grown tired of my current career but I’m overqualified for many other jobs, are there any other options open to me aside from completely starting over? How do I minimize the friends, family, and colleagues in my life that insist on tearing me down instead of building me up? How can I promote a more minimalist lifestyle to others through my profession? What is the best way to get rid of items that are still useful, but are of no value to me? How do you deal with the guilt you feel when purchasing things? Are we preparing needlessly for problems that won’t exist? How do you recommend we address others who question our minimalist lifestyle? How do I step back from obligations I’ve accepted in the past? How can someone make an unrealistic goal a reality? Can I gradually adopt minimalist practices, or do I have to adopt them all at once? Will economies continue to survive and thrive if minimalism is adopted by the masses? Is minimalism more difficult to practice with a family than as a single person? How can I help an older family member adopt minimalist practices to improve their life? Ryan on mindfully participating in family holiday festivities: “The best way to contribute is to accept support from your loved ones, and to show your appreciation of them.”, Joshua on mindfully participating in family holiday festivities: “Be present. What cultures offer exemplary examples of simple living? “Minimalism is a tool to help you say ‘yes’ to that which is most important and meaningful.”, “Walking toward the right obligations allows us to leave behind obligations that don’t serve us.”, “Your calendar reflects your true priorities.”, “Minimalism won’t free you from meaningful obligations.”. Can adopting minimalist practices improve my mental state? When minimizing possessions, how do you know when to stop? If you can’t recycle, trash it.”, “There’s an official rulebook for minimalism—and you’re the author of your own book.”. On the surface, it appears virtuous to help, to instruct, to coach, to guide, to motivate. How do I help my loved ones find the leverage they need to let go of worthless items? Joshua on relationships: “Don’t mistake quantity for quality.”, Ryan on relationships: “Regardless if you tell your friends ‘yes’ or ‘no,’ your honesty is what truly matters.”, Joshua on influences for adopting minimalism: “Sometimes tragedy illuminates the path.”, Ryan on influences for adopting minimalism: “Start incorporating minimalism into your life now before you’re forced into becoming a minimalist.”, Joshua on the transition from college to daily life: “The bird who enjoys her cage still isn’t free.”, Ryan on the transition from college to daily life: “If you just sit around in a spire, there’s going to be aspiration everywhere.”. How can I be more intentional regarding the relationships I bring into my life? The Minimalists Podcast is often the #1 Health podcast on Apple Podcasts, and it occasionally charts in the Top 10 of all shows. Joshua on participating in social media responsibly: “To live intentionally, we must continually ask ourselves, ‘Is this useful?’”, Ryan on participating in social media responsibly: “What would life be like if we checked social media only once per day?”, Joshua on using social media with more focus and intention: “Minimalists aren’t Luddites.”, Ryan on using social media with more focus and intention: “Tools are as useful as the user.”, Joshua on using media more mindfully: “Let go of distractions—make room for intention.”, Ryan on using media more mindfully: “The more we practice self control, the better we get at it.”, Joshua on identifying essential media: “Essential is perspectival.”, Ryan on identifying essential media: “Watch yourself, consume less, participate in your local community.”. “Consumerism is a compromise on your liquidity, and your liquidity is your greatest advantage in a crisis.” —T.K. How does minimalism help the grieving and coping process? What do you do with old photos after you scan them? Nor is it concerned with what you don’t have…, We have too much, yet we don’t have enough…, Ten years ago, TheMinimalists.com was born. “There is no ‘should’—there never was.” —Joshua Fields Millburn, “Respect and appreciation help us find compromise and resolve conflict.” —Becca Shern, “Disagreements are easier to solve when we approach them with love and understanding.” —Ryan Nicodemus. How do I stay present while traveling and stop viewing much of my trips through the camera viewfinder? How do I reconcile disagreements with a loved one to ensure those disagreements don’t adversely affect our relationship? Is there a correlation between a minimal life and a sober life? What should I do with all my camping gear that I feel is overwhelming me? How do I persuade my partner to join me in crafting a shared budget to ensure our financial contributions are equitable? millions of readers, listeners, followers, and subscribers, How can I help my parents embrace decluttering? How do I learn to push through discomfort? We’ll also answer lightning-round questions from Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. How do I break the habit of never saying “no”? But neither does poverty.”, Ryan on adopting minimalism when someone’s living paycheck to paycheck: “It doesn’t matter how much money you have—if you make shitty decisions, you’re probably going to have a shitty life.”, Joshua on unwanted and unneeded gifts: “Presence is the best present.”, Ryan on unwanted and unneeded gifts: “People buy gifts because they want you to be happy. What is the difference between a thoughtful gift and asking someone what they want for Christmas? Is it realistic to expect to find a partner that’s on my own frequency? Will the general public ever finally realize that fame is hollow? “Good businesses make money; great businesses make a difference.” —Joshua Fields Millburn, “Everything you’ve picked up, you can put down.” —Joshua Fields Millburn, “A meaningful life overflows with joy, not commitments.” —Ryan Nicodemus. If you found this blog post researching whether or not it would be worth starting a podcast about this topic, I highly encourage you to do so! How do I better control my spending online where they make it so easy to be impulsive? Do you have some tips for dealing with people in your life who don’t understand minimalism? How do you explain your new minimalist lifestyle to former colleagues who are non-minimalists without bragging or sounding elitist? How do I appropriately minimize a sentimental item that was made specifically for me? 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 explain to friends and family that minimalism is not a fad? How do you deal with the collisions with the values and beliefs of the non-minimalists in your life? How can I get over the regret of bad decisions I’ve made that have led to bad experiences? Podcast 272 | Hidden Clutter by theminimalists published on 2021-01-26T11:37:19Z. I recognize my binge watching of Netflix and YouTube makes me unproductive, antisocial, and unfulfilled, but how do I stop doing it? How do you form a financial team with your partner who thinks some debt is okay? After I adopt minimalist practices and declutter, how do I maintain my new neat and orderly life? How do I explain the benefits of stoicism to my loved ones? Are we essentially paying companies to use our bodies as walking billboards? What are some effective exercises that don’t require a gym? You see, while it might seem impressive to have How do you explain minimalism to your friends and family who insist on giving you physical gifts? 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