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The Minimalists Podcast

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus discuss living a meaningful life with less.

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Managing Screen Time for Kids

Joshua and Ryan discuss how to ensure children are not adversely influenced by technology with author and professor Emily Oster. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists

5mins

15 Nov 2019

Rank #1

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166 | Hope

Joshua & Ryan are joined by Diane Capaldi to talk about hope, despair, joy, and regret, and they answer the following questions: What should I do if I still feel little hope toward transitioning into a minimalist lifestyle after decluttering? (18:14) How do I maintain the hope of living a meaningful life if my loved ones don’t support me? (38:08) Isn’t hope simply a form of craving that a minimalist should seek to overcome? (45:37) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

1hr 18mins

8 Jan 2019

Rank #2

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Not Everything Is Sentimental

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

7mins

12 Mar 2021

Rank #3

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177 | Disagreements

Joshua & Ryan talk about disagreements, arguments, and conflict with educator and podcaster T.K. Coleman, and they answer the following questions: How can I be forthright with my friends without offending them? (04:37) What is the best way to “agree to disagree”? (15:06) What media most effectively adds value to people’s lives? (20:29) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

34mins

23 Apr 2019

Rank #4

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278 | Hoarders

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 Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

1hr 13mins

9 Mar 2021

Rank #5

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216 | Toxic Fame

Joshua and Ryan discuss fame, notoriety, the difference between being famous and being well-known, and the upsides and downsides of stardom with actor, writer, and director Jennette McCurdy, and they answer the following questions: Why do we seem to get more satisfaction from celebrities losing fame than gaining it? (03:13) What can we do about celebrities that use their fame to spread ill will? (17:46) Will the general public ever finally realize that fame is hollow? (30:01)  Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

53mins

21 Jan 2020

Rank #6

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244 | Fashion Obsession

Joshua and Ryan talk about our obsessions with trends and fashion, as well as dissect our infatuation with clothing, style, and shoes with the founder of PreachersNSneakers, Tyler Jones, and they answer the following questions: How did PreachersNSneakers start? (02:11) Is the current hip wardrobe of many modern religious leaders simply the new version of wearing the ‘Sunday best’? (11:10) Is it problematic for modern religious leaders to promote and sell church-branded swag? (13:44) Is it acceptable for religious leaders to wear expensive clothing that was gifted or donated to them? (14:40) Can function be separated from form? (16:20) How concerned should we be about the message our appearance communicates? (18:20) Would Jesus wear expensive, fashionable clothing? (23:52) How do I purchase clothing intentionally without becoming obsessed with it afterward? (26:10) Is our culture influencing our possession obsession? (27:40) How do I select clothing that can serve multiple purposes in a seasonal climate? (34:42) Is it helpful to employ delayed gratification to curb our shopping? (38:50) Is it best to search for items that are multi-functional with a durable style? (40:41) How do I develop my own personal style so I’m not adversely influenced by advertising? (43:30) Are we essentially paying companies to use our bodies as walking billboards? (43:43) Are Kanye West’s presidential aspirations questionable? (49:50) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

1hr 13mins

21 Jul 2020

Rank #7

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Addressing Pressure from Family Members

Joshua and Ryan discuss how to handle pressure from family members with author and podcaster Denaye Barahona. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists

5mins

31 May 2019

Rank #8

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101 | Style

Joshua & Ryan visit Calgary, and they answer the following questions: What tips do you have regarding finding, and being satisfied with, your own clothing style? What advice do you have for those people who are reluctant to take action immediately to improve their lives? What is your favorite ski resort? What is your favorite podcast? How do you explain you don’t want physical gifts to a loved one that enjoys giving gifts? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast. You can support The Minimalists Podcast at minimalists.com/support.

1hr 1min

17 Oct 2017

Rank #9

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070 | Clutter

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

1hr 25mins

11 Apr 2017

Rank #10

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066 | Things

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

1hr 56mins

14 Mar 2017

Rank #11

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188 | Budgeting Mistakes

Joshua talks about earning income, managing money, financial willpower, budgeting mistakes, and what it means to live a “rich” life with author Ramit Sethi, and they answer the following questions: What is the most effective investment strategy if I have limited funds to invest? (14:11) How do I resist making impulsive purchases? (28:46) How do I address my issues with credit cards? (33:23) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

46mins

9 Jul 2019

Rank #12

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Avoid the Fast-Fashion Trap

Joshua and Ryan discuss how to avoid the devious seduction of fast fashion with author and business owner Tara Button. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists

3mins

18 Oct 2019

Rank #13

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225 | Coronavirus

Joshua and Ryan discuss the appropriate preparation and response to societal crises with the Director of Entrepreneurial Education for the Foundation for Economic Education, T.K. Coleman, and they answer the following questions: Are we preparing needlessly for problems that won’t exist? (07:11) How does the free market respond to a crisis? (09:56) Why aren’t there sufficient tests for COVID-19? (21:11) Are there some countries that are handling the pandemic better than the United States? (23:09) Why does tribalism often take precedence over community? (35:22) Is government incompetence and overregulation just as harmful to our health as the virus itself? (44:32) Are some government regulations appropriate and helpful? (47:31) How can we effectively use incentives instead of regulations? (52:38) How effective are masks and respirators against the virus? (1:06:42) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

1hr 15mins

20 Mar 2020

Rank #14

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094 | Budget

Joshua & Ryan talk about budgeting, and they answer the following questions: Is it good or bad to have a credit rating? Is it appropriate to move in with loved ones to save money? In what order should I pay off my debt? What advice do you have for creating a realistic value-based budget and adhering to it? How do I stick to my budget without restricting experiences with loved ones? What do you recommend to those in the ‘pre-budget’ stage that are not ready to make every dollar go in its place? How can I still afford some enjoyment in life while paying down my crushing student loan debt? What can I do with all these books, CDs, and DVDs that are weighing me down? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast. You can support The Minimalists Podcast at minimalists.com/support.

2hr 3mins

29 Aug 2017

Rank #15

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002 | Technology

Joshua & Ryan discuss minimalism approaches to technology, and they attempt to answer the following questions: How do you minimize social media feeds and not miss important info? How do you minimize your online browsing habits? How do you apply minimalism to technology? How do you embrace minimalism when your partner has no interest? What advice do you have for artists overwhelmed by art supplies? What was the most difficult thing for you to get rid of? How do you expand your vocabulary? How do you explain you don’t want things for gifts, but experiences? Is it better to donate items or to sell them? What does value mean to you? The Five Values in your book Minimalism are health, relationships, passion, growth, and contribution. If there was a sixth value, what would it be? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

1hr 9mins

10 Jan 2016

Rank #16

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211 | Clean Spaces

Joshua and Ryan talk about organizing, tidying up, and cleaning your home with author and entrepreneur Melissa Maker, and they answer the following questions: How do I attain and maintain a clean and orderly home when my partner persists in being a packrat? (02:05) How do I appropriately store a plethora of important documents? (10:38) How do I overcome the overwhelm I feel whenever I try to address the clutter in my home? (21:56) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

35mins

17 Dec 2019

Rank #17

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062 | Friends

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

2hr 4mins

21 Feb 2017

Rank #18

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215 | Busyness

Joshua and Ryan talk about 80-hour work weeks, packed schedules, endless meetings, overflowing inboxes, unrealistic deadlines, and bringing our work home with us with author and entrepreneur Jason Fried, and they answer the following questions: How do I balance my professional life and my personal life so it doesn’t feel like I’m just living to work? (02:34) What can I do to help temper the intensity of my company’s culture? (22:08) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

34mins

14 Jan 2020

Rank #19

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203 | Connection

Joshua and Ryan talk about several modern crises—depression, loneliness, addiction, connection, belonging, and meaning—with author Johann Hari, and they answer the following questions: How do I increase my happiness and live a more fulfilled, meaningful life in spite of the daily barrage of negativity from social media and the Internet? (01:33) Are the allegedly high rates of depression accurate? (26:27) As an introvert, how do I develop connections with others? (29:38) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

42mins

22 Oct 2019

Rank #20