Rank #1: 142 | Anxiety
Joshua & Ryan discuss anxiety, worry, and stress, and how they personally deal with these negative emotions, and they answer the following questions: How do I reduce my priorities to reduce my anxiety? (20:02) How do I minimize my worry and indecisiveness to minimize my anxiety? (33:55) Will simply letting go of stuff help me shed my anxiety? (57:10) How do I rid myself of the physical feelings of anxiety? (1:02:12) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support
Rank #2: 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
Rank #3: 140 | Buying
Joshua & Ryan discuss tips for buying things intentionally, and they answer the following questions: How do I stop myself from compulsively consuming? (19:50) When you must consume, what brands do you trust? (39:56) How do I manage my professional responsibilities and obligations to make more time for my personal pursuits? (40:18) Should I spend more money on better products, or should I save money purchasing less inexpensive products that might be less durable? (1:08:03) What criteria do you ensure a product meets before you purchase it? (1:16:41) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support
Rank #4: 028 | Debt
Joshua & Ryan discuss debt, credit scores, credit cards, investments, and much more, and they answer the following questions: Should you keep credit cards or cancel them after you pay them off? Should you invest money while you're paying off debt or put all the money toward paying off the debt? Should you use federal income-based repayment programs if you have student-loan debt? How do you form a financial team with your partner who thinks some debt is okay? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast
Rank #5: 131 | School
Joshua & Ryan chat with T.K. Coleman about education, college, and careers, and they answer the following questions: How do I move on from my current job when it leaves me little time to pursue an education or even look for a new job? How do I prepare myself adequately for the upcoming challenges of college? How do I determine if I’m following the most appropriate career path for me? How can I avoid work meetings that distract me from meaningful work without upsetting the status quo? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast. You can support The Minimalists Podcast at minimalists.com/support.
Rank #6: 138 | Healthproblems
Joshua brings his doctors from NBT onto the podcast to discuss his personal health problems, including fatigue, hormonal imbalance, insomnia, digestive issues, gut health, back pain, multiple chemical sensitivities, brain fog, low libido, erectile dysfunction, heavy-metal poisoning, and more, and they answer the following questions: Is there a link between excess material possessions and an increase in mental health issues? (1:06:25) What’s the best way to support someone who is dealing with a serious health problem? (1:17:53) How do I take responsibility for my health without obsessing over it? (1:21:57) How do I safely recover from burnout? (1:25:37) Why do we seem to have more health problems today than we ever had in the past? (1:34:17) How do I best deal with chronic fatigue syndrome? (1:45:15) Can I safely detox from heavy metals on my own? (1:51:15) What are your thoughts on the low-carb, ketogenic, and Whole30 diets? (1:57:52) How necessary are most supplements? (2:07:24) How do I attain and maintain good gut health? (2:23:50) What are the symptoms of Candida overgrowth, and what natural remedies will eliminate it? (2:30:29) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support
Rank #7: 159 | Blackfriday
Joshua & Ryan discuss the holiday shopping season, and they answer the following questions: How do I explain to my young child the importance of gifting things of value? (10:44) What should minimalists gift their loved ones? (29:47) How do I convince family members to gift my children valuable experiences instead of material items? (46:08) How do I resolve the conflicts between my duties as a marketer and my values as a minimalist? (54:06) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support
Rank #8: 158 | Selfcare
Joshua & Ryan chat with Randi Kay about self-care, and they answer the following questions: How do I move on from the darkness of my past to become the person I want to become? (16:18) How important is foot care to overall health? (46:06) How do I practice self-care without feeling selfish? (1:03:03) How do I balance caring for myself with caring for others? (1:08:01) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support
Rank #9: 144 | Simpleliving
Joshua & Ryan answer an assortment of difficult questions about simple living, including: How do you define simple living? (2:07) How do I incorporate simple eating practices into my simple living practices? (5:19) How do I maintain my minimalist lifestyle with a non-minimalist roommate? (23:20) What one thing can I do immediately that will have the most significant impact on my adoption of a minimalist lifestyle? (35:40) How do I find a balance between “living my present” and “worrying about my future”? (42:03) How do I break my strong attachment to my stuff? (52:10) How do I maintain my minimalist lifestyle among those in my social circle obsessed with material goods and money? (1:03:43) How do I reduce my family’s entertainment expenses while still keeping my children happy? (1:10:38) How do I make my home cozy without “unnecessary” things? (1:13:30) How do I craft a simple life with the little personal time I have as a constantly hustling freelance entrepreneur? (1:20:47) What are your thoughts on the tiny house movement? (1:29:39) How do I make simple living fun for my family? (1:34:41) How do I become a minimalist as a teenager? (1:39:53) What cultures offer exemplary examples of simple living? (1:46:40) How do I maintain simple living practices without the fear of missing out? (1:53:13) Will living a simple life lead to living a bland life? (1:56:28) How do I slow down to enjoy life when everyone around me is so busy? (1:59:27) How do I live a simple life while balancing my responsibilities related to work, school, and family? (2:05:53) How can I make housecleaning a simpler process? (2:09:20) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support
Rank #10: 156 | Fear
Joshua & Ryan talk about fear, depression, success, judgment, and gift-giving, and they answer the following questions: How do I explain my mental health issues to my new partner? (25:06) How do I address gift-giving with loved ones that insist on giving gifts and question my judgment for not wanting them? (44:42) How do I conquer the fear of criticism that is holding me back from sharing my creative work with the world? (1:00:01) How do I overcome decision fatigue and choose a career? (1:09:41) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support
Rank #11: 045 | Parenting
Joshua answers questions about parenting as a minimalist, including: How do you minimize the accoutrements that seem requisite when you have young children? How do you initiate a minimalist lifestyle with family members, and how do you maintain and measure the results of such a lifestyle? How do you help children adopt and maintain minimalist practices on their own? What are the best gifts for children? How do I let go of sentimental items? Should I hold onto my children’s items for future children I may or may not have? When co-parenting in divided households, how do I explain to the children how to reconcile the different values and beliefs of each household? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast
Rank #12: 050 | Impulses
Joshua & Ryan discuss our addiction to possessions, shopping, social media, entertainment, and more, and they answer the following questions: When I go to a store to return a purchase thanks to buyer’s remorse, how do I ensure I don’t succumb to my inner compulsive shopper where I wind up exchanging an item instead of returning it? I recognize my binge watching of Netflix and YouTube makes me unproductive, antisocial, and unfulfilled, but how do I stop doing it? As a small business owner, how do I help my customers avoid compulsory consumption without damaging the very source of my income? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast
Rank #13: 085 | Shopping
Joshua & Ryan talk about shopping, and they answer the following questions: Do you ever splurge on anything? How do I justify purchasing something new to replace something that is still functional, but has lost its luster? How do I quell my feelings of guilt after purchasing new items? How do I reconcile my need to sell merchandise for my livelihood with my need to hold true to my minimalism values? How can I create a profitable minimalist store? What are good questions to ask myself before I go shopping? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast. You can support The Minimalists Podcast at minimalists.com/support.
Rank #14: 157 | Excess
Joshua & Ryan talk about reducing excess stuff, including some of the things that might add value to your life, and they answer the following questions: How do I appropriately address the frustration I experience when I lose any of the few things I truly value? (15:09) How do I determine if any family items are heirlooms to be saved for future generations? (23:40) Should I minimize gradually or quickly? (33:14) How do I minimize dispassionately? (36:37) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support
Rank #15: 082 | Hoarding
Joshua & Ryan discussing hoarding and collecting, and they answer the following questions: What are your thoughts on emergency preparedness? How can a minimalist coexist with their hoarder partner? How can I help an older family member adopt minimalist practices? How do you broach the subject of minimalism with a family member that is a dedicated hoarder? Do most hoarders actually find the things they were saving for one day, or do they simply purchase replacements? As a hoarder, where do you start when you’re completely overwhelmed by stuff? Once you’ve decluttered, how do you ensure the cycle doesn’t start again? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast You can support The Minimalists Podcast at minimalists.com/support.
Rank #16: 126 | Quality
Joshua & Ryan talk about some of their favorite high-quality items, and they discuss finding a balance between quality and quantity. They also answer the following questions: How do I transition to buying quality over quantity? What brands of products and services do you recommend to other minimalists? What’s the best approach to fight that programmed obsolescence that is engineered by big companies? What is your definition of quality? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast. You can support The Minimalists Podcast at minimalists.com/support.
Rank #17: 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.
Rank #18: 113 | Newyear
Joshua & Ryan are back "in studio," and they answer the following questions about challenges of the New Year: What tips and tricks do you have regarding daily task planning and organizing? How do I dial back my proclivity to be a workaholic and learn to enjoy life again? How do I inspire myself to hold true to my minimalist ways year after year? How do I take a leap of faith into a new creative endeavor when the direction and viability of the pursuit are not clear? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast. You can support The Minimalists Podcast at minimalists.com/support.
Rank #19: 056 | Clothing
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
Rank #20: 051 | Moving
Joshua & Ryan talk about dealing with material possessions while moving, and they answer the following questions: In preparing to move to a more spacious place, how can I prepare appropriately to ensure I hold to my minimalist practices and not fill it with unnecessary items? How can I help my children purge much of their superfluous belongings during a move, yet still make it fun for them? How do I ensure I pack only what I need when moving? How do I politely refuse family heirlooms and other donations from family when they’re moving? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast