Podcast

The Minimalists Podcast

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

Episodes

  • Less Coast Tour

    Dec 06 2019

    Join The Minimalists for a night of less. For our first tour in two years, we’re simplifying the west coast of the United States and Canada: Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego. At each event, we’ll present a talk about the benefits of living with less, followed by a live edition of The Minimalists Podcast with a special guest. Together we’ll discuss consumerism, decluttering, personal values, and minimalism, and we’ll answer audienc...more

  • 209 | Uncivilized

    Dec 03 2019

    Joshua and Ryan talk about consumerism, the successes and failures of modern society, the price of progress, and whether civilization has actually made us less civilized with author and podcaster Dr. Christopher Ryan, and they answer the following questions: Are technological advances primarily benefiting or degrading our society? (04:04) How do I survive and thrive in traditional mating rituals in a world that is becoming increasingly digital? (17:53) How much sacrifice is too much sacrifice? (...more

  • Quickie: Better Goals Than Happiness

    Nov 29 2019

    Joshua and Ryan discuss the prime objective of life. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists

  • 208 | Best Life

    Nov 26 2019

    Joshua and Ryan discuss the elements of a best life, and they answer the following questions: How do I live what I believe is my best life despite the criticism of others? (02:45) If I alter my blueprint for life because my plan isn’t working out, isn’t that giving up on my dreams? (10:45) How do I address the stress associated with society dictating to me how to live my life? (21:56) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

  • Let's Talk About Black Friday

    Nov 25 2019

    Joshua Fields Millburn discusses the pitfalls of the holiday (shopping) season.

  • Quickie: What do The Minimalists fear?

    Nov 22 2019

    Joshua and Ryan discuss recognizing and addressing their greatest fears with singer-songwriter Lee DeWyze. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists

  • 207 | Paranoia

    Nov 19 2019

    Joshua and Ryan discuss fear, anxiety, worry, discomfort, and paranoia with singer-songwriter Lee DeWyze, and they answer the following questions: How do I overcome contentment and the fear of failure and purposely put myself in my discomfort zone to challenge myself? (02:45) How do I address my fear of the judgment of others and make a career move that many see as a step backward? (15:11) How do I address my fear of being alone? (28:19) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The M...more

  • Quickie: Managing Screen Time for Kids

    Nov 15 2019

    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

  • 206 | Raising Kids

    Nov 12 2019

    Joshua and Ryan talk about raising kids, the data behind good parenting, and how parents can be more confident in their parenting decisions with professor and author Emily Oster, and they answer the following questions: How do I determine with my partner who will sacrifice their career to take care of our children? (02:09) How do I ensure my hoarder relatives don’t negatively impact the minimalist values I’m instilling in my child? (11:10) What’s the best way to educate children in a world domin...more

  • Quickie: How do I discover my passion?

    Nov 08 2019

    Joshua and Ryan discuss how to discover and develop a passion with author and radio personality Ken Coleman. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists

  • 205 | Career Advice

    Nov 05 2019

    Joshua and Ryan discuss career advice, pursuing your passion, mentors, and the stepping stones to success with author and radio personality Ken Coleman, and they answer the following questions: How do I find a job that adequately fulfills my professional and economic needs? (07:27) How do I secure my dream job despite fierce competition in the field? (20:19) How do I ask someone to be a mentor? (26:45) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

  • Quickie: The Difference Between Minimalism and KonMari

    Nov 01 2019

    Joshua and Ryan compare and contrast minimalism and the KonMari method with lifestyle entrepreneur MJ Gordon. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists

  • 204 | Starting Minimalism

    Oct 29 2019

    Joshua and Ryan discuss how to start simplifying, how to become a minimalist, and some practical tips and rules for decluttering with lifestyle entrepreneur MJ Gordon, and they answer the following questions: How do I motivate myself to minimize? (01:49) What is one unexpected result you realized after adopting minimalism? (10:30) How do I overcome analysis paralysis and wholly embrace minimalism? (35:32) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/suppo...more

  • Quickie: The Connection Between Stuff and Depression

    Oct 25 2019

    Joshua and Ryan discuss how the things in our lives can contribute to depression with author Johann Hari. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists

  • 203 | Connection

    Oct 22 2019

    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: mini...more

  • Quickie: Avoid the Fast-Fashion Trap

    Oct 18 2019

    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

  • 202 | Buy Once

    Oct 15 2019

    Joshua and Ryan talk about buying new and used material possessions with intention, purchasing products that last a lifetime, and being responsible with time and money when shopping for necessities with author and business owner Tara Button, and they answer the following questions: How do I find satisfaction with what I already own rather than seeking out ‘perfect’ replacements? (01:51) How do I control my urge to shop? (09:55) How do I know that what I really want is what I really need? (22:00)...more

  • Quickie: How to Stay Motivated When Writing

    Oct 11 2019

    Joshua discusses how to maintain motivation during a writing project with author Ryan Holiday. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists

  • 201 | Slowing Down

    Oct 08 2019

    Joshua talks about stillness, quietude, combating distractions, and slowing down with author Ryan Holiday, and they answer the following questions: What skills should I learn to lead a more peaceful, purposeful life? (01:21) How can I make my long commute less stressful? (09:51) How do I combat the societal pressure to hustle tirelessly, no matter the cost? (19:03) How do I appropriately balance personal and professional obligations as a business owner? (20:36) Detailed show notes: minimalists.c...more

  • Quickie: Mayor Pete Reads Online Headlines About Mayor Pete

    Oct 04 2019

    Joshua and Ryan ask presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg to read headlines about him from The Onion. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists

  • 200 | Minimalist President

    Oct 01 2019

    Joshua and Ryan discuss values, contribution, leadership, minimalist uniforms, and whether or not there could ever be a minimalist president with 2020 presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and they answer the following questions: How would you reduce the national debt? (23:12) Is it feasible and responsible to replace the Electoral College? (36:50) How important is freedom, and how would you incorporate it into your presidency? (39:10) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support ...more

  • Quickie: How to Declutter Your Smartphone

    Sep 27 2019

    Joshua and Ryan discuss how they ensure their smartphones add value rather than distraction. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists

  • 199 | Decluttering Questions

    Sep 24 2019

    Joshua and Ryan discuss decluttering our spaces, lives, hearts, and minds, and they answer the following questions: How do I determine what to keep regarding my hobbies? (01:07) How do I determine what to keep regarding seasonal and special-occasion clothing? (17:09) How do I help my family members become more organized? (22:04) How do I appropriately keep and store holiday decorations? (26:12) How do I determine the appropriate amount of toys for my child? (27:46) Detailed show notes: minimalis...more

  • Quickie: How do I improve my sleep?

    Sep 20 2019

    Joshua and Ryan discuss appropriate sleep hygiene with Dr. Ryan Greene from Monarch Athletic Club. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists

  • 198 | Simple Choices

    Sep 17 2019

    Joshua and Ryan talk about simple choices to improve overall wellness with Dr. Ryan Greene from Monarch Athletic Club, and they answer the following questions: How do I attain and maintain a healthy relationship with food? (04:47) What lifestyle changes most positively impact health? (13:44) How often should I exercise to maintain optimal health? (16:04) How do I overcome my craving for sweets? (18:27) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

  • Quickie: How do I transition out of a dead-end career?

    Sep 13 2019

    Joshua and Ryan discuss how to move on from a dead-end career with author Alex Banayan. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists

  • 197 | Successful People

    Sep 10 2019

    Joshua and Ryan discuss success, successful people, and how the world’s most successful people launched their careers with author Alex Banayan, and they answer the following questions: How do I cultivate a passion, and how do I determine when a passion is no longer worth cultivating? (01:14) How do you define success? (16:22) What are the essential healthy habits of successful people? (21:16) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

  • Quickie: Give Value to Get Value

    Sep 06 2019

    Joshua and Ryan discuss finding the communities most appropriate for us with author, podcaster, and entrepreneur Jason Zook. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists

  • 196 | Your Weird

    Sep 03 2019

    Joshua and Ryan discuss bucking the status quo, embracing our idiosyncrasies, and what happens when we refuse to conform with author, podcaster, and entrepreneur Jason Zook, and they answer the following questions: How do I reconcile creating material goods for my business while eliminating material goods in my life? (2:02) How do I address the disappointment of my family and friends when I choose different paths in life than the ones they believe are most ideal for me? (11:59) Is maintaining tr...more

  • Quickie: 48,000 Negative Thoughts a Day

    Aug 30 2019

    Joshua and Ryan discuss the crucial balance of faith and doubt with Mosaic pastor Erwin McManus. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists

  • 195 | Questioning Faith

    Aug 27 2019

    Joshua and Ryan discuss questioning religion, questioning atheism, questioning belief systems, and finding peace with Mosaic pastor Erwin McManus, and they answer the following questions: How do I introduce minimalist principles to my church? (09:37) Is it possible to have faith while still harboring doubt? (22:53) How do I address my family’s disapproval of my religion? (25:06) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

  • Quickie: How much art is unoriginal?

    Aug 23 2019

    Joshua discusses the existence of art without the "prerequisite of originality" with singer-songwriter Jay Nash. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists

  • 194 | Craft

    Aug 20 2019

    Joshua discusses artistry, resourcefulness, originality, and craft with singer-songwriter Jay Nash, and they answer the following questions: How do I best use my newfound free time after a digital detox? (06:10) How do I determine if I’m adequately prepared to quit my day job to pursue my passion full-time? (23:00) What time of day are most people at their creative peak? (33:17) How do we determine which thoughts will likely lead to the most productive projects? (36:07) Where do you find inspira...more

  • Quickie: How to Discuss Debt with Your Partner

    Aug 16 2019

    Joshua and Ryan discuss how to address debt in a relationship with filmmaker Travis Shakespeare. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists

  • 193 | Financial Independence

    Aug 13 2019

    Joshua and Ryan discuss financial independence, spending habits, and solving money problems with filmmaker Travis Shakespeare, and they answer the following questions: How do I pay off debt when I’m only earning enough money to pay for life’s essentials? (04:01) How do I save and invest with the earnings from a minimum-wage job? (18:19) Is financial independence necessary for a minimalist, and, if so, what is the first baby step toward that journey? (26:35) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/p...more

  • Quickie: How Consciousness Affects Your Priorities

    Aug 09 2019

    Joshua and Ryan discuss how consciousness affects our priorities with New York Times bestselling author Annaka Harris. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists

  • 192 | Conscious

    Aug 06 2019

    Joshua and Ryan discuss consciousness, the mysteries of the brain, and decluttering our minds with New York Times bestselling author Annaka Harris, and they answer the following questions: How do I mentally declutter? (10:01) Why do spontaneous purchases give us a brief surge of pleasure? (22:08) Is obsession a mindset or a disorder? (25:26) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

  • Quickie: Conflicting Beliefs with Loved Ones

    Aug 02 2019

    Joshua and Ryan discuss how to reconcile conflicting beliefs with loved ones with comedian and podcaster Jamie Kilstein. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists

  • 191 | Common Ground

    Jul 30 2019

    Joshua and Ryan talk about tribes, picking sides, and finding common ground with people who have different beliefs with comedian and podcaster Jamie Kilstein, and they answer the following questions: How do I find common ground with a partner that prefers a different climate? (02:21) How do I find common ground with people that hold different beliefs? (25:33) Why do I find it particularly challenging to find common ground with certain people? (29:03) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast ...more

  • Quickie: How Positive Thinking Is Like Prayer

    Jul 26 2019

    Joshua and Ryan discuss how positive thinking is similar to prayer with educator and podcaster T.K. Coleman. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists

  • 190 | Positive Thinking

    Jul 23 2019

    Joshua and Ryan talk about the pros and cons of positive thinking with educator and podcaster T.K. Coleman, and they answer the following questions: How do I stay motivated when I see my contemporaries succeeding while I continue struggling? (01:35) How do I balance positive thinking with healthy skepticism? (18:26) How do I stay positive despite the anguish from past abuse? (23:53) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

  • Quickie: The Appropriate Storefront

    Jul 19 2019

    Joshua discusses how to decide whether a virtual storefront or a physical storefront is the most appropriate choice for a business with author and podcaster Paul Jarvis. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists

  • 189 | Minimalist Business

    Jul 16 2019

    Joshua discusses minimalist business models, entrepreneurship, building a small business, and making your business better with author and podcaster Paul Jarvis, and they answer the following questions: How do I incorporate minimalist practices into my daily work life without sacrificing any professional obligations, responsibilities, or gains? (08:19) How do I determine which social media applications are having a positive effect on my business? (17:05) How do I untether from the identity associ...more

  • Quickie: Advice on Leaving the Corporate World

    Jul 12 2019

    Joshua discusses planning appropriately for leaving a well-paying job with author Ramit Sethi. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists

  • 188 | Budgeting Mistakes

    Jul 09 2019

    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

  • Quickie: How to Keep Growing as a Creative

    Jul 05 2019

    Joshua and Ryan discuss how to continuously grow as a creative with singer-songwriter Griffin House. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists

  • 187 | Insecurity

    Jul 02 2019

    Joshua and Ryan talk about insecurities, criticism, perceived failures, and redefining success with singer-songwriter Griffin House, and they answer the following questions: How do I get the most honest, constructive feedback from others? (01:56) How do I let go of the obsession to make everything perfect? (10:42) How do I overcome shyness and self-doubt? (18:11) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

  • Quickie: Minimalists' Preferences for Gifts

    Jun 28 2019

    Joshua and Ryan discuss preferences regarding giving gifts compared to preferences regarding receiving gifts. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists

  • 186 | Birthday Gifts

    Jun 25 2019

    Joshua and Ryan talk about birthday gifts, gifting experiences, their favorite consumables to give as gifts, and when it’s appropriate to give physical gifts, and they answer the following questions: How do I set the appropriate expectations with my loved ones regarding the kinds of presents I prefer to gift? (05:08) What are the most tactful methods for requesting specific gifts or no gifts at all? (16:43) What does the ideal minimalist birthday party entail? (23:29) Detailed show notes: minima...more

  • Quickie: How Small Changes Make Big Progress

    Jun 21 2019

    Joshua and Ryan discuss how small changes in our daily habits will lead to big progress over the course of our lives with co-founder and CEO of TheGoodTrade.com, AmyAnn Cadwell. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists

  • 185 | Sustainable Living

    Jun 18 2019

    Joshua and Ryan talk about sustainability, overconsumption, environmental concerns, health and beauty products, and shopping with co-founder and CEO of TheGoodTrade.com, AmyAnn Cadwell, and they answer the following questions: What are the most pragmatic hygiene practices for a minimalist? (01:10) How do I introduce sustainability practices into our relationship without offending my partner? (12:02) Where should I start if I want to live a more sustainable life? (17:13) Detailed show notes: mini...more

  • Quickie: Healthy Eating Habits for Travel

    Jun 14 2019

    Joshua discusses healthy eating habits for travel with author and podcaster Rich Roll, Dr. Paul Saladino, and Dr. Tommy Wood. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists

  • 184 | Minimalist Diets

    Jun 11 2019

    Joshua discusses simple diets, optimal health, strategies for healing, and the gut microbiome with author and podcaster Rich Roll, Dr. Paul Saladino, and Dr. Tommy Wood, and they answer the following questions: What are the most reliable resources regarding information about vegan, carnivore, and omnivore diets? (02:31) Are branded diets created for the good of public health or simply to promote products and services? (28:18) What food purchases should I prioritize on a limited budget? (33:51) D...more

  • Quickie: Knowing When to Say Yes or No

    Jun 07 2019

    Joshua and Ryan discuss how to determine whether to say "yes" or "no" to professional obligations with filmmaker and YouTuber Matt D'Avella. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists

  • 183 | Creativity

    Jun 04 2019

    Joshua & Ryan chat about creativity, creating more and consuming less, and the difference between “creating content” and “producing meaningful creations” with filmmaker and YouTuber Matt D’Avella, and they answer the following questions: How do I redirect my creative energy toward the most positive, productive pursuits? (03:10) How do I determine if I’m creating out of love or obligation? (18:51) How do I maintain a consistent message, yet still always keep it fresh and engaging? (25:43) Detaile...more

  • Quickie: Addressing Pressure from Family Members

    May 31 2019

    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

  • 182 | Simple Families

    May 28 2019

    Joshua & Ryan discuss simple families, minimalist parenting, and traveling with a family with author and podcaster Denaye Barahona, and they answer the following questions: How do I reach a compromise with my partner regarding the quantity of our children’s toys? (01:09) 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? (15:04) How do I help my children cultivate values focused on relationships, contrib...more

  • Quickie: The Impact of Excessive Phone Use

    May 26 2019

    Joshua & Ryan discuss the impact that cell phones have on our lives with their friend Cal Newport, author of the new book Digital Minimalism. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists

  • Quickie: How to Separate Personal and Professional Values

    May 24 2019

    Joshua and Ryan delineate personal and professional values with neuroscientist, author, and podcaster Sam Harris. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists

  • 181 | Mindful

    May 21 2019

    Joshua & Ryan talk about the most precious kind of freedom—awareness—as well as intentional living, mindfulness, meditation, and purpose with neuroscientist, author, and podcaster Sam Harris, and they answer the following questions: Is minimalism a practical lifestyle given today’s chaotic world? (02:43) What does it mean to live a meaningful life, and how can mindfulness help? (19:14) How can mindfulness ultimately help me determine and pursue my life’s purpose? (28:14) Detailed show notes: min...more

  • Maximal: Constipation of the Soul

    May 19 2019

    Joshua & Ryan discuss whether success leads to sadness, whether sadness leads to success, and how to deal with both with singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists Questions answered in this episode: How do you get out of a funk when you’re dealing with despair, loss, and sadness? (1:12:19) When did you stop comparing yourself to your mentors and heroes, and become happy with who you are? (1:24:15)

  • Quickie: Letting Go of the Love of Things

    May 17 2019

    Joshua and Ryan discuss letting go of our love of things with YouTuber Shelbizleee. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists

  • 180 | Stopped Buying

    May 14 2019

    Joshua & Ryan talk about the things they stopped buying as minimalists, and why they stopped buying them, with YouTuber Shelbizleee, and they answer the following questions: Will economies continue to survive and thrive if minimalism is adopted by the masses? (06:54) How do I better control my spending online where they make it so easy to be impulsive? (19:04) How do I stop myself from buying food I don’t need? (22:36) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimal...more

  • Quickie: Short-Term Sacrifices to Achieve Long-Term Gains

    May 12 2019

    Joshua & Ryan join author Rachel Cruze to discuss establishing financial responsibilities. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists

  • Quickie: When do you stop comparing yourself to your idols?

    May 10 2019

    Joshua and Ryan discuss comparing yourself to others, especially your idols, with singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists

  • 179 | Sadness

    May 07 2019

    Joshua & Ryan discuss whether success leads to sadness, whether sadness leads to success, and how to deal with both with singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson, and they answer the following questions: How do I carve out time to take better care of myself so I can be the best me for myself and others? (08:26) Do you combat sadness differently as minimalists? (24:36) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

  • Quickie: How do you determine the value of things?

    May 03 2019

    Joshua & Ryan discuss how to determine what items truly add value to our lives. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists

  • 178 | Favorite Things

    Apr 30 2019

    Joshua & Ryan talk about their favorite things, why they add value to their lives, why they may not add value to your life, and they answer the following questions: How much is too much in a collection? (14:54) How do I part with favorite items that are simply sentimental? (22:32) How do I part with favorite items that no longer add value and now function as distractions? (24:42) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

  • 177 | Disagreements

    Apr 23 2019

    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

  • 176 | UnAmerican Dream

    Apr 16 2019

    Joshua & Ryan discuss freedom, travel, an introduction to minimalism, and the new American Dream with author, podcaster, and intrepid traveler Colin Wright, and they answer the following questions: Is homeownership still an ideal goal? (07:16) What is considered freedom today, and how do we gain more freedom in our lives? (16:05) How have your social interactions during your travels enriched your worldview? (23:30) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists...more

  • 175 | Feeling Stuck

    Apr 09 2019

    Joshua & Ryan talk about feeling stuck creatively, feeling stuck emotionally, and what it takes to get unstuck with singer-songwriter Rosi Golan, and they answer the following questions: How do I determine if I should continue to ‘drudge through the drudgery’ at my current job, or if it’s time to move on? (01:46) How do I craft a plan to get unstuck? (13:51) How do I overcome creator’s block? (20:27) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

  • 174 | Minimalist Fitness

    Apr 02 2019

    Joshua & Ryan discuss minimalist health and fitness with Ben Greenfield from the Ben Greenfield Fitness podcast, and they answer the following questions: How do I create an exercise habit that fits my busy life? (5:54) What are some effective exercises that don’t require a gym? (28:13) What is the ultimate minimalist exercise? (31:09) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

  • 173 | Digital Clutter

    Mar 26 2019

    Joshua & Ryan talk about digital clutter, technological exhaustion, quitting social media, and overall online health with their friend Cal Newport, author of the new book Digital Minimalism, and they answer the following questions: How do I overcome the guilt I feel when I unfollow friends and family on social media? (1:59) How can my company or brand remain relevant without a constant media presence? (23:36) How do I keep up with work without drowning in information? (27:08) Detailed show notes...more

  • 172 | Money Problems

    Mar 19 2019

    Joshua & Ryan discuss budgeting, tuition, debt, and other money quagmires with author Rachel Cruze, and they answer the following questions: How do I persuade my partner to join me in crafting a shared budget to ensure our financial contributions are equitable? (1:55) Should I assume the responsibility for the college savings for our child if my ex-partner isn’t financially savvy? (10:40) How do I stay motivated while paying off debt? (14:50) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support ...more

  • 171 | Rejection

    Mar 12 2019

    Joshua & Ryan talk about independence, rejection, and creating meaningful work without gatekeepers with comedian Andrew Schulz, and they answer the following questions: How do I balance the need to support myself with the need to fulfill myself? (1:28) How do I create demand for my new creation? (22:09) How do I minimize rejection in my life? (26:42) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

  • 170 | Subtract

    Mar 05 2019

    Joshua & Ryan discuss subtracting the superfluous from our lives in order to make room for the valuable, and they answer the following questions: How do I minimize my talking and maximize my listening? (1:42) Is letting go of obligations as important as letting go of stuff? (14:02) How do I determine what “obligations” are truly obligations? (16:10) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

  • Quickie: Tidying Up

    Feb 12 2019

    Joshua & Ryan discuss their thoughts on "Tidying Up." Listen to "Maximal" episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists

  • 169 | Millionaires

    Jan 29 2019

    Joshua & Ryan are joined by Chris Hogan, author of Everyday Millionaires, to talk about budgeting, wealth, and retirement, and they answer the following questions: How do I ensure my purchases are always intentional without obsessing over them? (9:32) How many revenue streams are appropriate to ensure lifelong financial freedom? (20:18) How significant a role does positive thinking play in becoming successful in life? (24:23) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: ...more

  • 168 | Baggage

    Jan 22 2019

    Joshua & Ryan talk about baggage, boundaries, and letting go of the past, and they answer the following questions: How do I remove the emotional baggage of a past relationship? (10:31) Is it selfish to share my emotional baggage with my partner? (26:12) How do I ensure I’m not unwittingly creating emotional baggage for others? (31:42) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

  • 167 | Collectibles

    Jan 15 2019

    Joshua & Ryan talk about their personal collections, and they answer the following questions: What should I do with items that are no longer useful but might have value as decorations or collectibles? (01:03) Is it better to store or display collectibles? (20:48) What should I do with collectibles that bring me joy that I’m too embarrassed to display? (22:58) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

  • 166 | Hope

    Jan 08 2019

    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 Minimal...more

  • 165 | Habits

    Jan 01 2019

    Joshua & Ryan are joined by James Clear, author of Atomic Habits, to talk about creating new, empowering habits, and they answer the following questions: How do I select and develop the habits to foster my passions? (16:15) How do I determine where to start with new habits when I’m overwhelmed by the options? (51:41) How do I break the habit of never saying “no”? (1:04:25) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

  • 164 | 2018

    Dec 25 2018

    Joshua & Ryan reminisce about their favorite memories of 2018, and they answer the following questions: When should I stop pursuing a relationship? (13:09) Is it still a hobby if I make money from it? (33:42) What are a minimalist’s views on religion? (46:30) Did your absence from social media make you realize it made your life more meaningful, or did it make you realize it’s just a modern platform to advertise? (1:17:13) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: mini...more

  • 163 | Business

    Dec 18 2018

    Joshua & Ryan are joined by Jordan Harbinger to talk about what it takes to start a successful small business, and they answer the following questions: When is it acceptable to take on debt to expand my business? (12:19) How do I run a minimalist business and still earn a living wage? (39:32) How do I establish a work-life balance when starting a business? (58:37) How do I overcome the fear of failure to migrate from corporate cog to owner-operator? (1:04:50) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com...more

  • 162 | Upgrades

    Dec 11 2018

    Joshua & Ryan discuss upgrading your phone, clothes, technology, housing, appliances, and anything else you might consider upgrading, and they answer the following questions: Under what circumstances can I justify an upgrade? (15:12) How do I resist the urge to upgrade to the 'latest and greatest'? (27:37) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

  • 161 | Addictions

    Dec 04 2018

    Joshua & Ryan discuss our culture's addiction to stuff, shopping, drugs, alcohol, outrage, drama, success, and achievement, and they answer the following questions: When should I stop trying to save those individuals that refuse to save themselves? (13:27) How do I break my addiction to the status quo? (30:14) How do I break my addiction to success? (35:14) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

  • 160 | Changes

    Nov 27 2018

    Joshua & Ryan discuss re-evaluating our lives so we can make the changes we need to make, and they answer the following questions: How do I effect positive change in a friendship? (1:15) How do I ensure there’s adequate support in place to make a significant personal or professional change sustainable? (22:02) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

  • 159 | Blackfriday

    Nov 20 2018

    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...more

  • 158 | Selfcare

    Nov 13 2018

    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

  • 157 | Excess

    Nov 06 2018

    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/podca...more

  • 156 | Fear

    Oct 30 2018

    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)...more

  • 155 | Love

    Oct 23 2018

    Joshua & Ryan sit down with Peter Rollins, producer of Making Love, to discuss why people struggle with love, and they answer the following questions: How do I appropriately enrich a relationship? (52:40) When should I stop pursuing a relationship? (1:20:20) How do I best love myself? (1:43:36) How do I determine if a love is good or bad? (1:51:06) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

  • 154 | Minimal

    Oct 16 2018

    Joshua & Ryan answer a bunch of questions about minimalism, including: Which revenue stream should I focus my energy on to ensure my company is profitable? (1:51) What project are you focused on to complete within the next year? (7:52) Should I spend more money for an apartment with an extra room for a home office? (11:58) How does having a child change one’s minimalist practices? (19:28) How do I find happiness when I’m stressed? (26:11) What can I do to minimize more quickly? (35:21) How do yo...more

  • 153 | Spouses

    Oct 09 2018

    Joshua & Ryan talk about spouses, significant others, partners, boyfriends, girlfriends, and lovers, and they answer the following questions: How do my partner and I create a mutually agreeable budget? (19:45) How do I live as a minimalist without my spouse’s support? (38:07) How do I purge my spouse’s excess stuff without upsetting them? (56:07) How do I determine between an ideal relationship and a simply comfortable relationship? (1:02:04) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support ...more

  • 152 | Comparison

    Oct 02 2018

    Joshua & Ryan sit down with Rachel Cruze, author of Love Your Life, Not Theirs, to discuss managing finances, eliminating debt, and avoiding the comparison trap, and they answer the following questions: How do I determine the appropriate amount of money to  save when my income fluctuates throughout the year? (26:40) How do I explain minimalism to non-minimalists? (33:08) How do my partner and I decide who is responsible for each financial obligation in our household? (43:27) How do I maintain a ...more

  • 151 | Donating

    Sep 25 2018

    Joshua & Ryan talk about donating, selling, recycling, reusing, and trashing their excess stuff, and they answer the following questions: How do I determine what items I should donate and what items I should sell? (00:53) Will friends appreciate me gifting them my unwanted belongings, or will they be offended? (17:36) What should I do with items that are missing pieces, e.g., board games, rather than just throwing them away? (26:40) How do I determine what is the best use of my time and energy b...more

  • 150 | City

    Sep 18 2018

    Joshua & Ryan talk about how the city in which you live affects the rest of your life, and they answer the following questions: How do I decide where it’s best for me to reside? (3:34) How will I know when I’ve simplified enough? (4:05) How do I choose a more affordable location for my family without sacrificing neighborhood amenities? (39:17) Why are some areas of the world happier than others? (1:00:46) How important are transportation options when considering places to live? (1:06:39) Detaile...more

  • 149 | Sex

    Sep 11 2018

    Joshua & Ryan sit down with Dr. Christopher Ryan, author of Sex at Dawn, to discuss sex, couples, and nontraditional relationships, and they answer the following questions: If I consider the physical characteristics I find attractive when choosing a partner, am I being intentional or shallow? (12:12) Should I save my sexual accoutrements for the possibility of a future relationship? (31:12) Is building a strong emotional base crucial for a healthy sex life? (41:46) How should I respond to critic...more

  • 148 | Breakups

    Sep 04 2018

    Joshua & Ryan sit down with Nate Green to discuss how he's moving forward after exiting a ten-year relationship, and they answer the following questions: How do I move on from a relationship but still remain friends with my former partner? (17:16) How do I rid myself of the remnants of a relationship that ended badly? (54:42) How do I forgive myself for a breakup that was my fault? (1:14:22) How do minimalists best divide up their collective items during a breakup? (1:18:34) Detailed show notes:...more

  • 147 | Retire

    Aug 28 2018

    Joshua & Ryan sit down with Chris Hogan, author of Retire Inspired, to discuss financial freedom, getting out of debt, and retirement planning, and they answer the following questions: How do I retire and still ensure I can leave a legacy? (28:00) How do I take on midlife responsibilities and obligations—marriage, children, mortgage—while still appropriately saving for retirement? (36:14) Which is the better retirement investment between a 401K and a Roth IRA? (44:32) How do I ignore the judgeme...more

  • 146 | Curation

    Aug 21 2018

    Joshua & Ryan talk about the difference between curating and collecting, and they answer the following questions: Are museum collections considered intentional curations? (34:08) Shouldn’t I save items I acquired on vacation that are exclusive to the areas I visited? (55:13) Shouldn’t I save items that improve with age? (1:24:04) How can I best curate a collection of items that are meaningful to me? (1:30:04) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/s...more

  • 145 | Challenges

    Aug 14 2018

    Joshua & Ryan talk about their personal challenges, and they answer the following questions: What aspects of minimalism have you found particularly challenging, and how have you overcome those challenges? (36:16) How do I return to challenging myself in my discomfort zone after an extended period of time spent in my comfort zone? (1:08:56) Is procrastination always bad? (1:26:23) How do I best manage a relationship with a loved one that collects stuff? (1:29:54) Detailed show notes: minimalists....more

  • 144 | Simpleliving

    Aug 07 2018

    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...more

  • 143 | Indebted

    Jul 31 2018

    Joshua & Ryan sit down with Anthony ONeal, author of 5 Mistakes You Can't Afford to Make in College, to discuss school debt, consumer debt, scholarships, credit scores, and credit cards, and they answer the following questions: How do I strike a balance between paying off my student loan debt and building my dreams? (25:17) How can I attend college with no money? (32:57) How do I justify buying things of value when I’m in debt? (41:48) How do I pay off my significant student loan debt with my mo...more

  • 142 | Anxiety

    Jul 24 2018

    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: minimalist...more

  • 141 | Parents

    Jul 17 2018

    Joshua & Ryan discuss the best ways to explain minimalism to your parents and other relatives, and they answer the following questions: How do I address my parents’ toxic, wholly unsupportive relationship with me, and how do I forgive them for it? (3:41) How do I help my loved ones better understand my lifestyle choices so they simply accept me? (36:29) What do I do when my parents ask me to clear their clutter for them, but they won’t let go of anything? (56:36) How do I help my aging parents u...more

  • 140 | Buying

    Jul 10 2018

    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 en...more

  • 139 | Access

    Jul 03 2018

    Joshua & Ryan discuss ownership of things versus access to things with Ryan Delk from Omni, and they answer the following questions: Is ownership simply a matter of satisfying one’s ego? (12:12) Is it always better to rent something instead of buying it? (20:26) Should I invest in things I use frequently instead of minimizing everything? (26:39) How do I determine what I must own compared to what I can have access to? (52:31) How do I enjoy the benefits of streaming services without the stress o...more

  • 138 | Healthproblems

    Jun 26 2018

    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 s...more

  • 137 | Direction

    Jun 19 2018

    Joshua & Ryan chat with T.K. Coleman about goals, direction, standards, and expectations, and they answer the following questions: How do I determine what’s most important to me so I can shape my professional and personal goals around it? (16:19) How do I pursue my interests and simultaneously purge my guilt for not attending college? (39:39) What can I use to motivate me to take action on challenging pursuits that interest me? (1:16:35) How do I find the right direction when I realize I’m going...more

  • 136 | Mementos

    Jun 12 2018

    Joshua & Ryan talk about letting go of sentimental items, souvenirs, trinkets, keepsakes, and mementos, and they answer the following questions: How do I manage the multitude of emotions prompted by my minimalism journey? (32:36) What options are available for writing journals if I don’t want the clutter of physical journals and I don’t want to write on a computer? (47:03) Should I save anything with the consideration of what my children might like to own? (59:43) How do I find the leverage to p...more

  • 135 | Acquaintances

    Jun 05 2018

    Joshua & Ryan talk about friends, partners, coworkers, acquaintances, and other types of relationships, and they answer the following questions: When you adopted minimalism, did you struggle to find people who shared your newfound values and beliefs? How do I minimize my friends to the few that actually add value to my life without offending anyone? What’s the value of having acquaintances who are responsible with their money? How can I turn valued acquaintances into cherished friends? Detailed ...more

  • 134 | Intentional

    May 29 2018

    Joshua & Ryan talk about setting intentions, differentiating essentials from nonessentials, developing a plan to leave the corporate world, and the difference between "good intentions" and intentionality, and they answer the following questions: Do you recommend that everyone leave their corporate jobs? How do I minimize my consumption of a plethora of unnecessary physical consumables? How do I remind myself during my daily routine of the intentions I set for myself? How do I maintain my composu...more

  • 133 | Constraints

    May 22 2018

    Joshua & Ryan discuss the upside of constraints, the freedom of limitations, and the flexibility of nonstandard lifestyles, and they answer the following questions: How do I acclimate myself to letting go when I’ve been encouraged so strongly for so long to save everything? How do I embrace a minimalist lifestyle despite my current maximalist obligations and responsibilities? What constraints have you implemented in your life to help you become a better minimalist? How do I determine what constr...more

  • 132 | Experiences

    May 15 2018

    Joshua & Ryan chat about experiences, regrets, the adventures of moving to to a new city, and the cost of bad habits, and they answer the following questions: How do I avoid getting mired in the materialism of city life when I move there from my rural residence? How can I spend time out and about with my friends without spending an inordinate amount of money? Is it better to follow the tried and tested route based on other peoples’ experiences, or is it better to take risks and enjoy your own ex...more

  • 131 | School

    May 08 2018

    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 sh...more

  • 130 | Food

    May 01 2018

    Joshua & Ryan brought Rich Roll into the studio to chat about the role food plays in our everyday lives and how to use food as fuel instead of entertainment, and they answered the following questions: How do I maintain a healthy diet while traveling? How do I purchase organic foods and grass-fed meats given my modest budget? How do I determine what is trendy from what is actually beneficial for me? Is there a relationship between nutrition and mental health? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/...more

  • 129 | Beginnings

    Apr 24 2018

    Joshua & Ryan talk about new beginnings, starting over, creating new habits, walking away from bad situations, health problems, and losing weight, and they answer the following questions: What items should I keep, sell, donate, or recycle before I move to a new residence? How can minimalism help me adopt an appropriate diet? How do I build the confidence necessary to undertake a new beginning in my life? How do I overcome the fear of stepping outside my comfort zone to start a new career? Detail...more

  • 128 | Reset

    Apr 17 2018

    Joshua & Ryan talk about resetting, taking breaks, prioritizing, healing, and finding time to recover, and they answer the following questions: What role can minimalism play in healing? How can I get the alone time I need between a full schedule and a full house? How do I prioritize tasks that are important but not urgent? How can a minimalist stay a minimalist when they live in a non-minimalist environment? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast. You can support The Minimalists Podcast at...more

  • 127 | Sivers

    Apr 10 2018

    Joshua & Ryan chat with Derek Sivers about simplicity, complexity, parenting, creativity, and saying “no” to almost everything, and they answer the following questions: How do I prioritize the most important things in my life once I’ve eliminated the clutter? How do I say ‘no’ to gifts and donations from my loved ones for my newborn without looking like an unappreciative jerk? How do I stay present with my loved ones when there are so many pressing demands on my time from my professional life? H...more

  • 126 | Quality

    Apr 03 2018

    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 suppor...more

  • 125 | Easter

    Mar 27 2018

    Joshua & Ryan talk about Easter, corporatism, and letting go, and they answer the following questions: How can I tactfully let loved ones know I don’t want any Easter gifts for my family? Do you believe you still would have adopted minimalism if it hadn’t been for those tragic events in your life years ago? How do I help my loved ones stay motivated to maintain minimalist practices? How can minimalism better address corporatism and its burgeoning waste? What are some prime examples of products a...more

  • 124 | Religion

    Mar 20 2018

    Joshua & Ryan chat with Rob Bell and Andrew Morgan about religion, spirituality, and their new documentary, The Heretic, and together they answer the following questions: What are a minimalist’s views on religion? What resources do you recommend for minimalists that are interested in incorporating spirituality into their minimalist practices? Was it painful when the church turned its back on you, and, if so, how did you move past the pain? Do you accept the title of ‘heretic’ like a badge, or do...more

  • 123 | Hobbies

    Mar 13 2018

    Joshua & Ryan talk about creativity, writing, music, and hobbies with Paul Johnson of Canyon City, and they answer the following questions: How do I reconcile my minimalist values and beliefs with all of the items that are necessary for my hobby? How can I ensure my work space only contains those tools that are absolutely essential? Is it still a hobby if I make money from it? Are hobbies essential for a happy mind? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast. You can support The Minimalists Po...more

  • 122 | People

    Mar 06 2018

    Joshua & Ryan talk about how to live as a minimalist and still respect the important people in their lives, and they answer the following questions: How do I find common ground with my non-minimalist roommates? How do I find a balance with my non-minimalist partner? How do I minimize the friends, family, and colleagues in my life that insist on tearing me down instead of building me up? How do I overcome my introversion to develop strong, enriching relationships with others? Detailed show notes:...more

  • 121 | Emotions

    Feb 27 2018

    Joshua & Ryan invite Courtney Carver into their new studio to talk about emotions, and they answer the following questions: How do I maintain high standards for myself without beating myself up when I fall short of those high standards? How do I let go of resentful feelings I have toward people that cling to their belongings and don’t embrace minimalism? How important is it to take emotion out of all of our important life decisions? Why is being emotional stigmatized while so many of us desire t...more

  • 120 | Socialmedia

    Feb 20 2018

    Joshua & Ryan are back “in studio” to talk about how they’re using social media in 2018, and they answer the following questions: What advice do you have for those that want to use social media more intentionally for their business? How do I create a social media strategy for my business without sacrificing my personal privacy? How do I determine the line between too much and just enough when I use social media for promotion? Did you discover a newfound value or a lack of value regarding social ...more

  • 119 | Decorations

    Feb 13 2018

    Joshua & Ryan are back “in studio” to talk about decorations, and they answer the following questions: Are non-functional decorative items appropriate in a minimalist’s home and work environments? How can I reconcile my need to minimize my possessions when others’ perceptions of my personal and professional statuses rely on those possessions? How do I address the unsightliness of my child’s collections? How do I curate an art collection as a minimalist? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podca...more

  • 118 | Collecting

    Feb 06 2018

    Joshua & Ryan are back “in studio” to talk about collecting, and they answer the following questions: How do I reconcile my collector’s mindset with the principles of minimalist philosophy? How do I appropriately purge my medals and trophies? How do I express my minimalist viewpoint regarding my loved ones’ collections without offending my loved ones? What fuels people's desires to collect in the first place? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast. You can support The Minimalists Podcast a...more

  • 117 | Loincloth

    Jan 30 2018

    Joshua & Ryan chat with minimalist-traveler Colin Wright, author of Some Thoughts About Relationships, and they answer the following questions: What minimalist advice would you give a teenager on the cusp of graduating from high school and starting their journey into life? What does a happy, ideal life look like to you now that you’ve fully adopted minimalist practices? How do I purge the emotional baggage I accumulated throughout my childhood that is now interfering with my adulthood? How do I ...more

  • 116 | Resonate

    Jan 23 2018

    Joshua & Ryan visit Nashville with musician Griffin House, and they answer the following questions: How do I keep from bringing the mental clutter I accumulate at work into my personal life? How can I ensure I continue to look my best but minimize my cosmetic consumption? How can I better use food as a fuel instead of as a crutch? What advice do you have for aspiring entrepreneurs that want to use your journey as entrepreneurs as their business model? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast...more

  • 115 | Happier

    Jan 16 2018

    Joshua & Ryan are back in-studio with Dan Harris, author of Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, and they answer the following questions: I know what I must do to achieve happiness in the long-term, but how do I address my unhappiness in the short-term? How do I let go of nagging feelings of regret when I make mistakes? How do I squeeze meditation into an already full agenda? How do I maintain happiness without becoming complacent? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast. You can support The Mi...more

  • 114 | SpiritualAF

    Jan 09 2018

    Joshua & Ryan have a hilarious conversation with satirist JP Sears in Atlanta, and they answer the following questions: Is it necessary to explain to those that contribute to your mission how the money will be used? What tips do you have for those that hate public speaking but must be public speakers? How did you maintain your mental health after you completely decluttered your life? How do I reconcile taking advantage of nearly every deal when shopping for a large family with the tenets of mini...more

  • 113 | Newyear

    Jan 01 2018

    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: minimalis...more

  • 112 | 2017

    Dec 26 2017

    Joshua & Ryan present their favorite moments from 2017, and they answer the following questions: The workload at my current job consistently flows over into my personal time on my evenings and weekends, and it causes me a great deal of stress and anxiety in doing so—should I stick it out, and, if so, how do I manage the stress and anxiety? What are the most responsible clothing manufacturers that produce the highest quality clothing? How do I deal with setbacks and failure when I’m challenged by...more

  • 111 | Gift

    Dec 24 2017

    Joshua & Ryan give you a special episode as a Christmas gift, and they answer the following questions: Why do you think you receive any criticism at all for spreading such a positive message? How do I resolve my feelings of guilt regarding all the items that I purge that must wind up in a landfill? How do I deal with the difficult decisions regarding what items, values, beliefs, relationships to let go? Is it possible to take minimalism too far? What rules should I set for myself when developing...more

  • 110 | Toxic

    Dec 19 2017

    Joshua & Ryan return to their hometown, Dayton, Ohio, and they answer the following questions: How do I develop and maintain a healthy relationship with an ex-partner with whom I share children? How can I best help others adopt minimalist practices? How do I reconcile disagreements with a loved one to ensure those disagreements don’t adversely affect our relationship? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast. You can support The Minimalists Podcast at minimalists.com/support.

  • 109 | No

    Dec 12 2017

    Joshua & Ryan are back "in studio" to speak with minimalist filmmaker Matt D'Avella of The Ground Up Show. Together they answer the following questions: How do the two of you split up the responsibilities and obligations of The Minimalists? To what ideal career did you aspire as you were graduating from high school? Did you always know you were discontented or did your discovery of minimalism help you realize you were discontented? How did you address the risks involved in deciding to leave your...more

  • 108 | Becoming

    Dec 05 2017

    Joshua & Ryan speak with Joshua Becker, founder of Becoming Minimalist, in Phoenix, and they answer the following questions: Does the minimalist life ever become stress-free? How does a minimalist appropriately purge religious items? 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? What recommendations do you have for goods that are both sustainable and durable? Will the economy cras...more

  • 107 | Giving

    Nov 28 2017

    Joshua & Ryan speak with Scott Harrison, founder of charity: water, in New York City, and they answer the following questions: How do I help my child adopt minimalist practices without ruining their childhood expectations of the holidays? How do I address the stress from my passions so I don’t lose my love for them? How do I overcome the fear of leaving a ‘safe’ job with corporate benefits for a more independent pursuit that’s better aligned with my passions? How do I get my partner to accept an...more

  • 106 | Limits

    Nov 21 2017

    Joshua & Ryan visit Denver, and they answer the following questions: How do I ensure I don’t fall off the minimalism wagon? How do I determine my passions, cultivate them, and incorporate them into my life? Have you ever taken minimalism too far? How do I stay confident and motivated through failures? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast. You can support The Minimalists Podcast at minimalists.com/support.

  • 105 | Malcolm

    Nov 14 2017

    Joshua & Ryan speak with Malcolm Fontier in Brooklyn, and they answer the following questions: How do I minimize daily stress and still fully engage in the moment? What should I do when my values and beliefs are in conflict with the actions I believe I must take for the welfare of my loved ones? How do I help my community adopt minimalist practices? Are there values and beliefs I must adopt to call myself a minimalist? How do I ensure my existence in the material world consistently aligns with m...more

  • 104 | Simple

    Nov 07 2017

    Joshua & Ryan speak with Courtney Carver, founder of Be More with Less, in Salt Lake City, and they answer the following questions: How do I know when I’ve taken minimalism too far? What should I do if the countless accoutrements and other moving parts required for my job are causing me stress? How should I support my loved ones who want to let go of their cherished items but are in a highly vulnerable state? Is there one thing you treasure more than anything else? Detailed show notes: minimalis...more

  • 103 | Masks

    Oct 31 2017

    Joshua & Ryan speak with Lewis Howes, author of The Mask of Masculinity, in San Diego, and they answer the following questions: What do you suggest as a first step for those that are interested in adopting minimalism but have a fear of change? What advice would you give someone who doesn’t have children to prepare them for a relationship with someone else who already has children? How do I maintain a simple, intentional lifestyle in an increasingly complex world? Is there anything inherently spi...more

  • 102 | Purge

    Oct 24 2017

    Joshua & Ryan visit Edmonton and record one of their favorite episodes, and they answer the following questions: Where should I start regarding adopting a ketogenic diet? How do I address my parents regarding my distaste for accepting family heirlooms? Was there anything you purged that surprised you? How do I minimize without offending those who gave me the things I’m purging? How do I navigate holidays with loved ones who aren’t aspiring minimalists like me? Detailed show notes: minimalists.co...more

  • 101 | Style

    Oct 17 2017

    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 Minimal...more

  • 100 | Gone

    Oct 10 2017

    Joshua & Ryan visit Vancouver for their 100th episode, and they answer the following questions: How do you address feelings of loss when a prized possession you use daily is stolen? What is your process for curating the most important things in your life? How did you start living simple, intentional lives, and what advice would you give others seeking to do the same? How do I resolve my feelings of guilt regarding things I’ve purged from my life? What resource—book, podcast, film, etc.—has inspi...more

  • 099 | Breathe

    Oct 03 2017

    Joshua & Ryan speak with Julien Smith, founder of Breather, in Montreal, and they answer the following questions: What is the most challenging aspect of your current journey as The Minimalists? How do I reconcile many of the traditional goals I grew up with—corporate career, marriage, children, home ownership, etc.—with the tenets of minimalism I now follow? How do you recommend we address others who question our minimalist lifestyle? How do we help our children become more conscious of compulso...more

  • 098 | Horizons

    Sep 26 2017

    Joshua & Ryan visit Ottawa, and they answer the following questions: As dedicated minimalists, what do you want the world to look like in five years? How important do you believe the history of minimalism is to the current minimalism movement? Do you believe taking on some student debt is a more effective use of your time than working 16+ hour-days for years to pay for a college education? What are some tricks and tips for getting rid of heirlooms? How do we help children adopt minimalism? Detai...more

  • 097 | Sidehustle

    Sep 19 2017

    Joshua & Ryan speak with Chris Guillebeau, author of Side Hustle, in Portland, Oregon, and they answer the following questions: How often do you recommend reassessing your values to ensure your short-term actions still align with your long-term goals? When is bankruptcy the appropriate option for those people that are struggling with their finances? How do I help my partner adopt minimalist practices? What ideas, concepts, and skills did you glean from Corporate America that helped you in your m...more

  • 096 | Toronto

    Sep 12 2017

    Joshua & Ryan visit Toronto, and they answer the following questions: What ultimately made you decide to quit your jobs? What should I do if I have conflicting values? What tips do you have for traveling light? Can social media truly add value to our lives? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast. You can support The Minimalists Podcast at minimalists.com/support.

  • 095 | Relocating

    Sep 05 2017

    Joshua & Ryan talk about where they're moving, and they answer the following questions: How do you move past feelings of shame regarding past mistakes and embarrassing episodes in your life? How do you ensure you’re addressing any emotional baggage attached to items as you’re getting rid of them? Is there a path to purchasing a house without taking on debt? Is it cheaper to sell your furniture before a move and then buy new furniture for the new place, or is it cheaper to pay to move the furnitu...more

  • 094 | Budget

    Aug 29 2017

    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? H...more

  • 093 | Deep

    Aug 25 2017

    Joshua & Ryan speak with Andrew Belle in Indianapolis about his new album, Dive Deep, and they answer the following questions: As an introvert, how do you meet the demands of a passion that requires an extroverted personality? What suggestions do you have for preparing yourself for the reality of daily life once you’ve graduated college? How do you resolve the feelings of guilt you have for even purchasing items you need to run a business? How can I be more intentional regarding the relationship...more

  • 092 | Smallstuff

    Aug 22 2017

    Joshua & Ryan visit Spokane, and they answer the following questions: How do I minimize the many accoutrements I have for the many passions I pursue? How do you ensure you’re adding the appropriate amount of value to a relationship? What advice do you have for ensuring you don’t lose memories when you let go of sentimental items? How do I minimize a plethora of paper documents I’ve saved and filed just in case I need them? How do you explain your new minimalist lifestyle to former colleagues who...more

  • 091 | Nostalgia

    Aug 15 2017

    Joshua & Ryan discuss whether nostalgia is useful or dangerous, and they answer the following questions: How do you determine which sentimental items to keep, and how do you ensure that you don’t apply that sentimentality to everything else? Is it okay for an aspiring minimalist to keep a small container of sentimental items as a time capsule? How did you let go of yearbooks? Is there a healthy form of nostalgia, or is it inherently useless to hold onto the past? How does nostalgia impact histor...more

  • 090 | Alignment

    Aug 08 2017

    Joshua & Ryan visit Grand Rapids, and they answer the following questions: What is the best way to get rid of items that are still useful, but are of no value to me? How do I let go of the stress I feel when I witness my loved ones not aligning their short-term actions with their long-term values? How do you address all the stress that comes with inheriting all the stuff that comes with the passing of a loved one? Before you quit your corporate jobs, did you have your financial houses in order r...more

  • 089 | Reconcile

    Aug 01 2017

    Joshua & Ryan visit Cleveland, and they answer the following questions: What advice do you have for minimalists who have loved ones that prefer to receive physical gifts? What is the best way to explain to a potential partner that you’re a minimalist? What advice do you have for those that want to adopt minimalism into their lives, but fear the changes? How do you manage the negative feedback that inevitably comes with failure? What is your advice to minimalists struggling to reconcile their per...more

  • 088 | Respond

    Jul 25 2017

    Joshua & Ryan visit Columbus, and they answer the following questions: How do you respond to people who resign themselves to situations by saying, “That’s just the way it is”? How do you manage to continue to grow and to cultivate open minds and soft hearts? What advice do you have for saying ‘no’ to people and to activities you like to avoid becoming overly committed and stressed? What struggles and expectations have you had to address since becoming ‘The Minimalists’? What do you recommend to ...more

  • 087 | Balance

    Jul 18 2017

    Joshua & Ryan visit Cincinnati, and they answer the following questions: What questions have your audience members posed that have made you reevaluate your values and beliefs? What questions did you ask yourself when you were younger to help you determine that happiness was more important to you than material success? What advice do you have for people who seem to take minimalism to an extreme, or for those who offend others with their obsession with minimalism? What suggestions do you have for ...more

  • 086 | Rich

    Jul 11 2017

    Joshua & Ryan speak with Rich Roll live on the Less Is Now tour, and they answer the following questions: What questions did you ask yourselves, and what resources did you consult, to determine your five foundational values? What has helped you 'drudge through the drudgery' and stay focused on your projects? How do you let go of the fear that you don't have enough? What films do you find most relatable to the journey of becoming a minimalist? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast. You can...more

  • 085 | Shopping

    Jul 04 2017

    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...more

  • 084 | Nonline

    Jun 27 2017

    Joshua & Ryan speak with Patrick Rhone, author of Enough, in Minneapolis, and they answer the following questions: Is America’s consumerism more nefarious than that of other countries that therefore makes practicing minimalism even more crucial in the United States? Is it better to use up what you have, or is it better to sell it, donate it, or give it away? Should I hang onto the things I purchased for the person I want to become? Are there similarities between the principles of living discusse...more

  • 083 | Rob

    Jun 20 2017

    Joshua & Ryan speak with Rob Bell in Los Angeles, and they answer the following questions: What is the best way to tell people you’re a minimalist that is easiest for most people to understand and accept? Is it possible to have a better life with ‘more,’ and, if so, what would that ‘more’ be? How do you find a deep-rooted, lasting happiness in everything? How do you find the flow that makes your work effortless? Why does minimalism seem to be more popular with females than males? Can minimalism ...more

  • 082 | Hoarding

    Jun 13 2017

    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 st...more

  • 081 | Bloodchocolate

    Jun 10 2017

    Joshua injures himself at a rest stop & Ryan eats chocolate in front of a crowd, and they answer the following questions: What tips and tricks do you have regarding moving? How can you grow side hustles without increasing mental clutter and losing focus? How much chocolate is too much chocolate for a minimalist? What do you do when you’re a minimalist, but your partner has no interest in minimalism? How do you become successful without becoming obsessed with goal achievement? How does minimalism...more

  • 080 | Family

    Jun 06 2017

    Joshua & Ryan talk about their families, and they answer the following family-related questions: How does caring for others fit into minimalism? How do you pitch minimalism to folks that are resistant to getting rid of their stuff? How do I part with gifts from family and friends without offending the gift-givers? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast You can support The Minimalists Podcast at minimalists.com/support.

  • 079 | Collisions

    May 30 2017

    Joshua & Ryan visit Chicago, and they answer the following questions: How do you deal with the collisions with the values and beliefs of the non-minimalists in your life? How do I donate items to different charities when I don’t have a car to haul the items to those charities? What questions did you ask yourself to determine your passions, and what actions did you take to pursue those passions? What have you learned about yourself that you weren’t able to recognize before adopting minimalism? Ho...more

  • 078 | Q&A

    May 26 2017

    Joshua & Ryan are joined by Minimalism director Matt D'Avella, and they answer the following questions: Was it hard to invest so much money and time into your film project without assurance it was going to succeed? How do I further minimize the essentials in my life when I feel like I’m always overbooked and I can’t catch my breath? How have your lives changed since you made the film? What can we do as a community to further promote the message of living more intentionally and simply? What was t...more

  • 077 | Seattle

    May 23 2017

    Joshua & Ryan visit Seattle, and they answer the following questions: After you found success, what changed in your lives? Can you be in a committed relationship with someone who doesn’t share the same core values as you? If I must use social media for my job, how do I regulate my usage of it effectively? How can I ensure my family has access to all of my digital archives when I pass away? What is the most significant obstacle most people encounter when they’re trying to minimize? How can I be a...more

  • 076 | LiveWire

    May 19 2017

    Joshua & Ryan stop by Live Wire Radio in Portland, Oregon, to record a live radio show in which they must convince the audience to keep or let go of certain possessions. Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast You can support The Minimalists Podcast at minimalists.com/support.

  • 075 | Maine

    May 16 2017

    Joshua & Ryan visit the great state of Maine, and they answer the following questions: How do I help my children minimize their stuff without doing it for them? How do you deal with gift-giving from others around birthdays and Christmas? How do you discover your identity and your passions? As an artist, how do I minimize many of the tools that are requisite for my art? How do you stay focused on maintaining minimalist practices despite the temptations of the surrounding consumerist world? Is min...more

  • 074 | Boston

    May 09 2017

    Joshua & Ryan bring their Less Is Now Tour to Boston, and they answer the following questions: Once your needs are met for the month, what do you do with your remaining money? How can minimalism help with significant transitions in your life? As an artist who creates physical artifacts, how do I reconcile that with being a minimalist? Have there been moments when you’ve struggled when considering purchasing an item or letting go of an item? How do explain your recent adoption of minimalism to yo...more

  • 073 | Vermont

    May 02 2017

    Joshua & Ryan visit Vermont for the first time, and they answer the following questions: Once you decluttered your home, how did you fill the empty space appropriately without falling back into old habits? If you could give minimalism a more appropriate name, what would you call it? How do you deal with all the paperwork in life that seems important and necessary? What do your daily lives look like now that you’ve wholly adopted minimalism? What baby steps can someone take if they’re having trou...more

  • 072 | Pittsburgh

    Apr 25 2017

    Joshua & Ryan kick off their Less Is Now Tour in Pittsburgh, and they answer the following questions: How do I keep a minimal wardrobe when I have a career that depends on appearance? Who influenced you to adopt minimalism? What are your passions? How do you stay focused on your minimalism practices and resist falling off the wagon? How do I appropriately minimize a sentimental item that was made specifically for me? How do I find my mission in life? When I’m moving, how do I best determine what...more

  • 071 | Media

    Apr 18 2017

    Joshua & Ryan discuss their evolving approach toward social media and news media, and they delete many of their smartphone apps live on the air. They also answer the following questions: How do minimalists cope with the daily deluge of media? Which social media platform do you find the most effective? Is there an ideal newsfeed for minimalists? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast You can support The Minimalists Podcast at minimalists.com/support.

  • 070 | Clutter

    Apr 11 2017

    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....more

  • 069 | Values

    Apr 04 2017

    Joshua & Ryan discuss their values, principles, and beliefs, and they answer the following questions: What does the phrase “add value” mean? When you quit a job you’ve held for a long time, how do you find your new identity separate from the identity you created through your job? When you experience major life events, do you find your values change, and, if so, what do you do about it? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast You can support The Minimalists Podcast at minimalists.com/support...more

  • 068 | Overwhelm

    Mar 28 2017

    Joshua & Ryan discuss how they deal with being overwhelmed, and they answer the following questions: 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 declutter, de-stress, and live a more meaningful life as a 12 year-old, especially at school? How do I deal with setbacks and failure when I’m challenged by a mental illness? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast You can support The M...more

  • 067 | Happiness

    Mar 21 2017

    Joshua & Ryan discuss happiness, meaning, discontent, and despair, and they answer the following questions: How do I make friends that share the same values and beliefs as me? What are some best practices to stay motivated while minimizing? How do you deal with things that you love that you believe might be holding you back? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

  • 066 | Things

    Mar 14 2017

    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...more

  • 065 | Tour

    Mar 09 2017

    Joshua & Ryan discuss lessons from touring, on-the-road routines, and their favorite cities. Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast You can support The Minimalists Podcast at minimalists.com/support.

  • 064 | Unpleasant

    Mar 07 2017

    Joshua & Ryan talk about dealing with unpleasant experiences, and they answer the following questions: Is there anything you removed from your life that you now regret that you removed? What do you do when you’ve gotten rid of something that was of value to a family member? Does becoming a minimalist help you better cope with unpleasant situations that arise in your life? How can I get over the regret of bad decisions I’ve made that have led to bad experiences? How do you answer the critics that...more

  • 063 | Jobs

    Feb 28 2017

    Joshua & Ryan discuss jobs, careers, missions, passions, side hustles, and earning income, and they answer the following questions: How can I keep the job I love, yet still alleviate the financial stress of being underemployed? Do I need to keep my diplomas? How can I tell if an employment opportunity is actually a pyramid scheme instead? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

  • 062 | Friends

    Feb 21 2017

    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

  • 061 | InstaLive

    Feb 17 2017

    Joshua jumped on Instagram Live to answer a bunch of questions about minimalism, including: How can I live with a non-minimalist who likes to keep everything? What has been the most valuable thing you have learned on your minimalist journey? Was your partner a minimalist before you met? How do you manage stress when you feel mentally tired or overwhelmed? In regards to people, how do you go about saying “no”? Should I move to improve my life? Do you do laundry every day? Do you see a link betwee...more

  • 060 | Finances

    Feb 14 2017

    Joshua & Ryan talk about finances, debt, economics, and they answer the following questions: Should I invest my earnings when I have school loan debt and credit card debt, or should I focus on paying down the debt? My family’s medical debt seems the most pernicious of any of our debt—how do I best address it? What financial advice do you have for recent college graduates? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

  • 059 | Everything

    Feb 10 2017

    Joshua & Ryan present three audiobook chapters from their most popular book, Everything That Remains. Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

  • 058 | Home

    Feb 07 2017

    Joshua & Ryan talk about different types of minimalist dwellings and simple-living situations, and they answer the following questions: I’d like to move to a much smaller home, but how do I get my partner and my children on board? I have a lot of extra room in my home—how do I ensure I don’t fill it all with new stuff? What are your views on microhomes? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

  • 057 | Question

    Feb 03 2017

    Joshua & Ryan answer a bunch of questions about minimalism, including: When will The Minimalists have a tour stop in my city? Can I gradually adopt minimalist practices, or do I have to adopt them all at once? How do I get my family members to become practicing minimalists like me? What are the best options for financially sound end-of-life planning? How did you let go of items that you spent a lot of money on? If everyone adopted minimalism and stopped buying stuff, wouldn’t that cause an econo...more

  • 056 | Clothing

    Jan 31 2017

    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

  • 055 | Critics

    Jan 27 2017

    Joshua & Ryan read mean tweets from their critics, and they talk about the best ways to respond to criticism. Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

  • 054 | Stan

    Jan 24 2017

    Joshua & Ryan discuss the brief but inspirational life of one of their closest friends, Stanley Dukes. Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

  • 053 | Organizing

    Jan 21 2017

    Joshua & Ryan talk about organizing material possessions, and they answer the following questions: Once you’ve decluttered, how do you maintain your new minimal living space? What are some good alternatives to paper planners for keeping your schedule organized? What do you think of Marie Kondo’s method? How do you declutter your digital collections? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

  • 052 | Stress

    Jan 17 2017

    Joshua & Ryan talk about how they handle stress, tension, and anxiety, and they answer the following questions: What have you found most challenging about maintaining a minimalist lifestyle, and how have you overcome those challenges? What can I do to feel more comfortable around non-minimalists? Do you think you both would have continued to be long-term minimalists without having one another along for the journey for support and encouragement? The workload at my current job consistently flows o...more

  • 051 | Moving

    Jan 10 2017

    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 d...more

  • 050 | Impulses

    Jan 05 2017

    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...more

  • 049 | Basics

    Jan 03 2017

    Joshua & Ryan talk about getting back to basics for the new year, and they answer the following questions: What should I do when I love my job, but my company’s values and beliefs don’t align with my own? How do you start working toward a goal, and how do you ensure you remain accountable to achieving that goal? How do you measure your success throughout the year? How do I get back to basics emotionally after a particularly tumultuous year? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

  • 048 | Ask

    Jan 01 2017

    Joshua & Ryan answer a bunch of questions about minimalism, including: Can adopting minimalist practices improve my mental state? What are The Minimalists’ plans for 2017? When are The Minimalists coming to my city? After I adopt minimalist practices and declutter, how do I maintain my new neat and orderly life? How do I address the nagging worry that everything will fall apart? When you have to purchase items, do you ensure the companies you purchase from use ethical, sustainable, and environme...more

  • 047 | 2016

    Dec 30 2016

    Joshua & Ryan present some of their best answers from 2016, and they answer the following questions: How do you minimize social media feeds and not miss important info? What are some alternative education options besides college? How do you commit to a career choice? How can you best express the benefits of minimalism to others? How do you find your passion? How do you form a financial team with your partner who thinks some debt is okay? How do you differentiate between good criticism and bad cr...more

  • 046 | Letgo

    Dec 28 2016

    Joshua & Ryan talk about the different influences that helped them let go, and they answer the following questions: When did you realize minimalism was the right path for you, and what brought you to that realization? How do we help budding adults struggling with the overwhelm of consumption, and how do we do a better job helping our children adopt minimalist practices early so they don’t find themselves struggling through similar situations later in life? Do you believe you still would have ado...more

  • 045 | Parenting

    Dec 24 2016

    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 child...more

  • 044 | #AskTheMinimalists

    Dec 21 2016

    Joshua answers a bunch of questions about simple living, including: Do you plan on making another movie? What do you think of veganism and its effects on the environment? What do I tell family members who are upset that I don’t want to participate in a gift exchange during the holiday season? How can I be a minimalist as a teacher or a student when I have so many physical items—books, papers, etc.—to deal with? What are your thoughts on tiny houses? What are your thoughts on renting versus buyin...more

  • 043 | Meaningful

    Dec 19 2016

    Joshua & Ryan present two audiobook chapters from Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life. Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

  • 042 | Creating

    Dec 15 2016

    Joshua & Ryan talk about creativity, craft, passion, and different types of creative work, and they answer the following questions: Do you consider the value of your content for your audience while you’re creating it? How can I improve my craft? What is the best method for editing my work? How do I create a blog? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

  • 041 | Holidays

    Dec 13 2016

    Joshua & Ryan talk about creating a meaningful holiday season, and they answer the following questions: How do you get into the holiday spirit with all the everyday challenges of life, as well as the constant bombardment of holiday advertising? How do you avoid succumbing to the overconsumption of alcohol amid all the pressures of the holiday season? How do you discuss with your family that you want to replace holiday traditions that no longer add value to your family's holiday season? Detailed ...more

  • 040 | Essential

    Dec 06 2016

    Joshua & Ryan present two chapters about "Minimalism" and "Stuff" from Essential. Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

  • 039 | Noise

    Nov 29 2016

    Joshua & Ryan discuss reducing digital, physical, and mental noise in our everyday lives, and they answer the following questions: How do you deal with negative emotions? What methods do you recommend for getting to sleep? How do you adopt minimalist practices when you have mental challenges? How do you manage to be a minimalist among non-minimalists? How do you break the cycle of compulsory consumption? Should you proactively provide others with constructive criticism? Detailed show notes: mini...more

  • 038 | Giftgiving

    Nov 22 2016

    Joshua & Ryan discuss giftgiving, the holiday shopping season, Black Friday, and the commodification of love, and they answer the following questions: What gifts are appropriate for minimalists to gift on special occasions where gifts are the expectation, such as weddings, baby showers, bachelorette parties, and the like? What gifts have you given on Christmas? How do you tactfully part with gifts from loved ones without offending the gift giver? How do I explain minimalism to family members wit...more

  • 037 | Blame

    Nov 15 2016

    Joshua & Ryan embark on an apolitical discussion about the results of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and they talk about where we go from here. Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

  • 036 | Focus

    Nov 08 2016

    Joshua & Ryan discuss focus, pacifiers, success, priorities, goals, and much more, and they answer the following questions: How do we better educate ourselves about negative media? How can minimalism help us develop and maintain clarity of mind? Can pacifiers be useful? How do we maintain a minimalist lifestyle? How do we stay grounded with so much going on? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

  • 035 | Dayton

    Oct 05 2016

    Joshua & Ryan answer questions in front of a sold-out crowd in their hometown, Dayton, Ohio, including: With the infinite possibilities of places to travel to and to live in, how do I minimize those options and focus on one place? Have you considered focusing your efforts on educating the younger generations on minimalism to prevent the problems that arise as we grow older? When you're being interviewed on major media outlets, do you believe the interviewers are wholly engaged and later become a...more

  • 034 | Utah

    Sep 13 2016

    Joshua & Ryan answer questions in front of a sold-out crowd in Salt Lake City, Utah, including: What is your relationship with everything that remained after your purge of most of your physical belongings? How does minimalism apply to life beyond physical belongings? Do you feel pressure to be role models of minimalism, or is it just part of who you are? How do we help our kids adopt minimalist practices when they're so entrenched in a compulsory consumption society? How do we explain to loved o...more

  • 033 | Criticism

    Aug 30 2016

    Joshua & Ryan discuss criticism. Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

  • 032 | Chicago

    Aug 16 2016

    Joshua & Ryan answer questions in front of a sold-out crowd in Chicago, including: How do we help the Baby Boom generation adopt minimalist practices? How did you connect with all of the minimalists featured in your film? How did your move to Montana relate to your minimalist journey? Have you ever asked for anything back that you gave away? What advice do you have for documentary filmmakers? What new projects do you have planned for the future? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

  • 031 | Documentaries

    Aug 03 2016

    Joshua & Ryan take a break from their podcasting break to discuss some of their favorite documentaries. Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

  • 030 | Away

    Jul 13 2016

    Joshua & Ryan discuss letting go and the willingness to walk away from anything. Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

  • 029 | L.A.

    Jul 05 2016

    Joshua & Ryan answer questions in front of a sold-out crowd in Los Angeles, including: Why do you feel as satisfied purging items as you do collecting items? How do you live as a minimalist in areas with a high cost of living? What are the three life lessons you want to leave behind as your legacy? How do you pay for education for a new career without going into debt? Which presidential candidate is most in line with minimalist principles? What are the best first steps to start one’s journey int...more

  • 028 | Debt

    Jun 28 2016

    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/...more

  • 027 | Passion

    Jun 21 2016

    Joshua & Ryan discuss passion, and they answer the following questions: How do you focus on one passion when you enjoy many passions? How do you find your passion? How do you make a living from your passion? How do you prioritize your time to accommodate all your passions? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

  • 026 | Suburbia

    Jun 14 2016

    Joshua & Ryan hand the microphone to Colin Wright, of Let's Know Things, for a special guest episode. Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

  • 025 | Dallas

    Jun 07 2016

    Joshua & Ryan answer questions in front of a sold-out crowd in Dallas. Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

  • 024 | Mindpalace

    May 31 2016

    Joshua & Ryan hand the microphone to Jessica Lynn Williams and Melissa Cain, of The Mind Palace Podcast, for a special guest episode. Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

  • 023 | Minimalism

    May 24 2016

    Joshua & Ryan share a handful of interviews from their new film, Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things, which hits United States and Canadian theaters starting today, May 24, 2016. Find your nearest showing here. You can also pre-order the online version of the film worldwide here, which includes six hours of bonus content. Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

  • 022 | Miami

    May 17 2016

    Joshua & Ryan answer questions in front of a sold-out crowd in Miami, including: How do you resist relapses into compulsory consumption? Where do you purchase minimalist clothing? What's next for The Minimalists? How can you best express the benefits of minimalism to others? How can you reconcile your minimalists practices with the maximalist practices of family members? How do you stay inspired and focused through the process of integrating minimalist practices into your life? How can you encou...more

  • 021 | Travel

    May 10 2016

    Joshua & Ryan discuss travel, moving, and packing lightly, and they answer the following questions: How do you minimize your belongings when traveling abroad? How do you move without using a U-Haul truck? Is it better to get a new car or a used car for transportation? How do you travel widely without incurring debt? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

  • 020 | NYC

    May 03 2016

    Joshua, Ryan, and director Matt D'Avella answer questions from the audience about their film, Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things, at their sold-out New York City screening: How do we help our children adopt minimalism practices? How do we help our parents adopt minimalism practices? How do we reconcile our personal lives with our professional lives when many of our careers revolve around consumption? How can minimalism help us become more spiritual? How do we tell friends and f...more

  • 019 | Mentalclutter

    Apr 26 2016

    Joshua & Ryan discuss mentalclutter, internal clutter, and emotional clutter, and they answer the following questions: Is there a connection between physical clutter and mental clutter? What is the best way to declutter your mind? What are the best meditation practices to focus and clear your mind? How do you practice minimalism despite mental health challenges? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

  • 018 | Writing

    Apr 19 2016

    Joshua discusses writing tips and best practices, and he answers the following questions he commonly receives regarding writing: How did you become a successful writer? What daily habits help you improve as a writer? How do you keep your inner editor from interfering with your inner creator when you write? What writing app do you use? What books about writing do you recommend? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

  • 017 | Health

    Apr 12 2016

    Joshua discusses diet, exercise, sleep, stress, and more, and he answers the following questions: What diet supplements are most effective? How does minimalism change your diet? What is on the grocery list of a minimalist? What are the most ideal exercises for a minimalist? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

  • 016 | Ryan

    Apr 05 2016

    Ryan answers a bucketload of listener questions, including: How do you minimize social activities, but still participate enough socially to be beneficial? How do you respectfully turn down gifts? How do you determine what you can contribute to society that will add the most value? What do you do with pets that are no longer adding value to your life? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

  • 015 | Consumerism

    Mar 29 2016

    Joshua & Ryan discuss the perils of consumerism, and they answer the following questions: How do you ensure the clothing you buy was created responsibly? Where do you draw the line between spending more money for higher quality goods and getting sucked into consumerism? How can you be a fandom collector and still be a minimalist? How do you shop responsibly at warehouse club stores? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

  • 014 | Joshua

    Mar 22 2016

    Joshua answers a slew of listener questions, including: How do you stay passionate when work and side projects are similar? How do you maintain minimalist practices in the whirlwind of college? How do you explain to loved ones you won't go into debt to buy gifts? Should you accept a new position that fits your passion but pays less? How do you keep from accumulating more stuff after a move? How do you tell loved ones you don't want physical gifts? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

  • 013 | Career

    Mar 15 2016

    Joshua & Ryan discuss careers, jobs, passion, and the concept of having a “mission” in life, and they answer the following questions: How do you answer "Where do you see yourself in three to five years?" Are there scenarios where more is less? Do you have to make money from a passion? How do you quit your job but still have security? How did you transition from your corporate jobs to what you do today? How do you commit to a career choice? How do you ensure work duties don’t interfere with minim...more

  • 012 | Money

    Mar 08 2016

    Joshua & Ryan talk about finances, and they answer the following questions: How do you pay down student loan debt with only a part-time job? How do you buy a house and stay debt-free? Should you use retirement funds to pay down school loan debt? How can you attend college without incurring debt? How can you adopt minimalism if you’re financially challenged? How can you afford to travel for pleasure when you earn less? How can you still enjoy life’s pleasures while paying down debt? Detailed show...more

  • 011 | Sentimental

    Mar 01 2016

    Joshua & Ryan talk about letting go of sentimental items, and they answer the following questions: What do you say to those that lost sentimental items involuntarily? What should you do with heirloom jewelry you’ll never wear? How do you get rid of sentimental tchotchkes? How do you help hoarders purge stuff without making them feel guilty? How do you prevent sentimental attachments to newly acquired items? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

  • 010 | Random

    Feb 23 2016

    Joshua & Ryan answer a bunch of random questions about minimalism, including: What do you do about relationships you no longer want to invest in? How do you control your compulsion to buy clothes? How do you deal with the guilt you feel when purchasing things? How do you deal with people who say minimalism is wrong? How do you explain to people why it took you so long to finish college? How do you balance using tracking tools without getting overwhelmed? Have you ever felt regret after letting s...more

  • 009 | Next

    Feb 20 2016

    Joshua & Ryan discuss the “next steps” after removing the clutter, and they answer the following questions: What activities did you cut out when you adopted minimalism? Do you ever reach a plateau when getting rid of your stuff? How do you store paper documents as a minimalist? When does minimalism go too far? What’s next after everything is decluttered? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

  • 008 | Relationships

    Feb 11 2016

    Joshua & Ryan talk about relationships, and they answer the following questions: How do I transition into minimalism and be mindful of my relationships? How do I tell those I enjoy giving gifts to that I don’t want any in return? How do I help my friends understand my new minimalist lifestyle? Where does minimalism end and negligence begin in relationships? How do I explain to friends and family that minimalism is not a fad? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

  • 007 | Stuff

    Feb 05 2016

    Joshua & Ryan discuss the issues with “stuff,” and they answer the following questions: What do you do when the experiences you enjoy involve a lot of stuff? What do you carry with you every day? What do you think of the KonMari Method for decluttering? What suggestions do you have for stopping compulsive buying habits? Do you believe you should only own a certain amount of items? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

  • 006 | Tuesdays

    Feb 02 2016

    Joshua & Ryan share a live Q&A event at which they wrestled with audience questions about minimalism, decluttering, passion, families, children, pets, clothes, finances, debt, mortgages, and much more. Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

  • 005 | Priorities

    Jan 31 2016

    Joshua & Ryan discuss priorities, and they answer the following listener questions: When minimizing possessions, how do you know when to stop? When donating time, how do you minimize duties and schedules? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

  • 004 | Education

    Jan 26 2016

    Joshua & Ryan discuss the failures of the modern education system, and they answer the following listener questions: How do you get a decent college education as a minimalist? What are some alternative education options besides college? How do you avoid getting caught up in the “rat race” vibe from friends? How do you define success? Whom do you consider a success? Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast  

  • 003 | Children

    Jan 17 2016

    Joshua & Ryan discuss minimalism with children, and they answer the following listener questions: How do you battle the clutter that comes with kids? How do you convince loved ones to stop giving you physical gifts? How do you help family members adopt minimalism? How do you determine which items to keep “just in case”? What advice do you have for buying a new, clutterfree home? How do you declutter when your partner enjoys material possessions? How can minimalism aid in the recovery from addict...more

  • 002 | Technology

    Jan 10 2016

    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 ...more

  • 001 | Declutter

    Jan 03 2016

    Joshua & Ryan discuss best practices for decluttering, and they attempt to answer the following questions: What is one thing you always thought you wanted, but then, once you got it, you no longer wanted it? How do you gradually declutter your home? How do you explain greed in our society? What do you do with old photos after you scan them? How do you deal with the natural pulling away from friends with different values? When is The Minimalists’ documentary coming out? What charities do The Mini...more

  • 000 | Who Are The Minimalists?

    Dec 21 2015

    Joshua & Ryan discuss their personal stories, as well as the format of their new podcast. Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast