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How to Change Your Purchasing Decisions

In this short video, Joshua & Ryan discuss purchasing habits with Kevin Rose.

We know you may not always have time to listen to an entire podcast episode, so we’re posting Quickie Episodes of the The Minimalists Podcast every day on our YouTube channel. The average Quickie is less than 20 minutes and covers only a single topic or question.

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2018-10-28T10:00:00Z
Podcast 155 | Love

By Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus · Follow: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, 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?
  • When should I stop pursuing a relationship?
  • How do I best love myself?
  • How do I determine if a love is good or bad?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at MinimalMaxims.com.

  • “We desire the desire of the ones we desire.” —Peter Rollins
  • “None of us gets what we want, but you can not get what you want in different ways.” —Phil Harrison
  • “Embrace the healthy tension.” —Ryan Nicodemus
  • “Recognizing our past helps us best free ourselves from it.” —Peter Rollins
  • “Internal clutter gets in the way of love; thus, to love ourselves, we must let go of that which is in the way: emotional clutter, psychological clutter, spiritual clutter, mental clutter, existential clutter.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “The more your short-term actions align with your long-term values, the more love and respect you’ll have for yourself.” —Ryan Nicodemus
  • “Find the space where you’re accepted and gradually you’ll accept yourself.” —Peter Rollins
  • “Don’t let others’ opinions make you think less of yourself—get those people out of your life.” —Ryan Nicodemus
  • “Hate often masquerades as love, so tread lightly and with intention.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “If you really want to test your love, ask yourself whether you would start the relationship over again.” —Ryan Nicodemus
  • “Does your love seek to fill the lack and to get rid of the struggle in your life, or does your love animate and help you enjoy the lack and the struggle in your life?” —Peter Rollins

Mentioned in This Episode

This episode was produced by Podcast Shawn. Our theme music was written and performed by Peter Doran. Our podcast is completely free, so if you find value in these episodes, please consider donating a dollar. Your donations help keep this podcast advertisement-free (because advertisements suck).

If you’d like to comment on the podcast, you can leave a review on Apple Podcasts. Not only do we read every review, but positive reviews also help our simple-living message reach more ears.

Questions? Leave a voicemail at 406-219-7839, or send a voice memo to podcast@theminimalists.com. We’ll also answer lightning-round questions from Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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2018-10-23T10:00:00Z
A Meaningful Birthday Gift

By Ryan Nicodemus · Follow: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

My 37th birthday is this Tuesday, October 23, 2018. Instead of buying me a cheap plastic thing from a megacorporation, would you be willing to get me a meaningful gift?

The Minimalists’ hometown, Dayton, Ohio, has one of the largest food deserts in the United States, and Dayton is America’s second “hungriest” city, which means thousands of families don’t have access to what you and I take for granted every day: healthy food.

Together, we can fix this problem.

The Minimalists are partnering with Gem City Market to help build a grocery co-op in Dayton’s westside. Joshua & I are donating $25,000 of our own personal money, and we need your help to raise the remaining funds to get us to $100,000.

Want to help? Please visit the donation page. I’d be grateful if you’d donate $37 for my birthday. If you have a little extra cash to spare, $90 will provide a needy family with a lifetime membership to the food co-op. Or, if you have only $2, $5, or $20, everything counts!

Thank you in advance for your gift. It’s better than any necktie I’ve ever received!

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2018-10-21T10:00:00Z
A Simple Year: 12 Months of Guided Simplicity

By Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus · Follow: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Last year, The Minimalists contributed to a twelve-month simple-living course, A Simple Year, hosted by our friend Courtney Carver (founder of Project 333). It was an outstanding experience.

Next year, 2019, The Minimalists are once again participating in A Simple Year, along with a stable of other simplicity experts who specialize in areas such as decluttering, travel, food, money, relationships, and work. We’d love to see you there.

You can find the course syllabus, read answers to FAQs, and become a Simple Year member here. (Discounted early registration opens October 15 and closes November 13.)

Of course, The Minimalists will be the first to tell you that you don’t need a special course or a book or a blog to simplify your life. But if you feel like you could use a little (or a lot of) help clearing the excess from your life, then we hope you find value in these twelve months of guided simplicity.

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2018-10-16T10:00:00Z
The Surface Rules: Two Ways to Avoid Household Clutter

By Joshua Fields Millburn · Follow: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Clutter accumulates quickly. Between our desks and coffee tables and countertops and dressers and credenzas and benches and sideboards and end tables and media consoles, our homes are outfitted with boundless surface area ripe for the accrual of stuff.

We pay it no mind until, one day, the detritus has metastasized to cover every flat surface. Stacks of unread magazines and unwanted junk mail. Piles of unfinished projects and unattended toys. Hoards of untidy appliances and unremarkable junk.

It didn’t happen overnight, but the chaos can be addressed relatively expediently. Personally, Rebecca and I have a couple rules in our household that help us avoid the mess.

Fewer surfaces. Whether you live in a tiny apartment or a McMansion, having fewer flat surfaces means fewer places for the rubbish to collect. Ergo, if a piece of furniture has a flat top, Bex and I refuse to bring it into our space unless its function is critical. Sure, we have a desk, a dresser, and a table in our home, but even those items remain clutterfree when not in use—hence the next rule.

Clear surfaces. Even with the appropriate amount of surface area, clutter will still find its way to the, ahem, surface. It’s as if our level surfaces are a magnet for miscellanea, so Bex and I have one more rule in our house: unless a possession is used every day, it doesn’t belong on a flat surface—it must find a new home in a drawer or a closet or, better yet, the donation bin. Thus, our desk remains empty, and our kitchen counters contain only a hot-water heater and a coffee grinder, while our blender, food processor, and Sodastream dwell inside their respective cabinets. Moreover, the kitchen items we haven’t used in 90 days have moved out of the house altogether.

Our one exception to the “clear surfaces” rule is art. We own a handful of well-curated objects—a pair of ceramics vases, a water-drop-shaped glass jug, a wooden blackbird statuette—that harmonize with our uncluttered surfaces in a way the debris of everyday life cannot. Oh, and books! We frequently adorn our clean surfaces with the books we’re currently reading, just for when we encounter a serendipitous reading situation.

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2018-10-14T10:00:00Z
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