In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan talk about organizing material possessions, and they answer the following questions:
- Once you’ve decluttered, how do you maintain your newly minimized 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 collection?
Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, sharable, less-than-140-character answers to the lightning-round questions:
- Joshua on recognizing when organizing is being used as a distraction: “Organizing is not nearly as freeing as letting go.”
- Ryan on recognizing when organizing is being used as a distraction: “Distraction is a form of procrastination.”
- Joshua on minimizing organizational tools: “It’s quixotic to assume we can use possessions to combat our problem with possessions.”
- Ryan on minimizing organizational tools: “It’s impossible to keep it simple if you have an abundant supply of organizing materials.”
- Joshua on using software to organize: “I embrace technology, but whenever I rely too heavily on tech, I feel disorganized.”
- Ryan on using software to organize: “No software will do the hard work for you—taking action is our responsibility.”
- Joshua on using organizing as an excuse to cling to stuff: “Before organizing, pretreat your possessions by getting rid of most of them.”
- Ryan on using organizing as an excuse to cling to stuff: “You’re allowed to use as many excuses as you want in life, but it won’t be much of a meaningful life then.”
- Joshua on everyday carry: “Everything I carry, I need.”
- Ryan on everyday carry: “Comparing our material possessions to others is a great way to see discontent.”
Mentioned in This Episode
- Tour: Less Is Now
- App: Evernote
- App: Google Docs
- App: Schedule Once
- App: Scrivener
- App: WordPress
- Article: Hoarding in the Time of Marie Kondo
- Book: Essential
- Book: Everything That Remains
- Book: Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life
- EDC: Humn
- EDC: Money Clamp
- Essay: 90/90 Minimalism Rule
- Essay: Organizing Is Well-Planned Hoarding
- Essay: Packing Party
- Essay: Photo-Scanning Party
- Guidance: National Association of Professional Organizers
- Hire: The Minimalists
- Newsletter: The Minimalists
- Planner: The Five Minute Journal
- Podcast: Rob Bell
- Podcast: Technology
- Recommendation: Codecademy
- Recommendation: Disrupted
- Recommendation: L.A. Meekly
- Recommendation: Soda Stream
- Recommendation: Topo Chico
- Storage: Dropbox
- Storage: Hightail
- Tour: Bex’s Kitchen
- Tour: Joshua’s Home
- Tour: Ryan’s Home
- Watch: Minimalism Documentary
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