In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan discuss the things people hold on to, the things people let go of, and the things that may or may not add value to our lives, and they answer the following questions:
- If my family and I are moving into a fully furnished house for the next year, should we sell everything or should we place it in storage?
- As a divorce lawyer, how can I help clients realign their values so they don’t fight over the division of their things?
- How do I minimize the paper clutter that results from all the documentation that my job requires?
Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, sharable, less-than-140-character answers to the lightning-round questions:
- Joshua on the correlation between hoarding and financial security: “Excess is a sign of weakness.”
- Ryan on the correlation between hoarding and financial security: “There’s not one good reason for the average person to hoard.”
- Joshua on purging things immediately versus gradually: “The best plan is the plan that works for you.”
- Ryan on purging things immediately versus gradually: “Comparing yourself to others as a guide to live life is a sure way to discontent. Instead, follow your values and beliefs.”
- Joshua on using minimalism to control one’s surroundings versus using minimalism to liberate oneself: “Letting go of control is the best way to regain total control.”
- Ryan on using minimalism to control one’s surroundings versus using minimalism to liberate oneself: “Anything taken to the extreme is going to be problematic.”
- Joshua on addressing relatives that take issue with our large donations of things: “There’s a fine line between panic and excitement.”
- Ryan on addressing relatives that take issue with our large donations of things: “The ones that truly love you will support you no matter what.”
- Joshua on sentimental things: “Our memories are not in our things—our memories are inside us.”
- Ryan on sentimental things: “You will find way more value in a few sentimental items versus a hoard of grandma’s knickers.”
Mentioned in This Episode
- Tour: Less Is Now
- App: Yo
- Article: Rid Your Apartment of Donations
- Book: Anything You Want
- Book: Essential
- Book: Everything That Remains
- Book: Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life
- Contribute: Donation Town
- Contribute: Donation Warehouse
- Contribute: Goodwill
- Declutter: 1-800-GOT-JUNK
- Declutter: 1 Dollar Scan
- Declutter: Doxie Scanner
- Declutter: Freecycle
- Essay: Day 15: Finances
- Essay: Letting Go of Control
- Essay: Packing Party
- Essay: Permission to Let Go
- Essay: Photo-Scanning Party
- Essay: Why Are You Doing?
- Health: Axe Probiotics
- Health: Joshua’s Smoothie
- Health: Wild Planet Sardines
- Instagram: The Minimalists
- Listen: Havin’ Thangs Big Mike
- Newsletter: The Minimalists
- Podcast: Common Sense
- Podcast: Congratulations
- Podcast: Theo Von
- Podcast: Tour
- Recommendation: All Have Fallen Elhae
- Recommendation: Get Out
- Recommendation: Helmet
- Support: The Minimalists
- Watch: Anthony Jeselnik
- Watch: Making Minimalism
- Watch: Minimalism Documentary
- Watch: Mondays with The Minimalists
- Website: Exile Lifestyle
- Website: Minimal Wellness
- Workshop: How to Write Better
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