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Podcast 082 | Hoarding

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, 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 to improve their life?
  • How do you broach the subject of minimalism with a family member that is a dedicated hoarder?
  • Do most hoarders actually find the things they were saving for one day, or do they simply purchase replacements?
  • As a hoarder, where do you start when you’re completely overwhelmed by stuff?
  • Once you’ve decluttered, how do you ensure the cycle doesn’t start again?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, sharable, less-than-140-character answers to the lightning-round questions:

  • Joshua Bonus Maxim: “If you’re just driving around without a destination in mind, you’ll never get there.”
  • Joshua on discussing minimalism with hoarders: “Approach people you care about with compassion and understanding.”
  • Ryan on discussing minimalism with hoarders: “To keep confrontation from escalating, don’t use the word ‘you’ unless it’s followed by a compliment.”
  • Joshua on successful hoarding: “Hoarding is always a problem, never a solution.”
  • Ryan on successful hoarding: “I’ve yet to hear a good reason why the average person should hoard.”
  • Joshua on decluttering an overwhelming hoard of stuff: “When facing an overwhelming challenge, it’s best to start with the ‘why,’ not the ‘how.’”
  • Ryan on decluttering an overwhelming hoard of stuff: “If you don’t know where to start, that’s a good sign there isn’t a wrong place to start. The only wrong you can do is not taking action.”
  • Joshua on breaking the cycle of clutter: “Once you finally reach the horizon, there’s always a new horizon.”
  • Ryan on breaking the cycle of clutter: “Temporary habits are almost as bad as no habits at all.”

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This episode was produced by Shawn Harding. 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).

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