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Podcast 090 | Alignment

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, 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 regarding retirement?
  • How often should a minimalist do laundry?
  • How do you continue to practice self-control as you become more successful and gain a greater capability to get more stuff?
  • How do you deal with the stress of purging sentimental items, and how do you explain to those that gifted them to you that you have no need for their gifts anymore?

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Minimal Maxims

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

  • Joshua on laundry and retirement planning: “I agree with Ryan.”
  • Ryan on laundry and retirement planning: “I do my laundry once a week, and once a month I contribute to my retirement—both are non-negotiable.”
  • Joshua on self-control: “Contribution is key.”
  • Ryan on self-control: “Every day I try to be the best version of myself that I plan to be five years from now.”
  • Joshua on letting go of receiving and storing physical gifts: “Before you let go, set the proper expectations with yourself and your loved ones.”
  • JFM bonus maxim on letting go of receiving and storing physical gifts: “Don’t be burdened by other people’s burdens.”
  • Ryan on letting go of receiving and storing physical gifts: “As an adult, you get to choose what to do with your things.”

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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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