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Podcast 092 | Smallstuff

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan visit Spokane, and they answer the following questions:

  • How do I minimize the many accoutrements I have for the many passions I pursue?
  • How do you ensure you’re adding the appropriate amount of value to a relationship?
  • What advice do you have for ensuring you don’t lose memories when you let go of sentimental items?
  • How do I minimize a plethora of paper documents I’ve saved and filed just in case I need them?
  • How do you explain your new minimalist lifestyle to former colleagues who are non-minimalists without bragging or sounding elitist?
  • What advice do you have for someone considering which mortgage term is most appropriate for them?
  • How deeply have you delved into the more energetic aspects of adopting minimalism?
  • How do you stay humble amidst the trappings of fame that come with being The Minimalists?
  • How do we help our children adopt minimalism when everything they own is the most important thing in the world to them?

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Minimal Maxims

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

  • Joshua on explaining minimalism to non-minimalists: “When you walk away from everything, the important things follow.”
  • Ryan on explaining minimalism to non-minimalists: “People hate change, but people hate being changed even more.”
  • Joshua on appropriate mortgage terms: “What percentage of people pay off a 30-year mortgage in less than 30 years?”
  • Ryan on appropriate mortgage terms: “There is no such thing as good debt.”
  • Joshua on just letting go: “When you take a meaningful path, the benefits are plentiful.”
  • Ryan on just letting go: “The physical things we have in our life are physical manifestations of what we have on the inside.”
  • Joshua on maintaining humility: “To stay humble, constantly put yourself in a state of discomfort.”
  • Ryan on maintaining humility: “You’ll support the people you love no matter what.”
  • Joshua on helping kids adopt minimalism: “If we want our kids to be the best versions of themselves, then we need to be the best versions of ourselves.”
  • Ryan on helping kids adopt minimalism: “As parents, you get to set the boundaries for your children.”

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