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Podcast 095 | Relocating

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan talk about where they’re moving, and they answer the following questions:

  • How do you move past feelings of shame regarding past mistakes and embarrassing episodes in your life?
  • How do you ensure you’re addressing any emotional baggage attached to items as you’re getting rid of them?
  • Is there a path to purchasing a house without taking on debt?
  • Is it cheaper to sell your furniture before a move and then buy new furniture for the new place, or is it cheaper to pay to move the furniture you already own?
  • How do you decide if it’s better to stick with what you have where you currently live, or if it’s better to move to a new place and start over?
  • What should I do with all my camping gear that I feel is overwhelming me?

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Minimal Maxims

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

  • Joshua on keeping old furniture versus buying new furniture: “Neither ‘cheap’ nor ‘expensive’ are synonyms for better.”
  • Joshua bonus maxim: “Don’t try to cram your old life into your new space.”
  • Joshua bonus maxim: “Sometimes cheap is too expensive.”
  • Ryan on keeping old furniture versus buying new furniture: “Don’t ask what the cheaper option is—ask what the opportunity cost is.”
  • Joshua on sticking around versus moving on: “It’s best to choose to graduate from a place before you’re ready to divorce it.”
  • Ryan on sticking around versus moving on: “When relocating, it’s important to know what you’re running toward—running from something can lead to the same problem, or it can lead to even bigger problems.”

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