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Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus help over 20 million people live meaningful lives with less through their website, books, podcast, and documentary. The Minimalists have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Forbes, TIME, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, BBC, and NPR.

Podcast 236 | Memories

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua and Ryan talk about why we hold on to material possessions in an attempt to hold on to our memories, what we can do to hold on to our memories without holding on to the stuff, and they answer the following questions:

  • Should I hold on to sentimental mementos, like a wedding dress, in case my children may want them someday?
  • How do I find the strength to let go of my deceased parent’s belongings?
  • How do I determine what sentimental items are appropriate to keep?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at

  • “Anything can be a sentimental item if we assign sentimentality to it.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “The material possessions aren’t the problem; our attachment is the problem.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “Attachment is suffering.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “Only make rules for yourself if they help you be a better person.” —Ryan Nicodemus

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