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Emmy-nominated Netflix stars, podcasters, and New York Times–bestselling authors Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus help millions of people live meaningfully with less. The Minimalists have been featured in TIME, GQ, ABC, CBS, NBC, BBC, NPR, and they have spoken at Harvard, Apple, Google.

Podcast 341 | The Dumpster Method

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, The Minimalists discuss our shared clean-slate fantasy of renting a giant dumpster and tossing everything in it, as well as more prudent and responsible decluttering methods, including selling, donating, and recycling, and they answer the following questions:

  • Why did you renovate The Minimalists podcast studio after its first year?
  • How do we tactfully approach a loved one regarding their maximalist lifestyle encroaching on our shared minimalist space?
  • What are the three reasons that we cling?
  • Why is striving for perfection such a fruitless pursuit?
  • How do we appropriately pass on personalized items?
  • How do I help loved ones let go of their attachment to things?

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Minimal Maxims

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

  • “We stop clinging when we start recognizing the abundance of our daily lives.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “The harder you try, the harder you fail.” —Ryan Nicodemus

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