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The Minimalists
The Minimalists are Emmy-nominated Netflix stars and New York Times–bestselling authors Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. Alongside their podcast cohost, T.K. Coleman, this simple-living trio helps millions of people eliminate clutter and live meaningfully with less. Learn More.

Podcast 443 | The Presence of Absence

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In this public episode of The Minimalists Podcast, The Minimalists discuss space hoarding, reification, the key to freedom, generosity, and more. Listen to the full Maximal episode on The Minimalists Private Podcast.


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Discussed in This Episode

  • Is my landlord a space hoarder if they won’t let me use their empty garage for storage?
  • What’s one thing you’re unwilling to share?
  • What are Thursday Konversations with T.K. Coleman?
  • Listener insight: Using OCD as a superpower.
  • How do I let go of a family member who is making my life unbearably difficult?
  • Where do I start if I hate my life and, even though I’m married, I feel alone?
  • Does the title of your podcast fully reflect what it’s about?
  • Should I minimize my sick pet if I’m unable to take care of them?
  • Is there anything you could buy at a mall that you’ll care about 10 years from now?
  • Does this laundry advertisement suck?
  • Will The Minimalists’ 30-Day Rule make your life easier?

Minimal Maxims

Joshua, Ryan, and T.K.’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at

  • Simplicity is not the absence of stuff; it is the presence of absence.
  • Never share the things that compromise your capacity to share.
  • The key to freedom is a willingness to walk away.
  • If you are dissatisfied with the effect, let go of the cause.
  • Every hellscape contains an emergency exit.
  • Do unto others without asking them to do unto you.
  • Generosity is the great despair extinguisher.
  • To love someone is to see them for who they are without trying to change them.
  • Love is not an emotion, nor is it an action—it is a state of being.
  • Organizing is well-planned hoarding.
  • Sadness is the ego’s favorite food.
  • Do not confuse the label for the product.

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