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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 254 | Book Clutter

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua discusses books and how to best ensure they enhance our lives, and he answers the following questions:

  • What is the true value of books?
  • How do I determine whether to keep or purge books I own that I haven’t yet read?
  • What do I do with books to which I’m attached but my partner insists I let go?
  • Why do writers choose that profession?
  • How do I let go of books I inherited from a loved one that have sentimental value?
  • How do I start trimming my book collection?
  • Why do some items have sentimental value?
  • How do I break my sentimental attachments to my books?
  • What is the ‘why’ behind the ‘what’?
  • What is the perfect amount of books?
  • What makes one book format better than the others?

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  • “If everything is precious, then nothing is precious.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “Clinging is always an inappropriate way to hold on.” —Joshua Fields Millburn

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