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Podcast 070 | Clutter

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan discuss the best ways to handle clutter, and they answer the following questions:

  • I’ve minimized my possessions to only those things that add value to my life and that bring me joy, but my space still feels cluttered—what do I do next?
  • What should I do with all the books and papers I accumulated as I was earning my college degree?
  • How do I deal with the clutter of my partner?



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Minimal Maxims

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

  • Joshua on defining clutter: “Clutter is like pornography and sandwiches: you know it when you see it.”
  • Ryan on defining clutter: “If you feel like your life is cluttered, that’s a clear sign to take action.”
  • Joshua on determining when consumables have become unhealthy clutter: “If it doesn’t fit, you must quit.”
  • Ryan on determining when consumables have become unhealthy clutter: “Hoarding is hoarding no matter what thing you’re hoarding.”
  • Joshua on still feeling cluttered after decluttering: “Loosen your grip—massive clutter requires massive amounts of #letgo.”
  • Ryan on still feeling cluttered after decluttering: “What could you #letgo of to feel less cluttered?”
  • Joshua on counting collections as clutter: “Often collecting is well-planned hoarding.”
  • Ryan on counting collections as clutter: “One man’s collection is another man’s nightmare.”
  • Joshua on dealing with incoming clutter: “The less we let in, the less we have to let go.”
  • Ryan on dealing with incoming clutter: “If clutter is still coming in, you’re not taking the right steps.”

Mentioned in This Episode

This episode was produced by Shawn Harding. Our theme music was written and performed by Peter Doran. Our podcast is completely free, so if you find value in these episodes, please consider donating a dollar. Your donations help keep this podcast advertisement-free (because advertisements suck).

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