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Podcast 104 | Simple

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan speak with Courtney Carver, founder of Be More with Less, in Salt Lake City, and they answer the following questions:

  • How do I know when I’ve taken minimalism too far?
  • What should I do if the countless accoutrements and other moving parts required for my job are causing me stress?
  • How should I support my loved ones who want to let go of their cherished items but are in a highly vulnerable state?
  • Is there one thing you treasure more than anything else?



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Minimal Maxims

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

  • Joshua on struggling to let go of stuff: “Organizing is just well-planned hoarding.”
  • Joshua on struggling to let go of stuff: “The easiest way to organize your stuff is to get rid of most of it.”
  • Courtney Carver on struggling to let go of stuff: “If you need new stuff to store your stuff—too much stuff.”
  • Ryan on struggling to let go of stuff: “Sometimes a person doesn’t realize they’re not that thirsty until they’re drowning.”
  • Joshua on a favorite thing: “Pass.”
  • Ryan on a favorite thing: “My treasures have nothing to do with who I am as a person.”
  • Courtney on a favorite thing: “My coffee machine.”

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