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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, BBC, CBC, and NPR.

Podcast 119 | Decorations

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan are back “in studio” to talk about decorations, and they answer the following questions:

  • Are non-functional decorative items appropriate in a minimalist’s home and work environments?
  • How can I reconcile my need to minimize my possessions when others’ perceptions of my personal and professional statuses rely on those possessions?
  • How do I address the unsightliness of my child’s collections?
  • How do I curate an art collection as a minimalist?



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Minimal Maxims

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

  • “Step slowly to avoid going too far.”
  • “If someone likes you for who you are trying to be, then it is not you that they like.”
  • “Our choices influence other people.”
  • “As parents, we teach our children to pick their battles, but we, too, must pick our battles carefully.”
  • “A parent’s job is not to order their children around; a parent’s job is to set boundaries.”
  • “No matter what, you can always say ‘no.’”
  • “Art extends beyond the framed objects on our walls.”
  • “Buy art only if you love it, you have room for it, and you don’t have to go into debt to acquire it.”

Mentioned in This Episode

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