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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 136 | Mementos

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan talk about letting go of sentimental items, souvenirs, trinkets, keepsakes, and mementos, and they answer the following questions:

  • How do I manage the multitude of emotions prompted by my minimalism journey?
  • What options are available for writing journals if I don’t want the clutter of physical journals and I don’t want to write on a computer?
  • Should I save anything with the consideration of what my children might like to own?
  • How do I find the leverage to part with the few things that remind me of my recently deceased loved one?

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Minimal Maxims

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

  • “Frequency doesn’t equal friendship.”
  • “Any storage unit either of us ever had was a burden.”
  • “Too few is greater than too much.”
  • “When it comes to saving precious heirlooms for children, avoid the guessing game by asking them what they want.”
  • “If you wait until you’re completely ready, you may never let go of anything.”
  • “What’s the cost of not letting go?”
  • “Our memories aren’t in our things—our memories are inside us.”
  • “Create boundaries or you’ll hold on to everything.”
  • “More gain, more pain.”

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