Episodes
Published 02/26/24
The Minimalists talk about throwing everything away after an infestation and the hypocrisy of minimalism. Watch all 2 hours of episode 432  on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: Should I throw away everything after my bed bug infestation? (01:48) How is it minimalist to encourage people to download seven different wallpapers? (13:47) How can I learn to let go of clutter when I grew up poor? (22:48) How do I know whether I should let go of a relationship? (27:57) ...
Published 02/26/24
The Minimalists speak with Dr. Ramani Durvasula about recognizing narcissists; whether the term “narcissist” is overused; the roles of self-righteousness, complaining, and comparison in narcissism; and how to walk away. Watch all 2 hours of episode 431  on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How do you know someone is a narcissist, and is the term overused? (01:11) How can I tell a narcissist that they’re the problem? (21:55) How do you let go of your feelings if...
Published 02/19/24
The Minimalists  talk about their minimalist kitchen essentials, the No Junk Rule, and letting go of embarrassment. Watch all 2 hours of episode 430 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: What are The Minimalist’s kitchen essentials? (02:39) How can we get better at asking for help? (15:40) Why did I spend more money when I tried minimalism? (31:22) How can I connect with others when I feel like they’re judging me? (43:35) Detailed show...
Published 02/12/24
The Minimalists talk about the human desire to fill empty rooms, how they spend their downtime, the value of a quiet life, and why people desire fancy things. Watch all 2 hours of episode 429 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How do minimalists spend their downtime? (01:56) Why do I struggle with wanting nice things as a minimalists? (22:18) How can we let go of the emotions tied to things? (30:30) Can owning things deprive us of the joy of sharing them?...
Published 02/05/24
The Minimalists speak with Ryan Blaser, founder of TestMyHome.com, about the best tests to uncover in-home toxins, including mold, EMFs, WiFi, Bluetooth, blue light, chemicals in water, and other invisible clutter in our homes. Watch all 3 hours of episode 428 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: What are the most surprising sources of indoor toxins? (02:29) Are cell phones toxic? (31:30) What’s the best way to filter my water? (44:05) Are claims about indoor...
Published 01/29/24
The Minimalists talk about emotional clutter, the dangers of being a “helper,” and whether hoarding is a form of procrastination. Watch all 2 hours of episode 427 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: Did I accidentally steal a bicycle? (01:52) Is hoarding just another form of procrastination? (15:59) How can I teach my boyfriend to minimize? (25:09) Where are The Minimalists touring in 2024? (32:22) How can you maintain control of your space while moving an...
Published 01/22/24
The Minimalists speak with author George Kamel about letting go of past financial mistakes, frugality vs. minimalism, and how much money The Minimalists have. Watch all 2 hours of episode 426 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How can I let go of my past financial mistakes? (02:15) What’s the relationship between frugality and minimalism? (15:25) Are The Minimalists millionaires? (22:29) How can I let go of my LEGO collection? (35:54) Detailed show...
Published 01/15/24
The Minimalists speak with Marcus Collins, author of For the Culture, about the pernicious forces of corporate marketing. Watch all 2 hours of episode 425 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How can I reconcile being a minimalist with my corporate marketing job? (02:15) Have we become superficial because everyone is trying to sell us something?  (30:09) What do The Minimalists think about “buy nothing” challenges? (40:58) Detailed show...
Published 01/08/24
The Minimalists talk about how to start decluttering and letting go of stories about things. Watch all 2 hours of episode 424 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: What’s the best method to start decluttering? (02:00) How do you get rid of things that are brand new? (12:36) How can I live my life without constantly feeling disappointed by the world around me? (25:58) How can I stop feeling defeated by my clutter? (37:40) Detailed show...
Published 01/01/24
The Minimalists talk about decluttering seasonal decorations, opting out of the consumer culture of Los Angeles, and whether hoarding is a choice. Watch all 2 hours of episode 423 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: Should I declutter my seasonal decorations? (01:55) Is it difficult to be a minimalist in Los Angeles? (12:49) Is hoarding a choice? (26:29) How are Joshua and T.K. so good at having conversations with differing opinions? (39:23) Detailed show...
Published 12/25/23
The Minimalists speak with Michael Easter, author of The Comfort Crisis and Scarcity Brain, about embracing boredom and starting from scratch after losing everything. Watch all 2 hours of episode 422 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How do we start from scratch after losing everything? (02:29) Why can’t humans embrace boredom? (22:30) How can we achieve work-life balance with a constantly changing schedule? (35:20) Detailed show...
Published 12/18/23
The Minimalists speak with Dr. Zach Bush and Alex Woodard about environmentally friendly products, issues caused by food companies, and more. Watch all 2 hours of episode 421 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How can I find affordable environmentally friendly products? (02:06) How can we opt out of the madness of manufactured foods? (27:13) Are we addicted to water? (49:45) How can we develop an alternative to retail therapy that isn’t just another form of...
Published 12/04/23
The Minimalists speak with Leo Babauta from Zen Habits about bringing meaning to our everyday lives and getting back on track with minimalism. Watch all 2 hours of episode 420 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How can I bring meaning to my everyday life? (02:33) How do I get back on track after falling off the minimalism wagon? (16:03) Are smartphones a minimalist tool or a maximalist device? (30:40) Is being a minimalist just another form of identity...
Published 11/27/23
The Minimalists speak with Rey Flemings, “concierge to the 1%,” about the problem with luxury goods, finding happiness in what we already have, and why people care too much about the size of their homes. Watch all 2 hours of episode 419 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How do I find happiness in what I already have? (02:20) Why do we obsess over the square footage of our homes? (30:08) Can luxury goods and high fashion be a form of artistic expression?...
Published 11/20/23
The Minimalists speak with Erwin Raphael McManus about the upsides and downsides of changing your mind, finding the motivation to pursue your dreams, and more. Watch all 2 hours of episode 418 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: Why is it difficult for us to change our minds? (02:01) How can I rekindle the motivation to pursue my dreams? (12:30) How can I enjoy downtime without needing to be productive? (21:51) How does this experiment demonstrate why The...
Published 11/13/23
The Minimalists talk about what makes a possession useless and why it’s not your responsibility to manage the material expectations of others. Watch all 2 hours of episode 417 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: What can I do with my old school lesson plans? (01:49) How can I manage my father’s expectations without causing conflict? (11:48) Why do people pay to keep things in storage lockers? (23:51) What do The Minimalists’ think about Feng Shui? (34:03) ...
Published 11/06/23
The Minimalists talk about the frustrating effects of decluttering, and then they interview Adrienne Jezick from Morozko Forge about the benefits of ice baths. Watch all 2 hours of episode 416 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How does minimalism affect one’s daily routine? (02:50) What can Morozko Forge founder Adrienne Jezick tell us about the benefits of cold exposure? (13:05) How do we address the emotional loneliness that comes after indulging in retail...
Published 10/30/23
The Minimalists talk about saying no to free stuff. Watch all 3 hours of episode 415 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How can I say no to all the freebies my employer keeps trying to give me? (02:00) How can I overcome my all-or-nothing mentality? (13:55) What can I do to stay out of the stuff rat race? (26:55) How can I stop holding on to just-in-case items? (44:00) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists Private...
Published 10/23/23
The Minimalists speak with Dr. Bradley Nelson about identifying and letting go of emotional baggage. Watch all 2 hours of episode 414 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How can I let go of the idealized mother figure I conceptualized to cope with my childhood trauma? (02:00) How does The Body Code apply to physical pain? (14:30) How can we let go of the things that evoke painful emotions for us? (34:18) How can I eliminate the emotional clutter that stops me...
Published 10/16/23
The Minimalists talk about the balance between holding on and letting go. Watch all 2 hours of episode 413 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How can I let go of possessions my daughter doesn’t want me to let go of? (02:39) Can digital music become clutter? (14:06) Is each successive generation getting better at decluttering? (25:43) How can we let go of the belief that we need to be perfect to do something? (32:24) Detailed show...
Published 10/09/23
The Minimalists speak with psychologist Dr. John Delony about finding peace in difficult times. Watch all 2 hours of episode 412 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How can I learn to be at peace with myself? (02:27) How can I get back custody of my children? (12:29) Why do The Minimalists post to social media? (22:50) What if peace isn’t our natural state? (29:30) Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast Join The Minimalists Private...
Published 10/02/23
The Minimalists talk about getting rid of things even if you think they won’t add value to others. Watch all 2 hours of episode 411 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: What can I do with my items that I think won’t add value to others? (03:18) How can I opt-out of my workplace’s themed dress-up days? (16:14) Why do The Minimalists put out so much content? (26:13) Where can I learn more about minimalist meetup groups? (31:30) Detailed show...
Published 09/25/23
The Minimalists peak  talk about clutter as an anxiety crutch and letting go of coupons. Watch all 2 hours of episode 410 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: Can clutter be an anxiety crutch? (02:19) How can I let go of all the coupons I’m clinging to? (11:54) Do lower-income folks tend to spend more frivolously than higher-income folks on luxury goods? (26:31) How can I keep my space minimal but still warm and inviting? (38:51) Detailed show...
Published 09/18/23
The Minimalists peak with YouTuber Destiny about a host of controversial topics, including extreme hoarding, opinions, objective morality, taxation, God, dating, and whether we should discuss controversial topics in the first place. Watch all 3 hours of episode 409 on The Minimalists Private Podcast. Discussed in this episode: How can we set boundaries with the hoarders in our lives? (02:49) What’s the point of having controversial debates? (13:34) Is morality objective or relative?...
Published 09/11/23