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Let’s Talk About Minimalism (Ep. 272)

Minimalism is pretty popular these days.

Unfortunately, like with eating organic foods, it can be hard to see past the hype: will this do everything they say it will, or is it just a garden-variety good idea?

Does owning 100 or fewer things really give you superpowers, or does it just make it easier to clean?

Here’s our take.

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  • 0:04:43 – Minimalism overview
  • 0:13:07 – Removing things that aren’t bringing you value
  • 0:16:57 – Trying things before committing and minimizing wasted energy
  • 0:19:09 – Coming back to your values and not buying things based on social status
  • 0:27:12 – Sponsor: Audible (Listening to audiobooks)
  • 0:30:23 – Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills)
  • 0:31:44 – Not caring as much about perfection
  • 0:33:43 – Becoming a minimalist
  • 0:36:51 – Conciliating mementos with minimalism
  • 0:48:57 – Getting rid of things when you’re not moving and that you may need later
  • 1:03:31 – Sharing things with your community
  • 1:07:01 – Conclusion

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