Podcast 300 | Compulsive Decluttering

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By Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus ·

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua and Ryan talk about the perniciousness of compulsive decluttering (aka obsessive-compulsive spartanism) on the occasion of their 300th episode, and they answer the following questions:

  • What is spartanism?
  • Hoarding, spartanism, ad nauseum—must we diagnose everything?
  • How do we recognize and respect the challenges of others?
  • How could letting go of everything be a bad thing?
  • How do we ensure our decluttering doesn’t trigger other compulsive behaviors; for instance, the compulsion to constantly check our phones for notifications when we’re trying to sell what we decluttered?
  • What is the “art of noticing”?
  • When does minimalism turn into compulsive decluttering or obsessive-compulsive spartanism—what signs do we look for?

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Minimal Maxims

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

  • “The inability to let go is a problem; so is the inability to hold on.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “A life without values is an undervalued life.” —Ryan Nicodemus

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