Episode 4: The Minimalism Challenge: Stop Coddling Yourself with Stuff

In episode 4 of “Post-Modern Living with Chris The Brain,” Chris and Kait talk about minimalism with guest host Dexter. They discuss why you should consider a minimalist lifestyle, how to get started, and the hardest areas to minimize.

The episode kicks off with a discussion of minimalist James Altucher, who claims to only own 15 things. The hosts discuss whether or not “15 things” is accurate and if Altucher has given minimalism a bad rap. Minimalism shouldn’t be a contest about who can have the least items, but there are several reasons that minimalism is a good choice. It helps you avoid decision fatigue, frees up time and money to spend on experiences instead of things, allows you the flexibility to move quickly, and embraces the idea of accepting the life that has been given to you instead of coddling yourself with stuff.

It’s not always easy to get into minimalism, and you can’t do it all at one time. Try identifying the easiest area to minimize and start there, or put all your stuff in one room and only take things out as you need them. The Minimalism Challenge is going viral on social media - for a month you get rid of a certain number of items each day - but it’s not a great way to embrace minimalism. You shouldn’t try to figure out what to get rid of, you should figure out what to keep.

The hosts discuss what they find the most challenging to minimize; sentimental items can be hard to give up, and clothes are difficult because of society’s expectations (people think it’s weird when you wear the same thing every day). Ultimately, it’s about intentionally deciding what’s most important in your life so you can let go of what’s less important.

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