Packing Party: The Most Intuitive Decluttering Method

In today’s episode of the Midway Decluttering show, you’re going to discover one of the most intuitive decluttering methods I’ve ever seen.

If you apply this method, you will realize that you don’t need 80% of the stuff you own! And you can very quickly declutter your home and find time and energy to pursue what matters most to you.

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My special guest is the heavy weight simplicity champion, Ryan Nicodemus from The Minimalists.

Ryan and Joshua Fields Millburn write about living a meaningful life with less stuff for 2 million readers a year! They are featured on CBS, NPR, Forbes, USA Today, Wall St. Journal, New York Times, and Zen Habits.

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Here are some interesting notes I took:

  1. Beware of the “I can buy it, then I should” mentality.
  2. Money and possessions won’t make you happy, they will just make you work longer hours.
  3. Minimalism is not about throwing away your clutter. It is all about intentional living.
  4. Associating PAIN to your cluttered lifestyle helps you focus and declutter fast.
  5. It takes getting rid of just one sentimental item to realize that it is not the end of the world.
  6. The things that we own have as much value as we give them.
  7. The object isn’t what holds the memory.
  8. The 20/20 rule: If you can replace an item that you don’t need NOW for less than $20 and in less than 20 minutes, then get rid of it NOW.
  9. The five most important things to live a meaningful life are: Health, Relationships, Passion, Growth & Contribution.

What is your favorite tip?

Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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6 Responses to Packing Party: The Most Intuitive Decluttering Method

  1. Jean August 13, 2013 at 1:02 am #

    Mohamed, what a great interview!

    I’d seen The Minimalist website, but Joshua in particular lived in such a minimalist atmosphere that I couldn’t see myself doing it. However, when Ryan explained, I understood better.

    You may laugh, but the most important tip I got was when Ryan said he threw things out. I cringed! Among my family and friends, we donate everything we don’t want or can’t use. So this made me very uncomfortable. I thought immediately of a couple things I’ve been keeping. I intended to donate them after mending or repackaging them (like a couple CDs with missing cases).

    So I paused your video and threw them in the trash.

    And nothing bad happened. :)

  2. Moni August 13, 2013 at 3:51 am #

    I love the 20-20 rule. I have worked under a similar idea for decluttering which said I wasn’t sure about something and it was worth under $10 to let it go, but I think the $20 and under 20 mins to replace, gives a bit more freedom and of course, reminds yourself that most things are easily replaced.

  3. willow August 13, 2013 at 8:02 pm #

    Great interview! Thanks, Mohamed and Joshua!

  4. Charli Prather August 28, 2013 at 5:41 am #

    I’m moving next month, perhaps I’ll leave behind more than I anticipated. Thanks for a great interview! Love, love, love this site.

    • Mohamed Tohami August 28, 2013 at 9:10 am #

      Good luck Charli. Leave behind and get ready for a new chapter of your life.

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