When the proliferation of video began, I sort of expected plain old audio to become as obsolete as cassette tapes. I mean, you can listen to video almost as easily as podcasts, but based on the massive growth of podcasts over the last couple of years, apparently not easily enough.
We regularly listen to podcasts while going to sleep (which frequently takes approximately 5.3 seconds, but still), and also while mowing the lawn, cleaning the house or washing dishes, during our work day if we’re doing repetitive tasks, exercising, and of course road trips!
There are podcasts about almost anything you can imagine, although from the looks of things, the minimalism and simple living category is still pretty sparse. If you found this blog post researching whether or not it would be worth starting a podcast about this topic, I highly encourage you to do so!
I prefer Stitcher for managing and listening to podcasts, but David usually uses iTunes, so I’m providing links to both whenever available. If you’re the creator of one of these shows and have more information you’d like to provide, feel free to contact us 🙂
Here are 8 simple living podcasts to inspire, motivate, and provide tips and tricks on developing a life of MORE with less:
I haven’t had a chance to listen to all of these extensively yet, so feel free to share your thoughts on whether they are worth your time or not.
UPDATE: The Minimalists themselves finally started a podcast in late 2015.
Smart and Simple Matters
“Joel Zaslofsky from Value of Simple taps into all his simplifying, organizing, personal finance, relationship, and curation strategies in an eclectic mix of interview and solo episodes. Discover how to use unconventional skills and mindsets to find freedom from “stuff”, live intentionally, and maybe even ignite a personal renaissance. Need help with investing, clutter busting, minimalism, self-improvement, spreadsheets, or being vulnerable? This is your podcast.”
All Things SimpleREV
This podcast may only be active during the time leading up to the SimpleREV conference, because the hosts each have their own podcasts (Smart and Simple Matters and Simple Life Together), but the archives might be worth checking out.
“We all have a decision to make. Either we let hyper-consumerism and mindlessness march us into a giant hole or we intentionally pursue simple living and help others do the same.”
The Simple Sophisticate
“The simple sophisticate is someone who prefers quality over quantity, sensible living over mindless consumption, personal style instead of trendy fashions, has an insatiable curiosity for life’s endless questions and a desire to live a truly fulfilling life rather than being led around by the nose. Shannon Ables shares with listeners tips on how to live a refined life on an everyday income. From achieving your goals, preparing a memorable meal, creating a capsule wardrobe, traveling the world, and living life to the fullest without breaking the bank, living well is really quite simple.
Clearing the Clutter Inside & Out
“Clutter is stuck stagnant energy and can prevent you from creating the life you choose, desire and deserve. We discuss clutter in all its forms: spiritual, emotional, mental & physical and provide tips for clutter free living and how to organize your life. We’re thinking outside the box on areas where people might not realize where clutter is blocking them. When we remove clutter from our lives we can discover our passions, lead the extraordinary lives we are all meant to live and share our gifts with the world.”
Got Clutter? Get Organized
“Gain valuable techniques from life strategist, Janet M. Taylor, and her guests on how to eliminate the junk to create the space, business, and life you want.”
Make Room for Clarity
“A Podcast dedicated to helping you get rid of the clutter that gets in your way, each episode features interviews with experts sharing tips and strategies to help you make room for the things that matter most in your life and turn your negatives into positives.”
Minimalism for the Rest of Us
I’m not sure if this podcast is still going, but there are a bunch of archives on the homepage.
“Typically featuring either topical interviews or stories of people who are on their own journey to minimalism, this podcast provides both inspiration and information for people interested in living a minimal, simple, frugal life.”
Simple Life Together
“All the stresses of trying to balance careers, family life, and relationships can be pretty overwhelming. But how can you live a simple life when you’re surrounded by all the trappings of the 21st century society? Join Dan & Vanessa Hayes on their journey toward a simple life in the modern world. Listen as they share how they simplify day to day tasks, organize their lives, edit their possessions and evaluate their priorities. Maybe you’ll discover for yourself what really matters most in your life. If nothing else you’ll get a laugh or two as they share their experiences, offer some simplifying tactics & simplicity strategies, and talk with others who are also on the road to a simple life together.”
Bonus: Audio Blogs
I really prefer podcasts to be at least 20 minutes, but I can also see value in being able to digest blogs posts through audio. That’s what these 2 simple living blogs offer.
Zen Habits Radio
This podcast is actually put out by fans of Leo Babauta’s blog, Zen Habits, and I’m not sure what schedule they use because at the time of this posting they are a little behind. It looks like they might do a whole month at a time.
“Zen Habits is about finding simplicity in the daily chaos of our lives. It’s about clearing the clutter so we can focus on what’s important, create something amazing, find happiness. Zen Habits features a couple powerful articles a week on: simplicity, health & fitness, motivation and inspiration, frugality, family life, happiness, goals, getting great things done, and living in the moment.”
Simple Life Reboot
“Dave & Sheryl Balthrop are a husband and wife team sharing their transormational jouney to a simpler, priority-driven life. They share their personal successes and failures to help you discover how to have more time, energy, and focus, plus less stress and debt in your life. Each episode provides tools and encouragement to make desired changes in your life, including practical tips on simplifying, reducing clutter, changing habits, living intentionally, overcoming obstacles, and more.”
Want to explore more of what it means to be minimalist and the resulting space and freedom it creates in your life? Let’s take simple living from something you wish for to something you actually do!