130 episodes

A lifestyle podcast for women who want tidiness without trash.



Although minimalism has experienced a rebirth in recent years, the "less is more" movement has been around for centuries. Yet today's minimalist influencers have resurrected minimalism with a decidedly consumerist spin, as modern minimalism is nearly synonymous with decluttering. While there's a lot of chatter about tidying, it's radio silence and crickets when it comes to sustainability. 



The result? Aspiring minimalists find themselves on an endless hamster wheel of buying, decluttering, buying more, and purging again. Overemphasizing decluttering and underemphasizing the reasons why we overbuy in the first place is thoroughly inconsistent with slow living as a movement; consumption without intention is terrible for the planet, too. 



Your host, Stephanie Seferian, is a stay-at-home/podcast-from-home mom and author who believes that minimalism and eco-friendliness are intrinsically intertwined. She's here to explore the topics of conscious consumerism, sustainability, and environmentally-friendly parenting practices with like-minded women; she's here, too, to show you how to curate eco-friendly, decluttered homes (without the extra work). 

The Sustainable Minimalists Podcast Stephanie Seferian

    • Home & Garden
    • 4.5 • 41 Ratings

A lifestyle podcast for women who want tidiness without trash.



Although minimalism has experienced a rebirth in recent years, the "less is more" movement has been around for centuries. Yet today's minimalist influencers have resurrected minimalism with a decidedly consumerist spin, as modern minimalism is nearly synonymous with decluttering. While there's a lot of chatter about tidying, it's radio silence and crickets when it comes to sustainability. 



The result? Aspiring minimalists find themselves on an endless hamster wheel of buying, decluttering, buying more, and purging again. Overemphasizing decluttering and underemphasizing the reasons why we overbuy in the first place is thoroughly inconsistent with slow living as a movement; consumption without intention is terrible for the planet, too. 



Your host, Stephanie Seferian, is a stay-at-home/podcast-from-home mom and author who believes that minimalism and eco-friendliness are intrinsically intertwined. She's here to explore the topics of conscious consumerism, sustainability, and environmentally-friendly parenting practices with like-minded women; she's here, too, to show you how to curate eco-friendly, decluttered homes (without the extra work). 

    How to Live Below Your Means (Without Feeling Deprived)

    How to Live Below Your Means (Without Feeling Deprived)

    How to Live Below Your Means (Without Feeling Deprived)

     

    There are only two ways to live below your means: One is to earn more; the other is to spend less.

    Living below your means boasts obvious benefits including increased financial security and decreased financial stress. Having a savings net is also a critical step toward self-sufficiency because it provides a buffer against setback, too.

    This week, I offer 10 tricks to help you live below your means without leaving you feeling as though you’re missing out.

    Here’s a preview of this week’s episode:

    [6:30]  3 ways to make sales work in your favor

    [12:00]  Practical resources to lower your monthly bills

    [25:00] How much consumers spend each year on impulse purchases (plus how to build buying barriers)

     

    Resources mentioned in the episode:



    * Bill Shark

    * The Social Dilemma

    * Smart plugs

    * LED light bulbs

    * Smart Thermostat

    * Eco Cart (Every free install this week also plants a tree!)



     

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    * Learn more about about this week’s eco-tip here.

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    • 32 min
    How Minimalists Combat Burnout

    How Minimalists Combat Burnout

    How Minimalists Combat the Symptoms of Burnout

     

    The symptoms of burnout include fatigue, hopelessness, and diminished motivation. And while Western cultures revere busyness, simplifying schedules and paring down To-Do Lists benefit our health, our happiness, and our sanity.

    Minimalism at its most fundamental level is an experiment in intentional living, and so on today’s episode we explore how a life rooted in intentionality can combat burnout.

    This week, I speak with Delanie Fischer. Delanie is a simplicity coach who outlines the exact steps she took to declutter her schedule and simplify her life. She explains how she combatted the symptoms of burnout in her own life, too, by focusing less on small, day-to-day stresses and more on the big picture, instead.

    Here’s a preview of today’s episode:

    [6:05] The unique connection between decluttering and slowing down

    [12:10] 3 questions to ask yourself before saying ‘yes’

    [18:00] The trifecta of schedule simplification; plus: the multitudinous benefits to starting an Outsource Fund

    [22:15] Why you should tackle items on your Hate List first

    [25:30] How to best achieve a work-life balance when working from home

     

    Happy listening!

     

    * Want more episodes like this one? Check out #108: Minimalist Lifestyle Tips that Simplify Time, Money, and Relationships.

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    • 32 min
    Sustainable Gifts for Everyone On Your List

    Sustainable Gifts for Everyone On Your List

    Sustainable gifts for everyone on your list

    They’re nearly here: The holidays. As consumers, we have a collective responsibility to support companies that have ethical and eco-friendly practices at the center of their missions. Still, greenwashing runs rampant, and it can be difficult (if not downright impossible!) to discern sustainable gifts from no-so-sustainable ones as we give to loved ones.

    ::Enter the 2020 Green Gift Guide!::

    My hope is that this year’s Green Guide provides you with the motivation to support companies committed to doing things right. I also hope the Guide gives you some gift ideas to put on your own holiday list so that you receive fewer trinkets and more items you will love on for the long haul.

    Happy listening!

     

    * Access this week’s Show Notes (with photos, discount codes and more!) here.

    * Want more eco friendly gift ideas? Check out last year’s green gift guide.

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    • 25 min
    The Case for Part-Time Plant-Based

    The Case for Part-Time Plant-Based

    The Case for Part-Time Plant-Based

    It’s likely no surprise that plant-based diets are better for the planet than carnivorous ones, as shifting food production from meat to vegan proteins could remove up to 16 years’ worth of global fossil fuel CO2 emissions (source). Vegan diets support animal rights and holistic health, too.

    But despite the countless benefits of going plant-based, my guest this week argues that Ride-Or-Die veganism is impractical for many people. She argues, too, that shaming imperfect vegans does more harm than good.

    This week, I interview fellow podcaster Laura Diez. Laura is on the show to describe what a part-time, plant-based diet looks like in real life; she makes a solid case as to why going part-time with your efforts may make sense for your meat-loving family, too.

    Here’s a preview of this week’s episode:

    [8:10] Why the planet doesn’t need 1 million perfect vegans, but 10 million imperfect ones, instead

    [11:40] The inherent privilege associated with food choice

    [17:15] Why a part-time plant-based diet is less about restriction and more about abundance

    [22:00] Practical tips for transitioning a reluctant family to plants

     

    Resources mentioned in the episode:



    * Nikki Vegan

    * The Edgy Veg

    * Ecochic Podcast



     

    Happy listening!

    * Want more episodes like this one? Check out #093: How (Exactly) To Cook Zero-Waste Meals.

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    • 32 min
    Climate Change and Human Health

    Climate Change and Human Health

     



    The Effects of Climate Change on Human Health

     

    Global warming and climate change threaten wildlife, ecosystems, and existing ways of life. There’s plenty of evidence that the effects of climate change are already impacting human health, too.

    Some American politicians on the campaign trail pontificate over the big picture and argue that climate change poses an existential threat to human beings. And in the short term? A warming climate may increase the prevalence of famines, spread insect-borne diseases, displace populations, exacerbate the effects of poverty, and worsen mental health outcomes.

    This week, I speak with Dr. Jay Lemery, professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and author of Enviromedics: The Impact of Climate Change on Human Health. Dr. Lemery and I discuss the ways in which climate change will effect human health in the coming decades; he offers practical solutions to mitigate risks as a species, too.

     

    Here’s a preview of today’s episode:

    [3:05] Why the medical community isn’t paying attention to climate change

    [5;30] Why the term ‘global warming’ should be replaced with ‘global weirding’, instead

    [11:42] The problem with wildfires and degraded air quality

    [16:15] The connection between forced displacement and mental health

     

    This week’s sponsors are:



    * Forager Project: Cultivate Democracy and Vote on November 3!

    *  Blissoma (Use code MINIMAL at checkout for 20% off Sustain Ecosystem products!)



     

    * Want more episodes like this one? Check out #063: Why We’re Sick and How to Get Healthy.

    * Social distancing is the *perfect* time to review your favorite podcasts! On the Apple Podcasts app, hit the Library tab, scroll allll the way to the bottom past all prior episodes, then click on the stars to leave a review. (Thank you!)

    * Join our (free!) community here.

    * Get in touch with Stephanie via email at MamaMinimalistBoston@gmail.com.

    * Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Pinterest.

     

    • 31 min
    10 Secrets of Successful Declutterers

    10 Secrets of Successful Declutterers

     

    10 Secrets of Successful Declutterers

     

    There’s a big difference between declutterers and *successful* declutterers. In fact, a lot of time, effort, and intention goes into creating (and maintaining!) a tidy home.

    This week, I divulge 10 minimalist secrets that keep my living space decluttered. I’m hopeful the 10 tips will help you, too, as you consider both how to best create your version of a minimalist home and maintain your tidy spaces for the long haul.

    Here’s a preview of today’s episode:

    [4:30]  Practical ways to alleviate entryway woes

    [10:20] The benefits and the drawbacks of the One In, One Out rule

    [16:50]  Why successful minimalists adapt their possessions to their unique life season

    [19:00] Why decluttering beats organizing, every single time

    [26:15] What it means to be a ruthless gatekeeper, plus how to be polite about it

     

    This week’s sponsors are:



    * Forager Project: Cultivate Democracy and Vote on November 3!

    *  Blissoma (Use code MINIMAL at checkout for 20% off Sustain Ecosystem products!)



     

    * Want more episodes like this one? Check out #82: 3 Hard Truths About Clutter.

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    * Join our (free!) community here.

    * Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Pinterest.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

JuliaCVHK ,

My New Favourite!

I LOVE this podcast. If checks all of the boxes for me— minimalism, sustainability, homemaking, parenting... I have found what I’ve been looking for in this podcast. Thank you!!

isavirtue ,

The best, most focused podcast!

One of my TOP favourite podcasts amongst the 20 I listen to. This is one I listen to every week and look forward to. I love seeing a new episode and the title always gets me excited. I like this podcast because it's easy to follow, helpful, informative, well researched and FOCUSED. Mainly about minimalism, simplicity, eco consciousness and parenting. I find myself sharing screenshots of episodes often hoping my friends will pop over and listen because the content is top notch.

LeahMunro ,

Doable advice

This podcast has wonderful content, it makes moving towards a more sustainable lifestyle feel doable and not so overwhelming with great tips and advice!

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