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Podcast 135: Discardia

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Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Bryan speaks with Dinah Sanders, author of Discardia: More Life, Less Stuff.

Discardia is a holiday, a philosophy, and now a book that explains why life is more stressful as a result of having too much stuff, or the wrong kind of stuff. The book is filled with advice and soundproof logic that can help you make room for awesomeness.

Table of contents

[00:00] Introduction from Bryan J Busch
[00:33] Interview with Dinah Sanders
[00:45] Discardia’s origin
[02:37] Being in the mood for cleaning
[03:41] Have more by getting rid of stuff
[05:35] Why we keep stuff we don’t use
[07:25] Finding a favorite place to reconnect with yourself
[11:06] Clean in chunks, not stacks
[14:31] Releasing potential with an empty drawer
[16:36] Financial motivation for making a happier home
[18:31] Avoid retail therapy
[20:22] Keeping stuff because of guilt
[23:19] Selling vs. donating
[24:24] Deciding which books to keep
[28:01] End

We always welcome feedback from listeners. If you have any comments for this episode or for any other, or if you have suggestions for future episodes, please leave us comments here or email us at podcast at this domain name.

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Updated April 13, 2016 and originally published November 20, 2011.

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avatar 1 Anonymous

Hmm..interesting. I am looking forward to hearing this podcast. Sounds sort of like a religion, perhaps I’m wrong?

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avatar 2 Anonymous

More of a philosophy. Most religions aren’t so keen on their adherents picking and choosing just the bits that work for them. ;)

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avatar 3 Anonymous

I loved this podcast! I’m always looking for ideas that can make getting organized easier and less painful and it was very helpful to hear Dinah’s take, especially on the emotionally charged items. Lots of useful information–I’ll be picking up the book.

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avatar 4 Anonymous

Thanks for listening, Andrea! You can always find me at or as Discardia on Twitter and Facebook if you have follow-up questions or stories to share.

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avatar 5 qixx

I am glad to see the book in ebook format. I always find it funny when a book like this is not available as an ebook. I expect the book to be as good as the podcast was when it comes.

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avatar 6 Anonymous

It was always a bit funny to be telling people about the book while I was writing it as they would stop, frown, and say “Wait, you’re having people bring a thing into their house that suggests they shouldn’t bring so many things into their house?” :)

Fortunately, ebooks take up only virtual—and easily cleared—space and physical books are very easy to give away.

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