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Miss Minimalist: Inspiration to Downsize, Declutter, and Simplify Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B0052UYJDC
- Publisher : Anja Press (25 May 2011)
- Language : English
- File size : 280 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 117 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #173,904 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I liked the repeated question about why an object should have a place in your home. Although her level of minimalism is far higher than I would want to aim for, her very extremism is a positive but rational challenge. I do hope, however, that as she settles in her new location she will start entertaining a bit more and get a few more plates and glasses! I was puzzled that she didn't want any art on her walls, but she does make the point that you can go and enjoy art without having to own it, and I liked the idea of how easy it is to run a minimalist home. She also suggests humane and grown-up responses to other people's reactions to your new, minimalist lifestyle, and many of these points could apply to anyone who likes to live a bit differently from the norm without being considered odd. After all, a lot of what passes for normal is decidedly odd when you start to question it. TV fans and people who need to find or express their identity through their possessions will probably not enjoy this book.
The book is a collection of articles intended to publicise a full-length book on the topic, so there is some repetition, but like another reviewer, I actually enjoyed that, and I thought it was a generous and detailed taster.
I have taken a lot of pleasure in clearing out various areas of my home over the last few days. Who knows where it will stop?
Drowning in a cacophony of excess?
Exhausted at the thought of another merry-go-round of 'tidying' and reaching the very frayed end of your tether hunting around for yet another urgent thing... yet again...
Buy this book and drink deeply the wisdom within.
If you are serious about reclaiming your life out from under your own personal landfill site, you'll surely end up taking the steps she outlines anyway.
We all have, one way or another, sooner or later :)
I am an ex-hoarder of endless stuff, who is five + years into creating a streamlined life (it's going very, very well, thanks for asking. You're so sweet) ... and this is the FIRST book I have ever read on the subject of de-cluttering. But I have talked with many people who are also in various phases of the 'Simplifying Life' process.
What I have found most interesting is that almost every stage and mini revelation that this articulate and inspiring lady went through on her path to minimal elegance, and shares with you, is mirrored by my own 'made it up as I went along' experience and of those I have conversed with.
Consider this book a blueprint and don't be surprised if you're picking it up to read over and again, just to inspire and remind you of where you're going... and why it's worth going there.
Many of the things the author spoke about regarding her childhood completely resonated with me too. I wanted things as a child, naturally, but I, too, remember feeling totally overwhelmed by STUFF and longing to grow up so I could keep a living space the way I want to.
I am also a free-wheeling, free-spirited type and like the idea I can pick up and move whenever I please without too much hassle. In fact, I have already done this several times in my life before.
It's certainly an interesting way to look at things and a good philosophy for my life.
As the author explains, the most beautiful things in the world can be enjoyed without this needing to OWN AND POSSESS feeling so many people have - sunsets, a forest, the sea, for example......
Her writing style is such that she is sharing and not preaching, you do not feel that you are reading a quasi-religious text. You choose how far you go with this lifestyle of less things in your life and her advice is sound and practical. I do not think it is necessary to read any other source material if you wish to know what to do and how to do it. At under £0.80 you might find it is a sensible/frugal e-book to buy. (But remember you can get this information on-line for free.) I guarantee if you only acted on two suggestions of hers you will find you have been prevented from spending minimum of £1.00 by the end of the day!