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Most books I have seen on this theme seem to be motivated either by a belief in frugality or the need to be organised. This one is different because the author, although she is fairly keen on both of these things, is much more motivated by a love of empty spaces, light and freedom. She gets a lot of pleasure from the sight of the sun lighting up a barely furnished room, so the whole message seems very positive - something to gain, not things to lose. She is not smug or self-congratulating, and admits that everyone will have their own limits and purpose to minimalism.
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?
if you are busy choking on the mountains of stuff you own...
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.
I absolutely LOVED this book - which I bought on my new Kindle (inspired as I am to cut down on book clutter!).
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......
I find the book interesting to read. Her explanation of why she has made certain decisions in living a minimalist lifestyle encouraging to read. I have no interest in being a Minimalist; in the sense the way the author lives her life. But her methods of removing clutter from her life is valid for all of us who wish to live their life with less stuff. 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!
Very easy to read book and gets you started on decluttering and living with less possessions. This lady talks sense and does not suggest the impossible solutions.Chock full of workable ideas and lighthearted as well. I really recommend it! Must say one feels good when finished clearing even a small area and you realise that yes,having less feels more relaxing and peaceful and you suddenly have more time on your hands to enjoy just living !
I found this book both inspirational and practical. Other books give practical advice on de-cluttering, but this one also offers a philosophy on which to base it. " Minsumerism" was a new concept to me, but the idea is very appealing. The author took her minimalism too far for me, giving up TV for example, but many of her ideas are worth consideration, at the least. She suggest that one should only enough of everything to meet one's current needs. It is a valudable counter to today's rampant consumerism.
I gave this little book five stars, because it is a great introduction to the how and why of minimalism. It's also written by a woman, who understands how clothes, shoes and grooming can dominate women's lives, and how to push back against the need to conform to unrealistic 'beauty' standards. Thoroughly enjoyed reading it.