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Miss Minimalist: Inspiration to Downsize, Declutter, and Simplify [Kindle Edition]

Francine Jay
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Book Description

Would you like to live a beautiful life with less stuff?

This delightful collection of articles by Francine Jay, author of “The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide,” provides great inspiration to pare down your possessions. Jay breezes from practical topics, like “What’s in a Minimalist Kitchen” and “How Many Shoes are Enough,” to more philosophical musings, like what the Japanese or ancient Greeks can teach us about simple living.

Along with valuable tips and advice, the author shares her personal stories about decluttering and living with less. Her warmth, humor, and encouraging tone make you feel like you’re chatting with a good friend over a cup of coffee—a friend you’d love to invite over to clean out your closets!

These essays are a wonderful introduction to minimalist living, written by someone with a genuine passion for the topic. If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by your clutter, or disenchanted with consumerism, you’ll find a kindred soul (and a wealth of advice) in Miss Minimalist. Best of all: you’ll likely empty a drawer or two by the time you’ve finished reading!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 276 KB
  • Print Length: 133 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Anja Press (25 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052UYJDC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,684 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I LOVED this book! Having previously realised that less stuff = more space (duh!) I had previously decluttered my (last) home and it was bliss. Then life took over and, once again, I found myself drowning in stuff. Fed up with fighting the clutter and spending what seemed like my whole life Rearranging Stuff and Putting Stuff Away whilst all the time wishing I had a bigger house, I read this book and it gave me the kick-start/kick-in-the-butt I needed to declutter once again along with the renewed realisation that what I needed was not more space but less stuff.

If you have never lived in a decluttered environment then you cannot imagine what bliss it is to be able to find everything within seconds or what it is like to wake up to a clean, tidy house or not to have that constant stressed feeling that comes from never being able to find anything etc. etc. I haven't yet finished decluttering but I already feel much calmer and life is so much easier. If you, like me, have found yourself constantly having frantic searches for stuff that you need or that you are supposed to have dealt with then deciding to live with less stuff is the answer and this book is excellent in helping you to achieve that. It is a very practical book and not so full of whimsical musings on the meaning of life and such like as some of the other books on the subject that I have read and therefore I felt that it was much more helpful in a the practical sense of dealing with the physical objects causing the clutter.

It has been said that this book is somewhat repetitive. However I felt that this was a good thing because, as you read the book, it becomes like a kind of "reverse brainwashing" to counteract the everyday onslaught from the media which is telling you to get more stuff.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Less is more 8 Feb. 2012
By Anne B
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Once I had read this book, I was happy that I had purchased it as a kindle edition rather than as a paperback crammed onto my already stuffed bookshelves. This is a great little book offering inspiration and practical suggestions to a recovering pack rat like me. I tried to de-clutter last year but this book has encouraged me to go further. I now recognise that my stuff is getting in the way of my life and I love the `less is more' philosophy. There are suggestions for all areas of life such as wardrobes, books, holidays etc. There were some ideas I had come across before but there were many other suggestions that were new to me and I can't wait to implement them.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hardcore minimalism for strong people 11 Sept. 2011
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To give you a picture of Miss Minimalist's life, the author has so few possessions, when her apartment was broken into, the thief only managed to make off with a change purse, a lipstick and their cd player. Maybe a little extreme for most of us, but if you're keen on the honed-down, ultra-minimalist approach, this might be for you.

The book's composed of short (1 - 3 page essays) on particular aspects of minimalist life. The average essay goes as follows: my husband and I used to have loads of (china/clothes/recipes/stuff) but then we realised we don't need all this stuff, so we got rid of it. Now we've got hardly anything! We're so happy!

Alas, her lifestyle and approach to home and family life are so removed from my own, I didn't find it quite as inspirational as I'd hoped. Would recommend you check out her website first, to see if her style is a good fit with yours.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally resonated with me!!! 5 Oct. 2012
By space68
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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......
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An extreme route to light, space and freedom 24 Jan. 2013
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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?
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love Francine's style of writing as well as the tips ...
I love Francine's style of writing as well as the tips to help with decluttering. You can tell she walks her talk.
Published 10 days ago by Margaret Easton
5.0 out of 5 stars An eye opener.
A friend of mine has the sort of lifestyle that I really wanted for myself. The thing is I couldn't put into word what it was she had, now I know what to call it,minimalist, the... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great advice on decluttering
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. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good i haven't read it all yet but i'm impressed
Published 2 months ago by angela nash
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good book and a worthwhile movement
This was one of the first e-books I bought on the subject, after discovering the author through her blog. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lyanna
4.0 out of 5 stars some good tips
I enjoyed this book especially the first few chapters that gave me the motivation to get on and declutter. Read more
Published 2 months ago by lau
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy and Engaging Minimalist How-To Essays
This is a short, neat collection of articles functioning as a guide to being a minimalist. It is much more practical than some other offerings in the genre (see the Minimalists'... Read more
Published 3 months ago by JWH
4.0 out of 5 stars some great advice
A good read, a little far-fetched at times but really made me think!
Will get her next book to read through too.
Published 5 months ago by Sanze
5.0 out of 5 stars I love, love, LOVE this book!
I can't sing enough praise for this book. I have loved every page, every concept. This is how I want my life to be. I've been a slave to 'stuff' for far too long. Read more
Published 5 months ago by e4b4
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Published 7 months ago by A. B. Mcmahon
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